DAVAO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region has further strengthened its commitment towards product standards, as it continuously carry out initiatives to campaign for the Bureau of Philippines Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme.

Through its Consumer Protection Division (CPD), the agency spearheaded the Seminar on Product Standards last September 29 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel here.

With the theme, “Standards Make Cities Smarter,” the activity served as a venue to provide information awareness on the Republic Act 4109 or Standards Law and various DTI issuance.

These include the following:

  • Department Administrative Order No. 04:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standard;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 05:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Issuance of the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) under the Product Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standards;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 15-01:2015, “Guidelines on the Mandatory Marking, Labeling and Packaging  for  Delisted Products under the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme;” and,
  • Department Administrative Order No. 17-05:2017, “New Guidelines for Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan Covered by PNS 07:2005 and PNS 63:2006, respectively.

The said seminar is part of the celebration of the National Standards Week on October 8 to 14 and World Standards Day on October 14.). It also kicked off the region’s 2017 Consumer Welfare Month celebration. 

Stakeholders from both the public and private sectors representing the construction and hardware industry, consumer organizations and academic institutions were among the 175 participants of the one-day activity. 

The three resource persons from the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) discussed the importance of Product Certification Scheme and the Philippine National Standards’ (PNS) requirements on the mandatory markings and labeling for the electrical and electronic products, mechanical/building and construction materials and chemical and other consumer products under this system.

“This campaign will heighten retailer and consumer awareness and vigilance for quality and safe products,” Ambi said. 

For more information about product standards and other consumer-related concerns, anyone may visit DTI-Davao Regional Office at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They may also contact them through landline number (082) 224-0511, local 417 and 420 (Consumer Protection Division).

Mindanao Trade Fair

DAVAO CITY – The upcoming Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) in Glorietta Mall in Makati City on October 2-5 will promote the newly-launched brand of the Matigsalugs, a group of Indigenous People (IP) in Davao City.

Launched during the opening ceremony of MTE 2017 in Abreeza Mall last August 11, “Nasabeka” carries not only the ingenuity of one of the city’s original inhabitants, but also the uniqueness of their culture.

MTE Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) President Dr. Rosevic Del Rosario-Cembrano said that by bringing the brand to the national exhibition, the Matigsalugs will be introduced to potential institutional markets.

“As what Nasabeka means, we want unity to really prevail in all the endeavors that we do. We want that the organization will continuously work with our partners to improve the lives of all local entrepreneurs, especially those from the communities,” the medical Doctor-Entrepreneur shared.

It further exudes their commitment to product excellence and oneness with our objective for a better future.

Bearing the theme “Connecting Mindanao,” the MTE show in Glorietta is expected to open doors of opportunity for the island-region’s products and services. This will also serve as an avenue to underscore the ingenuity, reliability and creativity of the entrepreneurs behind them.

"With the Matigsalugs’ brand as among the MTE in Glorietta highlights, we are optimistic they will find new markets. After all, every intricate detail of their products represents their culture and the craftsmanship being passed on from generation to generation,” she said.

The birth of Nasabeka is a result of the sustained partnership between the government and private sector in developing local communities. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI), and MTEFI have gathered their resources together to equip the Matigsalug Council of Elders of Marilog District, Davao City, Inc. (MACOEMADDACI).

With the help of professional designers, training and seminars on the development of beads and agsam (a kind of fern), pompom (Sangkad), wearable, and basketry were conducted. At the end of series of skills upgrading interventions, unique and modern Matigsalug-inspired products were produced.

The designers who assist the Matigsalugs are Frankie Galagnara of Philippine Women’s College and Emi Englis of Emi Englis Couture and MTE Design Team for wearable, Yvette Punzalan of Yvette’s Bags Collections and MTEFI Product Development Trustee In-charge for pompom., DTI Designers Pool Juvenal Fernandez of Tagum Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) for basketry; Leny Castillo of Great Gifts Souvenirs for beads and agsam.

We want this project to be sustainable because we want to preserve the culture of our IPs, while letting the world know that they’ve got talents we can be proud of,” the MTEFI leader concluded. ♦

Davao City, Region XI—The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), the industry development and investments promotion arm of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), gathered in a forum last September 21, 2017 stakeholders in Southern Mindanao to present and discuss the salient features of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

The IPP is a list of priority investment activities that may be given incentives by the BOI. With the theme “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities,” the 2017 IPP brings forth significant additions and changes, following the President’s Zero + 10-point Socio Economic Agenda, the aspirations embodied in Ambisyon Natin 20140, and the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

“The new IPP serves as blueprint in guiding local and foreign investors in matching their entrepreneurial and financial capacities with the identified opportunities to steer the country’s economic growth to a broader and sustainable path. It aspires to maintain the Philippines’ competencies while developing sectors with potential for inclusive growth by connecting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the global value chain,” said BOI Governor Lucita Reyes who presented the IPP before Davao Region stakeholders.

Governor Reyes encouraged the stakeholders to take advantage of the new IPP that was designed to be more responsive to the needs of the present time which, she said, is now more inclusive and innovation-led.

 BOI IPP Roadshow Davao 2017
Photo shows Governor Reyes with Mr. Christian Cambaya (middle), Head of Investors Assistance Unit of the Davao City Investments Promotion Center and DTI Provincial Director for Davao del Sur Dr. Delia Ayano (right) who provided the keynote message and welcomed the attendees of the event.

The new IPP has a broadened coverage to encourage and attract new capital in sectors and regions and address the inequality of growth and employment. New priority activities for the 2017 IPP are: Innovation Drivers, to underscore the important role of research and development, innovation ecosystems and infrastructures in modernizing our economy, which includes commercialization of Department of Science and Technology or government-funded research and development; and Inclusive Business Models for agribusiness and tourism which fosters income and business opportunities for the poor or low-earners of society by integrating them into the supply chain of medium or large companies.

Other activities were strategically modified to stimulate a more prosperous and inclusive economic development. From a select handful of activities under the manufacturing sector, the 2017 IPP includes all manufacturing activities including agro-processing, since the sector can generate higher
employment, income and output multipliers relative to other sectors.

Agriculture, fishery, and forestry includes the development of forest plantations in private lands and also promotes food irradiation projects to improve the safety and extend the shelf life of our food.

Strategic Services includes IT and IT-related services geared for the domestic market, digital or technological startups, telecommunications to make the service more competitive, and state-ofthe-art engineering, procurement, and construction to support infrastructure and manufacturing
projects. Healthcare services now includes Drug Rehabilitation Centers to support the President’s program against illegal drugs.

Mass Housing no longer allows projects located within Metro Manila, and are only based on a price ceiling of Php2 Million. However, it now includes in-city Low-cost housing for lease to encourage developers to build leasable housing units nearby areas where people work.

Infrastructure and Logistics were also integrated with PPP Projects that also includes projects initiated by LGUs to encourage infrastructure development in the local level.

Other inclusions under this sector are: overseas shipping, pipeline for oil and gas, training/learning facilities, testing laboratories, domestic industrial zones, and tollways. Environment or climate change-related projects encourages investments on manufacturing products or establishing
facilities that would lead to the efficient use of energy, raw materials, or minimize pollution. It includes green ship recycling and the establishment of privately owned materials recovery facilities. Energy has been included to support the power requirements for the rapid economic development of the country.

Mindanao Trade Fair

DAVAO CITY –A number of Mindanao products will invade Makati City in October as Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) introduces them to new markets.

Fresh from the successful staging of MTE 2017 in Davao City last August 11-20, the MTE Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) is making another major step to further widen the reach of the island-region’s products and services.

Set on October 2-5 at the Activity Center of Glorietta Mall in Makati City, the trade and retail exhibition is seen as a feasible mechanism to increase not only the visibility, but more importantly, the institutional buyers of the participating entrepreneurs.

MTEFI President Dr. Rosevic Del Rosario-Cembrano said the exhibit in Glorietta, which is already the third one for this year, was carefully planned, especially that some potential participants may think that they might just be wasting their resources if they would join.

“We can’t deny the fact that some would have apprehensions about joining, considering that they need to invest – from logistics to their accommodation in Manila. However, with shows like this conducted in a venue that has so much potential in terms of market expansion, such opportunity must be grabbed,” she explained.

MTE has already brought Mindanao’s interesting offerings to several international trade shows in the past, including New York, Hong Kong, and Paris.

“Since 2012, Abreeza, an Ayala mall in Davao City, has been our partner in opening doors for the Mindanawon entrepreneurs. This partnership has further strengthened when Ayala Malls offered us a wider market for Mindanao products and services Doctor-Entrepreneur business leader said.

At the four-day MTE in Glorietta Mall, seven different events will be highlighted, to wit: The Fair which is showcasing the best of Mindanao especially the premium products qualified for DTI’s banner program ‘OTOP Next Gen” and Go Lokal! Store; Special Setting of new product designs as an offshoot of the previously conducted design consultations; and Business Matching between Mindanao entrepreneurs and Manila-based companies.

“We want to maximize this opportunity from the Ayala Malls. It has always been the desire of MTEFI to provide all avenues where the Mindanawon entrepreneurs can promote their products and services and expand their markets,” the MTEFI leader said.

Meanwhile, Del Rosario-Cembrano revealed that apart from the chance to buy quality Mindanao-produced items, visitors will get to learn more about the culture of Matigsalug Tribe as well. Through the special setting, the products of the Davao City ethnic group will likewise be highlighted.

The MTE in Glorietta is supported by DTI, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PhilExport), and Ayala Malls.♦

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office 11, in coordination with the Regional MSME Development Council-Mindanao Chapter, led the staging of the Regional Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference 2017, last July 27-28 at Marco Polo Davao, which centered on the 7Ms framework of successful entrepreneurs.

DTI-Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) Director Jerry Clavesillas discussed the 7Ms framework – Mindset Change, Mastery, Mentoring, Market Access, Machines, Money and Models of Business – and presented the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit Action Plan.

"Entrepreneurial revolution must be adopted. This means that you are not only thinking about how to make your enterprise competitive, but also working to make others become more competitive as well," he said.

Aside from the topics of Clavesillas, relevant issues like the adoption of Green Economic Development (GED) and Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will likewise form part of Day 1’s agenda.

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said these breakthrough goals - the GED and BCP - are now considered as ‘must-haves’ for MSMEs.

“These initiatives are very necessary for the MSMEs to sustain their development. We have invited successful entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss these topics, so that they can clearly explain to the MSMEs how the GED and BCP have helped them improve their operation and made them become more competitive,” she said.

A Financing Forum was also held for MSMEs who are in need of additional working capital for their business to provide opportunity for MSMEs to access products and services from invited banks and other financing institutions.

Indigenous products, which underwent Screening, Assessment and Triage by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Center for International Exposition and Mission (CITEM), were displayed at a mini exhibit area. These products are part of DTI’s new program called One Town One Product (OTOP) Next Gen.

The two-day event was participated by more than a hundred MSMEs from the six provinces of the region and members of their respective provincial MSME Development Councils.

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