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DTI gears up for 2009, strengthens network with partner agencies

Butuan City (17 February) -- "DTI-Caraga must continue to work hard to help the region realize its potentials." This was Director Brielgo O. Pagaran's challenge to his fellow workers during the first Regional Expanded Management Committee Meeting conducted last January 27-28, 2009.

Director Pagaran told his staff to go out of their way, expand their horizons, acquire new skills, and to give what the region aspires for another and more serious try.

During the two-day meeting, a review on DTI-Caraga Provincial Offices' 2009 targets was done.

More importantly, to respond to the urgent marching orders of DTI Secretary Peter B. Favila, the different units also discussed different strategies and activities to contribute to the national government's call for a comprehensive livelihood and emergency employment program.

DTI-Caraga also invited representatives from its partner agencies to speak on their programs that the agency can effectively collaborate and interface with. Among those who attended were Department of Tourism [DOT] Regional Director Leticia Tan, Ramil Sanchez of the Commission on Higher Education [CHED], Jehan P. Ozoa of the Department of Agrarian Reform [DAR], Sarah P. Parejo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council [RAFC] Chair, Reynaldo C. Gaballo, Abegail E. Seriņa of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority [TESDA], Oliver H. Baranda of the Department of Labor and Employment [DOLE] and Donald Seronay of the Department of Interior and Local Government [DILG].

The identified areas for collaboration with these agencies included expansion of entrepreneurship advocacy by inviting business education students to the annual Caraga Business Conference, hand-in-hand promotion of the Caraga-manufactured products with the promotion of the region's tourism destinations, provision of technical and marketing assistance to agri-business entrepreneurs, skills enhancement trainings for globally-competitive workers and provision of information.

Emmanuel Gidacan of National Economic Development Authority, Caraga Regional Office, presented the updated Caraga Regional Medium Term Development Plan and the region's accomplishments viz a vis its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals.

Having mapped-out the strategies and identified the areas for interfacing with some of its partners, DTI-Caraga is hopeful that it will achieve this year's bottomline targets of P1.68 B investments generated, P307M domestic sales, 7,900 assisted MSMEs and 11,760 jobs created. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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