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Trade cmte supports Buy Local Campaign

THE City Council committee on trade and commerce chaired by Councilor George S. Goking during its recent meeting discussed Regional Development Council (RDC)-X Resolution No. 37, series of 2022, “Enjoining all National Government Agencies, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, State Universities and Colleges, and other Government Instrumentalities in the Region to Support the Buy Local Advocacy Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Enjoining Local Government Units (LGU) to pass a local ordinance supporting the program”.

This is anchored on Section 4 of RA 9501, known as the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which provides that eligible MSMEs shall be entitled to a share of at least 10 percent of the annual total procurement value of goods and services supplied to the government, its bureaus, offices and agencies annually.

Article XII Section 12 of 1987 of the Philippine Constitution recognizes the role of the State to promote the preferential use of Filipino labor, domestic materials, and locally produced goods, and to adopt measures that help make MSMEs competitive.

Councilor Goking said MSMEs play a critical role in nation- building by generating jobs and employment and providing income to the Filipino people.

He pointed out that the program will be a big help in restoring the economy.

The resolution was endorsed to the committee on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya for appropriate action.


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