“Serbisyong Higit Pa sa Inaasahan,” that is what DTI Region 8 spells out as RD Cynthia Nierras and the rest of DTI 8 officials received the certificates for the agency’s PRIME HRM Maturity Level 2.

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry 8 was awarded by the Civil Service Commission Region 8 with the certificates of recognition in the four core systems of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME HRM).

During the CSC On-site Assessment on September 4-5, 2017 at the DTI 8 Regional Office, DTI 8 has been rated 100% in the following systems: (1) Recruitment, Selection and Placement; (2) Learning and Development; (3) Performance Management; and the (4) Rewards and Recognition.

As PRIME HRM aims to elevate public sector human resource management to a level of excellence; and as DTI attains its vision of “A More Inclusive and Prosperous Philippines with Employment and Income Opportunities for All”, it strives to develop a credible and robust HR system that will produce in-house specialists; and pro-actively promotes a synergized organization anchored on a dynamic and efficient knowledge management system.

Unique to DTI, it has implemented the Performance Governance System (PGS) - a performance management framework based on the Balanced Scorecard technology of Harvard Business School’s David Norton and Robert Kaplan. It is used to monitor how well the organization is doing in achieving its strategic goals. It is a results-based and credible system that translates the agency’s high-level objectives of building a more inclusive and prosperous Philippines, and its mission of enabling business and empowering consumers, into actionable strategies and commitments that can be tracked, measured and improved on.

Through the DTI’s strong HR System, it brings employees and the organization together to accomplish shared expectations.

DTI certified Prime HRM Maturity Level 2
DTI 8 awarded with Civil Service Commission’s PRIME HMR Maturity Level 2 during the 1st Service Excellence Summit for Leaders and Excellence Awards Night. In photo are (L-R) CSC 8 RD Victoria Esber, DTI 8 RD Cynthia Nierras, HRMO Ellena Tezon, PD Celerina Bato, CAO Janet Avestruz, Consumer Welfare Chief Francisco Paragatos and CSC Leyte PD Lysander Navales.

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The Department of Trade and Industry Region 8 once again will hold its BAHANDI Eastern Visayas Trade Fair this October 4-8, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 1, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Now on its 20th year, DTI 8 opens the annual 5-day exhibit and fair of the best products from the six provinces of Eastern Visayas. This year, it carries the theme, “Breaking Grounds for Borderless Markets,” in line with the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN Summit which promotes the strengthening of free trade among its member nations and with the rest of the world.

The trade fair is made more meaningful as it features the products of micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have been assisted to recover from the Super Typhoon Yolanda -- nurtured to break new grounds in technologies, product designs and innovations, and challenged to access the more sophisticated and growing borderless market.

This is a banner year for the producers in moving towards an independent position.

A total of 125 MSMEs from the Processed Food, and Homestyle and Wearables sector are expected to join the fair. A third of these producers are graduates of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program that are also mostly enrollees of the OTOP Next Generation Program. The trade fair also serves as the culmination of the various DTI assistance extended to these MSMEs.

Last year, BAHANDI was able to generate a total sales of PHP 17, 354, 359.00. This year, it targets a total sales of PHP 16.5 M; with the flock of institutional buyers, it has become a trend that actual sales would exceed the targeted.

This event really inspires and further boosts Region 8 producers in aggressively accessing the bigger markets with their best products in their continued quest to grow their enterprise and uplift their family income, those of their workers, and their farmer-suppliers of raw materials.

The Dept. Of Trade and Industry 8 together with Dept. Of Labor and Employment 8 conducted the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Caravan at the Tacloban Convention Center last June 12, 2017. The activity was held together with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the Tacloban City Charter Day.

TNK was birthed in support of the Philippines' "Ambisyo Natin 2040" goal for "Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag ng Buhay." This caravan is held individually or simultaneously by a city/municipality per region.

For job opportunities to increase, TNK aims to establish new or expand existing businesses by providing information and counseling on business opportunities; technical, marketing and financing assistance; entrepreneurship and business development trainings to existing and potential entrepreneurs.

The program was graced by the presence of DOLE RD Joel Gonzales, DTI RD Cynthia Nierras, representatives from LGU Tacloban and the Office of Cong. Yedda Romualdez, and partner NGOs- Plan Intl. and Save the Children.

A signing of the Memorandum of Agreement has been made between the two departments in bringing their services to the public through the TNK Caravan. This has strengthened the partnership and is perceived to bring more programs that would support the pressing need for jobs and income.

“Baka di lang toh mangyari ng dalawang beses sa isang taon, we might conduct more TNKs,” said RD Cynthia Nierras as she delivered her uplifting message.

The first caravan was held last May 1 in celebration of the Labor Day. About 8,500 local and foreign job opportunities awaited prospect applicants while DTI continued to entertain client inquiries and counseling. There were a number of applicants who were hired on the spot as well as a number that were scheduled for an interview with the participating companies.

TNK is both a job and business fair. Simultaneous with the job fair, the Department conducted seminars on Marketing on the first day which was attended by 120 established and potential MSMEs at the Community Center. On the second day, a Business Start Up and Franchising Seminar is being held with 135 participants.

The Department looks forward to the impact that TNK will bring to the city and the region.

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for the Development of the Master Plan and Feasibility Study for the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone (LEIZ) with the Visayas State University (VSU) at the sidelines of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Regional Roadshow of the agency today (August 24, 2017) in Tacloban City, Leyte.

The proposed LEIZ is part of the strategies under the Copper Industry Roadmap (CIR). Developed by the various industry stakeholders themselves with the support of the BOI, the CIR aims to promote the integrated development and competitiveness of copper and other related industries in the Eastern Visayan region. The roadmap also augurs well with the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the region after the devastation of Yolanda typhoon three years ago and the recent earthquakes.

“With the aid of experts from the academe and private sector, the BOI will develop the Master Plan for the LEIZ with the timeline to be finished by next year. The Feasibility Study will follow and it is scheduled for completion by 2019. Thereafter, both of these will be actively marketed by the BOI to local and foreign investors for the establishment of the zone,” said BOI Executive Director Raul Angeles who signed the MOC on behalf of the agency together with Dr. Jose Bacusmo, the representative of the VSU.

The Master Plan will cover the development for Isabel, Merida, Palompon, Ormoc, Villaba and Tacloban taking into consideration existing industrial zones and port facilities. The identification of existing and planned industrial zones will include details on how to develop, promote and optimize these areas. These include the range of economic activities that complement other sectors such as food processing, electronics and other light industries. The plan should also identify infrastructure support needed for economic development across these towns and determine existing and new port facilities to be improved or developed.

“Once developed and operational, the LEIZ is expected to complement the 425-hectare Leyte Industrial Development Estate which is home to the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (Pasar), the country’s only copper smelting and refining firm and one of the biggest in Asia,” Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Head Ceferino Rodolfo said.

“The zone will definitely boost economic activity in the province as this would help manufacturing companies such as electronics and other related industries. Pasar produces copper cathodes, an essential component for electronics products which happens to be our country’s biggest export earner,” he pointed out.

Angeles added that the proposed zone will also promote industry clustering to bring down logistics costs of business and providing steady power supply since Leyte hosts one of the biggest geothermal power plants in the country. Environmental concerns would also be a priority of the project and Angeles cited that the waste of one company could be put into good use like being used as raw materials of other locators. The project will provide not only services for waste management and recycling but also to ensure that the foundations of buildings and other infrastructures are strong enough to withstand natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes.

As part of the government’s efforts to localize the roadmaps, stakeholders in the copper industry agreed that the creation of an ecological industrial zone will ensure that the region and its provinces will directly benefit from it. With the LEIZ in place, it will also be an opportunity for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to thrive and generate more jobs, bringing in further development to the countryside. Rodolfo stressed this aligns with the objective of the IPP to promote entrepreneurship with the inclusion of MSMEs.

The MOC calls for VSU to appoint project team members who possess the qualifications, educational background, and experience necessary to serve the project and consult with the BOI and the CIR Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop the Master Plan and Feasibility Study of the LEIZ.

The VSU, a zonal state university in the Visayas, runs a strong research, development and extension (RDE) program on sustainable agriculture, industry and environmental protection. The school is geared towards strengthening the capability of national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), people's organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in its host municipalities and provinces. It also fosters the participation of communities and other stakeholders in setting its RDE agenda.

“The university was chosen for the project because it champions the establishment of research collaboration with industry to finance industry-driven projects and has a mechanism wherein industry can freely collaborate with researchers without jeopardizing the interest of both the university and industry partners,” Angeles stated.

The IPP Roadshow in Tacloban is part of the BOI’s ongoing advocacy to promote the 2017 IPP—a list of priority investment activities that may be given incentives—around the country. BOI already finished conducting IPP Roadshows in Manila, Cebu, Clark and La Union. The Legaspi and Baguio sessions are also being conducted simultaneously with Tacloban. The rest of the upcoming roadshows will be conducted in Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga and General Santos City.

With the Duterte administration’s initiative to address inequality, empower the powerless, highlight inclusivity, and bring prosperity for all, the BOI crafted the strategic investment plan aligned with the President’s Socioeconomic Agenda and Ambiyon 2040: the long term vision for the Philippines. The 2017 IPP theme “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities” guides domestic 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. 

DTI 8 Conducted a Value Chain Analysis and Upgrading Workshop for R8 Coffee Industry on May 24, 2017 at the Dept. of Agriculture RFO8 Conference Hall.

The workshop was attended by various stakeholders of the cacao industry, Officers of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry, who, all together, want a breakthrough in the industry.

The activity aims to promote inclusive, innovative, competitive and sustainable coffee industry development in the region; and, to enhance income opportunities for coffee producers, processors and other livelihood beneficiaries and business operators in the value chain.

It was divided into four sessions as it validates the region's coffee value chain map. The group pinned the coffee industry's present scenario; where the region what to head- identifying the vision, goals and objectives; and the means to achieve it.

It was a productive upgrading workshop that the department looks forward for its fruitful yields.

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