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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.

Service-oriented

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.

Achievement

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.

Nomination

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 www.oneaklan.com.♦

Date of release: 16 August 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

The DTI together with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) launched the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW), and the Money and Market Encounter (MME) on Friday, June 21, in Iloilo City.

The MME opened the registration of participants from 8AM at the MO2 Westown Hotel in Smallville Complex, while at the same time the MMOW opened around 10AM at the North Point Event Center in SM City Iloilo.

The MMOW is a FREE one-on-one nationwide mentorship session with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This mentorship event focuses on two topics with regards to business mentorship: entrepreneurial mind-setting, and marketing.

PCE-accredited mentors listened and coached participants in various business industries like food, manufacturing, healthcare, service, agriculture, creative, information and technology, retail, and education, among others.

Each mentee was given 30 minutes during the mentorship session.

The MME, on the other hand, provided opportunity to at least 150 mentee-graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program from Region VI to link with other financial institutions and market opportunities.

Module on markets was discussed with partner institutions who are into digital platforms, the brick and mortar and the cashless payment applications. Money module followed through as banking and other financial institutions present their latest offering for MSMEs.

Mentee graduates freely interacted and sought assistance through business matching that could provide them with additional capital or resources and potential markets – online and offline.♦

Date of release: 24 June 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

The DTI Aklan Provincial Office launched the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Brangay (NSB) last June 13 and 14, 2019 in the barangays of Gibon, Toledo and Laserna of Nabas, Aklan. Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay in Gibon, Nabas was the first official NSB launching in Aklan.

The launching, in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office, was attended by local officials, potential and existing entrepreneurs, and other community members.

A total of 355 participants were encouraged to do business. Aside from Information Advocacy Campaign, topic also includes Entrepreneurship cum Business Opportunities and Financial Literacy.

The Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay is an initiative of the DTI through its Negosyo Centers which aims to, 1) Increase awareness about the services offered by the DTI through its Negosyo Centers; 2) to identify MSMEs with business operations within barangays; and 3) to conduct business development assistance and other services.

These NSBs will be conducted in the 38 municipalities in Aklan belonging to the 4th to 5th income class, targeting a total of 3,800 existing and would be entrepreneurs.

Through the NSB Initiative, DTI Negosyo Center brings the services and assistance of DTI closer to the grassroots level of the communities.♦

Date of release: 19 June 2019

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