DTI-2’s newly appointed Regional Director Romleah Juliet Pulido-Ocampo (right) meets with Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon Secretary Raul L. Lambino (left) before his meeting with Regional Directors about possible key areas of development in Region 2 on 11 July in Tuguegarao City.  Seated beside RD Ocampo is DTI Cagayan Provincial Director Ma. Salvacion A. Castillejos, exchanging business cards with CEZA Special Assistant for Investments and Promotion USEC Raymundo T. Roquero.♦

Date of release: 15 July 2019

Assistant Regional Director Ruben Diciano turns over the helm of DTI-2 to incoming Regional Director Romleah Juliet Pulido-Ocampo

DTI-2 Regional Offices welcomes its new Regional Director in the person of Romleah Juliet Pulido-Ocampo.  Hailing from Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, RD Ocampo is no stranger to Region 2 having spent her early school years there.

In her message during the turn-over ceremony, she said: “ I come to Region 2 filled with positive feelings…happy that I have been given this opportunity to serve the region of my birth…excited and challenged because I know it is going to be a tough job…”

Before her transfer to DTI-2, RD Ocampo was Program Director of DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion’s Go Lokal! for almost two years.  Go Lokal is a program initiated by DTI which enables smaller enterprises to access the retail shelves of known establishments without the usual listing fee.  It is a DTI program that supports emerging suppliers and products of quality, unique designs and high market potential.

She also served with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) for almost 20 years, thus bringing with her an impressive record as a marketer and promoter of the Philippine made products here and abroad.  With this background and a clear vision of what needs to be done, DTI Region 02 looks forward to being able to take advantage of the vast opportunities for our products locally and globally.

Working together with other government agencies, the private sector, local governments and stakeholders, RD Leah hopes that DTI shall continue to play a major role in levelling up Region 2’s economic ranking.♦

Date of release: 15 July 2019

Senior Investments Specialist Luna Gracia Panesa–Ahmad from BOI presents the 2017-2019 Investments Priorities Plan during the Orientation on Board of Investments Incentives and Registration cum Investment Consultation

The Department of Trade and Industry – Region 2 (DTI-2) has always been unrelenting in its efforts to promote the country’s investment priority areas by assisting local government units (LGUs) in improving and promoting their place as premier investment destinations.  With global reports affirming the positive investment flow in the country, huge opportunities are now waiting to be tapped. This development necessitates proactive actions from government enablers to undertake a cohesive approach in investment promotion.

It is for these reasons that DTI-2 conducted an “Orientation on Board of Investments (BOI) Incentives and Registration cum Investment Consultation and Meeting” on 19 June 2019 at the Regional Negosyo Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It was attended by ten (10) local investors and prospective BOI registrants as well as over thirty Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officers (LEIPOs) and LGU representatives of growth areas.

Senior Investments Specialist Luna Gracia Panesa–Ahmad from the BOI, presented the 2017 – 2019 Investments Priorities Plan (IPP) and explained the available incentives for prospective investors under the IPP.  She also encouraged local government units through the LEIPOs present to heighten their awareness on investment promotion policies so that they can help potential investors who may be interested in their locality. One of the critical areas she mentioned was the availability of data such as the costs of doing business for investors from the LGUs.

“Investment is central to growth and sustainable development because it expands an economy’s productive capacity and drives job creation and income growth,” said Randolph Cacacho, Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist in his welcome remarks.  “DTI strives to promote the development of homegrown industries ready for joint venture with local and foreign partners and the local government units and the business sector are our partners in this endeavor,” he added.♦

Participants during the Orientation on Board of Investments Incentives and Registration cum Investment Consultation take a posterity photo after the activity.

Date of release: 2 July 2019

DTI-2 Assistant Regional Director Ruben Diciano and Team Leader Serafin Umoquit check the logo and markings on a 10mm steel bar in Tuguegarao City during the region-wide monitoring and enforcement activity last 5 July

Steel bars randomly inspected by DTI-2 Regional Office Monitoring and Enforcement Teams in hardware stores in the Provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino and Batanes were found compliant to Philippine National Standards 211:2002 and PNS 49:2002.  This was the result of a region-wide monitoring conducted on Friday, July 5 to ensure that consumers get safe and quality products.

Six teams – one from each province and one from the Regional Office - were fielded out to eleven growth areas of the region during a simultaneous monitoring and enforcement activity conducted by DTI across the country.  A total of forty-six (46) firms were monitored throughout the region – 7 in Tuguegarao City, 6 in Aparri, 4 in Ilagan City, 3 in Cauayan City, 4 in Bayomobng, 1 each in Solano and Bambang, 4 in Bagabag, 7 in Diffun and 9 in Batanes.  The teams focused on rerolled and deformed steel bars.  Other products covered include PVC electrical conduits pipes as well as PVC for potable water, electric plugs, outlets, LED bulbs, electric fans and other electric appliances classified as products under mandatory certification by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS). Of the 46 firms monitored, 41 were hardware and lumber firms, 2 Department Stores and 3 Appliance Stores.

One store in Ilagan City, Isabela was issued a notice of violation (NOV) for displaying for sale non-certified electric fans and lighters.  The Isabela team confiscated 15 pieces of uncertified gas lighters and 52 pieces of electric fans.

Linda Tan, Chief Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI-2’s Consumer Protection Division said that “the fact that all the hardware stores we visited at random had compliant steel bars show that the owners and managers themselves are exerting efforts to comply with product standards law.  For its part, DTI has regularly conducted monitoring and enforcement activities as well as advocacy to both the business sector and the consumers so that both sectors are fully aware of their responsibilities and rights under the law.”

Date of release: 15 July 2019

Members of the Tres Reyes ARB MPC learning how to make pickles during the two-day Fruits and Vegetables Processing and Product Development conducted by DTI CARP in Saguday, Quirino Province.

The DTI Quirino Provincial Office, under its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), conducted a Skills Training on Fruits and Vegetables Processing cum Product Development Activity on Packaging and Labelling on 13-14 June 2019 for twenty (21) farmer-beneficiaries composed of two males and 19 females. The participants are members and officers of the Tres Reyes ARB MPC located at the Barangay Tres Reyes, Saguday, Quirino.

Outputs of the two-day training include Coco Polvoron Pinipig, Cookies and Cream flavor, Coco Patties, Papaya Pickles, Sayote Pickles and Coconut Jam.  Professor Ma. Luisa C. Cortez, Phd, from the Quirino State University – Maddela Campus served as trainor.

A second training-seminar on Management Process, Planning and Control was conducted on June 18, 2019 this time for 22 members (10 males and 12 females) of the Aglipay North Agri-Business Association situated at Barangay Villa Pagaduan, Aglipay, Quirino.  Discussions focused on the different management processes of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling and how these processes can help them to strategically achieve their organizational goals.♦

Date of release: 2 July 2019

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