The 3RD CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council Conference conducted on 28 September 2017 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal took off from the 2017 ASEAN MSME Development Summit held last 14 July 2017 at the PICC where the Manila Call to Action was presented with recommendations for the ASEAN member-states and the Philippines. Localized in the context of the CALABARZON Call to Action, it focused on entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth and job creation with reference to the interventions anchored in the 7Ms—Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Markets, Money, Machines, and Models of Business.♦
TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 02 recently conducted a two (2) day product assessment and consultation during the OTOP Next Generation Assessment, Consultation and Triage (A.C.T) session held on April 5-6, 2018 at the DTI Regional Office No. 02 Negosyo Center Building, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The A.C.T session is part of the One Town One Product (OTOP) Program which aims to level up and scale up the services and assistances provided for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
For Region 02, a total of 50 MSMEs from the different provinces participated in the activity and underwent one-on-one consultation for branding, packaging and labeling with sought after consultants and experts for the food and non-food sector. A Food/ packaging and technology expert from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was also present during the activity.
Participating MSMEs brought with them their top 3 product lines subject for assessment and consultation. During the session, comments and recommendations were also provided to MSMEs on how they can improve their products to become more competitive and market adaptive.
In his message, DTI Region 02 OIC Regional Director, Mr. Ruben B. Diciano said that DTI will continue its commitment in nurturing MSMEs to become more competitive with strong brands that will significantly drive inclusive local economic growth.
Mr Leon Flores III, OTOP National Program Manager said that OTOP now shifts to more than just one product per place. According to him, a municipality can have 2 to 5 products under OTOP or none at all. For municipalities that do not have OTOP, they can provide support or complement to other municipalities as suppliers of raw materials and/or provide skills and labor.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga of DTI Regional Operations Group encouraged the MSMEs to open their minds to innovations and continuously seek on ways to scale up their business. She also made emphasis on the presence of various market access opportunities that the DTI provides to help MSMEs promote their products such as trade fairs, Go Lokal! and OTOP Philippines Hub. According to her there will be cross-regional exchange of best products from different regions to further promote the local products in the country.
DTI Region 02 Provincial Directors, Provincial Trade Promotion Officers and some media partners were also present during the activity.
The session was conducted in two batches. For the first batch, it was conducted for the MSMEs coming from the provinces of Quirino, Batanes and Nueva Vizcaya. Meanwhile, for the second batch, it was participated in by MSMEs from the province of Cagayan and Isabela.♦
Date of release: 17 April 2018
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in CALABARZON, in collaboration with the Local Government of Alabat and the Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation (PCRDF), recently organized a Planning Workshop for the development of a Feasibility Study for the Makapuno Industry in Los Baños, Laguna.
The workshop was part of the Makapuno Island Project to revitalize the Makapuno Industry in CALABARZON and the DTI CALABARZON and DTI Foreign Trade Service Corps’ (FTSC) project of Transforming Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs): Philippine Makapuno Industry and Agribusiness Investment Promotion Program which will be piloted in the Alabat Island, Quezon Province.
“We should double our efforts to develop a brand for ‘Philippine Makapuno’ as this will encourage more investments and exports and benefit our overseas Filipinos as well as those at the grassroots level such as farmers and micro, small, and medium enterprises. It is also important to apply the 7Ms strategy for entrepreneurship (mindset change, mastery, mentoring, money, machine, market access, and models of business) in developing and promoting our makapuno,” DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo said.
Key industry players in the academe, government, and private sector such as the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Albay Research Center, PCA Region 4-A, Department of Agriculture - Lipa Agricultural Research and Experiment Station (DA-LARES), Bureau of Investments, Landbank of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 4-A, Pasciolco Agriventures, Southern Luzon State University, and Batangas State University were gathered to map out the Makapuno Value Chain, resulting to the identification of value chain actors and review of constraints in the value chain and products and markets. Inputs to the Makapuno Feasibility Study and next steps/concrete action plans were also determined.
“Several agencies have been continuously working hard for the development of Makapuno. Hence, products like Makapuno powder, Makapuno flakes, and Makgum or Galactomannan were developed. We hope to commercialize these products along with the Embryo Cultured Makapuno technology, and we would like CALABARZON to be the first region to do that,” emphasized DOST CALABARZON Director Alexander R. Madrigal on his hopes to revive the industry.♦