Monday, July 25, 2016

DTI 7 cites major breakthroughs
in regional MSME development

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)--Ten major breakthroughs, one of which is the implementation of provincial, regional and national and international fairs to increase local products exposure into the domestic and international markets, reports the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 7 during the opening of the 11th Regional Sandugo Trade Expo at the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City Bohol July 20-. 

Standing proud after leveling-up the Bohol provincial trade fair into what is now considered among the most prestigious of regional local products and crafts marketing event, DTI regional director Asteria Caberte highlighted the government's Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Plan which facilitated the breakthroughs in Central Visayas. 

The MSME development plan, as our platform, creates and enabling environment and provides government support not only to improve MSME access to finance and expand markets access, but also to strengthen MSME productivity and competitiveness, she said at the opening ceremonies of the local products expo in Tagbilaran. 

She said the MSME Development Plan puts local MSMEs at the forefront, and addressed the problem of poverty squarely. 

Caberte, who hails from Bohol and is consequently the Regional Director for the newly created Negros Island Region, added that that plans helps put premium on job generation and bring food o the table. 

In DTI 7, the regional director added that the streamlining of business regulatory requirements put up in the Business Permits and Licensing System has reduced cost of doing business by streamlining bureaucratic processes and pushed for transparency in transactions. 

In Central Visayas, Caberte reported that 132 local governments have already adopted the BPLS and quickly added that further improvements can still be made.

In Local government partnerships, DTI has launched 16 Negosyo Centers offering usiness registrations, information, advisory, trainings and seminars. 

She also disclosed that 12 more Negosyo Centers are up within the second semester of the year although, the DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez has ordered the immediate establishment of such centers in all major cities and first and 2nd class municipalities here. 

In productivity and competitiveness as well as production efficiency, DTI 7 reports 94 Shared Service facilities currently established until 2016. 

The SSF are common service facilities to give MSMEs the technology and equipment to leapfrog in the products development and production which require equipment and technology. 

She also pointed out the Bottom-Up Budgeting, for which the DTI has seen 25 completed projects and 17 more ongoing, including community identifies SSF and Negosyo Centers, plus trainings.

DTI also hailed the government's micro-financing program which gave access to entrepreneurs, which also made available, with the DTI assistance, some P109 million worth of loans in the region. 

Also, a program called Travel Retail Immersion Program has helped selected MSMEs in the region with their product development, via a design consultant. 

The region has developed 55 new product collections now market-tested at the Mactan International Airport, she added. 

As to consumer rights and protection, the DTI has provided Timbangan ng Bayan, protecting consumers from unfair trade practices relative to weights. She also cited the Bagwis Awards program for stores that adhere o established service and product standards in the region. 

DTI's roving academy has also brought to SME programs and services via product design, pricing, packaging, labeling, food safety rendered by partner government agencies. 

Finally, the DTI in Central Visayas has consistently encouraged LGUs to regularly track data and benchmark performance against other LGUS, cities as a basis for competitiveness scoring on economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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