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December 14, 2016 02:24 AM

By: Louine Hope Conserva

MICRO, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Western Visayas must come up with quality products to compete in the global market.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn G. Laviña said small businessmen should make use of what the government is providing them such as agricultural practice and good manufacturing practice.

“They really have to work in order to capacitate themselves. They need to study about the business that they’re into. Their success is because of themselves and not because of the government,” Laviña said during the launch of Weekend Tienda at Casa Real de Iloilo on Dec. 10, 2016.

Weekend Tienda is a program of the Regional Development Council (RDC-6) which showcased the best Ilonggo products for local or regional disperse.

Laviña said the Weekend Tienda is a good venue for those small farmers who cannot afford paying a rent to sell their produce.

She also advised small businessmen to give consideration to their produce such as health benefits and impact on the environment.

Ro-Ann Bacal, acting chair of RDC-6 and regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6), reported that there are about 16,000 MSMEs in the region as of 2016.

Bacal said that the biggest challenge faced by marginal producers and farmers is introducing their products to the public.

“That is why we in the RDC has decided to assist them in coming up with better services and quality products that are packaged well in order to make them improve as an enterprise and become more competent as they start gaining the benefits and profits of business,” she said.

Bacal said there is a need to help ensure that MSMEs continue to strive as they contribute in poverty reduction.

She added that aside from partnering with strategic government agencies, they also include the private sector.