In an effort to provide a venue for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to showcase their products, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be opening a One Town, One Product Philippines Hub (OTOP PH Hub) in Bohol on October 16 in Tagbilaran City Island City Mall and in Siquijor at the Pasalubong Center, Campalanas, Lazi on October 29.
According to DTI, OTOP PH Hubs are centers where MSE can display their products that have been given assistance by DTI.
The OTOP PH Hub at Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City, Bohol is operated by Alturas Supermarket Corporation, while the OTOP PH Hub at Lazi, Siquijor is operated by Balete Bazaar.
OTOP PH Hub, as explained by DTI on its website, is the demand side of the OTOP program of the government that provides the physical and online channels and market access platform where OTOP products are showcased on a day-to-day basis.
The OTOP PH Hub is one of the two components of DTI's OTOP Program. The other is the OTOP Next Gen, which serves as a way for MSMEs to develop their products through various assistance from DTI.♦
Date of release: 15 October 2018
On 23 October, the innovation conference Slingshot Cebu 2018 will gather start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, educational institutions and government agencies at the Cebu City Sports Club.
According to the organizer Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the latest edition of Slingshot Cebu will have the theme of “Revving up your business in a Digital World”.  Appropriate for its target participants which are both brick and mortar MSMEs and tech startups.   Slingshot Cebu 2018 will have the twin objectives of nudging brick and mortars  to adapt and adopt  digital, while our tech startups will have the opportunity to network, validate business models and gain traction.
This year’s Slingshot topics include:   The Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystem,  Scale Up Program for Startups, Data Privacy and Digital Marketing.
There will be two panel conversations.  One to tackle Entrepreneurial Journeys and another will be on Revving up Revenues through Business Model Design.  All   will have both  MSMEs and Startups in the panel to show that innovation and entrepreneurship are really two sides of the same coin.
Slingshot Cebu 2018 has two break-out sessions held simultaneously in the afternoon.   The first session is called “The Pitch” for tech start-ups and brick and mortar MSMEs.   Judges will be corporates from both the traditional and startup world.   The second session is called “Coach and Connect.”  This coaching session will focus on sales & marketing, financing & funding, legal, HR Related, and Payment Solutions.
Right after the conference, the DTI will launch the Startup Island Mentoring Program in Central Visayas.  DTI 7 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Elena Arbon said that the Startup Island Mentoring program, which is being piloted in Cebu,  is designed to help local startups gain entrepreneurial skills, strengthen their business models and scale-up.
For Slingshot Cebu 2018 event registration, interested parties may click on the following link♦
Date of release: 12 October 2-18
DTI Guimaras Provincial Director Wilhelm M. Malones (center) poses with MSMEs from the Province of Guimaras who recently graduated from the 2018 KMME Program initiated by the DTI Guimaras Provincial Office.
Nineteen micro, small and medium entrepreneurs capped their Kapatid Mentor ME Program with their respective business improvement plan presentations at Stargazer Inn, Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras last August 31.
The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office has engaged these entrepreneurs from the food, crafts, poultry and service sectors to a 10-module session to assist them to scale up and sustain their enterprises through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship.
DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that this mentoring and coaching program further strengthens the MSMEs’ position as the key catalysts of the country’s economic growth and development.
MSMEs plays a significant role to our country’s economic growth, trade, employment, innovation, and poverty alleviation as they account for 99.5 percent of established businesses and employ over 60 percent of the country’s workforce.
Since the program was introduced in Region VI, a total of 273 MSMEs has already graduated from the program. In 2016, DTI Iloilo Provincial Office was piloted and has produced 17 graduates.
Last year, DTI Region VI registered 129 MSMEs finishing the KMME Program from the provincial offices – Aklan, 24; Antique, 24; Capiz, 20; Guimaras, 22; Iloilo, 21; and, Negros Occidental, 18.
This year, a total of 127 MSMEs graduated from the program from the different provincial offices in the region - Aklan, 23; Antique, 24; Capiz, 21; Guimaras, 19; Iloilo, 20; and, Negros Occidental, 20.
The Mentor ME Program aims to help micro and small entrepreneurs scale up their enterprises, spur economic activity and generate employment opportunities, and mainstream OTOPreneurs who are ready for business expansion.
The program features modules that shall subject the mentees to various business concepts and develop the acumen needed in scaling up and sustaining an enterprise, such as: product development, marketing, operations management, accounting, taxation, finance, obligations and contracts, human resource management, supply and value chain, succession planning and business plan development.
The KMME Program is a joint program of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo.♦
Date of release: 5 September 2018
DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young (right) and DTI VI Small and Medium Enterprise Development Division Officer-in-Charge Mary Jade Gonzales (left) join Barbaza, Antique Mayor Gerry C. Necor (center) in the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launching of the Negosyo Center Barbaza on September 20, 2018. The Province of Antique is the first province in Western Visayas to complete the establishment of NCs in all its municipality.

DTI’s good relationship with local government units and the dynamic outlook of local chief executives, made it all possible for the swift establishment of Negosyo Centers (NC) in the Province of Antique, said DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young.
The Province of Antique is the first province in Western Visayas to complete the establishment of the NC in all of its 18 municipalities with the launching of the NC Tobias Fornier last September 21.
NC Tobias Fornier is the 86th NC in Western Visayas established by the DTI.
On September 18, DTI Antique Provincial Office started its marathon launching with the opening of the NC Anini-y and NC Belison in the morning and afternoon, respectively. The following day, it established the NC Bugasong and NC San Remigio. NC Barbaza and NC Laua-an were launched on September 20.
Republic Act No. 10644, otherwise known as the Go Negosyo Act, mandates the establishment of NCs in all cities and municipalities in the country for the purpose that micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) could have easier access in registering their business names.
Aside from this, the NCs likewise provide business advisory services, and business information and advocacy wherein MSMEs are provided with access on trainings for business conceptualization and feasibility, financing, management, marketing, among others.
94 NCs established

This week, eight (8) additional NCs were established in the region – San Joaquin, Iloilo (Sept. 25); Nabas, Aklan; Sara and Lemery, Iloilo (Sept. 26); Escalante, Negros Occidental and Tangalan, Aklan (Sept. 27); and, Leganes, Iloilo and Dumarao, Capiz (Sept. 28).
As of September 28, the DTI VI has already established a total of 94 NCs --- Aklan Province – 14; Antique Province – 18; Capiz Province – 13; Guimaras Province – 4; Iloilo Province – 26; and, Negros Occidental Province – 21.
Of the total, six (6) are lodged in DTI provincial offices and 88 are in the local government units. Of the total 133 LGUs in Western Visayas, 42 municipalities are still to establish their NCs (Aklan – 3; Capiz – 4; Guimaras – 2; Iloilo – 19; Negros Occidental – 14).
In all, DTI VI is expected to establish a total of 136 NCs since there are two NCs lodged in the following – Iloilo City (DTI Office and Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Bacolod City (DTI Office and Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol), and Guimaras (DTI Office and Jordan Town Hall).♦

Date of release: 1 October 2018

Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program attended the Skills Training on Mushroom Chips Making initiated by the DTI Guimaras Provincial Office at Brgy. Avila, Buenavista, Guimaras on August 24.
The training aims to impart new skills to processors and enable them to diversify their products made from mushrooms and bring up-to-date cooking expertise of members in order to increase their sales and income.
Teresita D.  Martinez was the trainor of the said activity. Aside from adding knowledge on mushroom chips, participants were taught Good Manufacturing Practice and Basic Food Handling Skills.
For other CARP trainings and seminars, please visit DTI Guimaras Provincial Office or call 09176263403 and look for Marimae G. Cartagena.♦

Date of release: 4 September 2018


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