2015 gains and 2016 plans for MSMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry–Regional Operations Group reported the wins for 2015 and vowed to step up its efforts in 2016 for the betterment of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

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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 micro, small and medium enterprises (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 [1],” 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 ROG “would continue foster partnership between MSMEs, development partners, and the government.”

144 Negosyo Centers

One directive that ROG has focused on is the establishment of Negosyo Centers. As of December 2015, there are 144 Negosyo Centers. 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 shared service facilities (SSF) [2] have been established with a total of 1,434 SSFs, which already generated 46,573 of employment since its launch in 2013.

Industry clustering strategy for 2016

On the industry clustering strategy, Maglaya said that as a result of various initiatives and interventions in promoting and fostering for industry development nationwide, the six national priority industry clusters which are predominantly agri-based industries have contributed significant outcome in terms of bottomline indicators. The six priority industry clusters are rubber, coco coir, coffee, cacao, processed fruits & nuts, and tourism support industries.

She noted that 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.

Continued support for MSMEs

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.

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—From the Department of Trade and Industry

[1] Among the many milestones of the ROG are the establishment of more than a hundred Negosyo Centers, Shared Service Facilities, Diskwento Caravans, SME Roving Academies, Agrarian Reform Communities, 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, and Promotion of Green Economic Development in cooperation with the government of Germany, among others.

[2] The Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.