Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines partner to help sari-sari store owners.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines partner to help sari-sari store owners. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines recently launched the ‘Angat Kita’ program, a micro-entrepreneur development program that aims to assist sari-sari storeowners by equipping them with necessary entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that will help them generate more income. The ‘Angat Kita’ program is in line with the Department’s thrust to assist micro entrepreneurs around the country. In her speech, DTI-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya noted the increase of Filipinos engaged in sari-sari store business to provide their families steady income. Maglaya added that DTI and Procter & Gamble will provide additional assistance to help sari-sari store owners grow their business into grocery stores. “That is actually what DTI wants to happen to our micro entrepreneurs—our sari-sari store owners. We do not want you to stay that way. If you increase your income, your sari-sari store or grocery will eventually become supermarkets. That’s really what the DTI wants to happen,” Maglaya said. In photo are (L-R) City Mandaluyong City Business Permits and Licensing Department Chief Catherine De Leon Arce, Procter & Gamble Philippines (P&G) General Manager Shankar Viswanathan and DTI-ROG Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya.


DTI, TESDA PARTNER TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS TRAINING. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) agreed to boost the ongoing government efforts to spur employment and entrepreneurship for Filipinos. On 7 August, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez signed a Memorandum of Agreement with TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong to formally launch the Skills Training for Employment/Entrepreneurship Program (STEEP), which aims to provide Filipinos necessary skills development on employment/ entrepreneurship that could help them improve economic status. Sec. Lopez reiterated the commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte to empower the bottom of the pyramid by bringing opportunities closer and accessible to the public. According to him, acquired business skills by trainees from STEEP can be used in effectively running their businesses in the future. TESDA Director General Mamondiong, meanwhile, noted that the cooperation is a manifestation of the willingness to pursue the aim towards a more comfortable life for every Filipino. The trade chief also highlighted that the agreement complements the government’s “Bangon Marawi” program, as well as DTI’s Trabaho at Negosyo agenda.

PTTC and TECO brainstorm on development Capacity Building Programs

03 August 2017 Manila – The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in a brainstorming session with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) on the development of training modules for Capacity Building Programs designed for MSMEs. In photo seated from left PTTC Executive Director Nestor Palabyab, OIC for PTTC Training Division Rolan Ynon, OIC for PTTC Business Management Training Services Division Engr. Menandro Ortego, TECO Deputy Director Tony Tsai, and BMTSD Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ms. Genoveva Ancheta11

TECO offers partnership with DTI to conduct training programs in the Philippines

01 August 2017, Makati – The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines offers a partnership with the Philippine Training Trade Center and Design Center of the Philippines as co-developers of its Capacity Building Training programs. The PTTC and DCP are agencies of the Department of Trade and Industry. In the photo: (L-R) Foreign Trade Service Corps Trade Service Officer Charmaine Yalong, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute, Philippine Trade Training Center Executive Director Nestor Palabyab, Representative (Ambassador) of Taiwan/ROC Dr. Gary Song-Huann LIN, DTI Trade and Investment Promotions Group Assistant Secretary Rosvi C. Gaetos, TECO Director of Political Affairs Chiang-hwa (Tony) Tsai, and TECO Deputy Director Winsdon J. H. Hsiao

DTI partners with PAL to promote Go Lokal! products


27 June 2017 Manila – The Go Lokal! team led by Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Rosvi C. Gaetos initiates discussions with Philippine Airlines Inc. on a partnership to promote Go Lokal! products, a Filipino concept store which carries quality and innovative products crafted, designed and manufactured by the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

(In photo: L-R) Office of TIPG Assistant Secretary Coordinating Officer Rosario T. Liwanag, Bureau of Domestic Trade and Promotions Director Rhodora Leano, Philippine Airlines Inc. Vice President for Marketing Ria Domingo, DTI-Trade and Investment Promotions Group Assistant Secretary Rosvi Gaetos, (PAL) Romeo “Kit” Javier, and BDTP Assistant Director Marievic Bonoan.


TRADE CHIEF CHALLENGES CAVITEÑOS TO SEEK NEW BUSINESS PLATFORMS. Innovation is an open secret that each Filipino entrepreneur should embrace, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the Kapatid Mentor Me launch in Bacoor, Cavite on 28 June. Speaking before an assembly of aspiring entrepreneurs, Sec. Lopez strongly encouraged Caviteños to become smarter businessmen by adopting innovative, value-adding and demand-driven practices, as these are crucial in the growth and survival of businesses. He also shared that self-employment, including those engaged with entrepreneurial activities contributed to the decrease in the county’s current unemployment rate from 6.6% to 5.7%. The Kapatid Mentor Me project is a coaching and mentoring program wherein business owners and practitioners share their knowledge and expertise to selected mentees on the different facets of entrepreneurship. In pushing entrepreneurial revolution especially among the micro, small and medium enterprises, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has partnered with advocacy group Go Negosyo and the local government of Bacoor City under Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla (3rd from L). Joining the trade chief were DTI Asst. Sec. Bles Lantayona (2nd from L), DTI Region IV-A Director Malou Toledo (2nd from R) and other DTI and local government officials.