With the theme “Moving forward through PESO-PRIDE (Power Empowerment through Social Enterprise-Poverty Reduction, Industry Development and Entrepreneurship)”, the ARMM Micro-Small-Medium E
nterprises (MSME) Summit 2017 was successfully held last December 12, 2017 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), ORG Compound, Cotabato City.
ARMM MSME Summit 2017 was organized by the Department of Trade and Ind
ustry-ARMM headed by its Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar Malang and participated in by some ARMM line agencies namely; Bureau of Cultural Heritage (BCH), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Moropreneur, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authori
ty (TESDA). It aims to present the National MSME situation and MSME Support programs for ARMM, and to introduce financing options and business opportunities for MSMEs in ARMM. The event includes plenary sessions on the following topics: The Concept of Social Enterprise and CSO-SEED Program for ARMM, Halal Industry Business Prospects, CDA-ARMM’s Assistance to MSMEs, Small Business Corporation Financing Programs, Financing Windows for MSMEs, and Importance of Online Marketing to MSMEs.
The highlight of the summit was the awarding of the Ten (10) Most Promising MSMEs in ARMM where two of DAR-ARMM’s ARBOs bagged the top 2 spots. Hadja Fatma Amerol, the Chairperson of Modern Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MFMPC) in Taliogon ARC,Ganassi Lanao del Sur-the maker of Royal Ganassi Turmeric, Salabat and Coffee Products, was awarded the second most promising MSME in the region. While the People’s Alliance for Progress Multi
-Purpose Cooperative (PAPMPC) in Jamalul Kiram ARC, Panamao, Sulu as represented by its Chairperson, Princess Kumalah Sug Elardo, was awarded the Top Most Promising MSME in ARMM with their Sulu Royal Coffee Production. Showing her support to the program and compliment with the success of the foregoing ARBOs, the DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Dayang Carlsum Sangkula-Jumaide assisted in the awarding of recognition.
She said, “that the DAR-ARMM is now encouraging all other ARBOs to enhance their products from production to packaging and labelling and connecting them to market for better income of the farmers. More on the initiatives will be the focus of DAR-ARMM in partnership with other ARMM agencies that has programs related to such initiatives like DOST and DTI.”
The summit-exhibit also served as a venue for DAR-ARMM to promote/market the
products of ARBOs and the other MSMEs.