DTI volunteers to join Brigada Eskwela

In the spirit of volunteerism, some staff of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Batanes and Isabela participated in the Brigada Eskwela activities in three schools in the region.

Schools visited were Ilagan East Central School and Ilagan South Central School in Isabela on May 22, 2015 and at Basco National Science High School (BNSHS) in Batanes on May 18, 2015.

In Isabela, DTI staff Ms. Corazon Mamuri and Ms. Sofia Almonte joined other local and national government employees, parents, teachers, pupils and other civic groups in the school clean-up activities held at Ilagan East Central School and Ilagan South Central School on May 28, 2015.

In Batanes, Brigada Eskwela was started with a short parade around the municipality of Basco followed by a program held at the BNSHS Covered Court.

Batanes Mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag served as the guest speaker during the program and underscored in his speech the importance and impact of unity in doing things. He lauds all participating agencies and volunteers for their contributing efforts in the Brigada Eskwela.

In addition, he also discussed the newly approved Ordinance No. 2015-147 or “Transient Registration Ordinance of Basco” requiring transients in Basco to be registered at the Municipal Government to protect children from any possible harmful influences like illegal drugs and serious crimes.

Parents, teachers and volunteers collaboratively worked together to clean the school surroundings and made some minor repairs in classrooms to make it more conducive for learning.

The Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide activity initiated by the Department of Education which started in 2003.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Batanes Sangguniang Panlalawigan mulls incentives for Ivatan producers  

Resolution No. 39 or the resolution for the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) wherein the Department of Trade and Industry is one of the members was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Batanes on April 13, 2015. The TWG is tasked to draft incentives and assistance code for the Indigenous Ivatan Producers.

DTI Batanes provincial caretaker Ms. Marietta Salviejo said that, the resolution authored by Board Member Efren C. Lizardo was enacted to resolve the Province’s inability to cater to the needs of tourists with regard to unavailability of souvenir products, one of the issues raised during the Tourism Value Chain Seminar Workshop, conducted by DTI in 2013.

The creation of TWG will accelerate the tourism and the economic growth of the province. It will be achieved through the formulation of a research study that will focus on the preservation, promotion, support and development of Ivatan products.

Members of the TWG include the Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for Committee on Trade and Industry, Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for Committee on Education, Provincial Government of Batanes Tourism Officer, Batanes representatives of Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA).

The Resolution No. 39 also includes the allocation of P100, 000.00 to provide for the incentives and assistance to Ivatan producers funded by the provincial government of Batanes.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

15 Negosyo Centers Now Operational Nationwide

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Negosyo Center National Program Office headed by Asst. Regional Director Dorecita T. Delima, announced that fifteen (15) Negosyo Centers have been launched throughout the country as of June 10, 2015 since the project started last quarter of 2014.

Of the fifteen (15) Centers, five (5) became operational in 2014: Cagayan de Oro City; Boac, Marinduque; Calapan City Program Office (PO) in Oriental Mindoro; Iloilo City; and, Puerto Princesa City PO in Palawan. The ten (10) other Centers that have become operational this year include the following: Odiongan PO, Romblon; Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Kalibo, Aklan; General Santos City; Surigao del Norte; Pagadian City; Butuan City; Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay; and, Baguio City which was launched today, June 10. Of these, ten (10) Centers are housed and managed by the DTI, four (4) are lodged at the Local Government Units (LGUs), and one (1) is housed at the Chamber.

Aside from the Negosyo Center in Baguio City, another Center will also be launched in the said area on June 11, which will bring to sixteen (16) the total number of Negosyo Centers that have been launched. The two (2) Centers will serve different beneficiaries — one will support the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) while the other will serve the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the province of Benguet.

The establishment of the Centers is a provision in the Go Negosyo Act where the DTI has been given the key responsibility and challenge of establishing Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide. The act seeks to strengthen MSMEs to create more job opportunities in the country. It was signed into law by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on July 15, 2014. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) likewise issued Department Administrative Order No. 14-5 series of 2014: “Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. 10644. “

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Diskwento Caravan, Business Name Registration showcased at Kalayaan 2015 Celebrations

The Department of Trade and Industry – National Capital Region Office (DTI-NCRO) will join other government agencies who will offer services and conduct promotional activities of their various programs and projects for the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 11-12, 2015 at the Rizal Park grounds.

The Department of Trade and Industry – National Capital Region Office (DTI-NCRO) will showcase the Diskwento Caravan, which will offer products and services at discounted prices. For this year’s Independence Day offering, a total of 46 manufacturers, producers, distributors and wholesalers have committed to offer 10 to 50 percent discount off their suggested retail price (SRP). Products range from school uniforms, bags, school supplies, processed milk, breads, cooking oils, canned meat products, processed meat, sauces, eggs, noodles, delicacies, and personal care products. The Shoe Caravan, composed of 18 footwear manufacturers from Marikina City, will also be on hand to sell quality footwear during the festivities.

Business name registration and SME consultation services will also be provided by DTI-NCRO and Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (DTI-BSMED).

The Diskwento Caravan is one of the banner programs of the DTI conducted nationwide with the aim of helping consumers stretch their budget through price discounts offered by the participating manufacturers, producers, distributors and wholesalers.

The Diskwento Caravan mirrors the Aquino administration’s flagship Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program with both big and small businesses throwing their support to the project.

The Diskwento Caravan started in 2008 as a non-wage benefit to income earners to help ease the economic burden of consumers during the global financial crisis.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

DTI nurtures entrepreneurial potentials of 62 OFWS

The DTI-Quirino in coordination with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) held a one-day Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) and Business Planning Workshop last March 25, 2015 at the Municipal Social Hall of Maddela, Quirino.

About 62 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from the province of Quirino and Isabela participated in the training.

DTI Quirino Provincial Caretaker Ms. Preciosa Maglaya said that, the conduct of the EDT and Business Planning workshop is in support to the reintegration program of the government for the displaced OFWs who lost their jobs abroad due to various reasons.

PC Maglaya said that, the EDT aims to help OFWs identify other alternative sources of income that will greatly contribute in their plans of starting a new life in the country. According to her this can be achieved through venturing into entrepreneurships and livelihood programs offered by DTI.

“These present and future entrepreneurs will be the beneficiaries of the Negosyo Center to be established at the DTI-Quirino Provincial Office” she added.

Among the topics discussed were Basic Entrepreneurship, How to start a business and Business Planning Workshop. As part of the workshop, participants were able to produce individual business plans for their current and future business engagements as individual outputs.

Through the EDT, the participants will be able to avail of the services provided by the Reintegration program of the Government and also help them in their availing of loans from financing institutions.

The activity also gave Ms. Zenaida Dulnuan, President of the Blue Ladies Organization of San Dionisio II, Nagtipunan, Quirino an opportunity to avail one of DTI’s SME Development Programs, particularly on the skills training.
Ms. Dulnuan requested the assistance of DTI in the conduct of skills training on Smoked Fish Processing for their organization.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Local Government of Basco, Batanes consults DTI for the improvement of BPLS  

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Batanes Provincial Caretaker, Ms. Marietta B. Salviejo, and Basco, Batanes Municipal Mayor Hon. Demetrius Paul C. Narag, discussed strategies and efficient systems for business improvements of Local Government Unit (LGU) -Batanes in a meeting held at Basco Municipal Hall.

The agenda primarily focused on processing Business Name Registration (BNR), a basic requirement in securing a Mayor’s Business Permit.

Mayor Narag said that, the LGU is more than willing to extend necessary assistance to DTI in implementing its services especially in processing BNRs.

In support to this, an agreement was made between DTI and LGU-Batanes wherein a desk will be provided for DTI at the LGU for the processing of BNR especially during peak of registration.

He also said that, conduct of orientation on BNR including nature of businesses and capitalization will be very beneficial for business owners and as well as for DTI and LGUs. He is planning to mandate all business establishments in the municipality to use a uniform signage, to create a unique mark for business centers in the municipality.

The use of an LGU-unified form for Business Processing and Licensing System (BPLS) has been adopted and establishment of a one-stop-shop by 2016 was suggested.

Other topics discussed during the meeting were on Timbangan ng Bayan, updates on the Product Standards (PS) monitoring and enforcement, among others.

He also expressed support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development specially with the launching of Negosyo Center.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

DTI – NTC agreement to boost protection of telecoms users

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to strengthen the protection of consumers against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable practices which involves the telecommunications industry.

DTI Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba signed the agreement on May 7, 2015.

The DTI, as provided in the Consumer Act of the Philippines, shall protect the interest of the consumer and shall implement measures to achieve protection against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices.

Pursuant to the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines, the NTC shall be responsible for ensuring quality, safe, reliable, secured, compatible and inter-operable telecommunications facilities and services.

Mandates of DTI and NTC are delineated in the agreement to avoid confusion in the handling of administrative complaints against erring telecommunication companies.

DTI will handle complaints involving warranty, misleading advertisement, defective products, fraudulent sales promotions, and deceptive sales practices.

On the other hand, NTC will handle complaints involving poor service (technical and customer services), billing issues, fair use policy, denial of subscription plan application, text spams, and text scams.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion