LIMAY, Bataan- Members of the Minority in this town can now earn an extra income after the Department of Trade and Industry personally handed over to them food processing equipment worth P650,000.
“Tuluy-tuloy nang makapaghahanapbuhay ang isang Aeta community sa bayan ng Limay matapos pormal na ipagkaloob ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bataan ang mga food processing equipment na nagkakahalagang P650,000,” said Jose Mari Garcia, chief of the government’s run Philippine Information Agency who personally witnessed the turn over of equipment.
Leading the turn over of the food processing equipment were Mayor Lilvir Roque and DTI-Bataan Director Nelin Cabahug who personally turned over it to “Samahan ng mga Kababaihang Ayta sa Kinaragan” held at Brgy. Duale.
Cabahug said the project was in line with “Shared Service Facility program” of the DTI.
The Aeta organization received automatic fine powder packing machine, band sealer, mechanical slicer, chest type freezer, stainless steel deep fat fryer and other equipment to be used in processing banana and kamote chips and salabat powder.
Mayor Roque said in his message: “Kapag may kabuhayan, mas masigla ang komunidad,” adding this is a big help to the Aeta community in this town in making banana and camote chips and salabat (ginger) powder.
Director Cabahug said the “Shared Service facility program” of the DTI is actually helping to people’s organization to boost their own local businesses.
Also joined in the livelihood program was Amanda Battad, head of Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the staff of DTI-Bataan.