SAN PABLO CITY –In the interview given by Governor Teresita S. Lazaro to the leaders of the Seven Lake Press Corps after a ceremony held at the San Pablo Central School here recently, she said that to help develop more micro and small entrepreneurs in Laguna, she had instructed the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator to conduct a comprehensive studies to formulate a program that would facilitate the establishments of a Packaging Research and Development Center, in order that local enterprises could easily penetrate supermarkets in the country and selected overseas markets to help create more jobs in the province.
The lady governor said her office with seek the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), for the design of a seal that would serve as the iconic symbol of quality of any article of commerce produce within the jurisdiction of the Province of Laguna.
Ningning Lazaro is optimistic that the final results of the different surveys conducted by rhe National Statistic Office (NSO) will help update the statistic on the number of micro and small enterprises in Laguna. These data are needed to reformulate the comprehensive development plan of the Provincial Government of Laguna, as required by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and as stipulated in the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7160.
It is fortunate that major research and development (R & D) institutions, both under the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Agrciultures and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are located in Los Baños, and Lazaro believes that the interest of the people must be directed in science and technology, since Science and Technology plays a major role in the formulation and implementation of priority projects.
Governor Ningning Lazaro encourages the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian to continue introducing modern farming and animal husbandry technologies to help optimize the remaining agricultural land of the province.
“But our concern is not just to have big harvests for our farmers. We must alsowork to turn our farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs,” the lady governor concluded. (Ruben E. Taningco, Secretary General, Seven Lakes Press Corps)