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Enforcement teams deployed in the different provinces here checks on the markings on steel bars in randomly selected hardware stores in the region.

Of the 41 establishments randomly monitored by enforcement teams deployed in the provinces here, 18 hardware stores were found selling uncertified/ substandard steel bars following the synchronized conduct of monitoring and enforcement in the country yesterday.

In Iloilo Province, four establishments were caught selling uncertified/ substandard steel bars out of the 17 establishments monitored; Aklan Province has three out of the five stores checked; Antique Province with three out of the seven stores monitored; Negros Occidental Province with five out of the six monitored; Guimaras Province with two out of the three establishments checked; and, Capiz Province with one violator out of the three hardware stores monitored.

These establishments have 48 hours to explain at DTI Provincial Offices why formal charges should not be filed against them. Sanctions for violating the Products Standards Law include imposition of administrative fine and confiscation of non-conforming products for disposition in accordance with DTI and Commission on Audit rules and regulations.

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon earlier said that business establishment owners, especially those selling mandatory products, have been invited and/or have undergone orientations on products standards “but there are still those who violate."
 
Rascon calls on business establishments to comply with the Product Standards Law. She also encouraged the public to report unscrupulous business establishments.

“We are serious in implementing the laws. Let us not deny the consumers the quality of the product that they buy,” she said. “While businessmen aim for profit, they should be held liable for violations that cause the loss of life and property,” she added.♦

Date of release: 8 July 2019

In line with DTI’s mandate of ensuring that consumers are provided with safe and quality products, the DTI-6 joins nationwide monitoring and enforcement especially on product standards on 5 July 2019.

The DTI-6 has a total of 13 teams simultaneously deployed in Iloilo (4), Aklan (2), Antique (2), Capiz (2), Guimaras (1) and Negros Occidental (2) for this enforcement activity.

The Philippine National Standards (PNS) requires that all deformed steel bars shall have a clearly embossed manufacturer’s logo as well as the bar size in line with PNS requirements. Sizes vary in diameter from 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm, 36mm, 40mm and 50mm.

On the other hand, rerolled steel bars vary from 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm in diameter sizes.

Steel bars are mainly used as concrete reinforcement in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures. Using certified standard steel bars ensures the safety of building and home occupants.

The establishments issued with NoV have 48 hours to explain at DTI Provincial Offices why formal charges should not be filed against them. Sanctions for violating the Products Standards Law include imposition of administrative fine and confiscation of non-conforming products for disposition in accordance with DTI and Commission on Audit rules and regulations.♦

Date of release: 8 July 2019

The DTI Aklan Provincial Office launched the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Brangay (NSB) last June 13 and 14, 2019 in the barangays of Gibon, Toledo and Laserna of Nabas, Aklan. Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay in Gibon, Nabas was the first official NSB launching in Aklan.

The launching, in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office, was attended by local officials, potential and existing entrepreneurs, and other community members.

A total of 355 participants were encouraged to do business. Aside from Information Advocacy Campaign, topic also includes Entrepreneurship cum Business Opportunities and Financial Literacy.

The Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay is an initiative of the DTI through its Negosyo Centers which aims to, 1) Increase awareness about the services offered by the DTI through its Negosyo Centers; 2) to identify MSMEs with business operations within barangays; and 3) to conduct business development assistance and other services.

These NSBs will be conducted in the 38 municipalities in Aklan belonging to the 4th to 5th income class, targeting a total of 3,800 existing and would be entrepreneurs.

Through the NSB Initiative, DTI Negosyo Center brings the services and assistance of DTI closer to the grassroots level of the communities.♦

Date of release: 19 June 2019

The DTI together with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) launched the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW), and the Money and Market Encounter (MME) on Friday, June 21, in Iloilo City.

The MME opened the registration of participants from 8AM at the MO2 Westown Hotel in Smallville Complex, while at the same time the MMOW opened around 10AM at the North Point Event Center in SM City Iloilo.

The MMOW is a FREE one-on-one nationwide mentorship session with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This mentorship event focuses on two topics with regards to business mentorship: entrepreneurial mind-setting, and marketing.

PCE-accredited mentors listened and coached participants in various business industries like food, manufacturing, healthcare, service, agriculture, creative, information and technology, retail, and education, among others.

Each mentee was given 30 minutes during the mentorship session.

The MME, on the other hand, provided opportunity to at least 150 mentee-graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program from Region VI to link with other financial institutions and market opportunities.

Module on markets was discussed with partner institutions who are into digital platforms, the brick and mortar and the cashless payment applications. Money module followed through as banking and other financial institutions present their latest offering for MSMEs.

Mentee graduates freely interacted and sought assistance through business matching that could provide them with additional capital or resources and potential markets – online and offline.♦

Date of release: 24 June 2019

The Department Trade and Industry (DTI) and Go Negosyo will bring the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) and Money and Market Encounter in this city on June 21, 2019 at North Point Event Center, SM City Iloilo in Diversion Road, Mandurriao District.

The MMOW is a FREE one-on-one nationwide mentorship session with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This mentorship event focuses on two topics with regards to business mentorship: entrepreneurial mind-setting, and marketing.

Entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation is the introduction to entrepreneurship or the addition to knowledge thereof. This module primarily focuses on establishing the foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur who maximizes resources effectively, capacitates his team objectively, honors obligations and agreements religiously, and most importantly, manages and operates the enterprise sustainably. This highlights the importance of taking risks in a business venture and/or the scaling up of an established enterprise.

Going beyond the basics of knowing the target consumers and locale of operation, the module on marketing mindset bears crash courses on marketing strategy, establishment of value proposition, and brand sustenance in a highly competitive and dynamic industry while anchored on the company’s objectives, capacity of production, and quality of output.

Each mentee will be given 30 minutes to undergo a mentorship session.

A total of 50 Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-accredited mentors will simultaneously listen and coach participants in various business industries like food, manufacturing, healthcare, service, agriculture, creative, information and technology, retail, and education, among others.

Interested participants may register at : http://bit.ly/MMOWiloilo

Moreover, there will be a simultaneous Money and Market Encounter in one of the hotels in the metropolis to 200 mentee-graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program from Region VI.

Module on markets will be discussed with partner institutions who are into digital platforms, the brick and mortar and the cashless payment applications. Money module will follow through as banking and other financial institutions present their organization’s latest offering for MSMEs.

Business matching will be done in the latter part of the program where mentee graduates can freely interact and potentially get partners to support by providing additional capital and potential markets – online and offline.♦

Date of release: 11 June 2019

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