The Board of Investments (BOI) recently held a seminar to enhance the skills of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) frontline staff in regional and provincial offices as well as local economic and investment officers (LEIPOs) to competently assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and potential investors in the Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) Region.
“In actively engaging the local stakeholders of Region 12, we expect to build sustainable foundations in driving economic activities and creating a robust DTI and BOI presence in the region,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo Jr. said.
The BOI’s investment counseling seminar and capability-building training on investments promotion drew 80 participants from the LEIPOs of various local governments of the region, DTI regional and provincial frontline staff, representatives of line agencies, and members of chambers of commerce.
The seminar gave pointers on how to become effective frontliners for investors by being well-informed on various investment laws and policies, the Investment Priorities Plan, and investment incentives.
It also touched on investment promotion strategies such as image-building, investment generation, investment servicing, and the components of a good project plan.
As follow-up activity, various stakeholders will identify viable sector-focused investment projects in priority markets. These projects will be lodged in BOI’s EQUIP (electronic quick investors portal), which will serve as a digital platform to promote these projects to potential investors.