The Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) and energy distributor MERALCO on Thursday, 14 January 2016, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to map out activities to support and promote the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Present during the MOA signing were DTI-ROG Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) Officer-in-Charge Director Jerry Clavesillas, and Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) Representatives Al Panlilio, Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications, and Cecille Domingo, Assistant Vice President and Head of MERALCO BIZ Partners.
“This is really a welcome event for us. Though the partnership has really started even last year, we would like to pursue more and more of this partnership,” Maglaya said of the agreement with MERALCO.
The DTI-MERALCO partnership would give MERALCO a slot in Small and Medium Enterprises Roving Academy (SMERA) sessions in MERALCO franchise areas including Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, and Pampanga.
In the MOA, the DTI Field Offices would allow MERALCO to post and distribute advertising materials in Negosyo Centers and invite MERALCO in the annual SME Development Week celebration to feature its products and services.
Likewise, MERALCO, in turn, would provide technical assistance to MSMEs on MERALCO’s service application requirements; give free technical consultancy related to electricity and power for DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program and updates on its energy efficiency programs through a tour of its Power Laboratory.
“Over the years that we’ve been helping and working with our micro, small and medium enterprises, they always keep on saying that all they need is capital and financing. But little did they know that somehow there are savings along the way—that they can really use and that power is something they should consider in saying how they can really be more efficient,” Maglaya said.
“We’re not only looking at how they can be efficient but we’re also looking at how they (MSMEs) can lower their costs,” she added.
Panlilio, meanwhile, thanked DTI for forging the partnership for the benefit of the MSMEs, saying the MOA is likewise important for MERALCO.
“Partnerships like these are very critical for us because it expands our reach, in terms of how we can participate, and deal with SMEs in a bigger way,” Panlilio said.
The partnership between DTI and MERALCO started in April 2015 and was formalized during the MOA signing.
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