R6 Negosyo Center SSF
Some 49 additional shared service facilities (SSF) will be established this year to enhance the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region, with the Province of Antique getting the lion’s share of the project with 33 SSFs.
The Province of Aklan has proposed five (5) SSFs to be established; Capiz with one (1) SSF; Guimaras with two (2) facilities; Iloilo with six (6) facilities; and, Negros Occidental proposed to establish two (2) facilities.
These facilities aims to improve production and output in the priority industry clusters of cacao, coffee, coco coir, processed foods, bamboo, wearables and homestyle, and gifts, decors and housewares.
These facilities also included programs on weaving, pottery, dairy and horticulture industries.
DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said the establishment of these facilities in the communities would greatly improve the production and market linkage of cooperators and MSMEs.
The DTI VI will be partnering with cooperatives, civil society organizations, local government units, state universities and colleges, as cooperators of the SSFs to ensure that these facilities are well taken-cared of and that it will be used for its purpose.♦

Boracay Enforcement - Service & Repair Shops 1

DTI VI enforcers conduct covert operations on service and repair shops operating without DTI accreditation in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. These alleged illegal shops were located in areas away from the prying eyes of the public.

The apprehension was made possible from the information tipped by residents within the area.♦

Boracay Enforcement - Service & Repair Shops 2

Starting January 2018, the Philippine Contractor's Accreditation Board (PCAB), one of the implementing offices under the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), an attached agency of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) will accept the renewal of applications for CFY 2018-2019 under the following revised schedule:

Last Digit of License Number / Filing Month
0 / February 1-14
1 / February 15-28
2 / March 1-15
3 / March 16-31
4 / April 1-15
5 / April 16-30
6 / May 1-15
7 / May 16-31
8 and new license approved from January to March / June 1-15
9 and new license approved from April to June / June 16-30

According to Engr. Diosdado P. Cadena, Jr., Provincial Director of DTI – Iloilo, renewal of applications may be filed as early as 03 January 2017. Contractors with license number ending 0-3 filing on their scheduled time and whose accounting period is on calendar year i.e., from January 1-December 31 may submit the previous year’s Audited Financial Statements (AFS). For contractors whose accounting periods are other than the calendar year may submit a certified copy of the latest AFS submitted to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Release of the license certificate for these contractors is subject to the submission of the latest Audited Financial Statement (AFS) and Income Tax Return (ITR) filed with the BIR and that no significant erosion of networth or equity is suffered by the contractor as not to qualify it for its present category.

Should the contractor become unqualified for its present category due to financial erosion, the application shall be reviewed by PCAB for issuance of the highest category sustainable by the contractor’s qualification.

Contractors filing their applications for renewal beyond the schedule for their license number ending shall be assessed an Additional Processing Fee (APF) of Php 5,000.00.

If the application for renewal is filed after the end of the CFY which is 30 June, an Additional License Fee (ALF) which existed before the APF will still be imposed or a total of Php 10,000.00 will be collected on top of the regular renewal fees for each category.

The filing of license and registration applications thru online registration is still mandatory for contractors falling under the categories of “AA, “AAA” and “AAAA”. No application for these categories shall be accepted at the PCAB Office or CIAP Windows.

Contractors falling under categories “A” to Trade” may file their respective license and registration application at the PCAB Office or at the nearest DTI Regional or Provincial Offices or may opt to file thru online.

PCAB also approved the following Board Resolutions:

  • B.R. No. 178, Series of 2017 – Setting Amendments to the Expiration of Registration for Government Projects and Imposition of Additional Processing Fee for Filing of Re-registration Beyond the Expiration Date.
  • B.R. No. 201, Series of 2017 – Adjustment of Minimum Networth/Equity Requirements for License Categorization, Allowable Range of Contract Cost for Registration of Contractors for Government Projects.

For more inquiries and updates on PCAB contractor’s licensing and registration, please call DTI - Iloilo Provincial Office at 335-0149 or 337-0392 or you may visit the office located at DTI Bldg., cor. J.M. Basa-M. Peralta Sts., Iloilo City.♦

Photo of Negosyo Center Santa Barbara DTI VI

The DTI VI eyes establishing at least 19 Negsoyo Centers this year.

These centers will be distributed in the following provinces: Aklan and Capiz with one (1) centers each, Antique with seven (7), Guimaras with two (2), Iloilo with five (5), and Negros Occidental will have three (3) more centers.

The NCs provide services to micro, small and medium enterprise (MSMEs), such as business mentoring services, information on market and access to funding. The centers are expected to bring in business opportunities to communities and countryside development.

It likewise has a special lane for Overseas Filipino Workers to provide them or their families the options of learning entrepreneurship and pursue business undertakings. At present, there are already 68 NCs established in Region VI.

The launching of NCs are in line with Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act which aims to help MSMEs, promote ease of doing business, facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance to MSMEs and provide access to other facilities or equipment.

The law also indicates support for MSMEs through national government agencies, easier business registration, provision of management guidance, improved working conditions, and facilitation of market access and linkage services for entrepreneurs.♦

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..

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