THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has laid down four priority programs for the year 2014 in Zamboanga Peninsula region.
The four priority programs has been initiated by DTI Assistant Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain as she assumed the post of DTI Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur, who retired from the government service effective last December 1.
Jain said her priorities are in line with the policy direction of the DTI-Central Office aimed to achieve breakthrough results next year.
One of Jain’s priorities is the development of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to further spur growth of the SMEs to include the provision of Shared Service Facilities (SSF), industry clustering, SME disaster readiness/resiliency program, green growth, and grassroots participatory budgeting that is supportive of SME growth.
She said the SME sector comprise more than 90 percent of all business establishments registered in the country that provide gainful employment to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.
Next priority is to ramp up the agency’s consumer welfare protection initiatives to better safeguard the rights of consumers and ensure the public get best value for money.
Third is better management of resources, which does not only mean good governance but also includes accelerated disbursements of funds for so-called big ticket items that would increase the region and the country’s competitiveness standing, Jain said.
The fourth is the H2R (hire to retire) initiative as the DTI believes that its people are its best resources. Hence, the H2R is an initiative that would ensure the agency gets the best people, train and motivate them to give the best public service they could in line with the DTI’s continuing aspiration as the “agency of choice.”
“All these strategic initiatives however, would be of little value to most if these will not result to the upliftment of the lives of the general populace,” she said.
“That is why at the heart of all these things were are doing, should at the end of the day, result to inclusive growth -- the trickling down of the fruits of economic development to all Filipinos,” she added. (Bong Garcia)