DTI-Region 8 Summary of Programs and Projects


Business and Investment Enabling Environment (BIEE)

1. Negosyo Center

RA 10644 mandates the establishment of a Negosyo Center in all provinces, cities and municipalities. Some of the major functions of Negosyo Centers are:

(a) Promote ease of doing business and access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction;
(b) Coordinate and facilitate processes of government related to the set-up and management of MSMEs;
(c) Accept and facilitate all registration application of MSMEs;
(d) Coordinate with the respective local government units (LGUs) and liaise with concerned government agencies to process the duly accomplished forms submitted by the MSMEs.

At present, there are 51 Negosyo Centers established in various cities and municipalities in the region.

2. Business Name Registration

Business Name (BN) Registration is one of the principal front-line services of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It aims to maintain a nationwide registry of business names mainly on Sole Proprietorship.

3. Philippine Business Registry

The Philippines Business Registry (PBR) is a Government-initiated project that facilitates business registration-related transactions by integrating all agencies involved in business registration, such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, SSS, BIR and the LGUs.

4. Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

Cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score. The overall competitiveness score is the sum of scores on three main pillars which pool data from several sub-indicators. The three main pillars are: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure. Scores are determined by the values of the actual data, as well as the completeness of the submitted data. The higher the score of a city or municipality, the more competitive it is.

5. Local Investment and Incentives Code, and Capacity Building for Local Government Unit

On streamlining business permit and licensing system (BPLS), and ease of doing business.

6. Industry Cluster Enhancement (ICE) Program

Value chain analysis and upgrading action planning for industry and Livelihood development services for MSMEs in identified priority industry clusters: coco coir, wearable and homestyle, cacao, processed fruits and nuts, bamboo, coffee, coconut.

7. Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) Program

DTI-DPWH tie-up to fast track construction of access roads/bridges that facilitate trade among priority supply chains and enterprises to markets, logistic hubs, terminals, and ports.

Access to Market (A2M)

1. Product Development

Product development, also called new product management, is a series of steps that includes the conceptualization, design, development and marketing of newly created or newly rebranded goods or services.

2. Participation in Local Trade Fairs

– Kasadyaan Fair
– Bahandi Fair
– Arts and Crafts Fair
– OTOP Fair
– National Trade Fair

3. Participation in Foreign Trade Fairs

– Manila FAME
– Japan Fair
– Ambiente

4. One Town, one Product Next Generation (OTOP NEXT GEN)

DTI offers a comprehensive assistance package empowering MSMEs through product development, online marketing, standard compliance and training.
5. Brand Equity Development Program
Brand development and promotion for quality local products that promotes “pride of place”, and crates “happy and fully satisfied customers”.

Access to Finance (A2F)

1. Small Business Corporation (SBC)

Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) is a government financial institution attached to the Department of Trade and Industry and mandated to provide financing and credit guarantees to the country’s MSMEs.

2. SBC – Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing

SBC – Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing Program is a disaster-response program of the Small Business Corporation designed to put back on their feet enterprises stricken by natural calamities, especially those destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

3. Financial Facilitation with GFIs to assist MSMEs affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda

DTI assists MSMEs by facilitating and coordinating their respective business loan applications with government financing institutions such as Landbank, Development Bank of the Philippines, etc.

4. Financial Facilitation with conduits of SBC to assist MSMEs affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda

DTI assists MSMEs by facilitating and coordinating their respective business loan applications with lending institutions, cooperatives or groups who are micro-finance conduits of the Small Business Corporation.

5. Pondo Para sa Pagbabago at Pagsenso (P3)

Alternative source of financing that is easy to access at reasonable cost for micro entrepreneurs who do not have access to credit or access it at a very high cost. Currently, the beneficiaries of P3 are market vendors and stall owners of the Tacloban City Supermarket.

6. New Financing Products
· Trade Inventory Build-up Loan Fund
· Food and Drugs (FDA) Licensing and Production Site Compliance Loan Fund
· Patents Licensing and Inventory Build Up Equity Fund
· Commercialization of Innovation Awardees Equity Fund
· Halal and Kosher Certification Loan Fund
· Equity Financing for Corporatized Micro Enterprises
· Loan Fund for Farm Development for Pocket Farmer-Entrepreneurs

Productivity and Efficiency (P&E)

1. Shared Service Facilities

Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project – A major component of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Program which aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.

2. Small Medium Enterprise Roving Academy (SMERA)

Continuous training and learning program through 7 stages of enterprise development to elevate and value MSMEs’ competitiveness in domestic and international market.

3. Project Kapatid Mentor Me Program

Kapatid Angat Lahat: Mentor Me Program intends to help micro and small entrepreneurs scale up their enterprises through weekly or regular coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioner-angelpreneurs on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship, with the end goal of producing confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and business know-how, who will be able to sustain and scale up their enterprises.

The program is a component of the KAPATID Project of the DTI in partnership with the Philippine Centre for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo that aims to push big and medium business including the micro and small enterprises (MSEs) or “Small Kapatid” into their companies’ value chains either as clients and consumers of their products and services, or as suppliers of raw materials, producers, or employees.

4. Livelihood Seeding Program
Training and business starter/recovery kits for MSMEs affected by super typhoon and located in less developed areas.

DTI e-Presyo

“e-Presyo” is the Online Price Monitoring System of the DTI designed to collect, process and store prices of basic necessities and prime commodities.
With the e-Presyo, consumers can check for the prevailing prices of basic necessities and prime commodities that are being monitored by the DTI.


The DTI conducts seminars and fora for the general consumers, students and retailers to inform, educate and empower them with the 8 Basic Consumer Rights and Consumer Responsibilities.

Bagwis Award

Recognition of business establishments that uphold the consumer rights and practice responsible business where consumers get the best value for money.

Diskwento Caravan

Providing opportunity for consumers to access basic goods, prime commodities, school supplies and noche buena items at reduced prices by bringing manufacturers and retailers close to their market in one place.

Consumer Welfare Month

Promoting dissemination of sound consumer information by both public and private sector, including the media, on subjects such as complaints and policies affecting consumer and encourage dialogue and cooperation among consumers, business and government and broaden the scope of consumer education by heightening consumer awareness.

Consumer Network (ConsumerNet)

Institutionalization of networking among government agencies with consumer protection function, provision of speedy resolution of consumer complaints and facilitation of flow of consumer protection information.

Timbangan ng Bayan

Installation of weighing scales with corresponding housing in public markets of key municipalities and cities for public use. It aims to protect consumers and the buying public from unscrupulous vendors and to provide public markets with a reliable and accurate weighing scale that consumers can use in case they doubt the accuracy of the weighing scales used by vendors.

Law Implementation

RA 7394 (Consumer Act of the Philippines)
RA 7581 (Price Act) and RA 10623
RA 7432 (The Senior Citizens Act) and RA 9257
RA 9994 (The Expanded Senior Citizens Act)
RA 10909 (No Shortchanging Act of 2016)
Products Standards and ICC Matters: RA 4109; DAO 2, s. 2007; DAO 4, s. 2008; DAO 5, s. 2008