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Two decades of selling the best products of Central Luzon have made the Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair a much awaited special event for the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.
 
Now on its 20th year, more than 160 MSMEs from Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Eicja, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales are expected to showcase their products to cater to local and international buyers. The Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair 2018 will be held at the SM Mega Trade Hall in Mandaluyong City from 10 to 14 October 2018. The opening of the fair is expected to be attended by key government officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local officials from the seven provinces of Central Luzon.
 
Sellers from Aurora are expected to showcase their well-known sabutan products, chocolates and banana chips while Bataan MSMEs will sell their marine products and delicacies. Bulacan will again showcase their delicately made jewelries, bags and processed meat products while Nueva Ecija entrepreneurs will bring their dairy products, footwear and metalworks to the fair. Pampanga participants will sell their famous lanterns, homemade nuts and delicacies while Tarlac will showcase their pottery, home décor and wine. The best of Zambales’ products such as mango based delicacy, wine and chicharon will also be in display.
 
There will also be an exhibit of prototypes of products that were the result of the OTOP Next Generation project where the DTI provided MSMEs with design consultancy, product development services and product labeling design assistance. A demonstration on accessories making and sabutan weaving will also be conducted during the event.
 
Because of the annual conduct of the Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair, a significant number of Central Luzon MSMEs have captured wider markets, with some being able to sell to some of the big retail industries in manila as well as international buyers. Last year, the 150 sellers were able to earn more than Php 40 Million in sales, aside from getting institutional clients.
 
Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair is the major regional trade promotion activity jointly organized by the DTI-3 and Philexport – Region 3, with the support of the Regional Development Council – Region 3 and the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. (CLGCFI). The event is also supported by a media partnership with WhenInManila.com, Philippine Information Agency and other media organizations.♦
 
Date of release: 4 October 2018
 DTI-3 Prime HRM Awarding
DTI-3 RD Judith P. Angeles receives the Certification of Recognition as PRIME HRM Bronze Awardee from the Civil Service Commission in rites held on May 9, 2018 in Cagayan De Oro City. With RD Angeles are CSC Chairperson Alicial Dela Rosa Bala (4th from L), DTI HRAS Director Joel Cruz (2nd R), DTI-3 HRMO Pinky Varona and CSC officials.

The Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III recently received the prestigious Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME HRM) Bronze Award from the Civil Service Commission in rites held on May 9, 2018 at the Limketkai Hotel in Cagayan De Oro City. The award was personally given by CSC Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala to DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P. Angeles. 

The Prime HRM Bronze Award is conferred to institutions based on the evaluation of the CSC Human Resource Policies and Standards Office. Based on CSC Memorandum Circular No. 19 series of 2016, agencies evaluated as meeting human resource maturity Level II in all four (4) HRM systems shall be awarded accordingly. The four HRM systems where DTI-3 was evaluated are: Recruitment, Selection and Placement, Performance Management, Learning and Development, and Rewards and Recognition. The DTI-3 office was also found to be continuously compliant with Civil Service laws and rules in implementing other Human Resource programs and maintenance of HR records. 

In accepting the award, DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P. Angeles said that the agency will continue to improve on its Human Resource systems and to comply with Civil Service rules and regulations to further improve the delivery of public service and ensure the competence of public servants.

The conferment of the Prime HRM Bronze Award Maturity Level II Accreditation to DTI Regional Office III was given pursuant to CSC Resolution No. 1701662 signed by CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala and Commissioners Roberto S. Martinez and Leopoldo Roberto W. Valderosa Jr.♦

 Photo of Reyna ng Palengke ng Gitnang Luzon
The contestants of the “Reyna ng Palengke ng Gitnang Luzon 2017” showcased their costumes made out of recycled and native materials during the Consumer Welfare Month culminating activity.

The Federation of DTI Accredited Consumer Organizations in Region 3 (Fedacor-3) and the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III recently crowned Rose Marie Placido, a market vendor from the Rizal Public Market in Nueva Ecija, as the “Reyna ng Palengke ng Gitnang Luzon 2017” during the Consumer Welfare Month culminating activity of DTI-3 held on October 27, 2017 at Waltermart, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Other winners in the contest include Jimmary Clavo of Zambales who bagged First Runner-up. She also won the Best in Costume award. Jackie Lou So of Bataan garnered the Second Runner-up award and the Consumer Advocate award while Tarlac’s Angelita O. Ocampo won the Best in Talent Award. Cheryl Dioneza of Aurora was given the Fourth Runner-up award. The contest was organized by DTI and participated in by market vendors and stall holders in Region 3 to promote awareness of Consumer Rights, especially in public markets in the country.

October was proclaimed as Consumer Welfare Month with the theme “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age.” The DTI provincial offices and regional office organized the celebration of the CWM with the Reyna ng Palengke as one of the much awaited events during the regional culminating activity. Aside from the Reyna ng Palengke, DTI-3 also conducted this October a Product Standards Forum and Exhibit, Poster Making contest for high school students in Region 3, a Dulaang Pangmamimili contest and a seminar on Cybercrime. Victor Lorenzo, head of the Forensic Laboratory of the National Bureau of Investigation, served as the resource speaker on the Cybercrime seminar.

During the program, 31 newly accredited consumer organizations of DTI were recognized.  Sherlita Emeterio, president of Fedacor-3 joined DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P. Angeles and other officials in presenting their respective Certificates of Recognitions. Media partners who consistently help in disseminating information about consumer advocacies and activities were also recognized during the event.♦

Signing of DTI-DICT-NTC JMC on Prepaid Loads
Three top officials of DTI, DICT and NTC recently signed a Joint Memorandum Circular on the validity of prepaid loads.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) recently signed a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) amending NTC's Memorandum Circular No. 03-07-2009 or the Guidelines on Prepaid Loads in ceremonies held on December 20, 2017 in Makati City.

The amended guidelines now extend the expiration date of all prepaid loads of ICT providers and public telecommunications entities to one year from the date of top-up. This move affords subscribers more time to use their prepaid loads. Exclusion to this coverage will only be limited to those prepaid loads purchased for promotions and other services with a specific period of use, as approved by DTI and NTC.

Secretary Ramon Lopez shared with DICT OIC-Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba the importance of better protecting the rights of Filipinos as consumers, especially the existing users of 130 million cellphone SIMs, a figure significantly higher than the 75.57 million subscribers back in 2009. By extending the validity of prepaid loads, a consumer will have more flexibility in using telecommunication services. For MSMEs, this will facilitate business, whether making business calls or sending an SMS to their customers, or by accessing the internet to conduct e-commerce. Maximizing access and usage of telecommunication services develop greater opportunities, generating more inclusive development.

Moreover, Secretary Lopez highlighted that such move is part of President Duterte's goal of developing truly beneficial programs for the Filipino people.♦

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