12 Nov

Davao Chamber Participates in National MSME Summit 2016

To celebrate the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and their great contribution to the economy, the National MSME Summit spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is being observed every year. Now on its 3rd year, the summit took place at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Lanang, Davao City on November 10-11, 2016 with the theme: “Growing Global MSMEs”.

Director III of the Bureau of SME Development, Mr. Jery Clavesillas gives an overview of the two-day event.

Director III of the Bureau of SME Development, Mr. Jery Clavesillas gives an overview of the two-day event.

The summit focused on helping the entrepreneurs challenge their capabilities and explore international opportunities. In addition, the accomplishments of the MSME Development Plan were laid by DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya. The two-day summit was divided into 4 sessions- each on highlighting different issues and topics that concern the MSMEs such as innovation; financing; productivity; and efficiency.

Session 2: Inclusive Financing. Panelists: (L-R) Mr. Joselito Gutierrez (LBP), Ms. Flordeliza Sarmiento (CARD MRI), Mr. Jaime Garchitorena (CIC), Ms. Gay Santos (World Bank-IFC), Mr. Charles Belgica (SBC).

Session 2: Inclusive Financing. Panelists: (L-R) Mr. Joselito Gutierrez (LBP), Ms. Flordeliza Sarmiento (CARD MRI), Mr. Jaime Garchitorena (CIC), Ms. Gay Santos (World Bank-IFC), Mr. Charles Belgica (SBC).

Mr. Joey Concepcion, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, further stated that through empowering MSMEs-which contribute a lot in terms of employment, we can achieve inclusive growth. According to Mr. Concepcion, unity is the most important thing of all.

“Come forward and be a part of this change” he said. He also laid out government programs which aim to improve businesses in the country such as newly launched “KAPATID: Angat Lahat”.

He closed his speech by saying “we must not look at how small we are or how small we have but how big God is and His plans for us”. He then encouraged MSMEs to get of their comfort zones and start delving into international markets.

Several other public officials like Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri graced the event to express their support and gratitude to the entrepreneurs and to the people and government agencies who joined in the effort to uplift the MSMEs. At the end of the two-day summit, a townhall interview between the micro, small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, noted businessmen, and cabinet secretaries commenced. The interview was moderated by former presidential sister Kris Aquino.

Old meets New: Former presidential sister Kris Aquino with DTI Sec. Mon Lopez, Sen. Migz Zubiri, PA Joey Concepcion and many more.

Old meets New: Former presidential sister Kris Aquino with DTI Sec. Mon Lopez, Sen. Migz Zubiri, PA Joey Concepcion and many more.

The officials of the Davao Chamber were also present during the summit. DCCCII is closely working with DTI- XI in helping the small businesses in Davao.

“We consider Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a very important partner in our advocacy for SME development as well as business development” DTI- XI Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said in an interview.

As a partner in uplifting the MSMEs in the city, Davao Chamber has collaborated with the DTI in projects such as the Mentor Me Program, MSMED Week and the creation of the Small Business Development Center, RD Ambi added.

“We have partnered for several big events such as their institutionalized DATE (Davao Agri-Trade Expo) and other investment forum activities and we wouldn’t have done with that well without the Davao Chamber of Commerce”, she said.

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