One hundred thirty three (133) SSF beneficiaries in the Agrarian Reform Communities in the province of Nueva Vizcaya underwent a Productivity and Managerial/ Entrepreneurial Trainings under the SME Roving Academy (SMERA) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry this March 2015.

Among the eight (8) cooperators benefitted were Pingkian Community Development Cooperative with SSF project on Tumeric processing (Kayapa), Samahang Magsasaka ng Wacal, Inc. on Milk processing (Solano), Bangaan Rural Workers Association on Cacao Nut processing (Solano), Malabing Literacy Credit Organization on Wine processing (Kasibu), Saint Joseph Parish MultiPurpose Cooperative on Veggioe Noodles and Veggie Chips Making (Dupax Del Norte), Villaverde Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc.  on Banana Chips and Chicacorn making (Villaverde), Future Life and Livelihood Association on organic fertilizer production (Bambang) and Darapidap Auto Savings Group, Inc. on Tamarind candy making (Aritao), all were SSF beneficiaries.

DTI Nueva Vizcaya provincial director Ruben Diciano said that, most of the SSF Cooperators are established Village Enterprises. They were established laterally with priority industry clusters which were identified by the LGUs and the SME Development Plan, along which the interventions of the Department are aligned.

A total of 135 MSMEs benefitted from the conduct of trainings which covered the following topics: Good Manufacturing practices, Basic Bookkeeping, Business Ethics, and Business planning.

The SMERA offers a ladderized set of trainings/courses: Level 1-4 for SME operating within a domestic market and levels 5-7 for those vying to become exporters.

Along with other relevant and focused assistances based on the needs of the beneficiary-SMEs, DTI envisions them to grow and become globally competitive.