Senator Sonny Angara asked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to exert more efforts in providing support to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Angara cited a report that community weavers from Batangas have no one to sell their products to right now because of the travel restrictions. These weavers considered shifting to selling fish and vegetables to have income instead.
Because shifting online is not an easy task for everybody, the senator proposed to the DTI that it should research ways how to make the products of communities from remote areas, indigenous groups, and those who rely on traditional methods of selling more marketable through the Internet.
Being an advocate of the development and promotion of local industries, Angara supported the DTI to continue building partnerships with e-commerce platforms such as Shopinas and Lazada to make local products available for orders and delivery.