More than 200 micro-business owners received P10,000 from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the first batch of Pangkabuhayan para sa Pagbangon sa Ginhawa (PPG) Program beneficiaries in Caloocan City.
With the assistance of the City Economic and Investment Promotion Office (CEIPO), the said program was held at the Bulwagang Katipunan, Caloocan City Hall.
To recall, the PPG program started in 2020, in which the beneficiaries were determined to have micro-businesses that were either affected by fire or by the COVID-19 pandemic who have not yet received any assistance of similar nature from other government agencies.
“Sa pakikipagtulungan po natin sa DTI, namahagi po tayo ng P10,000.00, in a form of cash card, para sa mahigit 200 micro-business owners ng lungsod,” Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan said.
“Ito po ay unang batch pa lang ng mabibigyan ng tulong mula sa PPG Program ng DTI. Sila po’y lubos naapektuhan ng pandemya o biktima ng sunog at nais silang tulungan ng ating pamahalaan na makabangon muli ang kanilang maliit na mga negosyo,” the Mayor added.
He likewise stated that while the said program targets to assist the micro-business sector in Caloocan, he is determined to provide more opportunities to different sectors in city as part of the government’s recovery program.
“Sisikapin pa po natin na makatulong sa mas marami nating mga kababayan na maiahon ang kanilang kabuhayan. Hiniling din po natin sa DTI na madagdagan pa ang bilang ng mabibigyan na tulong sa Caloocan,” Mayor Along said.
He also thanked DTI for its continued support in the recovery program and guarantees that his administration will continue to work closely with national agencies to aid the city’s business sector.
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa DTI sa pag-alalay sa ating mga kababayan, sisikapin po nating makipagtulungan pa sa mas maraming ahensya nang mas marami pa tayong mabigyan ng tulong-pinansyal o pangkabuhayan,” he said.