MANILA, Philippines- Senator Christopher “Bong” Go visited the province of Misamis Oriental and personally extended assistance to small business owners from El Salvador City and from the towns of Opol, Gitagum, Libertad, Initao , Naawan, Manticao, Lugait, Laguindingan, Tagoloan, Jasaan and Claveria.
In his speech during the visit, Go urged fellow Filipinos to enjoy local businesses which he said play a very important role in revitalizing the country’s communities and economy.
“Micro, small and medium enterprises can be considered the backbone of our economy. Filipinos are hardworking and strategic in life. If they can only be given the right help and training, it is not far that their businesses will grow even more,” said Go.
“I hope government agencies will discuss this. Let’s help our MSMEs to revive their businesses because they will also revive our economy, especially now that we are in the middle of the crisis caused by COVID-19,” he added.
At the start of the 19th Congress, the senator filed a bill that institutionalized the Department of Trade and Industry’s “One Town, One Product” (OTOP) program to help boost recovery and promote innovation among MSMEs.
The proposed proposal should help empower MSMEs in developing innovative products and services through significant improvements in quality, product development, design, packaging, compliance with standards, marketability, production capability, development of brand, maintenance, securing license, product registration and other market authorization, among others.
The senator also helped implement the Small Business Wage Subsidy program even during the height of the pandemic. The program provided eligible workers who were unable to work or be paid during the enhanced community quarantine with two parts of financial assistance.
Meanwhile, Go and his outreach team distributed food, grocery packs, masks, vitamins, and shirts to the 301 beneficiaries gathered at the Tagoloan Dome. The group also provided bicycles, cellular phones, shoes, watches, and basketball and volleyball balls to the youth.
“My advocacy is health and sports. As your chair of the same Senate Committees (on health and demography and on sports), I urge everyone to take care of your health… just play basketball, volleyball or even any sports — Get into sports, stay away from drugs ,” Go encouraged.
In addition, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended livelihood assistance grants to qualified individuals.
“Thank you very much to the DSWD for their SLP-LAG program. Bring the earnings from this program to your families immediately. It’s better if you worked hard and sweated for what you earned,” said the lawmaker.
Meanwhile, to ensure that those with health problems get medical attention, the senator advised them to seek services at the Malasakit Centers at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and JR Borja General Hospital, both in Cagayan de Oro City. RNA
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