MASIDO Busy Helping Shoe Entrepreneurs Find Suppliers in Marikina
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The Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) has been busy this month helping entrepreneurs and businessmen find suppliers of shoes and other footwear in Marikina. Boosting the shoe industry is one of the key programs of Mayor Marcy Teodoro's administration.
While busy attending to other matters that will help spur the shoe industry, MASIDO never forgets to guide and encourage businessmen and entrepreneurs interested in retailing footwear and leather goods find the appropriate manufacturers that can supply them with their clients’ requirements.
This is part of MASIDO’s match and meet platform, where different sectors such as businessmen and entrepreneurs, both local and foreign, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations, suppliers and allied services find each other and satisfy each others’ requirements.
This month alone, MASIDO has helped several entrepreneurs such as Angeli Comelon -- who, together with her sister and friend, formed a start-up firm that would engage in creating its own brand of shoes and sell them online – find suppliers in Marikina.
Sherry Legaspi, who is starting her own business that involves creating her own shoe brand and selling footwear, also came to MASIDO to look for suppliers.
Another entrepreneur, Shiela Belgica, came back to MASIDO to look for more manufacturers that would deliver 3,000 pairs of leather pumps. MASIDO has earlier helped Shiela find a footwear manufacturer in Marikina that would supply her with plum colored leather pumps. She came back earlier this month to look for more manufacturers.
Also this month, LGU delegates from Camarines Sur, a town that produces seagrass slippers, were also Marikina to learn from shoe experts. MASIDO helped the delegates meet some of the shoemakers in Marikina, went with them in touring a couple of factories. They also visited the Shoe Museum, the World’s Largest Shoes at the Marikina River Banks and dropped by the Marikina Shoe Trade Fair for some shopping.
MASIDO, whose office is located at the second floor of the Marikina City Hall, is headed by Noel Box, who has been relentless in pursuing the programs laid out by Mayor Marcy to help the footwear and leather goods manufacturers in Marikina, the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.
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