ZamPen rubber stakeholders review, enhance dev’t plan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:31

By MICHAEK VINCENT D. CAJULAO

 

IPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY — The Department of Trade and Industry-9 (DTI) gathered about 60 rubber industry players in the region to review and enhance the industry’s existing workplan for project implementation this year until 2016.

DTI-9 OIC-Regional Director Dr. Sitti Amina M. Jain  said, “We did this activity for us to come up with a good, workable, doable, and deliverable projects in 2015, including 2016, specific for rubber industry”.

Dr. Jain urged the private sector to take a more active role in developing the industry by identifying issues hampering the growth of the industry.

“We need the private sector to be there. The issues should come from them because the recommendation or suggestion on what project that are to be implemented should also come from them”, Jain stressed.

Underscoring the importance of a private sector-driven plan, Dir. Jain said, “In industry action planning, the major stakeholder to be consulted is the private sector”.

The stakeholders responded by giving inputs that are very critical in planning the next move of the entire industry, with Dr. Lorenzo Templonuevo facilitating the workshop.

Jain furthered that “we should look at the programs of the various agencies for rubber and the initiatives of the industry stakeholders to help the industry”.

She, however, asked the stakeholders to be more realistic in asking the government for assistance.

“We only ask our stakeholders to be realistic in asking the government for assidtance. Ask something which you believe can be delivered by the government”, Jain pointed.

Dir. Jain expressed optimism that the 2-day industry plan review held from Jan. 20-21 will bear good fruit that will guide the industry in the next two years.

“We are positive that they can come up with a doable action plan for 2015 and 2016”, she said.

As the National Coordinator for Rubber, Dr. Jain said the present administration is prioritizing rubber as it is one of the industries prioritized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN).

“Rubber is a basic industry that is why we are exerting much effort to help the industry stakeholders develop the industry, and improve the productivity per hectare and quality. We are also addressing the problem of weighing scale manipulation thru our Shared Service Facility (SSF) program by providing weighing scales in Bagsakan Areas”, Jain said. — MVC/DTI-9