Aklan opens 2 more Negosyo Centers

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Aklan Provincial Office will launch its second and third Negosyo Centers in Aklan, particularly in the municipalities of Ibajay and Altavas on June 27 and 28, 2016, respectively, as the agency intensifies further its bid in assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The launching of these Negosyo Centers will be highlighted by the “NegoCart”, a special component of the Negosyo Center which will showcase different products of each municipality.

The establishment of the new Negosyo Centers is through the coordination and partnership of DTI Aklan with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ibajay and Altavas, and the PSMED Council.

MSMEs urged to follow int’l standards

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Industry Promotion Group (DTI-IPG) urged micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to follow international product standards to break into the global market – in a seminar conducted under the Negosyo, Konsyumer, at iba pa (NKATBP) event held in Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City last June 11.

Participated in by over 200 MSMEs, exporters, would-be exporters, entrepreneurs including local startups and innovators, government trade promotions and business development officers, the seminar dubbed as “Catapulting New Business for the Global Market” held various discussions on how to drive businesses into the growing global market and how government programs and initiatives can assist in finding the right market for their products and services.

The IPG, composed of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), takes the lead in developing and implementing programs and activities that promote the Philippines and local entrepreneurs’ products and services in the domestic and international market.

3rd Negosyo Center Plus opens in Cebu

DTI opened the 3rd Negosyo Center Plus in UP Cebu. The Negosyo Center Plus is a Negosyo Center with Fabrication Laboratory and Co-Working space.

U/Maglaya said that the Negosyo Center with Fablab Co-working Space launching is a milestone for the Department after unveiling the first two in Santiago City and Ilocos Sur. The DTI is also set to open 4 more Negosyo Center with Fablab Co-working Spaces in Tacloban City (Eastern Visayas State University) on June 21, Bicol (Bicol University Compound) on June 23, National Capital Region (CITC Marikina; University of the Philippines – Diliman) on September 14, and in Zamboanga City (Zamboanga State Ploytechnic College) on October 7.

1st FabLab in Luzon launced

S/ASC launched the first Fabrication Laboratory (Fablab) Co-working space in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur last May 26, 2016.

The Ilocos Fablab is the first in Luzon to offer advanced technology assistance to local MSMEs. It is housed at Philippine Science High School(PSHS)-Ilocos Region Campus providing students access to this high-end laboratory  and to help in research and development requirements of local MSMEs. The Ilocos Fablab is a project of the DTI in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology.

Fablabs began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to help grassroots communities translate their design ideas into actual products with the help of technology and 24/7 support of a worldwide network of Fablabs. The Fablab, in varying forms,  is present in about 200 locations in over 50 countries.

PHL hosts 24th APEC AD

The Philippines, through the Board of Investments (BOI), is hosting the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Automotive Dialogue (APEC AD) starting today, May 25 until May 27, 2016 at the Makati Diamond Residences where discussions are expected to center on the current status of the Automotive Industry in the Asia Pacific Region and the ongoing initiatives of the working group.

The APEC AD serves as a forum for APEC member economy officials and senior industry representatives to work together to map-out strategies for increasing the integration and development of the automotive sector within the region. It is one of the Industry Dialogues under the APEC Committee on Trade and Investments along with the Chemicals Dialogue and Life Sciences Innovation Forum.

At the 22nd and 23rd APEC AD also chaired by the Philippines through BOI, the vital role of SMEs in the automotive manufacturing industry and their integration into the regional and global markets where two workshops on the experiences and best practices of some SMEs in their participation in the GVCs were highlighted. The meeting also hosted various initiatives focusing on SMEs and their needs to better participate in GVCs including the study on the GVC-SME Automotive Sector (GSAS) conducted by Malaysia and Philippines with the aim of gathering information on automotive industry SMEs in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly the barriers they encounter in their endeavor to penetrate the international trading system.

“As a follow through, the APEC AD hopes to identify and develop a capacity building action plan for SMEs based on the findings of the study,” said BOI Executive Director for Industry Development Services Ma. Corazon Dichosa, also the APEC AD chair. “A compendia on motor-vehicle related taxes as well as automotive business regimes were also initiated to provide member economies with up-to-date vital information on the automotive sectors in the region. These aims to provide the auto industry, particularly SMEs with information to aid them in penetrating the GVC, e.g. market size of the economies, business regulations,” she said.

At the 24th APEC AD, the working group will discuss updates on APEC Developments, as well as the AD’s workplan until 2017.

NKATBP Ilocos Leg

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will bring its integrated services in Ilocos in its continuing drive to advance business opportunities and championing consumers here on May 26 to 27.

Trade and Industry Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. will lead the unveiling of the Ilocos Innovation Center- Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and Coworking Space at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS), San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur on May 26, 2016. Members of business and industry associations, MSMEs, SMED Council and PSHS teachers and students are expected to attend the momentous event.

This technology-based incubator laboratory better known as FabLab began in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to help grassroots communities translate their design ideas into physical forms with the help of technology. The facility is present in about 200 locations in over 50 countries.

The first of its kind, a Fabrication Laboratory or Fablab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention that could help make prototypes and products such as equipment, machinery and electronic gadgets; create scale models, illustrate graphic designs and mass-produce products, among others. With the Fablab, MSMEs are given the opportunity to avail of new prototyping technologies and software in designing and manufacturing to match the market competition.

The Ilocos Fablab is the highest-funded Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project of DTI-Region 1 amounting to P11.8 million. It is also the first in the region that offers advanced technology assistance to local MSMEs through the intervention of modern machines and equipment.

In partnership with DOST, the Fablab is housed at PSHS-Ilocos Region Campus to provide students high-end laboratory where they can enhance their ideas and technical know-hows using high-tech tools. The Ilocos Fablab is given to PSHS as its cooperator in support of their commitment to help in research and development of innovative products for local MSMEs.

A total of 70 advanced machines with different functions can be utilized in the Ilocos Fablab. Among the equipment are laser cutting machines, 3D printer, benchtop milling, embroidery machines, and others.

In May 2014, the DTI launched the country’s first FabLab shared service facility (SSF) in Bohol, aimed to spur local entrepreneurship, improve the competitiveness of the Bohol’s creative sector and also part of post-earthquake recovery program for the province.  The Bohol FabLab is a P9.15-million project funded by the DTI, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Bohol Island State University (BISU), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Fablab facility is primarily managed by the BISU in Tagbilaran City and under the guidance and mentoring of Keio University in Japan, which is connected to the global FabLab network, giving local access to free coaching and mentoring from other, more advanced FabLab sites.

BMBE registration now in DTI

Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) can now register their businesses, free of charge, at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the agency’s Negosyo Centers.

Maglaya said that registered BMBEs can avail of government incentives that include exemption from the payment of income tax for income arising from the operation of the enterprise, exemption from the coverage of the minimum wage law, special credit window of government financing institutions that will service the needs of BMBEs, as well as technology and marketing assistance.

The DTI issued Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 16-01 last April 22, 2016 which provides guidelines on registering BMBEs at Negosyo Centers. Under DAO 16-01, DTI is the sole agency which shall issue a Certificate of Authority (CA) to registered BMBEs at Negosyo Centers or at DTI offices where Negosyo Centers have not been set up.

Prior to the issuance of the DAO, BMBEs register at the Office of the Treasurer of the city or municipality where the business is located.