Presidential candidates told: Bare plans for micro-entrepreneurs
Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc. (Or Ang Kasangga) today urged presidential candidates to lay down their concrete plans for the growth and development of micro-entrepreneurship which has become the backbone of the country’s economy.
Atty. Norman Tayag, secretary general of Ang Kasangga, sounded the call as he revealed that he has yet to hear from the present roster of presidential candidates from different parties about their plans for both formal and informal micro-entrepreneurs.
“Our hardworking and honest micro-entrepreneurs are the new heroes of our times. The role they play is crucial in uplifting the country’s economy, and therefore, they deserve all our support,” he said at the regular news forum in Illustrado, Manila,
“The sector of micro-entrepreneurs absorbs unemployed members of our society, those unable to find jobs in the open market. They also provide input to the formal sector ranging from manufacturing parts and supplies, to labor for production,” he added.
In 2006, about 99.7% of all Philippine businesses were classified as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Of these, 92% fell under micro-enterprises generating a total of 1,667,823 jobs, or 33.5% of all jobs created by the MSME sector in 2006.
Tayag explained that micro-entrepreneurs need to be supported and protected by law because most of them, especially those in the informal sector, has no access to bank loans, no formal training in business management, and lack of social protection.
“We do hope that with the passage into law of the Magna Carta for MSMEs two years ago, our micro-entrepreneurs will be protected. Ang Kasangga which represents micro-entrepreneurs will work hard to ensure that it is properly implemented,” he said.
The Magna Carta for MSMEs, logged as Republic Act 9501, recognizes MSMEs’ potential for more employment generation and economic growth and therefore can help provide a self-sufficient industrial foundation for the country.
“With Ang Kasangga winning a congressional seat with your help, we can further promote, support and protect our honest and hardworking micro-entrepreneurs,” Tayag added.
Through the guidance and support of its chairman Mr. Teodorico Haresco Jr, Ang Kasangga has grown strong from 45,000 to 260,000 card-bearing members, most of whom are sari-sari stores and food stall owners, and market vendors, jeepney, tricycle and bus drivers and operators, and blind masseurs.
For the past years, Ang Kasangga has untiringly provided a micro-lending program for marginalized barangay-based micro-entrepreneurs, a scholarship program for 46 children of slain Filipino journalists, a human resource-building program, a livelihood and housing program, a fiscal program for savings, among others. (30)