More discount, MSME caravans this year: DTI

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Monday, March 24, 2014


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 has announced it will increase the number of Diskwento Caravans in the region this year to bring basic necessities at discounted prices to more consumers.

DTI 7 Director Asteria Caberte said the agency targets to conduct seven Diskwento Caravans across the region, with two runs per province except Siquijor, which will have one.

The Diskwento Caravan is a flagship project of DTI where basic commodities like bottled water, canned goods, coffee, milk, noodles, rice, biscuits and bread, among others, are sold at discounted prices.

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Negros Oriental will hold its Diskwento Caravan in the second week of May in Bayawan and October in Manjuyod. Bohol is scheduled to have its turns in June and October.

On top of increasing the Diskwento Caravan runs, Caberte added they will also hold more runs of the small and medium enterprise (SME) Roving Academy this year.

Caberte said the MSME Caravan in Central Visayas is part of a nationwide activity to improve access of MSMEs to government services, particularly in areas where business development services may be limited.

According to DTI, MSMEs represent 99.6 percent of all registered businesses in the country, making them the backbone of the Philippine economy.

The activity also aims to increase the awareness of MSMEs on various business development services provided by government and private groups.

Resource speakers are brought to various provinces in the country to conduct training and counseling sessions to promote entrepreneurship, improve access to market, access to finance and increase MSME productivity and efficiency.

Topics discussed during the caravan range from basic entrepreneurship to product development and marketing.

The series of free entrepreneurship briefing sessions are geared toward enterprise creation and imparting more knowledge and information on starting and running a business, said Caberte.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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