DTI-Bulacan launches Gabay sa Barangay project


Maria Cristina V. Valenzuela (center), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bulacan Officer-in-Charge with other agency officers Lota M. Yasa (left) and Librada C. Estrella (right) explained the Gabay sa Barangay project in a Tuesday “Kopi-han” with the media. Photo by Althea Barranta

By Anton Luis Catindig, Khyrus Santos, Althea Barranta and John Faigao

CITY OF MALOLOS – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in Bulacan has recently launched its Gabay sa Barangay project which has started to assist entrepreneurs in the registration of their businesses to save them time and travel to begin and register their businesses.

DTI-Bulacan Officer-In-Charge, Maria Cristina V. Valenzuela in a press conference on Tuesday said that the program Gabay sa Barangay was the first of its kind project that was implemented in the country.

Valenzuela said that Gabay sa Barangay is aimed to assist businesses in all the barangays in Bulacan.It targets 20 barangays. but, it was already initially brought down to at least nine villages.

They have already provided support and assistance to Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) iin three barangays in Pulilan, the Dulong Malabon, Lumbac, and Tibag; two barangays in Malolos, Caniogan and San Vicente; two barangays in Angat, Laog and Taboc; Barangay Parulan in Plaridel; and  Barangay Calantipay in Baliwag.

“This first semester nakapag-launch na po kami ng siyam na barangay,” (We have already launched the program in 9 barangays in the first semester).

The DTI officer also said that the project under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. highlights and give emphasis to the need of the MSMEs and that Bulacan is the only province to have taken this initiative and goal. “Itong initiative natin sa Bulacan, pagdating po sa Gabay sa Barangay ay so far, tayo pa lang po sa Bulacan ang mayroon at nakita po naman natin iyong naging outcome po no nito, patuloy po namin ina-assist pa rin sa ngayon ang ating mga entrepreneurs.” (Our initiative in Bulacan when it comes to Gabay sa Barangay is that Bulacan is the only province with this program, and we will continue to assist them.)

Other than the programs accomplished, Valenzuela also presented upcoming programs for the month of July to early August, such as the Gabay sa Barangay Moving Forward activity on the 11th of July, and the ISO 9001:2015 QMS Awareness for Fire Extinguishers Manufacturers on the 18th.

The session went on with the inquiries of business permits, DTI’s course of action to prevent online scams, respective government agencies to seek help, and renewal process of a business.

The Department of Trade and Industry continues to thank the media for their help in not only appreciating and covering their efforts, but also assisting these small businesses in getting more exposure, thus presenting the creativity and innovations of the Bulakenyo.

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