ILOITO CITY – An online application called “Bakal Lokal” developed by a group of young people from Iloilo has helped over a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) reach a wider market during the health pandemic.
Rayjand Gellamucho, the project manager of Bakal Lokal, said on Tuesday that the e-commerce platform is a response from their group, Youth First Initiative Philippines Inc. (YFIP), to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with help from the Department of Human Rights grant. science and technology (DOST) -assistance program.
“Our mission is to help our micro and small businesses bounce back from this pandemic. Most of our entrepreneurs on this project are increasing their sales and we are also helping them in the development of their products. Although it is a pandemic, it is very difficult for us to operate, but we are delivering what is expected of us for this project, ”he said during the virtual press conference which followed the opening of the celebration of National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
The products available and visible on the app are farm-fresh products, condiments and processed foods, artisans and eco-fashion / lifestyle products.
Orders are delivered through their delivery partners all over Panay and through their national delivery partners.
MSMEs interested in joining the digital platform are advised to visit their Bakal Lokal Facebook page for guidance and to get on board.
“The basic requirement is that they sell local or Filipino-made products,” he said.
Gellamucho added that start-ups are welcome because their vision is to help small entrepreneurs grow.
They also prioritized those who are helped by government agencies so as not to waste the funds given to them.
In addition to providing them with the point of sale, those already on board receive capacity development training to understand how to use the platform and digital payment.
The group also launched its Bakal Lokal acceleration program to further develop MSMEs and help start-ups in technology business incubators (TBIs).
“We would like to see the environment later to help traditional MSMEs who wish to profit from the products of technology companies,” he said.
In the meantime, a Bakal Lokal fair in which people aboard the platform participate is taking place at Robinsons Place Jaro as part of the NSTW celebration. (ANP)