3 entrepreneurs win ‘One Town One Product’ awards

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/26 November) Three out of 60 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) enrolled in One Town One Product (OTOP) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon were awarded as “Most Outstanding OTOP MSME” during the Provincial OTOP Planning Workshop and Team Building Seminar for OTOP Coordinators on November 23-24, 2012 at Loiza’s Pavillion, this city.

The three MSME’s were NM Food products owned by Nestor O. Manuel based in Maramag which processes banana based goods like flavored banana crackers; Engallado’s natural food products in Valencia City owned by Fatima Engallado, which manufactures organic rice-based goods like roasted rice and barquirice and; Leonida Egan, proprietor of Nida’s handicrafts which focuses on abaca-based materials like handwoven abaca bags.

“We based our criteria, first, on the contribution to OTOP bottomline; the sales, investment and employment generation of the MSME’s which means high sales, big investment to the project and high employment and that the awardees reached those criteria,” said Junar Merla, provincial OTOP coordinator of DTI-Bukidnon in an interview with Bukidnon News.Net

Merla said the awardees must also comply with government laws and regulations.

He added that the MSME’s must have business permits, and have complied with requirements from DTI, BIR  and BFAD (Bureau of Food and Drugs Administration) for food processing products.

He noted that NM Food Products and Engallado’s Natural Food Products are still processing their FDA permit.

The other MSMEs, Merla said, are not complying or processing compliance.

These three MSME’s started as a small business with minimal capacity of production.

With DTI’s assistance, they were able to join expositions, trade fairs and seminars on marketing and product development  including packaging, among others.

DTI also recognized Engr. Judith Luis of San Fernando as Outstanding LGU OTOP coordinator due to her expressed commitment in OTOP implementation.

The City Government of Valencia also received the Most Supportive LGU citation while the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was cited as the Most Supportive OTOP Partner.

OTOP is a priority program under DTI, which promotes entrepreneurship and generates livelihood among MSME’s and individuals. (Rogielane Arombo/BukidnonNews.Net)