The Board of Investments Extension Office (BEO) Davao recently gave a green light to Pistacia Mindanao Coffee Export, Inc. (PMCEI)'s Php1 Million coffee growing project, its first Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) project approval under the Export Activities of the 2017 Investments Priorities Plan (IPP).
The project involves the production and manufacture of fermented coffee and cacao beans with a capacity of 2,250kg a year and 750kg a year, and will be 100 percent exported to Japan.
The firm will engage in the development of coffee growers and provide technical assistance in terms of growing, sorting and harvesting of coffee.
PMCEI specializes in producing high-quality agricultural crops especially fermented coffee and cacao beans sourced from smallholder farmers. It would provide end-to-end support to smallholder farmers with access to technology and market. Through this innovative business, it will increase and sustain farmers’ yields, income and eventually improve quality of life.
The project will be located in Brgy. Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin this month. PMCEI is 80 percent Japanese owned corporation. ♦
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region is urging the public to only patronize Christmas lights brands that adhere to mandatory standards.
The agency emphasized that uncertified ones, or those which do not have Product Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates, may pose danger to the users and their properties as these may cause fire.
DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said consumers must be cautious in buying holiday decorations, especially if such need electricity in order to work.
“For years now, DTI has really been advocating the use of safe and certified Christmas lights. We want to continuously remind consumers that those which do not meet the standards may cause their lives and properties,” she explained.
As early as September, the agency already started its monitoring activities throughout the region to ensure that the Christmas lights being sold in the local market are all PS or ICC-certified.
All certified Christmas lights are imported with PS marks or ICC stickers. PS marks are for foreign manufacturers with PS Certification Mark License, while ICC stickers are issued to importers with approved ICC. The hologram ICC sticker contains security features that can be verified by inspection with a seven-digit alpha-numeric serial number.
For 2017, all ICC certificates for Christmas lights issued by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) from January 1, 2013 to present are still valid. Starting this year, the validity of the ICC certificates issued for imported Christmas lights shall be for a period of five years.
“Consumers should check that the name of the manufacturer, distributor and trademark are on the product packaging. If they want to gather another proof of the product’s quality and certification, they may also ask for a copy of the actual certificate,” she added.
The mandatory certification of LED Christmas lights or lighting chains shall be implemented by the BPS using PNS 189:2000 as reference to protect the consumers from the proliferation of substandard LED Christmas lights in the local market.
Exempted from the mandatory certification scheme are the following:
- Christmas lights integral in Christmas trees/decors;
- Rope lights;
- Meteor tube lights/stick lights/laser lights;
- Christmas lights using Edison screw lamp holder;
- Battery-operated Christmas lights; and,
- Other types may be exempted subject to further verification by the BPS.
For the complete list of certified Christmas lights, consumers may visit www.dti.gov.ph. Regular consumer updates are posted as well on DTI-Davao Region’s official Facebook page: DTI Region XI.
Meanwhile, DTI released a number of consumer tips when buying Christmas lights. Among them are the following:
- There must only be three cascades (not more than three sets of 100 bulbs are connected to each other);
- Always turn off the Christmas lights when it is time to sleep. Never light them up overnight;
- Never use sets that have damaged wires and busted bulbs;
- When replacing bulbs, make sure that the replacement has the same wattage; and,
- Always read the instruction manual.
Ambi encouraged the public to report to the nearest DTI office immediately should they find uncertified or substandard products or have been victims of unscrupulous business practices.♦
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region takes pride in the 232 graduates it has produced under its Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program which started last October 7, 2016.
The agency revealed that the initiative which deems to develop more successful micro entrepreneurs was able to record 20 graduates in 2016 and 212 this year.
For 2016, all 20 MSMEs who graduated were from Davao City. Meanwhile, for 2017, 42 were from Davao City, 44 from Davao del Sur, 19 from Davao Occidental, 40 from Davao del Norte, 20 from Compostela Valley and 47 from Davao Oriental.
The 10-week program of the KMME had weekly modules on marketing, financial management, human resource management, and operations management, among others. These graduates were provided with high calibre mentors who shared their time, knowledge, skills, expertise and tips. On the 10th week, the mentees presented their Business Improvement Plan (BIP), incorporating the learning from the lectures and mentoring sessions in front of a panel composed of marketing/operations management mentors and micro financing institution (MFI) representatives who can possibly assist them on their financing needs.
DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo conceptualized the KMME program to serve as the entrepreneurs’ guide to become a globally competitive enterprise, this being one of the strategies of the government to provide jobs to Filipinos and boost economic growth focusing on the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as they soar to greater heights.
DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, during her inspirational talk in Mati City recently during the KMME graduation in the province, expressed her appreciation for the mentees who religiously attended the 10-week program.
“This only shows that MSMEs nowadays are inspired to improve their productivity, be involved in value-adding activities and be of help to other people by creating job opportunities and become engine of growth,” Ambi said.
For 2018, DTI, through its field offices in the five provinces and one chartered city in Davao Region, will still be conducting the KMME. Thus, MSMEs who are interested to avail of the mentoring sessions may contact DTI-Provincial Office nearest them.♦