DAVAO CITY – This year’s celebration of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week will highlight optimism amid the current uncertainties.

Since March 2020, the local entrepreneurs have been facing several challenges because of the global health crisis. In the meantime, a number of them had decided to suspend their operations until things get better, while others completely closed their businesses.

The MSME Week 2021 is seen as an avenue to promote entrepreneurship and inspire more local entrepreneurs to continue despite the setbacks since the government has been doing its best to extend the necessary assistance.        

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be denied. Hence, the Davao Region MSME Development Council, together with the National MSME Development Council, will make the MSME Week 2021 celebration on 2-6 August 2021 special for them.

“Despite the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine and the opening of the economy, some of the MSMEs have remained incapable of bouncing back. Their cash flows are still tight and could not sustain their operation.” Ambi said.

With the theme “Makabagong MSMEs: Bagong Pag-asa Laban sa Pandemya,” the virtual celebration is expected to spread hope and continuously inspire the MSMEs. Topics to be discussed are the ff.:

Day 1Improved Business Climate
Day 2Improved Access to Finance
Day 3Enhanced Management and Labor Capacities
Day 4Improved Access to Technology
Day 5Improved Access to Market


The week-long celebration will be culminated with the awarding of the Most Outstanding MSMEs in the New Normal. This is to give recognition to those who have overcome the hardships and challenges brought about by the pandemic. 

“This will look into how the entrepreneurs turned the pandemic into a season of opportunities and how they have continued to thrive amidst economic hardships and uncertainties. Their success stories will surely bring inspiration to many,” the DTI official shared, adding that these inspiring MSMEs will be the face of competitiveness, innovativeness, and resilience.  

Since January this year, DTI-11 has already assisted a total of 13,998 MSMEs through various programs such as product development, capacity building, marketing and promotion. The office is targeting to assist 23,000 MSMEs at the end of the year.

Ambi encouraged everyone to participate in the region’s MSME Week 2021 celebration and follow the DTI-11 official Facebook page to get updates about the upcoming event. ♦

Date of Release: 27 July 2021