Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Negros Occidental


Anita ‘Anet’ Feria is the pioneering person behind the famous Negros Occidental ceramic industry for world market. She eventually innovated the mix of ceramics with handloom pandan leaves which under the brand Anaware created an international acceptance for exports to Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Iloilo


Nang Ana or Ms. Ana C. Cordova started her business in the year 1969. At first it was just a hobby, eventually she decided to sell her products. Straw mats, placemats, banig and other straw products were her first products. 

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Guimaras


Loreta E. Zaragosa, the great matriarch of the Katikati community in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras started weaving at the age of six.

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Capiz


Mr. Pascual Deita is a producer of fine-crafted bamboo products from Brgy. Bonga, Panay, Capiz.  His artistic prowess and creativity were developed when, as an out-of-school youth in 1975, he was identified as one of the scholars of the Capiz Provincial Government of a vocational course on bamboo craft production offered by the Capiz Model Production Center of NACIDA (National Cottage Industries Development Authority) in Ivisan, Capiz.

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Antique


Nang Meling is a resident of Barangay Sto. Rosario, Pandan, Antique.  She was born on January 15, 1941. As a mat weaver, she augmented her income by trading “banig” to support her six children in school.

2017 Panubli-on Heritage Awardee - Aklan


Nanay Susing or Susima Marte dela Cruz, the matriarch of the Dela Cruz House of Piña in Aklan grew up helping her mother weave pure piña cloth. Their efforts gave birth to the Dela Cruz House of Piña, a homegrown business which has enabled her to send all her children to the best schools in Manila.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DTI VI to launch local radio program

Consumers will now have more access to the services of DTI VI with the launching of its radio program, “Konsyumer kag Iban Pa sa Rehiyon 6,” today, October13. There will be a caravan around the city followed by a press conference at Days Hotel Iloilo.

Friday, September 22, 2017

CacaoLink – Visayas to strengthen cacao industry in the Visayas Region

The Philippine Cacao Industry Council, in cooperation with the Region VI Cacao Industry Council and in partnership with the regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, will gather all cacao industry stakeholders to establish stronger linkages for sustainable and inclusive growth in the Visayas Region. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Prices, supply of eggs in Guimaras stable

DTI Guimaras Provincial Office regularly monitors the prices of eggs and chicken in retail stores and at the Jordan Food Terminal Market in Jordan, Guimaras. The price monitoring showed that prices of eggs per piece ranges, as follows:

Small               - P 5.00 – P 5.75
Medium           - P 6.00 – P 6.25
Large               - P 6.25 – P 7.00
Extra Large     - P 7.00 – P 7.80

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DTI Guimaras inspects motorcycle helmets in stores

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office recently conducted an inspection of motorcycle helmets being sold in retail stores here.

Consumer groups receive eco-bags, info materials

Consumer organization in the Province of Guimaras received consumer eco-bags and information materials, as part of the advocacy, information and education campaign program of the DTI.

Monobloc chairs, stools inspected for product quality, safety

Retail stores in the Province of Guimaras selling monobloc chairs and stools were inspected to ensure product safety and quality compliance. Monobloc chairs and stools are some of the products issued with Mandatory Products Certification by the Bureau of Product Standards.

10 MSMEs in Pontevedra avail of food cart starter kits

The Municipality of Pontevedra, Capiz, in collaboration with the DTI - Capiz Provincial Office, has successfully conducted a trade fair during the celebration of the Guyum -Guyuman Festival 2017 from May 12 to 15. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DTI News Updates: May 2017

DTI Guimaras ‘Balik Eskwela’ Sale generated P254,500.00 in gross sales

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office conducted Balik Eskwela (in-store promo) on May 22 to June 2, 2017.  The activity, which encourages retail stores and micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)  to partner with DTI,  aims to offer 5percent to 15 percent discounts on school needs, medicines, selected electrical items, among others, in line with the opening of classes in June.

Guimaras MSMEs attend financing forum by DTI

DTI Guimaras Provincial Director Wilhelm M. Malones gives a lecture during the Financing Forum for MSMEs.

As part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Guimaras Provincial Office efforts in facilitating access to financial support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), a financing forum was organized at Zemkamps Chalet, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras on June 8.

DTI monitors fair trade laws enforcement in Guimaras

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office conducted a mobile Business Name Registration in retail stores in Brgys. Cabalagnan and Salvacion, Nueva Valencia. This was to ensure that retail stores in the area have registered business names especially the new ones.

DTI News Updates: April 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Capiz Kapatid Mentor Me Program kicks off

Selected MSMEs in the Province of Capiz underwent entrepreneurship seminar, particularly on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing, following the kick off of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program in Roxas City on May 23.

Go for your dreams, go for the win - Daniel Agan, Mr. Earth Philippines-Water 2017-2018

"My fellow ambassadors even said that it is not doubtful for me to win because I am from a very competitive and well-driven national government agency.” – Daniel S. Agan, Mister Earth Philippines – Water 2017/2018

Daniel Sabandal Agan, 28, of Brgy. Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City was crowned Mister Earth Philippines – Water 2017/2018 in the recently concluded Mister Earth Philippines competition held at the Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City on April 23.

RD Rascon speaks at the planning and development officers convention

DTI OIC Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon (right photo) talks about the topic on local economic development through MSME Development to some 726 local planning and development coordinators throughout the country during the 28th Annual National Convention of the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. at the Punta Villa Resort in Arevalo, Iloilo City on May 24. She also underscored the role of DTI as engines of growth through its various programs like Shared Service Facility, Bottom-Up Budgeting, and Project Kapatid, among others.

Capiz Balik Eskwela Diskwento sales generated .5M

The DTI Capiz Provincial Office concluded the Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravan activity on May 11 and 12 in Pres. Roxas and Mambusao, Capiz, respectively. A total of 10 distributors/ retailers, with the National Food Authority (NFA) rolling store, participated in the event. 

DTI Guimaras joins one stop shop of gov’t services

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office joined the One Stop Shop of Government Services spearheaded by the provincial government on May 16. The activity was conducted in line with the 2017 Mangahan Festival Celebration.

Capiz mentees undergo orientation on KMME

DTI Capiz Provincial office held an orientation to 25 pre-selected budding and existing entrepreneurs in the Province of Capiz, as mentees of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program.

DTI Guimaras to conduct Balik Eskwela ‘in-store’ Diskwento

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office will conduct a Balik Eskwela “In-Store” Diskwento in retail stores in the island-province of Guimaras.  The activity starts May 22 and ends on June 2, as classes in public schools starts June 5. 

‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ Project kicks off in Antique

The Department of Trade and Industry – Antique Provincial Office will introduce its mentees today, May 17, during the kick-off activity of the ‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ Project at the The Venue in Brgy. Funda Dalipe in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eco Echo Green and Ethical Fashion Show at SM City Iloilo

The models of the Eco-Echo Green and Ethical Fashion Show with International Lifestyle Designer PJ Arañador pose with DTI officials and 2017 Mr. Earth-Water Daniel Agan.

PHOTO: Guimaras Eco Bazar

Jordan Guimaras Mayor Ruben B. Corpuz, DTI OIC-Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group Teodoro C. Pascua lead the opening of the Guimaras Island Eco-Bazaar in SM City Iloilo. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Consumer orgs discuss activities to increase consumer’s vigilance

Consumer groups identify activities to promote consumer awareness

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office recently sit down with consumer groups to identify programs and activities aimed at promoting consumer awareness in the province. Presently, there are 13 consumer organizations assisted by DTI Guimaras.

DTI services reaches Sibunag’s remote island-barangay

DTI Guimaras Information Officer-Designate Melecia U. Pait accommodates the business name registration applications in the remote island-barangay of San Isidro in the Municipality of Sibunag, Guimaras

DTI Guimaras Provincial Office, in collaboration with the municipality of Sibunag, continues to provide services closer to the people as it recently conducted a mobile business name registration in the remote island-barangay of Sitio Naoway, San Isidro.

Guimaras MSMEs join women entrepreneur forum

As part of the government’s focus in empowering women entrepreneurs, as well as in celebration of the National Women’s Month, three MSMEs from the province of Guimaras participated in an activity for Women Entrepreneurs on March 28, 2017 at Casa Real, Iloilo City.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DTI Asec to speak on MSME dev’t and disaster resilience forum in Capiz

The DTI VI, in partnership with other agencies, will hold a Regional Forum on Small and Medium Enterprise Development and Disaster Resilience at the Gerry Roxas Foundation Convention Center in Roxas City, Capiz on Thursday, March 23.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dialogue on consumer protection marks World Consumer Rights Day

DTI Trade Development Division Chief Felisa Judith Degala shares the rationale of the forum to the participants.

Several national government agencies, consumer groups and business associations, and school-based consumer organizations from all over the region joined the Regional Consumer Organization Forum at Days Hotel, Iloilo City, recently.

Check the legitimacy of online sellers first, ask for receipts - DTI

Consumer associations, including school-based consumer groups, mall operators, and senior citizens from all over Western Visayas, including Bacolod City, join the Regional Consumer Organization Forum at Days Hotel in Iloilo City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

 How can you verify that a business enterprise engaged in online selling is legitimate? 

Promotion of green economy lives in Capiz

The participants composed of local farmers and fisher folks of Roxas City. (seated, 5th from left) DTI-Capiz Provincial Director, Ermelinda P. Pollentes and ProGED Resource Person, Rita I. Pilarca (seated, 6th from left).

DTI Capiz Provincial Office continues to promote an increasingly environmental-friendly and climate smart to ensure sustainability and competitiveness among micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Roxas City. 

Guimaras mangoes a money-spinner at Iloilo Weekend Tienda

Women micro, small and medium entrepreneurs generated a total sales of P62,355.50 during the three-day Iloilo Weekend Tienda at the Atria Park District on March 10-12, 2017, with its world-renowned fresh Guimaras mangoes being the best-seller.

Monday, March 13, 2017

7/11 employees undergo orientation on CWDs

7-Eleven employees familiarize themselves on the significance of consumer welfare desks put up in their chain of stores

Shop managers, supervisors, and frontline staffs of one of the fastest growing chain of convenience stores in the country were acquainted on the significance and the setting up of consumer welfare desks (CWDs) to immediately address the concerns of its customers.

DTI-assisted women micro-entrepreneurs earn P187k in sales

DTI-assisted women micro-entrepreneurs’ kiosks at the Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo at the Atria Park District in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Twenty-four women micro-entrepreneurs joined and recorded a total gross sales of P187,084.50 in cash and booked orders in the recently concluded Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo at the Atria Park District on March 10-12, 2017.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Iloilo City NC counselors undergo orientation

The DTI Iloilo Provincial Office conducted a two-day orientation seminar for the business counselors of the Negosyo Center (NC) of Iloilo City. The activity was attended by 12 participants at the Iloilo City Hall on March 2-3, 2017.

Friday, March 10, 2017

NC coordinators train on intellectual property applications

DTI VI OIC-Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon joins the IPOPHL and other regional officials together with Negosyo Center coordinators and business counselors during the one-day capacity building activity.

Negosyo Center coordinators and business counselors here underwent a one-day seminar-workshop to equip them with relevant knowledge and skills in promoting the importance of effective utilization of intellectual property (IP) in the region. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PHOTO: Launching of Negosyo Center Makato, Aklan

Makato Mayor Abencio Torres and DTI Aklan OIC-Provincial Director Ma. Carmen I. Iturralde lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the unveiling of the Negosyo Center in Makato, Aklan on March 8, 2017. The activity was also attended by John Guidon I. De La Cruz of PCCI Aklan, representatives from the offices of Gov. Florencio T. Miraflores, Cong. Carlito Marquez, and other national government agencies - DOT, TESDA, DENR, among others.

Monday, March 6, 2017

PHOTO: DTI joins “Dialogue with National and Local Officials for Antique”

DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Zenaida C. Maglaya, DTI Antique OIC-Provincial Director Mercedes Young and STIDS Arlene Galopo join Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and Senator Loren Legarda for a photo opportunity. Usec Maglaya shared the various programs and projects of the DTI in the Province of Antique during the “Dialogue with National and Local Officials for Antique” at The Venue in San Jose, Antique on March 3, 2017. The dialogue gives the different national government agencies the opportunity to present the various activities to be implemented in the province for the current year. Senator Legarda was the guest of honor during the program.

PHOTO: PIA Information Kiosk launch

PIA Regional Director Atty. Janet C. Mesa, Lone District Rep. Jerry P. Treñas, PIA Director General Harold Clavite, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and PIA Deputy Director General Angelo Villar lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launching of the PIA Information Kiosk on March 4 at SM City Iloilo. The DTI VI has provided several information materials on the rights of consumers, programs and projects being implemented by the agency and information on Negosyo Centers. The information kiosk aims to inform the public of the various activities and programs of the government including information about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The kiosks operation is in time for the holding of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council Meeting from March 6 to 9, 2017 at the Iloilo Convention Center.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

DTI Aklan conducts negosyo encounter in Lezo

Julie Tidon of the Small Business Corporation assists a client on financing programs

Various concerns of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs were addressed in the Municipality of Lezo, Aklan after several national government agencies converged for the Negosyo Encounter at the town’s covered court on February 28, 2017.

DTI Aklan sets to launch four more NCs

The DTI Aklan Provincial Office is set to launch additional Negosyo Centers (NCs) in the province. The local government units of Makato, Libacao, Malinao, and Malay already gave their nod for the establishment of the facility in their respective municipalities.

DTI VI doubles target of NCs to be established

In an attempt to further promote the assistance of the government to micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in the countryside, the DTI VI will almost double its earlier commitment on the establishment of Negosyo Centers in Western Visayas and Negros Island Region, this year. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7 WV women micro-entrepreneurs to join exhibit in Manila

This traditional buri and pandan bags with a touch of modern items will be showcased at the BDTP Showroom. It is manufactured by Nelanz Crafts of San Lorenzo, Guimaras owned and managed by Ana Rodriguez.

The DTI VI has selected seven women micro-entrepreneurs in the region to join the month-long trade fair of the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (BDTP) in Makati City which runs from March 20 to April 20, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

DTI News Updates: February 2017

DTI-CARP Guimaras joins synchronized planning with DAR, DOST

The DTI – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (DTI-CARP) Guimaras Unit, along with its provincial counterparts, joined the fourth round of synchronized planning with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) at the La Carmela de Boracay Hotel and Resort, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan from February 15 - 17, 2017.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

SSF to expand coco coir production in Capiz

MOA signing with DTI officials, CASCOFAMCO, and beneficiaries

The Capiz Small Coconut Farmers Marketing Cooperative (CASCOFAMCO) has inked an agreement to its three end-beneficiaries for the use of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for the Coco Coir Upscaling on February 21, 2017.