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P604,200 RUMEPP Fund for Kalinga out

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (1 May) -- Aimed to boost micro-business in this budding investment province in the North

Luzon Growth Quadrangle, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is releasing P604,200 fund for Rural Micro-entrepreneur Promotion Project (RuMEPP) in the province.

RuMEPP Coordinator Aurora Sanet of DTI-Kalinga said the fund from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be used to pay contract service providers who will train new and small businessmen on capability building.

There are three contract service providers hired by DTI-Kalinga, who will train three groups of RuMEPP clients for the project.

The Philippine Institute Of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) will train vege-noodle makers on Strategic Planning and Product Making and Development, Kalinga Apayao Provincial Cooperative Union (KAPCU) will train the Gawidan Coffee Farmers Association on Good Manufacturing Practices and the Cattle Alliance for Rural Empowerment (CARE) will handle Fundamentals of Marketing and Team Building and Product Development to Balawag Coffee Farmers.

Sanet said DTI will release half of the fund, amounting to P302,100 as initial payment to contract service providers. Full payment shall be made upon completion of the service contract by June, she said.

Of the first release, P109, 500 will go to the PICPA, P35,750 to KAPCU and P156,850 to CARE.

Since its launching in 2007, RuMEPP has developed 112 micro-entrepreneurs in the province, who are engaged in various livelihood projects.

In 2008, the program assisted the development and growth of 30 small farmers of the Gawidan Coffee Farmers Association, who produced the Mountain Coffee.

In 2009, 82 farmers and women were trained and developed and produced the province's latest brewed coffee, Kalinga's Best Pure Ground Coffee by the Balawag Coffee Farmers Association and vege-noodles by women of Rizal, Pasil and Pinukpuk municipalities.

Skills development training for interested small and micro-entrepreneurs (SMEs) under the project, Sanet said, will start next month and be completed in June.

To ensure development and growth of RuMEPP clients, services of contract service providers should not end only after the conduct of capability trainings.

Close monitoring of individual SME's business operation is required of contract service providers, after the conduct of training and should see to it that outputs are achieved base on every project objective, Sanet said.

This is identified among the requirements before claiming the full payment of services, under the contract, she said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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