In a concerted effort to promote responsible business practices and ensure compliance with regulatory policies, Quirino MSMEs gathered yesterday, 08 May 2024, at the Q-Life Conference Hall in Cabarroguis, Quirino.

The Provincial Government of Quirino spearheaded the event in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry-R2 Quirino which was attended by 45 fossilized flower makers alongside key government officials from the Provincial Government of Quirino, Department of Trade and Industry-R2 and Quirino Provincial Office, Philippine National Police, Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environment Management Bureau.

PMaj. Ariel Gabuya from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Quirino, and PMaj. Hazel Calucag from the Quirino Provincial Police Office (QPPO) led discussions on the documentary requirements and procedures for the procurement of controlled chemicals, emphasizing the importance of adherence to applicable laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, Mr. Leonardo Odon of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) shed light on laws and regulations governing waste management and the disposal of hazardous waste and chemicals, particularly highlighting salient provisions of Republic Act 6969.

Furthermore, Atty. Cyrus I. Restauro from the DTI Region 2 delved into the significance of ethical business practices, underscoring the need for transparency and integrity in all commercial dealings.

Among the notable attendees were Provincial Administrator Ms. Carmelita Jimenez, Executive Assistant to the Governor Mr. Elmor Villaruel, and representatives from the various government agencies including the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRMO) Officer Susie Leal, and representatives from the Provincial Economic Enterprise Office, Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office of the Provincial Government of Quirino.

Major takeaways from the stakeholders’ meeting were the conduct One Stop Shop Business Registration Caravan in June, to facilitate the processing of necessary permits and licenses from multiple government agencies for the fossilized flower makers, and the creation of a Provincial Organization of Fossilized Flowers stakeholders registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

The gathering underscored the importance of collaboration between government and business sectors in promoting sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship, particularly for the Fossilized Flower Industry in Quirino. ♦

Date of release: 09 May 2024