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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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MSME upgrade still a
priority – DTI exec

Initiatives to help more micro, small , and medium-scale enterprises to upgrade their skills and innovate will still be a priority of the Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental this year, Trade and Industry specialist Rommel Amihan said Monday.

Amihan said the MSME sector is very big and has a big role in moving the economy and creating more jobs, and DTI will continue to focus on them to help them improve.

The accomplishment report of DTI-Negros Occidental showed that the agency has fully accomplished its targets in assisting MSMEs from priority industries last year.

The record showed that it helped 621 new and existing MSMEs from the priority industries, namely, processed fruits and nuts, processed food, coffee, cacao, health and wellness, ICT, health and wellness, and construction services.

The assistance included interventions in marketing, operations, organizational management, and financing.

“We have helped them participate in trade fairs, product development, seminars on how to negotiate, and facilitate them in availing of loans for their enterprises,” he said.

Amihan said that this year, they aim to help more and continually monitor them through the 16 Negosyo Centers that have already been put up in Neg. Occ. towns and cities.

With the number of Negosyo Centers around the province, Amihan said 5,041have been assisted in 2017, which is double their 2,264 target .

“We will continually monitor them through our business counselors in Negosyo Centers to know their concerns and, from there, we can take possible interventions to improve, develop and promote MSMEs,” he said. *


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