Lacson inaugurates P37-M food terminal

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The P37 million facility and equipment launched at the Food Terminal Market compound will help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) entrepreneurs and farmers, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

“It is not enough that we open doors of opportunities for Negrenses. We must usher them to their full potential,” according to Lacson, who led its inauguration and blessing Tuesday.

The governor said the Technological Livelihood and Development Center (TLDC) will be instrumental in extending assistance to them, through product development, market networking, and links and promotion, as well as exposure and participation in trade fairs and other entrepreneurial opportunities. (

MSMEs, he added, account for 99.5 percent of all business establishments and are viewed as engines of economic growth, job creation, and poverty eradication.

“The project, with its focus on rebuilding the resilience and enhancing the capabilities of the Negrense MSMEs, is part of our vision and goal to effectively implement an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery,” said Lacson.

Also inaugurated were the new office and showroom of the TLDC, Shared Service Facility, and Organic Trading Post.

The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry is also opening an office inside the TLDC to assist small businesses with their paperwork.

Food products and handicrafts made by MSMEs from various local government units are sold at the TLDC.