Dagupan City, Pangasinan
14 March 2016

As part of his mandate to provide better services to the Filipinos, President Benigno S. Aquino III led the turnover of Shared Service Facilities (SSF) projects in Pangasinan held in Dagupan City.

Through the SSF projects of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), modern production facilities are being shared to the communities that helped in the development of the livelihood of many Pangasinenses. According to President Aquino, the project is part of government’s strategies in strengthening various cooperatives, including the micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) that provide many opportunities to Filipino entrepreneurs.

Currently, there are 49 SSFs in the whole province of Pangasinan, including the machine used for processing different bangus products that is the primary industry of the province. One of its beneficiaries is the Binmaley Rural Improvement Club. From 3,000 kilos of bangus being sold every month, the club now sells 8,000 up to 10,000 kilos of bangus with the help of the SSF project, resulting to a monthly income increase from PhP 211,000 up to PhP 723,000.

“Sa kabuuan, mula nang ilunsad natin ang programa noong 2013, mayroon na tayong 1,681 na SSF sa buong bansa. Ang nakikinabang na po rito: 16,192 MSMEs at 72,864 potential entrepreneurs. Ang good news pa po: target pa ng DTI na magbukas ng karagdagang 200 SSF projects bago tayo bumaba sa puwesto,” said President Aquino.

Aside from SSF projects, a budget amounting to PhP 20.13 billion from 2011 to 2016 was allocated to Pangasinan for the construction of roads, bridges, health facilities, flood control projects, airports and seaports.

Among the major infrastructure projects of the government in the province are the Sections 1 and 2 of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), the Bobonot-Tambobong Road, the Pangasinan-Zambales Road and the Pangasinan-Tarlac Road.

For agriculture, the government gave PhP 9.96 billion for the construction of farm-to-market roads and for the improvement of the irrigation system in the province.

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