Government rolls out livelihood assistance program for disaster victims

Government rolls out livelihood assistance program for disaster victims
President Rodrigo Duterte leading the giving of assistance to the victims of Taal volcano eruption during his visit at the Sto. Tomas, Batangas evacuation center last January 20. Also present is Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (third from the left) shaking hand with the recipient of livelihood assistance from the government


As the eruption of Taal volcano caused a lot of damage to businesses in the areas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was quick to responde in providing livelihood assistance program by launching Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PBG) last January 20.

Graced by President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to the evacuees in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The program will aid the micro entrepreneurs affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.  DTI will soon roll out the program as an assistance package for victims of fire, typhoons, and other calamities nationwide.

Under the PBG program, DTI will provide financial assistance of P10,000 and educational materials after profiling and giving negosyo training to existing micro entrepreneurs.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez awarded gift checks to the initial 20 entrepreneurs who are mostly street food vendors, market vendors, and sari-sari store owners who want to continue their businesses. Those interested in the PBG Program may go to the DTI Batangas Provincial Office in Lipa for an initial assessment.

Among the recipients were aspiring entrepreneur Carito Ginil, a 45-year-old habal-habal driver and barangay kagawad, who wants to use his PBG funds to put up an eatery or a sari-sari store. Meanwhile, 35-year-old worker Joel Cruz plans to use his to start a manicure/pedicure business for his wife.

According to Trade Secretary Lopez, “The mandate of DTI is to provide “Trabaho and Negosyo” (Job opportunities and Business).

“Hence, the PBG is an initiative of the government and DTI to help the smallest of entrepreneurs who were affected by the Taal volcano eruption. The program gives a fast and easy source of initial capital to help micro-entrepreneurs regain normalcy in their livelihood after the incident,” Lopez added.

Secretary Lopez encouraged entrepreneurs to visit the DTI Negosyo Centers and Provincial Offices to help them restart or grow their businesses. He said that after this initial assistance, the awardees can get free training from DTI as well as low-interest loans through the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program.

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