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CY 2020

A. SME DEVELOPMENTInitiatives to promote and develop micro and SMEs to help them grow into more sustainable enterprises, supplying globally as exporters or in building brands.
1. Negosyo Center

Negosyo Centers are being established in all cities and municipalities to promote ease of doing business and facilitate access to services.

Seventeen Negosyo Centers have already been established in the province of Bulacan. As of 31 July 2020, the NCs are able to facilitate the 19,651 business name registration, 442 BMBE accreditation, conduct 197 seminars and assist 26,739 clients.

2. Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project

The SSF project aims to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system, that would address the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters, particularly the lack of the needed processing facility, causing an increase in cost, inferior product quality, and delay in the production process.

There are 30 cooperators given SSF equipment with project cost amounting to Php33,574,485.00 benefitting 435 MSMEs and generating 1,800 jobs

3. Project Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME)

A coaching and mentoring program for micro enterprises to help them scale-up their businesses through the weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship.

Since 2017, 3 batches comprising of at least 20 mentees went through the 10 -week learning sessions from experts and practitioners accredited by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2020 DTI launched Kapatid Mentor ME Online with Twenty-one (21) mentees emerging from the province of Bulacan, to continuously provide mentoring and coaching for MSMEs despite the presence of COVID-19 pandemic.

4. OTOP Next Generation

The One town, One Product Next Generation Program is one of the two components of OTOP program which aims to scale up micro, small, and medium enterprises in terms of branding and marketing. Through these program, package of assistance was provided for the improvement and innovation of products in the areas of quality, product design development, standards compliance, marketability, production capability, and brand development, among others, making them competitive in both local and international market.

The DTI Bulacan Provincial Office was able to assist a total of 89 MSMEs for 2017-2019 OTOP Next Gen fund. This year additional 20 MSMEs is currently undergoing packaging improvement and development of new products. For three years OTOP NG Project were able to developed 648 packaging improvement and product prototypes. Products developed of OTOP MSMEs were launched and promoted thru trade fair participation. To capacitate MSMEs, they were provided seminars to keep them updated on current business trends and regulations.

5. OTOP.PH Hub

OTOP.PH is a one-stop retail store or venue for OTOP MSMEs to showcase and promote their products to direct and institutional buyers. DTI and LGUs with private partners and associations/cooperatives embark in transforming pasalubong center and souvenir shops all over the country as a market access platform for mainstream consumers and buyers. It also serves as incubation store for products before offering to the niche market.

There are fifty-one (51) OTOP MSMEs currently selling their products at the OTOP.PH Hub at the Bulacan Pasalubong Center is the first in Central Luzon.

6. CARES Bayanihan 2 ( Formerly P3- CARES (Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso Covid-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises)

Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing Program of the government which aims to provide needed financing assistance to enterprises affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Since June 2020, a total of 309 MSMEs were given financial assistance amounting to Php27M.

7. SME Roving Academy

A continuous learning program for the development of MSMEs to become competitive in the domestic and international markets.

Twenty-nine (29) SMERA seminars were conducted this year with 870 attendees.

8. Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

CARP has assisted 18 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in 2020. They were able to assist 28 existing MSMEs and develop 2 new entrepreneurs. 5 productivity, 2 skills and 1 entrepreneurship trainings and seminars were conducted and were able to realize Php52M in sales thru their market promotion initiatives.

B. CONSUMER EDUCATION, ADVOCACY & PROTECTIONDTI aims to increase consumer awareness and advocacy to develop more empowered consumers who will assert their rights
1. Bagwis Program

Recognizes establishments that uphold the rights of consumers while practicing responsible business where consumers get the best value for their money.

In 2019, DTI- Bulacan awarded gold, bronze, and silver Bagwis seal to fourteen (14) establishments bringing to a total one hundred eleven (111) certified business establishments.

2. Diskwento Caravan

One of the consumer advocacy initiatives being implemented by DTI conducted regularly to sell goods to consumers at discounted prices. It is a public service project of the agency in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs), manufacturers, distributors and SMEs.

One diskwento caravan was conducted as of November 2020 benefitting 400 consumers and generating Php168,340.45 in sales.

Department of Trade and Industry Philippines