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Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc.

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Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc.

Historical Background

In 1985, the then National Cottage Industry Development Authority (NACIDA) (thru the effort of Ms. Modesta Baluyot) under the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) gathered the five (5) groups of jewellers in Meycauayan to unite them under one group. With 34 chartered members, the group was finally organized under the name, Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc. (MJIA) on August 20, 1985 for the purpose of developing the jewelry industry in Meycauayan, thus, making it the center of jewelry making not only in Central Luzon but also of the whole Philippines. It was  registered with Securities and Exchange Commission on November 20, 1986 with SEC Registration No. 136608 as a non-profit organization. Since then, its has grown into a strong, cohesive and unified organization with 113 members.

The first president of the association, Mr. Justiniano de Guzman, did his best to unite manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and traders in Meycauayan. His efforts were fruitful. Unfortunately, Mr. De Guzman has to quit the presidency due to health reasons.

In 1990, being the vice-president, Mrs. Cecilia Ramos, took the presidency. Aide from continuing the thrust and objective of her predecessor, Mrs. Ramos injected ideas and value to the membership to make the association more united and strong.

During her incumbency, Ms. Ramos led MJIA membership into various projects, program and activities. Technology mission were conducted in Baguio, Paracale, Camarines Norte, and Acoje mining to learn filigree making, antiques/ethic design production and jade lapidary.

In the 12th day of January 1990, MJIA launched two giant project: “Alahas Gawang Meycauayan and MeycauayanJewelryMakingTrainingCenter or MJMTC”.

MJIA was granted a seed fund of P 318,721.75 by the Department of Trade & Industry and P 72,000.00 by the Provincial Government of Bulacan for the establishment and operation of the first and only jewelry making training center in the Philippines, MJMTC. To date MJMTC has graduated 1,942 trainees for long term courses and 1,500 for short term course who are now employed in various jewelry shops not only in Meycauayan but also throughout the country and abroad. This MJMTC project has been awarded as the most Outstanding Kabisig Project in Region III during Kabisig Assembly held on June 11, 1991 at Philippine International Convention Center. Her Excellency Former President Corazon C. Aquino awarded a presidential trophy and P 100,000.00 cash prize to MJIA.

 

The objective of the project known as “Alahas Gawang Meycauayan is to prove that Meycauayan can produce world class products. The collection (reproduction of Philippine Antique Jewelries in gold and silver) was exhibited at the 12th Manila FAME Gift & Housewares Market Week held at Philippine International Convention Center last October 26-30, 1990. The association’s selected jewelry collection was awarded the most coveted Katha Award for Best Production Design. It was such a wonderful feat of having won such prestigious award on its debut in National Exhibition like the Manila FAME, to the envy of others who had been aspiring for the award for quite a long time.

Last June 6, 1990, a cooperative was organized by Mrs. Cecilia Ramos, the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Multi Purpose Cooperative or MJIMPCI (who first prospect name was “Kooperatiba ng Mag-aalahas sa Meycauayan”). Its was established to form a primary non-agricultural multi-purpose cooperative whose objectives and purposes are: 1) to create funds in order to grant loans for productive and providential purposes to its members; 2) to provide goods, services and other requirements of the members. Now, MJIMPCI has granted 87 loan applications amounting P  2,7000,000.00.

MJIA represented by RICEL’S JEWELLERY owned by Mrs. Ramos joined Fine Jewelry selling Mission a) to Osaka in September 1990 b) Tokyo International Gift Show in September 1991. The main objective of the participation is just to observe the market but resulted to actual sales and appreciation for jewelries made in Meycauayan, Bulacan Philippines. This was the association first attempt to penetrate the export market, which has proven that Meycauayan made jewelry has potential in the export market.

The association initiated dialogues with the Bureau of International Revenue, thus softening the Bureau’s stand against jewellers in Meycauayan. It entered also into a comprise agreement with the BIR last February 1989 that 1) cleared some of its members of its tax liabilities from 1980-1985; 2) generated additional revenue to the government; 3) resulted to a true classification of Meycauayan jewellers. The continuing dialogues with the BIR has paved the way for the resolution of the industry status as an “underground industry” into a more legitimate status in the future.

In 1991, another association was organized by MJIA for the purpose of extending financial assistance to the members. It was registered at SEC in May 15, 1991 under the name of Meycauayan Mutual Guarantee Association, Inc. or MMGA. MMGA is created by Cottage Enterprise Finance Program (CEFP) of DBP. The goal of CEFP is to give borrower access to credit financing with minimum collateral. MMGA is composed of 30 selected members of MJIA. Mrs. Ramos was elected Chairman and Mrs. Modesta Rubio as President.

In 1992, there was a re-organization in the leadership of MJIA. Mrs. Cecilia Ramos was elected Chairman of the Board while Mrs. Araceli Sarabia was elected President of MJIA.

 

In the same year, MJIA started lobbying for the passage of RA 8502. MJIA approached Congressman Angelito Sarmiento of 4th District of Bulacan to file it bill.  In 1998, Republic Act 8502 was passed. It is known as the “Jewelry Industry Development Act of 1998”. MJIA has played a very important role in the passage of this bill into law through its participation in several technical committee meetings in the Senate and Lower House hearings, and in talking to several legislators and their relatives to fast track its passage.

In 1995, MJIA submitted a project proposal to DOST Secretary William Padolina entitled Common Service Facility for jewellers – Philippine Jewelry Center (PJC). The proposal was approved and granted MJIA P 10 M for the construction of the building of the PJC. Groundbreaking was held last January 29, 1996 and the first floor was blessed in 1997.

Last November 1995, MJIA organized the First Philippine Jewelry Convention and Exhibition, the only convention and exhibition attended by almost all jewelry associations in the Philippines, all government agencies and some non-government organization like Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport), Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI), etc.

From January to April 1996, MJIA conducted series of Industry Capability Build-Up Program or ICBP Trainings such as Capability of Association to Develop Doable Corplan (P1), Capability to Undertake Training Analysis (P2), Capability to Organize Training Program & Develop Training Design & Material (P4), Capability to Have Pool of Capability Trainor (P5), Capability to Conduct Training (P6), Capability to Evaluate Training Program Design of evaluation System for Training Effectiveness (P7), and Capability to Conduct Trade Testing (P10) making MJIA 90.50% capable under the ICBP program of Technical Education & Skill Development Authority (TESDA). MJIA is the only association with its member as participant that completed ICBP program of TESDA. It is also the first association that tapped the said program in Region III.

It was also in 1996, that a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed for putting up of Philippine Jewelry Center (PJC) with the following: 1) 4th Congressional District (Cong. Angelito Sarmiento) to source funds for the construction of PJC; 2) National Youth Manpower Consultancy (NMYC) now TESDA (Director General Jo D. Lacson) to purchase tools, equipments and machineries for PJC and to Develop MJIA capability in the management of the center; 3) Provincial Government (Governor Roberto Pagdanganan) to provide 1,000 sq. m.  lot for the construction of PJC and to allot regular/ annual financial support for maintenance and operation of PJC; 4) Meycauayan Government (Mayor Eduardo Alarilla) to help source out fund for PJC construction and allot regular/ annual financial support for maintenance and operation of PJC and 5) Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) (Regional Director Oliver Butalid) to prepare project proposals needed and to source out funds for training and seminar.

It was also in 1996, MJIA drafted its strat plan for year 1996-2000 to achieve its vision and missions. It got 37 projects to accomplish on or before year 2000.

 

From 1996-1997, MJIA lobbied  hard to really make Meycauayan the center for jewelry industry in the Philippines. In 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed the Memorandum of Agreement No. 447 approving and adapting the Industry Development Plan of the Philippines (IDPP) submitted and recommended by Industry Development Council to promote the global competitiveness of industries. This is the first industry development plan taken in the Philippines. Meycauayan was chosen to be one of the nine (9) clusters namely: Maribeles, Bataan for FoodCity, Cebu for Custome Jewelry, Davao for FruitCenter, MarikinaCity for Foot Wear, Pampanga or Bulacan for Garments & Textile, General Santos for FishCenter, Clark for CyberCity, Subic for InternationalFinanceCenter and Meycauayan, Bulacan for Fine Jewelry. The reasons for choosing the Meycauayan as one of the clusters are a) one of the more organized existing industry cluster with an active industry association – the MJIA; b) existence of Philippine Jewelry Center (PJC), which provide industry services that includes marketing, business center, Consultancy and training, and plus modern tool and equipments for common use.

In April 1998, MJIA through it Chairman Cecilia Ramos became the president of Federated Association of Industries in Region III, which is composed of 13 associations in the region. This confirms that MJIA leadership is already recognized region-wide.

In December 1998, MJIA members: Mrs. Cecilia Ramos, Mr. Felix Zamora, Mr. Charlie Aquino, Mrs. Nene del Rosario and Mrs. Modesta Rubio were included in the book published by University of the Philippines-Institute for small Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) entitled “Dreamer, Doers, Risktakers: Entrepreneurial Case Stories. This case catalogue is a detailed life story of 24 successful entrepreneur in the Philippines. The book focused on entrepreneur affiliated with industry associations and who have received one or another some form of assistance from UP-ISSI.

In 1991, Mr. Peter Zuñiga was elected as President and Mrs. Cecilia Ramos was re-elected as Chairman again.

Last May 12, 1999, MJIA conducted Sectoral Forum in cooperation with the Department of Science & Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute to introduce Auto-Faceter Machine. It was created and researched by Metal Industry Researched and DevelopmentCenter or MIRDC in cooperation with Mines and Geosciences Bureau or MGB under the umbrella project entitled: “Design and Fabrication of complementary equipment for the Gemstone Cutting and Polishing Machine”. It is a new innovative machine that can cut gem. On the said sectoral forum also, the lahar gem was introduced in varied colors.

 

In November 1999, MJIA launched the 1st Philippine Fine Jewelry Design Competition (PFJDC) in cooperation with Product Development & Design Center of the Philippines (PDDCP). Lastly 2nd Philippine Fine Jewelry Design Competition launch last October 1, 2000. The Objectives are: to promote the excellence in design and craftsmanship of Philippine jewelry; to promote utilization of indigenous materials as component or in combination with other material for fine jewelry; to tap and seek the cooperation of the jewelry manufacturers in developing the advancement of the design profession that will benefit the industry; to create consumer awareness and interest in purchasing locally made jewelry; to create existing and innovative quality jewelry that will suit the taste of domestic and international market; and to provide an opportunity for recognizing the student’s talent and creativeness in the development of new design concept for the fine jewelry industry. This is the first fine jewelry design competition that allows the use of raw materials other than diamonds. This competition is a yearly project of MJIA and PDDCP. Now, PFJDC is the longest running design competition in the |Philippines.

Last July 2001, MJIA submitted a project proposal to Asia Invest AIBPFTA and was approved 2006. The project will extend technical assistance to the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc. (MJIA), Philippine Jewelry Center (PJC) and to a selected 15 member-companies of MJIA. The project aims to promote and established business cooperation / alliances / partnership with EU companies. Under this project, a cadre of local experts will be trained to maintain the technological development program of the jewelry industry and upgrade the level of technology in jewelry making. The project will be implemented in six phases namely: Phase I aims to improve management, technical and marketing aspects of the Philippine Jewelry Center through European consultancy services; Phase II aims to improve and upgrade production management and standards; Phase III and Phase IV involves technical skills training and jewelry design respectively. Skills trainings include the transfer of the most modern technology in goldsmithery, vacuum casting, surface finishing, stone setting and engraving. Phase V involves consultancy and trainings supplemented by a study mission to EU. The final phase will assess the impact of the technical assistance to the MJIA-PJC and to some selected 15 member-companies through evaluation and assessment and sharing of experiences. MJIA is the only association in the Philippines granted this fund amounting to P 4,219,864.66 but MJIA has to raise same amount for the project to push through.

At present, MJIA is a member of Board of Investments – Technical Committee; Bulacan Area Productivity Council (BAPC); Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Bulacan Tourism Council; Bureau of Product Standard – Technical Committee; Exporter’s Confederation of the Philippines; Federated Association of Industries in Region III; Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc.; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Provincial Competency Assessment and Certification Committee – Bulacan; Regional Provincial Competency Assessment and Certification Committee; Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council – Bulacan (SMED) and TESDA – Technical Committee on Training.

Presently, there are 135 members in the roll, but the leadership is optimistic to gather more members. With the privileges afforded the members, exposures of their product to international market, jewellers in Meycauayan has no choice but to join the bandwagon, and be popularly known in the country via Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc.

 

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