Maglaya, with DTI Asst. Secretary Blesila Lantayona (extreme
left), DTI-9 Regl Dir. Sitti Amina M. Jain, and Zamboanga
City Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and KMME
Mentor Mr. Cholo Soliven answer questions from the media
during the Barangay Negosyo Summit.
(Photos by DTI-9)
officials should look at entrepreneurship with developmental mindset
– Usec. Maglaya
October 11, 2018
ZAMBOANGA CITY –
Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida
Cuison-Maglaya urged the barangay chiefs present during the
Zamboanga Peninsula Barangay Negosyo Summit to look at
entrepreneurship with developmental mindset to help their
constituents in a long-term basis.
Gracing the said event
held last Monday in this city, Usec. Maglaya said, “Entrepreneurship
can bring revenue to their barangay. They should look at this as a
help to their constituents and the barangay as a whole. The jobs it
will create and capacitating their constituents. Imagine our
barangay officials who will not be pestered late at night by their
constituents asking for emergency financial assistance because they
already have money. They are now capable”.
Maglaya said barangay
officials should treat this initiative as a help in empowering the
people, creating economic activity in the barangays, with them being
partners of DTI and their constituents.
“What we want is for our
officials to look for those who are interested in entrepreneurship
and who needs our help. They know better the people in their area.
We, on the other hand, will come and talk to them and help them with
their needs”, she said.
Maglaya also pointed that
with the surging prices of commodities, capacitating the public is
“There are things that are
beyond our control, like the increase in prices. We need to
capacitate our people; give them livelihood, or business with market
for them to earn and help in the community. That’s what we want
here. That’s what this partnership with our barangay officials is
for”, Maglaya stressed.
The Barangay Negosyo
Summit is the first in the country, and was conceptualized and
initiated by DTI-9.
The summit’s aim is to
invite all barangay chairmen in the region together with at least
one micro and small entrepreneur in their area. Over 1,500 barangay
officials and MSMEs attended the activity and was also graced by
DTI, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and other local governments and
national line agency officials.
Also present is Zamboanga
City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who has vowed full support
to DTI and DOLE in all its endeavors for the people of the city and
the peninsula in general.