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Signing of DTI-DICT-NTC JMC on Prepaid Loads
Three top officials of DTI, DICT and NTC recently signed a Joint Memorandum Circular on the validity of prepaid loads.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) recently signed a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) amending NTC's Memorandum Circular No. 03-07-2009 or the Guidelines on Prepaid Loads in ceremonies held on December 20, 2017 in Makati City.

The amended guidelines now extend the expiration date of all prepaid loads of ICT providers and public telecommunications entities to one year from the date of top-up. This move affords subscribers more time to use their prepaid loads. Exclusion to this coverage will only be limited to those prepaid loads purchased for promotions and other services with a specific period of use, as approved by DTI and NTC.

Secretary Ramon Lopez shared with DICT OIC-Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba the importance of better protecting the rights of Filipinos as consumers, especially the existing users of 130 million cellphone SIMs, a figure significantly higher than the 75.57 million subscribers back in 2009. By extending the validity of prepaid loads, a consumer will have more flexibility in using telecommunication services. For MSMEs, this will facilitate business, whether making business calls or sending an SMS to their customers, or by accessing the internet to conduct e-commerce. Maximizing access and usage of telecommunication services develop greater opportunities, generating more inclusive development.

Moreover, Secretary Lopez highlighted that such move is part of President Duterte's goal of developing truly beneficial programs for the Filipino people.♦

 Photo of former informal settlers from Bulacan getting livelihood kits
DTI Bulacan Provincial Director Zorina D. Aldana (rightmost) and Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales Jr. (2nd R) gives a sar-sari stores livelihood starter kit to a beneficiary from Balagtas Heights in Bulacan as part of the Livelihood Seeding Program of DTI.

Livelihood starter kits composed of meat products, soap, condiments, milk products, noodles, rice and other sari-sari store items were distributed to former informal settlers now residing in Balagtas Heights resettlement area in Balagtas, Bulacan.

The distribution of the starter kits to 86 families is part of the Livelihood Seeding Program of the Department of Trade and Industry. The event was held on November 24, 2017 at the Municipal Hall of Balagtas, Bulacan and was led by DTI OIC-Assistant Regional Director and Provincial Director of Bulacan, Dir. Zorina D. Aldana, Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales Jr., Vice Mayor Alberto Carating and other local officials.

To help in revitalizing the livelihood of resettlers in their new community in Bulacan, the DTI came up with the Livelihood Seeding Program by providing them with a starter kit as alternative means of livelihood. There are four (4) packages available for the beneficiaries: 1) sari-sari store set, 2) bigasan set, 3) frozen products set and; 4) school supplies, depending on the background and preference of the beneficiary.

Mayor Gonzales and Vice Mayor Carating expressed their gratitude to the DTI provincial office for providing their new community members with a productive means of livelihood. The Balagtas Heights beneficiaries were previously given training on entrepreneurship and record keeping, meat processing, food safety and food handling to prepare them for their business.♦

A total of Php 2.2 Million in sales was earned by seventy six (76) micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) from agrarian reform communities in Central Luzon during the recent CARP Regional Trade Fair. The fair with the theme “Tangkilikin, Likha ng ARBS ng Central Luzon,” was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III (DTI-3) from November 13 to 16, 2017 at the Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga

The opening program was attended by Butil Party List representative Cecilia Leonila Chavez, DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P. Angeles, DAR-3 Regional Director Judita Tungol, PIA-3 Regional Director William Beltran, CARP OIC Program Manager/ARD Joel Valera, provincial agrarian officers and officials from the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Agriculture. Emma Lea Belmonte, Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation, emphasized the willingness of their company to support activities like the CARP Regional Trade Fair, which help in forging meaningful partnerships with the government.

Director Angeles stressed the importance of supporting CARP assisted MSMEs who get their raw materials for their products from the Agrarian Reform Communities of the region. Director Valera cited the accomplishments of the CARP programs nationwide. He noted that providing exposure for the products derived from agrarian communities will help in achieving inclusive growth and that this helps in improving the economy in the countryside.

During the fair, awards were given to the Top Seller (Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts of Pampanga), Most Innovative Products (Mila’s Driftwood of Aurora province) and Best In Product Display (Kabuhayan ng mga Kabarangay tungo sa Tagumpay of Pampanga).

Products sold during the fair include coconut, driftwood and sabutan based products from Aurora, cashew, coffee and bamboo products from Bataan, processed meat, fish and dairy products, as well as bread products from Bulacan and soya, waterlily and bags and accessories from Nueva Ecija. Pampanga CARP trade fair participants brought delicacies, corn products, organic fertilizer and vegetables while Tarlac entrepreneurs sold potato wine, ylang-ylang perfume, peanut butter and calamansi products. Zambales participants displayed mango products, cashew and bignay wine, banana chips and bamboo based handicrafts.

The DTI supports the livelihood component of the agrarian reform program by providing livelihood skills training and entrepreneurial and marketing support through exposure of CARP beneficiaries’ products in trade fairs and market matching.♦

 Photo of Atty Arauz of Panama visiting DTI-3
Atty. Clarisa Arauz (seated center) of ACODECO expressed her great admiration to the DTI and its consumer groups in her recent visit to DTI-3 office. Assisting Arauz is Asst. Dir. Lilian G. Salonga of DTI CPAB (2nd R, center table)

An official of the Autoridad de Proteccion al Consumidor y Defensa dela Competencia (ACODECO) in Panama recently visited the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III in the City of San Fernando to consult with local trade officials and to benchmark with the activities of consumer groups in Region III.

Attorney Clarisa Arauz, a legal officer for ACODECO Panama expressed her admiration for the activities of the Federation of DTI Accredited Consumer Organizations – Central Luzon (FEDACOR-3), which were presented to her by Aurora Tagalag of the Nueva Ecija Consumer Affairs Council, a member group of Fedacor-3. She also noted that they can replicate the market monitoring activities of the group in her country. She stressed that her agency generally emphasizes capability building programs and agency coordination to strengthen consumer protection in Panama. Division Chief Ricardo S. Naguit Jr and Consumer Arbitration Officer Jojo F. Toledo of the DTI-3 explained to the Panamanian official the mandates of the DTI, its consumer groups and the National Price Coordinating Council. Attorney Arauz noted that she will bring her learnings to her country and try to implement their mandate together with consumer organizations.

Lilian G. Salonga, Assistant Director of the DTI Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau, assisted Arauz in her visit. She cited the importance of the Fedacor in ensuring that consumer vigilance is alive in Central Luzon. She said that Fedacor-3 officers are always part of the meetings of the National Price Coordinating Council, where policy matters relating to consumer rights are discussed. She also noted that Central Luzon was intentionally chosen as a benchmarking site because of the active membership of the consumer organizations in the region.

Beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the region will showcase their products from November 13 to 16, 2017 at the activity center of the Robinsons Starmills in this city.

Seventy six (76) micro and small enterprises from agrarian reform communities of the seven provinces in Central Luzon will sell different kinds of products during the first ever Regional CARP Trade Fair organized by the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III (DTI-3). Products to be displayed and sold in the fair include coconut and sabutan based products from Aurora, cashew, coffee and bamboo products from Bataan, processed meat, fish and dairy products as well as bread products from Bulacan and soya, waterlily and bags and accessories from Nueva Ecija. Pampanga CARP trade fair participants will display delicacies, organic fertilizer and vegetables while Tarlac entrepreneurs will sell native products like potato wine, ylang-ylang perfume, peanut butter and calamansi products. Zambales participants will display mango products, cashew, mushroom, banana chips and bamboo based handicrafts.

The DTI supports the livelihood component of the agrarian reform program by providing livelihood skills training and entrepreneurial and marketing support through exposure of CARP beneficiaries’ products in trade fairs and market matching.♦

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