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DTI program pushes businessmen to secure licenses

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (June 8) -- Ninety percent of the business entrepreneurs in Pagsanghan town eluded business licenses for years now, but because of the advent of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) program called Local and Regional Economic Development Program (LRED), the business licensing office is stirring into activity.

This is how Mayor Violeto Ceracas described the results after DTI-Samar assembled 136 business entrepreneurs, government, non government organization and the like to attend the lectures, workshops and consultations for three days in this coastal town of Pagsanghan.

The LRED activity took place on the first week of May.

LRED is a participatory planning and implementation process wherein public and private stakeholders in a locality work together to improve conditions for economic growth and employment generation.

Ms Babette Quilapio of DTI was also visibly pleased by the reaction of the business community.

Pagsanghan Mayor added that he also wanted the process of getting business permits reviewed to 'uncover' what causes the bottleneck.

The program LRED awakened not only the business community but the LGU as well.

Mayor Ceracas plans to streamline business licensing too.

Ceracas is grateful to DTI-Samar for the assistance. He added that his constituents have developed an awareness of the different products that Pagsanghan could capitalize in for economic development.

While farming and fishing are the top main sources of livelihood, the nipa shingle industry is also coming in third with almost 40% of the rural folks especially women are engaged in.

An average of 90,000 nipa shingles are transported to Bantayan Island in Cebu weekly, claimed Ceracas. PIA learned that Bantayan folks use nipa shingles for roofing of their piggery shades. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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