Saturday, June 28, 2008

SIUFMULCO, National Nominee for outstanding MSME of the Philippines

By Leonora A. Mila

SIUFMULCOs victory came from a very challenging opportunities and struggles. It started with ISFP of DENR, followed by CBRMP of LGU Santiago, DTI and DOLE. Now with the intervention of PACAP who give the coop a big break giving trust to manage a Php 4.8 million project with Php 3.2 million of PACAP grants. And after several years of struggle, the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) finally found its destiny, the fulfillment of its goals and vision.

The Small and Medium Entrepreneur Development Council (SMED), a group of the Government Agencies, NGOs, and Private Sectors in partnership with GLOBE will give an award to the 2008 Outstanding Small and Medium Entrepreneur (SME) in the entire Philippines as part of the SMED week this coming July 9, 2008. This will be for the Provincial, Regional, and National Level.

SIUFMULCO nominated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office as an outstanding SME for the provincial level won automatically since no competitor rises. In the Regional Level, there were five (5) SMEs competing and SIUFMULCO garner the award. Thankful to have been chosen as the regional awardee and now we are the contestant for the National Level.

The objectives of the 2008 Outstanding SME award is to give recognition to the outstanding enterprises which may either be Micro, Small or Medium (MSME) and to recognize programs and services that best served the MSME’s sector. There will be three winners per Island of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. From the three winners, a Masigasig awardee will be chosen.

The conferment of the awardees will be done during the SMED Week celebration at SM Mega Trade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong this July 9, 2008, hoping to win the prizes of National Outstanding MSME and Masigasig Awards.

Just being the provincial and the Regional awardee marks our greatest achievement since we cannot believe we have gone this far. We have now met our vision of becoming one of the MODEL COOPERATIVES in the country. This coming July 16, 2008 at Luciana Convention Center will be the awarding ceremony for the Provincial MSME. © Leonora A. Mila

Leonora A. Mila is the Manager of SIUFMULCO and the Project Area-Incharge of PACAP Project

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