DTI allocates P2 million for Marikina typhoon victims
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the department had allocated a total of P2 million to help the victims of Typhoon “Ulysses” (international name: “Vamco”) in Marikina City, according to a report by Manila Times.
Lopez joined other national government officials in the simultaneous visit to several evacuation centers in Marikina City last November 16.
The trade chief assured that the government will provide help particularly to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that were devastated by the flooding.
Marikina, along with the neighboring towns of San Mateo and Cainta in Rizal, was submerged in floodwaters spawned by Ulysses last November 12, damaging private properties and infrastructure in the city that is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.
Lopez said the DTI was ready to assist those affected through the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) and Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso programs.
Under the PPG program, the DTI is extending livelihood support to MSMEs affected by different calamities. The program provides training with livelihood kits to thousands of MSMEs in distress throughout the country.
“DTI alloted P2 million to help our countrymen affected by the typhoon and those who lost their livelihood. We are also encouraging them to avail of the Covid-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises or Cares Program loan under SB Corp.,” said Lopez.
Trade Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, Assistant Secretaries Dominic Tolentino and Niño Contreras, and DTI-National Capital Region Director Marcelina Alcantara were also present during the visit.
The team led the turnover and distribution of 70,000 pieces of face masks to the evacuees.
Libreng Face Masks Para sa Bayan is an initiative on the Office of the President through the Department of Health and other agencies.
Under this project, the DTI is tasked to tap various MSMEs, cooperatives and weaving communities to help in the production of reusable and washable face masks.
“DTI, through the Regional Operations Group, has been very responsive to the needs of our fellowmen affected by the calamities through our programs and projects,” Lantoya said.
Among those visited were evacuation centers located at Malanday Elementary School and Concepcion Integrated School.
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