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The The Department of Trade Industry (DTI) Region 10 is conducting a series of Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravans to provide affordable school supplies and other basic and prime commodities at more reasonable prices to the public. The mobile market is an initiative of the DTI-10 provincial offices in partnership with
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 officially launched the first youth sector batch of the Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Online Program with 57 enrolled young entrepreneurs. KMME is an initiative of DTI and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) that optimizes weekly face-to-face interactions between the mentors
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Grace Anobling worked in a local photo studio in Iligan City for ten years. While still employed, she started a personal microlending business as her second job. “Kay ug sweldo lang ang saligan dili mapasaigo jud (If I only relied on my salary, it will not be enough).” Grace said.
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Lanao del Norte emphasizes the priority for safe and quality produce by providing capability building trainings and seminars to develop and equip the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) with the right mindset and knowledge to help them become more effective
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Support local pride! Drop by the “GARBO — a product festival by OTOP Hub Iligan Trade Show” in The Atrium, Ground Floor of Gaisano Citi Supermall in Iligan City. At least 15 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Iligan City and Lanao del Norte showcase a variety of more
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Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony of the 3.4 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Barangay Kaatuan, Lantapan, Bukidnon last 17 June 2022. RAPID Growth Project is a value chain based development
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Fifty-nine (59) micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) officially graduated last 9 June 2022 from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10’s first multi-sectoral batch of its Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) program. The program is an initiative of DTI and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). It
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Eight entrepreneurs from five local businesses in Northern Mindanao, and who are being assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10, join the 29th International Processing and Packaging Exhibition for Asia (ProPak Asia) on 15 - 18 June 2022 in Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Thailand.
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Eljean Dagohoy started cultivating for a better future at the tender age of seven. At that very young age, she had already began assisting her family in farming, especially in growing coffee. By 12 years old, she started farming on her own in Pigtauranan, Pangantucan, Bukidnon. Eljean is one of
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Make your weekend sweeter with locally produced cacao and chocolates from Northern Mindanao at  the Cacao Mindanao Chocolate Fair in SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM CDO Downtown Premier on 27 - 29 May 2022. The three-day event will promote the local cacao processors in Mindanao and showcase all
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Eight food MSMEs in Northern Mindanao are set to further promote their products in the 2022 Hybrid National Food Fair: Philippine Cuisine and Ingredients Show in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City from 1 - 5 June 2022. Bencal’s Food Products, Paula’s Bukidnon Delights, Best Friend Goodies, Seabeth Food Processing, Jasmine Alexandra
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the latest suggested retail price (SRP) list for basic goods and prime commodities as of 11 May 2022. The price adjustments were due to increasing prices of raw and packaging materials. The price increases of basic necessities are for selected canned sardines,
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 and Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a virtual ceremony to formalize its collaboration. RAPID Growth Project is a value chain based development program which seeks to establish strategic partnership among key players of
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 joins other government agencies in bringing its services closer to the residents of Cagayan de Oro City during the Duterte Legacy: Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery held on 27 April 2022 at Camp Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. DTI-10 provided information materials to
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Twenty local designers in Region 10 is partnering with 20 micro, small, and medium  enterprises (MSMEs) in a two-month capacity building activity launched on April 28, 2022 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10. DTI-10’s Design Upgrade Program is a training program which intends to capacitate local designers in
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Check out the best of local products from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City that are perfect for your home and living space settings at the MSME Opportunity, Network, Exhibit (ONE) Expo 2022 in Ayala Centrio Mall Event Center from 5 - 7 May 2022. With the theme, “Bridging
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10, in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Black Iron-Galvanized Iron (BI-GI) Pipes and Tubes Manufacturers, Inc., Phelps Dodge Philippines, Ceramic Tiles Manufacturing Association, and Philippine Steelmakers Association,  conducted an Information Campaign on Philippine National Standards (PNS) for BI-Gi Pipes, Steel Bars, Electric
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental turned over P686,400.00 worth of calamansi processing equipment and facility to Mindulao Farmers Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (MINFARCCO) in Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental under the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program. MINFARCO currently has 124 active members. Forty-five of the members are calamansi farmers
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Six local farmers in Bukidnon have been recognized for their award-winning coffee products during the 2022 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC) in Waterfront Insular Garden Pavilion, Davao City last 18 March 2022. Arnlod Pina bagged the third place for the Arabica coffee entry. Other local coffee growers who landed other
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 joined the Regional Innovation Program and Exhibit in SM City Cagayan de Oro last April 21-22, 2022. With the theme “Filipinnovation: Unlocked”, the event was organized in celebration of National Innovation Day held on April 21 of every year as declared under
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 and in collaboration with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) launched the 2022 Food Connect Training Program on 19 April 2022. A total of 28 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) under the coffee, processed fruits and nuts, high valued coconut products,
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 recognizes local government units (LGUs) in Northern Mindanao that have been awarded in the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) during the virtual 9th Regional Competitiveness Awarding Ceremony last 22 March 2022. The Province of Camiguin retained its spot as the
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental granted livelihood kits to 70 fire and flood victims residing in Barangay  Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City during the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP)–Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program Turnover Ceremony in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City last 18 March 2022.
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 officially launched the first batch of the Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Online Program for 2022 on 17 March 2022. Sixty-one entrepreneurs from various sectors (youth, online, women, tourism, etc.) of the region were pre-selected to join the free 10-module program.
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A Higaonon cooperator engaged in green livelihood in Claveria and Gingoog City has received P959,557.49 worth of equipment and facilities from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental for the upgrading of its Civoleg Citronella Processing Center on 17 March 2022. Mamacila, with 145 active members, was a
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 celebrates the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2022 with a series of free virtual activities. This year’s theme, “Fair Digital Finance,” aims to harness the opportunities offered by digital financial services and address consumer issues such as security and data privacy. As
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Business establishments that have limited operational capacities under Alert Level 3 will now be able to increase its operations as Region 10 is placed under Alert Level 2 starting 16 - 28 February 2022. Per Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 161-A Series of 2022 and issued on 14 February
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 sealed its partnership with Northern Bukidnon State College (NSBC) on 14 February 2022 with the virtual signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for NBSC’s research project on “Structural Analysis of the Cultural Creative Industry Involving IPs in Northern Mindanao, Philippines.”   The research
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin turned over on 3 February 2022, P989,800 worth of shared service facilities (SSF) to the Provincial Government of Camiguin at the Capitol Compound, Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin. SSF is a flagship project of DTI that aims at improving MSME productivity and efficiency through better
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In line with the Proclamation No. 1267 issued on 21 December 2021 declaring Northern Mindanao as one of the regions placed under state of calamity due to the devastation and damages caused by Typhoon Odette, prices of basic necessities are frozen at its prevailing prices for 60 days. Full copy
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Owners of existing and potential business establishments in Northern Mindanao may now renew or apply for business name registration online to avoid face-to-face transactions. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao encourages sole proprietors to register their business name online through the Business Name Registration System’s (BNRS) official website—www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph.
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Local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bukidnon generated P826,426.00 in sales during the Madagaya Trade Fair: Bukidnon's Bounty. The first-ever Madagaya Trade Fair held on 3 - 11 December 2021, in Robinsons Place Valencia was the first physical trade fair organized by the Department of Trade and Industry
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Local products proudly made by the Lanao Norte Processors Federation Inc. (LANPROF, INC.) are now available in the One Town One Product (OTOP) Hub in Gaisano Tubod! A program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), OTOP Philippines Hub or OTOP.PH is a retail store or space where products,
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released the list of suggested retail prices (SRP) of Noche Buena items to guide consumers in their Christmas shopping. The price guide includes products such as ham, keso de bola, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, pasta or spaghetti, elbow macaroni, salad macaroni, spaghetti
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Make your Christmas holiday season more meaningful with wonderful products manufactured by the local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of Bukidnon. Experience Bukidnon's rich heritage, colorful culture, and the abundance of its fertile lands by visiting the first ever Madagaya Trade Fair: Bukidnon's Bounty on 3 - 11 December
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10’s very own virtual trade fair is back just in time for Christmas! Kahimunan Virtual Trade Fair 2021 officially opened on 1 December 2021 and will run until 5 December 2021. Local and innovative products from the five provinces of Northern Mindanao—Bukidnon, Camiguin,
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With less than six weeks to go before Christmas, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 reminds consumers to buy Christmas lights certified by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) to ensure a bright and festive yet safe Christmas celebration. The public is urged to look for the Philippine
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental has started its Fair Trade Law (FTL) Monitoring and Enforcement: Operation Christmas Lights in Cagayan de Oro City last 5 November 2021. The enforcement team of the DTI provincial office checked for the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC)
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao awarded “Gold Bagwis” seals to eleven branches of Chams Convenience Store in Cagayan de Oro City. The eleven Chams branches with upgraded Gold Bagwis seals were in Macasandig, Patag, Kauswagan, Corpus Christi, Nazareth, Camp Evangelista, Puntod, Regatta, City Hall, Elipe, and Barra.
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental brings local products closer to the market with the launching of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippinnes Hub pop-up store in Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. OTOP Philippines Hub or OTOP.PH is a retail store or space where products,
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Nine consumers from Bukidnon bested around 60 official participants across the region and secured their places in the top 13 winners during the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10’s Online Consumer Quiz 2021 (for ages 19 years old and above). Jesther Marlou Orong from Valencia, Bukidnon bagged the
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao celebrates the Consumer Welfare Month this October 2021 with a series of activities intended to strengthen consumer rights and responsibilities. This year’s theme, “Digital Consumers: The New Normal,” is a pledge of DTI to continue in protecting today’s digital consumers through its
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Barbershops, salons and food establishments in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental can now cater to more customers as their allowable on-site operational capacities are increased. The ease of limitations comes after Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental were placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Lanao del Norte celebrates Iligan City’s Diyandi Festival with an Online Fiesta Diskwento Caravan from 27 September to 4 October 2021. Products from ready to wear (RTW), coffee, school supplies, grocery items, LPG, and even computer accessories are available at discounted prices from 20
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released a new suggested retail price (SRP) list for basic goods and prime commodities.   Among the goods with adjustment in prices effective immediately are canned sardines, which increased by P0.50 to P0.75, and locally manufactured noodles, which increased by P0.25 to P0.40.
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The Department of Health-Region 2 (DOH-R2) continues to intensify their Resbakuna program to eligible populations in the region. Last 8 July 2021, the frontliners of Department of Trade and Industry - Region 2 (DTI-R2) were among those who received their first dose of vaccine. With this government support, DTI-R2 will
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Strong partnerships among government, business sector, academe, youth, interfaith, civil society, and project partnerships with international community are expected in Metro Cagayan de Oro with the successful hosting of the first Northern Mindanao Business Conference. The virtual conference featured insights from guest speakers on the state of businesses in Metro
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Department of Trade and Industry-Northern Mindanao (DTI-NorMin) has awarded Safety Seals to 58 business establishments under its issuing authority in the region. The Safety Seal is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or
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A mobile market in the Garden of Love, Municipal Hall in Tudela, Misamis Occidental extends its love to 228 household beneficiaries. Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Occidental, the Diskwento Caravan mobile market is one of DTI’s programs that aims to provide reasonably-priced quality products to
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Food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries can also open at 100% operational capacity but its services are limited to delivery and takeout only. Outdoor or indoor dine-in services are not allowed. But if the establishment has a Safety Seal, they may operate an additional 10% capacity
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Public markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and even water-refilling stations can continue to operate at full capacity in Cagayan de Oro City and Gingoog City, despite both cities being placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until the end of July 2021, following the recently released Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)
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A mobile market organized by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon generated P69,637.80 in sales and benefited 471 consumers in Bukidnon. The one-day “Diskwento Caravan: Alay para sa mga Konsyumers na Nagpabakuna” offered affordable basic goods and other low-cost products from 15 participating retailers and manufacturers in the province
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Forty-seven (47) mentees from Northern Mindanao join the recently launched Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10. The mentees, who are also entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, form the second batch of the program for the year. In partnership with
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon brings “Diskwento Caravan” in Valencia City, Bukidnon with special discounts for vaccinated customers on 8 July 2021. "Diskwento Caravan: Alay para sa mga Konsyumers na Nagpabakuna” will offer affordable basic goods and other low-cost products from partner retailers and manufacturers to the
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This is a story of an entrepreneur who was not able to finish his studies but who sold out ube cakes and found success. Julieto “Oyos” Lumbatan Mendoza is experiencing a steady increase in sales and expansion of branches for his cakeshop, Purple Yam Home Made Cakes & Pastries, even
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao joins the Regional Nutrition Council in the fight against malnutrition in celebration of the 2021 Nutrition Month. This year’s theme highlights the significance of continued efforts to address malnutrition. With the ongoing pandemic, the nutrition of each individual is being affected with
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The Department of Trade and Industry- Region 1 (DTI R1), through its provincial office in Ilocos Norte, issued the 1st Safety Seal Certificates to two business establishments in the region on 23 June 2021. Ilocos Norte Provincial Director Rosario Q. Quodala together with Mr. Dominador B. Alberto, Officer in Charge
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MANILA—The Second Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Economic Officials for the Fifty-Second ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 2/52) and Dialogue Partner Consultations with Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America (USA) were held via video conference on 8-10 June 2021
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG), through its Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB), begins the pilot run of the Philippine Online Dispute Resolution System (PODRS) to start up the country’s improved online system to receive and resolve consumer complaints. The DTI-CPG enforces laws to protect, educate
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Two Bukidnon business establishments give more assurance to customers of a safe shopping experience after being granted a Safety Seal from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon. Robinsons Supermarket Lavina in Valencia City, Bukidnon is the first supermarket in Northern Mindanao to receive a Safety Seal. A day
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SAN PEDRO CITY, LAGUNA – The Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) through its Negosyo Center San Pedro City, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Mayor of San Pedro City, Laguna, conducted a webinar on Financing Programs for MSMEs during Pandemic Times via Zoom
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Barbershops and salons and dining establishments in Cagayan de Oro City will see a decrease in their operational capacity from 1-15 June 2021. The changes in the operational capacity of some business establishments are in line with the recently released Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 118-A placing Cagayan de
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SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Laguna Provincial Office, in partnership with the City Government of Santa Rosa, in its effort to ensure compliance to the minimum health and safety protocols, conducted monitoring activities in four malls in Santa Rosa City, Laguna on 28
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The convening of the second Philippines – Australia Trade, Investment, and Industry Dialogue (PATIID) on 20 April 2021 marked the reactivation of the economic bilateral cooperation mechanism after a six-year hiatus. The Dialogue was also held as part of a series of events to commemorate the 75th
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With the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program transitioned to a digitalized room since 2020. The program, KMME-Money and Market Encounter (KMME-MME) online program aims to guide entrepreneurs in pandemic-proofing their businesses while providing valuable mentorship modules and exposure from the business world specifically
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Tackling this pandemic is never an easy feat. With almost the entire country placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) + bubble later in March, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 Consumer Protection Team had its efforts doubled to serve the public amidst the growing number of
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Ninety (90) local businesses across Northern Mindanao committed to better their businesses and to stay resilient in the midst of the pandemic as they undergo a three-month online mentorship program from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10. DTI-Northern Mindanao launched the first batch of its Kapatid Mentor
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BUTUAN CITY – In line with the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) CARAGA recognized five successful women entrepreneurs in the region for 2021. The honorees of the recognition are Katrina Mae Cortez of Agusan del Norte, Junalyn Gijan of Agusan
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued on 28 February 2021 Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 21-08, s. 2021 prescribing the recategorization of certain business activities from Category IV to Category III, which gradually reopens the operations of driving schools, traditional cinemas, museums, and tourist attractions, among others, under the
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The impending implementation of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act and the sectors led by construction and infrastructure will have the biggest impact on the road to economic recovery for the Philippines this year. This was bared by the Board of Investments (BOI) during the online PRIME Radar:
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Quezon Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program successfully accomplished its 2021 1st Quarter Meeting via Zoom on 15 February 2021. This was participated by 21 SSF Cooperators with Operational, Partially Operational, and Non-Operational SSF Projects under the different Industry Clusters in Quezon Province. Provincial
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In preparation for the proposed transition of Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Ruth Castelo and DTI Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) Director Ronnel Abrenica led a special price and supply monitoring
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SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA – The Negosyo Center City of Santa Rosa participates in Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) that seeks to speed up the processing of permits of individuals or companies operating businesses within the city. Doing the ease of establishing a business was made possible through the merging of various business
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MANILA – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez called on the 52 graduates comprising of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the trade agency’s 3A (Accept, Adapt, and Act) Program to scale up as the country gradually reopens the economy in the wake of the COVID-19
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Cost-efficient, resilient talent pool and strategic policy reforms provide investment opportunities for Japan and neighboring markets The Philippine government, through its lead investments promotion arm--the Board of Investments (BOI), in partnership with the Japan Hygiene Products Industry Association (JHPIA) organized an online briefing with JHPIA members to promote investment opportunities
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SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA— To engage the youth in entrepreneurship and help them cope up with the problem of massive economic recession, the Provincial Government of Laguna - Youth Development Affairs Office (YDA), in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Special Livelihood Office (SLO), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and
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VICTORIA, LAGUNA - The Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) conducts orientation-screening of Laguna homegrown micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the Department’s One Town, One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) Program for 2021. Background, rationale, criteria, and requirements for the OTOP Next Gen
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VICTORIA, LAGUNA - The Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) continues to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) enrolled in the Department’s One Town, One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) Program. On 4 February 2021, DTI-Laguna facilitated a one-on-one, face-to-face consultancy session with Laguna
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CEBU CITY – Two hopeful entrepreneurs receive P6,000 worth of livelihood starter kits from DTI-Cebu after graduating from the 3A BOOTCAMP: Accept, Adapt and Act program by the Department of Trade and Industry-Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC) in partnership with the Angelpreneurs and LEADMORE.  Chancel Dorothy Francisco graduated BS Pharmacy a week
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BUTUAN CITY - To serve the growing number of returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to Caraga due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office here, through the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program, is set to provide business facilities amounting to a total of P6.6M.
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As the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 4A partners with Shopee Philippines to conduct the KALAKAL CALABARZON 2021 Virtual Trade Fair on 19-21 February 2021 to help MSMEs in promoting their products nationwide and
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- MIMAROPA Region reported over 14,000 new and existing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) assisted through its Negosyo Centers. For 2020 alone, consolidated figures reveal that 25,952 clients have been assisted by the Negosyo Centers, where 14,856 are MSMEs. Aside from the MSMEs,
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MANILA—Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez emphasized the need for the provisional safeguard measures on automotives following the news of the closure of operations of Nissan Philippines. Nissan informed on 20 January 2021 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that Nissan will cease assembling its Almera model in the country in
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DAVAO CITY – Amid the global pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region successfully delivered its 2020 targets and intensified its assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them cope up in these trying times. The agency’s planning unit revealed that it assisted
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The Board of Investments (BOI) and its partner industry stakeholders recently (14 December 2020) launched the Cold Chain Industry Roadmap, expecting to flourish as it plays a critical role in maintaining the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. The Cold Chain Industry Roadmap lays down the blueprint for industry
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) MIMAROPA joins the different local government units (LGUs) and government agencies in streamlining the processes of establishing a business, made possible through the convergence of various business development services in one place.  Despite the new normal set-up entering 2021, January is still considered
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DAVAO CITY - The regional and provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) across region 11 have strengthened their monitoring of dine-in restaurants, barbershops and salons, retailers, and other establishments allowed to operate during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). This is
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) adjusted its medium-term export projections from the original build-up to USD 130B target by 2022 set in the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 to USD 103.9B.  “Given that the COVID-19 disrupted several business models, it will be difficult to go achieve our
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MAKATI, Philippines – As the country’s enterprises recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for building the resilience of the country’s industries by making Philippine manufacturing smarter. This was the theme of the recently concluded virtual Manufacturing Summit 2020,
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have recently allowed more Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Qualifications trainings and assessments to be conducted in areas placed under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), following the issuance of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-06
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MANILA—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the latest employment rate at 91.3% as recorded by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) indicates that the country is on the right track towards economic recovery.  The PSA’s Labor Force Survey (LFS) indicated that the employment rate in October 2020
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental Provincial Office grants convenience store negosyo starter kits to 19 fire victims of Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro last 13 November 2020.  The convenience store negosyo starter kit is expected to jumpstart a means of livelihood for the victims of the two separate
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Department of Trade and Industry - Misamis Occidental (DTI-MisOcc) turns over livelihood packages under the Pangkabuhayan para sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program held at Don Victoriano Municipal Gymnasium.  The livelihood kits were given to 80 ELCAC beneficiaries in Don Victoriano covered under the government’s ELECAC initiative.  During the turn over of livelihood
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently turned-over materials to complete its negosyo kits to 41 boat operators in Moalboal, Cebu under the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program.  The boat operators are members of the Boat Owners of Moalboal Island Hopping Association (BOMIHA) Inc. and are beneficiaries of
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Thirty-one people’s organizations with 320 members from Impasugong and Malaybalay City in Bukidnon received rice trading starter kits worth more than P300,000 from the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).   DTI-PPG is a livelihood seeding and entrepreneurship development program that aims
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Leyte Provincial Office grants livelihood kits to 82 former rebels (FRs) and 17 COVID-19 affected micro entrepreneurs of Calubian, Leyte during the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP) – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program Distribution of Livelihood Kits last
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The Philippines remains a competitive investment location as foreign investors continue to “Make It Happen In The Philippines” and even consider the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to further grow their businesses as more and more companies continue to choose the country for their business expansions.    Arkray
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With the endorsement of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Board of Investments (BOI) recently approved the P4.1B Westin Sonata Palace Hotel project of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) in Mandaluyong City.  The Westin Manila Sonata Palace Hotel is RLC’s first Marriott International Hotel brand, which is internationally renowned for top-notch
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A trio of big companies has reaffirmed their confidence to further grow their businesses in the Philippines saying the country has what it takes to thrive even amidst the global challenges and uncertainties, including the coronavirus pandemic. This was bared by Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Medtecs International, and Texas Instruments in
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MANILA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines, inaugurated the Enhanced Manufacturing of Protective Wear and Equipment for COVID-19 Response in the Philippines (or EMPOWER PH) project, a collaborative online platform that will connect various stakeholders and manufacturers
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The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 24 November 2020 signed the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) for setting the price range for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Reaction (RT-PCR) Testing for COVID-19. The JAO is pursuant to Executive Order No. 118 of President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte ordering
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DAVAO CITY – While the pandemic may have halted several activities and events, the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) is still pursuing its annual initiative this Christmas season.  With the goal to continuously help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the MTEFI will hold its first-ever virtual trade fair since
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True to its vision of propelling entrepreneurship development undeterred by the setbacks caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with the Go Negosyo, has successfully conducted the first-ever digital Kapatid Mentor Micro-Enterprise (KMME) program, benefitting over 80 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
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The Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) welcomed calls to initiate a public hearing on Senate allegations that it maintains idle funds in behalf of various government agencies in order to circumvent auditing and budgetary obligations.  In a statement, PITC President and CEO Dave M. Almarinez said there was no basis
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The Board of Investments (BOI) recently approved the registration of SureStay Plus Hotel’s P45M COVID-19 proofed new investment project.  SureStay Plus Hotel is one of the globally-recognized and fastest-growing Best Western® Hotels and Resorts brands. The hotel project is strategically located at the heart of Cebu City, known as the ‘Creative
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MANILA—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said that the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) is set to process an additional 15,000 loan applications before the year ends to aid the recovery of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the resulting lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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MANDALUYONG CITY—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez emphasized the importance of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in revitalizing the economy amid the pandemic during the launch of the SM Christmas Market at SM Megamall on 17 November 2020.   “The importance of our MSMEs cannot be
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MANILA – Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, together with the Economic Ministers of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the implementation of Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) on Essential Goods under the Ha Noi Plan of Action on Strengthening
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GENEVA/MANILA – Filipino firms that invest in research and development have been less affected by COVID-19, finds a new International Trade Centre report. Those easily able to make new products and services are better placed to quickly adapt to new market conditions. This indicates that to help SMEs weather crises,
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SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION - Amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic COVID-19, the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the Ilocos Region continue to rise against the odds and joined the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1’s Rimat ti Amianan Virtual Trade Expo 2020.
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Philippine Startup Week to showcase Filipino entrepreneurial spirit during COVID-19 MANILA — Philippine Startup Week, one of the country’s largest startup conferences, is back for a second run in a joint collaboration of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology
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The “Make it Happen in the Philippines”, the new international investments promotion campaign of the Philippines, soft-launches in the Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Region yesterday (28 October 2020), highlighting the lucrative business and investment opportunities in the country and its resilience as the country continues to bounce back from the global
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The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) launched its second digital platform for its contractor’s licensing services this year.  PCAB, in collaboration with USAID DELIVER Project, first launched the Online Renewal Portal through the pcabgovph.com website in June 2020. Since its launch, more than 7,500 renewal licenses issued were processed through
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As the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP) positioned its sector in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to be the preferred offshore destination for healthcare information management across the globe, industry players are expected to gather and discuss the direction of the industry amidst the COVID-19 health
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DIGOS CITY - In accordance with the Province of Davao del Sur – Office of the Governor Executive Order No. 43, Series of 2020, Department of Trade and Industry Davao del Sur (DTI-Davao Del Sur), being a member of the Implementation Committee under the aforementioned EO, takes an active role
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MAJAYJAY, LAGUNA – With the fast paced changes we are experiencing right now and the gradual shift of business from being offline to going online, cashless payments play a vital role in this situation. Cashless payments are all payments made without the need of physical money. Whether it is through
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BAY, LAGUNA — Aiming to continue its programs and services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Negosyo Center Bay of the Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office conducted a webinar on basic computer skills via an online platform held last October 15, 2020. A total of 39 existing
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SAN PEDRO CITY, LAGUNA — The Negosyo Center San Pedro City of the Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) in partnership with City Livelihood of San Pedro City conducted a webinar on Marketing Amidst COVID-19 via Zoom Meeting and Facebook Live last 11 October 2020, 1:00
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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO – Department of Trade and Industry - Region 12 (DTI-12) through its Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office has conducted a webinar on Going Contactless: How to Setup a Cashless Transaction to 37 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the province on 23 October. With a common
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SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA – The Negosyo Center seeks to serve as a support system to nurture and facilitate the growth of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The business sector faced an unexpected and damaging COVID-19 Pandemic which halted their major operations. Business experts are working on a solution
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MANILA - The Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Joint Advisory No 20-01 on 22 October 2020, following the national government's policy shift from risk avoidance to risk management to further reopen safely the economy.  One of the main
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Regional Director Marilou Toledo of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Region 4A and Provincial Director Mercedes Parreño of DTI-Rizal together with Mayor Teodulo Campo of the Local Government of Cardona led the awarding of sari-sari store livelihood kits to select MSMEs in Talim Island last 9 October 2020
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VICTORIA, LAGUNA— In its effort to provide various services to the public and help consumers, entrepreneurs, and the community, the Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) through the Negosyo Center Victoria (NCV) conducted its 1st Weekly Seminar for month of October. This was held via an
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With the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Republic Act 11494 signed into law, a P10 billion fund has been allotted to the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) to expand its COVID-19 assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) Program. Also to be made available under this fund is the CARES for
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Celebrate the 41st grandest festival of one of the most competitive provinces of the Philippines online! Add to cart your favorite Camiguin pasalubong items or delicacies as 40 local MSMEs including food and non-food exhibitors and lanzones traders showcase the best of their products in the first-ever Ugmad Online 2020.
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A range of new financial measures and incentives are now available to manufacturers in the Philippines, thanks to new legislation recently signed into law.  The ‘Bayanihan 2 Act’ is aimed at helping the Philippines recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.   Under the Act, manufacturers will be able to
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Forty-three (43) micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the provinces of Quezon and Cavite graduated under the Online Kapatid Mentor Me-Money and Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 4A, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) - Go Negosyo, on
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How far are you willing to go to do what you love? For one fashion designer in Misamis Occidental, she did not stop with a dream alone; she actually made things happen. Meet Cielo Cervantes. Cielo’s love for fashion started when was still a little girl. Greatly influenced by the
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DAVAO CITY – The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged people to maximize the internet in buying their needs, which resulted in some online sales promotions that do not comply with the requirements under Republic Act 7394, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines. Based on the existing law on consumer protection,
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CABUYAO CITY — A business plan can be thought of as a roadmap to success, providing clarity and structure to all aspects of a business, from marketing, to financing, and product or service analysis. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Many enterprises go
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PAGSANJAN, LAGUNA — The Department of Trade and Industry - Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna), through its Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program, awarded livelihood packages to five (5) barangay-based business owners of Barangay Cabanbanan, Pagsanjan, Laguna, on 28 September 2020. The awarding ceremony was graced by DTI-Laguna Chief Trade
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CAVINTI, LAGUNA — The global pandemic Covid-19 had brought cessation not only to some human lives but also to businesses all around the world. Part of adjusting to the digital and new norms is to identify appropriate strategies to sustain one’s business. Business Sustainability, also known as Corporate Sustainability, is
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Several micro entrepreneurs were affected by this pandemic; this includes small sari-sari store owners, small-time pastry shops, and food vendors.  In mitigating the effects of this economic crisis, the Department of Trade and Industry pushed for a Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa
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In an effort to help micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) exporters, who are in need of emergency loans, recover from the economic impact brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) conducted a webinar on bank financing options last 24 September 2020.  The
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PANGIL, LAGUNA — The Department of Trade and Industry Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) held its 7th ‘Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa’ (PPG) awarding and livelihood kit distribution on September 23, 2020. The beneficiaries are 15 pandemic-affected business owners from Barangay Galalan, Pangil, Laguna. Each beneficiary received livelihood package amounting to
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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO – Department of Trade and Industry 12 (DTI-12) through its Sarangani Province Office conducted a virtual Assessment, Consultation and Triage (ACT) session to the 18 food micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the province last September 22.  The activity aims to assist the local food
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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO - In an effort to capacitate small businesses adjust to the new normal due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry 12 (DTI-12) through its Sarangani Provincial Office has provided a Business Continuity Plan Workshop to the officers and members of the Sapi Masla
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SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA – The Negosyo Center seeks to serve as a support system to nurture and facilitate the growth of the micro, small and medium enterprises. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has already hit small businesses hard. What’s worse is that some business experts are saying that this is only
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NASIPIT, AGUSAN DEL NORTE – Dili available ang gym (the gym isn’t available). These words would have stopped the launch of the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP-NSB) at Barangay Camagong here, but because of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga’s “serbisyong higit pa sa inaasahan,” the
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Curated contact tracing applications will take center stage in an online Pitch Party streaming on September 25, 2020 at 2:00 in the afternoon via Zoom and FB Live.  This online event is a joint endeavor of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department
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The Department of Trade Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), Export Development Council (EDC), and Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) held a series of virtual consultations to gather recommendations from exporters in the regions on the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 strategies amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Consultations were held
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The first batch of entrepreneurs who underwent the Kapatid Mentor ME! (KMME) Online Program will present their business improvement plans (BIP) reflecting the major challenges in finding the right strategies on the business to thrive under the new normal to a group of panelists via Zoom on Sept. 16 to
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Pakil, Laguna — With its aim to have a wider reach of business development assistance by bringing programs, activities, and services closer to the countryside, the Department of Trade and Industry - Laguna Provincial Office (DTI – Laguna) conducted a Capability Building Seminar for Barangay Officials and Barangay Development Council
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Paete, Laguna — The Department of Trade and Industry - Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) through its PangKabuhayan sa PagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program awarded sari-sari store packages to six (6) barangay-based business owners and potential entrepreneurs at Barangay Ilaya del Norte, Paete, Laguna, on September 10, 2020. Each beneficiary received
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The COVID-19 disease outbreak created global crises that brought deep impact to different aspects of the society. Posing enormous health, bringing economic, environmental, and societal challenges.   This may not always be the case, on the other hand, for the Pangi Sectoral Cooperative from Pangi, Gasan, Marinduque. For them, the
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MANILA, Philippines, September 11, 2020 – The Philippines concluded its Guest Country of Honor duties at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) 2020 held in Xiamen, China, where the delegation – led by Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, together with Philippine Cabinet Secretaries and top government officials –
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A virtual forum dubbed as “Understanding Smart Contact Tracing for Safer Communities and Faster Business Recovery” will be streaming on September 11, 2020 (Friday) at 2:00 in the afternoon Philippine Standard Time via Zoom and FB Live. This online event is a joint endeavor of the Department of Trade and
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DAVAO CITY - The regional and provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) across Davao Region have intensified their monitoring of dine-in restaurants, barbershop/salons, and other establishments that are allowed to operate during a specific quarantine category. This is to ensure that they have been complying with the prescribed guidelines, especially when operating under the new normal.   The
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The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) conducted its first awareness and education webinar via Zoom Conferencing on 22 July 2020 entitled Updates on BPS Policies and Issuances in response to COVID-19 and the New Normal. The webinar was held in two (2) sessions. The morning
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After the implementation of the DTI Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-44 Series of 2020 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo, together with the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) Director Ronnel O. Abrenica, conducts special inspection on additional business establishments allowed to re-open on
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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO—A skills training on Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) Production was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry 12 (DTI-12) through its Cotabato Satellite Office to capacitate the local sewers of Cotabato City.   Participants to the one-day skills training on August 27, 2020 are members of the
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MANILA—During the 52nd ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) meeting, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez stressed that the ASEAN's 2020 theme of "cohesive and responsive" is the formula on how the region can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.  "Let us continue to strengthen effective cross-pillar and cross-sectoral coordination given that the socio-economic impact of
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After the successful launching in the provinces of Cavite and Quezon, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship- Go Negosyo, kicked off its KAPATID Mentor ME (KMME) - Money and Market Encounter (MME) Program on August 20, 2020 via Zoom with
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More than 1.3 million sari-sari stores and market vendors, and an estimated 7 million informal and unregistered home-based microbusinesses stand to boost its additional income through digital transactions and sachet virtual banking services as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) rolled out their
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PASAY CITY 24 August 2020 -  Pursuant to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to ensure transparency and accountability in managing and allocating resources to the intended beneficiaries, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Office of
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The Philippine Board of Investment (BOI) has reaffirmed its commitment to keep goods and people flowing smoothly despite the pandemic, with the approval of the project that involves the production of new ‘Weigen’ motorcycle.  The three-wheeled vehicle, to be produced by Teraspan Inc, is perfectly designed to provide easy and
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The Philippines and the United Kingdom successfully convened the 2nd Philippines-United Kingdom Economic Dialogue on Wednesday, 19 August 2020. The dialogue was led by Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Dr. Ceferino S. Rodolfo, and UK Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Daniel Pruce. The dialogue serves as a
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To continue providing affordable basic goods to the public in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) started conducting another series of Diskwento Caravan in the National Capital Region (NCR).   The Diskwento Caravan (DC) is a DTI initiative in partnership with
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“This entire situation and experience reminds me of the great philosopher Socrates who once said that ‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new’ I must say this best describes how we are able to rise up
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PayMaya Philippines, Inc. is now an official partner in automating the transactions of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), particularly its pilot on online contractor’s license renewal portal (pcabgovph.com) that serves around 15,000 contractors all over the country.  The service of PayMaya is an additional digital payment option for contractors aside from the existing Land Bank LinkBiz Portal.   The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued on Friday, 14 August, the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-04 or the “DTI and DOLE Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19” in further efforts to minimize the transmission of the virus
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Los Baños, Laguna — The Department of Trade and Industry-Laguna Provincial office through its Negosyo Center Los Baños held an online training session for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) last August 4, 2020. This aimed to familiarize the participants with the current strategies to sustain business despite the pandemic.
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Following the pronouncement of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) where commuters on public transportation will be mandated to wear face shields aside from face masks effective August 15, 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo conducts spot-check monitoring activity on the prices and
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DAVAO—During the meeting of some Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) Cabinet officials with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, 10 August, in Davao City, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez presented the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s additional response in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.  “We
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Zamboanga City. OIC-DTI-Region 9 RD Ceferino J. Rubio says that the agency’s Diskwento Caravan (Rolling Stores) continues to provide relief to affected micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have been assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its various programs. Diskwento Caravan (DC) that continues to
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The Department of Trade and Industry – Zamboanga City Office (DTI-ZCO) and the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office 9 (DOLE-IX) through their respective authorized agents, jointly visited three (3) canned sardines factory in Zamboanga City last August 4, 2020. The visit was done to conduct on-site inspection
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The Department of Trade and Industry - Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) in collaboration with Philippine Trade Training Center - Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA), conducted a webinar entitled COVID-19 Islamic Finance Assistance for PH MSMEs Assurance on 23 July 2020 via Zoom and Facebook Live.  The webinar was attended by approximately
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Heeding the government’s call to address the deficient supply of COVID-19 related products in the Philippines, many of the country’s manufacturers are undertaking re-purposing initiatives. The Board of Investments (BOI) is assisting manufacturers by helping them strengthen their capabilities, navigating them through as they re-purpose their existing product lines. Their
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Western Visayas conducted a regional forum to familiarize its employees on the various platforms to embrace the transition to the new normal for all sectors by means of innovation and technology to adapt to the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The
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The second quarter GDP result is expected, given that the whole country was on different stages of community quarantine levels during the period, and even heightened quarantine for mega Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao, which are the highly urbanized centers in the country.  We recognized the primacy of health over
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The Department of Trade and Industry – Zamboanga City Office reached out to seventy-five (75) micro, small and medium enterprises amid the COVID-19 pandemic through its Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB). The beneficiaries of the program were mostly micro enterprises and entrepreneurs whose business operations and
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Philippine merchandise exports for June 2020 shows a gradual recovery of trade amid the Covid-19 pandemic. According to preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), June 2020 exports decreased only by 13.3% to USD5.3B from USD6.1B in the same month last year. This is a marked improvement from the
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Zamboanga City. DTI Region 9 OIC-RD Ceferino J. Rubio delightedly said earlier this week that region’s Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo sa Barangay’s (LSP-NSB) funding amounts to PhP 11,114,000.00 which will be used to provide a package of livelihood kits and business advisory assistance and services, amounting to at least PhP5,000
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently distributed negosyo kits to motor boat owners from seven barangays in Moalboal, Cebu under the Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program. A total of 41 motor boat owners, all members of the Boat Owners of Moalboal Island Hopping Association (BOMIHA) Inc.
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In the difficulty of balancing health and the economy, the latest pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte is a temporary step back to heed the call of medical practitioners. As mentioned the other day, we are finding ways to address their concerns. We believe in the wisdom of our President to
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We fully support the need to address concerns of health workers. How can we help our frontliners? They need more support in all aspects. Health care workforce, relievers, beds, facilities, equipment, expanding testing capacities, tracing etc., as well as living quarters for frontliners, logistics, and other needs. We should find
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Building on the success of its past editions, and in light of the current state of the world, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in cooperation with the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), organized a 5-day online experience to celebrate the National MSME Week this year. With the
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The Philippine government has launched a campaign aimed at helping businesses adapt and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.   The campaign, led by the Board of Investments (BOI), provides a dedicated website with information aimed at helping businesses and investors through the pandemic.   A range of policies and programmes are available, including
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The Department of Trade and Industry – Resource Generation and Management Service (RGMS), in partnership with the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP), the Knowledge Management and Information Service (KMIS), and the Regional Operations Group (ROG), will be staging on 30 July 2020 the very first Online Trade Fair for
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez emphasized the need to provide more support and assistance for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at the Virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting last 25 July 2020.  “We should work to provide more support and
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) offers free accreditation of exporters under Republic Act (RA) 7844 or the Export Development Act (EDA) of 1994. Export incentives are one of the salient provisions in the EDA which aims to encourage investments in the export sector by offering support
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Creative industry leaders suggested the use of technology in animation and virtual production as a means of shooting movies and producing content in the new normal. Virtual production is the technology used in Hollywood movies like The Lion King, Avatar, and the Marvel movies, as well as in local production
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Overseas projects and engineering service outsourcing (ESO) can be the future drivers of the Philippine construction industry, said local industry experts from the government and private sector. Construction industry players discussed the future of construction after the COVID-19 pandemic in the webinar “Seizing Construction Opportunities Under the New Normal” on
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The DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP), in keeping with its mandate to promote the efficient marketing of local products, will mount its 16th Bagsakan on July 30, from 7 a.m. to  2 p.m. at G-Strip Parking Area, Greenhills Mall, Brgy. Greenhills, San Juan City.  Featuring 21 MSMEs from the
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The Department of Trade and Industry, through its Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB), began conducting its series of webinars and web info sessions last 25 June 2020, as one of its advocacy initiatives under “The New Normal” in the midst of the community quarantine. Dubbed as “Consumer Care Webinar
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The Small Business Corporation (SB Corporation) has launched a P100-million loan facility for repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, Helping the Economy Recover thru OFW Enterprise Start-ups (HEROES), is a component program of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) fund under the Department
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The Department of Trade and Industry – Competitiveness Bureau (DTI-CB) has conducted a 4-part Webinar Orientation Series on the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Program entitled PQA is Live Now: A Digital Walkthrough on Performance Excellence in the New Normal from June to July.  Aside from the brief orientation on the
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An Entrepreneur’s Bounce Back Story amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic The coronavirus disease or COVID-19 has greatly affected many lives and the country’s economy. As entrepreneurs struggle to adjust their business strategies, it has become a challenging situation for them, most especially the micro and small enterprises. Nonetheless, for Harley Dave
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The Small Business Corporation has started releasing loans under its COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program to micro and small enterprises to help affected enterprises recover from losses due to unprecedented setbacks that their businesses faced during the pandemic. As of 8 July 2020, a total of P22M was
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Transforming Filipina entrepreneurs into digital-savvy and active e-commerce practitioners, as they adapt to the new normal, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Facebook Philippines, Shopee and Lazada launched a milestone project entitled Connecting Women Entrepreneurs to the Digital
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) pushed for the adoption of digital strategies and utilization of e-commerce to assist the recovery of small business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at the virtual Pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum of the Economic Development and Infrastructure Cabinet Clusters (EDC-IC) on
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On June 19, 2020, officials and staff of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment Region 8 launched the joint monitoring visit in Robinsons North on compliance made by business establishments related to health protection measures. This is specified in the DTI-DOLE Interim Guidelines
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The Department of Trade and Industry Region (DTI) has awarded Negosyo Starter Kits to 20 identified beneficiaries as part of the agency’s Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program. Each of the beneficiaries received Php10,000 worth of Negosyo Starter Kit that varies from sari-sari store, bigasan (rice retail), frozen foods
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon brings its services and programs to indigenous peoples (IPs) in Bukidnon in line with the regional launching of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) in Sitio Kibulag, Barangay Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon on June 30, 2020. PRLEC is one of the clusters
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Participating distributors of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Misamis Oriental’s Diskwento Caravan generated around P3.7 million in sales since it started on April 2020. The caravan is a project of DTI where basic necessities and prime commodities are sold at discounted prices. It is currently tied up with
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted technical advisory visits to salons and barbershops and dine-in restaurants and fastfood establishments across Northern Mindanao to ensure compliance in the DTI-DOLE interim guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19. DTI additionally checked if the
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) will mount its 14th Bagsakan on 7 July Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DTI Head Office in Makati City. The BDTP in coordination with the DTI –Region 2 and its Provincial Offices
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The Diskwento Caravan rolling store returned to Barangay Mampang for its final stop last 23 June 2020. The rolling store served 198 consumers and generated sales amounting to P98,340.00. This is the Diskwento Caravan rolling store’s final stop, as scheduled by the Department of Trade and Industry – Zamboanga City
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ZAMBOANGA CITY---DTI Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino J. Rubio delightedly said earlier this week that Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo sa Barangay’s (LSP-NSB) funding amounts to P11,114,000.00 which will be used to provide a package of livelihood kits and business advisory assistance and services, amounting to at least P5,000 up to
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ZAMBOANGA CITY---DTI Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino J. Rubio reassured the public that DTI Region 9 along with its partner-agencies has been actively monitoring various establishments region-wide since the resumption of their operations. This after the National Inter Agency Task Force has approved the downgrading of community quarantines of the
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ZAMBOANGA CITY---DTI Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino J. Rubio, Assistant Regional Director Engr. Al-Zamir I. Lipae, and Zamboanga City Provincial Director Grace Aduca led the Zamboanga City leg of the Joint DTI DOLE DOT and LGU Zamboanga City in the series of region-wide monitoring of barber shops, salons, and dine-in
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Zamboanga City---DTI Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino J. Rubio disclosed early this week that the region’s 55 Negosyo Centers (NCs) have been offering free online trainings since the implementation of community quarantine in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Zamboanga City
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Zamboanga City---DTI-Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino J. Rubio gladly disclosed earlier this week that Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) allotted funding for the LSP-NSB amounts to PhP203 million, which will be used to provide a package of livelihood kits and business advisory assistance and services, amounting to
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The Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Tourism (DOT) are considering the proposal of the increased operational capacity of hotels, restaurants, and other establishments in the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), provided that businesses adhere to government protocols and health parameters in the country remain stable. "In such case that
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Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) Director Senen M. Perlada encouraged entrepreneurs to “platformize” or use online platforms to promote their businesses, both in local and global markets. He said that this is part of the digital transformation entrepreneurs would have to go through to thrive in the
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Amid the community quarantine, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 20-36, amending the previously issued circulars on Anti- Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying, MC 20-07, MC-20-10 and MC 20-25 that limit consumer purchase on essential and vital products. Under the latest circular, the general public can
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded a total of 81livelihood kits to various recipients of the DTI-Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (DTI-PBG) in the provinces of Abra and Kalinga in efforts to support microenterprises greatly affected by fire incidents and other calamities. The DTI-PBG program is a livelihood
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To curtail the transmission of the COVID-19 spread as businesses resumed operations in Zamboanga Peninsula, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) guarantee that the employers and workers properly observe the precautionary health measures in the workplace. DTI-Region 9 OIC-Regional Director Ceferino
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MAKATI CITY—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez expressed satisfaction that establishments in a mall in Makati are highly compliant with the minimum health protocols enforced by Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).  This, following the surprise post-audit inspection on 20 June 2020
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently investigating the report on the alleged abuse of Persons with Disability (PWD) identification cards, following the viral post on social media wherein members of an entire family all had PWD discount cards. The social media post, showing a photo of a
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MANILA– The Philippines kept its momentum with a slight upgrade from 46th to 45th spot in this year’s global competitiveness rankings by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). The 2020 World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) by IMD also signaled an encouraging assessment of the country’s climbing competitiveness from a dip
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As the coronavirus continues its disruption, many small business owners are innovating strategies as they navigate the unforeseen financial and operational challenges brought on by the pandemic. For Theresa Mae Conson, Chief Finance Officer and sole proprietor of Cebu-based Smartieshirt Apparel, the COVI19 crisis is a game changer. Started by
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Responding to a request from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the Board of Investments (BOI) has approved investment incentives for tourism and tourism-related industries that are upgrading and modernizing their facilities aimed at ensuring the health, safety and wellness of their clients in view of the new normal brought about by
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) is pushing for the passage of House Bill No. 6815 or the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines (ARISE Philippines) to help exporters get back on their feet. The bill was approved by the House of
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Manila, Philippines — Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez presented the government’s response to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the Philippine economy and its initiatives to lay the groundwork for a new business environment in a webinar entitled “Philippine Business Environment: Post-COVID19,” held on 9 June. Hon. Jose Manuel Romualdez,
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) hailed local Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) maker for spearheading the PPE Bayanihan Project  for healthcare frontliners. Since the country has been under quarantine, all but essential businesses are closed, including Leather goods manufacturer The Leather Collection (TLC). The company, availing business matching services
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez corrected an article that came out in one newspaper and reiterated that the 30-day grace period in the payments for residential and commercial rents still has not changed, and still applies to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) not permitted to
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MANILA—On 4 June 2020, the Economic Ministers from the ten (10) ASEAN Member States and the Plus Three Partners (China, Japan, and Republic of Korea), met through video conference to exchange views and discuss measures necessary to address COVID 19 pandemic and mitigate its impact in the economy. The meeting
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Various rice varieties from Bulacan as well as seafood, agricultural products and traditional delicacies from Bataan will be the featured products at the DTI Bagsakan Sale, with confirmed orders to be picked up on Friday, 5 June from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the DTI Head Office in Makati
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The pandemic has brought numerous struggles in the maintenance of businesses within the province due to a drastic decrease in supply and demand. Despite these challenges, entrepreneurs have not given up in providing quality products and services to individuals all around the province. The patronage of the provincial government of
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Addressing the dilemma caused by the community quarantine in the public transportation in Cavite, the (DTI)-assisted transportation service provider launched their eco-friendly public utility vehicles (PUVs) for the commuters in the province. The Silang Transport Service and Development Cooperative, a beneficiary of the DTI’s Shared Servcie Facility (SSF) program, introduced
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QUEZON CITY—The Inter-Agency Task Force against Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved the health protocols for dine-in operations in restaurants, following the findings of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez and National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on the dine-in demonstrations last
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MANILA—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said that barbershops and salons shall be allowed to reopen on 7 June 2020.  These establishments can operate at a maximum of 30% capacity during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and will be further allowed to operate at a 50% maximum
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Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the enhanced community quarantine will promote and sell their products in the NCR through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Bagsakan Project and Go Lokal! Lockdown Sale on 29 May, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at the DTI Head Office
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To help protect the frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 4-A turned over 9,000 surgical masks and 50 face shields donations from Japanese companies Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Taiheiyo Cement Corporation, respectively, to Cabuyao City Mayor Rommel Gecolea. With
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Addressing the needs of consumers for accessible and affordable basic necessities and prime commodities amid the COVID-19 crisis, the ‘Diskwento’ Caravan of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been continuously rolling out nationwide reaching even the rural and marginalized areas.  In Eastern Visayas, the rolling store has been
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking the urgent passage of the proposed Philippine Economic Stimulus Act of 2020 (PESA), which aims to provide immediate assistance to workers and businesses and help the economy recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We affirm the need to help
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PASAY CITY—Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez conducted an inspection of health and safety protocols demonstrations of three salons and barbershops, as well as how a dine-in operation can implement the health protocol.  Last May 24,
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Cumulative investments recorded by the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) reached Php84.1 billion in the first four months of 2020, reflecting a 71 percent slowdown from last year’s Php286.7 billion in the same period. “The downturn is expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic where economic activities and investments are disrupted
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The Small Business Corporation (SB Corporation) will start accepting applications for the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) Program through its offices in areas that will transition from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting 18 May 2020. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) continues to cater its services nationwide responding not only to the needs of the micro enterprises but also to the consumers, particularly in the rural areas including those in remote island and marginalized locales. Through the agency’s ‘Diskwento Caravan’, DTI has
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Amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) continues to process Contractors License Applications through electronic mail. The PCAB made this announcement through its official Social Media page on 29 April citing PCAB Board Resolution No. 052 Series of 2020 or
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As businesses face the important challenge of planning for new ways of working post COVID-19, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the initiative of its Regional Operations Group (ROG) headed by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, prepares MSMEs to thrive in a new reality that includes social distancing and self-isolation.
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MAKATI – Six out of nine electronics exports groups reported positive growth for the first quarter despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Automotive exports, in particular, grew 79% to USD57.4M from USD32.1M in the same period Other gainers were Consumer Electronics (up by
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JABONGA, AGUSAN DEL NORTE – As a means to help consumers in remote areas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Negosyo Center (NC) in Agusan del Norte, partnered with the local government unit of Jabonga in bringing basic and prime commodities close to the communities. The DTI-Agusan
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As demand dries up and non-essential establishments temporarily close amidst the COVID pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its financing arm the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), opens a loan facility for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that decide to repurpose their production lines to cope
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Considering the implementation of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and the DTI Department Order No. 20-37, Series of 2020, entitled, “Instituting an Alternative Work Arrangement in the Department of Trade and Industry While the Philippines is Under the State of Public Health Emergency”, the Department of Trade and Industry’s
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The Department of Trade and Industry, through the initiative of its Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) led by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, has finally run the Diskwento Caravan rolling store, heading its way to the western portion of Zamboanga City after serving four (4) barangays in the east. It first went to
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) CALABARZON received 100 3D printed face shields from the Labspace for Innovation, Knowledge-Honing and Application (LIKHA) Fabrication Laboratory of the Batangas State University for the use of the DTI Skeleton Workforce in the region.  The LIKHA FabLab, established on December 27, 2018, is
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MAKATI – Philippine agricultural exports broke into three new international markets, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the varied local community quarantines. In the past two months, maiden shipments of avocados arrived in China, cacao in Belgium, and coconut milk in Russia. Department of Trade and Industry-Trade Promotions Group Undersecretary Abdulgani
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MANILA – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the guidelines jointly issued by the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Labor and Employment (DOLE) allowing the private sector to operate during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will manage the risks of COVID-19 transmission even as
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The implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the entirety of Luzon after President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of our country under a state of National Health Emergency gave birth to the conceptualization by the Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera Administrative Region (DTI-CAR) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong of the
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MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Shared Service Facility (SSF) Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) has produced and distributed 59,127 face shields and 230 aerosol boxes across 1,026 hospitals nationwide to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, health units, and other essential establishments doing frontline work. The SSF
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MANILA—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said best hygiene and health measures practiced among leading export companies should be the new protocol in business operations as the country prepares for the post-Enhanced Community Quarantine (post-ECQ) scenario.  “Minimum health standards such as strict social distancing, wearing of face
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG), spearheaded by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, and DTI-Region 7 have activated its network of fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) in Central Visayas to produce personal protective equipment (PPEs) in the fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). A team of volunteers, faculty members and
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In the midst of the enhanced community quarantine, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) began its series of Diskwento Caravan in Navotas City last 14 April 2020 and in Taguig City last 15 April 2020, which was jointly conducted with the Department of Agriculture (DA). This initiative aims to
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The Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) and DTI-Region 4A, through its Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Garments Production, collaborated with Reliance Producers Cooperative in Carmona, Cavite, in manufacturing laboratory gowns, jump suits, and face masks for the country’s healthcare workers.  The initiative is in response to the
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Responding to the need for face masks among frontliners and health workers in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19, the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) of Pampanga, who are into garments business, produce thousands of washable and reusable face masks. Through the mobilization of Shared Service Facility (SSF) donated
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DTI R02 is putting all its efforts to encourage all DTI assisted MSMEs especially the beneficiaries of sewing machine equipment under the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project of DTI to produce washable facemasks for COVID-19 Frontliners. DTI R02 Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo together with all the DTI Provincial Directors
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)– Isabela Provincial Office teams up with the Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) in Santiago City to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) like face shields and aerosol boxes for medical frontliners in region 2 in the fight against the corona virus disease (Covid-19). As of April
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Some selected DTI R02 assisted MSMEs producing Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) for COVID-19 frontliners will receive cash assistance from the DTI R02 Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The donation aims to provide more capital to the MSMEs for the procurement of their raw materials. DTI R02 MPC Chairman Michael Paggabao said that the Board
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 provided temporary shelter to Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) frontliners to extend assistance to nurses and other medical professionals serving during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period. CVMC is one of the designated COVID-19 treatment facilities in the region.  The DTI R02’s dorm facility is temporarily converted into temporary shelter which has
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through Regional Operations Group (ROG) spearheaded by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona and DTI-Region 9, collaborated with Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) in Dapitan City in responding to the needs of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 frontliners.  Mobilizing the Shared Service Facility (SSF),
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New Kinpo Group (NKG) CEO, Simon Shen, recently informed the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of its immediate plans for its Philippine subsidiary, Cal-Comp Philippines to produce medical-grade face masks and ventilators solely for the Philippine market in light of the current COVID-19 crisis the country is facing. DTI
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Through the mobilization of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Shared Service Facility (SSF) program, the Guimaras State University (GSU) has stepped in to address the deficiency of face masks in the market for the use of medical frontliners and volunteers in the island province of Guimaras. Utilizing the
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Finance (DOF) push for greater support in the manufacture and importation of essential products during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by granting incentives through the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 20-02, series of 2020 issued on 1 April 2020.
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MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-12, Series of 2020 on 4 April 2020 granting a 30-day grace period for residential and commercial rent falling due within the the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period. “To provide economic relief to Filipinos and MSMEs
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Heeding the government’s call to address the deficient supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the country, member-companies of the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) will start the local production of medical-grade PPE coveralls for healthcare workers. “We need to protect our healthcare workers as they are
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ILOCOS NORTE – In a series of buy-bust operations jointly conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG), the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the PNP-Laoag City Station on March 27-29, 2020, three (3) abusive sellers of
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With lots of the hospitals and other medical facilities facing shortages of medical supplies to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people are pooling resources,  to include creative and innovative skills to do their share and help.   After seeing reports of massive shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) such
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Ilocos Norte- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Bioenergy Innovation and Incubation Hub and Co-working Space cum Product Testing Center housed at the National Bioenergy Research and Innovation Center (NBERIC) of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte came to
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As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the country, there is also an increasingly growing concern about the lack of personal protective equipment for our frontline workers. Thus, the Department of Trade and Industry – Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG), spearheaded by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, in collaboration with the Labspace
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Pursuant to Proclamation Nos. 929 and 922, series of 2020 and Republic Act No. 11332, following the sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the country, the entire Luzon was put under Enhanced Community Quarantine from March 17, 2020 to April 13, 2020. As per guidelines of
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As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the country, there is also an increasingly growing concern about the lack of personal protective equipment for our frontline workers. Thus, the Labspace for Innovation, Knowledge-Honing and Application (LIKHA) Fab Lab of the Batangas State University, together with the Department of Trade
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On March 8, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The said Proclamation necessitates the implementation of Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act as amended
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QUEZON CITY – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez told manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of improved implementation of policies and coordination with law enforcers at checkpoints after recognizing the challenges of cargo trucks carrying essential food and non-food materials reportedly being barred at checkpoints due to the
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 thru its Provincial Offices, intensified the monitoring of prices and supplies of basic necessities at various grocery stores and supermarkets in the region. This is to prevent over pricing and hoarding of basic goods. Following the declaration of a state of
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To support micro and small businesses affected and cushion the economic impact of the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country, the Small Business Corporation is setting up a P1 billion Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing facility under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (named COVID19 P3-ERF). The facility will be implemented
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The Small Business Corporation (SB Corporation) is offering a one month moratorium on loan payments covering the period of March 16 to April 14, 2020 to its micro, small and medium (MSME) borrowers and partner financial institutions (PFIs). “The SB Corporation recognizes the impact of this public health crisis on
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Following the heightened consumer protection alert of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in this State of calamity declared by President Duterte, the DTI - Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) of the Consumer Protection Group (CPG), led by FTEB Director Ronnel O. Abrenica, and the Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes
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“There will be no increases in the prices of all basic necessities, whether in the physical stores or in the internet, while price freeze is in effect throughout the country,” a tripartite directive of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Department of Health (DOH).
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To ensure price reasonableness and sufficiency of supply of basic necessities and some essential medical supplies in the market, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-07 on Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying which sets the reasonable limit in the sale of all basic necessities and
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“Movement of all food and non-food cargoes within, to, and from Luzon shall be unhampered, and if subjected to random inspection, shall not be delayed. Transit of personnel of all establishments allowed to operate shall likewise be permitted,” says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its latest issuance,
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) releases today, 16 March 2020, Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-04, Series of 2020, prescribing the implementing guidelines for business operations following previously issued Resolution No. 12 by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The said MC covers
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Due to the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines because of the outbreak of COVID-19, prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in CALABARZON shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control. DTI 4-A will not hesitate to file
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) warns filing of criminal charges on overpricing and hoarding of medical devices and products like alcohol, medicines, masks of N-88, N-95, other similar face masks, alcohol/sanitizers, and medical devices. “We have recommended to the President the issuance of an Executive Order (EO) for
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announces nationwide price freeze on basic necessities pursuant to the Price Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 7581. Section 6 of the said law states that prices of basic necessities shall be frozen at their prevailing prices for sixty (60) days or until
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Makati City—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) convened the manufacturers of basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPC), and alcohol and other disinfectants in a meeting today following the surge in demand for these products in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) outbreak. The emergency meeting was called to
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao are taking measures to address the unavailability of face masks in the region as supplies of N95 and N88 face masks from drug stores and retail stores have run out based on the special monitoring on prices and supplies done by DTI
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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao is stern in warning businesses and individuals not to take advantage of the public’s sudden demand of face masks or they may face possible charges. DTI has been monitoring the price and supply of medical supplies, including N95 and N88 disposable face
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