Dairy coop receives P1M loan grant, inaugurates processing center
by Rizalie Calibo
Dumaguete City (22 August) -- The Kababayehan Alang sa Pagpalambo sa Nasudnong Industriya sa Gatas (KAPANIG), the only dairy-producing cooperative in Siquijor, received a 1 million loan grant from the "Isang Bayan, Isang Produkto, Isang Milyong Peso" program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the provincial government of Siquijor.
The loan is in line with Pres. Arroyo's poverty alleviation program under the BEAT THE ODDS agenda and the One Town One Product (OTOP) program conceptualized to develop businesses in the locality.
Nanette Arbon, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here, said the project aims to develop local brands aside from boosting the small and medium enterprises in the province.
Arbon said the move jibes with the province's aim to boost local tourism which can be achieved by the means of creating "pasalubong" products.
"It is the small and medium enterprise development council's (SMEDC) and the DTI's long-term goal to develop SMEs as we promote convergence and focus efforts on certain projects that will generate stable and viable jobs for more people," says Arbon.
She urged the public to patronize local products as away of giving market support for budding businesses.
Instead of using branded products, our locally-produced fresh milk can be utilized for our children's supplemental feeding which is part of the government's nutrition program, stressed Arbon.
Adding significance to the occasion was inauguration of the milk processing center in Cangmunag, San Juan, Siquijor.
In his message, Governor Orlando Fua gave credit to the members' achievements for taking the path to progress and development through self-reliance.
Citing factors for possible downfall, Fua urged the women of KAPANIG to wisely make use and maximize resources given to them.
The governor pledged to continue giving his full support to the program as he again committed to allocate a P200,000 budget for the repair of a road near the center to ensure a smooth delivery of products and for people's convenience. (PIA) [top]