DTI sets industry assessment

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set a two-day industry-wide assessment and planning workshop for the six champion products of the Zamboanga Peninsula, a DTI official announced.

DTI-Zamboanga Peninsula officer-in-charge Sitti Amina Jain said the workshop, which is set to be held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, will be this coming Wednesday until Thursday.

Jain said there is a need to regularly assess where each industry “is now relative to where it was when the Regional Development Council-9 (RDC-9) first identified them as champion products way back in 2005.”

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“The assessment is necessary because we want to keep tract of the growth of the industry and if the growth, is as a result of our interventions,” Jain added.

The six champion products of the region are seaweeds, mango, rubber, coconut, processed fish and abaca, which was added in the list through RDC-9 resolution passed in 2011.

Jain said the objectives of the assessment cum planning workshop are as follows: to assess and evaluate the implementation of the industry cluster program in 2013; and, to formulate strategies to better integrate and harmonize convergence activities of concerned government and support institutions to the cluster plan.

“At the end of the two-day session, we should be able to come up with the 2014 action plan for each industry that already integrate each agency’s interventions and which are duly validated by the private sector representatives of said industries,” she said.

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