TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 02 recently conducted a two (2) day product assessment and consultation during the OTOP Next Generation Assessment, Consultation and Triage (A.C.T) session held on April 5-6, 2018 at the DTI Regional Office No. 02 Negosyo Center Building, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The A.C.T session is part of the One Town One Product (OTOP) Program which aims to level up and scale up the services and assistances provided for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

For Region 02, a total of 50 MSMEs from the different provinces participated in the activity and underwent one-on-one consultation for branding, packaging and labeling with sought after consultants and experts for the food and non-food sector. A Food/ packaging and technology expert from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was also present during the activity.

Participating MSMEs brought with them their top 3 product lines subject for assessment and consultation. During the session, comments and recommendations were also provided to MSMEs on how they can improve their products to become more competitive and market adaptive.

In his message, DTI Region 02 OIC Regional Director, Mr. Ruben B. Diciano said that DTI will continue its commitment in nurturing MSMEs to become more competitive with strong brands that will significantly drive inclusive local economic growth.

Mr Leon Flores III, OTOP National Program Manager said that OTOP now shifts to more than just one product per place. According to him, a municipality can have 2 to 5 products under OTOP or none at all. For municipalities that do not have OTOP, they can provide support or complement to other municipalities as suppliers of raw materials and/or provide skills and labor.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga of DTI Regional Operations Group encouraged the MSMEs to open their minds to innovations and continuously seek on ways to scale up their business. She also made emphasis on the presence of various market access opportunities that the DTI provides to help MSMEs promote their products such as trade fairs, Go Lokal! and OTOP Philippines Hub. According to her there will be cross-regional exchange of best products from different regions to further promote the local products in the country.

DTI Region 02 Provincial Directors, Provincial Trade Promotion Officers and some media partners were also present during the activity.

The session was conducted in two batches. For the first batch, it was conducted for the MSMEs coming from the provinces of Quirino, Batanes and Nueva Vizcaya. Meanwhile, for the second batch, it was participated in by MSMEs from the province of Cagayan and Isabela.♦

Date of release: 17 April 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in CALABARZON, in collaboration with the Local Government of Alabat and the Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation (PCRDF), recently organized a Planning Workshop for the development of a Feasibility Study for the Makapuno Industry in Los Baños, Laguna.

The workshop was part of the Makapuno Island Project to revitalize the Makapuno Industry in CALABARZON and the DTI CALABARZON and DTI Foreign Trade Service Corps’ (FTSC) project of Transforming Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs): Philippine Makapuno Industry and Agribusiness Investment Promotion Program which will be piloted in the Alabat Island, Quezon Province.

“We should double our efforts to develop a brand for ‘Philippine Makapuno’ as this will encourage more investments and exports and benefit our overseas Filipinos as well as those at the grassroots level such as farmers and micro, small, and medium enterprises. It is also important to apply the 7Ms strategy for entrepreneurship (mindset change, mastery, mentoring, money, machine, market access, and models of business) in developing and promoting our makapuno,” DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo said.

Key industry players in the academe, government, and private sector such as the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Albay Research Center, PCA Region 4-A, Department of Agriculture - Lipa Agricultural Research and Experiment Station (DA-LARES), Bureau of Investments, Landbank of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 4-A, Pasciolco Agriventures, Southern Luzon State University, and Batangas State University were gathered to map out the Makapuno Value Chain, resulting to the identification of value chain actors and review of constraints in the value chain and products and markets. Inputs to the Makapuno Feasibility Study and next steps/concrete action plans were also determined.

“Several agencies have been continuously working hard for the development of Makapuno. Hence, products like Makapuno powder, Makapuno flakes, and Makgum or Galactomannan were developed. We hope to commercialize these products along with the Embryo Cultured Makapuno technology, and we would like CALABARZON to be the first region to do that,” emphasized DOST CALABARZON Director Alexander R. Madrigal on his hopes to revive the industry.♦

DTI Calabarzon Regional MSME Development

To promote, support, and strengthen the growth and development of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in all productive sectors of the economy, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A hosted a Special Organizational Meeting of the CALABARZON Regional MSME Development Council on 15 March 2018 in Calamba City, Laguna.

“MSMEs are the engine of economic growth. That’s why before going up, they should already be capacitated for them to be globally competitive, resilient, sustainable, and innovative,” said DTI Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Director Jerry T. Clavesillas.

Clavesillas tackled the MSME Development Plan 2017-2022 Framework with business environment, business capacity, and business opportunities as focus areas. The plan serves as the scheme for the convergence of initiatives adopted and implemented by different stakeholders towards the growth and development of the MSME sector in the Philippines.

“The strategic goals are improved business climate, improved access to finance, enhanced management and labor capacities, improved access to technology and innovation, and improved access to market,” added Clavesillas.

The framework also takes into consideration global issues and provides cross-cutting strategies such as to expand MSME assistance centers, promote women and youth entrepreneurship,

strengthen the role of the local government units, maximize opportunities in the digital and Internet economy, and promote green growth.

On the other hand, some of the important points discussed during the meeting were: the Resolution to Adapt MSMED Council Resolution No. 04 Series of 2016, “Approving the Organization and Institutionalization of the Regional MSMED Councils,” where the Regional Council is chaired by the DTI Regional Director and Co-Chaired by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Resolution to Adapt MSMED Council Resolution No. 04 Series of 2017,”Approving the Revised Terms of Reference of the Provincial MSMED Council in line with the Republic Act 10644: Go Negosyo Act,” where the Provincial Council Chair is the President of any active MSME organization in the province and co-chaired by the Provincial Government Representative; election of Council Officers and identification of possible Officers and Members; and the schedule for the submission of the 2017-2022 Provincial MSME Development Plan.

The participants in the meeting were the DTI-BSMED, Department of Agriculture 4-A, Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood, and Entrepreneurial Development Office, Development Bank of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Economic Development Authority 4-A, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and SB Corporation.

“Through the Regional MSME Development Council, we aim to coordinate and work closely with different agencies and sectors to address the needs of our MSMEs and to help bring them into the economic mainstream,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.♦

Date of release: 15 March 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) CALABARZON Region will help micro, small and medium enterprises develop their products to make it more marketable through the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program.

“For this year, DTI 4-A targets to assist 375 MSMEs under the program, 130 of which will be enrolled in Product Development and the remaining 245 will be capacitated through various training sessions and seminars. We want to encourage our MSMEs to innovate and to be more competitive in terms of quality, design, packaging/labeling, marketability, branding, and production and delivery capacity to be able to create more jobs and to stimulate both the local and international trade,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Toledo.

DTI 4-A conducted a Regional Orientation for the OTOP program’s Assessment, Consultation, and Triage (ACT) session held at the Hotel Marciano in Calamba City, Laguna on 10 April 2018 to DTI 4-A staff, commissioned designers, food experts, and brand consultants to ensure a uniform execution of the ACT sessions in the provinces and calibrate the various directions for the region.

OTOP Philippines is a priority stimulus program for Micro and Small and Medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) as government’s customized intervention to drive inclusive local economic growth. The program enables localities and communities to determine, develop, support, and promote culturally-rooted products or services where they can be the best at or best renowned for.
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga of DTI Regional Operations Group encouraged the MSMEs to aspire competing with the best in the world."

“DTI is providing market access opportunities such as trade fairs, Go Lokal!, and now the OTOP Philippines Hub where the best of our local products can be found. It is important that we open our minds and hearts – innovate and modernize in terms of design, learn from our customers, and seek ways to scale up so we can meet the demands of the market,” said Du-Naga.

“OTOP is a strategic program to build pride of place and for localities to focus on products that they can be the best at. We encourage the private sector and the local government units to take their OTOP seriously so we can build enterprises and generate more jobs. In 2017, the program was able to assist 6,519 MSMEs and develop and improve 4,960 products all over the country. We hope to do more this year."♦

Date of release: 12 April 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau, will conduct a forum on Doing Business in Free Trade Areas: Regional Exporters Coaching Session on February 20, 2018 in Tagaytay City to help CALABARZON companies understand the impact of economic integration on their businesses.

The event is part of DTI-EMB’s Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) for 2018, as it partners with more DTI regional and provincial offices, Negosyo Centers, local government units and private-sector organizations like the PhilExport and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The forum is divided into two activities. The first part is the learning sessions that will help participants understand Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the markets covered by the FTAs, significance of these markets in terms of size, demographics, income, attractiveness, statistical indicators on the trend and progress for Philippine trade in these markets, tariff classification, and the process of registering to the Client Profile Registration System (CPRS). The speakers will be from the DTI-EMB, Tariff Commission, and Bureau of Customs. The second part is a one-on-one counselling with exporters and potential exporters.

“We want to help CALABARZON exporters and potential exporters to become more competitive by providing them valuable information on productivity, innovation, and updates on export trends. Moreover, we want to help in sustaining the export growth,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.♦

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