DTI partners with Davao gov't for development programs

Subscribe Now April 08, 2012 at 08:15pm

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao del Norte has partnered anew with the provincial government in a bid to develop more tourism products and livelihood opportunities. Anchored on the provincial government’s Ugmad Komunidad (Nurturing Communities) program, DTI-DN shall be working not just with the provincial government but also with the Department of Tourism (DOT) 11.

The Ugmad Komunidad program has three broad strategies – Tour DavNor, Dula Dabaonon, and Learn and Earn.

Under the Tour DavNor strategy, tourism destinations and products shall be developed and pushed through crafting effective promotions and marketing mechanisms.

The Dula Dabaonon, on the other hand, shall establish sports grassroot training and development program and provide athletes proper exposure to higher athletic meets. The Learn and Earn strategy, meanwhile, shall create livelihood enterprises where tourism and sports potentials are prevalent.

DTI-DN officer-in-charge Engr. Vedastito C. Galvez said that the One Town One Product (OTOP) program is among the agency’s initiatives which shall be employed in the development of tourism products.

“Along with the local government unit (LGU), we shall identify the widely available raw materials in the area. By then, we shall be able to evaluate what tourism products we can develop. In doing so, we create livelihood opportunities for the residents in the area, less to mention the jobs that will be generated through the infusion of infrastructure-related investments as tourism sites will be established,” he said.

In 2011, Galvez said that the OTOP program contributed a lot to DTI-DN’s accomplishment data.

The office’s report revealed that 10 of the 32 DTI-DN-assisted OTOP small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were regular participants in DTI-initiated trade fairs. By attending eight trade fairs last year, they were able to corner P1.2 million worth of sales.

Furthermore, a total of P9.075 million was availed of by 156 SME beneficiaries, broken down as follows: P8.05 million for OTOP Dujali on organic rice production; P0.500 million for OTOP San Isidro on cacao production; P0.300 million for OTOP banana flour; and P0.225 million for OTOP banana chips.

Galvez is optimistic that with the partnership, the OTOP program is expected to get a boost some more in its performance this year.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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