Philippine MSME Products Find Home at the Heart of San Francisco

Clockwise from left: Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer (R) DTI Representative Celynne Layug, 1Export CEO Melissa Nava, Dynamico Space CEO JR Calanoc, Weee Filipino general manager Ed Maguan, and Filiflavors founder Ms. Bianca-Trinidad-Lamb; Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer shares the role of the Filipino American Diaspora in popularizing Philippine exports in U.S. communities; Melissa Nava, CEO and Co-founder of 1Export during her talk ; DTI Undersecretary Ireneo Vizmonte shares government programs of the government supporting the continued growth of Philippine MSMEs and development of innovative products.(Photos from SFPCG)

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley, together with Dynamico Space, have partnered with 1Export (https://1export.com) to showcase products from the Philippines, encouraging more Fil-Am entrepreneurs and grocery platforms such as Weee Filipino and Filiflavors to discover innovative products from the Philippines.

On 16 May 2022, 1Export launched “Kalocal,” a platform from which Fil-Ams can order export-ready Filipino products at wholesale prices. The platform aims to help Filipinos in the U.S. start their own businesses by importing and reselling products directly from local producers and manufacturers offered at competitive prices.

Clockwise from left: Director Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Marievic Bonoan shares the importance of MSMEs, upcoming collaborations for GoLokal “goes global” program, and innovative products from the Philippines focused on sustainability; Melissa Nava, CEO and co-founder of 1Export, Weee Filipinoo general manager Ed Maguan, Filiflavors founder Bianca Trinidad-Lamb talk about the availability of Philippine products in the U.S; JR Calanoc, CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamico Space shares programs to support Philippine Startups. (Photos from SFPCG)

“The Fil-Am diaspora serves as a bridge between the Philippines and U.S. communities,” said Consul General in San Francisco Neil Ferrer. He also highlighted the Consulate and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley’s partnership with Dynamico Space in bridging Philippine and U.S. startups.

With a hybrid format, an in-person “salu-salo” was organized in San Francisco, while participants from the Philippines and other U.S. States joined via ZOOM.

For more information, visit https://www.sanfranciscopcg.dfa.gov.ph
https://www.philippinessanfrancisco.orghttps://www.facebook.com/PHinSF/ or https://www.instagram.com/phlinsf/.

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