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Region 4A ASEAN MSME Devt Summit
Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV (4th from right), DTI-4A Regional Director Marilou Q. Toledo (3rd from left), and Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona (2nd from left) with others at the 3rd CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Conference.

To empower those at the bottom of the pyramid and marginalized sectors with the right mindset, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A led the 3rd CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council (RMSMEDC) Conference on 28 September 2017 in Antipolo City, Rizal Province.

With the theme, “The 7Ms in ASEANizing CALABARZON MSMEs,” the conference aims to inform the Filipino micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) about the 7Ms strategy of the DTI to help them compete locally and globally, especially with the country experiencing economic growth.

DTI-Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona said the 7Ms strategy for Philippine MSME Development, which are mindset, mastery, mentoring, market, money, machines, and models, will propel MSMEs to make headway in increasing the competitive market.

“The 7Ms strategy of DTI for MSME Development holistically equips the small business sector to make headway in increasing the competitive market while contributing to the larger cause of sustaining the entrepreneurial revolution,” said Lantayona.

“Every entrepreneur takes risks. Yes, you may fail once, twice, or a few times, but with the help of DTI and other partner agencies and organization, you will fail smart. You will not go into battle alone because there will be people who will help you pick up the pieces and start again,” said Senator Bam Aquino during the discussion on having the right mindset.

The DTI currently sits as chair of ASEAN 2017 and has hosted a series of high-level meetings among economic ministers of the 10 Member States of ASEAN and the region’s trade partners. The 2017 ASEAN MSME Development Summit has already been concluded on 14 July 2017, with the collective efforts of the private sector, civil society, and governments from across ASEAN, bringing together knowledge, perspectives, and experience in growing MSMEs.

“We conduct the first localization effort in the country to ensure that we, as CALABARZON, are aligned with the growing interest and concern for our MSMEs to participate and benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Toledo.

“We focus on entrepreneurship because MSMEs support nation building. Entrepreneurship creates the most jobs and is a driver of economic growth,” added Toledo.

MSMEs are integral to the economic development and growth of the ASEAN region as they outnumber large enterprises in both quantity of establishments and share of the labor force they employ. The ASEAN MSMEs comprise the 95-99% of all business establishments, generating between 51% and 97% of employment.

With the competitive environment of the AEC, MSMEs are prompted to strategically enhance their productivity and address the current issues and challenges that ASEAN MSMEs would face in the next decade, adding that DTI will continue to empower and help MSMEs reap the fruits of the ongoing economic growth by engaging in vibrant entrepreneurial activities.

DTI 4A leads automotive players
Mr. Romulo V. Manlapig, Assistant Secretary and CARS Program Director of Board of Investments (in blue); Mr. Richard Albert I. Osmond, Chair of Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (in white, left side of the table); and Mr. Vicente T. Mills, President of Federation Automotive Industries of the Philippines (in white, right side of the table) listen to DTI 4-A Regional Director Marilou Q. Toledo as she gives her welcome remarks during the 1st Regional “Kapihan” for Automotive Industry on 28 September in Cabuyao City, Laguna.

The Department of Trade and Industry CALABARZON gathered lead automotive industry players for the 1st Regional “Kapihan” for Automotive Industry on 28 September, 2017 in Cabuyao City, Laguna.

Participating companies were the Federation of Automotive Industries of the Philippines (FAIP), Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), Philippine Parts Maker Association (PPMA), Motorcycle Parts Producers and Exporters Association (MCPPEA), Phil. Ecozones Association (PHILEA), Laguna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), some government agencies such as the Board of Investments (BOI), UP National Center for Transportation Studies, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), National Economic and Development Authority CALABARZON, Deptartment of Public Works and Highways CALABARZON, Department of Science and Technology CALABARZON, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency – Nomura Research Institute (JICA-NRI).

While the Philippines moved up to become the second fastest growing automotive market in the Southeast Asia at the start of 2017, its market is smaller compared with other ASEAN countries.

Furthermore, its manufacturing capabilities are mostly oriented towards the domestic market rather than regional chains.

Ms. Jasmin Nagera, Vice President of the Government and Industry Affairs of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, presented about the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program and its benefits to the other players in the automotive sector. The program is intended to enable the industry to seize market opportunities opened by the ASEAN Economic Community and deepen its participation in the regional supply chain.

“We, in DTI, really want to uplift the capacity and competitiveness of our MSMEs. We want them to be part of the value chain of the industry. Hence, we are asking for the participation and commitment of the industry players, specifically the private sector, and government agencies to make it happen. The 7M’s (mindset, mastery, mentoring, market, machine, money, and business model) of DTI Secretary Mon Lopez would be a good strategy to promote productivity and profitability,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

Toledo hopes that the ‘Kapihan’ will be the beginning of a collaboration between the government and private sector to integrate and push CALABARZON’s automotive industry towards an inclusive and prosperous Philippines.

In response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration’s goal of ensuring inclusive growth and addressing income inequality, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A spearheads the convening of the 3rd CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council (RMSMEDC) Conference on 28 September 2017 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy located at Km. 27, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Rizal Province.

With the theme, “The 7Ms in ASEANizing CALABARZON MSMEs,” the conference aims to strengthen the role of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in propelling domestic and ASEAN regional economies. The 7Ms, referring to: (1) Mindset, (2) Mastery, (3) Mentoring, (4) Market, (5) Money, (6) Machines, and (7) Models (Business), represent the DTI’s strategy for supporting MSMEs.

The 2017 ASEAN MSME Development Summit has already been concluded on 14 July 2017, with the collective efforts of the private sector, civil society, and governments from across ASEAN, bringing together knowledge, perspectives, and experience in growing MSMEs. As a parallel response, the Regional MSME Development Council has agreed to localize the event and present the same to the region’s stakeholders.

The event will tackle the 7Ms for MSME development through panel discussions with responses from the government and private sector representatives in an effort to translate the aspirations into deliberate actions at the regional and local levels to help MSMEs move up in life.

“The Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with the RMSMED Council, believes that the MSMEs must be active participants and beneficiaries of the economic opportunities that the current ASEAN integration brings, thus, the need to strengthen the MSMEs’ role and contribution in attaining inclusive, people-centered ASEAN,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration’s goal of ensuring inclusive growth, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises, and addressing income inequality, the Department of Trade and Industry CALABARZON will lead the convening of the 3rd CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council (RMSMEDC) Conference on 28 September 2017 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal.

With the theme, “The 7Ms in ASEANizing CALABARZON MSMEs,” the conference aims to strengthen the role of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in propelling domestic and ASEAN regional economies. The seven-point strategy includes Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Markets, Money, Machines, and Models of Business that will equip entrepreneurs in making a difference in the market while contributing to the larger cause of sustaining the entrepreneurial revolution in ASEAN.

MSMEs are integral to the economic development and growth of the ASEAN region as they outnumber large enterprises in both quantity of establishments and share of the labor force they employ. The ASEAN MSMEs comprise the 95-99% of all business establishments, generating between 51% and 97% of employment.

DTI CALABARZON Regional Director Marilou Toledo said MSMEs play vital role in lifting the country and the ASEAN Region’s economy, thus the sector needs to be active in participating in related activities as they are as well beneficiaries of the economic opportunities that the current ASEAN integration brings.

“The Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with the RMSMED Council, believes that the MSMEs must be active participants and beneficiaries of the economic opportunities that the current ASEAN integration brings, thus, the need to strengthen the MSMEs’ role and contribution in attaining inclusive, people-centered ASEAN,” Toledo said.

With the recent 2017 ASEAN MSME Development Summit bringing together knowledge, perspectives, and experience in growing MSMEs, the Regional MSME Development Council has agreed to localize the event and present the same to the region’s stakeholders.

The event will tackle the 7Ms for MSME development through panel discussions with responses from the government and private sector representatives in an effort to translate the aspirations into deliberate actions at the regional and local levels to help MSMEs move up in life. ♦

DTI strengthens Luzon coffee industry
Participants at the Luzon Island Coffee Cluster Assembly on 12-13 September in Tagaytay City.

The Department of Trade and Industry gathered coffee farmers, processors, manufacturers, Regional Council Chairs, national government agencies, and members of the academe from Regions 1, 2, 3, Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA for the Luzon Island Coffee Cluster Assembly on 12-13 September in Tagaytay City.

The assembly aimed to present the national and localized version roadmap of each region, establish an institutional mechanism of roadmap localization and implementation, and learn about coffee quality standards and market opportunities.

The supposed benchmarking activity at the Café Amadeo Development Cooperative and the National Coffee Research, Development, and Extension Center at the Cavite State University-Indang was cancelled due to the bad weather. Instead, Mr. Rodrigo H. Diloy, a representative of CvSU, provided a talk on the overview of the Philippine coffee varieties and methods of coffee propagation the new processes, technologies, and applications of coffee necessary to optimize the potentials of the industry. Ms. Ma. Agnes M. Madlansacay, General Manager of Café Amadeo, shared the company’s success story.

The second day activity was about discussions on the Philippine Coffee Market vs. World Market Behaviors, Consumer Demand Innovation, Coffee Science Researches, Coffee Development Programs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of

Science and Technology, and the High Value Crops Development Program of the Department of Agriculture.

Coffee is among the priority industry clusters that DTI is targeting to develop in the next five years, given its high potential to accelerate the region’s economic growth. While the sector has so much to offer, development remains slow. Thus, the Philippine Coffee Roadmap was crafted to serve as guide for optimal realization of targets for 2017-2022 and was signed in May 2017.

“The Philippine coffee production is far from serving coffee consumption of the country. Currently, 90% of the demand is imported for about Php 12 billion. The demand is still increasing with expanding consumption based among younger generation and night shift workers. Likewise, coffee shops are increasing, and specialty coffee market is expanding,” said DTI CAR Director and National Coordinator of the Coffee Industry Cluster Myrna P. Pablo.

“While coffee production is almost all over the country, we are very far from sufficiency, and this is what the Coffee Roadmap is focused on aside from optimizing income for Filipino farmers and the micro, small, and medium enterprises in the industry,” added Director Pablo.

The Philippines envisions a coffee industry that is cost-competitive, aligned with global quality standards, reliable and environment-friendly, and provides sustainable benefits to farmers, processors, traders, and exporters.

Some of the proposed strategies to achieve the target are to improve quality and availability of planting material, enhance farm efficiency and investments, and improve competitiveness, market price, and coffee standards.

“We, from the government, want to help our coffee farmers and MSMEs. In return, we also need their help by letting us know what they need. Let us work together to strengthen our coffee industry, to generate employment, and to improve the livelihood of our farmers and MSMEs,” said DTI CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Marcelina S. Alcantara.

 

 

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