DTI-7 to intensify campaign on SMEs promotion

CEBU CITY, March 24 (PNA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 will intensify its campaign on promoting the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the region, an official said.

DTI 7 Director Asteria Caberte said a series of entrepreneurship briefing and sessions through the SME Roving Academy will be held in the four provinces in the region, namely, Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Caberte said briefings and sessions are geared toward enterprise creation and imparting more knowledge and information necessary in starting and running a business.

She said the SME Roving Academy, or the MSME Caravan in Central Visayas is part of the nationwide activity to improve access of micro-small and medium business players to government services particularly in areas where the provision of business development services may be limited.

Caberte said the agency will commission resource speakers who are experts in their respective fields.

In Negros Oriental for instance, DTI plans to conduct training and counseling sessions to promote entrepreneurship, improve access to markets, access to finance, and increase MSME productivity and efficiency.

The activity also aims to increase the awareness of MSMEs on various business development services provided by the government and private sectors.

MSMEs represent 99.6 percent of all registered businesses in the country and can thus be considered as the backbone of the Philippine economy.

The SME Roving Academy is a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises to become competitive in the domestic and international markets. (PNA)