Aklan gov strengthens MSMEs, creates enterprise dev't council
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (24 June) -- Aklan's thriving Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be strengthened further with Governor Carlito S. Marquez' recent creation of the Aklan Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (PMSMED) Council in the province.
Governor Marquez created the Aklan PMSMED Council through Executive Order No. 16 pursuant to Section 21 of RA 9501 which calls for the promotion of Entrepreneurship by Strengthening Development and Assistance Programs to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
"MSMEs have the potential for more employment generation and economic growth and therefore can help provide a self-sufficient industrial foundation for the country in general, and for the province in particular", Governor Marquez said in justifying the official creation of the council.
The executive order calls for a coordinated government effort to achieve the desired objectives, thus appropriate member-agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Environment and Natural Resources, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, Interior and Local Government as well as the Philippine Information Agency, Fiber Industry Dev't Authority, Technical Education and Skills Dev't Authority, Land Bank of the Philippines, ASU-Business Assistance Center, Agricultural Training Institute, Quedancor, Prov'l Planning and Dev't Office, and non-government organizations such as Aklan Food Processors Development Cooperative, Aklan Pina Manufacturers and Traders Association, Inc., Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc., PCCI-Aklan, and USWAG Dev't Foundation shall coordinate with the local government units and provide the necessary support and assistance to MSMEs.
The council is composed of the Provincial Governor of Aklan as the Honorary Chair, the Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry-Aklan as Chair, and the Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc. as Vice Chair.
As its functions, the PMSMED Council shall promote entrepreneurship, facilitate an enabling environment and opportunities conducive to the growth and development of MSMEs, facilitate/conduct consultation/dialogue on existing government policies and issues concerning the growth and development of MSMEs and advocate programs and principles of RA 9501.
For its part, the provincial government of Aklan shall continuosly support the Aklan PMSMED Center to ensure that all member agencies and other agencies concerned in the implementation of the program shall have a venue to convene, plan and ensure smooth delivery of services as well as monitor and evaluate programs of the council.
Prior to the issuance of E.O. No. 16 officially creating the council, the Aklan Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council was already organized in 1996. It was the 1st MSMED Council to be organized in Western Visayas through the efforts of DTI-Aklan Provincial Office and the Provincial Government of Aklan. It holds office at the 2nd Floor of the Provincial Capitol Bldg. here and serves as a venue to showcase and display Aklan's local products, maintains a briefing room with facilities for meeting and trainings; and is a cource of industry and investment related information materials. (PIA) [top]