NAGA CITY, July 10 (PIA) - A stronger collaboration with farmers, fisherfolks and entrepreneurs engage in Micro-Small- and-Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can create a chain of a market-led consciousness that will not only help the agriculture sector boost agri-productivity but also ensure a steady food supply of the community.
This notion brought the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office and the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), Inc., together, with other stakeholders to once again bring the Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions (ASPIRE) as one of the highlights of this year's Bicol Business Month (BBM) celebration.
Vice President Leni Robredo led the event's ribbon-cutting ceremony, held Wednesday, July 10 at the SM City Naga Event Center, here.
VP Robredo delivered her keynote address in the presence of DA officials led by DA Regional Executive Director Rodel P. Tornilla, MNCCI, Inc. officers and members spearheaded by MNCCI President Ferdinand Sia, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office thru DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Camarines Sur, heads and representatives from other government agencies, members of the media and other stakeholders.
The Vice President, whose main advocacy is also to alleviate poverty specially in the far outskirts of the country, lauded MNCCI and DA for the very fruitful convergence with other business sectors and mentioned the gains that were achieved under the ASPIRE program.
ASPIRE, which is now on its 3rd year run, have bridged the gap between the farmers as suppliers and producers to their target markets and consumers and other agribusiness players.
"Since the launching of the program in 2017, the DA has partnered with the City government of Naga, the Phil. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the MNCCI, Inc., DTI and SM management and other partners. I am happy to note that for the past 3 years, we have maintained a vibrant relationship with our partners in this undertaking," Tornilla stated, adding that the dynamic collaboration and synergy was evident in their partnership both with the government and private sector.
The DA official also stressed that they are committed to promote Bicol regional commodities such as pili, abaca, gabi and pineapple "through backward and forward linkages and optimizing market and investment opportunities."
Bicol is one of the regions that piloted ASPIRE, DA's agribusiness and marketing program designed to integrate market development support services to farmers, fisherfolks, MSMEs and other agri partners.
MNCCI, Inc., with the thought of boosting the financial potential of every agricultural worker and find the best market for their produce, has integrated ASPIRE in their BBM activity since last year. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)