Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) must receive the needed support especially during the pandemic, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap said on Thursday.
“Now more than ever, with the Covid-19 crisis, we should be able to provide support to our MSMEs especially that their livelihood was greatly affected,” the president of Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. (CLGCFI) emphasized during the first-ever Likha ng Central Luzon virtual expo.
Since the current pandemic may stay up until next year, there is really a need to help MSMEs and the virtual LCL is one way to achieve it, the governor said in a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report.
Yap commended the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as the partner institutions for launching the virtual expo.
“We laud the efforts of DTI Region 3 and PLDT Kaasenso Program for conducting this to help promote MSMEs and provide them greater access to the markets,” she said in the report.
“I also commend the Philippine Exporters Confederation 3 (PhilExport 3), member provincial governors of CLGCFI and Regional Development Council for making this event possible,” the local chief executive added.
Yap noted the importance of the activity in widening the market of MSMEs in Central Luzon.
“It is a good opportunity for investors, buyers and exporters to see the quality products from the region’s seven provinces namely Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales,” she said.
LCL is the major regional promotion activity held annually since 1999. It serves as the culmination of a package of industry and trade related programs given to MSMEs such as training programs/seminars, business consulting, design and labeling, product development and cliniquing.