DTI Cagayan’s Mar Anthony Alan uses test weights to check the accuracy of the weighing scales of meat vendors in the Sanchez Mira Public Market.

July 12, 2019, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan - A surprise Operation Timbangan jointly conducted by LGU Sanchez Mira and DTI Cagayan resulted in the confiscation of six defective weighing scales from the wet market of Sanchez Mira. The team composed of officers from the Treasurer’s Office and Task Force Makabayan of DTI Cagayan’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) visited a total of 33 stalls and 15 other business establishments to check their compliance to fair trade laws.

Based on Article 61 Chapter II of the Consumer Act of the Philippines, “the provincial, city or municipal treasurers shall strictly enforce the provisions of this chapter and its implementing rules and regulations.” Under the same article, the DTI is mandated to enforce the use of the metric system. The misrepresentation of the true weight and measure of goods sold is punishable by law under Articles 64 and 65 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

While in Sanchez Mira, the CPD team also monitored the 2 Timbangan ng Bayan donated by DTI in the Sanchez Mira Public Market and conducted a Business Education and Information Session for 38 market vendors and business establishment representatives.♦

Date of release: 13 August 2019

Members of the Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association listen attentively as the supplier demonstrates how to operate their newly acquired compound miter saw, part of the SSF equipment package from DTI.

July 11, 2019, Sto Domingo, Cabaroroguis, Quirino - The Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association, cooperators of the 2018 approved Shared Service Facility (SSF) project for Furniture Making recently received their equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry Region 02. The package of equipment worth 381,250.00 pesos consist of heavy duty band saw, compound miter saw, table saw, portable planer, thickness planer, bench drill press, 2 air compressors with accessories, and, 2 electric portable jigsaws.

The Traditional Craft and Furniture Making SSF Project is an expansion of the facilities of the Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association which aims to take full advantage of the presence of the numerous micro enterprises engaged in furniture making in the community. Ten MSMEs have been identified as direct beneficiaries with more than thirty jobs generated from amongst them. Almost all of them belong to the Ifugao tribe who have been wood carvers and furniture makers for most of their life.

The expansion project is expected to double their current production capacity as well as their sales and their market reach. Their current market base is within the Province of Quirino and the City of Tuguegarao. With the SSF, they intend to reach other markets in Region 02 and Metro Manila.♦

Date of release: 13 August 2019

DTI Region 02 Director Leah Pulido-Ocampo discusses with DA Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo areas of collaboration in promoting the region. The first of this is the staging of PADDAY NA LIMA on September 24-30, the annual regional trade fair showcasing what Region 02 has to offer to local and global markets.

DTI Region 02 Director Leah Pulido-Ocampo and Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo agree to collaborate in pushing Region 02 as an agribusiness sourcing and investment destination. DA will support the upcoming PADDAY NA LIMA slated on September 24-30, 2019 at the Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa to showcase the region’s bountiful agro products such as corn, rice, citrus, coconut, banana, pineapple, ginger, peanuts and mongo, in both fresh and processed form. The region is acknowledged as the leading producer of these commodities.

The two leaders agreed to make PADDAY NA LIMA a grand showcase of what the region has to offer to the local and global markets.

RD Leah also discussed other areas where DTI and DA could collaborate not only in product and industry development but in investment promotion as well.

An annual Regional Congress for Mango and Pineapple to encourage the growth of these industries in Region 02 was agreed upon. Agrobusiness investment packages shall also be pushed in future promotion efforts both here and in East Asia.♦

Date of release: 13 August 2019

Team DTI Quirino monitors the progress of the execution of prototypes by the Dumabato Norte Senior Citizens Association. The products will be displayed for sale during the Padday Na Lima Regional Trade Fair in September 2019.

The traditional view is that as workers age, they become less productive. Indeed, elderly workers may not be as agile or as strong as their younger counterparts but to hold this kind of negativity towards senior citizens assume that they can no longer be productive and may become a bane for the economy.

The Dumabato Norte Senior Citizens Association (DNSCA) are proving this assumption wrong. They are in fact busy with preparations for their participation in the coming 2019 Padday Na Lima Regional Trade Fair being organized by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 02. During a progress monitoring of bamboo- based product on June 25, by the DTI Quirino team led by Engr. Efren dela Cruz, the team discussed with the DNSCA members the progress of the execution of prototypes designed by the in-house designers of DTI 02.

Based in Dumabato Norte, Madella, the association is one of the key stakeholders in the developing bamboo industry cluster in the Province of Quirino. Aside from product development, they have also benefitted from DTI led trainings on pricing and costing, marketing and developing an entrepreneurial mindset among its members. Being engaged in productive, creative and profitable work, these seniors are becoming healthier both in body and mind.♦

Date of release: 13 August 2019

DTI-2’s newly appointed Regional Director Romleah Juliet Pulido-Ocampo (right) meets with Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon Secretary Raul L. Lambino (left) before his meeting with Regional Directors about possible key areas of development in Region 2 on 11 July in Tuguegarao City.  Seated beside RD Ocampo is DTI Cagayan Provincial Director Ma. Salvacion A. Castillejos, exchanging business cards with CEZA Special Assistant for Investments and Promotion USEC Raymundo T. Roquero.♦

Date of release: 15 July 2019

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