DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Davao Region has already exceeded its annual target indicators for the year 2022, its planning unit revealed. 

A total of 26,108 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been assisted during the said period, according to its latest accomplishment report. This is 104 percent of its target of 25,200 MSMEs for the year.  

The agency has continued to provide livelihood seeding assistance through the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) and Pangkabuhay sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG). Its provincial offices have successfully conducted their caravans to 269 barangays and provided 5,177 business and livelihood kits worth Php 8,000 to Php 10,000 each regionwide to the selected MSMEs who were hardly hit by the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, its implementation of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo’s mentorship program has continued as well through the Kapatid Mentor Micro Enterprise-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Online, with 99 graduates in 2022. This brings to a total of 746 graduates regionwide since its implementation in 2016. 

The DTI 11 regional and provincial offices have likewise extended their assistance to 180 investors in the priority industries. These include cacao, coffee, banana, coconut, rubber, information and communication technology (ICT), seaweed, rubber, wearables and homestyle, and processed fruits and nuts. It is worth noting that the majority of these investors belong to the agribusiness sector. 

Under the exports and investments development program, the agency has facilitated the participation of 762 MSMEs in two international, seven national, eight regional, two provincial, and three municipal trade fairs. This has resulted in Php 13.48 million worth of cash sales, Php 23.22 million of booked sales, and Php 3.2 billion of sales that are still under negotiation. 

BACK TO BUSINESS. Consumers flocked in the exhibit during the Madaw Dabaw Trade Fair held at Ayala Abreeza Mall for the celebration of the Regional MSME Week. 

On consumer protection, it has consistently conducted workplace monitoring as part of its commitment to protecting consumers and the general public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A total of 311 workplaces and 53 barbershops and salons were monitored for the year.  

On the other hand, to support the existing efforts to ensure compliance with minimum public health standards, DTI 11 has approved 160 Safety Seal Certification applications from the establishments under its jurisdiction. Twenty-eight applications are approved for renewal.  

At the same time, the agency has successfully resolved 100 percent of consumer complaints through mediation and arbitration within the prescribed time.  

In addition, its provincial offices have processed a total of 2,800 permits and licenses. These licenses include Sales Promotion permits, Certificate of Conditional Release and Certificate of Exemption for Import Commodity Clearance (ICC), Service and Repair certificates, Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) certificates, LTO Endorsements, Truck Rebuilding Accreditation certificates and Philippine Standard (PS) license. This has earned a regional client satisfaction rating of 99 percent.  

DTI Davao Region Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi attributed the success of the agency to her dedicated and hardworking team in the provincial and regional offices, who despite facing numerous constraints and challenges, are still able to deliver what is beyond expected. 

“We would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our public and private partners and collaborators who helped us in our journey this year. As we gear towards the full recovery of our economy, we will continue to innovate the way we do things as we continually deliver serbisyong higit pa sa inaasahan,” she said. 

Likewise, the regional trade official cited the efforts of its partners, both from the government and private sector, in the realization of DTI 11’s 2022 targets. ♦

Date of release: 23 January 2023