By: Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here handed over one unit of computerized embroidery machine to the Little Children of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LPCPFI) to help Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) owners increase their production this year.
DTI Region 7 Director Asteria Caberte led the turnover of a single unit of Brother PR620 computerized embroidery machine to Carmenia Benosa, Project Manager of the LCPFI.
Caberte said the handover of equipment is part of DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) program which aims to address concerns in the production phase of the industry by providing MSME owners the equipment they need.
Caberte called their partnership with LCPFI a strategic one because of its link to MSME groups connected with embroidery industry.
LCPFI also has resources for better production like equipment, fabrics, and skilled workers.
With the help of the computerized embroidery machine, LCPFI can collaborate with other embroidery groups in creating more products and make it available to the market.
Cabarte identified La Libertad and Bacong towns and Guihulngan City as areas known for embroidery production.
Aside from this, DTI also extends their help to MSME owners in embroidery industry through trainings on design development.
“Now we have turned over this equipment, this will be coupled with an intensive design development to be able to come up with new products with new designs,” Caberte said.
Dumaguete City Administrator William Ablong also sees this as an opportunity for business and agricultural growth not only in the city but for the province as well.
He said the technology is a great tool for livelihood because it makes the production of goods more effective and this could lead to increased profit for businessmen.
He mentioned products like embroidered cellphone holders as goods with high market demand due to the increasing number of mobile phone users.
He also cited the efforts of abaca farmers who provide raw materials for embroiderers.
He added that this could encourage more people to plant abaca because of its potential in the market.
Apart from these, DTI Negros Oriental Provincial Director Javier Fortunato believes the technology can also boost tourism business in the province.
“Tourists always want pasalubongs (souvenirs) and we need to go beyond bodbod and Sans Rival. We need to offer them more products,” Fortunato said.
Meanwhile, aside from the embroidery machine, Dir. Caberte disclosed that the DTI will hand over six other equipment to different sectors within the year as part of their SSF. (rmn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)