DTI orients SME core agencies

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Friday, April 11, 2014


MEMBER agencies of the Zamboanga Peninsula Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Core Group got the chance to be introduced to the concept of business continuity planning (BCP) in a seminar workshop spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Provincial Director Rolando Acuña said the seminar was aimed to capacitate not only DTI officials in the region but those from other government agencies on what BCP is so they can become effective advocates of the program, especially to the SME sector in the region.

Former DTI-Davao Regional Director Marizon Loreto has underscored the rising frequency and ferocity of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, which she said threaten not only the growth but the long-term survival of many SMEs.

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Loreto was tapped as the resource person for the seminar.

“To date, SMEs have rarely been addressed as a target group for emergency preparedness despite the fact that they are highly at risk from disasters and are pivotal in economic recovery. They must be encouraged to reduce the on-going risks to their operations. And this is where you in the government can come in. SMEs and the government should work hand-in-hand to make businesses more resilient against disasters – for their own sake, for their community’s sake, and for the prosperity of the whole country,” Loreto said.

Loreto said the BCP is a roadmap that would help enable a business to: prepare for disasters; operate under adverse conditions; identify the critical operations, risks, and impacts; respond and set recovery measures; and maintain operation while avoiding long term disruptions to their business.

“I commend DTI-9 under the leadership of Dr. Sitti Amina Jain for spearheading this activity, so far, the first BCP seminar workshop in the country. I therefore, expect you to be among the first advocates of BCP in this part of the country,” Loreto told the participants.

“SMES comprise 97 percent of all private companies in the Asia-Pacific region and employs 50 percent of the region’s workforce. In the Philippines, they account more than 99 percent of all registered businesses and employ roughly 70 percent of the country’s labor force. Needless to say, SMEs play a crucial role to the country’s economic growth, hence the need to help them survive when a disaster strikes,” Loreto said.

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