The Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs (BMEA) is responsible in promoting and developing economic livelihood programs and projects through the extension of loans, entrepreneurship, trade and marketing assistance to the members of Muslim Filipino communities.
It shall also be responsible for the promotion and development of cooperative endeavors among Muslim Filipinos in coordination with the Cooperative Development Authority.
It shall likewise promote and implement manpower training and community self-help projects for the economic development of Muslim Filipinos.
Promotion of Islamic Finance and Investments among Muslim Filipinos.
Promote and develop the Philippine Halal Industry and accredit halal-certifying entities/bodies for the utmost benefit of Muslim Filipinos and in partnership or cooperation with appropriate agencies, individuals and institutions here and abroad.
The Bureau is composed of the following divisions to manage its operations, namely:
- Small Business and Trade Development Division;
- Cooperative Development Division
- Manpower Skills Development Division
Operational Programs and Activities:
I – MUSLIM FILIPINO TRADERS AND ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAMS
- Entrepreneurship Training
This training is designed to equip Muslim entrepreneurs the tools to enhance their knowledge and increase their income. In coordination with TESDA, DTI and DOST, Regional offices shall conduct a survey among their respective traders/entrepreneurs and decide which kind of training is suited to their clientele. After the survey has been conducted, the regional offices may propose the projects to the Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs for funding if the regional offices do not have the required funding.
The Chief of Small Business and Trade Development Division may assign from among his/her staff the proposal for evaluation and recommend the same to the Bureau Director for endorsement to the Office of the Secretary for approval. Upon approval, the FMS shall cause sub-allotment of the amount to the concerned regional office for implementation. The Bureau may assist the implementing regional office by sending at least one representative to assist, supervise and monitor the implementation.
The Bureau may initiate on its own training proposals for implementation by regional offices with proper coordination and that funds shall be sub-allotted to regional offices.