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‘ODETTE’-HIT SIARGAO STORES GET LIVELIHOOD KITS

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga, through its provincial office in Surigao del Norte, distributed livelihood kits to eligible micro-entrepreneurs (MEs) affected by Super Typhoon Odette in Siargao Islands.

Odette made landfall in the province, particularly Siargao Island on 16 December 2021 that displacing around 48,204 families or 157,052 individuals.

This affected not only the tourism industry of the island but also the agriculture and fishery sectors.

DTI’s Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa turned over livelihood kits to 113 MEs in the municipalities of San Isidro, Del Carmen, Sta. Monica, San Benito, Pilar, and Burgos.

In response, DTI through the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) turned over livelihood kits to a total of 113 MEs in the municipalities of San Isidro, Del Carmen, Sta. Monica, San Benito, Pilar, and Burgos at Surigao State College of Technology (SCCT) – Del Carmen Campus.

These MEs were comprised of 84 sari-sari stores, four water refilling businesses, three dry goods stores, five printing services, three agrivet supply stores, six carinderias, three native delicacies shops, two fish trading, one internet café, one school supply store, and one poultry farm.

Simultaneously, kits were distributed to 75 MEs in the Municipality of Dapa and General Luna headed by Provincial Director Arnold Faelnar.

“It is our hope that this will support the recovery and continuity of the affected people and businesses in the island.”

“It is our hope that this will support the recovery and continuity of the affected people and businesses on the island,” said Regional Director Gay Tidalgo who personally led the distribution.

Tidalgo added that after Odette hit Siargao Islands in December last year, the regional office has immediately begun the profiling of affected MEs.

“We have started giving cash cards to affected small businesses before 2021 ended and we are happy that through this small assistance from the Department, we are able to contribute to the recovery of the islands,” she said.

Tidalgo added that the distribution is set to assist the MEs in the island that incurred damages amounting to 1 billion in the agriculture and fishery sectors, and 20.2 million in tourism facilities because of Odette.

“Dako kog pasalamat kaayo sa gihatag karun sa DTI nga 32 sacks nga semento para sa among hollow blocks business. Dako na kaayo ni nga tabang para maka hinay-hinay tag bangon sa atung negosyo” (I am very grateful for the 32 sacks of cement given by DTI for our hollow blocks business. This is already a great help for us to slowly recover), said Ivan Bret Esparago, a recipient from Dapa.

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