The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) lauds the efforts and strong commitment of the Quezon City (QC) Government in streamlining its operations to speed up the processing of business registration and construction-related permits.
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Chair of the government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Ease of Doing Business, explained that the drastic process re-engineering in QC, the local government unit (LGU) with the most number of businesses, is critical because it is the sample city included in the Doing Business Survey, conducted yearly by the World Bank, to gauge the overall competitiveness of the Philippines as a nation, using the cost and ease of doing business as a criterion.
QC Mayor Herbert Bautista issued Executive Order (EO) 11 on December 22, 2017 mandating the creation of One-stop Shops, where new businesses can file and pay their application for business permits, including Fire Safety Inspection Certificates, following a 2-step procedure where applicants can get their permit in less than two hours. Applicants need not to go to different offices to obtain business permit and other clearances and but instead transact in a single location.
“The EO signed by the Local Chief Executive provides for reduction in the steps and requirements, and the use of automation. But we need to leapfrog. The effort of the QC shall be complemented by efforts in the national level. Together with the DICT, we are looking at developing a fully electronic registration process using Smartphone App. This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to become one of the first countries to adopt a business registration process that can be completed (end to end) on a smart phone”, Lopez said.
Similar with business permits, a one-stop shop dedicated for construction-related permits is also being established, which will co-locate the different city/municipal offices that process building permits and certificates of occupancy, headed by the Office of the Building Official, and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in one place. This is expected to be operational by end of February 2018.
These reforms are seen to significantly improve Philippines’ ranking in Doing Business (DB) Report, where the country dropped 14 notches to No. 113 last year. For Starting a Business indicator, Philippines recorded a dismal No. 173. Quezon City, with an estimated 74,000 registered establishments, represents the country in the survey.♦
|Opening the Negosyo Center in Muntinlupa City are (from L-R) Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office (LEIPO) Officer Garry Llamas, Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon, Muntinlupa Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Officer Elvie Sanchez-Quizon, Undersecretary Maglaya, Muntinlupa City Mayor Frenesdi, Muntinlupa Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Officer Chito Borromeo, City Administrator Eng. Allan Canchuela, DTI-NCRO Area II Head Rowena San Jose, and Muntinlupa City Councilor Dhes Arevalo.|
In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Secretary Ramon Lopez urged Marikina City to put their best foot forward as he discussed with the members of the Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. (PFFI) together with other stakeholders of the Footwear Industry the next steps to re-lift the country’s Shoe Industry.
Among DTI’s first step is its ongoing Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project with partner PFFI, which provided the much needed machines and equipment for the common use of the Industry. The facility offers services like Shoe Last Making, Pattern Grading, Cutting Services, use of CNC machines and design and pattern making services. The facility also promotes Marikina’s perfect-fit ‘pasadya’ footwear industry or customized shoes known for its quality and durability. The current facility is already hitting its full capacity and an expansion is in development and if successful, the new facility would be the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Sec Lopez also visited the Philippine Footwear Academy, which produces job-ready workers for the footwear Industry. “Lahat tayo pwede talagang magtagumpay, kasi ang iba nagawa nila eh—I’m sure kayo kayang kayang nyo,” Sec. Mon Lopez said to the students of the Philippine Footwear Academy as he visited the academy’s state-of-the-art footwear machineries, training rooms, footwear technicians and artisans. Aside from competency building, the Academy also offers consultancy, sample making, and materials utilization/manipulation services.
Sec Lopez also went to various Marikina-based shoe manufacturing companies including Gibi Shoes Manufacturing, Bristol Shoes, and Ruperta Enterprises, urging them to continue their leadership in boosting Marikina’s shoe industry.
On his last stop, Sec Lopez personally visited Marikina’s Pride Rolando “Tatay Oly” Santos, the shoemaker who gave President Duterte a pair of shoes which the president proudly wore in his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Tatay Oly was in tears as he tells the trade chief how he has no choice but to source his resources from 5-6 lending which resulted to loan sharks visiting him 3-4 times a day. Sec Lopez guaranteed Tatay Oly assistance through President Duterte’s P3 (Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso) micro-financing program among other assistances. The P3 program is Pres. Duterte’s instrument for his campaign against 5-6 lending.
DTI Sec Ramon Lopez and Villar Sipag leads Kapatid Mentor ME launching in Las Piñas.
Following the order of President Duterte to provide progress and prosperity for MSMEs, we have a framework in DTI that we call 7Ms—ang tatlo dito mangyayari na po ngayon.”
This was the promise of DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez to the mentees and participants of the Kapatid Mentor ME launching in Las Piñas City last Thursday as he promotes DTI’s 7Ms of a Successful Entrepreneur—which outlines 7 components an entrepreneurs needs to start up, sustain, expand, and internationalize their business, as well as innovate smarter ways to enhance their productivity and profitability. “We want to teach entrepreneurs to be smarter. Masipag na, matiyaga na, matalino pa,” Sec. Lopez said.
The Trade chief highlighted the importance of these 3 basic components: Mindset Changing, Mastery and Mentoring, which will be offered for free in the Kapatid Mentor ME program through the one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions available in over 540 Negosyo Centers nationwide. As the mentees learn the basic know-how of entrepreneurship straight from respected business experts, Lopez advised the mentees to continuously embrace their passion as they grow their business.
GO Negosyo Founder and current Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion also graced the event by sharing the principle behind the 14 years of Go Negosyo’s partnership with DTI, which was to forge “bayanihan” between large business players and the 99.6% of MSMEs. “Filipinos are not destined for poverty; poverty should be our greatest motivation. Our role is to inspire you that everyone CAN succeed in life,” Concepcion said.
The four other Ms: Money, Markets, Machines and Models, are now made more accessible and simplified for the MSMEs through the programs of DTI. Lopez also announced the recently rolled out P3 program, an alternative funding program that will enable MSMEs to access funds to develop their business. “May access na po tayo ngayun sa puhunan through the Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3. Panglaban natin ito sa mga 5-6 (loansharks) na tintakbuhan natin kung walang wala tayo—babaguhin na po natin yan ngayon. Dito sa P3 mababa ang interes, maikli ang form, walang collateral, and you can get your loan within the day.” Through the collaboration of national and local microfinancing partner institutions, P3 is now on full swing operation with microenterpreneurs as priority.
Sec. Lopez also announced DTI’s plan to expand the market by proposing an administrative order that will mandate groceries and supermarkets to allot 5% shelve space for the products of MSMEs, giving more chances for MSMEs to expose and promote their products.
Machine, another part of the 7Ms, is all about ensuring quality production which the Shared Services Facility (SSF) program of DTI offers. Senator and Managing Director of Villar SIPAG Foundation, Cynthia A. Villar also shares before the crowd how the Villar SIPAG Foundation became a recipient of the SSF project that enable the community to improve their production of local products. Sen. Villar shared how the foundation introduced and innovated methodologies to produce products from water Hyacinth and coco nets from coconut husks which was once a problem of Las Piñas. As a sign of their continuous support for DTI’s programs, Villar Sipag are also holding programs to educate and empower farmers in Villar Sipag Farm School to help them to be better business owners.
“One of the main thrusts of Villar SIPAG is to develop and nurture future and aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders who can make a difference in the society, providing skills and technical education to them and enabling them by linking them up with government and private networks to boost their success,” Villar said.
DTI-NCR Regional Director Anacleto C. Blanco, Jr. formally introduced the 20 mentees from Las Piñas who will undergo the 10-weeks mentoring program. Dir. Blanco shared the iniatitives of DTI-NCR to ensure a 100% graduation rate in all of its KMME programs. “One of the commitments is to religiously attend all the sessions. Yan po ang panawagan namin sa inyo para di tayo magkaproblema sa ating schedules. We in DTI-NCR took extraordinary measures to see to it na lahat ng mga mentees will go through all the modules, dahil requirement po ito bago kayo grumaduate,” Blanco said.
“Module 1: Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting and Values” and “Module 2: Marketing” which was discussed by KMME Mentors, Best-selling author Mr. Dean Pax Lapid and Milkin Corp. CEO Ricardo Cuna, followed immediately that afternoon. The mentees also attended one-on-one mentoring with their mentors in the Negosyo Center after the discussions.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez on Monday (20 December) assured micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the government’s commitment to provide better market access for MSMEs by mainstreaming their products in commercial establishments, particularly those from the agriculture sector.
Speaking at the Christmas Townhall with President Rodrigo Duterte: Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu at the Malacañan Palace, Sec. Lopez also urged businessmen to continue helping the government beat poverty in the country anew.
“Our call for today, to celebrate inclusive business, is to provide continuous market access for the products of MSMEs, especially in the agriculture sector,” Lopez told President Duterte and representatives of the business sector.
To usher this initiative, DTI tapped mall chains to provide commercial spaces, where MSME products from around the country can be purchased by mall-goers.
“In DTI, we commit to mainstream the products of MSMEs, we‘ve had the cooperation of SM, Ayala, Robinson’s, Rustan’s, City Mall, Star Mall and even Puregold, and many retailers to allocate a specific place in their malls for free to mainstream and made available the products of our MSMEs,” Sec. Lopez explained.
With the “Go Lokal” stores stationed at mall-chains, agricultural products, including those from Sulu, will become a regular fixture in malls, according to him.
“It’s a model that can really provide sustainable market for our agriculture sector, especially our poor farmers,” Sec. Lopez added.
Meanwhile, the trade chief also reported that the government, through the Office of the President, will shell out an initial P1 billion financing to provide for micro and small entrepreneurs.
“The promise of the President is to provide P1 billion per region to help really the start ups,” he said. The budget will be coursed through DTI.