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No rain nor flood stopped the 493 MSMEs, would-be entrepreneurs, students and walk-in participants as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) - Go Negosyo successfully conducted the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) One on One Negosyo Mentorship Program last September 9, 2019 at the Robinsons Place, Calasiao, Pangasinan.

Forty-Two (42) accredited Go Negosyo Mentors, who voluntarily participated, did the business counseling and shared their expert views and best practices in running a business.

The mentee-participants took one-on-one mentoring session with a Go Negosyo Mentor on Marketing, Financing, and Entrepreneurial Mindset topics.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming support given by the mentors, participants and partner organizations.

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor. Thus, if we want to build our competence to successfully run our businesses, please bear in mind that it is not a weakness to ask people for guidance.” she added.

 A Pangasinense herself, Philippine Commission for Women Commissioner Sandy Montano also served as a mentor during the event. She encouraged everyone to always aim high, be an inspiration to others and take pride of where they came from.

The MMOW-Pangasinan is the 1st run in Region 1 and 27th nationwide. The program aims to bring business mentorship closer to all Filipinos. Through the MMOW, micro-small business owners will be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations.

Date of Release: 13 September 2019

A big opportunity is up for grab for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs as the ‘wheels’ of the Mentor Me Program goes to Pangasinan. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)- Go Negosyo is set to conduct the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) One on One Negosyo Mentorship Program on September 9, 2019 at the Robinsons Place, Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The program aims to bring business mentorship closer to all Filipinos. Through the MMOW, micro-small business owners will be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations.

Around 300 participants from Region 1 are expected to join the free one-day event. PCE is still accepting online confirmation of registration that can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/MMOWPANGASINAN. Walk-in participants will also be accommodated. DTI urged new business owners to attend the event.

During the event, mentee-participants will get to sit down with a Go Negosyo mentor for a one-on-one mentoring session. 30 Go Negosyo Mentors including local mentors accredited by PCE, will be coming to do business counseling and share their expert views and best practices in running a business. Most of the mentors are experienced businessmen. Additional materials and modules on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing will be available to provide supplemental knowledge on managing micro and small businesses.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan stated that this is the 1st MMOW run in the region. “With the MMOW, MSMEs will be guided in the achievement of their business’ success. We believe that the mentorship is an essential factor in guiding MSMEs towards the realization of their dreams.” she added.♦

Date of Release: 5 September 2019

RD Grace Falgui-Baluyan, ARD Daria R. Mingaracala and OIC-SMED Leo Corsino at the NTF 2019 Green Booth.

The Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) together with the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices staged the 2019 National Trade Fair on August 22-25, 2019 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Dubbed as “A Green Show” the 2019 NTF gave preference to exhibitors whose products and processes were organic, sustainable and eco-friendly. A total of 276 exhibitors from all over the country participated in the said event, 18 of which came from region 1. Various products such as furniture and furnishings, houseware and décor, wearables and fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs, as well as heirloom food and health and wellness products were sold at the 2019 NTF.

Mr. Felipe Garduque, owner of Northway Crafts located at San Juan La Union, was delighted to see one of his products be featured at the 2019 NTF official Logo and Event Design. His decorative ‘Bilao’ has levelled-up after it undergone Product Development. During the Trade Fair, he was able to close a deal with a Hotel and Resort in El Nido to supply decorative ‘Bilao’ as hotel room decors.

Also an exhibitor from Region 1, Mr. Perry Inacay of Dorevi Industries, San Carlos City Pangasinan, happily shared that his 175 pieces of bamboo clothes hanger were all sold out during the opening day of the Trade Fair. Priced at Php 80 each, he also received lots of additional orders. He discerned that consumers are now becoming green conscious thus becoming more supportive of eco-friendly products.

An estimate of Php 2.3 million sales were generated by MSMEs from the region.

MSMEs are identified as green advocates and forefront of the initiatives to: create sustainable products; use eco-friendly packaging; conserve energy and resources and explore green solutions to reduce their carbon footprint; and support and promotes environmental awareness. To widen the knowledge of entrepreneurs and shoppers on green initiatives, series of green sensitization and lectures along with green exhibits were also conducted.♦

Date of release: 4 September 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 participated in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) World Café of Opportunities (WCO) last August 25, 2019. TESDA staged the WCO as part of its 25th Anniversary and National Tech -Voc day celebration. Hundreds of job seekers flocked to the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome to grab their chances and employment opportunities. Local and overseas employers and recruitment agencies offered jobs, training and facilitated higher job-skill matching during the said activity.

DTI Pangasinan brought its programs and Negosyo Center Services such as Basic Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo) Seminar, Business Name Registration, Business Counselling and Consumer Education Information during the whole day activity. DTI promotes entrepreneurship as a viable career option and alternate source of income among fresh graduates/job seekers. While starting any business is usually difficult, DTI continues to assist and inform would-be entrepreneurs the benefits and fulfillment of having a business that cannot be matched in most employment situations.

Present during the activities were officials from TESDA, DOLE and representatives from the Dagupan City and Pangasinan Provincial Governments. DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan and ARD Daria R. Mingaracal were also in attendance during the activity. RD Baluyan received the certificate of appreciation awarded by TESDA.

The WCO is a job fair that seeks to connect government and private agencies to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) graduates, a highlight of the National Tech-Voc Day celebrated every 25th day of August pursuant to Republic Act 10970.♦

Date of release: 4 September 2019

 

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 1 joined the 11th Dagyaw Regional Townhall Meeting held at the Sision Auditorium, Lingayen, Pangasinan last August 22, 2019. Designed as a one-stop-shop of frontline government services, stakeholders from various sectors in the community attended the activity, around 80 of which were micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

DTI services such as Business Name Registration, Business Counselling and Consumer Education and Information were made available at the DTI Mobile Negosyo Center booth.

DTI Region 1 Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan presented the DTI programs for MSMEs. She highlighted the 7Ms to become a successful entrepreneur. During the Open Forum, she also answered issues and concerns raised by MSMEs such as FDA and Trade Fair assistance, BMBE registration and how to avail P3 loans and SSF Projects to name a few. She also emphasized that DTI is committed to assist would-be entrepreneurs and develop existing MSMEs especially those in the far-flung areas through the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay Program.

Other pressing issues such as the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law, “Build, Build, Build” program were also raised during the regional townhall meeting. Other government officials and representatives were also present during the activity: Department of Transportation (DOTr) OIC for Planning Service Enrico Ferrer, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Reg. Dir. James Fadrilan, Department of Finance Director III Euvimil Nina Asuncion, and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Reg. 1 OIC-Dir. Estrella Mandap. ASec. Francisco R. Cruz of DILG served as keynote speaker during the event. In his speech, Asec Cruz reiterated that the DILG in partnership with other government agencies brings the Dagyaw forum with an aim to promote open governance.

Meanwhile, Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III recognized the efforts of the national government to reach out at the local level to be able to improve public service.

Dagyaw is a Hiligaynon term meaning "Bayanihan" or "to be united". Organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) with the support of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office, Dagyaw promotes and disseminates information on the open government and participatory governance initiatives of the Duterte administration.♦


Date of release: 4 September 2019

 

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