• DTI to stay focused on regional MSMEs

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    The Department of Trade and Industry said it will continue to support the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) this year on the heels of the achievements in 2015.

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    “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,” DTI-ROG supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said.

    Maglaya said the department will observe such trend in 2016, with the initiatives for MSMEs eventually leading to more entrepreneurs, employment and inclusive growth.

    For 2016, she said the DTI-ROG “would continue to foster partnerships among the
    MSMEs, development partners, and government.”

    Negosyo Centers, the main MSME initiative of the DTI-ROG, has reached 144 centers as of end-December 2015, which surpassed the department’s target of 100 centers.

    “ The centers are geared towards promoting the ease of doing business, facilitating access to services for MSMEs, including business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information and advocacy as well as access to market linkages,” Maglaya said.

    Another DTI-ROG MSME initiative, the shared service facilities (SSF) aims to provide storage facilities at the grassroots level, and was also ramped up to reach 1,434 SSFs. It generated 46,573 jobs since was established in 2013.

    The DTI-ROG also aided six national priority industry clusters which are primarily in the agro-industrial segment including rubber, coco coir, coffee, cacao, processed fruits & nuts, and tourism support industries.

    As of end-September 2015, Maglaya said the DTI-ROG invested P1.717 billion in the six industry clusters, generating P2.621 billion in domestic sales. These surpassed the annual targets by 135 percent and 144 percent, respectively.

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