DTI Plans to Invigorate and Nurture Marikina's Food Industry
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is planning to invigorate and nurture the food industry in Marikina by extending trainings and putting up a facility that the city’s food manufacturers can utilize for their production. This plan is consistent with the goal of Mayor Marcy Teodoro to encourage more Marikeños to go into business and to strengthen the business sector.
Among the plans of the DTI include putting up a shared service facilities for food manufacturers that will house machines and equipment that they can use for processing their products, according to Ma. Lourdes “Lou” Dela Paz, officer-in-charge of the Trade and Industry Office of Marikina.
“Sa ngayon, ang susunod na bibigyan ng focus ng DTI ay ang food industry naman. Dahil for the past six to seven years, marami ng naitulong ang DTI sa shoe industry ng Marikina tulad ng trainings, pagbibigay ng equipment, funding. This time, gusto ng DTI tumulong naman sa food industry,” said Lou in an interview in her office.
Nurturing the food industry in Marikina is expected to complement the city’s booming restaurant sector, which saw the opening of more restaurants, coffee shops and bars. In fact, aside from being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina is now known for its homegrown restaurants that offer a variety of delectable cuisines at affordable prices.
Marikina is home to companies engaged in manufacturing noodles and processed meat. There are also and micro, small and medium enterprises (mostly being operated at home) producing snacks including local delicacies such as puto and suman, as well as chocolates and other confectionery, baking bread and cakes.
One of the major programs of Mayor Marcy's administration is to improve the business climate in Marikina so that more Marikeños will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs and to attract more businessmen to invest in the city. This will help create more jobs and boost the local economy, translating into more tax collections for the City Government that it can use to fund programs and projects aimed at improving the lives of Marikeños such as providing free college education, building more roads, health centers, school buildings, and a lot more.
The food manufacturers in Marikina are now planning to create a group so that they can collectively lobby for whatever support that they will need from the national and local government and agencies such as the DTI, said Lou.
Jeanette Lee, the president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Marikina Chapter, plans to work with the city’s food manufacturers in growing their industry, Lou added, because she is also in the food business.
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