DTI Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program

In the vibrant landscape of the Philippine economy, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) play a pivotal role in the lives of Filipinos. Recognizing their significance and the challenges they face, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) introduced the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program. This initiative primarily helps MSMEs, offering a unique blend of resources, technology, and support. 

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What is the SSF Program by DTI Philippines?

The SSF Program is a strategic initiative designed to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of MSMEs in the Philippines. It functions as a network of facilities scattered across the nation, each equipped with modern machinery, equipment, tools, and resources tailored to various industries such as food processing, furniture making, and bamboo crafts. 

By offering MSMEs access to these facilities on a shared basis, the program significantly reduces the cost of individual investments in technology, promoting wider technology adoption and skills development within the MSME sector.

Significance of the Program

The SSF Program stands as a cornerstone for economic equity, aiming to level the playing field for MSMEs. It acknowledges the limitations that small businesses often face in accessing advanced technological resources and offers a practical solution. 

By democratizing access to such resources, the program not only boosts the operational capabilities of MSMEs but also fosters innovation, quality improvement, and business expansion, contributing to the overall growth of the Philippine economy.


Participants in the SSF Program gain numerous advantages:

  • Access to Shared Facilities: MSMEs can use state-of-the-art machinery and tools without bearing the full cost of ownership, allowing them to enhance their production capabilities and product quality.
  • Skills and Knowledge Training: The program offers comprehensive training sessions on operating new equipment and technologies, improving production processes, and ensuring product quality.
  • Business Development Support: Beyond physical resources, the department provides assistance in marketing, market linkages, and other business development aspects to help MSMEs grow and thrive.

Eligibility / Qualifications

The program primarily targets:

  • Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs): These businesses, often constrained by limited resources, are the program’s main focus.
  • Potential Entrepreneurs: Aspiring business owners also stand to benefit from the program’s resources and training opportunities.
  • Cooperators: These are the private entities or organizations partnering with the agency to host and manage the SSF facilities, playing a crucial role in the program’s implementation.


While specific requirements may vary depending on the particular service or facility, generally, businesses need to demonstrate a clear need for the resources, a viable business plan, and the potential for growth and positive impact on their community.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply

  • Research and Preparation: Begin by understanding which SSF facilities align with your business needs. The DTI website and its local offices are excellent resources for this information.
  • Eligibility Check: Ensure your business meets the eligibility criteria for the program you’re interested in.
  • Documentation: Gather all necessary documents, which typically include a business plan, proof of business registration, and financial statements.
  • Application Submission: Submit your application and documents to the nearest DTI office or through its website, as directed.
  • Assessment and Approval: The DTI will assess your application. This process may include interviews or site visits.
  • Training and Orientation: Upon approval, participants will typically undergo training sessions related to the use of the facilities and equipment.
  • Access to Facilities: Once training is completed, you can start accessing the shared facilities to boost your business operations.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Strengthening Local Economies through DTI and Congress Collaboration

Deputy Minority Floor Leader and Basilan Lone District Representative Mujiv S Hataman recently met with DTI Zamboanga City Provincial Director Grace C. Aduca and her team to discuss enhancing collaboration between Congress and DTI Philippines. This partnership aims to uplift local economies, particularly focusing on Isabela de Basilan and Zamboanga, which are both under the jurisdiction of DTI’s Zamboanga Peninsula office. Their discussion highlighted strategies for leveraging the region’s agricultural base and MSME-driven industry sector to foster economic growth and resilience.

DIGIFAB CTC SSF Site Visit – Enhancing Food Testing and Processing of Marine Products at PUP FPTC

In collaboration with the DTI Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises Development, DTI PTTC’s DIGIFAB program conducted a site visit to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Food Processing Technology Center (FPTC). The purpose of the visit was to gather information on the needs and gaps in utilizing Shared Service Facilities (SSFs) for the development of a training course. PUP’s SSF, equipped with a state-of-the-art facility and recently acquired FDA License to Operate, is open on Fridays to cater to MSMEs and other stakeholders interested in utilizing their advanced food testing and processing capabilities.


Video: Briefer on Shared Service Facilities

Join us as we explore this series that introduces the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program by the Department of Trade and Industry and how it is helping various MSMEs across the country. Learn how this program is making a positive impact on the growth and development of small businesses in the Philippines.



The DTI Shared Service Facilities Program is a powerful initiative that supports the growth and development of MSMEs in the Philippines. By providing access to advanced technologies, training, and business support, the program empowers small businesses to scale up, innovate, and compete more effectively in the market. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or an established small business owner, the SSF Program offers a pathway to success, driving economic growth and creating more equitable opportunities for all.

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