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For the first quarter of 2019, DTI Caraga regularly monitored 240 leading establishments on price trending with reference to the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for the Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities. All 219 establishments are compliant and some even sells below the SRP issued on 5 December 2018 and the latest 13 February 2019. Monitoring is done monthly except for Butuan City which is done on a weekly basis. For the Province of Dinagat Islands, 21 establishments monitored though prices are not within SRP but considered reasonable considering the cost of transportation from the mainland to the island.

Under DTI’s jurisdiction, there are 311 items monitored under Basic Necessities and 228 for Prime Commodities. Basic necessities are canned sardines, processed milk, coffee, bread, instant noodles, salt, detergent soap/ laundry, bottled water, and candles. Prime commodities are luncheon meat, meat loaf, corned beef, beef loaf, condiments, toilet soap, and batteries.

As provided for in the Price Act (R.A 7581), Basic Necessities are goods vital to the needs of consumers for their sustenance and existence while Prime Commodities may not be basic necessities but are essential to consumers in times of any of the following cases; state of calamity, emergency, martial law, rebellion and war. Under these situations, the state shall automatically freeze the price at the prevailing price or place the affected area under automatic price control.

Refer to E-presyo at www.dti.gov.ph for the list of items and the prices as monitored.♦

Date of release: 9 May 2019

Buy Caraga by Caraga is the region’s local trade exhibition for products exclusively produced in Caraga. This year’s Balanghai edition of Buy Caraga by Caraga will showcase at least 50 selected enterprises with more than 300 various products. This three-day selling event is on 15-19 May 2019 at The Atrium Robinsons Place Butuan.

Products to be featured in this event went through a series of product development and clinics through DTI’s various programs; OTOP Next Gen, CARP, SSF, and RAPID Growth in support to the region’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ( MSMEs). These products are processed fruits and nuts, bakery products, processed meat, homestyle & decors, and other souvenir items.

Buy Caraga by Caraga is organized in partnership with GDH Caraga Inc., an association of producers of wearables and homestyle in the region. This trade fair aims to showcase new and improved products, create and expand market, and promote domestic patronage of Caraga’s home-grown MSMEs.♦

Date of release: 9 May 2019

Butuan City - For 2019, Caraga gets P761M for road projects under the Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT), a convergence program of DTI and DPWH. Part of this amount or Php 265 Million is for the completion and expansion of the 2018 road projects and P496M for 2019 identified projects. These are all in the 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP).

ROLL IT aims to facilitate the efficient and more coordinated efforts among the two Departments to identify, prioritize, and implement road access infrastructure leading to various industries and economic zones in a technically- correct and politically- participative process with input and support from the business and civil society, as well as local government units ( LGUs). The road infrastructure projects were selected based on its importance to the growth and development of Industry and Trade in the community as determined by the DTI, LGU, Industry players and the communities. Location of the project must be within twenty (20) kilometers from an industry node, it must support a specific industry/ industries, and must connect to a national/ local roads in good condition.

The 2019 ROLL –IT road projects are expected to serve and link the following industries in the region; Palm Oil, Cacao, Rubber, Corn and Bamboo.♦

 Region XIII –  2019 Approved Projects    

Source: DPWH-Caraga

P 496,000,000

AGUSAN DEL NORTE  

181,000,000

Butuan City

NRJ-BCIR Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II Ave.

NRJ-BCIR Capitol-Bonbon-Road

131,000,000

50,000,000

AGUSAN DEL SUR

135,000,000

Sibagat

Prosperidad

Esperanza

San Francisco

Bunawan

Veruela

Rosario

10,000,000

10,000,000

10,000,000

45,000,000

28,500,000

11,500,000

20,000,000

SURIGAO DEL SUR

50,000,000

 Tagbina

50,000,000

SURIGAO DEL NORTE

80,000,000

 Claver

 Bacuag

70,000,000

10,000,000

DINAGAT ISLANDS

50,000,000

Dinagat

15,000,000

Libjo

15,000,000

Basilisa

20,000,000

Date of release: 9 May 2019

 

Butuan City is the venue of the 11th National Palm Oil Congress on 21-22 March 2019 at Almont Inland Resort. Experts of the Palm Oil industry will discuss the following: Global Palm Oil Outlook, Palm Oil an economic growth driver for Central Mindanao, Palm Oil Biodiesel and its relevance in the Philippine Market, Palm Oil applications in the Food chain, and the various programs in support to the Palm Oil industry.

Five hundred (500) different stakeholders of the industry particularly the Oil Palm growers from all over the country are expected to attend. The congress will also tackle to resolve challenges confronting the industry such as the price, financing, environment, and areas for plantation development.

Pushed by the DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran, Palm Oil is one of the priority industries in Caraga.

The congress is hosted by the Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc., ( PPDCI) in cooperation with Caraga Palm Oil Development Council, Inc., ( CCDCI).

For registration and other details, contact 09295145421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..♦

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