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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

Industry Clustering - on the go in Caraga Region

 

After the official launching of Industry Clusters in the region last May 16, 2005 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City, a series of cluster strengthening activities have been scheduled this June and July for the identified priority clusters.

 

Starting June 17, 2005 to July 2005, the National Economic and Development Authority in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry and the different regional line agencies will conduct strategic planning cum project identification workshops for the seven clusters.

 

These activities will focus on the clusters’ direction setting and identification of projects for proposal packaging for possible fund sourcing.

 

Another upcoming activity is the Donors’ Forum/Investment Forum slated September this year wherein packaged proposals will be matched with funding agencies.  Cluster capability building and strengthening activities will be the clusters’ continuing activity.

 

The seven (7) priority clusters in the region are oil palm, banana, seaweeds, high value vegetables, tourism, arts and crafts and abaca. 

 

In a writeshop conducted March early this year, the Cluster Background Papers for 7 sectors were prepared. The documents serve as the industry situationers, which contain a comprehensive analysis of each of the clusters.  They serve as the take-off point to formulate action plans and strategies for the development of the industries.

 

Recently, a website was also developed to provide easy online access by key industry players on sector updates (http://caraga-clusters.tripod.com).

 

Industry Clustering is a strategy adopted by the Regional Development Council  to boost regional development through RDC Resolution No. 6,  Series of 2004.

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Refer to:

 

Arnold D. Faelnar, Business Development Division

Grace S. Tocmo, DTI-Caraga Information Service

Caraga prepares for Industry Clusters Launching

 

A series of activities has been conducted by the Regional Development Council for the launching of the Caraga’s industry clusters this May.  The preparation included Planning Workshop-cum-Benchmarking Tour among IC practitioners in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City; Follow-through Planning Workshops; Leadership Group Meetings; IC Co-Chairpersons’ Meetings; Strategic Planning; and Cluster Background Paper preparation.

 

This March 15-16, 2005, an Industry Clustering (IC) Writeshop will be held to fast tract the preparation and completion of the Cluster Background Paper.  The Background Paper serves as the industry situationer, which contains a comprehensive analysis of the cluster.  It shall be the take-off point to formulate action plans and strategies for the development of the industry. 

 

The industry clustering strategy was adopted by the Caraga Regional Development Council as one of the strategies to boost the economic development of the region last  March 17, 2004 through RDC Resolution No. 6, Series of 2004.

 

A workshop was then conducted to identify the priority and emerging clusters of the region.  Caraga’s priority clusters include  oil palm, high value vegetables, banana, abaca,  seaweeds, tourism and arts and crafts.   The emerging cluster include cassava, corn,  manpower services, fruits and mining.

 

As the main actors in the implementation of industry clustering program in the region, the different Leadership Groups have been established for both the priority and emerging clusters.  The Leadership Groups are composed of the key industry players of the clusters.

 

To formally introduce the establishment of priority clusters in the Region, an Industry Cluster Launching is set this May 2005.

 

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Refer to:

 

Arnold D. Faelnar, Business Development Division

Grace S. Tocmo, DTI-Caraga Information Service

HIGH VALUE VEGETABLE CONGRESS: TOWARDS A UNITED VEGETABLE CLUSTER

"Towards a united vegetable cluster for sustainable development in Caraga!"  This was the rallying call of the participants, organizers, and other stakeholders during the 1st Caraga High Value Vegetable Congress held at NORMISIST Gym, Ampayon, Butuan City last January 12, 2004.

The congress, which aims to create a united Vegetable Cluster in the region, was spearheaded by the Caraga Vegetable Growers Federation (CARVEGEF) and Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST).  Cooperating agencies include the DA, DTI, NEDA, Quedancor, Caraga LGUs, and Caraga Consortium for Agriculture, Forestry & Resources Research and Development (CCARRD). Private companies, specifically Harbest Agribusiness Ventures, East-West Seeds Company, Ramco Seeds, and NAMFI Philippines also gave their full support to the activity.

Inspired by the Bukidnon vegetable industry growers who have successfully made their area into the premier vegetable producer in the country, the organizers conducted a workshop to create the Vegetable Industry Cluster Leadership Group which will lead in setting direction to develop the high value vegetables industry in the region. The ultimate goal is to produce high quality vegetables and sell their produce not just to local consumers and the neighboring regions, but to institutional buyers and the international market as well.

To date, Caraga encompasses a relatively low production of semi-temperate fruit and vegetables, which inadequately supports local consumption. Caraga’s vegetable production is only 3,000 m.t. while local consumption is 27,000 m.t.  The congress took place just in time, as the region needs to boost vegetable production at the soonest possible time.

by: Erica A. Morales