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“Serbisyong Higit Pa sa Inaasahan,” that is what DTI Region 8 spells out as RD Cynthia Nierras and the rest of DTI 8 officials received the certificates for the agency’s PRIME HRM Maturity Level 2.

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry 8 was awarded by the Civil Service Commission Region 8 with the certificates of recognition in the four core systems of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME HRM).

During the CSC On-site Assessment on September 4-5, 2017 at the DTI 8 Regional Office, DTI 8 has been rated 100% in the following systems: (1) Recruitment, Selection and Placement; (2) Learning and Development; (3) Performance Management; and the (4) Rewards and Recognition.

As PRIME HRM aims to elevate public sector human resource management to a level of excellence; and as DTI attains its vision of “A More Inclusive and Prosperous Philippines with Employment and Income Opportunities for All”, it strives to develop a credible and robust HR system that will produce in-house specialists; and pro-actively promotes a synergized organization anchored on a dynamic and efficient knowledge management system.

Unique to DTI, it has implemented the Performance Governance System (PGS) - a performance management framework based on the Balanced Scorecard technology of Harvard Business School’s David Norton and Robert Kaplan. It is used to monitor how well the organization is doing in achieving its strategic goals. It is a results-based and credible system that translates the agency’s high-level objectives of building a more inclusive and prosperous Philippines, and its mission of enabling business and empowering consumers, into actionable strategies and commitments that can be tracked, measured and improved on.

Through the DTI’s strong HR System, it brings employees and the organization together to accomplish shared expectations.

DTI certified Prime HRM Maturity Level 2
DTI 8 awarded with Civil Service Commission’s PRIME HMR Maturity Level 2 during the 1st Service Excellence Summit for Leaders and Excellence Awards Night. In photo are (L-R) CSC 8 RD Victoria Esber, DTI 8 RD Cynthia Nierras, HRMO Ellena Tezon, PD Celerina Bato, CAO Janet Avestruz, Consumer Welfare Chief Francisco Paragatos and CSC Leyte PD Lysander Navales.

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The Department of Trade and Industry Region 8 once again will hold its BAHANDI Eastern Visayas Trade Fair this October 4-8, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 1, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Now on its 20th year, DTI 8 opens the annual 5-day exhibit and fair of the best products from the six provinces of Eastern Visayas. This year, it carries the theme, “Breaking Grounds for Borderless Markets,” in line with the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN Summit which promotes the strengthening of free trade among its member nations and with the rest of the world.

The trade fair is made more meaningful as it features the products of micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have been assisted to recover from the Super Typhoon Yolanda -- nurtured to break new grounds in technologies, product designs and innovations, and challenged to access the more sophisticated and growing borderless market.

This is a banner year for the producers in moving towards an independent position.

A total of 125 MSMEs from the Processed Food, and Homestyle and Wearables sector are expected to join the fair. A third of these producers are graduates of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program that are also mostly enrollees of the OTOP Next Generation Program. The trade fair also serves as the culmination of the various DTI assistance extended to these MSMEs.

Last year, BAHANDI was able to generate a total sales of PHP 17, 354, 359.00. This year, it targets a total sales of PHP 16.5 M; with the flock of institutional buyers, it has become a trend that actual sales would exceed the targeted.

This event really inspires and further boosts Region 8 producers in aggressively accessing the bigger markets with their best products in their continued quest to grow their enterprise and uplift their family income, those of their workers, and their farmer-suppliers of raw materials.

DTI 8 Conducted a Value Chain Analysis and Upgrading Workshop for R8 Coffee Industry on May 24, 2017 at the Dept. of Agriculture RFO8 Conference Hall.

The workshop was attended by various stakeholders of the cacao industry, Officers of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry, who, all together, want a breakthrough in the industry.

The activity aims to promote inclusive, innovative, competitive and sustainable coffee industry development in the region; and, to enhance income opportunities for coffee producers, processors and other livelihood beneficiaries and business operators in the value chain.

It was divided into four sessions as it validates the region's coffee value chain map. The group pinned the coffee industry's present scenario; where the region what to head- identifying the vision, goals and objectives; and the means to achieve it.

It was a productive upgrading workshop that the department looks forward for its fruitful yields.

The Dept. Of Trade and Industry 8 together with Dept. Of Labor and Employment 8 conducted the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Caravan at the Tacloban Convention Center last June 12, 2017. The activity was held together with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the Tacloban City Charter Day.

TNK was birthed in support of the Philippines' "Ambisyo Natin 2040" goal for "Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag ng Buhay." This caravan is held individually or simultaneously by a city/municipality per region.

For job opportunities to increase, TNK aims to establish new or expand existing businesses by providing information and counseling on business opportunities; technical, marketing and financing assistance; entrepreneurship and business development trainings to existing and potential entrepreneurs.

The program was graced by the presence of DOLE RD Joel Gonzales, DTI RD Cynthia Nierras, representatives from LGU Tacloban and the Office of Cong. Yedda Romualdez, and partner NGOs- Plan Intl. and Save the Children.

A signing of the Memorandum of Agreement has been made between the two departments in bringing their services to the public through the TNK Caravan. This has strengthened the partnership and is perceived to bring more programs that would support the pressing need for jobs and income.

“Baka di lang toh mangyari ng dalawang beses sa isang taon, we might conduct more TNKs,” said RD Cynthia Nierras as she delivered her uplifting message.

The first caravan was held last May 1 in celebration of the Labor Day. About 8,500 local and foreign job opportunities awaited prospect applicants while DTI continued to entertain client inquiries and counseling. There were a number of applicants who were hired on the spot as well as a number that were scheduled for an interview with the participating companies.

TNK is both a job and business fair. Simultaneous with the job fair, the Department conducted seminars on Marketing on the first day which was attended by 120 established and potential MSMEs at the Community Center. On the second day, a Business Start Up and Franchising Seminar is being held with 135 participants.

The Department looks forward to the impact that TNK will bring to the city and the region.

Did you know that there are 62 species of bamboo in the Philippines? Did you also know that Kawayan Tinik, Giant Bamboo, Bolo and Buho are the top 4 species that can be found in Region 8?

On May 26, 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry conducted a Value Chain Analysis (VCA) and Upgrading Workshop for Region 8 Bamboo Industry at the Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City. This activity was enjoined by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and various stakeholders to jump-start in localizing the Region 8 Bamboo Industry Value Chain Map.

The event ought to increase awareness, localize and validate the Philippine National Industry Bamboo Development Road. DTI would want to prioritize addressing the industry's challenges and in order to maximize its opportunities.

According to one of the participants, Mr. Jophil Pedrita of Samaritan's Purse, there are more than 39, 000 bamboo seedlings planted in the Northern Barangays of Tacloban City through their livelihood program that can comprise a chunk of the industry in the near future.

Bamboo is a promising industry as it finds its potential market of public educational facilities, homestyle and wearables including high value luxury furniture.

At the end of it, the Department would want to see a quick-wins action plan that will lead to agreed vision and long term goals for the Bamboo Industry in the region.

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