DTI-9 wants SMEs to be disaster resilient, ready for AEC 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:41

The Department of Trade and Industry-9 is making sure that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are ready for any disasters that may hit the region, thus, this year’s SME Roving Academy (SME Caravan) is aimed at making them disaster resilient and equipping with the opportunities the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will bring.

Newly appointed DTI-9 Industry Development Division Chief Lowell S. Vallecer said this year’s roving caravan includes seminars that will equip SMEs against calamities and opportunities for growth.

“What makes our caravan different from last year’s is that we have included a forum on ASEAN Economic Community, and Business Continuity Planning to make our SMEs disaster resilient. This will be for our Dipolog City leg,” he said.

Vallecer added that they will also be conducting Financing forums for Pagadian leg to support budding businesses in the area, while Zamboanga Sibugay SMEs will be treated to a Visual Merchandizing Seminar.

“Visual merchandizing will teach our SMEs how to dress up their stores or establishments to make it more attractive to potential customers,” Vallecer said.

As part of the core activity of the caravan, DTI will still be conducting product development seminar to help SMEs improve their products and also the one-on-one consultation with concerned government agencies to help SMEs secure needed assistance from product development, access to finance and market. The caravan also informs SMEs on the different policies of the government in conducting business.

The SME Roving Academy 2014 will be held from July 21 to 26, kicking off in Dipolog City, then in Pagadian City, in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, and finally in Zamboanga City to cater for SMEs not just in Zamboanga but also those from Isabela City, Basilan.

DTI-9 OIC Regional Director Dr. Sitti Amina Jain is enjoining all stakeholders to participate in the caravan to help SMEs in the region grow and spur economic advancement.

“SMEs should be given utmost priority as they are the very backbone of the country’s economy,” Director Jain said in the previous meeting with SME-9 Core Group. — FPG/MVC/PIA9-ZBST