MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has partnered with an e-commerce and logistics provider in a bid to enhance its assistance toward the digitalization of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
In a statement, the DTI said it teamed up with Somago to onboard MSMEs under its One Town One Product Philippines (OTOP PH) program.
“DTI and Somago seek to collaborate in realizing the objectives of OTOP program, promoting local products, and onboarding MSMEs/OTOPreneurs as sellers to their e-retail store,” the DTI said.
OTOP PH is a priority stimulus program of the DTI for MSMEs that aims to drive inclusive local economic development by enabling localities and communities to determine, develop, support, and promote products and services that are deeply rooted from their cultural identity and comparative advantage.
DTI emphasized that through the Somago online application, the MSMEs will have a bigger platform to market and sell their items nationwide including the hard-to-reach areas.
“This can also give the consumers a chance to conveniently patronize and buy their items in their convenient time,”It said.
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According to the DTI, the partnership aims to increase the number of participating MSMEs on this app to provide more opportunities for the local businesses. As of May 2023, there are already over 80 OTOPreneurs actively selling in Somago.
“We can strengthen the OTOP’s digitalization by improving the e-marketing and digital campaigns with Somago so that more people will engage in the platform,” DTI Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Leonila Baluyut said.
Through the OTOP PH program, DTI aims to further intensify its online presence through digital marketing collaboration with Somago.
“This partnership will potentially impact OTOP PH’s with Somago’s publicity campaigns and initiatives to help promote the said program via social networking sites,”the DTI said.
For his part, Somago CEO Tim Zhou explained that the company can provide more support to increase OTOP PH’s online popularity by leveling-up our marketing collaboration via social media.
The collaboration with the e-commerce firm will push further to upgrade, upskill, and upsize the OTOPreneurs to provide a bigger and better way to market and sell their products across the country and the international marketplace.
Currently, OTOP PH has around 16,000 Facebook followers and 2,735 on Instagram versus Somago with over 41,000 Facebook followers and 9,500 followers on Instagram respectively