Go-Negosyo Summit in Misamis Occidental held

Around 1,800 students from Misamis Occidental National High School participated in the Department of Trade and Industry of Misamis Occidental (DTI-MisOcc) Go Negosyo Summit for Senior High School students in Oroquieta City Gym, Misamis Occidental on 14 October 2017 with the theme, “Tala Magnegosyo para sa Mas Maasensong Nasud Pilipinhon.”


DTI MisOcc Provincial Caretaker Jane Tabucan said, ‘’In the future, we aspire to come up with activities of this magnitude to reach out and touch more lives in pursuit of a better life for everyone right here in the city of good life, Oroquieta.”

She added, “We likewise believe that an enterprising character is needed for Oroquieta to move forward, taking charge and making the most of your talents and resources.”
Meawhile, one of the speakers, former Governor of Misamis Occidental Loreto Leo Ocampos shared tips on business and becoming an entrepreneur.


Ocampos said, we should really join efforts in changing mindsets, equipping entrepreneurial-minded people with concepts, tools and strategies to excel and succeed in pursuing opportunities. Particularly the youth, they need to be encouraged and enticed to become entrepreneurs.

Victor Madlangbayan, the second speaker shared about Marketing, the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.

Entrepreneurship is personal because I believe that if you do what you love, things tend to fall in place, he said.


Meanwhile, Oroquieta City Vice Mayor Lemuel Acosta through reading the message of Senator Cynthia Villar said, “We have been promoting Entrepreneurship as one of the most effective tools to overcome poverty since it creates jobs, knowing that unemployment and underemployment are still the major problems in our country. I myself have transitioned from being an entrepreneur to becoming a social entrepreneur. I used my role as a public servant and legislator not only to advance the causes of social entrepreneurship, but also establish my own livelihood programs or social enterprises. I managed to realize my other advocacies- job creation and livelihood generation while pursuing another important advocacy, that of environment protection.”


She also urged the youth to consider agri- entrepreneurship because there are concerns raised the Philippine farmers are getting older, so we need the young generation interested in agriculture.

DTI MisOcc gathered the youth in a one day symposium to feature different informative and inspiring topics, which ranged from the negosyo basics to tips on youth concerns and interests.

This also served as a venue to inspire attitude change, to present entrepreneurship as an attainable career choice and means of living, and to teach basic concepts in starting and running a successful business. (SMRN/PIA MisOcc)


Go Negosyo symposium opens opportunities to students in Ozamiz

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Occidental with the thrust of enabling business and empowering consumers conducted a Go Negosyo Symposium on 14 October 2017 at La Salle University in Ozamiz City to reinforce entrepreneurial spirit of the students through educating them with different opportunities in the vast sector of business.


Provincial Caretaker Jane Marie Tabucan said with the theme “Tala Magnegosyo para sa Mas Maasensong Nasud Pilipinhon,” students are treated to a day filled with fun and learning, as well as motivation to improve their lives by means of entrepreneurship.

“Being an entrepreneur knows no age, background, nor gender. Many Filipinos dream of becoming an entrepreneur,” said former Governor Loreto Leo Ocampos turned entrepreneur during his talk in the symposium.

He added, “Anyone can be an entrepreneur given the right mindset and attitude, knowledge and skills, and the passion and creativity to do it. It is the character and values that matter in putting up and running a successful business.”

Meanwhile, Victor Madlangbayan, one of the invited speakers advised aspiring entrepreneurs to choose life’s work according to what excites you, and as the saying goes, “you will never ‘work’ a day in your life,” because it simply won’t feel like work, it will feel like the pursuit of passion.
The search for the right business or work may vary and is really different for many but at the end of the day, it is all about fulfillment in the things that you do, he said.


The symposium was a half day event that featured different topics in business in the forms of plenary discussions. It enjoined the participants to develop a positive change in their mindset, and empower them with relevant entrepreneurship tools and concepts as their key to success specifically in pursuing a business venture.

The symposium aimed to inspire students and aspiring entrepreneurs to look at business in a different way and possibly encourage them to start their own business ventures by featuring young successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. (SMRN/PIAMisocc)

DTI MisOcc bares consumer rights, responsibilities in digital age

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Misamis Occidental kicked off its Consumer Welfare Month Celebration on 5 October 2017 with a press conference and signing of a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ozamiz City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to strengthen its advocacy on upholding consumer rights and welfare in the city.


Anchored on this year’s theme for the Consumer Welfare Month celebration, “Consumer Right in the Digital Age,” DTI MisOcc Provincial Caretaker Jane Marie Tabucan discussed the rights and responsibilities of consumers especially with the proliferation of online buying and selling.


Consumers buying goods through the Internet must be cautious. DTI said to use original and different passwords for all your accounts; and set pass codes on all your devices.


Further, check and update your privacy settings on social media and avoid sharing personal information online, always set a password for access to your Wi-Fi network.


On the other hand, don’t trust email offers or rewards which seem too good to be true. Also, DTI said to be aware and avoid opening unusual email attachments and links and avoid sharing unnecessary personal details online. Use temporary email addresses which will expire within a certain amount of time when signing up to one-off services.


Stay safe when making payments online and only use websites that start with ‘https’ and have a green padlock sign, Hackers exploit out-of-date software and operating systems to launch cyber-attacks. Turn automatic updates on for all your devices to stay secure and make sure you install and update firewalls, antivirus and anti-spy software.


Aside from their rights, consumers also need to abide by their responsibilities to be protected, says Maritess B. Alcampado, supervising head of DTI’s Consumer Protection Division.


Meanwhile, Elvira D. Tan, chairperson of Ozamiz Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that this discussion is timely to let consumers know about their rights especially in the digital age.


DTI further appealed to concerned stakeholders especially the media, during the press conference to help disseminate the aforementioned consumer rights and responsibilities to make the public well-informed and vigilant.


This celebration aims to promote dissemination of sound consumer information and heighten consumer awareness with the different laws governing consumer welfare and protection. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)

Kahimunan 2017 opens at SM CDO Premier

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 opened its annual regional trade fair at the Atrium of SM CDO Downtown Premier, August 18.


Dubbed Kahimunan (Creations of Northern Mindanao), the trade fair features the best products of the five provinces of Northern Mindanao – Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental.

Products such as processed food; crafts and fashion accessories; sugar, coffee and beverages; nuts and cashew; spices and condiments; health and organic products; and home style and living items from the five provinces are showcased during the exhibit.


Kahimunan also aims to assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region in prmoting their products.

Ruben A. Vegafria, trustee of the Oro Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of the 2017 MinBizCon, said Kahimunan helps exhibitors expand their market and develop into a more competitive and stable MSMEs.

More than 100 MSMEs participated in this year’s Kahimunan trade fair.


Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro City said Kahimunan was considered as one of the core events of the city’s Higalaay Festival for it showcases the convergence and solidarity of the five provinces as one community.


The products of every province and city in Northern Mindanao are also the products of the region. As they combine, they become bigger and more marketable, Moreno noted.

The Kahimunan regional trade fair will run until August 29, 2017. (APB/PIA-10)

***photos from fb page of CDO City Councilor Jay Pascual***

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.


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.


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)

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)