Davao OTOP conference

The Davao City One-Town One-Product or OTOP convergence conference will open today at Apo View Hotel. It would feature one-on-one consultations with experts.

This is to give some 50 OTOP entrepreneurs in the city a chance to bring out their problems to the experts.

Available to give their expert advise are representatives from the DTI Designers Pool who are experts on designs, labeling and packaging; MASICAP who are experts in business plans and feasibility studies; and PBSP for enterprise development and corporate social responsibility.

The OTOP conference would also discuss issues taken up during last year’s convergence of micro-small-and medium enterprises, local and national government agencies, and civil society groups.

To cap the conference, recognition to outstanding OTOP practitioners would be handed out by the DTI Davao City Field Office.

I would be representing Mayor Rody Duterte in the conference.

Seminars for barangay

I am having trouble with my net signal in the house again. It is so weak I cannot access anything. Grrrr!

I am now in my office and I have just finished my presentation on the Barangay Business Enterprise Development Program in my seminar at the City Council. Catalino Bolo of the City Treasurer’s Office is now discussing the Barangay MIcro Business Enterprise Law.

About 60 barangay officials are in attendance in this seminar hosted by my office.

This morning, we had Liga ng Barangay Vice President Leonardo Miguel Aquino as our opening guest followed by Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry VP Nelia Tumarao as keynote speaker. Nelia urged for stronger partnership between the business community and our barangays.

Before lunch, we had Ivy Uy of the Department of Trade and Industry introduced the One Town One Product (OTOP) program.

Tomorrow, we will tackle the Botika ng Barangay, which my office also undertakes in partnership with the Department of Health; and e-governance for the barangays to help promote barangay business enterprises.

A popular request among the barangay officials is another seminar on accessing funds from different sources like GFIs, micro-lending groups, government agencies and NGOs.

We hope to hold this one in January next year.

In the meantime, my office will also host a seminar on the Botika ng Barangay on October 16.

1:50 p.m.

OTOP

During the 14th City Council, I authored Davao City’s version of the national government’s One Town One Product (OTOP) campaign. We called it One City Ten Products program.

Davao is such a huge city, one of the largest in the world in terms of land area, that we have 11 political districts that are equivalent to towns. Thus we adopted the following products for the following districts:

Poblacion, Talomo, Agdao – durian product processing, handicrafts, e-services, meat product processing;

Buhangin, Bunawan, Paquibato – wood products, banana chips;

Toril, Tugbok, Calinan, Baguio, Marilog – fresh and processed vegetables, fresh and processed fruits, virgin coconut oil, ornamental plants

I am happy that the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is helping us in the implementation of this program. The problem with the local government is the absence of an office doing the task of the DTI.

Whereas almost all national agencies have their local counterparts, e.g. Department of Tourism, we have the City Tourism Operations Office, Department of Agriculture, we have the City Agriculturist Office, etc., we have no office that is the equivalent of DTI.

We have a Business Bureau that is purely regulatory, handling application for business permits. We have a one-stop investment promotion center that is just a mini-Board of Investments.

Thus, for the meantime, we have to depend a lot on DTI in helping us push for the OTOP in the city.

Last September 25-26, we conducted a stakeholders’ consultative meeting with the food industry. Next month, we will meet with the handicrafts and wood industry groups.

I am sure that with this initiative we shall be able to expand our Davao Branding System, which I likewise authored during the previous City Council, with more accredited producers and products among our MSMEs.

(4:20 a.m.)