Due to the reports received that substandard products proliferate in markets especially in areas outside the Metro Manila, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A conducted simultaneous monitoring of steel bars on 05 July 2019 in the province of Laguna.

Twenty-four (24) establishments in Cabuyao City, Binan City, and Sta. Rosa City were monitored. The DTI 4-A validated logos and product marking requirements, checking the coverage specified in each approved logo to identify the scope of manufacturer’s license.

“We are intensifying our monitoring activities all throughout the region because we want to protect our consumers by eliminating uncertified, inferior, or substandard products in the market,” said DTI 4-A Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

With the Department’s goal to enable a better marketplace and protect consumers from unfair trade practices, the DTI 4-A regularly monitors products to establishments to ensure that the Price Act (Republic Act No. 7581), Price Tag (Republic Act No. 71), Product Standards (Republic Act No. 4109), Labeling (Article 77 of Republic Act No. 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines), Service and Repair Shops (Presidential Decree 1572), and other Fair Trade Laws are strictly enforced and observed in the market.♦


Date of release: 11 July 2019

In partnership with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A (DTI-4A) through the Negosyo Center and SME Roving Academy conducted a two-day training course on Business Continuity Planning for the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the Negosyo Center program management staff in Calamba City, Laguna on 2-3 April 2019. The training program aimed to promote and develop awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the business continuity management concepts, practices, and requirements as applied to the MSME context.

“We, in the DTI, recognize the major role of our MSMEs in the country’s economic development through income and job generation. Thus, in CALABARZON, we want to enable our MSMEs to understand the process in developing Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) as this will serve as a very helpful tool to help them prepare for future disruptions to their businesses. After this training program, we want to transform our MSMEs to ‘resilient MSMEs,’” said DTI-4A Director Marilou Q. Toledo during her welcome message.

According to a survey conducted by the DTI- Bureau of SME Development and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, only 6% of 513 survey respondents from all over the Philippines have a BCP in place. Training activities on BCP for MSMEs have the potential to raise awareness of the importance of business continuity in private sector resilience and community resilience.  An efficient and effective business continuity program should be applicable to any enterprises for them to recover and survive after a disaster. Moreover, as MSME development is one of the core functions of the DTI, the Negosyo Center staff should be equipped with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist enterprises to be resilient in the face of disasters.

The training program was based on the simplified training module prepared by PDRF aligned to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) SME Guidebook on BCP. The training module covered the introduction to the Business Continuity Management Framework, overview of the BCP in the MSME context, risk assessment, business impact analysis, and the development and implementation of business continuity strategies and the BCP.♦

Date of release: 2 April 2019

The 3RD CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council Conference conducted on 28 September 2017 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal took off from the 2017 ASEAN MSME Development Summit held last 14 July 2017 at the PICC where the Manila Call to Action was presented with recommendations for the ASEAN member-states and the Philippines. Localized in the context of the CALABARZON Call to Action, it focused on entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth and job creation with reference to the interventions anchored in the 7Ms—Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Markets, Money, Machines, and Models of Business.♦

Aiming to extend the service to every micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME), the Negosyo Center (NC) Pagsanjan conducted a Business Name Registration and Orientation on DTI Services through the help of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Magdalena, Laguna on 4 and 9 March 2019. It was attended by the Barangay Officials and its constituents.

The NC Business Counsellor (NCBC) of the NC Pagsanjan visited the seven Barangay’s in Magdalena, Laguna such as Brgy. Maravilla, Brgy. Malinao, Brgy. Halayhayin, Brgy. Malaking Ambling, Brgy. Tipunan, Brgy. Ilayang Butnong, and Brgy. Ibabang Butnong.

The NCBC started his talk by giving a short background on “Go Negosyo Act” and the importance of having awareness to this law especially for those in business industry. Afterwards, he also discussed all the services of the Negosyo Center such as Business Name Registration, Business Advocacy and information and Business Consultancy Services.

At the end of the program, the NCBC was able to inform numerous numbers of MSME in Magdalena. The MSME as well as the LGU were both thankful and satisfied on this kind of services that the DTI thru the help of the Negosyo Center provided to each business establishment most specifically those in the inaccessible area in the municipality.♦

Date of release: 12 March 2019

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