PTTC-GMEA, BPI Foundation, Inc., BPI Direct BanKo Join Forces to Aid Pandemic-Hit Entrepreneurs ​​

As the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) continue to recover from the ill effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to massive shutdowns, layoffs, and insolvencies due to lockdowns, the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA), in partnership with the BPI Foundation and BPI BanKo today launched on Wednesday the Small Enterprise Acceleration Lab – Business Expansion through Training and Application Program or SEAL-BETA.

The launch, attended by more than 200 SMEs across the country, gave entrepreneurs a renewed hope, as PTTC-GMEA and BanKo committed to help them through training and loan assistance.
In her opening remarks, PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera noted that access to finance has been one of the main hurdles SMEs had to face in order to continue their businesses.

In her opening remarks, PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera noted that access to finance has been one of the main hurdles SMEs had to face in order to continue their businesses.

“Access to finance is one of our challenges during the pandemic, and we’re very happy that our partnership with BPI Foundation and BPI BanKo has actually opened its doors again, not just by providing training for you, but also access to finance,”

DTI – Trade and Promotions Group Assistant Secretary Glen Peñaranda, for his part, reiterated Secretary Pascual’s message of redefining the meaning of SMEs, through programs like the SEAL-BETA.
 
Meanwhile, BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Camayo said that while the country is on its way to recovery, there is still a need to address the effects being experienced by the SMEs. 

“Although the country is starting to recover and all of us are starting to adapt to the new normal, there’s still a need to address the adverse impact of the pandemic on the economy, especially the closure of business and the losses of livelihood due to lockdowns”

BPI BanKo Senior Vice President and Head of Financial Inclusion and Microfinance Solutions Rodolfo Mablasen Jr., in his short message, assured SMEs that BanKo will provide access to capital and training programs in order to expand their businesses.

“Dito sa SEAL-BETA, ang role ng BanKo ay magbigay ng access sa dagdag kapital na kailangang kailangan ng mga negosyante, lalo na doon sa mayroong oportunidad ngunit walang kapital. Nandito rin po kami para makapagbigay ng kaalaman para sa mga negosyante kung paano patakbuhin ang kanilang negosyo para kahit na dumating man ang pandemya, ready at sustainable,”

The Small Enterprise Acceleration Lab – Business Expansion through Training and Application Program or SEAL-BETA, is a comprehensive integrated learning program designed for distressed MSEs affected by the pandemic who want to rebuild their businesses into a resilient and sustainable one.
The partnership aims to equip MSEs with a resilient outlook on business through integrated training programs. The program also aims to assist entrepreneurs in creating their sustainability plan and help them rebuild and expand their business through access to loans from BPI Banko.

National MSME Week 2022 Puts Premium on Resilient, Innovative, Sustainable, Empowered MSMEs in the Digital Economy

As the country gears towards fully embracing digital transformation, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) need to become resilient, innovative, sustainable, and empowered.

These were highlighted in the week-long celebration of the National MSME Week 2022 with the theme, “RISE MSMEs in the Digital Economy: Resilient, Innovative, Sustainable, Empowered, held via Zoom and Facebook Livestream organized by DTI Regional Operations Group and the Philippine Trade Training Center.

“This year’s celebration of the National MSME Week is an affirmation of the government’s commitment to continue to help boost the Pinoy MSMEs to thrive and expand in an increasingly global and competitive e-commerce industry brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to empower the MSMEs and maximize their strength to become more competent and resilient as they embrace the opportunities and challenges of the new and better normal,” said DTI Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona. 

The five-day celebration, organized by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMEDC) featured info sessions on various entrepreneurial topics, all aligned with the government’s strategic goals of the MSME Development Plan 2017-2022 on Business Climate, Access to Finance, Management and Labor Capacities, Technology and Innovation, and Access to Markets. Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Glenn Peñaranda, in his keynote message, echoed Secretary Alfredo Pascual’s commitment to strengthen MSMEs and its transition to digital transformation.

“Part of the MSME agenda is to transition and fully embrace digital transformation. We have already seen the benefits of going digital: improving operating efficiency, earning substantial profits while still making the products more affordable. As Secretary Pascual noted, and I quote, “We want to integrate them (MSMEs) into the domestic and global value chains so that they can become formidable players into the domestic and global economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera stressed the importance of digitalization to bounce back from the pandemic.

“Digitalization aids resilience. Accelerating digital uptake by MSMEs is essential for economies to bounce back from the pandemic and build the foundations for future resilience.”

Ease of Doing Business, Cybersecurity open MSME Week 2022

The first day of MSME Week celebration featured the Philippine Business Hub (PBH, formerly known as Central Business Portal), a single site for all the business-related information which aims to streamline the registration of business, renewal of permits and other activities through online transactions. Undersecretary Ernesto Perez, the OIC and Deputy Director General for Operations of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) graced the session. The program also highlighted the Negosyo Central Online Portal, various e-commerce audio-visual presentations (AVP), and a peek at the upcoming launch of the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Online Registration System or BMBE-ONLINE where microentrepreneurs may register or renew their BMBE Certificate of Authority (CA) online anytime, anywhere.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy organized a forum on Cybersecurity, where Technology Access for All (TAFA) Chief Technology Officer Kennedy Kwofie stressed the importance of cybersecurity for MSMEs, especially as more and more cyber attacks have been targeting small and medium enterprises.

Day 2 Stresses Importance of Business Innovation

The second day of the MSME Week celebration was opened by Chairman and Chief Innovation Strategist Mansmith and Fielders Inc. Josiah Go where he talked about Innovation and Business Models for MSMEs. Go emphasized the 11 business models that should be identified and followed by MSMEs in order to innovate their business operations and be ready for any challenges that the entrepreneurs may face.

This day also highlighted the Productivity Toolbox of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) which provides training programs and technical assistance to improve the capability of enterprises and motivation them to adopt productivity technologies for continuous improvement toward enterprise development and growth.

In the afternoon, a discussion on getting Halal certification was facilitated by Prime Group CEO Dr. Mary Jane Alvero, where she discussed how Halal can be considered as a total quality control measure involved in the monitoring of food processing, handling and storage processes. The session guided the MSMEs on the courses they need to take in order to get Halal certification. 

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, Technology and Innovation Talks highlight MSME Week Day 3

The third day of the National MSME Week 2022 celebration started with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy and women’s groups. The collaboration aims to empower women entrepreneurs through training and producing leaders among their groups, who, in turn, will support and lead other women into the growth of their own enterprises.  

Meanwhile, a webinar conducted by Norde International Distributors and Accelerating Makers entitled Upscaling the Wearables Industry through Digital Fabrication (DigiFab) presented the different digital fabrication technologies and how this support the design and product development of the wearables sector. With the changing global demands, finding fashion technology is essential in keeping the sector competitive.

In the afternoon, a discussion on getting Halal certification was facilitated by Prime Group CEO Dr. Mary Jane Alvero, where she discussed how Halal can be considered as a total quality control measure involved in the monitoring of food processing, handling and storage processes. The session guided the MSMEs on the courses they need to take in order to get Halal certification. 

Financial Access, Innovative Programs fuel Day 4 talks

Day 4 highlighted the new program of Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), Resilient, Innovative and Sustainable Enterprises, Unleash your Powers (RISE UP), a loan program that aims to sustain the gains of MSMEs that have survived the past two years of crisis, by providing credit that have soft loan terms and can be easily accessed. This program includes three financing programs for MSMEs, namely, including RISE UP Multi-Purpose (for all MSMEs including existing current borrowers of SB Corp.), RISE UP Turismo Loan (for MSMEs engaged in tourism activities regardless of accreditation), and RISE UP Tindahan Loan (for owners of sari-sari and retail stores, dealers and distributors under the network of partner FMCGs or the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods). 

Meanwhile, PTTC-GMEA’s branded programs Food Connect and DigiFab took the centerstage on the afternoon session of the MSME Week 2022.

Food Connect, one of PTTC – GMEA’s regional programs, is aimed at assisting food manufacturers understand the standards, documentation, and application of the “gate-to-plate” processes in the food chain. The participants learned how to lodge their application, as well as the FDA requirements to get their products registered. DigiFab, on the other hand, provided a discussion on elevating packaging designs through digital fabrication.

PTTC-GMEA, CHED ink Partnership for Academic Entrepreneurship on Day 5 of MSME Week

The Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PPTC-GMEA), and the Commission on Higher Education formally inked its collaboration to promote academic entrepreneurship in State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) across the country. These two government agencies sealed a joint effort to assist SUCs in realizing innovation and academic entrepreneurship.

This partnership is aligned with DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual’s vision to create more innovative and science and technology-driven enterprises in the country.

Meanwhile, a talk showcasing the ASEAN Access, an online portal serving as a first port of call for ASEAN SMEs and other businesses for information on trade and other opportunities for market access in the region was also held. It also provides businesses interested in the ASEAN region with support services necessary to penetrate new markets.

The last day of NMW 2022 also featured the partnership between DTI and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) which aims to provide MSMEs and beneficiaries of the OTOP Program an additional physical channel and market access platform where OTOP products may be sold on a day-to-day basis. OTOP products in Shell Mobility Stations were piloted in Shell Marilao, Bulacan in Central Luzon last May 2021. With more than 1,000 Shell mobility stations nationwide, it aims to extend the project to the areas of NCR, CDO, Davao, Cebu, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna. 

Pursuant to Magna Carta for MSMEs, the second week of July has been declared as National MSME Week in order to institute continuing awareness of the primacy of small business in nation-building and in people empowerment, and to celebrate and espouse the firm commitment of the State in the promotion, growth and development of small business.

 

More than 43,000 viewers online have participated and joined the discussion during the online celebration of the NMW 2022. To access the livestreamed videos, you may visit the DTI Philippines and the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy Facebook pages

PTTC Equips SOX IPs with Entrepreneurial Skills in an All-Women Training Panel

Leaving no one behind.

This was the theme of the celebration of International Day of World’s Indigenous People and the National Indigenous People Holiday in the country, and various government agencies converged to stage a celebration to honor and equip the IP community in Soccsksargen.

The Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA), in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the National Council for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on Thursday organized “Comprehensive Partnership  for Leadership and Empowerment through Tourism Entrepreneurship for Women” or Complete WoMen, an advocacy program to teach and train women IPs of various entrepreneurial and business knowledge.

Moving Forward Amidst the Pandemic

In his opening message, Department of Tourism Region 12 Regional Director Shalimar Tamano expressed her delight that programs like Complete Women are still being realized despite the pandemic.

“Pinapatunayan natin na tayo ay moving forward, despite the challenges, especially ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he said. He also emphasized the huge role of women in the society.

“Ang mga kababaihan sa panahong ito ay di mapagkakailang may malaking gampanin sa lipunan. Tayong lahat bilang tao ay sabay-sabay na bumabangon upang ipagpatuloy ang buhay,”

IPs as the Backbone of Business

Meanwhile, NCIP Executive Director Datu Rogelio Bantayan stressed that the indigenous peoples are considered the backbone of businesses.

“I remember the speech of former Senator Loren Legarda, that the backbone of the country, or any civilization and the backbone of businesses come from indigenous peoples,” he said.

He also stressed that all people – regardless of their cultural background, have an obligation to help one another.

“No one is superior. No culture is superior. All we have to do as citizens is to have culture sensitivity and respect one another,” he said.

“Ang tema po ng IP Day ay “Walang Iwanan.” Kaya dapat ang ating IPs on the countryside, walang maiiwan at walang aangat na siyang lalamang,” he added.

On the other hand, NCIP Region 12 Commissioner Jennifer Pia Las welcomed the Complete Women advocacy program to increase the skills and knowledge of IP women in Soccsksargen, and encouraged them to take all the learnings and use them to further their lives.

“May you welcome the development of knowledge, skills, and training that will be acquired through this activity, and I want to encourage all of you to take however small or big effort to upgrade the level of your skills, talents, and social status so that we can be at part of the mainstream body politic while being culturally grounded,”

PTTC Commits to Improving Lives of IP Women in Soccsksargen

PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera, who was the former Regional Director of Department of Tourism – Region 12, knew that the IP women of the region needed these kinds of trainings in order to increase the quality of their lives.

Having been on the ground for several years, Dir. Dillera aimed to create entrepreneurial ecosystems by extending support and assistance in building the capabilities of women, including the removal of barriers that hampered their development.

“It’s the lives of the IPs that we wanted to touch, it’s their lives that he wanted to improve on, and I’m really happy that we’re coming together, as one, to realize this vision,” she said.

All-Women Training Panel for Sox IPs

PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera, who was the former Regional Director of Department of Tourism – Region 12, knew that the IP women of the region needed these kinds of trainings in order to increase the quality of their lives.

Having been on the ground for several years, Dir. Dillera aimed to create entrepreneurial ecosystems by extending support and assistance in building the capabilities of women, including the removal of barriers that hampered their development.

“It’s the lives of the IPs that we wanted to touch, it’s their lives that he wanted to improve on, and I’m really happy that we’re coming together, as one, to realize this vision,” she said.

The resource speakers included: PTTC OIC-Head of Operations – SBU Maricris Cura, Everything Green Trading and Consulting Founder and Chief Greenovator Camille Rose Albarracin, Richwell Philippines’ AVP for Corporate Planning and Business Development, and Unleashed Founder SJ Relucio.

The panel also included Angkan’s Creative Director and President Carol de Leon, Lake Sebu Tourism Council President Maria Todi, and Entrepreneur and author Dorelene Villanueva Dimaunahan.