The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) through the Economic Development Committee (EDC) conducted a workshop on the identification of priority commodities for MIMAROPA region at La Breza Hotel in Quezon City on November 3, 2017. Representatives from the different regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), and state universities and colleges (SUCs) participated in the workshop. The activity was intended to unify, streamline, and rationalize industry roadmaps in the region and to identify priority commodities for a concerted intervention and maximize the region’s resources.
Mr. Rodne R. Galicha, EDC Chairperson, emphasized that the region needs to take critical steps towards enhancing the productivity of the region’s commodities. “Public and private sector leaders have to work in harmony and set aside their differences to steer the region at a single direction.”
Mr. Francis Peñaflor of the Department of Trade and Industry – Board of Investments (DTI-BOI) discussed the national industry coverage under agriculture, fishery, processed foods and beverages which include production of crops, livestock and poultry, fisheries and aquaculture, and production of processed foods and beverages. “Investors capitalize on competitive industries and the region should come-up with the list of its priorities under specific criteria.”
Industries with great potential in the MIMAROPA region include seaweed, tablea, rubber, coco coir, and tourism, said Ms. Hazel Salvador of DTI MIMAROPA. “There is a need to create the proper environment for industries to become globally competitive, innovative and resilient not only to generate jobs and reduce poverty but also to take advantage of market. A diversified set of industries requiring various skill levels, strongly linked with agriculture and services with focus on the domestic and export markets shall be developed and promoted.” Ms. Salvador added.
Dr. Celso Olido of the Department of Agriculture (DA) presented the profile of major agricultural commodities in the region with completed value chain analysis. He emphasized that priority commodities were matched with the priorities of the LGUs.
The participants identified 41 commodities in the region and a set of proposed criteria for shortlisting. The output will be presented to the EDC during fourth quarter meeting on November 9 (Thursday) for validation and confirmation.