First Phase: The target on having at least three (3) firms enrolled under the program was accomplished and, instead, four (4) firms enrolled to the program. The firm-level reports were completed, presented to the firm-beneficiaries and finalized with copies provided to DTI-Tarlac and DOST-PSTC Tarlac. These included the reports for the following firm-beneficiaries: Betty’s Refreshments and Native Cakes, Tarlac City Gerties’ Bakeshop, Tarlac City Linao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc., Pura, Tarlac
The second cycle was opened last June 2008. The target of at least three (3) firm-beneficiaries was met and exceeded. The following are undergoing the required consultancy/technical assistance through firm-engagements:
a. Golden Crown Herbs and Petals, Brgy. Maliwalo, Tarlac City – Firm engagements were completed. Firm-Level Report being finalized.
b. Caturay Lantern Makers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc., Brgy. Caturay, Gerona, Tarlac – Undertaken through a MOA with the LGU-Gerona. Initial firm engagements were conducted.
c. Gerona Kabyawan Industry – To be undertaken through a MOA with the LGU-Gerona. Firm engagements to be undertaken in 2009.
d. CM Lanterns – Introduction of the program was conducted to the owner. Program was accepted and firm has expressed the desire to commit itself for assistance.