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DTI warns vendors of uncertified Christmas lights

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is warning all retailers that will be caught selling and distributing uncertified Christmas lights. DTI Central Visayas Director Asteria Caberte said the agency will be strictly monitoring the sale of Christmas lights in the market to protect consumers from the hazards posed by uncertified products such as electric shock and overheating that often lead to fire, property damages and even loss of lives. She warned traders that the DTI will penalized those who are caught selling and distributing uncertified Christmas lights under Republic Act (RA) No. 4109 or the Standards Law. In a bid to protect consumers, the department has issued a list of certified Christmas lights manufacturers in time for the Yuletide season. The list, which can be viewed at DTI Bureau of Philippines Standards (BPS) website at www.bps.dti.gov.ph, includes the Philippine Standards (PS) licenses and Import Commodity Clearances (ICC) of each manufacturer. The PS and ICC certificates are issued to manufacturers or importers of mandatory products after they have undergone checking and inspection for product standards compliance. Director Caberte said DTI has intensified its monitoring and enforcement activities across the region and those who will be caught violating the law will be penalized with monetary fines and product confiscation. The DTI also reminds consumers to buy only Christmas lights certified by the Bureau of Philippines Standards (PS) to avoid any injurious or untoward incident from happening. “For the consumers, we suggest that you look at the packaging of the Christmas lights and make sure there’s a certification seal. We would always suggest that consumers go for certified Christmas lights with... read more

POPCOM-7 CELEBRATES THREE AWARDING CEREMONIES FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM-MAKING, THE PHILIPPINE POPULATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (PPMP) AND KAUNLARANG PANTAO AWARDS

The regional office of the Commission on Population and Development-7 will hold its 5th annual awarding ceremony for its documentary film-making, the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) or PPMP awards and Kaunlarang Pantao on November 14, 2019 (Thursday) at Montebello Villa Hotel, Banilad, Cebu City at 3:00 in the afternoon. The 1st awarding ceremony is an independent inter-school film-making contest which is an annual activity open for all public and private high schools in Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor and Negros Oriental or in Central Visayas. This year’s genre is documentary filming of people in communities with real life situations with the theme: “The Youth and the Demographic Transition.” Six (6) semi-finalists from respective schools have been selected and these are: “Beat of the Black” (Bohol Wisdom School); “Carousel” (Cebu City Science High School); “Mamang” (Bais National High School); “D.I.–Drop In (Ramon Duterte Sr. Foundation-Science and Technology Education Center); “Hagip-ot” (City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy); and “Kalampusan” (Siquijor Provincial Science High School.)  The six (6) documentary film entries will contend for the top prizes as Best Documentary Film (Top 3 Awards), Best in Direction, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Audio Use, Editing, Poster, Trailer and Production. Minor prizes are pegged at Php 3,000.00 and the top 3 prizes are Php 10,000.00, Php 12,000.00 and Php 15, 000.00, respectively. Popcom-7’s documentary film-making contest is aimed to address the well-being of adolescents on concerns about youth sexuality, reproductive health and rights.  The Best Documentary Film in the region will compete with other regional winners in the national level next year in 2020. The 2nd set of the awarding ceremony is given to local government units (LGUs) and population officers with exemplary services extended... read more

MENTOR ME ON WHEELS CONQUERS BOHOL

More than 500 mentees and 42 mentors have come together in the province’ biggest gathering of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the Mentor ME on Wheels (MMOW) held at the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City on October 25, 2019. The whole-day activity, which is spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo was made possible in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had mentors coming in from Manila, Cebu and Bohol, who provided 30-minute one-on-one mentorship sessions with MMOW participants who are either aspiring, potential and existing entrepreneurs and students. Topics included Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation, Marketing and Financial Literacy/Financing. In her opening message, RD Aster Caberte encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunity to talk to experienced mentors and get professional advice on how to effectively manage their businesses. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap graced the event together with PCEs Virgilio “Noy” Espeleta and Henry Tenedero, who represented PCE-Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion....

Bikers clean up Banat-I trails For World Environment Day

When most of the people took more time in their cozy beds on the early hours of June 5, it being a holiday, mountain bikers were already on the trails of Tagbilaran City’s cross country trail training site, spare gloves on the ready, for the World Environment Day Banat-I clean-up. While the government declared June 5 as the Eid’lFit’r, and as a regular holiday for both Muslims and non-Muslims, the day also afforded many the rest they needed so breakfasts were mostly delayed as there was no hurry for the day. For young and professionals who take on to their bikes for the daily sweat dose, that day was one they would be ticking two on their bucket list: go get sweating cranking for the climb and do something for the environment for the day. The challenging climb at Banat-I Park is painful but like all hard efforts, the rewards in the spectacular view from the top easily erases all the pains. But the garbage that has accumulated in Banat-i, brought by hikers, trail runners or lovers who take the views of the hill, has become an eye-sore for the environment biased bikers and trail runners. Empty water bottles, soda PET bottles, wine bottles, junk food foil packs, cellophane packaging, styrofoam and food packaging are strewn on the trails, in the camp site and even along the access road, that has marred the beauty of the place. It is about time we need to do something about it, said biker Engr Rey Tirol, who organized the clean up. Many trails crisscross Banat-i, that for bikers, the grueling small ring-big...

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MENTOR ME ON WHEELS CONQUERS BOHOL

More than 500 mentees and 42 mentors have come together in the province’ biggest gathering of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the Mentor ME on Wheels (MMOW) held at the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City on October 25, 2019. The whole-day activity, which is spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo was made possible in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had mentors coming in from Manila, Cebu and Bohol, who provided 30-minute one-on-one mentorship sessions with MMOW participants who are either aspiring, potential and existing entrepreneurs and students. Topics included Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation, Marketing and Financial Literacy/Financing. In her opening message, RD Aster Caberte encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunity to talk to experienced mentors and get professional advice on how to effectively manage their businesses. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap graced the event together with PCEs Virgilio “Noy” Espeleta and Henry Tenedero, who represented PCE-Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion....

BOHOL’S CHOCOLATE PRINCESS WINS APEC BEST FAMILY SUPPORT AWARD

Tagbilaran City. DalareichPolot, General Manager of DalareichTableya and CEO of Guinto Chocolates, wins in the worldwide search for APEC Business Efficiency and Success Target (BEST) Award for “Best Family Support” during the Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile. Dalareich’s business model presentation was done via Skype, where she was competing with nominees from twenty one (21) other APEC economies. In her presentation, Polot narrated her romance with cacao and highlighted how her passion for tableya has developed over the years beginning when she was a kid. It may be recalled that Polothad the big break in her chocolate journey when she joined the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp in Manila in 2013, which was sponsored by the SamahanngmgaPilipinasaReporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK!) and the United States Embassy, where she emerged as the Grand Prize Winner and received $5,000 and a trophy.Polot is the current Chair of the Bohol Cacao Development Council. The BEST Award includes seven categories, including the Grand Prix, Highest Growth Potential, International Attractiveness, Best Social Impact, the 4th Industrial Revolution Project, and two new important nominations: Best Family Business Support and the Best Top Manager, which werelaunched this year. The award was received by DTI Region VII Director Aster Caberte, who represented the Department of Trade and Industry in the APEC Ministerial Meeting from October 2-9, 2019.(VLigan, DTI...

Aris: DPWH soon to build Talibon-Bien Unido bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expresses hope that construction of the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido towns in northern Bohol will start within the year. Aumentado will meet Engr. Vicente Valle Jr. of the Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office and his staff next week at the latter’s office in Ubay town for a briefing on the timelines of the bridge construction. Talibon and Bien Unido towns are located on separate promontories jutting out toward Cebu, separated by a bay, with Trinidad town in the river delta. The road trip from Talibon to Bien Unido spans 20 kilometers, but with the bridge, the distance will just be seven kilometers. Aumentado said this will be “definitely a big and welcome development” for his constituents in both towns – and the rest of the district, and ultimately the province – as this will cut travel time and the attendant expenses. This will also reduce the price of goods as transport from the mother town of Talibon will be shorter, easier, more convenient and comfortable. The solon said the shorter distance will give his constituents more time for other equally, or even more important tasks. During the meeting, Aumentado expressed hope that Valle will declare the detailed engineering design and bid documents ready so that bidding can already be scheduled, and the physical works to start within the year. Meanwhile, the solon recently filed House Bill 2109 that proposes to construct the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge. On a bigger scale now, this link will provide passengers and their freight the option to travel by land through this bridge,...

Aris’ previous statement on power ‘not misleading’

By: JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District stands by his previous statement that “the Cantakoy hydroelectric project found no support from the next administration. This solon emphasized that “this was not a misleading statement”, but a statement of facts. Aumentado said partners Ayala Group and Sta. Clara Power Corp. were well on their way in establishing the Cantakoy project – taking extra diligent care in providing mitigating measures for what experts had described “critical” and “dangerous” – during the incumbency of his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor, former governor Erico Boyles Aumentado. Sta. Clara Power Corporation is an independent power producing company in the Philippines. It focuses on hydro power development. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Mandaluyong, the Philippines. Sta. Clara Power Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Sta. Clara International Corporation But for reasons of their own, the next administration did not pursue Cantakoy – despite the impending and expected stark increase in power consumption due to the operationalization of the Panglao Bohol International Airport. Airports are stand-alone natural investment come-ons, but since Bohol has been vigorously inviting investors, the province should have taken more aggressive steps in meeting the increasing power demand. After all, he said, only in the power industry is redundancy welcome. The recent price hike scare prompted Aumentado to walk what has so far been merely talk. The resumption of the Cantakoy project would be his “little contribution” to ease the current power crisis in Bohol. He said Cantakoy can augment the power “imported” from the Tongonan Geothermal Plant in Leyte by from...

DTI Sandugo ‘national’ Trade Fair: attracts 190 exhibitors, 11 regions

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas opened its regional products showcase in Bohol, July 24-28 at the Island City Mall, with a bigger, wider participation of government assisted and developed products. This year’s products’ showcase feature 190 exhibitors bringing in gifts and novelty items, home decors, wear-ables and fashion accessories, home style and quality furniture and furnishings, and processed food from the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) of the 11 regions joining this year’s trade fair, according to DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte. Bohol’s Sandugo Trade Expo 2019 is now a far upgrade from what used to be a provincial products’ fair held at the open grounds of Plaza Rizal, some 31 years ago. DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, Asec. Demphna Du-Naga of the of the Regional Operations Group, Regional Director Asteria Caberte, Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, visiting DTI regional directors and Central Visayas Provincial directors Maria Soledad Balistoy (Bohol), Nimfa Virtucio (Negros Oriental) led the ceremonial opening of the fair which accordingly aims for an ambitious P40 million in sales. Asec Lantayona, in her message however knows that the P40 million is easy to achieve citing that last year’s P25 million target was easily attained. The Sandugo regional trade fair in 2018 even piled up an additional P7 million over the target, or a whooping P32 million in cash and booked sales. Lantayona, who now likened the Sandugo Trade Expo this year to a national trade fair, pointed out that exhibitors all over the country are all looking forward to joining the Sandugo trade fair in Bohol because sales here is good....

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