SIQUIJOR – The participation of the Department of Trade and Industry – Siquijor Provincial Office in the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) in Siquijor was noteworthy. Held at the Siquijor State College campus in Larena on February 18-19, 2024, the event saw active involvement from the agency.

During the ceremonial turnover, the DTI handed over machines, equipment, tools, systems, accessories, and other auxiliary items, as well as skills and knowledge under a shared system to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs. The 4 SSF cooperators who received the Deed of Donation were NAPO, Romblon Weavers Association, Catulayan Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Siquijor State College Fabrication Laboratory, and LAWOMA.

DTI-SPO actively engaged in the KADIWA initiative by organizing a Diskwento Caravan, which featured the participation of Principality Inc. and the Siquijor Association of Food Entrepreneurs (SAFE). DTI’s involvement in the KADIWA initiative underscores its commitment to promoting entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and enhancing consumer welfare. Through such collaborative efforts, DTI continues to play a vital role in fostering economic growth and development at the grassroots level, contributing to the resilience and sustainability of local communities.

On the initial data of DTI-SPO during the fair, more than 650 beneficiaries benefited from a wide array of services, namely, Business Name Registration, Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Registration, Business Counseling, Consumer Advocacy, and Entrepreneurship Development Training for OFWs. Furthermore, informative training was conducted by Engr. Melvin C. Bernales of CPD-DTI7 about Orientation on Products Under Mandatory Certification.

Heading the DTI Delegation were Assistant Secretary Domingo Tolentino Jr. of DTI-Regional Operations Group, Regional Director Ma. Elena Arbon of DTI7, and OIC Provincial Director Juliet B. Banogon of DTI-SPO.

The Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) is an event organized by the government to provide essential services and assistance to communities across the Philippines. It aims to bring various government agencies, organizations, and service providers together to offer a wide range of services to the public, especially those in underserved areas.

These services can include healthcare, education, employment opportunities, social welfare programs, and more. The fair often features booths, workshops, seminars, and other activities designed to empower and support Filipino citizens in improving their quality of life. (PR/DTI Siquijor) ♦

Date of release: 20 February 2024