The Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (SCED), during its second quarter meeting on May 10, 2022, endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the Buy Local Advocacy Program (BLAP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The DTI Region IV-A presented their initiatives on BLAP under the amended Republic Act No. 9501 s.2008 or the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. This include participation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in trade fairs, local exhibits like the Go Lokal Stores, and in various Pasalubong Centers or the OTOP Philippines Hub in the region. Among the products procured were used as tokens, promo collaterals, office supplies, and as an inclusion in the “ayuda” packages of the local government units (LGUs).

Further, DTI Region IV-A requested the support of the RDC for eligible MSMEs to get an opportunity to participate in government contracts related to procurements of goods and other local products, and to implement the mandatory 10 percent of the total annual procurement value of goods and services supplied to the government offices.

The requested RDC endorsement is to encourage LGUs to issue an ordinance in support of the BLAP and related initiatives that will entitle MSMEs to supply the procurement needs of different government offices, including the State Universities and Colleges in the region.

Carmela L. Lantican, NEDA Region IV-A | May 13, 2022