“No pandemic can stop us,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 6 Regional Director (RD) Rebecca M. Rascon emphasized as the DTI Guimaras Provincial Office launched the first online Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) via Zoom and Facebook Live on 22 June 2021.

NSB Online is the alternative mode of the usual face-to-face conduct of the activity as quarantine classifications prohibit mass gatherings. The DTI Guimaras thru its Negosyo Centers hold sessions to increase awareness on the services offered by the agency targeting MSMEs with business operations and potential entrepreneurs in the barangays.

Rascon further stressed that the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the community to rediscover themselves and therefore make everyone rethink of the present situation and do better.

DTI Guimaras OIC-Provincial Director Ma. Dinda Tamayo rallied the team’s effort to render the DTI mantra of “Serbisyong Higit Pa Sa Inaasahan” and shared that the new recipe will be “we conquer, we persevere, we pivot” to overcome the present adversity.

The DTI Guimaras NSB Online team is composed of Trade-Industry Development Specialist Romil Maro as the Negosyo Center coordinator with business counselors Rejoice Orquia, Marry Joy Gelanan, Ruth Penuela, Princez  Laurente of LGU-Jordan, Normel Galvan of LGU-Buenavista, Abigael Patnubay of LGU-Nueva Valencia, Jessa Tibajares of LGU-Sibunag and Judy Ann Gales of LGU-San Lorenzo. Other contributors included Joyce Gedalanga of Small Business (SB) Corp. Guimaras, Marimae Cartagena of DTI-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and Rosemarie Gajete, DTI Monitor. ♦

Date of Release: 5 July 2021