DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and ISAT-U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong ink the Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement between the DTI-6 and the ISAT U during the turnover of the Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modeling (FabLab) Equipment at the ISAT-U Research Hub on December 21, 2018. (standing, from left) DTI-6 Asst. Regional Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, ISAT-U DTI FABLAB Officer-in-Charge Engr. Ramon Alguidano Jr., DTI Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr., ISAT U Planning and Development and Auxiliary Services Director Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud, ISAT U VP for Administration and Finance Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., and Research Services Division Director Dr. Richard C. de Leon.

With its strategic location and accessibility to entrepreneurs and the proactive approach of the management to house the facility, prompted the DTI-6 to put up the first Fabrication Laboratory in Region 6 at the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U).

On 21 December, DT-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and ISAT U President D. Raul F. Muyong ink the Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement between DTI-6 and ISAT U during the turnover of the Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modeling (FabLab) Equipment, a Shared Service Facility (SSF), at the ISAT-U Research Hub

“The facilities can assist our small and medium enterprises. It can assist in our innovation initiatives,” Muyong said. He added that innovation and technology is part of the university’s vision and mission in helping the community.

Muyong expressed gratitude that the DTI-6 chose ISAT-U as the cooperator of the FabLab facility.

“This is a big advantage for us. This is the first fabrication laboratory in Western Visayas. It is very relevant since we offer engineering design. This will also help in promoting our research initiatives,” he said.

Director Rascon said that the facility was put up at the ISAT-U “because of its accessibility and the full support of the management. When I first talk to Dr. Muyong, I saw his interest and the energy and the drive of Dr. Carmelo B. Ambut enhanced the qualification of ISAT-U as cooperator.”

Dr. Ambut is ISAT-U’s vice president for research and extension.

“The responsibility that they gave to the next in rank in manning the project will pave the way for the sustainability of the facility,” she added.

Director Rascon said that not only the students will benefit from the facility but also the micro, small and medium enterprises, who will further avail of the services of ISAT-U.

DTI-6 provided the machineries and equipment for the Fabrication Laboratory which includes laser cutter, plasma cutter, wood router, embroidery machine, thermal former, large scale tarpaulin printer, and laptop housed at the ISAT U Research Hub Building.♦

Date of release: 28 December 2018

The participants and coaches during the two-day Coaching and Mentoring for SSF Cooperators together with the DTI staff. (seated from left) Mentors Rex Dagdag, Clarke Nebrao, Lester Mark Yee, DTI VI Asst. Regional Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon, Atty. Sharon Millan, Merianne Bebit, Melodie Buendia and Mario Tajanlangit.

With the successful conduct of the first ever coaching and mentoring for Shared Service Facility (SSF) cooperators in November, the DTI-6 organized another similar session to 40 SSF cooperators at Days Hotel Iloilo on 19-20 December.

The activity is aimed at strengthening and providing direction for the advancement of SSFs.

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon initiated the breakthrough aimed to diagnose the gaps in the usage of the facility and how to further improve and maximize the utilization of the SSFs.

Engr. Ramon Alguidano Jr. of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) expressed his gratefulness as he was able to understand and comprehend the importance of the SSF, and how it would benefit the community or the university, in particular.

The ISAT-U will house the Fabrication Laboratory, an SSF project of the DTI VI.

Clarke Nebrao, an expert in business development, marketing, and branding, among others, encouraged the cooperators to “make entrepreneurship the key to success,” empowering the MSMEs to be world-class by championing local and aiming global.

“Keep on learning,” said Lester Mark Yee. He said that there are lots of opportunities especially on food products. “Always consider the availability and sustainability of your raw materials,” said Yee, a CPA and Chairman of the Board and President-Esprutingkle Group of Companies, based in the Province of Antique.

Melodie Buendia, also a CPA, advised cooperators to consider their facilities as their own. “Claim ownership and make use of it. Maximize its usage and take care of it,” Buendia said.

Other coaches and mentors were Emerson Lim, entrepreneur and food technologist consultant; Rex Florencio Dagdag, president/manager of Creatif Products and Services; Mario Tajanlangit, CEO/president of E-Cube International Development Corp.; Marianne T. Bebit, Intellectual Property Satellite Office (IPSO) - Iloilo Field Operations Specialist; and, Mary’O Penetrante, CPA and Director of the business Assistance Center at the Central Philippine University.

The DTI-6 mulls of conducting similar sessions in the future to further strengthen its SSF.

Presently, the DTI has 72 SSFs in Region VI, with 74 more SSFs expected to operate in 2019.♦

Date of release: 21 December 2018

The public are advised to check the marks when buying electrical lights to ensure that these have passed the Philippine standards. Locally-manufactured products must bear the necessary PS mark,while imported products have the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark.

While Christmas lights are part of the festive celebration during the yuletide season, it is not about the bulbs or how the lights play in buying one, said DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon.

“Let us be careful. Those with the [PS/ICC] marks passed our standards,” she said.

Further, for those who will be recycling Christmas lights from last year, carefully inspect the plug and wires of the lighting set for brittle and dented parts as the insulation material made of polyvinyl chloride plastic deteriorates over time.
The recommended usability period for Christmas lights is three years.

Rascon also noted the presence of several supermarket that have mushroomed in the metropolis and even in the nearby towns providing a lot of choices to the consumers. “Before buying, survey first. We have all the choices where to buy,” she said.

“Even if we have excess money, let us be frugal and prudent in buying what we need. What is important is you buy the essentials,” Rascon said, adding the people should start buying as early as now to avoid the rush and the long queue in the supermarkets as the holiday nears.♦

Date of release: 6 December 2018

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (seated, second from left) and DTI VI Consumer Protection Division Chief Felisa Judith Degala (seated, center), together with DTI the staff, join the Bagwis Awardees during the awarding ceremonies at The Venue, The Avenue, Smallville Commercial Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City on 19 December.

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon encouraged the consuming public to buy goods and patronize business establishments accredited with Bagwis Award to ensure they get their money’s worth.

“The Bagwis seal is a guarantee of quality and safe products and services in these accredited establishments,” Rascon said during the Bagwis Award ceremonies held at The Avenue, Smallville Commercial Complex in Mandurriao, Iloilo City on 19 December.

The Bagwis Award recognizes establishments that uphold the rights of consumers while practicing responsible business where consumers get the best value for money. It encourages the setting up of Consumer Welfare Desks or an equivalent customer relations office that provides information to consumers and serve as a mechanism for the speedy resolution of consumer complaints.

This year, a total of 37 business establishments from all over Region 6 were accredited and received their respective Bagwis Seals - two (2) Gold Awardees, 21 Silver Awardees, and 14 Bronze Awardees.

Bronze Awardees are those business establishments who are compliant to Fair Trade Laws and with Consumer Welfare Desk (CWD) or an equivalent customer relations office inside the mall; the Silver Awardees have achieved the Bronze requirements plus social responsibility; while, the Gold Awardees have achieved the Silver requirements with some elements aligned to ISO 9001.

The Bagwis Award shall be valid for three years from the date of conferment. The recognition is applicable to all business establishments nationwide which have been existent for at least one year such as supermarket/grocery store, department store, specialty store, appliance center, hardware store, convenience store, and DTI-accredited service and repair shop.

Presently, the DTI-6 has an existing 102-accredited business establishments with Bagwis Award since 2007--Gold Award – eight (8), Silver Award – 68, and Bronze Award – 26.

Date of release: 20 December 2018

An MSME briefs DTI Asst. Secretary Demphna Du-Naga on the various designs of wood carvings it offers.


Western Visayas’ Panublion Regional Trade Fair 2018 earned over P8M in cash sales and booked orders including under negotiation transactions during the five-day product exhibit at the Activity Center of SM City Iloilo, Mandurriao, Iloilo City from 14 to 18 November.

Based on its sales report, the activity made a total of P8,118,764.60.

The Panublion Regional Trade Fair is an annual activity of the DTI Region VI highlighting the output of all efforts in assisting MSMEs from branding, packaging and labeling with sought after consultants and experts for the food and non-food sector.

This assistance to MSMEs was funded under the One Town, One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) Program of the DTI. The program capacitates MSMEs on product development initiatives, training, referral, and others with the goal of leveling up the products in the areas of design, quality, and volume, among others.

A total of 160 exhibitors from the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental showcased their products that had undergone intensive product development.

The product exhibit was a variety of creations ranging from gifts, housewares and decors, fashion accessories of indigenous fibers like piña, abaca, raffia, unique furnishings and novelty items, among others.

There was also a SSF Coaching and Mentoring, recognition ceremony of competitive LGUs, awarding of MSMEs, Christmas visual merchandising contest, best product design awards, Panubli-on Heritage Awards, culinary table setting competitions, do-it-yourself crafts corner, coffee brewing, daily fashion shows and many more trade fair innovations.♦

Date of release: 28 November 2018

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