Twenty local designers in region 10 is partnering with twenty micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a two-month capacity building activity launched on April 28, 2022 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10.
DTI-10’s Design Upgrade Program is a training program which intends to capacitate local designers in region 10 while partnering with local MSMEs. The program intends to capacitate the designers in the various mandatory labeling and packaging requirements for food products and the design trends for homestyle and wearables products.
The local designers are expected to come up with new designs for homestyle and wearables products; new packaging and labeling designs for food products; and prototypes developed for food, homestyle, and wearables products.
“The value of design in any industry is widely acknowledged as key contributor to the overall competitiveness and takes part in the market performance of MSME’s products and services.” DTI-10 Regional Director Ermedio J. Abang said during his welcome remarks. “DTI, through the OTOP NextGen Program, continually offers interventions towards MSME excellence and development.”
“DTI continually addresses the need to build a pool of globally competent designers in the local setting that would serve as catalyst in positioning MSMEs’ products in the global market by applying the concepts, ideas, and knowledge gained through the program.”
The program is a collaborative project of Design Center of the Philippines and DTI, under its One Town, One Product (OTOP) Program.