Pampanga SMEDC bats for stronger enterprises
by Erlinda T. Yutuc
San Fernando, Pampanga (18 September) -- The Pampanga Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (SMEDC) is bent on being a major key player in the development of SMEs in the province.
Newly-elected SMEDC chair Ma. Teresa Carlos of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PAMCHAM) stressed that the council intends to contribute something to the development of SMEs in the province as she urged its members to continue working as a team to attain this objective.
She said that being generous in sharing one's time and know-how with others and constantly working for them will surely come back a thousand fold not only for one's self but more so for the people and the entire province.
Carlos said that the council members recently underwent a one-day planning workshop at the Bank of Florida in the City of San Fernando to identify the council's programs and activities for one year that will spell out the full development of SMEs.
The planning session, facilitated by Adelfo Diaz of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), was participated in by the council's members which include PAMCHAM President Rene Romero, technical representatives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Science and Technology (DOST), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Chamber of Furniture Industries (CFI), Philippines - Pampanga Chapter.
Romero, who was the first SMEDC chairman, said that there is an urgent need to unite and organize all SMEs in the province to effectively and efficiently address their common issues and requirements.
Organizing these SMEs will also make them very, very strong, Romero added.
Carlos explained that during the planning workshop, the members identified and agreed on the council's major functions and roles in the development of SMEs in the province.
She said that the council shall seek to organize and integrate, promote and develop SMEs in the province; identify and consolidate concerns which may require policy formulations; conduct information dissemination on policy reform and serve as their voice.
To facilitate the implementation of the Council's programs, Carlos said that the council proposed the creation of committees, to wit: advocacy, promotions and marketing, capability building, institutional development and resource mobilization.
Carlos added that an interim executive committee was formed during the workshop with PAMCHAM as chair; Provincial Cooperatives and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO), vice chair; DTI, secretary; DOST and CFI, members. (PIA-Pampanga) [top]