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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

Aklan to hold first OTOP Congress

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (9 June) -- The province of Aklan will hold its first-ever One Town, One Product (OTOP) Congress cum Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSEDC) Information, Education and Communication campaign here July 14.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr. said the activity, which will be momentous being the first of its kind to be held here since OTOP Philippines started in 2005, is a joint undertaking of the DTI and PSMEDC.

Cadena said the event will give formal recognition to various stakeholders' exemplary efforts or projects under the OTOP Philippines Program which is under the Regional Operations Group of DTI.

Main feature of the Congress will be the Provincial OTOP Awards 2009 in the following categories: a) Most Supporting OTOP Municipal LGU; b) Outstanding OTOP MSME Partner; and c) Most Supportive OTOP Partner Organization.

The Congress will also be a venue for participants to learn of selected LGUs' best practices. A workshop will also be facilitated to discuss OTOP-related issues and concerns and come up with a Resolution for adoption by the Local Government Executives (LGEs).

Aklan's l7 municipalities have already identified their respective OTOP, ranging from piña cloth, vermicast, organic rice, bariw products, abaca products, etc.

The OTOP Congress here will be a whole-day affair, according to DTI-Aklan. (PIA) [top]

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