The City Council of Candon passed recently an ordinance on One Barangay, One Product.

Ordinance no. 814 (An ordinance mandating the organization and management of One Barangay, One Product (OBOP) in the city of Candon, province of Ilocos Sur and providing funds therefor) was passed and approved by the City Council headed by City Vice Mayor Alfonso Singson and also approved by City Mayor Ericson Singson.

“The concept of “One Barangay, One Product” (OBOP) is an innovation or product of “One Town, One Product.” (OTOP) though with OTOP, the whole city identifies, develops and promotes the chosen product as a sole product that banner as the City’s countrywide industry; the OBOP offers pride of the place” products from the City’s Barangays with the same purpose,” as stated in the four page ordinance main authored by City Councilor Oscar Materno Balagot.

Among the objectives of the said ordinance are to enable the residents of the barangays to engage in viable economic activities that would augment their income, harness the economic potential of every barangay and utilized the untapped human, natural resources in the barangay and promote entrepreneurship in the barangay through the production of local specialty product or development of particular service.

Other objectives are: to develop skills, creativity; self reliance and productivity particularly among the unemployment residents in the barangay; promote human resource development; generate employment and provide income opportunities to the barangay residents; creation of a new culture of entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of the people.

In crafting the OBOP framework, the organization and management of program shall be guided by the identification of priority product/services by the barangay council, action planning, implementation and performance review.

Based on the said ordinance, an Inter-Agency Executive Committee and Office Integration shall be created chaired by the City Mayor with the City Administrator as co-chair.

The Vice Chairperson is chairperson of SP Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry.

The members are the city council’s chairperson of the committees on Agriculture, Cooperatives, Tourism; President of Liga ng mga Barangay; City Cooperative officer, Public Employment and Services Officer, City Tourism Officer; President, local Council of Women, Representatives from the offices of Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and representative from the NGOs/POs to be identified by the Office of the City Mayor.

Also stated in the ordinance that OBOP-IAEC offers a comprehensive assistance package through convergence of services from the local government, national government agencies and the private sector.

Included in the said assistance package are business counselling, skills and entrepreneurship training, product design and development and appropriate technologies and marketing.(LBJ)

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