The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A CALABARZON, in cooperation with its Provincial Offices, will execute its 6th KALAKAL CALABARZON 2019 on December 4-8 at the Mega Trade Halls 1 and 2, 5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City to continue to find opportunities in expanding the market of new and existing products of the region’s micro, small, and medium enterprises.

This year, with around 180 expected exhibitors, the fair will focus on showcasing the products of the MSMEs that have undergone DTI’s various product development programs and interventions. Several new features are added in the fair like the “Choco-Cafeteria Pavilion” featuring the region’s coffee and tablea. There will be a Food Alley as well featuring the cooked food sector. Five boot-campers under the Homegrown Brands’ Acceleration Franchise Formation Inception (HAFFI) Program will also showcase their products, services, and franchise packages. Moreover, several training sessions will be provided on various topics co-sponsored by partner government agencies.

KALAKAL is an annual event by the DTI-4A to promote the products of CALABARZON MSMEs through showcasing and order-taking activities and to create, sustain, and strengthen the network and linkages not only with government stakeholders but also with other private entities. For this season, DTI-4A partners with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, Department of Science and Technology, City Government of Mandaluyong, One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines, and SM Megamall.

DTI-4A invites everyone to visit KALAKAL CALABARZON 2019 and choose from a wide variety of personal gifts, consumer goods, handicrafts, home décor, textiles, fashion, and other local and design driven goods. For more details about the fair, kindly contact the Office at (049) 834-2715.♦

Date of Release: 19 November 2019

To enhance consciousness on sustainable consumption in the region’s academe, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A CALABARZON, in partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation, Department of Education, and Provincial Government of Cavite, conducted its annual Regional Tanghalang Pangmamimili on 07 November 2019 at the Cavite Provincial Gymnasium, Trece Martires City, Cavite.

Tanghalang Pangmamimili is a role-playing competition being participated by high school level students, both public and private, who will act out scenarios around a theme. The criteria for judging are relevance to the theme, coherence/comprehensive script, originality/creativity, audience engagement, and adherence to the rules.

This year’s competition is anchored on the theme, "Sustainable Consumption: Understanding the Impact of Consumers’ Choices in a Shared Environment." It is inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals— a blueprint for a more prosperous and resilient world set by the United Nations as global goals for the period of 2015-2030.

The Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas Senior High School was declared Champion and received special awards such as Best Performer and Best Director. Felix Amante Senior High School (Laguna) got the 1st Runner-up Award, Congressional Integrated National High School (Cavite) as 2nd Runner-up, Regional Lead School for the Arts in Angono (Rizal) as 3rd Runner-up, and Maryhill College (Quezon) as 4th Runner-up.

“It is our commitment to conduct and advance the advocacy on sustainable consumption in the CALABARZON region. Through the Tanghalang Pangmamimili, we intend to help students understand the impact of their consumption in an engaging and creative way,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.♦


Date of Release: 12 November 2019



The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), inaugurated the UPLB Start-up Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkages (SIBOL) Fabrication Laboratory on October 23, 2019 at the IABE Building, CEAT Building, UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna.

As Shared Service Facilities (SSF), the UPLB Fab Lab caters to stakeholders that require rapid prototyping services, small-volume manufacturing, and computer modeling. This project is envisioned to enable the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to increase their productivity, accelerate their competitiveness by giving them efficient technologies and sophisticated equipment, and address the gap and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters.

“We are very happy with this state-of-the-art facility in Laguna as we want to have an innovation ecosystem in the Region to support robust technology-driven and globally-competitive MSMEs,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

This innovative Research and Development Facility is established for design thinking, learning, and digital-enabled production workflows, with the aim to be an industry magnet for potential R & D collaboration and technology exchanges and training sessions for MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

“Equipped with the latest fabrication tools, the UPLB SIBOL Fab Lab will help business start-ups, stimulate MSME productivity and innovation, and provide space for business owners and academics to interreact, giving birth to new ideas and perspectives for generating solutions,” said UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.

Sanchez is confident that the Fab Lab will be a testament to the University’s dedication in providing linkages among the academe, industry, and government and in supporting entrepreneurs by giving them better access to technology and research, helping them develop ideas and concepts.

“It is our hope that the SIBOL Fab Lab will be a springboard for entrepreneurship and revolutionize and uplift the lives of the Filipinos in the name of public service,” added Sanchez.

During his Message, DTI Management Services Group (MSG) Undersecretary Ireneo V. Vizmonte said that the DTI has regional inclusive innovation centers like the SIBOL Fab Lab to build a local start-up ecosystem in the CALABARZON.

The equipment awarded by the DTI to UPLB are 3D printer, CNC router, 3D scanner, laser cutter, milling machine, and printer and cutter, amounting to Php 14.3 million. Other services that the Fab Lab offer are research and training programs.

Prior to the launching of the SIBOL Fab Lab, DTI also successfully established the Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art (IDEA) Fab Lab at the Antipolo Institute of Technology in Antipolo City, Rizal on November 27, 2018 and the Learning, Innovation, Knowledge-Honing, and Art (LIKHA) Fab Lab at the Batangas State University in Batangas City, Batangas on December 27, 2018. Presently, the CALABARZON Region has three major fab labs, which are open to MSMEs, aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, students, researchers, among others.♦

 Date of Release: 28 October 2019




The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A commends the competitive cities, municipalities, and provinces in the CALABARZON region, bagging 25 out of 75 or one-third of the awards in the recently concluded 7th Regional Competitiveness Summit on October 24, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

For this year, 1,518 local government units participated in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI)—an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

“Eighty-four (84) LGUs in CALABARZON have shown improvement in their competitive ranking this 2019 compared to the previous year. We are happy that more LGUs are realizing the significance of the CMCI program,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

The ranking was based on the four convergent pillars: 1) Economic Dynamism is usually associated with activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment; 2) Government Efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and government support for effective and sustainable productive expansion; 3) Infrastructure refers to the physical building blocks that connect, expand, and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services; and 4) Resiliency is the capacity of a locality to facilitate businesses and industries to create jobs, raise productivity, and increase the incomes of citizens over time despite of the shocks and stresses it encounters.

The Province of Rizal remains undefeated for the Most Competitive Province in the country for four consecutive years. The CALABARZON Region dominated this category as Laguna and Cavite ranked second and third, respectively.

In the component cities, Antipolo, Rizal topped the Overall Competitiveness ranking, Calamba, Laguna as second, and Sta. Rosa, Laguna as third. General Trias, Cavite was declared as Top 1 in Economic Dynamism, followed by Calamba, Laguna as Top 2 and Batangas City, Batangas as Top 3. In terms of Government Efficiency, Antipolo, Rizal achieved the top spot and Sta. Rosa, Laguna ranked third. In Resilience, Antipolo, Rizal was ranked first again and then ranked second in terms of Infrastructure.

For the 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Cainta, Rizal topped the Overall Competitiveness ranking followed by Taytay, Rizal as second. Cainta, Rizal was also ranked third in Economic Dynamism. In terms of Government Efficiency, Cainta, Rizal got the first place, Taytay, Rizal on the second, and Silang, Cavite on the third. In Infrastructure, Cainta, Rizal was second and Taytay, Rizal was third. In Resilience, Binangonan, Rizal got the second place and San Mateo, Rizal for the third place.

For the 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, Taal, Batangas ranked second in terms of Government Efficiency and Pagsanjan, Laguna was also second in terms of Resilience.♦

Date of Release: 6 November 2019



The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the Regional MSME Development Council, Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED), Negosyo Center (NC) Project Management Unit, Office of the Governor- Province of Laguna, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-South Luzon, PCCI Laguna, and SB Corporation, will conduct the 5th Regional MSME Development Council (RMSMEDC) Conference to launch the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP): Harnessing Our Own Resources for the Advancement of Youth (YEP-HOORAY) and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 2019-2023 signing between the DTI 4-A and PCCI South Luzon for the Shifting from Government-Led to Private Sector-Led Advocacy on Ethical Business Practices on 26 September 2019 at the Cultural Center of Laguna in Sta. Cruz.

The YEP is a nationwide program to help young Filipinos develop their entrepreneurial skills by offering them a comprehensive package of interventions. It supports the government’s growth agenda of doubling the number of entrepreneurs in the country by 2022, which will in turn, broaden the gains of economic development, address inequality, and uplift the quality of life of Filipinos, particularly the youth.

Taking off from the YEP launching held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on 27 June 2019, the DTI 4-A is looking into inviting 350 participants, majority of which are aspiring and existing entrepreneurs aged 18-30, those who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET), in school youth, youth organizations, and youth with disabilities from all over the region, along with the members of the Regional and Provincial MSME Development Councils, Industry Cluster Leaders, Development Agency-Partners, Banks and Financing Institutions, the academe, NGOs, and NGAs.

“The CALABARZON MSME Development Council is engaging stakeholders and support sectors to highlight YEP to promote youth entrepreneurship development in the country. The program aims to serve as an avenue to inspire and capacitate young people to become smarter and competitive entrepreneurs,” said DTI Region 4-A Director and Regional MSME Development Council President Marilou Q. Toledo.

Moreover, the MOU 2019-2023 on the partnership of the DTI 4-A with the PCCI is set to transpire to take effect the change from government-led to stakeholder-led advocacy and to conduct consumer advocacy activities, especially in promoting ethical business practice consistent with the pertinent provisions of RA7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.♦

Date of Release: 18 September 2019


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