DTI gives sewing machines to women’s group
By Sharmagne Villacastin
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over 15 units of heavy duty Juki Sewing Machines to Socsargen Peace Network Inc. Tuesday (April 21) at Barangay Fatima.
Engr. Arnel Sayco of DTI General Santos City Office facilitated the turnover ceremony of the equipment amounting to P270,000 to Fr. Angel Buenavides, organizer of the women’s group.
Sayco said this Shared Service Facility Project is in line with the Philippine Development Goal (PDG) of the national government.
One of its purposes is the inclusive growth and job generation, a goal that is also prominent with the initiatives of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera.
Sayco also mentioned productivity and efficiency as one of the four pillars of DTI’s mandate on Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) where Shared Service Facility project belongs.
The project is aimed at helping small business groups which cannot support more production due to few number of tools or equipment available.
The peace network in barangay Fatima, which belong to the small business enterprise sector, was one of the beneficiaries of DTI’s HD sewing machines for rag production.
“Mabigat ang makina, mabigat din ang challenge,” said Fr. Buenavides who organized the group for rag production three years ago.
He further stated how the group had a very good start with the rag production which continues until now.
“If you have produced rags before, you can do more with the new HD sewing machines given to you by DTI, like t-shirts, pants or anything” he added.
Father Buenavides challenged the women to never stop growing and take the opportunity to improve not only their livelihood but also their character. (Gensan CPIO)