Contributed by Marie Joy L. Simpao, PIA
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – Department of Trade and Industry was able to establish a total of 2,227 Shared Service Facilities (SSFs) nationwide.
“These SSFs serve 215,628 beneficiaries and generated 111,747 jobs,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez told President Duterte during the National MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Summit 2018.
“We are working on the continued expansion of this program because we see that this is very viable for many entrepreneurs to share equipment. This way, they do not need to invest much because they pay by the piece, thus lowering their production cost and further resulting to lower (retail) prices in the market,” Lopez added.
SSF Project aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.
It is being implemented with project partners termed as Cooperators, which may be any juridical entity such as but not limited to non-government organizations; people’s organizations; cooperatives; industry/trade/business associations; local government units; state universities and colleges; technical vocational schools; and other similar government and training institutions.