The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau, will conduct a forum on Doing Business in Free Trade Areas: Regional Exporters Coaching Session on February 20, 2018 in Tagaytay City to help CALABARZON companies understand the impact of economic integration on their businesses. 

The event is part of DTI-EMB’s Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) for 2018, as it partners with more DTI regional and provincial offices, Negosyo Centers, local government units and private-sector organizations like the PhilExport and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

The forum is divided into two activities. The first part is the learning sessions that will help participants understand Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the markets covered by the FTAs, significance of these markets in terms of size, demographics, income, attractiveness, statistical indicators on the trend and progress for Philippine trade in these markets, tariff classification, and the process of registering to the Client Profile Registration System (CPRS). The speakers will be from the DTI-EMB, Tariff Commission, and Bureau of Customs. The second part is a one-on-one counselling with exporters and potential exporters. 

“We want to help CALABARZON exporters and potential exporters to become more competitive by providing them valuable information on productivity, innovation, and updates on export trends. Moreover, we want to help in sustaining the export growth,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.♦

To promote CALABARZON and investments and exports in the region, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A will host the CALABARZON Investment Forum and B2B Meetings with the Canada Inbound Mission Delegates on February 17, 2018 in Lucena City.

The forum is part of the program of activities of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto (PCCT) Inbound Trade and Investment Mission to the Philippines, which is an offshoot of the Outbound Trade and Business Mission in Canada organized by the DTI 4-A, in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology CALABARZON, Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation Incorporated, and the local government of Alabat through the support of the DTI-Foreign Trade Services Corps Toronto last November 2017.

Among the investment opportunities presented in the said mission was the Philippine makapuno industry and agribusiness investment promotion in the Alabat island. PCCT has expressed serious interest in the program. Thus, they will be visiting the Philippines on February 10-17, 2018 together with other Canadian-based companies such as iAdverTUBE, Canada Business Connections, Blueprint Canada, Accubooks, Montephil, Inc., Boulevard, G&C Logistics, and the Federation of Filipino Canadian Associations of Quebec to pursue and finalize talks about the joint venture project and explore other business and investment opportunities.

The forum aims to encourage more investments and exports in CALABARZON and to promote local products and services to the North American market, especially in the food and non-food sector, business process outsourcing, custom brokerage, education, construction, and real estate business. The program will include discussions on turning Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs), technologies on makapuno processing, support program for the Alabat Island Economy, and the signing of the memorandum of agreement.

“We, in DTI, want to improve the economic conditions at the grassroot level targeting farmers and MSM enterprises, increase export of coconut products like makapuno not only to Canada but also to other parts of the world, promote organic production of an indigenous food product, and develop as part of a bigger industry development program,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

Toledo added that they also want to promote Philippine brands in consonance with the 7Ms (mindset change, mastery, mentoring, money, machine, market access, and models of business) of entrepreneurship being advocated by DTI.

The expected attendees will be from the national government agencies, local government units, Chambers of Commerce, micro, small, and medium enterprises, and the CEOs/Managers of Canadian-based companies.♦

Victoria, Laguna, January 5, 2018 –In line with the Presidential Decree No. 1572 (P.D. 1572), the Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI – Laguna) is reminding the repair and service shops and centers in Laguna to submit their application for accreditation at their office located at Km. 75, National Highway, Brgy. Banca – Banca, Victoria, Laguna not later than January 31, 2018. Below are the requirements: 

  1. Duly accomplished Accreditation Application Form (please find attached form)
  2. Copy of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy and Receipt of payment. Insurance period must be at least up to the end of the year (December 31). For on-site job, submit Affidavit of on-site job in lieu of CGLIP.
  3. Warranty (please find attached Warranty Form)
  4. Any changes/amendments in the following:
  5. List of new Tools and Equipment & Corresponding Value
  6. List of Shop Employees (name/s and inside)- 2 copies

III. Size of Shop/Stalls

  1. Photo of Shop (Front and Inside)- 2 copies
  2. Shop Layout
  3. Organizational Chart

VII. Location Map

  1. Copy of Business Name Certificate of Registration
  2. TESDA Certificate of Competency for Technical employee/s for 3 to 5 STAR Category only. However, mandatory for accreditation of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning [RAC] and Mobile/Auto Air-conditioning [MAC] regardless of STAR Classification.
  3. Performance Bond of P50,000 (for 3-5 STAR Category)
  4. Dealership Agreement for 5 STAR Category only.
  5. Latest Accreditation Certificate
  6. Proof of ownership of recovery machine for Aircon and Refrigeration

Failure to comply would mean violation of the said P.D. 1572 that requires all service and repair enterprises for accreditation.

The accreditation is a form of government assurance to consumers that they can get standard services and competent repair service men attested by the government’s Technical Education and Skills Training Authority (TESDA) when getting a service from the shop.♦

To build disaster-resilient businesses in the region, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A will conduct a CALABARZON Business Forum on MSME Development and Disaster Resilience on 28 February 2018 in Tagaytay City on the topic, "Business Continuity Planning towards MSME Development and Disaster Resilient Philippines."

The forum aims to engage micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the CALABARZON region on disaster risk management (DRM) activities. It will present the key findings, issues, and priorities in addressing SME disaster resilience and discuss the roles of key organizations in implementing the SME Resiliency Roadmap. The event is one of the activities identified during the National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience held last July 26-27, 2016 in Makati City.

“Together with our partner agencies, we want to provide technical assistance in strengthening resilience to our MSMEs on a demand-driven basis. We want to prepare them for the disaster to minimize the impact of damage when it happens,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

The forum is organized by the DTI Region 4-A, in collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense Region 4-A, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-CALABARZON, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, and Philippine Export Southern Tagalog Association, Inc.

MSMEs, private sector, associations, non-government organizations, financing institutions, national government agencies, and local government units are expected to attend.♦

 Dulaang Pangmamimili 1
Maryhill College-Quezon, Champion of the Regional Dulaang Pangmamimili 2017 


 Dulaang Pangmamimili 2
Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, Champion of the Regional Infomercial Competition 2017 

To heighten consumer awareness and vigilance for quality and safe products among our youths, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A conducted the Regional Dulaang Pangmamimili and the 1st Regional Infomercial Competition 2017 simultaneously at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna on 17 November 2017.

“We hold consumer activities like Dulaan every year because we want to engage our consumers, specifically our youths, in addressing their rights and assuming responsibilities and to engage our partners from the private sector, academe, media, and other government and non-government agencies to achieve service excellence for our consumers,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Toledo.

The Dulaang Pangmamimili is a nationwide role-playing competition being participated by high school level students, both public and private, who will act out scenarios around the theme for this year, “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age.” It is an initiative of DTI CALABARZON as part of the Consumer Welfare Month Celebration. The criteria for judging were coherence/comprehensive script, relevance to consumerism, originality/creativity/entertainment value, audience impact, and adherence to the rules.

Maryhill College-Quezon was hailed champion in the Dulaang Pangmamimili Contest. Tagumpay National High School-Rizal got the 1st runner-up award, Lodlod National High School-Batangas as 2nd runner-up, Col. Lauro D. Dizon Memorial National High School-Laguna as 3rd runner-up, and Congressional National High School-Cavite as 4th runner-up.

On the other hand, DTI 4-A held its first ever Regional Infomercial Competition. With the theme, “Consumer Protection and Responsible Consumption,” five different colleges from the CALABARZON region harnessed their creativity. The criteria of judging were based on content, technical excellence, overall quality, and relevance to the theme.

“To maximize the benefits of technology, infomercials are now being used by different institutions in disseminating information. We in DTI see this as a powerful platform to broadly reach consumers. Thus, we want to capture the interest of the viewers through the use of animation, special effects, colors, and sounds,” said DTI CALABARZON Assistant Director Marcelina Alcantara.

For the Infomercial Competition, the Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas was declared Champion, followed by the National College of Science and Technology-Cavite as 1st runner-up, Laguna State Polytechnic University-Laguna as 2nd runner-up, University of Rizal System Binangonan-Rizal as 3rd runner-up, and St. Anne College of the Pacific-Quezon as 4th runner-up.

The DTI 4-A partnered with the Department of Education, UPLB Department of Social Development Services, College of Human Ecology, and College of Development Communication, Malayan Colleges of Laguna, and DZJV Radyo ng Bayan in conducting the said consumer activities.♦

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