Development Despite Disruption: SSF 3Ds, A seminar-workshop on greening and BCP

In an effort to harmonize sustainability and economic development, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – MIMAROPA Regional Office organized a two-day virtual seminar-workshop on Greening and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for Shared Service Facilities (SSF) cooperators and beneficiaries in the region.

Dubbed as SSF 3Ds (Development Despite Disruptions), the seminar-workshop on Green Economic Development (GED) and BCP is aimed at helping SSF beneficiaries to increase their capacity for competitiveness and inclusive green growth as well as in preparation for mitigation strategies to combat the impact of natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes, drought, or pandemic on businesses and the community.

The event was participated by 38 SSF cooperators/beneficiaries from across Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and Palawan.

Ms. Rita Pilarca, owner and manager of RGIP Empowerbiz Consultancy Services, served as the facilitator for the two-day seminar-workshop. She has expertise in design and facilitation/moderation of assessment and planning workshops, development of training modules, and conduct of various entrepreneurship and related training, and preparation of business plans/feasibility studies, industry studies, and roadmaps.

Day 1 of the two-day seminar-workshop centered on Greening and aimed to present the development rationale of promoting GED, showing examples on how to go green, and the creation of a Green Action Plan (GAP) /Green Dashboard. The Green Dashboard reflects the target percentage of reduction in electric consumption, the volume of solid waste, as well as the ways to improve the efficiency of transportation of goods, water resource management, supply and procurement of locally and sustainably produced inputs to production, and resilient building designs.

To further help the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the adverse effects of the ongoing pandemic, day 2 of the seminar-workshop focused on BCP. In a session on restructuring for recovery and resiliency, the participants were introduced to the concepts and processes in BCP and its application in their respective businesses and organizations. With the provided template, participants were asked to draft their own BCPs. The BCP includes the business impact analysis, recovery strategies, plan development, and implementation strategies.

For monitoring, the DTI-MIMAROPA Regional and Provincial Offices shall monitor the SSF beneficiaries’ implementation of the GAP and BCP.

In his opening remarks, DTI-MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel B. Valera assured the participants that the Department will continue its unceasing support in alleviating the lives of the MSMEs in the region despite the ongoing impediments.

Acknowledging the impact of the pandemic on plastic waste footprint, DTI-MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director Rodolfo J. Mariposque urged the MSMEs to look for more ways to reduce waste, especially single-use plastics, in their businesses and respective homes.

At length, the seminar-workshop is one of DTI-MIMAROPA’s efforts in greening businesses, greening the community, and business continuity.

DTI SSF Project aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, accessories, and other auxiliary items, skills, and knowledge under a shared system.

The event was held on 24-25 May 2021 via Zoom.♦

Date of Release: 28 May 2021