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Phil Trade Training Center: Home of the ASEAN SME Academy

The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) paves the way to a more convenient, wider, and open-access online trainings and resources for the Philippines’ Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as the Center becomes the new administrator of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Academy or the ASEAN SME Academy. The Academy is a one-stop multi-platform online learning and information resource for Southeast Asian SMEs with support from US-AID, ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSME (ACCMSME) and the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). Launched at the 6th Meeting of the SME Advisory Board in Singapore on 31 May 2016, the Academy aims to provide training and mentorship to enhance ASEAN SME’s capabilities to grow and compete regionally and internationally. The Philippines, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), was chosen as the first country to become the Academy’s administrator. PTTC shall also facilitate online forums that will link MSMEs in the Philippines to SMEs in Southeast Asia for the sharing of experiences on common issues, identifying best practice and replicating excellence to scale. At present, around 50 training courses on finance/accounting, management, marketing, operation, technology, and trade/logistics from Fortune 500 companies and members of the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs are being offered.  The core of the Academy is a series of training materials for SMEs contributed by Baker & McKenzie, Facebook, Google, HP Inc., MasterCard, Microsoft, PayPal, P&G, and International Labor Organization. In addition, the Academy contains around 350 relevant links to business information and access to a directory of service providers to whom SMEs can reach out for financial advice, corporate programs and... read more

DTI Revving up for Project One: One Form, One Number, One Portal—Government to use for the first time the Design Sprints technology to improve business registration

The Department of Trade and Industry-Competitiveness Bureau, as temporary secretariat of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), following the enactment of Republic Act 11032 known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, is set to implement its first project called Project One. Project One is designed to develop solutions to improve business registration in the Philippines.  The main objective of the project is to improve ease of doing business by streamlining the business registration process in the country, one that is focused on creating a pleasant customer experience (easy, not cumbersome nor confusing), addresses bureaucratic singularity (whole of government, one door policy) and promotes governance (data sharing, data accuracy, access to data, privacy issues). New Zealand’s Creative HQ won the bid to support the country’s efforts aimed at significantly improving the EODB rankings of the Philippines and general ease of doing business for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors.  New Zealand presents an attractive partner to the Philippines as NZ ranks 1st in the World Bank Doing Business survey and the Starting a Business indicator of the WB DB 2018 survey. Project One shall make use of a modern innovation format (“Design Sprints workshops”, a method developed by Google Ventures to solve specific business problems and validate potential solutions in just five days.)  The three workshops shall cover the following: Design Sprint 1 (July 23 – 27, 2018):  Creation of a “Wikipedia” of LGU registration process.  DILG and DICT to collate and publish the most up to date processes for LGUs in one place.  This will increase inter-agency collaboration, and provide highly useful information to business and investors, and increase transparency of... read more

DTI leads Filipino food promotion in Calgary

Following the successful kick-off in Vancouver, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will bring the “Flavours of the Philippines” In-Store Promotion to T&T Supermarket in Pacific Place Mall, Calgary, Alberta from 8 June to 10 June 2018. “It is very timely to showcase the quality of Filipino brands to celebrate our Filipino heritage in time with Independence Day,” said DTI Senior Trade Commissioner Maria Roseni M. Alvero. On 8 June 2018, T&T Supermarket will start showcasing Filipino food at the dedicated stalls for Flavours of the Philippines through pallet displays and food tasting stations. It will be followed by a ceremony on 9 June 2018 with the Filipino-Canadian community where attendees will be treated to lively music and a vibrant display of Filipino talent with cultural performances by the Philippine Cultural Center Foundation. Hon. Consul General Gilberto Asuque is expected to welcome the Filipino-Canadian and mainstream community in Calgary during the event. The event, considered to be a centerpiece trade and cultural program with the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary and the Department of Tourism in San Francisco, aims to reconnect Filipino-Canadians with the motherland in time for the celebration of the anniversary of Philippine Independence. It also aims to increase the consumer awareness and appreciation for Philippine food products among Canadian consumers. The weekend-long festivities will also include cooking demonstrations of delicious Filipino dishes and big discounts on popular Filipino products. “We hope that this event will contribute in raising the popularity of Philippine cuisine along the levels enjoyed by other internationally accepted Asian cuisine, ultimately towards increasing the level of Filipino food exports into Canada,” Alvero added. “Flavours...

PH to develop AI-enabled workforce to address the threat of AI

  MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and tech pioneer company AI Pros, are set to join forces to train Filipinos in using Augmented Intelligence (AI2) as a solution to the impending threat of artificial intelligence on the jobs in the Information Technology – Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry, while encouraging investors and operators to create more Socially Responsible Business Process Outsourcing (SRBPO) in the countryside. “Instead of AI replacing jobs in the IT-BPO industry which is estimated to affect half of the 1.3 million jobs in the sector, the workers will be trained and upskilled to make use of AI2-enabled systems.  Basically, it’s making the AI system become the solution to the problem,” Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez explained. “Augmented Intelligence will combine the power of artificial intelligence with human intelligence to upskill the Filipino workforce and make them more effective and productive by enabling them to do complex and higher-paying tasks. This initiative, summed up under the “Philippine AI Workforce” brand campaign, will provide more jobs to Filipinos and bring the development to rural communities,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio added. “We are the first country to launch this kind of initiative. Instead of looking at AI as a threat to the BPO industry, the Duterte administration is using AI2 to provide more opportunities for inclusive growth. We will train and enable our workforce, regardless of their background and experience, to use AI2 to perform smarter and complete difficult tasks, and help them move up the value chain. The training will make them employable, operating even in the rural...

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Kumon K of C Awards Advanced Students and Completers

Kumon K of C awarded its advanced students and program completers in a simple awarding ceremony on May 5, 2018 at the Kumon K of C.  Chief Instructor Dr. Elva Evasco-Auza presented medals and certificates to the advanced students.  Dr. Auza also presented certificates of completion to the program completers. The Kumon ASHR (advanced students honor roll) include the bronze award given to the students who have advanced 6 months ahead of their grade level.  The silver award is given to the students who are 2 years advanced and the gold award is given to the students who are 3 years advanced. The program completers are as follows:  Alex Rina, Jhaeia Dolalas, Ashley Empuerto, Karl Jipos, Benedict Galorport, Nesshil Namocatcat, Kristinne Garcia and Chaira Angela Galorio, Janine Shane Abellana, Chawisa Genosas, Karl Priscilla, Alyssa Mae Gallentes Jamero, Ashley Mae Gallentes Jamero and Cheska Genosas. The rest of the Kumon K of C instructors and administration staff joined the celebration together with the parents of the advanced students and...

Apprehensive over carabeef? It is healthy food, says PCC

    TAGBILARAN CITY, May 2 (PIA)–A common fare among Boholano fiesta banquets, the carabeef or carabao meat (buffalo meat) in the “sabaw sa kabaw” is a healthy food, unlike what many people believe.   Traditionally pinpointed to as a cause of toothaches and joint pains especially for people recuperating from sprains, carabeef has been wrongly associated with these maladies, maybe because the carabao from where the meat was sourced out may have been too old, sickly or overburdened, assumes Philippine Carabao Center at the Ubay Stock Farm (PCC-USF) Center Director Dr. Caro Salces.   Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA in time to possibly dispel the myths and wrong beliefs that carabao meat is bad meat, the carabao authority in Bohol in fact stressed: carabeef is considered by many as a health food.   Affleap.com, in one of its articles claimed carabeef is safe to eat even by people with heart problems and those who are allergic to red meat.   In fact, research proves that carabao meat contains less calories, less fat and cholesterol than most meats, including poultry, thus the meat is good dieters and athletes.   In a comparison with cow meat, carabao meat contains 12 percent less fat, 55 percent less calories and 40 percent less cholesterol, 11 to 30 percent more protein and 10 percent more minerals than beef.   As to its caloric value, the relative proportions of its protein, fat minerals and fatty acids makes carabeef nutrient dense or concentrated meat, that is why most people who eat carabeef eat less because carabeef does not sink during cooking.   Although initially considered a farm hand,...

Aris to visit Israel

  By JUNE S. BLANCO BOHOL stands to get more of its arable land in the 2nd District irrigated. This after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado is set to visit Israel that has succeeded in turning some of its desert lands into farms through unconventional irrigation methods. The Philippines may have river systems that can be harnessed to irrigate erstwhile rain-fed rice fields. But, Aumentado pointed out, there are still lands that have remained idle to date because these are far from the irrigation canals, or have higher elevation than the canals – or both. As such, the solon vowed to look into Israel’s agricultural technology in the hopes of expanding the irrigated lands in the province, initially in his district. He estimates the irrigation-hungry lands in Bohol at still 30 hectares. With this technology, Aumentado expressed confidence that the income of the farmers will definitely increase. The solon had grabbed the opportunity when the Israeli government invited him and other congressmen to attend the 2018 AgriTech exposition to be held in that country. Historically, the exposition attracts delegates from all over the world. To help arrange his itinerary to include site visits to demonstration farms, Aumentado is set to meet tomorrow with the Israeli ambassador in the latter’s Philippine residence. Because the coffee meeting will be at his residence, the solon said he expects the meet up to be less formal and therefore more productive, he...

Groundbreaking sa P90-M Bohol Youth Home, gipangunahan ni DOH Kalihim Duque

  TAGBILARAN CITY, Abril 11 (PIA)–Gipangunahan ni Department of Health (DOH) Kalihim Francisco Duque III ang capsule laying ug groundbreaking sa Bohol Youth Home sa wellness and health complex sa lungsod sa Cortes.   Ang P90-milyon nga Bohol Youth Home pagatukoron sa 1 ka ektaryang luna nga gipanag-iya sa kagamhanang probinsiyal sa Bohol nga nahimutang sa Barangay Malayo Norte, lungsod sa Cortes diin mao usab ang dapit nga pagatukoran sa uban pang healthcare infrastructures.   “This worthy project of the provincial government of Bohol, really aligned the wellness and objective of the DOH (Kining mapuslanon nga proyekto sa kagamhanang probinsiyal sa Bohol nisubay gayud sa wellness ug objective sa DOH),” matud pa ni Duque.   Sila Gob. Edgar Chatto, DSWD-7 Director Evelyn Macapobre, Cong. Rene Relampagos, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim ug Cortes Vice Mayor Leo Pabotoy mi-alalay sa kalihim sa panglawas sa gipahigayong capsule laying ug groundbreaking rites.   Ang proyektong Bohol Youth Home paga-pondohan sa Provincial Government of Bohol, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ug DOH.   Ang Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) annex ug rehab center itukod usab sa maong complex nga gisusi usab ni Duque.   Ang kalihim niabot sa lalawigan alas 10 sa buntag niadtong Martes diin siya maoy pinasidunggang dinapit sa ika-16 nga Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Summit nga gitambungan sa 1,500 ka BNS gikan sa 1,109 ka barangays sa lalawigan nga gipahigayon sa Bohol Cultural Center ning syudad. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol). Gipangunahan ni DOH Kalihim Francisco Duque, inubanan nilang Gob. Edgar Chatto, DSWD-7 Director Evelyn Macapobre, Cong. Rene Relampagos, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim ug Cortes Vice Mayor Leo Pabotoy ang capsule...

SAFE BOHOL launching

The Provincial Government of Bohol, together LGU Inabanga and local and national government agencies will launch SAFE Bohol (Security Always For Everyone): Boholano Bayanihan on April 11, 2018 at the Inabanga Municipal Gym. This highlights the anniversary program of the Abu Sayaf incursion last year.              The event will kick off with a mass at 7:30 in the morning to be followed by the honoring of the fallen soldiers.       Former AFP Chief of Staff now DILG Secretary Eduardo Año will be the Guest of Honor during the program which will also include; solidarity messages, video presentations and theCovenant Signing of SAFE BOHOL: Boholano Bayanihan              Considering that this is very important for Bohol, may we invite/ request you and your media to attend/ cover the said event.             Those joining the event may coordinate with Frank Baylosis of ICONs (Inabanga Communications Network) for media designated areas, food, among others.                            Thank you so much and we hope that you can join us and work together for the best interest of...

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