DTI, BOI fortifies SOCCSKSARGEN’s frontline services for investors


The Board of Investments (BOI) recently held a seminar to enhance the skills of Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) frontline staff in regional and provincial offices as well as Local Economic and Investment Officers (LEIPOs) to competently assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and potential investors in SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos).


“In actively engaging the local stakeholders of Region 12, we expect to build sustainable foundations in driving economic activities and creating a robust DTI and BOI presence in the region,”DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.


The BOI’s investment counseling seminar and capability building training on investments promotiondrew 80 participants from the LEIPOs of various local government units (LGUs) of the region, DTI regional and provincial frontline staff, representatives of line agencies, and members of chambers of commerce.


The seminargavepointers on how to become effective frontliners and assistant to investors by being well-informed on various investment laws and policies, Investment Priorities Plan (IPP),and investment incentives.


It also touched on investments promotion strategies such as image-building, investment generation, investment servicing, and components of a good project plan.


As follow up activity, various stakeholders will identify viable sector-focused investment projects in priority markets. These projects will be lodged in BOI’s EQUIP (electronic quick investors portal), whichwill serve as a digital platform to promote these projects to potential investors.