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San Fernando City, La Union- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) La Union destroyed P400,000 worth of substandard, uncertified and non-conforming products at the City Sanitary Landfill last October 11, 2019.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan together with Assistant Regional Director Daria R Mingaracal and DTI La Union PD Merlie D. Membrere led the ceremonial destruction of the confiscated products such as PVC pipes, angle bars, christmas lights, monoblock chairs, helmets and tires. These products were found to be not conforming to the marking requirements of DAO 02:2007. A compactor was also used to crush the said items.

Confiscated from different business establishments in La Union, these items were imported, distributed and offered for sales amidst lack of Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) markings and have fake/ invalid ICC markings.

Administrative fines were imposed against business establishments where the items were confiscated. Other nonconforming products such as lighters, bulbs and LPG tanks will be disposed in a separate and safer manner.

Also present during the activity were representatives from San Fernando City La Union Senior Citizens Association and La Union National Highschool Consumer Club who served as witnesses during the activity.

On her message, Dir. Baluyan urged the public to be more vigilant. She reminded everyone to check the ICC or PS markings whenever purchasing electronic products.

“We urge consumers to demand for products that are assured of performance and safety to get their money’s worth, and at the same time, to avoid risks posed by substandard products.” she added.

To ensure the protection of consumers against nonconforming, substandard and uncertified products, the Department of Trade and Industry-Region 1 (DTI R1) Enforcement Team regularly conducts its intensified monitoring and enforcement activities in the region.♦

Date of Release: 16 October 2019

No rain nor flood stopped the 493 MSMEs, would-be entrepreneurs, students and walk-in participants as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) - Go Negosyo successfully conducted the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) One on One Negosyo Mentorship Program last September 9, 2019 at the Robinsons Place, Calasiao, Pangasinan.

Forty-Two (42) accredited Go Negosyo Mentors, who voluntarily participated, did the business counseling and shared their expert views and best practices in running a business.

The mentee-participants took one-on-one mentoring session with a Go Negosyo Mentor on Marketing, Financing, and Entrepreneurial Mindset topics.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming support given by the mentors, participants and partner organizations.

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor. Thus, if we want to build our competence to successfully run our businesses, please bear in mind that it is not a weakness to ask people for guidance.” she added.

 A Pangasinense herself, Philippine Commission for Women Commissioner Sandy Montano also served as a mentor during the event. She encouraged everyone to always aim high, be an inspiration to others and take pride of where they came from.

The MMOW-Pangasinan is the 1st run in Region 1 and 27th nationwide. The program aims to bring business mentorship closer to all Filipinos. Through the MMOW, micro-small business owners will be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations.

Date of Release: 13 September 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 participated in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) World Café of Opportunities (WCO) last August 25, 2019. TESDA staged the WCO as part of its 25th Anniversary and National Tech -Voc day celebration. Hundreds of job seekers flocked to the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome to grab their chances and employment opportunities. Local and overseas employers and recruitment agencies offered jobs, training and facilitated higher job-skill matching during the said activity.

DTI Pangasinan brought its programs and Negosyo Center Services such as Basic Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo) Seminar, Business Name Registration, Business Counselling and Consumer Education Information during the whole day activity. DTI promotes entrepreneurship as a viable career option and alternate source of income among fresh graduates/job seekers. While starting any business is usually difficult, DTI continues to assist and inform would-be entrepreneurs the benefits and fulfillment of having a business that cannot be matched in most employment situations.

Present during the activities were officials from TESDA, DOLE and representatives from the Dagupan City and Pangasinan Provincial Governments. DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan and ARD Daria R. Mingaracal were also in attendance during the activity. RD Baluyan received the certificate of appreciation awarded by TESDA.

The WCO is a job fair that seeks to connect government and private agencies to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) graduates, a highlight of the National Tech-Voc Day celebrated every 25th day of August pursuant to Republic Act 10970.♦

Date of release: 4 September 2019

 

A big opportunity is up for grab for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs as the ‘wheels’ of the Mentor Me Program goes to Pangasinan. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)- Go Negosyo is set to conduct the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) One on One Negosyo Mentorship Program on September 9, 2019 at the Robinsons Place, Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The program aims to bring business mentorship closer to all Filipinos. Through the MMOW, micro-small business owners will be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations.

Around 300 participants from Region 1 are expected to join the free one-day event. PCE is still accepting online confirmation of registration that can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/MMOWPANGASINAN. Walk-in participants will also be accommodated. DTI urged new business owners to attend the event.

During the event, mentee-participants will get to sit down with a Go Negosyo mentor for a one-on-one mentoring session. 30 Go Negosyo Mentors including local mentors accredited by PCE, will be coming to do business counseling and share their expert views and best practices in running a business. Most of the mentors are experienced businessmen. Additional materials and modules on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing will be available to provide supplemental knowledge on managing micro and small businesses.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan stated that this is the 1st MMOW run in the region. “With the MMOW, MSMEs will be guided in the achievement of their business’ success. We believe that the mentorship is an essential factor in guiding MSMEs towards the realization of their dreams.” she added.♦

Date of Release: 5 September 2019

RD Grace Falgui-Baluyan, ARD Daria R. Mingaracala and OIC-SMED Leo Corsino at the NTF 2019 Green Booth.

The Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) together with the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices staged the 2019 National Trade Fair on August 22-25, 2019 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Dubbed as “A Green Show” the 2019 NTF gave preference to exhibitors whose products and processes were organic, sustainable and eco-friendly. A total of 276 exhibitors from all over the country participated in the said event, 18 of which came from region 1. Various products such as furniture and furnishings, houseware and décor, wearables and fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs, as well as heirloom food and health and wellness products were sold at the 2019 NTF.

Mr. Felipe Garduque, owner of Northway Crafts located at San Juan La Union, was delighted to see one of his products be featured at the 2019 NTF official Logo and Event Design. His decorative ‘Bilao’ has levelled-up after it undergone Product Development. During the Trade Fair, he was able to close a deal with a Hotel and Resort in El Nido to supply decorative ‘Bilao’ as hotel room decors.

Also an exhibitor from Region 1, Mr. Perry Inacay of Dorevi Industries, San Carlos City Pangasinan, happily shared that his 175 pieces of bamboo clothes hanger were all sold out during the opening day of the Trade Fair. Priced at Php 80 each, he also received lots of additional orders. He discerned that consumers are now becoming green conscious thus becoming more supportive of eco-friendly products.

An estimate of Php 2.3 million sales were generated by MSMEs from the region.

MSMEs are identified as green advocates and forefront of the initiatives to: create sustainable products; use eco-friendly packaging; conserve energy and resources and explore green solutions to reduce their carbon footprint; and support and promotes environmental awareness. To widen the knowledge of entrepreneurs and shoppers on green initiatives, series of green sensitization and lectures along with green exhibits were also conducted.♦

Date of release: 4 September 2019

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