LOPEZ TO NEGOSYO MENTORS: DEVELOP SMARTER PINOY ENTREPRENEURS. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez recently (20 June) called on almost a thousand Negosyo Center business counsellors to help DTI and the government develop smarter Filipino entrepreneurs. Speaking at the first Negosyo Fair Business Counsellors’ Conference at SM Megamall, Sec. Lopez highlighted the role of business mentors as front liners of the Negosyo Centers, which he considers an important infrastructure of entrepreneurship. “When you inspire, you transform people and give them the positive entrepreneurial mindset,” he said. To date, there are over 500 Negosyo Centers all over the Philippines ready to provide efficient services to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, including through provision of free business mentoring and coaching services, trainings and information on market and access to finance. DTI continues to empower Filipino entrepreneurs through these Negosyo Centers, thus infusing the right entrepreneurial mindset in a nation of entrepreneurs. The Negosyo Fair 2017 is open to public until June 24 at SM Megamall.

Economic Partnership with China firms up with arrival of ASEAN China Center (ACC) delegates

Manila, Phl – 23 May 2017 – 16 Delegates from ASEAN China Center (ACC) arrived for a two-day briefing on trade and investment expected to bolster cooperation between the two countries.

Led by the Department of Trade and Industry, officials from the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), Board of Investments (BOI), and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) organized a Business Matching and Networking Dinner at the South Ballroom, Diamond Hotel to enable an environment where Philippine and Chinese companies can do business together.

As DTI Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group Rosvi C. Gaetos stated in her welcome remarks, “As we host the ASEAN Summit on its 50th founding anniversary with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, we continue to reaffirm our readiness for deeper economic partnerships within the ASEAN region and with our extended neighbors such as China”.

In photo: DTI Trade and Investments Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Rosvi C. Gaetos welcomed the delegates from ASEAN China Center on 23 May at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

DTI completes MSMEs help menu with KMMP

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 18, (PIA)–The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) completes its two programs dealing with helping micro small and medium enterprises (MSMsE) hand holding them to sustain and link with other available help to sustain them and upscale into a better surviving industry.

This as the DTI brings to Bohol its second micro, small and medium enterprise retooling programs with 25 entrepreneurs availing of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMMP).

Next to its Small Medium Enterprise Development Roving Academy (SMEDRA), which was launched in Bohol years back, the DTI brings this mentoring program that aims to get to the 95% of the economy which is the micro industries, according to DTI 7 Regional Director Asteria Caberte, during a press con after launching the program here at the Metrocenter Hotel, May 17.

The KMMP started as a joint under taking of the DTI Go Negosyo and aims to usher in an entrepreneurial mindset by linking the micro, small medium enterprises (MSMEs) to large enterprises in a symbiotic supply and demand relationship.

Top achieve this linkages, MSMEs should be provided with capacity buildings as well as access to technology, consultations by business elders and financing.

These include the conduct of trainings, seminars, one -n one mentoring sessions, business matching and other capacity building activities that ate all geared towards the successful integration of the MSMEs into the thriving industry clusters, DTI said.

This means the program can help MSMEs scale up their businesses through regular coaching and mentorship by business owners and practitioners on the various functional areas of entrepreneurships.

In Bohol, 25 MSMEs short listed by the 7 Negosyo Centers here enrolled in the province’s first batch of KMMP, an even bigger number of MSMEs taking the long queue just to get to the free program, said Marisol Balistoy, DTI Bohol caretaker.

The 95% micro economies often do not survive and they get lost because they do not always get the help they need and nobody helps them, SME Development Adviser Engr. Merly Cruz added.

in fact of the 95%, 99.2% are micro and small industries whose survival rate is hardly 50%, she pointed out.

These micro and small industries are the potential suppliers of the micro processes for large industries for their future processes, Cruz who used to be DTI assistant secretary said.

The country is so keen on helping these MSMEs because they create 2 or every 3 new jobs, and sustaining it even for its job generation strategy, could already mean significant improvements in the economy, Cruz hinted.

With the KMMP, they can hopefully expand their network, if they have financing problems, the KMMP brings the micro-financiers to them, mentors them on the access to markets, new technologies, business adviser or critic and supply matching.

At the Bohol launch, Caberte said they invited 300 MSMEs to join the 25 MSMEs in the first two KMMP sessions, of which over 350 business owners and operators came.

During the first two sessions, the DTI brought in topics on Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation with mentor Rey Calooy founder and CEO of RNC Marketing, while local business icons Emgr Arnold Labunog of Jojie’s Bakeshop and Dr Ed Escalona owner of Our DeliBread came in to inspire the entrepreneurs.

Also in during the launching and initial sessions was Henry Tenedero who talked about Marketing. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Marketing mentor Henry Tenedero and PCE Visayas dean Virgilio Espeleta dished out free business advice to over 350 Bohol MSM entrepreneurs gathered during the free sessions of the opening modules of the Kapatid mentor me program in Bohol. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

IFEX PHL banners country’s top agri-export on May 19-21 show

Coconut remains as country’s biggest export product with $487.3 million in sales in the fourth quarter of 2016
The Philippines top agricultural export products will be among the highlights of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines to be held on May 19–21, 2017 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center, Pasay City.
In line with its efforts to promote the country’s food commodities to the international market, IFEX Philippines will have special highlights on coffee, cacao, coconut, and fruit and nut products as part of the Food Industry Cluster under the Food Artisans Village. Each pavilion site will showcase the Philippines’ high-demand export commodities in numerous varieties and cultivars.
“Through IFEX Philippines, we hope to close new deals and partnerships with our extensive list of international buyers, a majority of which are new comers to the event,” said CITEM Executive Director, Clayton Tugonon. “We are showcasing only the best in IFEX Philippines and buyers can expect to see the finest agricultural products the Philippines has to offer.”
Agro-based products contributed to 6.1% of the share of the Philippine’s export in the first half of 2016, amounting to a $291.5 million in sales. Coconut products lead the country’s agricultural exports with 34% share to total agricultural exports, closing off the last quarter of 2016 with a total of $487.3 million.
The Philippines is a major producer of tropical fruits, exporting more than 744,000 metric tons of homegrown products in the fourth quarter of 2016. Bananas ranked second in the total agricultural exports with a share of 12% and sales of $172.6 in 2016. Pineapples follow right after at 10.7% with $153.7 million in sales.
Tuna, fourth in the overall export shares with 5.5%, recorded an increase in exports by 39.2% during the fourth quarter of 2016 from $56.58 million in 2015 to $78.76 million. Other seafood products, such as seaweeds, carrageenan, shrimps, and prawns, produced $67.54 million during the same period.
Coffee exports rose by 24.7% from $91.50 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $114.14 million in 2016, while cacao closed off the year with $72.16 million, an increase by almost 30%.
“There is a constant increase in the exports of our commodities and with new partnerships, such as our outstanding one with Japan, this trend will only continue within the next years,” said Tugonon. “IFEX Philippines will be our one-stop trade platform in promoting our local products and building relationship with global buyers.”
The 11th edition of IFEX Philippines will feature four major exhibition halls that will present a spectrum of flavors from across the globe.
Top and emerging Philippine exporters and business support organizations (BSOs) in the food industry will be stationed at the “Food Philippines Hall”, while the “International Hall” presents top food products and ingredients from top international companies and manufacturers.
The distinct flavors of the country’s provinces take center stage in the “Food Artisans Village”, presented by the Department of Agriculture, through the Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Service (DA-AMAS). The Food Artisans Village includes the Commodity, Seafood, Mindanao, and Negros Occidental Pavilions.
The “MarketPlace” is a free-for-all where buyers and visitors can purchase on retail throughout the event.
IFEX will also present highly curated exhibit of product prototypes developed through the locally fabricated food machinery operated by Food Innovation Centers (FICs), under the Department of Science and Technology- Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) at the “Food Innovation Gallery”.

IFEX Philippines, Asia’s ethnic food & ingredients show, is the country’s biggest international trade exhibition on the Philippines’ and Asia’s specialty food, with around 700 exhibitor companies, attracting wholesale buyers, importers and food distributors from all over the world.
IFEX Philippines is a fast-rising Asian marketplace where sellers of unique tropical flavors, products, innovations, and services are linked with international buyers, importers, and retailers, propelling for bigger international presence, wider variety of products, and world-class features. Categories include tropical fruits, vegetables, seafood, beverages, bakery and confectionery products, meat and poultry, Halal-certified products, as well as natural, organic, and healthy food products. It is organized in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), and the ASEAN Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP), which is chaired by DTI.

18 Bohol MSMEs sign up for Kapatid Mentor Me Program

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 11, (PIA)–Eighteen Bohol micro, small medium enterprises (MSME) signed a pledge of commitment with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Go Negosyo with its Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMMP) and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) through the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) during an orientation May 11 at the Belian Hotel.

KMMP intends to help micro, small and medium enterprises upgrade their businesses through coaching and mentoring activities by big brother business owners and practitioners.

The coaching would be on the various aspects and different stages of entrepreneurships, offered through the Go Negosyo Centers, explains Virgilio Espeleta, Boholano dean of the PCE and who talked about the mentoring program set in Bohol this May.

He said there are just a few interventions for entrepreneurs to up-scale their businesses.

While he cited the concept of Shared Service Facilities (SSF) that allows machineries and facilities through government intervention, the business expert picks mentoring as crucial in providing the business know-how to budding entrepreneurs ready to enlarge their businesses.

He also said mentoring can also come in the form of giving management tips if only to allow them to gain a good business sense especially on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

The DTI believes that a way to assist MSMES scale up and sustain their business enterprises by equipping them and empowering them with the skills needed for such.

Here, mentoring happens care of business aces in their same fields who would act as big brothers to the budding businessmen through theoretical lectures and mentoring or coaching sessions.

As to how an MSME gets to be matched to a big brother mentor, it is the Go Negosyo Centers, which the DTI puts up by law, explains DTI Bohol chief Marisol Balistoy.

Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, aims to promote ease of doing business through business facilitation and consultations as well as help create jobs and livelihood.

Acting as coordinating centers, the Go Negosyo Centers send out partners and partner organizations like private corporations, leading entrepreneurs, micro-finance institutions, academes, non government organizations, government agencies and industry leaders to the MSMEs needing advice and egging to scale up.

The DTI and the Negosyo Centers which have started sprouting in Bohol since two years ago, have pre-identified entrepreneur clients which comprise the long list of businesses needing mentoring interventions.

The 18 entrepreneurs signing up for the KMMP this May 17 all agree after the Orientation that the program would allow them to improve their current enterprises through lectures, coaching and mentoring sessions and as such pledge to attend scheduled sessions.

They also pledge to comply with assigned tasks, participate during discussions, share experiences, challenges and best practices with mentees, regularly report weekly business performance during the mentorship duration, make available to Negosyo Centers updates of their business performances and develop further through DTI follow up programs.

Signing in for the KMMP in Bohol are Laina’s Furniture, Dango’s Furniture, Reinlitz’s Furniture, Suyman’s Furniture, Ifugao in Bohol Furniture, Buenaventurada Farms, Paeng’s Fried Chicken, Estrella’s Bakery.

Masimo Pizzeria Ristorante Italiano, Gelateria Milano, Bayonas Motors, Prime of Asia Handicrafts, Virtucio Designs, Co-Nature Handicrafts, Tiburcio’s Place, Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Egay’s Farm and GK3 Handicrafts.

Other MSMEDs are now lined up for the next batch of KMMP in Bohol, assured Balistoy who assured that the office is now processing the funding for a new batch of mentoring. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol MSMEs show the thumbs up sign as the DTI and PCE through the BCCI bring to Bohol the Kapatid Mentor Me Program to help small entrepreneurs up-scale their businesses and sustain through coaching by industry leaders. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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 City)

(photo: the active participants together with Ms. Maria Fe “Ynday” Dominise, BIPC Head, Claire Apale, Jr. Business Counselor of Negosyo Center Bohol and Mr. Jess Bernasor, Resource Speaker)