July 26, 2011

Despite the many hurdles that we face as a nation, the resilient Filipino spirit will push on to spark innovation and inspiration. Promoting Regional Opportunities for Enterprise and Livelihood Development (PROPEL) is a breathing example of how the Filipino talent, if given the right guidance and support, can defy any challenge that comes its way.

Over the years, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Office of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan have been witness to PROPEL’s magic of not just providing access to business opportunities, financial support and training to deserving, budding entrepreneurs, but more importantly, strengthening their self-reliance, value for hard work and optimism.

We have always believed that to ensure a more widespread and equitable distribution of economic growth and make the people self-sufficient and responsible citizens of the nation, we have to bring opportunities and competencies to untapped areas in the country, particularly the countryside.

Indeed, our vision to create globally-competitive Philippine micro, small, and medium enterprises has gone a long way. Yet, there is still much work to do, but with the past successes of PROPEL, we are positive that there is no way to go for our SMEs but up!