The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded 10,582 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Marawi siege with various livelihood starter kits in 2019.

This was revealed during the Bangon Marawi Press Briefing on November 28, 2019 at Grand Caprice Restaurant, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.

DTI is at 64.5% in accomplishing the provision of livelihood assistance to the Marawi beneficiaries, with 19,500 livelihood starter kits distributed in the previous year.

10,000 sari-sari store; 4,113 sewing; 9,869 bigasan; 3,000 baking; 3,000 karinderia; 1,000 school supplies; and 100 construction tool starter kits have been released since 2017.

DTI Regional Director Linda Boniao, who represented Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman, said that more than P10 million was also allocated for marketing the products of Maranaos. “Business is alive in Marawi and Lanao del Sur,” she added.

Maranao products have been displayed and sold in 10 trade fairs across the nation through the marketing assistance program. Retail spaces in malls and other selling platforms in 12 key cities were also provided to promote and sell Maranao products.

The Bangon Marawi press briefing panelists include Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo II, Acting Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade; Roderick Ibañez of National Housing Authority (NHA)-9 and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); Secretary Eduardo del Rosario of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson; and Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. of HUDCC and TFBM Field Office Manager. ♦

Date of Release: 28 November 2019



 The first batch of Enhanced Business Learning Session (EBLS) enrollees finished up with two (2) sessions before having their presenting their business plans at VIP Hotel on March 9, 2018.

After the graduation of the first Batch of EBLS, the 2nd Batch of EBLS enrollees were ushered through sessions on ‘Basic Marketing focusing on 4Ps’, ‘Review on Pricing and Costing based on Market Segments’, ‘Product Positioning and Branding, Consumer Behaviour’, ‘Product Promotion/Participation in Marketing Events’, ‘Customer Relation Management’ and ‘One on One Business Coaching on Marketing’.

The Enhanced Business Learning Session (EBLS) was also rolled out in the municipalities outside of Cagayan de Oro. Sessions on ‘Entrepreneurial Mind-setting and Values Formation’, ‘Basics of Marketing’ and ‘One-on-one Business Coaching on Marketing’ were already conducted.

DTI Misamis Oriental also started to roll-out another batch of Kapatid Mentor Me Program Enrollees for Cagayan de Oro during its launching last March 7, 2018. The following sessions were already conducted this March for the new KMME enrollees: ‘Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting & Values Formation’, ‘Marketing’, ‘Product Development’, and ‘Market Growth and Expansion’.

Apart from the committed conduct of EBLS training, DTI-Misamis Oriental also continues to accommodate requests for resource speaker, conducts entrepreneurship orientation and other activities not classified under EBLS.


    • DTI conducted Silk & Sinamay Weaving Training with Tinabuan at Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental last March 5, 2018
    • A 2nd round of product development consultation was again conducted with Ms. Maria Teresita Pasola last March 12-13, 2018 in preparation for the participation of Misamis Oriental to Manila FAME. The following companies will be participating:
      • Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper
      • Salay Handmade Paper Industries Inc.
      • SRV Dayawan Handmade Paper
      • Puyo Handicrafts
      • Tinabuan Arts and Crafts
      • Chris Gomez Designs 
    • A study mission to Quezon Province with LGU-Talisayan BuB Beneficiaries last March 12-16

There were a lot of marketing events that were conducted in March either initiated by DTI or privately organized. The following were the World Food Expo held at LimKetKai, CDO, Big Bite at Centrio Mall and Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair at Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Other Highlights:

  • DTI Misamis Oriental conducted a BEST Game Trainor’s Training for Negosyo Center Coordinators throughout MIsamis Oriental last March 13-16, 2018 at VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro
  • Furthermore, DTI also conducted a Focus Group Discussion with the intent of gathering inputs on how to further improve Negosyo Center Services last March 21, 2018 at VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro
  • DTI also provided consultancy services during the Misamis Oriental Provincial Government Stakeholder's Consultative Forum held at Capitol Training Center, Cagayan de Oro City last March 8, 2018
  • DTI also participated the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan: Grand Serbisyo Caravan organized by the Department of Labor and Employment last March 16, 2018. In collaboration with different government agencies, DTI provided advisory services to participants of the job fair.
  • Amidst the busyness of DTI Mis. Or., the office was able to conduct a one-day 5S/Empty Day Session last March 17, 2018, in preparation for the Regional Internal Quality Audit. The provincial internal quality audit for Misamis Oriental was conducted last March 22, 2018.
  • DTI Mis. Or. Consumer Protection Division continues to support the Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council as it regularly conducts its quarterly meeting. The 1st quarter meeting was conducted last March 21, 2018 at 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Mayor’s Office, Cagayan de Oro.
  • DTI Mis. Or. Consumer Protection Division continues to conduct Information and Education Advocacy. The following sessions were conducted in March:






FTL Briefing with Philippines Seven Corp. (711)

Training Room, DTI Cagayan de Oro

March 26, 2018


Consumer Education for the Differently abled Women Network Philippines, Inc. (DAWN)

Lawndale Spring Resort, Cagayan de Oro

March 16, 2018


Briefing to Negosyo Center Coordinators on BN Registration

VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro

March 16, 2018

Operation Timbagan

Holy Week is a time for penance for our sins, remembering the sacrifices of our Lord Jesus Christ and recollection asking for forgiveness. In the island province of Camiguin, this celebration is both a catholic devotion as well as a tourism event. It is highlighted by a walk around the island as a sign of sacrifice for devotees, visitors and tourists as well, locally termed as PANAAD. For this year it falls on March 25 to April 1, 2018, from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday.

PANAAD is considered as a major tourism event in the island wherein thousands of devotees and tourists flock in the island as it is also a long weekend. As part of its preparation, the provincial government of Camiguin, all the local government units in the different municipalities and various national agencies converge their endeavors to make the event memorable to visitors and their needs are addressed during their stay in the province.

DTI organized a composite team to conduct Operation Timbangan coming from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Local Government Unit (LGU)-Treasurer and Municipal Agriculture, Consumer Organization (CO) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Out of 201 stores visited around the island, there were 6 defective weighing scales confiscated. Presented below are the number of firms visited and weighing scales confiscated per municipality.



No. of Stores Visited

No. of Standard Weighing Scales

No. of Defective Weighing Scales































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