ILIGAN – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded 1,500 livelihood packages as well as 0%-interest microfinance loans to the internally displaced people (IDP) of the Marawi siege during the DTI Negosyo Seminar Para sa Marawi on 30 January 2018.
“We want to assure the IDPs that President Duterte’s administration continues to provide more business and livelihood opportunities through the DTI Negosyo Seminars being given to help them recover soon,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
There were 1,500 participants and beneficiaries who attended the Negosyo Seminar. One of them was Mr. Alikman Nata, who intends to share the benefits of the livelihood package to his group, the Lanao Muslim Youth Association.
As the head of Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee in Business and Livelihood, DTI had earlier distributed 588 livelihood packages and conducted Negosyo trainings to 1,963 IDPs as of December 2017. There were also 240 beneficiaries who were linked to financial institutions.
The Department also allocated Php 50 million this year to fund the Shared Service Facilities (SSF), providing Maranao entrepreneurs with facilities and knowledge that match their business needs. This is apart from the budget provision to support other Bangon Marawi programs in providing mobile rice mills, tricycles, vehicles, and the construction of public markets.
DTI flew in different business experts to teach business preparedness, opportunities spotting, product development and marketing, financial literacy, and franchising.
The beneficiaries were likewise briefed on the microfinancing loan programs of the government through the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), which developed a special 0%-interest microloan program for Marawi IDPs. This program has a grace period to help in the quick recovery of the IDPs. It started last December 2017 and has benefitted a total of 229 borrowers.
During the acceptance and distribution of transitory shelter units by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City, Sec. Lopez turned over the 0%-interest microfinance loan from SB Corp. to 150 beneficiaries, where 95 of them are public market vendors. The beneficiaries were represented by Ms. Rocaya Macabantog, Mr. Abbas Inidal, Mr. Allan Carimbaran, Mr. Acadon Macapundag, and Mr. Cosain Solaiman.
The 0%-interest microfinance loan program for the 150 beneficiaries amounted to Php 2.19 million. This is a part of the Php 100 million-fund under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) loans allocated for Marawi entrepreneurs by SB Corp, an attached agency of DTI.♦
Activity: DTI Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi
Date: 30 January 2018
Venue: MSU-IIT Gym, Iligan City
Participants: Over 1,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Of Marawi
Sponsoring Agency / Organization / Institution:
1. Department of Trade and Industry
2. Lanao Muslim Youth Association
3. College of Business Administration & Accountancy, MSU-IIT
With the destruction that Marawi City is experiencing, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are now asking on how they can recover from the devastation brought about by the war or how they can regain and begin their lives again.
The Task Force Bangon Marawi Sub-Committee on Business and Livelihood (TFBM-SCBL) headed by the Department of Trade and Industry continuously creates initiatives to allow the effective rehabilitation of the people of Marawi. Member-agencies are TESDA, DOLE, DSWD, DA, DAR, DENR, DOST, OPAPP and other international and local national organizations (INGOs/NGOs) and civil society organization (CSOs).
The “TF Bangon Marawi” programs initiated by the various government agencies are interventions in response to the clamor of the IDPs in helping them rebuild Marawi City and alleviate the lives of the affected families, not only in Marawi City but also in nearby municipalities.
Interventions include livelihood programs like conduct of trainings: skills training by TESDA and entrepreneurial trainings by DTI; provision of starter kits (DTI/TESDA); other livelihood projects from above-named agencies and financing assistance from SB Corporation.
The DTI Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi is one of the entrepreneurial trainings that will help the IDPs, businessmen or not:
1. To develop the correct mindset and the livelihood opportunities they can engage in; to identify related interventions such as marketing and product development for IDPs businesses;
2. To further improve the recovery of IDPs with the delivery of seminar and information regarding proposed loan programs/grants.
The pool of speakers are considered experts of their own fields:
1. Dr. Francisco “Dean Pax” E. Lapid
a. Chairman of SPAC Information Technology, Inc. – provider of IT business solutions and systems developer in US
b. Acclaimed as one of the professional speakers and business consultants in the Philippines
c. AMEN Pioneer mentor of the Phil. Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Foundation, Inc. Go Negosyo
d. Dean of Entrepreneurship Circle of Bo Sanchez’s Truly Rich Club
e. An Adjunct faculty of Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
f. Has a passion to become an instrument of change for others, a founding mentor of LEAD MORE Development Center, a learning organization created by mentors who design, develop and deliver entrepreneurship frameworks with the purpose of prospering entrepreneurs and professionals on the way to mastery.
2. Armand Quismoro Bengco
a. Hosts GMA News TV’s and Light Network’s Possibilities with Francisco Colayco and RHTV’s Seminar School Plus
b. Currently, the Manager of Colayco Foundation and KsK Cooperative, a multi-purpose investment cooperative
c. Part of the GoNegosyo-Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
d. Member of the Board of Directors of OWN Equity Mutual Fund of Metrobank Group, One Wealthy Nation, and other 4 corporations.
3. Paulo M. Tibig
a. One of the sought after and celebrated motivational speaker who earned the moniker of “#EntrepChamp” because of his business knowledge and wisdom.
b. A regular resource person in National TV and Radio
c. Also known as “a man who walks the talk”
d. 2014 ASEAN Business Award Philippines, Young Entrepreneur Award
This Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi is organized by DTI in collaboration with the Lanao Muslim Youth Association (LMYA) and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) of MSU-IIT.
As swindlers continue to victimize consumers by offering lies and deception just to suck in their hardearned money, the Department of Trade and Industry – Lanao del Norte Provincial Office has warned anew the public to be vigilant and be well-informed on text messaging scams.
The warning has to be broadcast again as there were a number of individuals had personally visited DTI and inquired on the authenticity of the text messages they received informing them that they won several hundred thousand pesos, or even a million pesos from a raffle draw facilitated by a foundation or other private group. Others verified the text message they received by calling the DTI landline.
“Since the government alone could not totally end the text scam, and the proposed measures to strengthen the protection of mobile phone subscribers are still hanging, the consuming public should be cautioned not to right away believe on the text messages they received that they won. They must verify this first to appropriate agencies, or to the service providers and not just give in to the demand of the swindlers.”, Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan advised.
A text message is not legitimate or a scam when an advisory comes from an 11-digit mobile phone number. According to the telecommunication companies or telcos, authentic advisories are labeled accordingly and will not originate from an unidentified 11-digit mobile phone number.
Other text messages intend to extort money or load credits by tricking the consumers. For example, “Network Advisory: Your postpaid account has been wrongly charged with Php500 for data roaming. To correct this, please text 200 to 2917xxxxxxx. Thank you.”
Another example is the call for help from relative or family member who is in trouble. The “relative” or „family member” allegedly encountered problems while on a trip and requests for some form of monetary assistance often through load credits.
By adding the number “2” before the 10-digit cell phone number of the recipient, the unsuspecting subscriber would have done a Share-A-Load transaction, thus the sum of 200 pesos in the examples above would be transferred or credited to the prepaid number to which the message was sent to.
On winning alleged raffle draws, the public should bear in mind that if they did not join any raffle contest, they should not immediately believe any text message about winning it. The scam aims to trick customers to give them money or load credits in exchange for the non-existent raffle prize.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), a government entity under the Department of Transportation and Communications with a mandate to regulate mobile services, has previously admitted the difficulty in stopping scammers because when they block a certain SIM (subscriber identity module) from sending messages, they can just get a new one.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 10 is, once again, calling all business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to renew or to register their business names early on, most preferably weeks before January 20 - the deadline set by the local government units (LGU) for the renewal of business permits.
Business registrants only have to spend around fifteen to thirty minutes to have teir business names registered or renewed. The renewal and registration of business name through DTI is one of the requirements before a business registrant can acquire a Mayor’s permit from the LGU.
First-time applicants only need three requirements: (1) Duly-accomplished business name application form; (2) 1 valid national government-issued ID with the applicant’s name, photo and signature; (3) Registration fee. Applicable fees depend upon the scope of the business. If the business is only at the barangay level, the registrant only need to pay Php 200; for City level, Php 500; for Regional level, Php 1,000 and Php 2,000 for businesses which extends up to the national level.
For individuals who are tasked to file a business name in behalf of the business owner, they need to bring an authorization letter with the owner’s signature, their personal and the owner’s government-issued IDs, duly-accomplished form and registration fee.
Business owners who need to modify some details in their business registration need to submit an affidavit of waiver and to surrender their original business name certificate. Meanwhile, those who wish to cancel or change the scope of their business will have to surrender their original business name certificate and to submit an affidavit of cancellation.
For applicants residing in Cagayan de Oro, they may file their business name registration or renewal at DTI Misamis Oriental Provincial Office Negosyo Center located at the Ground Floor of State Investment Trust Incorporated along Tiano-Hayes Street in Cagayan de Oro City or at DTI Region 10 Negosyo Center located at Corrales-Luna Streets, Cagayan de Oro City.♦
Over sixty individuals representing hardware stores, construction firms and local government units (LGUs) have attended the Standardization and Conformity Assessment Briefing conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry – Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB).
Held in Kelsey’s Café on 30 August 2017, the said briefing aims to educate hardware stores, construction firms and the local government on the value of standards and the importance of complying with the requirements of mandatory products as provided by law.
With the incoming rehabilitation of Marawi City after the siege, designated government agencies must ensure that mandatory construction supplies on sale are duly certified by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) and that winning Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB)-accredited contractors shall purchase and utilize these BPS-certified products.
On one hand, the local government units (LGUs) as well, particularly the purchasing personnel shall make sure that technical specifications of the mandatory construction materials must comply with the Philippine National Standards (PNS) requirements.
And in order to give fair treatment to establishments selling mandatory products, it is but appropriate for the concerned government agency to inform them on the value of standardization and why should they conform to the requirements of the mandatory product set by the legally accepted standard prior to the conduct of enforcement activity.
Pursuant to DAO 02:2007, Defining the Responsibilities and Liabilities of Manufacturers, Importers, Traders, Wholesalers, Distributors, Retailers, Service Providers and or their Agents, with Regard to Products/Services Covered by Philippine Standard Certification Mark Schemes, it is also fitting for the business owners to be reminded once again about their responsibilities and liabilities.
The Standardization and Conformity Assessment Briefing also hopes that no confiscations will be made nor sanction to wholesalers / retailers during enforcement and that mutual understanding between the enforcers and the establishment prevail.