DTI: No price hike in goods after ML declaration

ILIGAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the public that there would be no price increase in basic commodities in markets after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte proclaimed Martial Law (ML) in Mindanao following the clashes between government forces and Maute terror group in Marawi City last May 23.

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In yesterday’s, June 5, press briefing held at the Regional Command and Coordination Center in Iligan City, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that results of market price monitoring conducted by DTI showed that stores, especially in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, complied with the government’s price freeze order.

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DTI market monitoring report as of June 5, 2017 showed that NFA rice remains at P27 a kilo, regular milled rice at P40 a kilo, well-milled rice at P44 to P48 a kilo and upscale rice at P52. These prices, except for upscale rice, have the same price prior to the declaration of Martial Law.

In a statement, DTI Secretary Lopez informs all consumers and retailers that pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, prices of basic necessities in areas proclaimed or declared under Martial Law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control.

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“Supply of goods in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte markets is also abundant despite the threat of terrorism in some of the province’s rural areas. Hence, I refuted reports that prices of basic commodities soared high in the wake of Marawi crisis,” Lopez said.

He, therefore, urged the buying public to countercheck the prices sold in markets to ensure they are buying goods with the right price. (RLRBalistoy/PIA-10, Bukidnon)

Feature: Designer lamps from Cagayan de Oro make waves in Europe

Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper started out as a hobby, which turned into a profitable enterprise.

With the aim of providing communities with jobs and additional income, Lolita “Luchi” B. Cabanlet formally established her paper-making business back in 1993 while still working as a manager at the Philippine Ports Authority.

The business had to hurdle several challenges with every successes. Being design-driven, the business is in constant need for better, innovative and novel ideas. One of her daughters, Maria Francesca Nicole B. Cabanlet, graduated with a degree in interior designing. This factor has helped the company move forward into greater heights.

 

Three years ago, Nicole suggested that Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s products be diversified from handicrafts into home furnishings and fashion accessories. They did this shift in products following the European economic recession which affected the company’s export to Europe.

The company experimented with different lamp designs by taking inspirations from nature, playing with different methods and taking cues from trends and competitors. After coming up with their original collections, they went massive in terms of trade participation and online presence. So fittingly, the Department of Trade and Industry’s line-up of trade shows became a delight to them.

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DTI provided subsidies in their participation to trade shows and exhibits which include the following: Brunei International Trade and Consumer Exhibit 2016, Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair 2015 & 2016, Manila FAME 2015 & 2016, National Arts & Crafts Fair 2016 and Kahimunan Christmas Bazaar 2015 & 2016.

 

On the other hand, Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper gave their all in maximizing their participation with the intent of not only increasing market access but also to benchmark with other exhibitors who have adapted current design trends. Because of this, Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper was able to reconnect with old-time buyers, met with interior designers and other instrumental people that paved way for more opportunities for the company.

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During the “Negosyo, Konsyumer At Iba Pa” activity of the Department of Trade and Industry on August 19 last year, the Center for International Trade Exposition and Mission (CITEM) visited Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s factory. CITEM has noted their exciting collections in Cagayan de Oro Handmade paper’s previous Manila FAME participation. They were impressed with Luchi’s personality and most especially with the novelty of her creations.

 

CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos has commended the uniqueness and elegance of Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s products. It was impressive enough that CITEM decided to increase the company’s allotted space in Manila FAME October 2016 exhibit into 18 square meters without asking for additional cost. Add to that: CITEM also bought many of Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s newly-launched jelly fish lamp to accentuate the Café Resto located at the World Trade Center during the exhibit. CITEM also requisitioned tokens for the exhibit’s corporate giveaways.

 

During the Manila FAME October 2016 exhibit, an Italian buyer took notice of their attractive lamps and decided to book a 20-footer container van full of jellyfish-designed lamps which will be bound for Italy.

 

With Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s strong presence during the Manila FAME 2016 exhibit and with its impressive track record, CITEM chose to endorse and subsidize Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s participation to Ambiente International Fair to be held in Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt AM Main, Germany on February 10-14 this year. Out of the 17 exhibitors from the Philippines, they are the only one to represent Mindanao.

 

Luchi is ecstatic to know how their products are being welcomed abroad. Every time she attends international trade shows, she always come back with high spirit. In Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper’s participation during the Brunei International Trade and Consumer Exhibit 2016, her products got sold out before the last day of the exhibit. This gave her enough time to tour around. In the Global Sources Fair in Hong Kong last October 2016, their “Beehive Chandelier” was chosen as one of the Top 3 Most Innovative Products of 2016.

 

Luchi said that the company is hopeful for the outcome of the new designs they intended to unveil in Ambiente, hinting that it is inspired by “corals”. “Hopefully it would be another international hit,” she remarked. (Loraine Brillantes/DTI-MisOr)

Peace body bares triumphs amid challenges in Kalabugao Plains

The implementation of Kalabugao Plains Peace and Development Convergence Program (KP-PDCP) is in full swing as member-agencies of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Region 10 Technical Working Group (TWG) shared their accomplishments for CY 2016.

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“It is timely that we are gathered here so we could present our accomplishments and at the same time we could assess the implementation of the different programs that we have conducted as far as the Kalabugao Plains is concerned,” Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said during a meeting of the TWG held at the DILG conference room.

Agabe also emphasized the importance of considering not only the input of the involved agencies but also the impact of each effort. 

“I hope we will have a very substantive discussion and we could identify the necessary steps for the next 11 months of the year,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the TWG has weathered some challenges of implementing the program through interventions and innovations to serve the beneficiaries at Kalabugao Plains for 2016.

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For its part, DILG facilitated the improvement of water system, construction of spillway, road rehabilitation of Brgy. Bulonay-Pulangui River and Peace and Order and Gender-Responsive, Child-Friendliness, Culture-Sensitivity Public Safety Plan (POPS) Plan Formulation.

 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provided skills training, entrepreneurship training, product development and trade fair and promotion activities (i.e. Kahimunan), soft broom making, mat weaving, enhancement on coffee post-harvest handling and processing, and bamboo slats processing, treatment and preservation.

Department of Health (DOH) was able to purchase medicines to IPs including maintenance drugs; deployed Doctor to the Barrio (DTTB). However, since there is no doctor in Impasug-ong town Main Health Center, the DTTB has been assigned there to cater to the needs of the municipality as a whole; conducted Tamang Serbisyo Para sa Kalusugan ng Pamila (TSEKAP) Caravan at Impasug-ong and Manolo towns participated by indigents, senior citizens, PWDs, infants, pregnant women, couples.

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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) likewise conducted skills training on rice farm production, meat processing, abaca enhancement, dressmaking and tailoring, handicraft project, tikog bags and mat weaving, cabbage production, sweet peas production, peanut processing, swine production and fattening, cut flower production, rice trading, hog dispersal, resh miki production.

 

Further, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) provided assistance on delineation and titling, codification of customary laws, documentation of IPs, educational assistance program (EAP) and extended legal services to IP clients.

 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) implemented the tree growing and greening of at least 1,330 hectares in the area.

Completion of the East-west lateral road connecting Agusan del Sur to Bukidnon, Damay-Kalabugao-Adtolawon Road, including right of way and bridges with project cost of P751,576,940 for the year through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

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Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) implemented community-based training programs including Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing, Massage Therapy/Hilot, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Pipefitting, Housekeeping.

Community Irrigation project/system of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) would also benefit the community.

There are also two Indigenous People (IP) who are enlisted to the Philippine Army and would be serving the community.

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Aside from the capability building, greening program, construction of vital road network among along the Kalabugao Plains, the construction of a Training Center is in the offing for Kalabugao through TESDA.

Philippine Army likewise continues to open its door of opportunity to IP for their enlistment.

CHALLENGES

The TWG has also revealed some factors, which contributed to the delay in the implementation of various interventions for the program. These include: road is impassable going to Barangay Kalabugao making it difficult to bring materials and equipment to the site; unfavorable weather condition; and unavailability of aggregates due to suspension of aggregate extraction at quarry site contributed delay in the completion of project among others.

RPOC-TWG has conceptualized the program in 2013 aimed to develop Kalabugao Plain into an economically, environmentally, and culturally developed community. The development of the Kalabugao Plain would benefit the IP, the most vulnerable target of the insurgency movement in the region. (EOR/PIA10)

PCAB upgrades Contractors’ license forms, rates

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds all contractors that the Philippine Contractor’s Accreditation Board (PCAB) has already released the upgraded version of their license forms for Contracting Fiscal Year (CFY) 2017-2018.

The update is done in line with the agreements under the PCAB Board resolutions and license requirements.

PCAB is one of the implementing boards under the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). With PCAB’s updated license forms, registrants can now enjoy user-friendly forms which are downloadable from the online Contractors Licensing and Registration System (CLiRS).

Aside from accessing the e-filing system and accomplishing electronic application forms, members can also take the online Authorized Managing Officer (AMO) examination, conduct status verification and submit their license and registration applications through CLiRS’ online system.

A corresponding increase in the regular licensing fees were also implemented. PCAB points out that it has been 15 years since the fees were updated, thus, a legal interest rate of six percent (6%) were added into former rates. 

Registrants who wish to update their licenses and membership requirements can create an account through http://ciap-portal.dti.gov.ph/. (Maria Sozina Alamban/DTI10)

DTI alerts PCAB Contractors on renewal of licenses

To promote the accelerated growth and professional development of the construction industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) along with its attached agency – the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) – has informed all contractors to submit their renewal applications according to the set schedule of submission.

The Philippine Contractor’s Accreditation Board (PCAB) started the renewal of contractors’ licenses on January 3. For February and the succeeding months, PCAB has also released and designated schedules for renewal applications.

The dates are set according to the last digit of the contractors’ license numbers.  Contractors with zero as the last digit of their licenses shall submit requirements within February 1 to 14. Meanwhile for those ending with one is scheduled from February 15 to 28; two is March 1 to 15; three is March 16 to 31; four is April 1 to 15; five is April 16 to 30; six is May 1 to 15; seven is May 16 to 31; eight and new license approved from January to March is on June 1 to 15; and nine and new license approved from April to June is on June 16 to 30.

Contractors who fail to submit their renewal applications within the set schedule of submission shall pay an Additional Processing Fee (APF) of P5,000. If contractors opt to submit beyond the end of the filing period (June 30), they will be required to pay an Additional License Fee (ALF) which amounts to P10,000. These fees will be charged on top of the existing regular fees for each licensing category.

Meanwhile, those who wish to renew their licenses may also preview, download and print all of the required forms from this link: http://ciap.dti.gov.ph/content/philippine-contractors-accreditation-board?qt-implementing_board=3#qt-implementing_board. (Maria Sozina Alamban/DTI10)

 

DTI, LGU Maramag ink MOA for Negosyo Center

In an effort to encourage people to engage in business, which consequently could provide employment as they become entrepreneurs, the Department of Trade and Industry and Maramag local government unit (LGU) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for setting up a ‘Negosyo Center’ in Maramag town.

Mayor Jose V. Obedencio said the LGU entered into a MOA agreeing to work hand-in-hand with DTI in promoting ease of doing business, and in facilitating access to services for local entrepreneurs within its jurisdiction through the Negosyo Center, as specified in SB Resolution No. 2016-50, approved by the Sangguniang Bayan.

 

The MOA stipulates that Maramag LGU shall provide a space for the Negosyo Center, assign a staff to man the center and facilitate the delivery of services, as well as conduct regular monitoring on the effectiveness of the services in the center.

DTI on the other hand shall provide the funding assistance for the renovation of the area, equip the LGU staff assigned in Negosyo Center with the necessary skills in business consultancy and advisory services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), prepare the Manual of Operations, promote the services of the center, assist in the generation of business information and industry data relevant to the needs of MSMEs, and provide technical support to capacitate the LGU, including prospective partners to sustainably manage and operate the center in accordance with the objectives of the Negosyo Center.

Republic Act 10644 also known as the “Go Negosyo Act” aims to foster national development, promote inclusive growth, and reduce poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSMEs local job creation, production and trade in the country.

DTI Provincial Director Ermedio J. Abang said the Negosyo Center in Maramag will have Model B facilities, and will provide the following services: Business Registration, Business Advisory, Business Information and Advocacy, Trade Facilitation and Capacity Building Programs for MSMEs.

Likewise, local officials said the establishment of Negosyo Center in Maramag is in line with the municipality’s vision of becoming the center for trade and commerce in the province of Bukidnon. (Famelah D. Villanueva, DTI/RLRB, PIA10, Bukidnon) 

DTI joins techno mission to revitalize Mindanao Silk

In an attempt to revitalize the Mindanao silk industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon Provincial Office recently joined the technology mission organized by Northern Mindanao Technical Working Group (TWG) to benchmark the silk industry in Negros Occidental.

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The activity aims to learn more about the potentials of the industry, study the technologies needed to improve the current practices in the region, as well as explore the possibility of forging a partnership between the different agencies in Northern Mindanao and the leading silk manufacturer in the country today.

Key government agencies in the region, together with local designer Melody “Mimi” Parrel-Pimentel, who created the inaugural ‘Barong’ of the President, and now the Presidential Fashion Consultant, are pushing for the revival of Mindanao silk.

Mindanao silk drew special attention last June when President Rodrigo Duterte preferred to wear a “Barong (an embroidered formal shirt considered as the Philippines’ national dress)” made of silk woven by the ABAI (from Ayala Beneficiaries Association, Inc.) women loom weavers in Laguindingan during his inauguration in Malacañang.

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The TWG visited the sericulture project of the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) Bago Training Center based in Bago City. The center is spearheaded by Director Shigemi Watanabe.

Within its 26-hectare farmland and training center is its Silk Reeling Plant that produces 1-5 tons of silk yarn annually which accounts for 90 percent of the country’s total production. Around 80 percent of its silk products are sold to weavers in Aklan, and the remaining 20 percent to Manila dealers.

According to its over-all training coordinator, Ms. Thelma Watanabe, the prospect of the silk industry in the Philippines is bright, as demand for it is growing every year.

“There’s still a large local demand for silk that is yet to be served”, she said.

Director Watanabe, meanwhile, reported to the group that a minimum area of 3,000 square meters could already provide the farmer’s family an additional P52,500-P57,000 gross income in a year.

In fact, their project already provided additional income for almost 200 local farmers engaged in sericulture and related activities such as taking care of mulberry fields and weaving.

The regional TWG acknowledged that region still lacks the essential machineries to produce silks, but the team is optimistic that with focused intervention for the industry, Mindanao silk would one day have its day in the sun. (Famelah D. Villanueva, DTI/RLRB, PIA10, Bukidnon) 

***photos from MisOr provincial office***