The development and promotion of industry clusters are identified as major strategies in developing globally competitive and innovative industry and services sector that will significantly contribute to inclusive growth and employment generation.
For Region 02, eight (8) priority industries were identified based on the industries’ growth potential, contribution to poverty reduction, job generation, prospects for success, and outreach. These includes the following National and Regional priority industry clusters: Processed Fruits and Nuts, Homestyle and Wearables, Coffee, Cacao, Rubber, and Bamboo. Enlisted as regional priority industry clusters are Processed Meat and Fish and Dairy.
To ensure the growth of the priority industries, cluster teams were developed and strengthened to link the MSMEs with partners from relevant Government Agencies such as Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Carabao Center, National Dairy Authority, Department of Tourism, Food and Drug Administration, and the Academe, among others.