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THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo said it launched a capacity-building program for small entrepreneurs at the barangay level.

The Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay, which primarily aims to spread awareness of various DTI programs and activities, hopes to benefit 87 barangays from the 17 fourth- and fifth-class municipalities in Iloilo province, according to DTI Provincial Director for Iloilo Ermelinda P. Pollentes.

She added that the DTI plans to cover all 87 barangays by November.

DTI’s Industry Development Division Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist and Negosyo Center Account Officer Mutya D. Eusores said the DTI is targeting about 100 participants per gathering.

“It’s a half-day event gathering at least 100 residents in a particular barangay. It will be an information education campaign on the services of Negosyo Centers and development partners,” Ms. Eusores said.

Ms. Eusores said the activity will help existing as well as potential micro and small enterprises develop their ventures.

“We will be inviting representatives from other agencies and institutions like microfinance institutions who provide services for SMEs. They can expect consultancy services for those who want to start their businesses and awareness on how they can level up their products and services,” she said.

Ms. Pollentes said it is important to bring DTI’s programs at the community level to encourage more entrepreneurs.

“We go to the barangays because we want them to become entrepreneurs. We want to create an entrepreneurial revolution because that’s the only way we can compete with our neighboring countries. Our (DTI) secretary wanted us to reach more people in the grassroots,” she said. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo