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DTI Guimaras seminar

As part of government’s advocacy programs to assist Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the Department of Trade and Industry - Guimaras Provincial Office will conduct a monthly Entrepreneurship Seminar for OFW clients.

The seminar will be conducted every second Tuesday of every month, which will aid OFWs or their family in setting up a business.

Four OFWs from Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore and Brunei attended the briefing at the DTI Guimaras Provincial Office last June 13, 2018.

Information on how to start a business, qualities of being an entrepreneur and the necessary licenses/permits needed in starting a business were discussed during the briefing.

To date, a total of 39 OFWs attended the Entrepreneurship Seminar given by DTI Guimaras.

For more information on this activity, interested OFWs may contact DTI Guimaras Provincial Office and look for Marry Joy Gelanan or Henerose Galanto at mobile number 0917-6263403 or (033) 581-2119.♦

Date of release: 19 June 2018

Bagong Buhay Boracay 
 
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez leads the opening of the ‘Bagong Buhay Boracay’ Store at the DTI Bureau of Domestic Trade and Promotions (BDTP) Showroom - West Wing in Makati on May 31, 2018. The project aims to help MSMEs in the Province of Aklan access new markets for their products outside the province, due to the huge market impact on the closure of Boracay Island to foreign and local tourists, alike. The ‘Bagong Buhay Boracay’ Store features food products, wearables, fashion accessories, home decor, and other souvenir items from at least 21 MSME-exhibitors with 150 suppliers/sub-contractors affected by the temporary closure of Boracay Island. Other products of affected MSMEs engaged in arts and crafts will also be featured during the SIKAT PINOY National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) at SM Megamall on June 14 to 17. In his message, Secretary Lopez said, “It is the way of the DTI to be the enabler. We can say na hindi dito magtatapos kahit na magbukas na ang Boracay. This will be a continuing project and effort to support in innovating the product and marketing the product.”♦
 
Bagong Buhay Boracay
Secretary Lopez and DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (extreme right) with the exhibitors during the store opening. The BDTP Showroom is open from Mondays to Saturdays 9AM - 6PM. The project is also in partnership with the Hugod Aklanon.
 
 DTI R6 Assistance to Boracay
DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon leads the discussion on what actions and initiatives to be undertaken by the agency to the affected MSMEs on the impending closure of Boracay Island starting April 26.
 
The Department of Trade and Industry has set its eyes in providing assistance to affected workers and displaced micro, small and medium entrepreneurs with the looming six-month closure of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. 
 
DTI VI OIC-Regional Director Rebeca M. Rascon said that the agency has identified initiatives to cushion the impact to workers and entrepreneurs of the island’s impending shutdown starting on April 26.
 
The DTI, also the lead agency in the establishment of the Operations Center/ One-Stop Shop in Boracay Island, has identified activities that may provide workers alternative income and other alternative markets for the MSMEs.
 
These activities include the mounting of Boracay Island Festivals in Manila; mounting of kiosks in airports and jetty ports, malls, and Go Lokal! Stores to exhibit local products of Boracay Island.
 
Aside from these, the DTI will launch the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay and come up with trainings, coaching and mentoring on business opportunities, online marketing seminar, and financial assistance through the Pondo para sa Pagbagago at Pag-asenso, among others.
 
“We have to engage the stakeholders to other opportunities during the island’s shutdown and prepare them for sustainable livelihood possibilities,” said DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon.
 
The Operations Center/One-Stop Shop is located at the public plaza in Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. It will be manned by the DTI together with personnel from DOLE, DENR, DOT, DILG, DSWD and other concerned agencies.♦
 
Date of release: 24 April 2018
DTI Price Freeze Boracay 2
Residents, displaced workers, and local entrepreneurs join the skills training on silk screen printing at the Tindahan it Boracay in Sitio Kipot, Brgy. Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
 
Automatic price control was imposed in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan - comprising the three villages of Balabag, Manoc-Manoc and Yapak - following the declaration of the state of calamity and the temporary closure of the island as a tourist destination starting April 26. 
 
DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that price monitoring of basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPC) have been regularly conducted before the declaration, thus it was not difficult to determine the automatic price ceiling of the BNPCs that is based on the prices a month ago. 
 
These basic necessities include canned fish and other marine products, processed milk, coffee, laundry soap, detergent, candles, bread, salt, potable water in bottles and containers, and locally-manufactured noodles. 
 
With the closure, entry to the island is regulated. Thus, suppliers are directed by the local government unit to secure a certification that indeed they supply goods in the island for them to be allowed entry to Boracay Island. 
 
DTI Consumer Protection Division Chief Felisa Judith Degala said that the regional office will publish the prices of basic necessities in conspicuous places in the island, at the jetty port and in newspaper of regional circulation to inform the public coming in and out of the island. 
 
The DTI Aklan Provincial Office conducts continuous monitoring of basic necessities and prime commodities in supermarkets, grocery stores, and hardware and construction supplies in the island. 
 
The DTI likewise identified activities that may provide workers alternative income and other alternative markets for the MSMEs. These include the mounting of Boracay Island Festivals in Manila; mounting of kiosks in airports and jetty ports, malls, and Go Lokal! Stores to exhibit local products of Boracay Island, among others. 
 
There will be trainings, coaching and mentoring on business opportunities; online marketing seminar; and financial assistance through the Pondo para sa Pagbagago at Pag-asenso, among others. 
 
Other national government agencies have started to introduce plans and programs for the clean-up and rehabilitation, and initiatives to cushion the impact of the closure of the island. An inter-agency action center was put up in front of the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay.♦
 
Boracay Proce Freeze
DTI Consumer Protection Division Chief Felisa Judith Degala leads the price monitoring of supermarkets, grocery stores, and hardware and construction supplies in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.
 
Date of release: 7 May 2018
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will assist affected workers and displaced micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to lessen the impact of the the six-month closure order of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.
 
DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the agency has identified initiatives to cushion the impact to workers and entrepreneurs of the island’s shutdown on April 26.
 
“We recognize the importance of Boracay Island to our local entrepreneurs there. However, we would also like to ensure that the island maintain its pristine condition, which is why we have identified programs that will help local entrepreneurs,” Maglaya said.
 
DTI, a member of the Working Group on employment and livelihood and the lead agency in the establishment of the Operations Center/ One-Stop Shop in Boracay Island, has identified activities that may provide workers alternative income and other alternative markets for the MSMEs.
 
While the island is closed to tourists, MSMEs selling to Boracay will be given the chance to continue their businesses as DTI identifies alternative market outlets in nearby resorts and Pasalubong Centers.
 
Aside from these, the DTI will launch the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay and come up with trainings, coaching and mentoring on business opportunities, online marketing seminar, and micro loans through the Pondo para sa Pagbagago at Pag-asenso (P3), among others.♦
 
Date of release: 25 April 2018
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