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Davao Norte MSMEs vie for presidential awards

by Jean D. Abangan

Tagum City (19 May) -- The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is optimistic that Davao del Norte-based micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will still make it to this year's Presidential Awards for Outstanding MSMEs.

In an interview yesterday (May 18), Davao del Norte DTI senior trade and industry development specialist and MSME counselor Necitas Lazaga said the province still has a number of exceptional MSMEs which are worthy of the presidential award.

Panabo City-based Manolette Bakeshop last year bagged the 2009 Presidential Award for Small Enterprise category while AMS Fresh Fruits Producer Cooperative of Kapalong grabbed the medium enterprise category.

Alongside the two Presidential Awards for MSMEs conferred to Davao del Norte based small and medium enterprises, the Tagum City-based St. Mary's Business Resource Center also got the 2009 Presidential Citation for Best Practices.

Offhand, Lazaga said Davao del Norte MSMEs behind Frux Peanut Butter, Chocolate' de San Isidro and TADECO Livelihood and Training Center, among others can competitively vie for the 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding MSMEs as well as get this year's Presidential Citation for Best Practices.

The granting of Outstanding MSMEs Awards comes as the highlight of the annual celebration of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Week held every July since 2002 "to recognize business enterprises which have consistently shown the most remarkable achievements in terms of business management and financial management."

DTI guidelines explain that the Outstanding MSME Awards of the MSMED Council have been converted to Presidential Awards for Outstanding MSMEs based on Section 2, Rule 14 of the Rules and Regulations implementing Republic Act No 8977 as amended by Republic Act No 8289 and further amended by Republic Act no 9501 otherwise known as the amended "Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises."

This year's Presidential Awards for MSMEs which will be conferred in July 07 as scheduled, will include, for the first time, Environment Friendly Award and Social Enterprise Award to be give among the outstanding MSMEs that emerges from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Lazaga explained that contending MSMEs for the Presidential Award will have to be nominated by either government agencies, private organizations or local government units.

Nomination forms and supporting documents must be submitted on or before May 21 to the Provincial MSMED Council through DTI- provincial office which serves as the secretariat.

After the provincial selection, regional screening and island selection (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) will be conducted in June before the national awarding ceremonies which will be held on July 7, 2010.

Meanwhile, the 2010 Presidential Citation for Best Practices will pick one entry for each of the four categories --- best in creating a business and investment enabling environment, best in providing /improving access to finance, best in providing /improving access to market, and best in improving productivity and efficiency.

Target nominees to the presidential citations are programs and services of either a government agency or a private entity.

The citations are aimed at recognizing programs and services that best serve the MSME sector and to promote MSME programs and services. (PIA XI/DTI) [top]

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