in photo: DTI Rizal OIC-Provincial Director Cleotilde M. Duran, Rizal Provincial Governor Hon. Nina Ricci A. Ynares, with resource speakers from MERALCO, DOST, DOLE, SOMAGO Philippines, and IPOPHL, and the MSMEs from Rizal Province.

RIZAL PROVINCE — Yesterday marked a pivotal day for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Rizal Province as they gathered for the enlightening “MSME Forum: Mga Programa at Serbisyo para sa Negosyante at Manggagawa.” The event, held from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, was designed to shed light on vital programs and services critical for the advancement of MSMEs in the region. Welcoming the attendees was Ms. Cleotilde M. Duran, the Officer-in-Charge Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Rizal, setting a warm and engaging tone for the day. Following her welcome, Hon. Nina Ricci A. Ynares, the Governor of the Province of Rizal, shared an inspirational message, instilling motivation and setting the stage for the enlightening sessions ahead.

At the core of the event was a focus on presenting an array of programs and services aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and workers within the MSME sector. Esteemed representatives from key organizations took the stage, delivering engaging presentations on various vital aspects.

The first segment featured a presentation on MERALCO Programs and Services by Engr. Winston Delos Reyes and Engr. Miko Bustamante. They provided valuable insights into the distinctive programs offered by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), emphasizing power-related solutions and tailored services beneficial for MSMEs, vital for their business operations.

Following this, Ms. Jennifer Jaezon Medina discussed DOST Programs and Services. She provided an overview of the initiatives by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), focusing on technological advancements, research opportunities, and innovation-driven services designed to enhance business productivity and competitiveness within the MSME sector.

Next, Ms. Joy Angelyn Parabas, Mr. Erwin Rommel De Jesus, and Ms. Janine Revira, Senior Labor & Employment Officers from DOLE 4A, shared enlightening insights into DOLE Programs and Services. They emphasized the agency’s dedication to uplifting the workforce, covering labor rights, employment opportunities, and other vital support mechanisms crucial for both workers and employers within the MSME sector.

Lastly, Mr. Joshe Calvin Tiu, International Trade Director of SOMAGO Philippines, discussed SOMAGO Services, focusing on international trade facilitation. He emphasized the importance of global trade for MSMEs and how SOMAGO assists businesses in navigating the complexities of international markets, fostering growth, and encouraging global expansion.

These presentations collectively underscored the significance of collaboration and active engagement with the MSME sector. They emphasized the importance of tailored support and services, illuminating pathways for sustainable growth and resilience within Rizal’s entrepreneurial community. The event aimed to equip MSMEs with the essential knowledge and resources necessary for navigating the dynamic business landscape and thriving in today’s competitive market.

The event concluded with closing remarks by Ms. Sharon F. Dioco, Business Development Division (BDD) Chief of DTI Rizal, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and the promising future of MSMEs in Rizal. Alongside the main program, the event saw active participation from other key organizations keen on supporting MSMEs. These included the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) represented by Mr. Joel Caalaman, IPOPHIL Rizal personnel, and the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.) represented by Mr. Lan Doringo.

The MSME Forum proved to be a crucial platform, providing Rizal MSMEs with valuable insights into diverse programs and services essential for their growth and development. It underlined the collective effort to uplift the MSME sector, fostering a resilient entrepreneurial community within Rizal Province.

Date of Release: 3 October 2023