The Department of Entrepreneurship represented the academe to a three-day forum-workshop on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) titled “2018 APEC’s Competitiveness of Women-led MSMEs in the Garments and Textile Sector Through Innovation And Entrepreneurship.” It was held from April 18-20 at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City.
The forum-workshop was organized by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of International Trade Relations, and the Institute for Small Scale Industries of the University of the Philippines. It supports women-led MSMEs and draws concrete measures for greater inclusion of the Asia Pacific economy by maximizing the use of textile and garment as key industries to elevate the country’s export growth.
Featured were experts from the whole eco-system of the garments and textiles industry who gave lectures on topics such as innovations in technology; digital trends; sustainable practices in the use of indigenous textiles and crafts; environmental, resource and labor challenges of fast fashion in relation to market demands; development and fresh directions for sustainable growth; as well as networking and collaboration opportunities of shared concerns and goals that will shape the future of the garments and textiles industry.
Participants include textile scientists and innovators, government and industry trade specialists, influencers, luminaries, women garments entrepreneurs, indigenous artisans, weavers and crafters, private advocacies and foundations, among others. Participants include students with start-ups in fashion and product design from Miriam College and clothing technology students from the University of the Philippines. This gathering was attended by over 50 participants from ten countries such as Chile, Peru, Russia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Alternate Focal for UNESCO EE Net Philippine Chapter, moderated the session on Technology and Innovation Upgrades that featured Miriam College’s Amazing Alumna Achiever and Filipiniana champion, Patis Tesoro.
Other special guests include Dr. John Xin, scientist and Professor of Textile Chemistry at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Jeannie Javelosa, strategic communicator, social entrepreneur, and culture and sustainability advocate.