Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sandugo Trade Expo 2010, July 21-25

One of the country’s longest running annual provincial trade fairs will unroll the first output of the Materials Research and Development Project on July 21-25 at the Island City Mall.

Sandugo Trade Expo 2010 not just highlights the region’s unique products and services but also makes use of local ingenuity. Spotlight will be shown on locally made crafts using mixed media and new design patterns, a result of the Materials R&D Project which assists raffia weavers in Bohol.

By mixed media applications, the weavers have experimented with recycled materials, buri, abaca, old plastic twine mixed together with raffia and other indigenous materials.

From these hand-wovens, select exporter companies convert them into actual products.

More than 80 exhibitors coming from the tourism, food, fashion accessories, crafts, Gifts, Toys and Housewares in Central Visayas will participate in the Sandugo Trade Expo.

Craft producers in Central Visayas will be presenting prototypes of their work after a series of trainings and one-one–one consultations with expert designers.

The fair will also feature a raw materials gallery to afford buyers and product designers with a plethora of materials to use, and this will be complemented with craft demonstrations for the interested public.

Emerging tourist destinations in the region will likewise be showcased with packaged tours to be made readily available at the booths.

National and international buyers are expected to be present during the fair, including exporters, buying agents, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers and subcontractors.

Booths will also be set up at the Island City Mall to display the wealth of natural wonders and the related adventure and fun activities that are available for tourists and visitors who wish to explore the following destinations on the rise.

Several government initiated or assisted programs geared towards highlighting our culture and heritage and making our local products and services globally competitive will be showcased during the trade fair.

As in the past, there will be guest exhibitors from other regions during the Sandugo trade fair.

The Sandugo Trade Expo is a culmination of a series of product development initiatives geared towards improving the quality and design of the export oriented crafts and ethnic food in the region.

Bohol’s annual Sandugo trade expo has been running every July for the last twenty one years. This fair is one of the longest running annual provincial trade fair in the country and it has already established name recall and recognition among local and international buyers,

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DTI Secretary supports local manufacturers

Local manufacturers, who have been crying foul over the flooding of cheap imports in the domestic market, have found an ally in the newly-appointed Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Secretary Jesli Lapus, in a speech before members of the newly-organized Filipino Cebuano Business Club Inc. at the Sacred Heart Center on Saturday, specifically cited the plight of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, whose survival is at risk with the tariff-free entry of imported products to the country.

Lapus said that there must be safeguard measures put in place against the dumping of cheap imported goods to the market to protect our local industries, especially the MSMEs, from dying as well as protect the consumers from an inevitable increase in consumer goods.

“These imported goods are cheap now. But once our local industries die and there are no local products to compete with them anymore, then (importers of these products) can now sell them at a higher price,” he said

Some of our local manufacturers in Cebu such as garments and shoes manufacturers have closed shop, as they are unable to compete price-wise, with imported products.

Garment manufacturer Victor Tan earlier said in a report that the lack of regulation of imported garments, aside from the proliferation of “ukay-ukay,” which are also imported, have affected the local garment manufacturers.

Filipino Galvanizers Institute president Salvio Perez also said in a national report that China’s exports of subsidized pre-painted and galvanized steel sheets to the Philippines are hurting the local industry.

Meanwhile, Lapus said the DTI is now working on the MSME Development Plan for 2010-2016, the successor plan of the MSME Development Plan for 2004-2010. Lapus said he will ensure that provisions for more business development services to strengthen the MSMEs in the country will be put in place.

Lapus, former secretary of the Department of Education, is a professional manager in the manufacturing and financial sectors. He has post-graduate studies in the fields of Investment Appraisals and Management and Management of Transfer Technology, among others.

He served as undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform under the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino and as chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors of the Land Bank of the Philippines under the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos.


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that there will be a free seminar for budding and potential micro, small and medium entrepreneurs which will be held at the Cebu Grand Majestic Convention Center from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on April 15, Thursday, this year.

In coordination with the Philippine Center for Enterprises (PCE), the seminar will cover topics such as How to Start a Business, Finding Business Opportunities and Choosing the Market for Your Business, The Best Methods for Sustaining Growth, Developing and Innovating Actual Products and Services, Marketing Your Business, Funding Your Business and Managing Your Finance.

According to the DTI, the seminar is anchored under the spirit of private-public sector partnership and on a mandate to create more entrepreneurs thereby increasing livelihood and employment opportunities for the marginalized sector.

Seminar speakers and lecturers are chosen from the business sector by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship –Go Negosyo.

Participation to the seminar is on a first come, first serve basis. For reservation and more information, interested parties may call on the DTI Provincial Offices: DTI-Cebu tel nos. (032) 412-1863 or 253-2631; DTI-Bohol tel nos. (038) 411-3302 or 501-8260; DTI-Negros Oriental at tel. nos. (035) 225-4781; 422-1764; DTI-Siquijor at tel nos. (035) 344-2238 or 480-9065.

In today’s global economy, our entrepreneurs need the skills and capability to manage resources in a highly competitive and fast changing environment.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

OTOP Visayas Holds 4th Trade Fair in Cebu

Expect five days of pure local goodness as the Visayan leg of the ONE TOWN ONE PRODUCT (OTOP) holds its fourth annual fair at SM City Cebu this November 18 to 22. Entrepreneurs hailing from different corners of Visayas will be putting their local goods up for sale.

Products for sale are souvenir items, novelty items, gift items, home decors, natural fiber, processed food, footwear, wearables to include fashion accessories, bags, shawls, headgears and many others.

The marketing event is focused on the OTOP products of various municipalities in the Visayas highlighting the tourism and market potentials of Central Philippines which attracts more than half of foreign tourists in the country.

An intra-regional exhibit like the OTOP Visayas Island Fair is a good opportunity to showcase the best of the Visayan Islands

OTOP is one of the priority programs of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs in the countryside.

OTOP encourages the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to produce and market distinct products or services using indigenous raw materials and local skills of every municipality or city.

While DTI is the project’s marketing arm, OTOP is a “collaborative” effort of all sectors in the society, with local government units (LGUs) as the lead.

Executives of the Local Government Units (LGUs) take the lead in identifying, developing, and promoting a specific product or service which has a competitive advantage.

The DTI through its Provincial Offices assist the LGUs in identifying the specific product and coordinated other forms of assistance from other government agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture (DA), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Science and Technology (DOST), Tourism (DOT) and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others.

OTOP package of assistance includes business counseling, skills and entrepreneurial training, marketing, and introduction of appropriate technologies.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CY 2008 - DTI Gears Up for 3rd Visayas-wide OTOP Fair in Cebu, No.v 12-16

It’s three times the charm as the Visayan leg of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines holds its 3rd annual fair at SM City Cebu Atrium this November 12 to 16, 2008.

This five-day trade fair will display a wide array of exciting homegrown products from Central Philippines dubbed "Distinctly Visayas", according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the marketing arm of the OTOP.

From souvenir items, novelty items, gift items, home decors, natural fiber, processed food, footwear to wearables, the OTOP fair aims to promote native goods from the Visayan islands.

The Visayas Region composed of Regions 6, 7 and 8 have joined hands to come-up with this fair to provide opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and develop a new culture of local pride.

It is the third time the three regions of the Visayas have come together to form a united front, a Supra-region, complementing each other through the sheer diversity of each region's products and tourist destinations that have captured more than half of the country's foreign visitors in the country.

The OTOP Visayas Island Fair is an activity that aims to highlight the OTOP program, a flagship project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the Local Government Units (LGUs) as the implementing arm.

The OTOP Philippines project is a government program to strengthen countryside development by promoting entrepreneurship and creating jobs.

This marketing event also aims to generate significant sales; train producers in dealing and negotiating with local and foreign buyers and exporters and develop new exporters from among the participants.

Under the OTOP, LGUs take the lead in identifying, developing and promoting a specific product or service, of which their areas have specific advantage.

The chief executives of each city and municipality have the task of consolidating services needed by industries to develop as a trademark for their respective localities, the DTI explained.

OTOP-Philippines provides a comprehensive assistance package through a convergence of services from LGUs, national government agencies and the private sector. This includes business counseling, skills and entrepreneurial training, product design and development, appropriate technologies and marketing.

The DTI said the OTOP-Philippines is designed to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME's) in the manufacturing and marketing of distinctive products and services to a much better level and achieve measurable results.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

CY 2008 - Food Producers in Central Visayas take centerstage at international fair, May 15-18

Around 17 food producers in Central Visayas will showcase their products at the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2008 at the Mall of Asia on May 15-18, 2008.

IFEX, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), is a culminating activity for SME participants of region 7 to the Partner Region Program (PRP) this year.

The PRP-IFEX 2008 participants are Eco Nuestra (bottled sardines, amahon), Andre Choco (chocolate products), Lola Pureza (broas), Bohol Bee Farm (honey spread, honey products, Jojies’s Bakeshop (bakery products), Tienda Boholana (oatmeal cookies), BQ Bread Basket (bakery products), Bohol Quality Pastries (peanut kisses), Candabong Ric Multipurpose Cooperative (ginger tea)

Also participating are Tessie’s Sweets and Pastries (bakery products), Chantilly (bobod kabug), Sans Rival (jam squares, sylvannas), Orient Food Industries (dried tropical fruits, Ivons Baybaye (bayebaye), Ever (peanut broas), Duran’s (banana fries) and Jainin’s Pastries (tortalita).

The PRP-IFEX is made possible with the cooperation of the Philippine Trade Training Center, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology.

According to DTI, appropriate assistance have been given to SMEs under the PRP in the form of trainings, seminars and updates on food quality and safety, food packaging, marketing and branding.

Business matching and one-on-one buyer meetings are also conducted and arranged for the PRP proponents.

After application of relevant technical and marketing related interventions, these products are showcased in a special setting at the IFEX Philippines for market testing, DTI said.

The PRP gives focus on regional food products that have potentials in both domestic and international markets.

IFEX also features food products of other regions in the Philippines. (ends)

Friday, March 14, 2008

NERBAC-Cebu One-Stop Business Registering and Licensing


We're aggressively promoting the services of NERBAC-Cebu. Cebu NERBAC is being made as a pilot project by the government for fast business registering and licensing.

Created through the Republic Act 7470, NERBAC is an all-in-one center that houses all concerned agencies in the government. It processes all regulatory requirements in starting a business, provides investments information, and data on investment promotion in Central Visayas.

I hope businessmen will support this government move and have their businesses registered at the NERBAC-Cebu to reduce graft and corruption.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Theme: Pakigsandurot sa Kinaiyang Bol-anon

Focus: One Town -One Product



CREATIVE INDUSTRY AGORA (Agriculture, Tourism, Crafts, Culture), July 18-22, 2007, ICM


CREATIVE INDUSTRY FORUM July 21, 2007, Metro Ctr


BOHOLANO COOKFESTS July 20, 2007 ICM & July 21, 2007, BQ



PROJECT PROPONENT : Department of Trade and Industry

Bohol Provincial Office, 2.F FCB Main Building, CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City

Tel. No. (038)411-3302

Fax No. (038)411-3533


CONTACT PERSON : Ma. Elena C. Arbon, DTI-Bohol Provincial Director


Peace and Equity Foundation, Inc.


Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Bohol Provincial Government

Bohol Investment Promotions Center

Bohol Provincial Agriculture Office

Bohol Poverty Reduction Management Office

Provincial Veterinary Office

Bohol Tourism Office

Bohol Tourism Council

Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CY 2007 - CIC Smposium on Programs for Competitiveness (March 29)

The Department of Trade and Industry -Center for Competitiveness (DTI-CIC) will hold a symposium on the pro-active programs for competitiveness / PQA roadshow on March 29 at the Crown Regency Suites, Lapu-lapu City.

The activity is aimed at promoting the training programs of DTI-CIC as well as promote the PQA program to the local industries in the area. Target participants for the activity are locators of the Mactan Economic Zone and Mactan and Lapu-lapu based organizations.

The sympsoium will include the following topics: Overview of the DTI-CIC programs, Best Practices, Quality and Productivity Cornerstones for Motivating People, and Overview of the PQA Program

Monday, March 05, 2007

CY 2007 - PSE holds Cebu Stock Market Roadshow (March 5)

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will hold a briefing on investing and capital raising through the equities market for some 200-Cebu-based business entrepreneurs.

This briefing will be held at the Grand Ballroom of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino on Saturday, March 10, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Topics for discussion include: Overview of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Philippine Equities market, Investing in Equity Mutual Funds, Online Stock Trading, Choosing Stocks Wisely and Listing in the Philippine Stock Exchange..

Trading participants are invited to put up marketing booths in the event. Due to a limited space, the PSE can accommodate only fifteen (15) brokers on a first-come,first-serve basis.

Note that an exhibitor’s fee of P2,000.00 will be charged to the participating broker. Transportation, accommodations and other incidental expenses will be for the account of those who wish to join.(ends)