Ta-RUN-a! DTI in partnership with the Philippine Statistics Office, DTI 8 ECC, City of Tacloban, IPO Phil Region 8 Satellite Office, and CIAP Region 8 Satellite Office, brings you the DTI-PSA: Consumer and Stat Man FUNRUN 2019 on 29 September 2019, 4:00 AM at the Tacloban CIty Hall Grounds.

As the Department celebrates the Consumer Month, this Fun Run will serve as an advocacy campaign to promote awareness on the impact of consumer choices to environmental sustainability. Region 8 takes part in the simultaneous conduct of consumer fun runs across the nation where DTI continues to heighten consumer vigilance and consumer education.

Registration Fee is PHP 300.00 only inclusive of singlet, race bib and a hot meal. Register now at the DTI Regional Office 8, 2F Leyte Academic Center, Pawing, Palo, Leyte or contact the Consumer Protection Division at (053) 323-7360.

This is open to all ages, different walks of life, and even foreign citizens. Categories for the runners are 5 kilometer and 3 kilometer-run for male and female respectively.♦

Date of Release: 10 September 2019

BAHANDI Eastern Visayas Trade Fair, brings the “BAHANDI” – treasures and wealth, of Region 8 to the heart of Metro Manila at SM Megamall on October 3-7, 2019.

The event provides a marketing platform for big buyers to meet and source products that are high-quality and uniquely Eastern Visayas. This year’s Fair shall treat buyers and visitors to handcrafted fashion accessories, housewares, decors, furniture, and artisan food honed from island-living lifestyle of Region 8’s locals, yet increasingly becoming part of trendy items in domestic and world markets.
To date, a total of 151 producer-exhibitors from the Homestyles and Wearables and Processed Food sectors are participating in the Fair. On exhibit will be prototypes of newly-developed products and packaging innovation resulting from assistance under the One Town-One Product (OTOP) Next Gen, Go Lokal, Kapatid Mentor Micro-Enterprises (KMME) Programs, Shared Service Facilities (SSF), DTI CARP, and Rural Agro-Industrial Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth).

The producers include those who are currently supplying Go Lokal! Stores in Rustan’s, SM, Glorietta, Robinsons Place, City Mall, Duty Free Philippine Fiesta Mall, selected Shopwise Stores, Enchanted Kingdom theme park, and in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
This year, the total targeted sales by all MSME-exhibitors is P35M which is higher from last year’s P32M total sales.

Bahandi 2019 will be an avenue to forge long-term partnerships with domestic and international buyers. It aims to increase the visibility of MSMEs in the domestic, as well as global market, and build-up buyers’ confidence on their reliability, dependability and consistency as suppliers of quality goods.♦

Date of release: 10 September 2019


Through the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) Program, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted the BAHANDI Eastern Visayas Trade Fair on 10-13 June, and the Samar Trade Fair alongside with the Diskwento Caravan and Entrepreneurship Seminar on 18 June 2019.

The TNK Caravan is a successful joint undertaking of DOLE, DTI, and other government agencies since 2017. It sought to bring Jobs and Business Fair all in one event to support creation of employment and income opportunities in Region 8.

Through the BAHANDI Trade Fair in Tacloban and the Samar Trade Fair in Catbalogan, 77 of DTI’s assisted micro, small and medium enterprises generated a total sales of PHP 2, 672, 994.00. The marketing activities were effective in promoting and bringing our local MSMEs and their products accessible to our local customers, tourists and institutional buyers. This also proves that local entrepreneurs and their products are more responsive to market demands.

DTI Samar also conducted a free entrepreneurship seminar which was participated by 51 livelihood beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The entrepreneurship seminar discussed topics on entrepreneurial mind-setting to help the participants in improving their operations and sustaining their livelihood.

With the DTI Negosyo Centers, the Department also put up an information booth where job seekers who are potential entrepreneurs can get free business counselling and information about DTI programs and projects. This is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs to easily access processing services for business name registration and assistance to entrepreneurial capacity development, product and packaging improvement, branding and marketing.

The Department moves toward spurring entrepreneurial revolution and encouraging the formalization and growth of our MSMEs through various business development initiatives.

DTI looks forward to working with partner government agencies in promoting competitiveness of local micro, small and medium enterprises in the domestic and foreign markets.♦

Date of release: 1 July 2019

Rampant reports of substandard products proliferating in the market have been received by the Department of Trade and Industry in the past quarter. Thus, DTI conducted a simultaneous monitoring and enforcement across the country on 5 July 2019 to strengthen advocacy on product standards of certain construction materials.

DTI-8 mobilized its provincial monitoring and enforcement teams to ensure that consumers are provided with safe and quality products. All of the provincial offices have conducted their enforcement which resulted to 36 monitored firms in eight cities and municipalities covering Tacloban City, Carigara, Maasin City, Naval, Calbayog City, Catbalogan City, Borongan City, and Catarman.

Products covered were steel bars, cement, pvc and sanitary pipes, electrical and glass products. Based from the results, the firms monitored were compliant to product standards and fair trade laws. ♦

Date of release: 10 July 2019

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