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PUBLIC CONSULTATION/HEARING ON THE GRANT OF BAGWIS AWARD AND RECOGNITION OF CONSUMER ORGANIZATIONS

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will conduct a public consultation/ hearing on the following:   Draft Department Administrative Order (DAO) on the “Implementing Guidelines on the grant of BAGWIS AWARD to business establishments that uphold consumers’ rights and interests and practice business ethics”;   Draft Department Administrative Order (DAO) on the “Guidelines on the Recognition of Consumer Organizations”,   The consultation / hearing scheduled for the Visayas (Regions 6, 7, 8 and 9) is on May 9, 2017 at the Bayfront Hotel, Kaoshiung Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.   All those interested in the said activity are encouraged by the DTI to attend.  The draft DAOs  can be downloaded at the DTI website, www.dti.gov.ph.   Written endorsement/ position/ comments may be submitted to the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) c/o Assistant Director Lilian G. Salonga, Officer-in-charge, at the Trade and Industry Building, 361 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, 1200 Makati City or through email [email protected] at any time before the date of hearing indicated.   For further queries and/or concerns, please coordinate with Ms. Anna Virgilia Rodriguez or Ms. Cerlina Josue at telephone number (+632) 7510384 locals 2223/ 2222. For more information on the services of the DTI, log-on... read more

PO2 Arlene Manatad: One, only woman SWAT

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 11, (PIA)—So what’s with a woman in the elite police force? There must have something that toughened this frail girl in a brood of four from a remote barangay in Buenavista, Bohol to let her squeeze through hardships as they fall one by one the moment she wears the bulletproof vest of prayer and determination. The name Arlene Manatad is just like any ordinary Boholano name. At 27, and a single parent to an 8 year old girl, this innocent looking face and disarming smile is a woman’s taser. But her normal build masks a core toughness that makes Arlene Manatad a name whispered among the elites of Bohol police force. She has just crossed over the fence of the frail woman image to be honored as the first and only woman member of the elite police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in Bohol. Said to be the toughest test of physical fitness and agility, mental and spiritual strength among elite police officer’s trainings, SWAT commissioning have been notoriously called the most physically rigorous and mentally straining activity for 77 days of police life. But for Police Officer 2 Manatad, the pain and the strain are just hurdles towards her determined goal to bring the woman earn its rightful equal footing, with the men. Born on June 4, 1989 as the youngest in a brood of four, three of them boys, Arlene traces her playgrounds in remote barangay in Lusong, Buenavista town. Their father works as the barangay captian and sallies back and forth with works at the National Grid Corporation while her mother does...

QBO launches hub for startup programs

QBO Innovation Hub, an established partnership between the public and private sector including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), IdeaSpace Foundation, and J.P. Morgan, opened its startup enablement programs to help speed up growth and learning for Philippine startups and entrepreneurs. “We are excited to create success stories that will inspire Filipinos to start their own companies instead of pursuing opportunities overseas,” said QBO and IdeaSpace President Butch Meily. QBO will start offering programs and services to startups including access to QBO’s networking events such as classes, workshops, mentorship, feedback sessions, and use of its co-working space. Available services also include professional consultations on legal, accounting, marketing and design, corporate and government partner resources referrals, incorporation assistance, business registration, intellectual property filing, and investors and potential partners pitching. “DTI hopes that with our partners from industry, academe, and other government agencies such as DOST and DICT, our initiatives will help advance the development of our local startup ecosystem and increase the number of high-growth oriented enterprises that will bring the Philippine brand in a global scale,” emphasized DTI Trade and Investments Promotions Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado. Through QBO, startups will also have an opportunity to join J.P. Morgan’s Incubation Program, a stage agnostic module that will be available to select and high-potential startups all year round. It initially plans to enroll 15 startups by the end of 2017. “As one of the world’s leading financial institutions, J.P. Morgan celebrates new ideas and we are committed to supporting entrepreneurs in the country, especially those with underserved backgrounds. Engaging with Micro, Small and...

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PH startup bags up to $500,000 in equity investments

Acudeen Technologies, a startup that helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) overcome financial constraints, recently bagged equity investments of up to $500,000 after besting other participants from over 66 countries in the SeedStars World Summit in Switzerland. Founded by a Filipino startup entrepreneur Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III, Acudeen Technologies is a financial-technology company that provides support for Philippine small businesses coping to make ends meet as they await payments from their clients. Financial stability is one of the top problems faced by most micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. While MSMEs acquire big contracts with larger companies, they find themselves financially disabled while they wait for their invoices to be paid that are usually in 30-60 day cycles. This scheme forces most MSMEs out of business. With this prevailing problem, Acudeen Technologies provides an innovative solution. It transforms SMEs’ invoices into cash through discounting of their receivables providing them with necessary working capital which they fail to get from banks. “This is an outstanding work of a Filipino entrepreneur which does not just boast of the innovative capacity of Filipino startups to provide solutions to existing problems, but also reflects the bayanihan spirit among Filipinos that continue to help our small businesses in the country to thrive,” said Department of Trade and Industry’s Trade and Investment Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado. “We hope to encourage more startups like this in furthering our innovative economy. We encourage them to avail various initiatives of the public and private sector such as the QBO Innovation Hub,” added Terrado. The Philippines, with increasing collaboration between the public and private...

Aris: 2nd District goes techie

By JUNE S. BLANCO SCIENCE and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña is slated to launch in Ubay town on Thursday, May 4, two projects that will make the internet accessible and practical to residents in Bohol’s 2nd District. Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado said expected to be with de la Peña are the members of the House Committee on Science and Technology which the former chairs. The secretary will launch “STAR Books” – an interactive research module in the internet for all high schools, initially in Ubay, the whole district and eventually, the whole Bohol. STAR Books is a spin from the department’s Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR) project that seeks to provide an organized scheme of innovative trainings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It braces for the country’s need for S & T capable teachers to meet the requirements for the K-12 program of the Department of Education. The launch will be the kick off activity for the nationwide launch. De la Peña is similarly slated to launch the “Rx Pod” to be set up initially at the Ubay town hall. It is a mechanism that allows a patient to consult – free of charge – with doctors of the Department of Health. Should that patient’s ailment require medicines that need a doctor’s prescription, the Rx Pod prints the same out for presentation to the pharmacist. The Rx Pod will ultimately be available in the whole district, and later, the while province and beyond. De la Peña’s visit underscores his support for Aumentado’s branding strategy to make local products competitive even in outside-Bohol markets. The...

NEGOSYO CENTER BOHOL CONDUCTS CONSUMER AND BUSINESS EDUCATION SEMINAR

DTI Bohol and Negosyo Center Bohol conducted a Business and Consumer Education Seminar last March 30, 2017 at Bohol Investment Promotion Center. It is part of DTIs advocacy for business and consumer protection and is aimed at increasing public awareness about consumer rights and responsibilities and other trade and industry laws. The seminar was held at the Mezzanine Floor of the Bohol Investment Promotion Center, Tagbilaran City. Mr. Miguel Abuyabor of DTI Bohol was the resource...

NEGOSYO CENTER BOHOL CONDUCTS ORIENTATION ON SETTING UP A CAFÉ BUSINESS

March 17, 2017 – Negosyo Center Bohol, in partnership with the Bohol Investment Promotion Center conducted an Orientation on Setting Up a Café Business intended for entrepreneurs and public enterprises who want to venture into the coffee shop business. The seminar is one of the many entrepreneurship ideas for Bohol that have big potential for growth. Coffee shops are considered as tourist destinations with their unique ambiance, added menu and homey atmosphere. The orientation was held at the Atty. Juanito Cambangay Conference Room, PPDO, Tagbilaran City. Mr. Paolo Rigotti, known café business enthusiast and entrepreneur was the resource speaker. Participants with Ms. Maria Fe Dominise, BIPC Head, Claire Apale, Negosyo Center Bohol Jr Business Counselor and Mr. Paolo Rigotti, Resource Person...

Negosyo Center Bohol Conducts Pricing and Costing Seminar

The Bohol Investment Promotions Center and Negosyo Center Bohol jointly conducted a Pricing and Costing Seminar for micro, small and medium entrepreneurs last March 15, 2017 at Panda Tea Garden Suites, Tagbilaran City. The activity is the first among the series of capability building initiatives of BIPC for its its Basic Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Transformation (B.E.S.T. Series. Thirty (30) MSMEs attended the said seminar and were very thankful for the opportunity given to them. (for training/seminar schedules, please visit us at the Ground Floor, New Capitol Building, Marapao Street, Tagbilaran...

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