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VV SMEs are invited to improve products, adopt best practices


ILOILO CITI – Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs (MSMEs) are encouraged to comply with the requirements of importing countries, not only to deal with good products and presentations.

In an interview following the opening of the regional Panubli on on Wednesday afternoon, Robert Ioung, president of the FOBAP, said that MSMEs should always try to improve their products and apply best practices to easily market their products in others earth.

These best practices include, among other things, proper waste disposal, compliance with work standards, proper packaging and labeling, among others. "Without these, I do not think they will get permission to export," he said.

"Everything that will go to importing countries will be subject to this harmonization. This has been going on for five years now," he said.

In his message to about 160 exhibitors from six provinces of the Western Visa countries, he said that "we have to outdo ourselves", stating that the country is experiencing a "trade imbalance". This means, he said, that imports are very high compared to exports.

"We need to export the means of entering the country, and the Philippines can do it because we do it and we did it. Over the past 15 years, we were number one in handicrafts, households, clothes, furniture, food," he added.

To re-export, he said that FOBAP is holding a CSR across the country in cooperation with PhilEkport and the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI).

During the sixth issue, SMEs are taught how to become compliant with the requirements by giving lectures, advice and advice.

FOBAP will continue to ride with Iloil as one of the target areas, after going to Cebu, Pampanga, Bataan and Davao.

In the meantime, Yang said that the regional fair has improved compared to the last three years when he attended a similar event.

"Panubli-on" is much improved. I can say that the quality of the content of the quality of exports is itself. However, we need to improve presentation, packaging and prices, "he added, adding that SMEs are working on their productivity or the ability to generate demand.

In the meantime, Constancia Atijon, one of the exhibitors selling Hagon products (hand-woven) from Miagao, Iloilo, said she hires 20 workers in her city, but the whole Miagao Veavers association, of which she has a member, has more than 120 workers.

"We are very grateful that DTI has helped revive this dying industry. For every Hubon you are buying, you help feed one family to Miagao," she said. A piece of scarves costs around PHP400.00.

Hand-woven products were the dying industry because no more weaving and supplying cotton. The DTI, among other things, provided tissue training for upgrading, management and bookkeeping.

One of the great Atiyon clients is the University of the Philippines (UP), which annually orders 5,000 sablai to use graduate students.

Another exhibitor, Joei Benliro of Capiz, is in the production of shellcraft. Like Ation, he also gets help from the DTI. Currently, its product line includes lamps, mirrors and flower arrangements.

"We came from the city of Pilar, which is rich in shellfish and seafood," said Benliro, adding that he supplied his products to hotels, souvenir shops and foreign buyers.

In the meantime, the Young invited the exhibitors to take advantage of the "coming light scenario" for Iloilo.

"Iloilo is a bright spot, and there's a plan to get a $ 5 billion port." When this opens, there's no other way than climbing up. "Iloilo will be the number one, you already have a bigger airport and you have a very good management," he said. is.

The fair will last until November 18 at SM Citi Iloilo's active center. (PNA)

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