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What is OTOP?

What is OTOP Philippines?

What is the Main Objective of OTOP?


From the cold mountains of the North to the seeminly isolated islands of the South, the country is filled with quaint little towns that offer beautiful, handcrafted products.  

Take a moment to look closear and you will realize that there are more than a thousand products waiting to be found.

What is OTOP?

OTOP Philippines is an adaptation of 's successful "One Village, One Product" project. It was conceptualized as a form of people's participation in the regional development of a country.

Its success resulted in the adoption of the concept by Thailand, Vietnam, Malawi, Cambodia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia.


What is OTOP Philippines?

OTOP Philippines is a priority program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs at the local level through development of products and services that has competitive advantage.

It supports micro, small and medium enterprises (mSMEs) to manufacture, offer, and market distinctive products or services through the use of indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents.


What is the main objective of OTOP?

The government's Medium Term Development Plan 2004-2010 outlines the dual strategies of product development through OTOP; and credit provision through the SME Unified Lending Opportunities for National Growth (SULONG), to support 3 million entrepreneurs and to generate 6 to 10 million jobs.


Region: Region XII
Province: Maguindanao
Town: Cotabato CIty

About the Product:

OTOP Product: Crabs and other Aquaculture Products
Product Photo: otop_productfoto
Product Background: Crabs and other aquaculture products are grown/produced at Barangay Kalanganan, Cotabato City
Product Description: "Mud Crab" ... Scylia Serrata... Otherwise known as mangrove crabe, so named due to its muddy habitat within mangrove forests.  Its colour is dark brown to moddled green.  When cooked, the crabe becomes bright red-orange.  The mud crab's claws are large and renowned for their meat content.  Most of these crab's variety is called "macapuno" that implies to the tight and compact meat in its body.
Product Lines:

Crabs (King & Mud); Prawns; Shrimps; Bangus

Product History: The crab industry is one of the investment oppurtunities eyed to have a great potentians for growth and devleopment. The barangay Kalanganan is Cotabato City, with a spread of more or less one thousand seven hundred (1,700) hectares, is the site where crabs are being produced.  For sometime now, the "mud crab" in this area is known for its dinstinct taste and quality.

Sales:  P21 Million (crabs); P22.5M (prawns); P13.6M (bangus)

Markets:  Davao City; Gen. Santos City; Koronadal City; Kidapawan City; Butuan City; Metro Manila

Production volume of OTOP firms (annual):  85,000 kgs of crabs; 75,000 kgs of prawns; 170,000 kgs of bangus

Industry Linkages:  OTOP Convergence Team, Cotabato SME Association, Inc., Cotabato City SMED Council, Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kutawato, Inc., Metro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.

Potentials of OTOP:  Value-added Products, Export of Fresh Crabs and Prawns, Processed Fish (smoked/marinated)

How many OTOP SMEs in the town:

There are four existing SMEs

1.  Kalanganan Fishpond Owners and Workers MPC
2.  Kabunsuan MPC
3.  Tapadaken MPC
4.  Nanao Santos MPC