Feature: There's boom in Capiz blooms
Roxas City (13 February) -- When boom seems to have turned into gloom over even the biggest economies worldwide, a small cooperative in Capiz still has a reason to be in an upbeat mood in this part of the globe.
The reason behind Capiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc.'s rosy outlook lies in its ornamental plants and blooms – many of them on wide tracts of gardens.
As a major horticultural producer, the cooperative has transformed Capiz into the "Garden Center of Panay Island."
This 'big garden' has become a major source of cutfoliages, orchids, ferns and other horticultural plants for landscaping and ornamental purposes and special occasions.
The cooperative, formed in 1989, had modest goals when it started going into cutflower growing. In recent years, however, breaks have come to the cooperative one after the other, said its chairperson, Mrs. Llora Reyes.
Its biggest break to date is a contract to export cutfoliage to Japan.
The group had waited for 2 years before seeing their first shipment leave the Philippines for Japan under a contract forged with Japan Limited in 2004. CMPCI ships its assorted cutfoliages to Japan almost every month.
The shipments are a favorable result for the cooperative considering the prevailing global economic slowdown, confided Reyes.
South Korea is CMPCI's next target export market.
Last year, a delegation from the cooperative went to the said country to explore prospective markets and meet with possible market links.
CMPCI's achievements have not been left unnoticed.
The cooperative project, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, bagged the top recognition in the Search for Best Public Sector Projects in the Best Implemented National Government Agency Projects Category for 2006 of the Western Visayas Regional Development Council.
Last year, the cooperative also won the prestigious "Globe Masigasig Award" as one of the country's Most Outstanding Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
The nationwide search for outstanding MSMEs or Masigasig entrepreneurs is a collaboration between Globe Telecom and the DTI designed to recognize entrepreneurs who are determined and persistent and are motivated to succeed despite difficult circumstances such as the current economic meltdown.
The Masigasig award was also set up to give recognition to MSMEs that have excelled as a result of the assistance provided by government agencies and/or private institutions.
This and other achievements have been attributed to CMPCI's innate capability and resiliency as a closely-knit group of committed members and ability to tap multisectoral sources of support.
It has been able to win the support, aside from that of DTI, of the provincial and city governments here, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural and Fishery Council, Department of Science and Technology, and other government agencies, as well the private sector under the framework of the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Council and Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council, among others.
What the CMPCI is doing also jives with the current efforts of the government to help Filipinos cope with the global economic challenge by generating more sources of jobs, livelihood and investments that can perk up and sustain economic activities.
CMPCI is doing just as what its recent Masigasig wanted to achieve for MSMEs – overcoming the odds, in order to turn gloom into the cooperative's kind of boom. (PIA-JSC) [top]