By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is the country’s main engine of economic growth especially in the ASEAN Economic Integration (AEC) this year.
According to Lodie Cadiz of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 during the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MSAC) meeting of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Local Governance Resource Center region 10, their focus is to capacitate MSMEs to be competitive in the AEC.
In 2014, Cadiz said that a total of 74 Shared Service Facilities (SSF) projects were approved in region 10. Also, there have been 1,500 clients served at the Go Negosyo Center in Cagayan de Oro City since November 2014. And DTI has conducted 41 runs of the SME Roving Academy with a total of 2, 016 participants in the region.
DTI conducts seminars depending on the need of the sector or group such as packaging and product development, among others. Cadiz said they also assists MSMEs in domestic trade and promotion such as participating in local, national and international trade fairs.
She said that the ASEAN, where Philippines as member, is a player as a region in the world trade. The country has a game plan for AEC, she said. These include: complying with commitments, enhancing competitiveness, intensifying communication and promoting collaboration.
She reiterated that recently the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) awarded the most competitive local government units in the country. For region 10, NCC awarded the municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin as the overall most competitive municipality and number two in economic dynamism and government efficiency.
Further, the province Misamis Oriental was awarded the 2nd most competitive province and Cagayan de Oro City as 2nd most competitive in the government efficiency category and 6th overall most competitive city in the country for (highly urbanized category).
Meanwhile, Jimenez town of Misamis Occidental is 3rd most competitive in government efficiency for 3rd-6th class municipalities in the country.
According to Cadiz, indicators of the competitiveness of an LGU will be basis for investors to invest in a particular area. (JMOR/PIA10)
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