BCCI: Bulacan’s “sunset industries” deserve second chance
By Russell Jay M. Manglicmot
Sunset Industries of Bulacan including garments and jewelry should be given a chance to grow, said Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) Vice President for Training Dr. Nilo Francisco.
During the press briefing regarding the current business trend of the province that is conducted by the journalism students of Bulacan State University last March 13, Francisco said that although these industry is struggling, there are a lot of potential considering the fact that Bulakenyos are innate “creative and persevering”.
“They deserve a second chance, besides ‘yong mga skills na namana ng mga anak ay bakit hindi ipagpatuloy,” said Francisco.
An industry is considered as a “sunset industry” when it is in decline, one that has passed its peak or boom periods. Garments and jewelry in the province however, is still thriving with the help of the provincial government’s Public-Private Partnership.
Also, BCCI conducts research about the development of the local garments industry.
“‘Yan ngayon ang ginagawa ng BCCI, pinag-aaralan nating mabuti ang mga industry na kailangan ng support para at least ma-extend ang operations,” said Fransisco.
In addition, Bulacan Provincial government also helps to aid these industries; in fact one of the projects of One Bulacan PRIDE includes showrooms for jewelry for the local jewelry makers showcase their craft.
Although considered as the sunset industry, there are still garment and jewelry stores that continue to thrive with the current trend: The Pambansang.com for garments and V-gem for jewelry.