Regional council for MSMEs widens biz horizons with exhibits, mentoring program

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CAMIGUIN, April 20 (PIA) – To support and even encourage more entrepreneurs to take part in nation building, the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 strengthens its core programs particularly on mentoring, holding exhibits and providing shared service facilities (SSF).

During the Talakayan sa PIA on April 17 at Mambajao Negosyo Center, here, Ruben Vegafria, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Oriental, said that various public-private partnerships are now aiding the business sector such as the provision of SSF which encourages involvement of people in the community through a certain livelihood suited in their area.

The Department of Trade and Industry also continuously conduct the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program that aims to help the country’s MSEs through coaching and mentoring, and linking MSMEs to large companies’ value chains.

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Key MSME programs, events

In the recent KMME in the region, about 218 participants were coached on entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation, and marketing mindset. The participants came from Bukidnon (40), Camiguin (34), Lanao del Norte (39), Misamis Occidental (37), Misamis Oriental (49) and Regional Office (19).

As for the ProPak (Processing and Packaging) Asia, the biggest and most prestigious international food, drink, pharmaceutical processing and packaging event, a total of 146 delegates from the region are qualified to participate and witness how successful companies process their products on June 13-16 at Bangkok, Thailand.

The SSF implementation on the other hand, now has 92 percent or 146 out of 159 SSFs that are operational. From this number, Bukidnon has implemented 33 SSF, Camiguin with 17, Lanao del Norte with 36, Misamis Occidental with 29 and Misamis Oriental with 44.

Engaging the MSMEs to such events is important since “they are very significant in nation building that is why DTI today is focusing so much programs on MSMEs for their development because without the MSMEs the large businessmen or businesses will not be able to exist,” said Mike Amores, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Occidental.

 

Engaging NGAs

When it comes to other government agencies’ intervention, Miriam dela Plaza of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that they are introducing the Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that aims to help businesses particularly those engaged in manufacturing. It is where the department aids on upgrading the businesses’ technology to help in the productivity of MSMEs.

They also have the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program that aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development.

As for the manpower or skills training, Elwin Barquez of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)- Camiguin Provincial Office shared that TESDA introduced new services on what they are currently providing.

“So being the supplier of manpower, we also advocated through our curriculum on how our graduates, being world class, could contribute on how to preserve our world,” Barquez said.

The National Youth Comission (NYC) also provides opportunities to youth entrepreneurs by allowing youth organizations to register online and enjoy benefits and assistance from NYC. Once registered, the youth organization can request a training from NYC such as activities or programs that foster economic empowerment.

For food-related business, the Food Innovation Center now accommodates MSMEs and students who want to develop and promote their food technology or product. The center also assists those who want to pursue or boost their business from the technology they’ve innovated.

Training and introducing more business strategies to entrepreneurs is essential in today’s local and global market is no longer a difficult task since “most of the MSMEs are getting younger and they are more knowledgeable, aggressive and educated on business,” said Shirley Cutab, RMSMEDC member from Camiguin.

Thus, the RMSMEDC-10 now calls out to all MSMEs who haven’t considered any intervention outside their comfort zones to grab the opportunities provided by the government and even the private sector to enhance their business and further improve their standards or mind sets in doing their business.(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

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