ANP PROGRAM and SERVICES:
1] THE NEGROS SHOWROOM
The ANP maintain the Negros Showroom which display the products of ANP member-producers and serves as their business centre.
Products displayed include: Garments and knitwear, bags, travel accessories, gifts and novelty items, housewares and furnishing, costume jewellery, handicrafts and furniture’s, foods health and natural and Organic.
The ANP presently has 93 members from 47 in 1988. The member is categorized under seven (7) sectors namely:
- Fashion Accessories
- Natural and Organics
- Furniture, Decors and Housewares
2] NEGROS TRADE FAIR
ANP organizes trade fairs and exhibits and trade missions, establishes linkages for producers, serves as their data bank, particularly on information useful to buyers and traders, and conducts or arranges training programs for the members on product, business and trade development, export and related concerns.
In recognition of the ANP initiatives, organizers of international trade shows have welcomed Negros Producers in exhibitions in Hongkong, Japan, the United State, Singapore, Brunei and Germany among others.
The annual trade fair, which exclusively features Negros-made products, are held in Metro Manila venues and have gained wide acceptance as indicated by sales receipts showing dramatic increases from year to year and the volume of visitors. Highlight of the trade fair is the launch of new products developed annually by producers as a requirement of ANP for its members to ensure a dynamic entrepreneurship through the Bulawan competition.
3] THE BULAWAN (GOLDEN) AWARDS
To provide an incentive for its members and to encourage them toward more ingenuity, creativity and commitment to product excellence, ANP established the annual Bulawan (Golden) Awards.
Through this incentive, members engage in product innovation and packaging or development of new designs. Recognition is given in food, garment, fashion accessories, toys and gifts, housewares and furniture categories.
The Association of Negros Producers has embarked on an effective partnership and linkaging program to promote the interest of its members. This has opened doors of opportunities for the members, provided funding requirements and established a network of contacts and technical supports.
Some linkages include national and overseas agencies and institutions, among them, AFOS, The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and technology, Technological and Livelihood Resources Center, Center for International Trade ,Expositions & Missions, Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines, Local Government Units, Association of Partners for Fair Trade, Inc., Canadian International Development Agency – PEARL, CIDA-Ledano, Japan External Trade Organization and the United States Assistance for International Development, GIZ, Negros Island Tourism Inc. (NITI) and the Business Support Organizations of the Philippines: PHILFFA (Philippine Federation of Furnishings Associations).
OURFood stands for Optimizing & Upscaling Roles in the Food Supply Chain. It is a partnership project of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry with Germany’s AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation, along with the Association of Negros Producers and the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce & Industry. It aims to improve the income situation of micro, small and medium enterprises along the supply chain of food through the implementation of a market-oriented training and qualification program.
OURFood works with farmers, food processors and trade. Farmers are trained in Good Agricultural Practices and entrepreneurial skills. Food processors are given training on Food Safety and Food Technology. Both are linked with trade to ensure concrete results from skills acquired. The BMOs pave the road to sustain these efforts through advocacy, awareness-raising on standards and collaboration with the private sector and government. Food Consultancy Groups (FCG) managed by the partner BMOs CCCI, ANP and NOCCI shall ensure that training and consultancy services are made available to their members and other players in the food sector.
The ANP, internally or through the ANP- Foundation for Enterprise Deveopment (ANP-FEDI) conducts regular training programs for technical and skills development, updating and effective management of resources.
Training programs conducted include:
- Basics of Exporting (Negotiating with buyers, Costing and Pricing, shipping and containerization, Inspection and Quality Control and Packaging and labelling), Good Housekeeping and Production Management.
- Business Development Seminar (Business Plan, Marketing, Operations, Accounting, HR)
- GAP – Forum (The Benefits of Compliance to GAP and Challenges in the Implementation Hazards associated with Agriculture Production etc.
7] A MODEL
Because of its successful ventures, the ANP has been chosen a model for Entrepreneurial development when it was named by then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos as program manager for the National Economic Enterprise Development Program, which was designed to help introduce livelihood activities in 20 depressed provinces of the Philippines. The initiative gave birth to the ANP foundation for Enterprise Development, Inc. (ANP-FEDI), which helped nurture more than 150 enterprise nationwide.
In recognition of its role in business development, the ANP has also been named by the Negros Occidental Development Board as lead agency of its Trade Promotion Unit. It is also an active member of the provincial Development Board of Negros Occidental