Technology and Business Conference

The Philippine Cacao Industry Council, in cooperation with the Region VI Cacao Industry Council and in partnership with the regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, will gather all cacao industry stakeholders to establish stronger linkages for sustainable and inclusive growth in the Visayas Region.

The CacaoLink Visayas will bring together key players across the value chain from the Regions 6, 7 and 8 at the Royal Garden Hall and Convention Center along Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City on October 5 and 6, 2017.

Some 400 participants that are expected to join include input providers, nursery operators, cacao traders, exporters, processors or financing institutions for a Business-To-Business (B2B) encounter for those interested to explore the opportunities that the cacao industry offers.

There will also be technical experts to present and conduct techno demonstrations and technical sessions on cacao propagation, production, post-harvest technology and processing, among others.

The event will be highlighted by a trade exhibit showcasing cacao-based products and chocolates from all over the Visayas Region. There will also be an exhibit of cacao farming inputs, technologies and various services available for the cacao industry.

Senator Cynthia Villar, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol are expected to grace the event together with all the key industry stakeholders from other regions and the Philippine Cacao Industry Council.

Registration fee is P2,000 inclusive of conference kit and meals for the two-day activity.

For more information and confirmation, please contact the CacaoLink Secretariat, DTI Regional Office VI, at mobile numbers 09165441553; 09121370673, and telephone numbers (033) 335-0060; (033) 337-0392 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DTI Guimaras Provincial Office regularly monitors the prices of eggs and chicken in retail stores and at the Jordan Food Terminal Market in Jordan, Guimaras. The price monitoring showed that prices of eggs per piece ranges, as follows:

Small - P 5.00 – P 5.75
Medium - P 6.00 – P 6.25
Large - P 6.25 – P 7.00
Extra Large - P 7.00 – P 7.80

Several poultry owners here supply the eggs in the island-province.

Based from the monitored stores, the dressed chicken comes from Iloilo City. Dressed chickens are sold at P160.00 per kilogram. Monitoring revealed that the supply of eggs and chicken in the province is sufficient.

This monitoring was a result of the outbreak of bird flu in the Province of Pampanga and in order to protect consumers from unscrupulous business. It should be noted that eggs and chicken are food items under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture as prescribed under Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act. (Melecia U. Pait/ DTI Guimaras)

capiz trade expo
Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes (center), Jose Florencio Del Rosario (in white next to PD Pollentes )as Guest Speaker representing Governor Antonio Del Rosario, PMSMEDC Vice Chair Ronald U. So(fourth from left, front row) along with partner agencies and MSME exhibitors during the opening of the Trade Expo at the Robinsons Place Roxas

This year’s four-day trade expo garnered a cumulative sales of P 601,366.50, with day four garnering the highest sales of P 248,769.00. Handicrafts marked the topmost purchased goods with 41.37 percent of the total sales.

A total of 35 MSMEs from food, craft and horticulture sectors showcased better-quality Capizeño products during the 2017 MSME Week Trade Expo. The exhibit was part of DTI’s initiative to further intensify assistance to MSMEs and achieve the goals of poverty alleviation and job generation at the grassroots level.

The Expo run from July 20 to 23 at the Robinson’s Place Roxas.

It was the highlight of the week-long celebration and was in coordination with the Provincial Government of Capiz, Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSMEDC), Capiz Integrated Food Producers Association Inc. (CIFPA), Samahang Industriyang Pangkabuhayan at Pag-asa (SIKAP), Capiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CMPC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Roxas Chapter (PCCI), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office.

“The DTI and its partners are committed in assisting these micro entrepreneurs and involve them in countryside development,” said DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda Pollentes during the opening of the exhibit.

The Board of Investments (BOI) is scheduled to conduct an Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Roadshow at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in downtown Iloilo on September 8, 2017. Registration starts at 8am.

The morning session will be highlighted with testimonials from BOI-registered companies from Region VI, and the presentation of Small Business Corporation on the financing of projects.

An investment clinic, a one-on-one company consultation, will be held in the afternoon with resource persons from Manila and Visayas Extension Offices.

This roadshow is aimed to ensure the immediate widespread awareness of the 2017 IPP which is based on the theme, “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities” for all regions all throughout the country.

It will give information on how to apply investment project under the 2017 IPP for incentives.

The 2017 IPP, a rolling three-year plan, will serve as a blueprint in guiding both Filipino and foreign investors in matching their entrepreneurial and financial capacities with opportunities identified in the plan.

Industry associations, business clubs/organizations, chambers, ecozones operators, local government units, academe, non-government organizations, and civil society organizations are invited to participate in this one-day activity.

Registration is free.

The event is in cooperation with the BOI and the Office of Congressman Ferjenel G. Biron, with the support of DTI VI.

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DTI Guimaras inspects monobloc chairs and stools for product safety and quality compliance.

Retail stores in the Province of Guimaras selling monobloc chairs and stools were inspected to ensure product safety and quality compliance. Monobloc chairs and stools are some of the products issued with Mandatory Products Certification by the Bureau of Product Standards.

The Philippine National Standards 1478, series of 1998 and the Department Administrative Order No. 2, series of 1998 require all manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers of monobloc chairs and stools to comply with Product Standards Certification for the locally-manufactured and/or apply for Import Commodity Clearance for the imported ones.

There were 13 stores inspected, namely: RV Marketing, UI Trading, O and K Marketing, Southern Trading, Kay and Kim Marketing, Lucky Homewares Trading, Armada Electrical Supply and Merchandising, Gaitan Island Supermart, Don-Don Marketing in Jordan town.

And, Nig Marketing, CVK Store,  Homemart Plastic Wares Marketing and Tacubay Upholstery Store in the municipality of Buenavista.

DTI encourages consumers to buy only certified monobloc chairs and stools to ensure product safety and quality.  Brands recognized by DTI are Sentinel, Uratex, Cofta, Sanyobox, Uno,  Euro, Hunter, Charms, Bigbox, Xtreme, Bunny, Alatone, J & T, Nikko,  Allied, Hannita,  Ichiban,  Jolly and Scarlet.

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