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DTI 2 Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo (left) meets the Tuguegarao City officials on 07 October 2019, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan to push the passing of the Ordinance prioritizing locally made products in the procurement activities of government agencies in Tuguegarao City.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 led by Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo meets the Tuguegarao City officials on 07 October 2019, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan to push the passing of the Ordinance prioritizing locally made products in the procurement activities of government agencies in Tuguegarao City.

During the committee hearing on the draft ordinance “2019 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development and Assistance Program of Tuguegarao City”, RD Ocampo emphasized that through the approval of the ordinance, more MSMEs will be developed and assisted using convergence approach wherein different government agencies, local and national, pool together their resources towards providing a holistic assistance to MSMEs in Region 2.

Other DTI Officials present were DTI Cagayan Provincial Director Ma. Salvacion Castillejos, Atty. Maria Liza Guzman, and Chief of Staff Michael Paggabao.♦

Date of Release: 28 October 2019

 

 

Canadian Volunteer Advisor Ira Teich (5th from left) will facilitate a 6-week engagement for the development of Marketing Plans and strategies of the following MSMEs in Cagayan: 1.)Big Boys Meatshop, 2.)Z Brothers Food Products, and 3.)Lighthouse Cooperative which started on 8 October 2019 until 15 November 2019

The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) – Region 02 strengthens its partnership with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) to support its mission – MSME growth and development in the region.

During the welcome meeting on 09 October 2019 held at the DTI – Cagayan, Negosyo Center, Training Room, Canadian Volunteer Advisor Ira Teich discussed the details of his 6-week engagement for the development of Marketing Plans and strategies of the following MSMEs in Cagayan: 1.) Ms. Maria Consuelo L. Alivia of Big Boys Meat Product, 2.) Ms. Marmee C. Vela of Z Brothers Food Products, and 3.) Mr. Patrick C. Ventura of Lighthouse Cooperative which started on 8 October 2019 until 15 November 2019.

As part of the activity, a one-on-one consultation with the MSMEs was conducted to know more about the background of their company, expectations, and issues concerning their marketing activities.

DTI personnel present during the meeting were Mr. Leonardo P. Urata, Business Development Division Chief; Ms. Marivic Y. Calvo, Trade & Promotion Officer; Mr. Michael B. Paggabao, Chief of Staff/ CESO Regional Focal Person and; Ms. Pauline Clare C. Taguibao, CESO Cagayan Focal Person.

CESO’s partnership with DTI R02 is now on its 12th year. For this year, it will be the last leg of the five-year Partnership Action Plan with CESO.

Mr. Ira Teich is a Canadian volunteer in the field of marketing and owner of one of the most successful marketing growth strategy centers in Canada.

CESO is a not-for-profit organization based in Canada that aims to strengthen sustainable local economic growth globally by transferring their skills and knowledge to partner communities and organizations.♦

Photo taken during the meeting

 

Date of Release: 28 October 2019

DTI-2’s Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo and Cagayan State University President Urdujah Tejada forge a Memorandum of Agreement for the conduct of a region-wide Consumer Awareness Assessment Survey.

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 2 (DTI-2) commissions the Cagayan State University (CSU) College of Business Entrepreneurship and Accountancy to conduct a region-wide survey to measure the effectiveness of the implementation of its consumer protection advocacy, programs and services.  The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by and between DTI Regional Director Leah Pulido-Ocampo and CSU President Urdujah A. Tejada was held at the DTI Negosyo Center in Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City today.

“This partnership will be the first of many,” said DTI Director Leah Ocampo. "We hope and we will, work closely with the academe in the implementation of our other flagship programs and services.”

The survey is expected to be completed within three months and will cover the five provinces of Region 2 – Cagayan, Batanes, Quirino, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya.♦

Date of release: 19 August 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 in partnership with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) jointly organized the Regional Competitiveness Consultation Meeting on 08-09 October 2019 in Tuguegarao Cagayan to engage the Local Government Units, private sector, government agencies, and civil society organizations in a dialogue towards coming up with the region’s competitiveness roadmap for the next 5 years and create a Regional Policy Change Advocacy Cluster.

In her welcome remarks, DTI R02 Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo said that the activity is very important because it will be the first step towards the realization of her vision for region 2, and that is to put the region in the global radar screen for trade, investment and tourism. To transform the region from a raw material supplier to a processor of goods that will eventually reach the global markets. To be an active economic player not only in the national scene but also in the Global arena.

RD Ocampo also emphasized the need to further improve the region’s competitiveness. She urged the participants to take part and share their ideas in crafting the competitiveness roadmap. She said that the time for Region 2 is now and that Region 02 is going to be the next big thing. The region to watch out for.

Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, Chairman Emeritus and Founder Institute for Solidarity in Asia, former NEDA Director General & Finance secretary served as the keynote speaker during the meeting. He discussed the Future of Competitiveness Governance: Towards a National Roadmap.

A workshop was also conducted for the identification of the region’s strategic position as well as the key result areas in the 4 Pillars of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Survey namely: Economic Dynamism which provides a glimpse on the vibrancy of local economy; Government Efficiency which deals with compliance to government policies and standards; Infrastructure which ensures connectivity and stable expansion of industries; and Resiliency which focuses on the readiness and capability of LGUs to respond to shocks, disasters, and emergency.

Other topics discussed were 4 Pillars of the CMCI Survey and the Regional Competitiveness Situationer.

As an output, a Regional Policy Change Advocacy Cluster (RPCAC) was created wherein Mr. Cloyd Velasco, PCCI R02 Regional Governor was elected as the Chairperson. The RPCAC will provide advisory and advocacy checks to the Regional Competitiveness Council and other relevant public institution in the implementation of the competitiveness roadmap deliverables of the region and DTI Region 2 was assigned to be the secretariat of the Council.

The activity is a prelude to the crafting of a roadmap for regional competitiveness which will harmonize all region’s efforts to strengthen all pillars of growth, and eventually make Region 2 as an attractive destination for trade, investment, and tourism in the future.♦

Photo taken during the first meeting of the Region 2 RPCAC. The RPCAC will provide advisory and advocacy checks to the Regional Competitiveness Council and other relevant public institution in the implementation of the competitiveness roadmap deliverables of the region and DTI Region 2 was assigned to be the secretariat of the Council.

Date of Release: 28 October 2019

DTI-2 Director Leah Pulido Ocampo as guest speaker during the Opening of the AFI Festival Trade Fair of Tuguegarao City called on the city government to support MSMEs by patronizing local products through an ordinance that would require its departments to procure their requirements from local MSMEs.

RD Ocampo challenged the City Government to come up with an ordinance that would require all tourism establishments and government offices to patronize locally produced food and beverages as well as manufactured furniture and decorative items.  This was her statement during the opening program of Tuguegarao City’s 295th Patronal Fiesta Trade Fair.  To set the momentum, RD Ocampo pledged that she would be issuing an Office Order that will require DTI-2’s Regional Office and Provincial Offices to serve locally produced food and beverages in meetings, seminars, conferences and other office events.

She also called on the local government officials led by Mayor Jefferson Soriano to live up to its brand as the Premier Ybanag City of the North by defining its unique selling proposition that will differentiate it from the rest.  “We have to be clear about what we want to be known for, which I believe the City Government and its people would be aware of, more than anyone else,” she said.

Sharing DTI’s vision of realizing a “more inclusive and prosperous Philippines,” RD Ocampo said, “Light industries like food processing, furniture and handicraft making would increase the value of commodities and by generating additional activities along the value chains, more jobs and livelihood opportunities are generated.  All these will redound to a better economy and a more stable society which could help put an end to the vicious cycle of poverty.”

The DTI Regional Director underlined the importance of aligning local strategies to the priorities and policies in the national level as both strategic and practical.  The city’s priorities on trade, industry and investment can be aligned whenever practical to the over-all national agenda as defined by the Philippine Development Plan, Philippine Export Development Plan, Investment Promotion Plan and the various Industry Roadmaps.♦

Date of release: 15 August 2019

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