Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (left) leads the oath-taking of newly-appointed regional directors and assistant regional directors of the DTI. DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and DTI VI Asst. Regional Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes took their oath as full-fledged officials of DTI VI. (photo credits: PD Lea T. Gonzales, DTI Negros Occidental)

DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon took her oath as a full-fledged regional director before DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez during the DTI Regional Operations Group Assembly at Fontana Hotel and Villas in Clark, Pampanga on July 11, 2018.
Rascon was assigned as the OIC-RD of DTI VI on August 7, 2015. Prior to this, she also served as the provincial director of DTI Negros Occidental, DTI Aklan, and DTI Capiz Provincial Offices from March 11, 1991.
She started as a contractual employee as Project Development Analyst II of the then Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on July 19, 1978. After four years, she joined government service as Industry Development Analyst of MTI on July 1, 1982.
Rascon, a native of Lambunao, Iloilo, is a product of the University of San Agustin with a degree in Bachelor of Arts - Major in Economics, and as a Medium and Small-Scale Coordinated Action Program (MASICAP) Scholar.
Also with Rascon were Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes and DTI Antique OIC- Provincial Director Mercedes B. Young who also took their oath as the newly-appointed Asst. Regional Director and as full-fledged provincial director, respectively.♦

Date of release: 12 July 2018

The DTI Guimaras recently conducted an information drive with members of Consumer Rights Advocacy of the Youth and Netizens (CRAYONS) Club of Simeon J. Jabasa National High School.

CRAYONS was organized last year with students, teachers and parents as its members.

Since its organization, the group has been an active partner of the DTI on its consumer related activities. Ciara Alessandra D. Castillo is the club president while Karen Castillo is the teacher-adviser.

This year, CRAYONS wanted to reach more consumers in the barangay so that they can share information for vigilance and protection.

Other schools in the Province of Guimaras with DTI consumer advocate clubs are Jordan National High School, Buenavista National High School, Sta. Teresa National High School, Salvacion National High School, Cabalagnan National High School, Nueva Valencia National High School, Supang National High School and Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Memorial National High School.

For schedules of information drives in school, please contact DTI Guimaras Provincial Office at 0917-6263403 and 580-2119 and look for Melecia Pait. (Melecia U. Pait/ DTI Guimaras)♦

Date of release: 9 July 2018

DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (second from left) tries a blazer with traditional and beautiful embroidery from the indigenous peoples of Panay Bukidnon.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) from Region VI that showcased arts and crafts products with indigenous designs earned a total sales of Php1,289,297.00 in this year’s Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on June 14 to 17.
A total of 17 MSMEs from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Negros Occidental who are mostly from the handwoven and home accents sector with products ranging from ornaments, jewelry, fabric, and accessories, joined the Fair.

Senator Loren Legarda, extreme right, checks on the local products from the kiosk of Panay Bukidnon. The group is known for their distinct traditional and beautiful embroidery, known as ‘panubok.’ Looking on is DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (extreme left).

OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said the Fair exposes these entrepreneurs to both domestic and export markets and will encourage them to further expand and develop their products to suit the needs of a wider market.
Aside from crafts, local food and organic products are also featured in the trade fair. More than 150 exhibitors from all over the country participated in the event. Senator Loren Legarda graced the opening of the fair. ♦

Date of release: 3 July 2018


DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and DTI Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena, Jr. (center) with PJ Arañador (fifth from right) and his team of product designers during the Design Direction Session for Region VI on July 2, 2018.

The DTI VI will conduct a product development program to 160 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Western Visayas, under the One Town, One Product Next Generation (OTOP NextGen) project.
“Market is always fresh, new and exciting. It is not necessarily that old practices work all the time, so this is the advocacy of the DTI VI for innovation,” said international lifestyle designer PJ Arañador, who also serves as the creative director of the project.
He emphasized that if you are innovative, you create new market in terms of excitement, opportunities, and competition. “The bottom line is to make these products highly profitable. To translate designs into profit. To get the profit back to our MSMEs,” Arañador said.
DTI VI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon encouraged the designers to use and promote local materials in the region by creating innovative products out of it, and develop new products and explore new markets.
On November, Arañador said, “we can monitor if the design is effective, the branding, and all other efforts, will be validated by the actual market.” Panublion, an annual trade exhibit of MSMEs in Western Visayas, will be held on November. ♦

Date of Release: 3 July 2018

DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes (4th from right) with the mentors, the mentees, and DTI staff gives a thumbs up sign during the launching of the KMME Batch 2 in Capiz on April 25, 2018.

Roxas City, Capiz – The entrepreneurial revolution brought about by the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program of DTI with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship has taken its roots in all corners of the country – from Abra to Basilan.
This program is a venue for micro entrepreneurs, especially with those little or no formal background in the different functional areas of business development, to equip themselves with necessary and relevant entrepreneurial knowledge and skills towards business success. 
On July 4, the second batch of 20 Capiz entrepreneurs is set to graduate after the grueling 10-module sessions at the Lakehouse 3, San Antonio Resort, Roxas City.  Prior to the graduation ceremony, these mentees will present their Business Improvement Plan to a panel of experts composed of representatives from the business sector, banking sector and DTI/PCE.
KMME underscores the importance of entrepreneurial mind setting, building a product image or brand down to operations management, financial management and legal aspects of the enterprise.
“As mentees, you are fortunate to be able to attend the 10-week sessions with ten topics that are essential to business success discussed comprehensively by Kapatid mentors,” DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda Pollentes told the mentees.
She also added that with the intensifying business competition, there is a need to make a community of visionary, innovative and resilient entrepreneurs here in the province of Capiz providing opportunities for all, thereby achieving inclusivity. (DTI Capiz) ♦


Date of Release: 2 July 2018


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