SSS, kinilala bilang Top Government E-payment Partner

Ginawaran ng pagkilala ng isang online banking payment system ang Social Security System (SSS) bilang “Top Government e-Payment Partner” matapos itong makapagtala ng pinakamataas na bilang ng transaksyon gamit ang electronic payment.

Ayon sa BancNet, umabot sa P8 bilyong member contributions ang nakolekta ng SSS mula sa kanilang electronic payment (e-payment) system noong 2014.

Umabot sa 523,092 ang bilang ng mga empleyadong ipinagbayad ng kontribusyon ng kanilang employer at 691,914 loan repayments ng mga empleyado ang binayaran sa pamamagitan ng e-payment. Gayundin, 57,643 self-employed at voluntary members ng SSS ang nagbayad ng kanilang buwanang kontribusyon gamit ang BancNet.

“Sinasabayan namin ang mga makabagong teknolohiya para bumilis ang transaksyon sa SSS.  Kapag nagbayad sa BancNet on-line facility, naipo-post ang kanilang ibinayad sa loob lamang ng 24 oras kaya maginhawa talaga ang paggamit nito,” sabi ni SSS Senior Vice President Judy Frances A. See ng Account Management Group at Concurrent Head ng International Operations Division. Aniya,

Kadalasang gumagamit din ng e-payment services ang mga self-employed professionals tulad ng mga doktor at abogado, at pati mga miyembro ng Informal Sector Groups tulad ng mga mangingisda at magsasaka gayundin ang mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“Hangarin ng SSS na mabigyan ang mga miyembro nito ng maraming options sa pagbabayad ng kanilang kontribusyon. Maliban sa BancNet on-line facility, maaari din silang magbayad sa mga tellering services sa mga piling SSS branch offices at accredited commercial banks,” dagdag ni See.

Ang SSS ang kauna-unahang ahensya ng gobyerno na gumamit ng BancNet e-payment facility dahil ang mga transaksyon nito ay agad naipo-post sa loob lamang ng 24-oras.


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BSMED, PTTC collab for 2-day entrepreneurship event

In celebration of the SMED Week 2015, the DTI – Bureau of Small Enterprise Development (BSMED) with the help of the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will open a two-day entrepreneurship event under the SME Roving Academy (SMERA) on July 24 to 25 at the PTTC, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Roxas Boulevard Pasay City.

The two-day festivities will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will involve conduct of various demo-skills and business management training programs.

With the theme, “Strengthening MSMEs Participation in the Global and Regional Trade,” the event’s main objective is to enhance the operational capabilities of MSMEs, expose them to current business trends, and improve their skills to compete in local and global markets.

Included in the list of 61 free training sessions during the event is the “Orientation Session on the ILO Community-based Enterprise Development” to be conducted by an International Labour Organization representative on July 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at PTTC Room C.

Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) is an innovative ILO training program to strengthen the business skills of aspiring entrepreneurs and small enterprise owners.

For the past two years, the entrepreneurship events were attended by an average of 4,038 participants on a total of 96 combined training sessions in the last two years.

The two-day entrepreneurship event is open and free to the public but will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration is not required.

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DTI offers free entrepreneurship trainings

To strengthen the country’s position in regional and global trade, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides free business management and demo-skills training in line with this year’s small and medium enterprise development week celebrations.

“It is imperative for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to continuously advance their skills, sustain their presence in the market, and endeavour to become more competitive not just locally but regionally and globally,” DTI Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. said.

Manalo added that in offering these trainings, we equip them with the necessary training for them to gain a strong foothold in their target markets and for them to eventually expand in other markets.

Themed as “Strengthening MSMEs’ participation in global and regional trade,” these trainings aim to fortify MSMEs’ competitiveness and sustainability, market awareness, and capacity building.

The trainings include sessions such as how to start a business and Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Law; SME competitiveness in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Integration; understanding non-tariff measures (NTMs) affecting processed food sector; business continuity planning, market opportunities in the European Union (EU), Japan and United States of America; doing business with the EU using the new Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme or GSP+ status to the Philippines;  revised Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures and requirement; green business practices; business plan preparation; and social entrepreneurship.

These trainings are organized by the DTI’s Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) in partnership with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and will be held on  July 24 to 25, 2015 at PTTC, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

Manalo noted that these trainings are part of DTI’s continuous implementation the SME Roving Academy program in various regions.

This program is a continuous learning program for the development of MSMEs to improve their competitiveness to vie in the domestic and global markets. The program’s stages include start-up and capability building, market awareness, market readiness, export readiness, export market entry, export sustainability, and export expansion.

For the complete list of trainings and schedules, you may visit PTTC’s Facebook page or log on PTTC’s website at and DTI’s website at

Interested participants may contact with DTI-BSMED at telephone numbers 751.5059 and 752.5076.


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PH and Japan sign an Industrial Cooperation Action Plan

Following discussions between President Benigno S. Auino III and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on strengthened industrial cooperation during the President’s State Visit last month, Philippine Undersecretary for Industry Development Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. and Japan Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy Toshiyuki Sakamoto signed an Action Plan on Industrial Cooperation on 16 July 2015 at the Board of Investments, Makati City.

Last July 2014, DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and then Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi signed a Joint Statement on Industrial Cooperation where Japan expressed support to Philippine efforts in developing an Industrial Development Roadmap and elevating the country into ASEAN’s manufacturing and human resources development (HRD) hub. This Statement set forth further collaboration and the development of an Action Plan to realize these objectives.

“The government’s role is to pave the way towards industrial competitiveness by creating a business environment conducive for business to flourish. Building on partnerships and fostering closer cooperation with other governments and the private sector will also be crucial in attaining this,” Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory L. Domingo said.

Japan continues to be a top investor in the country and has been actively involved in the DTI’s participative policy making processes through various mechanisms such as formal and informal industry consultations, the Industrial Cooperation Dialogue and discussions under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA) Sub-Committee on Improvement of the Business Environment. Japan contributes, as well, to the implementation of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development which intends to mainstream SMEs into ASEAN trade.

“The Philippines and Japan have a longstanding partnership in fostering economic development in the country. Japan contributes to our efforts in sustaining our socioeconomic growth as it continues to be a rich source of knowledge and experience in industry development and SME-centered policies and initiatives. These will help us initiatives in identifying gaps and designing measures that are in-line with our APEC Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs,” Trade and Industry Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr added.

The Action Plan outlines broad initiatives in key areas of interest and cooperation including automobile, manufacturing, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), services and human resource development (HRD). These initiatives are geared towards identifying and addressing supply chain gaps between the Philippines and Japan by providing technical and institutional capacity building to domestic industry players.

The signing of the Action Plan was preceded by the first stakeholder consultation which aims to identify specific programs that could be undertaken by the Philippine and Japanese governments to implement the Action Plan. This was attended by representatives from the private sector, business support organizations, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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Potato wine equipment launched in Moncada  

Sweet potato wine is one of the prized products of the town of Moncada in Tarlac. Mayor Benito E. Aquino expressed his gratitude to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for providing additional equipment for the wine making of the town’s wine makers in a launching ceremony held on May 29, 2015 at the El Vino de Benito Wine Manufacturing Plant in Moncada, Tarlac.

The ceremony was attended by wine makers, local government officials and DTI officials led by Provincial Director Agnes B. Ramirez, Division Chief Benigno Dayrit, and Divina Gracia Ramos. Vina Bagasmad, project manager of the Sweet Wine manufacturing project, also attended the event.

Mayor Aquino thanked DTI for supporting the potato wine manufacturing of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tarlac. He pledged to procure the necessary additional materials that are needed to improve the project. Sweet potato wine is said to have export potentials and will increase the income of potato growers in Moncada and nearby towns.

DTI Provincial Director Agnes B. Ramirez turned over the equipment to Mayor Aquino as the LGU-Cooperator for the project. The equipment are composed of a heavy duty gas stove, chest freezer and 2 stainless tables which will be used by the beneficiaries to produce the unique potato wine that the town is known for. The provision of equipment to MSMEs is part of DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program.

Under the program, DTI will purchase and lend the appropriate equipment that may be needed by groups of MSMEs who cannot afford them. The equipment will be managed by the Local Government Unit or a cooperator organization of MSMEs and will be used on a “shared” basis, thereby expanding their access to facilities they can use to improve their production and income.

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DTI, Germany hold mobile apps contest to green MSMEs

Makati City–The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the German development cooperation agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fűr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are inviting all Filipinos who are adept at developing mobile applications to participate in their joint competition to green local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

With MSMEs among the most severely affected by extreme weather events and other calamities that hit the country, which are largely attributed to global warming, the DTI has partnered with Germany, a global leader in fighting climate change using state-of-the-art technology, to make local MSMEs more environment-friendly and climate-smart.

DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said, “The move to green our MSMEs will not only help reduce climate change overall, but will also make their businesses more sustainable and competitive in the world market.”

Germany has infused extra funds into the DTI-GIZ project Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), for the launch of a competition for mobile applications that would help MSMEs become more climate friendly in seven critical areas: resource efficiency, solid waste management, green supply management, natural resource management, green transportation, water and waste water management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Short concept papers for the mobile apps can be submitted at the contest website at until August 15, 2015.

Shortlisted concepts will be announced at the contest website on August 19. Their proponents will be invited to a face-to-face event to present their app ideas. There will be three elimination rounds before the winning app is selected. The dates and venues will be announced later. Transportation and lodging expenses to and from Manila will not be shouldered.

The contest, called “GreenOvation,” is open to all Filipinos aged 18 and above, even to students, teachers, women, and retirees, both individuals and groups of up to three persons only. The winner will be supported by GIZ to develop the app for full use by local MSMEs.

For more information, please visit the contest website.


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DTI peps APEC Boracay Action Agenda at Slingshot MNL 2015

To boost the entry and foothold of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in regional and global markets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) enlivens the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Boracay Action Agenda at the conference dubbed as Slingshot MNL.

“Through endeavours like our first edition of Slingshot MNL we equip MSMEs, such as startups, for them to successfully expand and benefit in the global value chain. In doing this, we do not only allow them to fully take advantage of market prospects but also drive economic growth,” DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said.

Domingo noted that these businesses can further contribute to the economic growth of the Philippines and Asia-Pacific region. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 97 percent of all enterprises in APEC economies, and over 50 percent of workforce. These enterprises contribute between 20 to 50 percent of gross national product (GDP) in these economies. Currently, SMEs account for about 35 percent of direct exports in the region.

“With the appropriate intervention, MSMEs can develop their full potential to innovate, expand and strengthen their position in regional and global markets, and take part in pursuing inclusive growth,” Domingo said.

Domingo noted that APEC encourages and empowers SMEs to engage in trade by building management capability, entrepreneurship, and innovation; improving SME’s access to financing; and creating a healthy business environment for these enterprises to succeed by improving market access and pushing forward the process of internationalization.

With this approach, APEC has piloted a number of initiatives such as setting up of an innovation center for SMEs, providing access to mentorship through the start-up accelerator initiative, and helping startups secure funding through the participation in international summits.

“In opening doors to APEC economies, cooperating with international organizations and forums, as well as providing a platform to exchange ideas, knowledge, and plans that provide importance on MSMEs, we can work on ensuring that progress is inclusive,” Domingo said.

Trade Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said that in achieving this goal, DTI envisions MSMEs, like startups, prospering from the various business opportunities in APEC economies.

“We believe that organizing Slingshot MNL is one of the ways wherein we can help achieve inclusive growth in the Philippines,” Manalo added.

Slingshot MNL intends to make stakeholders of the country’s startup ecosystem understand how the startup business model can drive economies in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as establish ties with forward-looking investors. It intends to gather 1000 stakeholders.

Aside from the plenary sessions, Slingshot MNL 2015 features workshops, a pitching competition, and an exhibition of around 116 local startup companies.

The conference also aims to present the most promising startups in the Pacific Rim and top accelerators and incubators from the startup scene in America and Asia. Speakers during the main conference include top global figures like Nicholas Shea, founder of Start Up Chile;  Hugh Mason, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of JFDI; Michael Brown, regional general manager of UBER; Maria Ressa, founder and CEO of Rappler; En Lee, Asia Pacific head of LGT Venture Philanthrophy; John Fitzpatrick, venture capital and startup ecosystem business development manager of APAC Amazon Web Service; and Richard Dasher, director of US-Asia Technology Management Center Stanford University.

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