A kapihan was conducted on July 21, 2011 at the RDC Hall, NEDA-CAR, Baguio City, to launch the inter-sectoral project “Clustering of the Regional Enterprises of CAR for Agro-Industrial Machinery and Parts Manufacturing” or CREAMM and sign the MOU that spells out the role of the project’s cooperating agencies and organizations in implementing the project.

Attending the media forum as panelists were representatives of private and government organizations that will be implementing the project. From the private sector were Moog Controls Corporation, the Metals Industry Association of the Philippines–CAR (MIAP-CAR), and the University of Baguio.

To represent the government sector were the  Baguio City Export Processing Zone (PEZA), CAR’s DOST (the project’s overall overseer), TESDA, NEDA. Benguet State University, Ifugao State University, and the LGUs of the Province of Benguet and the municipalities of Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT areas).  The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC)  of the DOST, another co-implementer, was also present, together with the Cordillera Regional Development Council, represented by its Vice-Chairman and NEDA-CAR Director Juan B. Ngalob.

The project stemmed from an initial project concept of the Cordillera Industry and Energy Research and Development Consortium (CIERDEC), a research organization under the DOST and comprising  CAR government agencies, academic institutions and the business sector. It was taken up by MIRDC-DOST and adopted by the Cordillera Regional Development Council through RDC ExCom Resolution No. CAR-72 that supported the industry cluster approach to strengthen the region’s industrial sector.

The RDC Economic Development Committee then operationalized the project recognizing that it supports one of the region’s Key Focus Area of establishing itself as the preferred site for agri-industry, technology- and knowledge-based industries. 

The project aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the metals and engineering (M & E) MSMEs in the region by organizing them into clusters and raising their competency level.  This will enable them to cater to the equipment and parts requirements of the Moog Controls Corporation, a company located in Baguio City’s PEZA that designs and supplies aircraft and missile components.

Project CREAMM is one of the projects implemented under the Capability-Building component of the CAR RDC’s Cordillera Regional Development and Autonomy Program.