Sunday, July 19, 2009

Local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Honoured at 4th OTOP Luzon Fair

Nine successful micro, small, and medium enterprises received the first-ever Presidential Awards for outstanding Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at the 4th One Town One Product (OTOP) Luzon Island Fair held last July 8 – 12, 2009 at the SM Megatrade Hall 1 - 3, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

The 4th OTOP Luzon Island Fair was part of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Week, organized by the MSMED Council through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship's “Go Negosyo” program.

The event featured the distinctive products and services of over 200 OTOP MSMEs for the eight regions and 37 provinces of Luzon. A wide array of products and services offered at the OTOP Luzon Island Fair include furniture and furnishing, gidts and houseare, fress nad processed food, jewelery and fashion accessories, footwear, novelty products, organic and natural products, arts and craft, and health and wellness products and services.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo graced the opening ceremony of the fair. The President struck an Ifugao gong signalling the launching of the event. After which, she toured the exhibit together with DTI Secretary Peter Favila and Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship and Vice Chairman of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Council Mr. Jose Concepcion III.

The president herself gave the awards in recognition of the exceptional talent of Filipino entrepreneurs. Named outstanding enterprises from Luzon were the Roger and Beth Pilinut Candy (micro), J. Emmanuel Pastries (small), and the Lighthouse Cooperative (medium). In the Visayas, the recipients were the Doods Enterprises (micro), Filbake Food Corporation (small), and the Vicmik Enterprises (medium). Mindanao awardees were Lao Integrated Farm (micro), Manolette Bakeshop (small), and the AMS Employees Fresh Fruits Producer Cooperative (medium).

The President also awarded 26 Presidential Citations for best practices in MSME promotion and development to various best practices nationwide majority of them local government units (LGUs) which have streamlined their respective business licensing units.

The recipients of the Presidential Citation include: Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc.; St. Mary’s College in Tagum City, Davao del Norte; GTZ Technical Cooperation; St. Louie University Extension Institute for Small Scale Industries Foundation, Inc.; Inglass Sardines of Dipolog Association; Simbag sa Pag-Asenso, Inc.; MASICAP MSME Development Foundation, Inc.; CARD Bank, Inc.; Bank of the Philippine Islands; Planters Development Bank; Fair Bank; National Wages and Productivity Commission and the Regional Wages and Productivity Boards; Cooperative Bank of Benguet and Baao Multi Purpose Cooperative.

The award was also conferred to the local governments of Aurora; Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Aliaga and Talavera in Nueva Ecija; Hermosa, Bataan; San Fernando, Angeles and Candaba in Pampanga; Lumban, Laguna; Camarines Sur; and Bayawan, Negros Oriental.

For more information about the 4th OTOP Luzon Island Fair, contact the Department of Trade and Industry at (632) 890-4697, 896-3302 or visit their website at


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