Yaman GenSan 2015

Yaman-GenSan-2015Yaman Gensan pushes development of cooperatives

GENERAL  SANTOS  CITY,  June  22  (PIA)  —   Small   cooperatives   are  taking center  stage  in the  13th  Yaman  Gensan celebration  that started June  18.

Rosanna  Contreras,   president  of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council (SMEDC)  said   the  city government   is highlighting in the month-long  annual  event  the  importance of  small  cooperatives  as  a  major  driver  of the  city’s  economy.

Contreras  said,  the city government, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and SMEDC are joining  forces to encourage micro, small, and medium enterprises and cooperatives in the city to participate in Yaman Gensan.

This year’s theme, “Unleashing the potentials of MSMEs,” aims to give interested entrepreneurs an opportunity to attend seminars and skills trainings such as practical money management and investment strategies, strengthening organizational citizenship and social entrepreneurship.

Various conferences and fairs will also be conducted in Yaman Gensan 2015 starting June 18 up to the third week of July.

Entrepreneurs are being encouraged to come and see these activities to find inspiration for their businesses.

KCC Convention Center, SM Mall, Greenleaf Hotel and Gaisano Mall will play hosts to the different Yaman Gensan events.

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the city government is actively supporting the thrust of SMEDC to empower the MSMEs in Gensan.

“MSMEs comprise around 97% of the entire businesses in the city. If we want to strengthen more the economy of the city, then we should support these entrepreneurs in growing their business,” Mayor Rivera said.

“When I sat as the city mayor of Gensan, my original plan was to make Yaman Gensan happen once every two years. But then, I suddenly saw the necessity of it, especially in molding the potentials of our entrepreneurs, that is why I decided to conduct it annually,” he added.

Rivera said that he is working together with the DTI in order to promote the welfare of the entrepreneurs of the city, as well as those who aspire to do business.

The mayor cited the newly-opened Negosyo Center at Osmeña Street and the implementation of “Bottom-Up” projects in the barangays of the city as just some of the supporting projects the city government and DTI have lined up in support of promoting the city’s economic climate. (IJLagare-Gensan  CPIO/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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