Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace
March 6, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. vowed to continue supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the agriculture industry as he witnessed the signing of the Kapatid Angat Lahat for Agriculture Program (KALAP) – a Go Negosyo initiative to build a network for agripreneurs working together and creating job opportunities in the local economy.

“We know very well how MSMEs are crucial in the creation of new ideas, of jobs, and wealth in the country, so it is only right that we recognize the power and the influence that this sector holds,” said the Chief Executive during his address to the agriculture stakeholders.

Likewise, he recognized the crucial role of large corporations – referred to as “big brothers” – on enhancing the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of smallholder farmers.

“We also recognize the role of big corporations in [innovating] MSMEs, spurring their growth, and realizing their potential. Hence, I am very happy to note the objective of the KALAP to integrate small farmers and agri-entrepreneurs into the value chain of large companies,” President Marcos Jr. added, noting that this initiative will enable farmers and MSMEs to become globally competitive.

“It is about a decent living for our farmers so that our farmers can live by virtue of their hard work, that they can – besides just surviving, that they can hold out hope within themselves that soon one day we can do more. We will go buy more property, we will build the business. There is hope and there is a chance for them to better themselves in their life for their families, for their communities,” he added.

KALAP aims to foster the transformation of major agricultural commodities and industries, as well as a conducive business environment in the Philippines. It also provides access to money, market and mentorship to the farmers in order to grow their businesses.