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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.♦

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..

The Board of Investments (BOI) is scheduled to conduct an Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Roadshow at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in downtown Iloilo on September 8, 2017. Registration starts at 8am.

The morning session will be highlighted with testimonials from BOI-registered companies from Region VI, and the presentation of Small Business Corporation on the financing of projects.

An investment clinic, a one-on-one company consultation, will be held in the afternoon with resource persons from Manila and Visayas Extension Offices.

This roadshow is aimed to ensure the immediate widespread awareness of the 2017 IPP which is based on the theme, “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities” for all regions all throughout the country.

It will give information on how to apply investment project under the 2017 IPP for incentives.

The 2017 IPP, a rolling three-year plan, will serve as a blueprint in guiding both Filipino and foreign investors in matching their entrepreneurial and financial capacities with opportunities identified in the plan.

Industry associations, business clubs/organizations, chambers, ecozones operators, local government units, academe, non-government organizations, and civil society organizations are invited to participate in this one-day activity.

Registration is free.

The event is in cooperation with the BOI and the Office of Congressman Ferjenel G. Biron, with the support of DTI VI.

DTI Guimaras Provincial Office regularly monitors the prices of eggs and chicken in retail stores and at the Jordan Food Terminal Market in Jordan, Guimaras. The price monitoring showed that prices of eggs per piece ranges, as follows:

Small - P 5.00 – P 5.75
Medium - P 6.00 – P 6.25
Large - P 6.25 – P 7.00
Extra Large - P 7.00 – P 7.80

Several poultry owners here supply the eggs in the island-province.

Based from the monitored stores, the dressed chicken comes from Iloilo City. Dressed chickens are sold at P160.00 per kilogram. Monitoring revealed that the supply of eggs and chicken in the province is sufficient.

This monitoring was a result of the outbreak of bird flu in the Province of Pampanga and in order to protect consumers from unscrupulous business. It should be noted that eggs and chicken are food items under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture as prescribed under Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act. (Melecia U. Pait/ DTI Guimaras)

capiz trade expo
Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes (center), Jose Florencio Del Rosario (in white next to PD Pollentes )as Guest Speaker representing Governor Antonio Del Rosario, PMSMEDC Vice Chair Ronald U. So(fourth from left, front row) along with partner agencies and MSME exhibitors during the opening of the Trade Expo at the Robinsons Place Roxas

This year’s four-day trade expo garnered a cumulative sales of P 601,366.50, with day four garnering the highest sales of P 248,769.00. Handicrafts marked the topmost purchased goods with 41.37 percent of the total sales.

A total of 35 MSMEs from food, craft and horticulture sectors showcased better-quality Capizeño products during the 2017 MSME Week Trade Expo. The exhibit was part of DTI’s initiative to further intensify assistance to MSMEs and achieve the goals of poverty alleviation and job generation at the grassroots level.

The Expo run from July 20 to 23 at the Robinson’s Place Roxas.

It was the highlight of the week-long celebration and was in coordination with the Provincial Government of Capiz, Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSMEDC), Capiz Integrated Food Producers Association Inc. (CIFPA), Samahang Industriyang Pangkabuhayan at Pag-asa (SIKAP), Capiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CMPC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Roxas Chapter (PCCI), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office.

“The DTI and its partners are committed in assisting these micro entrepreneurs and involve them in countryside development,” said DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda Pollentes during the opening of the exhibit.

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