Gov. Uy commits to continue OTOP program in Comval

July 3, 2012 10:17 pm 

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, July 3 – Governor Arturo T. Uy has expressed commitment for the continued development of the One Town One Product (OTOP) program in this province.

The OTOP program is among the strategies being utilized for small and medium enterprise (SME) development. It is being spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao and local government units (LGUs).

Uy, being the Provincial SMED Council (PSMEDC) chairman, manifested genuine support to all towns, even to those SMEs that are pushing their ventures for economic progress.

Under the OTOP program, LGUs are guided in choosing their best product or service.

Among the guidelines being considered for OTOP adoption are the following: the municipality is known to produce such product; significant number of MSMEs is involved in producing the product; contribution in generating investments; sales and employment in the locality; and such product could symbolize the town in a positive and unique manner, and preferred by the LGU or local chief executive (LCE).

During the PSMEDC meeting held recently here, updates and developments on the OTOP were presented as well as possible reforms to the program, based on the inputs from the participants coming from the various LGUs of the province in order to intensify the present implementation.

PSMEDC secretariat and DTI-Comval Program Office manager Atty. Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque said the agency is determined to assist every locality in pushing for the realization of its OTOP.

He said DTI is presently enhancing and finalizing the status of the product identified by each town in a bid to evaluate and identify what particular assistance the agency can extend, especially in terms of packaging and marketing. (PNA) LAP/JGrMM/ldp/utb

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