Twenty-four micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Tuguegarao City and twenty-four IT scholars of the City Government completed a 12-day Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Technical Training Program co-organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – R02, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) – R02, and the Tuguegarao City Government.

Conducted between June to September this year, the RIS training program sought to capacitate MSMEs on various approaches to maximize the use of e-commerce through the creation of online platforms, such as websites and Facebook pages. As proven during the training, the approach was deemed effective in showcasing the MSMEs’ products and services and in linking the MSMEs to the market.

In the course of the program, each MSME was paired with a DICT personnel and an IT scholar who provided technical assistance in the creation of online platforms. The scholars also provided support in terms of content management and online marketing.

In his message, Engr. Bernardino G. Mabborang, DTI Cagayan Provincial Director, congratulated the graduates for their enthusiasm and active participation in the 12-day training. He also expressed his appreciation to the City Government and the DICT for taking serious steps in harnessing the growth and development of MSMEs. In closing, the Provincial Director urged the MSMEs to maximize the use of their online platforms, to manage them properly and to ensure their sustainability.