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Consultation with Calabarzon entrepreneurs yields 6-year regional development plan

by Charlie S. Dajao

Calamba City, Laguna (May 21) -- Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and leaders of chambers of commerce and industries in provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal participate in a consultation held on May 18 at the Coconut Palace Hotel in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Calabarzon and the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED), the consultation/workshop resulted to the creation of strategies and plan that would bridge the gaps and address issues in the business and investment enabling environment, access to financing, access to markets, and productivity and efficiency - the four critical aspects of the life and success of a business enterprise.

As prelude to the consultation, DTI Calabarzon Region Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo and Director Rhodora Leaņo of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) presented the state of MSMEs at the regional and national levels, respectively.

"Private sector participation is paramount in the formulation and implementation of MSME policies as they are the direct beneficiaries. Government should know their issues and concerns, that's why we are calling the provincial and regional MSME Development (MSMED) Councils for this consultation," Director Leaņo told the participants.

MSMED councils are policy-making bodies made up of the entrepreneurs and officers of chambers of commerce and industries including representatives of government agencies that has mandate for business and entrepreneurship development, e.g., the Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Director Toledo further presented DTI's ongoing programs, activities and projects particularly the export pathways program (EPP) that gradates would-be exporters for the identification and facilitation of interventions needed by business enterprises to become export-capable.

Results of the regional consultations all over the country will be consolidated, validated and calibrated to form the national MSME Development Plan for 2010 to 2016.

In a national scale, the MSME sector comprise 99.6% of the number of businesses (only 0.4% are of the medium and large corporations) that contributes more than 60% of the employment.

Majority of the MSMEs engage in trading, 50%; manufacturing, 15%; and hotel and restaurant, 15%. The rest are into real estate, renting, and other business activities.

Calabarzon ranks second to the National Capital Region in terms of the number of registered MSMEs. At third and fourth are Central Luzon and Central Visayas, respectively. (DTI 4A) [top]

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