Micro, small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, cooperative members and other business stakeholders convened in the 2nd Cavite MSMEs Business Conference on November 26, 2015 at the Salrial Ballroom, CTHM Building, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Dasmariñas City as part of empowering MSMEs in the province while promoting an eco-friendly trade.
Spearheaded by the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) in collaboration with the Cavite Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, Inc. (CaSMEDC) and the Department of Trade and Industry-Cavite, the event focused on establishing successful businesses without the sacrificial cost of damaging the environment.
Talks promoting green technologies strongly emphasized preservation and maintenance of a balanced surrounding, various energy alternatives that would benefit both the businesses’ overall operational costs and profits while greatly reducing industrial waste products.
Guests from various fields and organizations were present to discuss the effects brought about by climate change and the ways to prevent the destruction of natural habitats while keeping a high level of growth and profit for business. CasMEDC President Teresita Leabres delivered the opening remarks with message of commitment to help strengthen MSMEs and provide them ease of access to services they need such as training, financing, marketing and other areas.
In an inspirational message delivered by PCLEDO Head Alvin S. Mojica on behalf of Governor Jonvic Remulla, the good news on the provision of Php 10,000.00 financial assistance to all qualified cooperatives in the province was disclosed.
Likewise, Mojica discussed briefly the overview of the conference which was centered on the theme, “GO GREEN! Empowering Cavite MSMEs Towards Green Innovation.”
He added that MSMEs greatly contribute to the province’s growth, thus, the government will continue to support and create various programs to empower and prepare them for the ASEAN economic integration.
Amid recent increase on the country’s carbon emissions generated by urbanization and industrialization, Malacañang’s Climate Change Commission Planning Officer Arnold Grant Belver started the discussion proper with talks about current issues faced by the country due to increased demand for exports and the costs that come with it at the expense of the environment.
He urged businesses for a joint effort to lessen the wastes emitted and resort to clean alternatives as prime investment for a greener country.
German International Cooperation (GIZ) Adviser, Klaus Peter Berkemeyer spoke of the Green Alternative adapted by developed countries which makes full use of waste products by industrial sites into renewed energy source towards conserving resources while providing cheap energy to the producer of goods.
In closing, Ms. Revelyn Cortez of DTI-Cavite expressed her appreciation to the cooperation and participation of the entrepreneurs on behalf of Provincial Director Noly D. Guevara. She encouraged everyone to keep on attending future conferences.