The Jagna Sustainable Micro-enterprise and Development Unit is a provision in the recently approved Gender and Development Code of the Municipality of Jagna. The unit shall be further established through the enactment of an ordinance for its creation and institutionalization.
JaSMED, by virtue of an ordinance, shall be created as a separate unit in the local government unit of Jagna. It shall be governed by a Management Board composed of the following:
Committee on Trade and Industry
Committee on Gender
Committee on Environment
Committee on Health
Committee on Agriculture
Two representatives from the Civil Society
Vision, Mission, Goals, and Core Principles of JaSMED
A sustainable, competent, and committed unit in the Local Government of Jagna dedicated to the provision of quality and gender-responsive services for improved quality of life of Jagna’s micro-entrepreneurs.
In order to achieve our mission, we commit ourselves to:
- Create an business environment conducive to the development and growth of micro-entrepreneurs
- Promote gender-responsive programs that would improve environmental sanitation, social protection, and occupational safety and health of micro-entrepreneurs and their workers
- Assist in the promotion of equal opportunities and access for women and men in business information, financing, policy, and technology.
- Ensure gender-responsive laws, regulations, programs, and projects that would benefit micro-entrepreneurs in the municipality of Jagna
- Capacitate, develop, grow, and sustain micro-entrepreneurs in Jagna, especially women
- Contribute to poverty alleviation, environmental conservation, and the promotion of good business practices in the municipality
In the provision of its services, JASMED adheres to the following core principles
- Alignment with national and local government goals. JASMED’s services should be consistent with the development goals of the municipality and compliant with current municipal land use and development plans.
- Competence and Professionalism. JASMED personnel should be multi-skilled, dependable, knowledgeable, and committed with productivity, moral and distinctive competence in work.
- Quality Service. JASMED shall strive to offer quality service to clients at all times. To JASMED, its clients are their most important resource.
- Gender-Responsiveness. Programs and services in JASMED are gender-responsive and its staff, gender sensitive.
- Care for the Environment JASMED promotes enterprises that are environmentally-friendly and nurturing.
Clients and Services
JASMED’s clients are classified into three:
- Primary clients – these clients are groups and individuals currently engaged in businesses and are registered in the local government unit (either in the barangay or the municipal level)
- Secondary clients – clients that are groups and individuals currently engaged in business but are not registered in the local government unit
- Tertiary clients – are groups and individuals that are not yet in business but are in the process of or interested to establishing a new enterprise.
It is to be noted that JASMED’s clients are micro-entrepreneurs. As such, the following is a classification of clients based on level of prioritization:
- FIRST priority are those businesses with capitalization up to P150,000.
- All other business with capitalization of up to P1.5 million pesos are considered second-priority clients.
Services of the unit are also classified into two. The core services and demand-driven services.
Core Services are those that the unit regularly offers to its customers and are part of its mandated deliverables. These services are identified as those that mainly contribute to the vision-mission-goals of the unit. In a sense, these services are those that are considered pro-active, because the center pursues them actively in close coordination with stakeholders. Core services are the following:
- Capacity building of primary clients which includes, among others, enterprise development trainings, skills trainings, good manufacturing practices, occupational health and safety, environmental sanitation
- Promotion and marketing of products through different marketing channels as trade fairs, market linkages, among others
- Profiling of micro-entrepreneurs for purposes of identifying their needs and recommending appropriate program, projects, and legislation
- Assistance in the registration of businesses at the local government unit
Demand-driven services are services that are not generally offered by the unit but will be facilitated by it depending on requests made by the micro-entrepreneurs. In this case, demand-driven services are not part of the annual targets of the unit and are not incorporated into its planning and budget. In most cases, demand-driven services are responded to by the unit by facilitating it with other stakeholders. Examples of demand-driven services are as follows:
- Organizing new group ventures
- Product research and development
- Facilitate in the registration of micro-enterprises with relevant government agencies as BFAD, DTI, and DOLE
- Facilitate linkage for financial resources, marketing, and promotion of micro-entrepreneurs that are considered second-priority clients