Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne “Jamjam” Baronda (right) shares to DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (center) the needs of the residents in Brgy. Baldoza in Lapaz, Iloilo. A number of residents here produce and supplies native delicacies to several store outlets in the metropolis and nearby areas like fried lumpia, ‘suman,’ and ‘puto lanson,’ among others.
DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon discuss to Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne “Jamjam” Baronda the possible interventions that the DTI could extend to the residents of Brgy. Baldoza in Lapaz, Iloilo City. A number of residents here produce native delicacies being sold in stores and nearby areas like fried lumpia, ‘suman,’ and ‘puto lanson,’ among others.


DTI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne “Jamjam” Baronda are collaborating with each other on the possible projects to improve the working condition of micro entrepreneurs in the metropolis.

On Friday, October 18, Baronda brought Rascon in Brgy. Baldoza in Lapaz, Iloilo City to show a group of people here producing various native delicacies like fired lumpia, ‘suman,’ ‘puto lanson,’ and ‘becho-becho,” among others.

Baronda said the residents have been into this kind of business for a few decades already.

These delicacies are either supplied in restaurants, displayed in local stores or being sold by hawkers in the city and nearby areas. But, until now government intervention has yet to reach them.

Baronda said that she had been reaching out to the constituents on possible programs and initiatives to improve their livelihood. And, instead of these people visiting her office, she prefers to immerse with them to identify the problem and recognize the interventions needed.

Rascon and Baronda also visited a group of seamstresses producing bags in adjacent Brgy. Kaingin, also in Lapaz. Baronda said that the community had been producing bags made of ‘katcha’ cloth.

Rascon said that the DTI could “bring our programs and projects to these communities” such as the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay and linking with possible funding from the Pondo sa Pagbabag at Pag-asenso (P3) Program with the Small Business Corporation.

“We have trainings and seminars to improve their products and their packaging. Qualified beneficiaries can also avail our Shared Service Facility Project (SSF),” she said. Rascon expressed willingness to work with Baronda’s office to have these into realization soon.♦ 

Date of Release: 22 October 2019


At least 210 participants registered in this year’s Consumer Fun Run on Sunday, September 29. The activity marks the beginning of the month-long Consumer Welfare Month celebration this October

A total of 210 participants registered and joined the recently concluded 4th Consumer Fun Run initiated by the DTI VI which traversed the three-kilometer loop from the Sunburst Park to City Mall – Parola and back, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2019.

With the theme, “Sustainable Consumption: Understanding the Impact of Consumer Choices in a Shared Environment,” the activity was part of the campaign to strengthen public awareness of their rights, interests, and as well as responsibilities as consumers.

DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon, who also took time to join the fun run, welcomed the participants as she emphasized the importance of having a full grasp of one’s privileges as consumers.

A consumer must understand their rights to: basic needs, safety, information, choose; representation; redress; consumer education; and, healthy environment. And, their responsibilities: critical awareness, action, social concern, environmental awareness, and solidarity.

Those who joined the activity were from the academe, other national government agencies namely: PhilHealth, SSS, DoH, BSP, DENR, OWWA, PNP, DAR, and Bureau of Immigration, among others; and, Bagwis-awardee establishments, among others.♦

Date of release: 07 October 2019


Enforcement teams deployed in the different provinces here checks on the markings on steel bars in randomly selected hardware stores in the region.

Of the 41 establishments randomly monitored by enforcement teams deployed in the provinces here, 18 hardware stores were found selling uncertified/ substandard steel bars following the synchronized conduct of monitoring and enforcement in the country yesterday.

In Iloilo Province, four establishments were caught selling uncertified/ substandard steel bars out of the 17 establishments monitored; Aklan Province has three out of the five stores checked; Antique Province with three out of the seven stores monitored; Negros Occidental Province with five out of the six monitored; Guimaras Province with two out of the three establishments checked; and, Capiz Province with one violator out of the three hardware stores monitored.

These establishments have 48 hours to explain at DTI Provincial Offices why formal charges should not be filed against them. Sanctions for violating the Products Standards Law include imposition of administrative fine and confiscation of non-conforming products for disposition in accordance with DTI and Commission on Audit rules and regulations.

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon earlier said that business establishment owners, especially those selling mandatory products, have been invited and/or have undergone orientations on products standards “but there are still those who violate."
Rascon calls on business establishments to comply with the Product Standards Law. She also encouraged the public to report unscrupulous business establishments.

“We are serious in implementing the laws. Let us not deny the consumers the quality of the product that they buy,” she said. “While businessmen aim for profit, they should be held liable for violations that cause the loss of life and property,” she added.♦

Date of release: 8 July 2019

Jocyl and Heinz Militar

Heinz Militar made true his desire of providing homegrown entrepreneurs a better platform in selling their products and services, likewise informing consumers of locally-made products available in the market.

Militar, the brains behind the e-commerce platform - OneAklan WantAklan, said that the idea originated and developed following his inclusion as a mentee of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship.

OneAklan WantAklan is both a web-based and mobile-based e-commerce platform that consolidates the products and services of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Province of Aklan.

“I was already a home-based web developer but I have a passion to create a digitized community. Opportunity came when I was included in the KMME Program. Through my mentor, Mr. Clarke Nebrao, he floated the idea of a consolidated app for MSMEs. I got excited and immediately developed it. The rest was history,” Militar said.

The KMME Program is a coaching and mentoring program consisting of 10 modules to be conducted and undertaken in partnership with institutions specializing in functional areas of entrepreneurship.

“Through the app, we connect thousands of buyers and sellers around the nation while at the same time empowering the people and creating economic opportunities for local MSMEs,” Militar said.

Militar and his wife, Jocyl, manages Jocyl’s Food Products. They also own Selah Studio.


Militar’s advocacy and passion to digitize the community coupled with the strong support coming from his mentors from the DTI - Maam Bec, Maam Maricar, Maam Stella - as well as from the PCE drove him to develop the application.

“Some of my fellow MSMEs were excited to be part of the platform. It is something that they want to do but they don’t know how. They said that I am the one responding to that need,” he shared.

The Province of Aklan is the first province in the country to launch an application providing digital exposure to local MSMEs. It was developed to help bridge the gap in promoting e-commerce in the Province of Aklan.

Customers request for products and services through the platform while providing income opportunities to the taskers – with the provision of crowd-servicing, crowdsourcing, or crowd-shipping creating micro-entrepreneurs – who fulfil their requests.

“Using this platform, we are building a community of micro -entrepreneurs to provide skilled services, errands, deliveries, and many more. It is not profit-oriented but rather service-oriented. To be able to create meaningful public partnerships for the inclusive growth of a community is what OneAklan stands for,” explained Militar.


Militar admitted that he had his apprehensions prior to the development of the application.

How ready is the community to accept a new digital culture? How can I convince people to adapt, download the app and use the application? And, “we need a strong marketing campaign to be able to encourage both buyers and sellers to use it,” he said.

“Capital funding is also a factor because we need to sustain our day-to-day operations. But we know that very soon, e-commerce will be a huge part of our economy so we do not give up. Rather, we continue to improve what we have started, market it as best as we can, and make use of the limited funds and resources that we have,” said Militar.

At present, Militar said the company is at 75 percent successful, while the remaining 25 percent “lies on our target market and influencing them to use the app.” On the side of the MSMEs, he said, we are already successful in the sense that we were able to promote them in the digital market. We were able to gather orders for them and even linked them to institutional buyers who have become their regular clients. The remaining challenge is being profitable and sustainable. I believe we are on the right track of achieving success.”

oneAklan GO

The e-commerce platform, OneAklan WantAklan, was able to consolidate the products and services offered by MSMEs in one digital platform. It has become an advantage of MSMEs because there is a team that markets for them.

Militar said that the application has offered convenience to customers and the community, by shopping online and taking away the hassles of going from store-to-store, saving so much time and effort.

Militar said that they have also made available a new app called oneAklan-GO --- an on-demand service application which provides income opportunities to taskers and convenience to users needing specific products and services.

“Through the app, we create a healthy economy, by linking products and services to customers who are actually needing them,” he added.


The Department of Information and Communications Technology has nominated the OneAklan, WantAklan, as a start-up company, to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Awards 2019.

The award is an annual recognition of organizations exemplifying best ICT achievements in promoting creativity and transformative innovations, advancing the adoption of ICT, and elevating growth and development of ASEAN economy and bringing ASEAN ICT products to the international market.

The award has six categories, specifically: public sector, private sector, corporate social responsibility, digital content, start-up company, and research and development. An ASEAN member state is entitled to nominate a maximum of three entries per category.

Aside from Aklan’s OneAklan, Want Aklan, other nominees are Mina, Iloilo’s Budget, Accounting, Treasury and Assessment Electronic Comprehensive Income and Expenditures Management System (BATA-e-CIEMS); and, Iloilo Provincial Government’s Province-Wide Electronic Assessment and Collection System (eAssyscols).

Winners will be announced during the 3rd ASEAN ICT Awards 2019 in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic on 23-24 October 2019.

For more information, you may download oneAklan and oneAklan-GO from the PlayStore or AppStore. Or visit our website♦

Date of release: 16 August 2019


In line with DTI’s mandate of ensuring that consumers are provided with safe and quality products, the DTI-6 joins nationwide monitoring and enforcement especially on product standards on 5 July 2019.

The DTI-6 has a total of 13 teams simultaneously deployed in Iloilo (4), Aklan (2), Antique (2), Capiz (2), Guimaras (1) and Negros Occidental (2) for this enforcement activity.

The Philippine National Standards (PNS) requires that all deformed steel bars shall have a clearly embossed manufacturer’s logo as well as the bar size in line with PNS requirements. Sizes vary in diameter from 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm, 36mm, 40mm and 50mm.

On the other hand, rerolled steel bars vary from 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm in diameter sizes.

Steel bars are mainly used as concrete reinforcement in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures. Using certified standard steel bars ensures the safety of building and home occupants.

The establishments issued with NoV have 48 hours to explain at DTI Provincial Offices why formal charges should not be filed against them. Sanctions for violating the Products Standards Law include imposition of administrative fine and confiscation of non-conforming products for disposition in accordance with DTI and Commission on Audit rules and regulations.♦

Date of release: 8 July 2019

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