New MSMEpro­grams­for 2017

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

DE­PART­MENT OF TRADE AND IN­DUS­TRY (DTI) Re­gion 3 Di­rec­tor Ju­dith P. An­ge­les has an­nounced her agency’s new­ly­launched pro­grams for Mi­cro Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSMEs) for 2017.

In keep­ing with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion’s thrust for a more in­clu­sive and pros­per­ous Philip­pines through Em­ploy­ment and In­come Op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­body, three strate­gic ini­tia­tives are sched­uled to be launched this year, viz: Brand Equity Devel­op­ment pro­gram (BED), In­dus­try Clus­ter Enhancement pro­gram (ICE) and the Ka­p­atid Men­tor Mi­cro En­tre­pre­neur pro­gram or KMME.

Di­rec­tor An­ge­les ex­plained each ini­tia­tive, thus: the Brand Equity Devel­op­ment pro­gram in­tends “to de­velop new strong home­grown Philip­pine brands in both lo­cal and for­eign mar­kets from the ar­eas of MSME. At least one brand is tar­geted to be de­vel­oped per year per prov­ince.

The In­dus­try Clus­ter Enhancement pro­gram will de­velop more glob­ally in­te­grated, highly sus­tain­able and pro­duc­tive pri­or­ity in­dus­try clus­ters among the MSMEs. So far, the Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Group of DTI has eight pri­or­ity clus­ters-bam­boo, coffee, ca­cao, coco coir, fruits and nuts, gifts, decors and wear­ables.

The third strate­gic ini­tia­tive tar­gets the mi­cro en­trepreneurs who would scale up their busi­nesses via reg­u­lar coach­ing and men­tor­ing ses­sions for busi­ness own­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers on dif­fer­ent func­tional ar­eas of en­trepreneur­ship like those held in Negosyo Cen­ters na­tion­wide.

Ever ac­tive and pro­lific, Di­rec­tor Judy wants her agency to im­ple­ment KMME ses­sions in all seven (7) prov­inces of the re­gion in 2017.

****** In part­ner­ship with Negosyo Cen­ters and to strengthen the vi­a­bil­ity of Mi­cro Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSMEs) sec­tor in Cen­tral Lu­zon, DTI will es­tab­lish 26 more Negosyo Cen­ters in dif­fer­ent ci­ties and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Re­gion 3 in 2017. This ef­fort will even ex­tend up to the dis­tant mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like Din­galan, Di­pac­u­lao and Casig­u­ran in Aurora.

****** Repub­lic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act pro­vides the func­tions of Negosyo Cen­ters such as to pro­mote ease of do­ing busi­ness and ac­cess to ser­vices es­pe­cially to MSMEs; co­or­di­nate gov­ern­ment pro­cesses in the set-up and man­age­ment of MSMEs; fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion; co­or­di­nate with LGUs and other agen­cies; pro­vide busi­ness in­for­ma­tion and train­ing for MSMEs; mon­i­tor and rec­om­mend busi­ness process im­prove­ment and build sup­port net­work and mar­ket and prod­uct link­ages.

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