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The partnership is part of the city’s Bigyang-Halaga, Bangon MSMEs (BBMSME) program, which aims to streamline registration processes and make it easier for entrepreneurs to comply with FDA regulations.

The training to be provided will cover topics relevant to MSMEs, such as compliance and product registration.

The FDA is the agency in charge of ensuring the safety and quality of food, drugs and other consumer products in the market.

“We recognize the value of our MSMEs and their contribution to the local economy. This partnership will propel them forward as they seek the important certification from FDA to confirm the safety, efficacy and quality of their food and cosmetic products,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

“Through our partnership with the local government of Quezon City, we aim to provide MSMEs with the resources they need to succeed. This includes access to training, technical assistance, and support in complying with regulatory requirements,” added FDA Director General Samuel Zacate.

The two noted that supporting MSMEs would help create employment, boost productivity and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

According to the city government, the agreement is consistent with the guidelines established by Republic Act 9501, which aims to promote entrepreneurship by strengthening development and assistance programs for MSMEs.

The BBMSME program will be under the Quezon City government’s initiative to aid micro and small enterprises in securing necessary documents and licenses.

The city’s Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBDCPO) will also launch the Q-Certified program, which will provide assistance to MSMEs for certification by and registration in government agencies.

“The QC government is committed to promote the growth and development of our micro and small enterprises. Apart from providing initial capital assistance, the city government will also guarantee that they comply with requirements such as business and sanitary permits, among others,” SBCDPO head Mona Yap said.

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