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DTI prioritizes cacao clustering

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has included cacao among its six priority Industry Clustering strategy as the agency steps up efforts to uplift micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Zenaida Maglaya said the Industry Clustering strategy will launch various initiatives and interventions to promote and foster industry development nationwide. Aside from cacao, the other priority industry clusters include rubber, coco coir, coffee, processed fruits & nuts, and tourism support industries.

“These industry clusters are predominantly agri-based industries tha have contributed significant outcome in terms of bottomline indicators,” Maglaya said.

ZENAIDA MAGLAYA

ZENAIDA MAGLAYA

As of third quarter 2015, a total of P1.717 billion in investments and P2.621 billion in domestic sales were generated from the six national priority industry clusters. These surpassed the annual targets by 135% and 144%, respectively.

“In 2016, the industry clustering strategy will be continued to be mainstreamed by DTI with new additional identified priority sectors to bring the development to the countryside,” she said.

“We are proud to inform the public that the Regional Operations Group (ROG) in 2015 has worked with tireless enthusiasm with various partner agencies to support the growth of MSMEs in the country, with the establishment of the ever-increasing number of launched Negosyo Centers, established Shared Service Facilities and implemented Bottom-up Budgeting projects,” Regional Operations Group supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said.

Maglaya stressed that these initiatives of focusing on MSMEs will eventually result to more entrepreneurs, employment and inclusive growth, adding that the Regional Operations Group “would continue foster partnership between MSMEs, development partners, and the government.”

Among the many milestones of the Regional Operations Group are the establishment of more than a hundred Negosyo Centers, Shared Service Facilities (SSF), Diskwento Caravans, SME Roving Academies (SMERA), Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs), the assistance to typhoon Yolanda victims through the Livelihood Seeding Program, National Industry Clustering, Bottom-Up Budgeting, Coconut Industry Development Program, National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP), Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) in cooperation with the German government, among others.

One directive that ROG has focused on is the establishment of Negosyo Centers, of which has a total number of 144 as of December 2015. This total has exceeded the Department’s target of 100 Negosyo Centers for 2015.

“As of December 31, 2015, a total of 144 Negosyo Centers have been launched. The Centers are geared towards promoting the ease of doing business facilitating access to services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information and advocacy as well as access to market linkages,” Maglaya said.

Meanwhile, to reach the grassroots level, more SSFs have been established with a total of 1,434 SSFs, which already generated 46,573 of employment since its launch in 2013.

Also in January 2015, ROG started Negosyo ATBP., a business education radio program aired every Wednesday, which aims to raise the public’s awareness MSMEs, business success stories and government programs and services to assist MSMEs and is currently on its fourth season.

Maglaya vowed to surpass ROG’s 2015 accomplishments by continuing its initiatives of uplifting the MSMEs and by continuing to raise the bar of service to the Filipino public.

“The ROG will continue to support MSMEs in facing challenges concerning business environment, productivity and efficiency, and access to finance and market as we continually strive to improve our brand of service to the public,” she said.