Ambassador Catriona Gray raises the flag, flaunting the PH weaving
DTI-Regional Operations Group
September 3, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Following the conferment of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray as the
One Town One Product Philippines (OTOP) Ambassador, the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) began preparations for a new video
series entitled Raise Your Flag.
The video series stars
Catriona Gray as she promotes the local micro, small, and medium
enterprises (MSMEs) and the local weaving communities they support.
The goals of this initiative are to spread awareness of the beauty
of Filipino culture, to promote OTOPreneurs and their products, and
to further the advocacy to support and purchase local and quality
Last August 26 to 29, DTI-OTOP
began the production shoot in their first location, Laguna. The
first session was taken at the Provincial Capitol where they met
with Governor Ramil Hernandez and Vice Governor Karen Agapay.
Present there also were DTI-CALABRZON Regional Director Malou Toledo
and other provincial board members and heads of municipalities.
The team visited several
weaving communities such as Lumban Embroidery where the OTOP
Ambassador experienced the traditional sewing working with three
generations of ‘magbuburda’ through OTOPreneur Benson Del Valle.
Here, she also met MODA (Modernong Obra, Disenyong Atin) designer
To further promote the
OTOP stores and initiatives that DTI has been establishing, the team
visited Pagsanjan. Present at the courtesy call were Mayor Peter
Cassius Trinidad and the Negosyo Center Business Counsellor Adrimar
Aquino. They also had another Conferment following this in San Pablo
City where Mayor Amben Amante adopted the beauty queen as an
illustrious daughter of San Pablo City.
The Raise Your Flag Laguna
goals to visit, promote, and appreciate Filipino culture and
resident MSMEs was further pursued as OTOP Ambassador Ms. Catriona
Gray visited Ai-She Footwear, the shoemaker famous for creating the
original Catriona shoes. At the store, Catriona undertook the
process of creating her very own shoes through the guidance of
OTOPreneur Ms. Corazon Coligado. At the Escaba Food Products
location, she was given a fiesta reception with the Association of
Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP) highlighting 10 of the heritage and
innovative products of the province.
Our OTOP Ambassador
experienced the meaningful life of the local weaving communities and
learned more skills such as cotton twinning at Nooks International.
Aside from this, she worked through the intricate and eco-friendly
process; Upcycled Plastic Weaving, innovated by our local OTOPreneur
at Junk Not Handicraft. Here, Catriona met another MODA designer Loj
Toñacao and learned more from the local entrepreneurs in terms of
providing livelihood to the community as well as creating a path
Laguna de Bay, where there
is an abundance of Water Hyacinths that turned into a resource for
the local MSMEs in Laguna, was an additional stop for the team.
DTI’s OTOP Ambassador again experienced firsthand how the crafts are
being created using the water based plant at Rolyolikha and
Sarilikha through OTOPreneur Renel Baltrato.
To end the successful run
of the first leg of Raise Your Flag series, they visited the Taytay
Falls of Majayjay and had dinner at Infusion Cafe and Deli in Los
The Raise Your Flag Laguna
initiative was truly able to reach the goals of seeing the
importance of learning and advocating our local products, our
weaving communities and our Filipino culture. Adding to the
experience, and the gratitude felt, she was honored by DTI
CALABARZON with OTOP products from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal &
Quezon. The team also expressed thanks to Regional Operations Group
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du Naga, and Laguna Provincial Director
Susan Palo, for the successful project.
“As the OTOP Philippines
Ambassador, I am lending my platform to our Filipino small
businesses, MSMEs, to give them a hand up and to showcase their
talent, creativity and ingenuity along with their stores, in hope
that we can overcome the challenges together,” Gray expressed her
gratitude to all the local entrepreneurs and weavers on her
instagram with over 10 million followers.
Throughout the duration of
the production, the whole team observed strict health protocols as
enforced by the government. The company involved underwent swab
testing beforehand, and implemented social distancing.
Regional Operations Group
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga vows her full commitment to
continuously uphold the Philippine weaving industry and to flaunt
our local crafts made by our Pinoy MSMEs.
Galing ng Pilipino, Tatak OTOP, Atin to! Let us Rise up and Raise
to the Poster Making Contest displayed at the Trainees
poster-making contest as tribute to Filipino seafafers
August 28, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippines, as the no. 1 provider of seafarers to the global labor
market is seriously bearing the distressing impact of the COVID-19
pandemic on the maritime industry. It can be noted that while the
world is grappling to manage the health crisis of the corona virus,
seafarers continue to play an indispensable role in the emergency
response, by maintaining the flow of vital commodities and products.
Amidst the peril of the
present pandemic, shipping remains as the backbone of international
trade which was made possible through a lot of sacrifices by the
seafarers who have been stuck at sea providing service to the world
beyond their contract period and within a highly challenging
To give due recognition to
the vital role of all frontliners and in particular, the Filipino
seafarers who are now recognized as “essential workers” in this time
of pandemic, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) along with the
celebration of the Buwan ng Wika, conducted a poster-making contest
with the theme, “Likhang Pagpupugay sa mga Marinong Filipino at mga
Frontliners sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. Said contest was open to all
NMP trainees and personnel including their immediate family members.
Fifty percent (50%) of the
total score will come from a selected panel of judges who will use
the following criteria: Originality-40%, Creativity-40%, and
Relevance to the theme-20%. Half of the score will come from the
total online public votes /reactions of the published entry on the
NMP official facebook page. Online voting commenced on 21 August
2020 and was officially closed on 27 August 2020 at exactly 7:00
Final results will be
announced on 01 September 2020 during the NMP flag raising ceremony
at the NMP Administration Building Lobby, Tacloban City.
Meanwhile, in its effort
to sustain its mandate in providing quality service through
upgrading and specialized training programs, NMP continues to
maintain and upgrade its facilities and its pool of competent
who wish to validate the authenticity of their seafarers-employed
with NMP issued certificates may visit www.verify.nmp.gov.ph.
Likewise, those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit
the NMP website and access the e-Research Information System Portal
which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present
the Research Agenda, and engage the industry stakeholders to
collaborate in the research activities.
Further, NMP encourages
OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers
Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and
Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the
beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from
L. Bollido, (wearing white hard hat) Assistant District
Engineer spearheaded the inspection of the newly completed
isolation facilities at Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran in
behalf of District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. together
with the Department of Health (DOH) headed by Dr. Fernando
B. Montejo, (wearing white blue polo shirt), Municipal
Health Officer on August 13, 2020.
completes covid-19 isolation facilities
August 28, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) recently completes two COVID-19
Isolation Facilities for infected health care professionals in this
David P. Adongay Jr. said
that these facilities were completed on August 10, 2020 and are now
being used and occupied by COVID-19 positive patients to control the
spread of the infectious disease.
According to Adongay, the
said facilities amounting to P7.388M are located at Sitio Dapdap,
Brgy. Agpangi and in Brgy. Larrazabal, both in Naval town.
“These facilities can
accommodate 60-68 patients,” Adongay said.
Adongay revealed that the
existing evacuation center at Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Agpangi was
converted into an isolation facility for COVID-19 infected. Each
division has one bed, one side table, one chair, one cabinet and
individual stand fan.
Outside of this quarantine
facility building, a separate room for decontamination, donning,
doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and triage are
constructed for medical care professionals. Two rooms are also
reserved for health care professionals as sleeping quarters, one for
male and one for female equipped with two beds, one side table each
and individual stand fan.
At Brgy. Larrazabal, 15
isolation tents were installed. Each tent can accommodate four
patients and will be provided with four beds, four chairs, four side
tables, four cabinets and individual stand fan.
Adongay said that there
will also be a decontamination tent, a disinfecting area tent, a
donning/ doffing tent, a triage tent, a kitchen/food storage/pantry
tent, camp management area tent, and two sleeping quarters tent for
male and female medical care professionals. Two concrete CRs are
also constructed for male and female.
“As COVID-19 cases is now
in our province due to local transmission, these facilities will
help mitigate the spread of the disease,” Adongay said.
facilities are ready for the offering of the RFPEW, BT and
3 NMP STCW courses gain
By National Maritime Polytechnic
August 27, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
accreditation of three (3) additional training courses of the
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the only government-owned
maritime training and research institution with principal address
located at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, was recently renewed by
the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
As per formal letter
received from MARINA on 10 August 2020, full course approval was
granted to NMP’s three (3) Standards of Training, Certification, and
Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) courses, namely: Ratings Forming
Part of a watch in a Manned Engine-room or Designated to Perform
Duties in a Periodically Unmanned Engine-room (RFPEW), Basic
Training (BT), and Refresher Course on Basic Training (RBT), valid
for three (3) years along with the accreditation of instructors,
assessors and supervisors who will be handling the said courses,
effective upon payment of course approval fees.
The said approval was a
result of NMP’s submission of course packages of said courses to the
MARINA Central Office on 21 February 2020, aligned with MARINA STCW
Advisory No. 2019-05 re: Clarifications and Supplemental Guidelines
on the Implementation of STCW Circular No. 2018-02 entitled
“Standards for Mandatory Training Courses Under the STCW Convention,
1978, as Amended” and the re-inspection conducted by MARINA last
24-28 February 2020.
During the 3-year period, announced and unannounced visits will be
made by MARINA STCW Office or its duly authorized representatives to
ascertain NMP’s compliance with the MARINA’s rules and regulations.
Moreover, the records of implementation of corrective actions for
audit results both internal and external, records of review and
validation of the courses including the assessment and statistical
record of trainees enrolled / certificated must be made available
during the conduct of monitoring.
Finalization of the schedules for the conduct of the said courses is
underway, which will be published in the NMP website @
www.nmp.gov.ph and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all updates and relevant information on NMP programs are also
“Despite this unprecedented emergency brought by COVID-19, NMP will
strive to continue the conduct of its training operations and
provide services to the Filipino seafarers who are globally
recognized as essential workers. We are targeting that these courses
be offered on the 1st week of September 2020”, Executive Director
Joel B. Maglunsod disclosed during the NMP flag raising ceremony
held on 24 August 2020.
Meanwhile, in its effort to sustain its mandate in providing quality
service through upgrading and specialized training programs, NMP
continues to maintain and upgrade its facilities and its pool of
Interested stakeholders who wish to validate the authenticity of
their seafarers-employed with NMP issued certificates may visit
www.verify.nmp.gov.ph. Likewise, those interested in NMP research
undertakings may visit the NMP website and access the e-Research
Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP
completed researches, present the Research Agenda, and engage the
industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.
Further, NMP encourages OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the
NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’
Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship
Program (SESP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial
assistance for training costs from the OWWA.
lauds modernization of private security industry
August 26, 2020
QUEZON CITY – An
umbrella of security agencies lauded the measure at Congress calling
for the modernization of private security agency industry in the
Private Security Industry
Personnel Employees and Guards Credit Cooperative (PSIPAGCC)
chairman Neil Estrella supports the introduction of the Private
Security bill now being tackled at the House of Representatives.
Estrella, along with other
officers and members of PSIPAGCC, welcomes the timely push for the
A substitute bill, composed of HB 7037, 518, 2325, 3547, 3669, was
approved in principle by a sub-committee of House Committee on
Public Order and Safety.
The substitute bill aims
to strengthen, modernize, and professionalize the private security
“The number of security
guards currently employed is equivalent to almost double of the
combined number of police and military personnel deployed today,
said Estrella”. It is, therefore, important that we improve not only
the conditions of their employment, but also standardize their
training to professionalize the industry,“ he added.
The bill proposes
innovations on career opportunities and working conditions of
private security personnel, including ladderized training and
education with subsidy and a “study now, pay later” program.
It also imposes penalties
for acts in violation of the Revised Penal Code.
Neil Estrella said "we in
PSIPAGCC, and on behalf of the private security personnel we
represent, thank the efforts of Hose Majority Floor Leader Rep.
Martin Romualdez, Rep. Yedda Romualdez and Rep. Raymond C. Mendoza
for their authorship and sponsorship of the bill, HB 7037. Likewise
to Rep Frederick Siao, Rep. Bravo, Rep. Escudero and Rep Robes, for
the consolidated bill.”
The bill also mandates the
PNP Chief, in crafting the implementing rules and regulations (IRR)
of the proposed bill, is required to consult cooperatives and
Philippine Association of Detective & Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO).
“As the State encourages
the development of cooperatives, we also welcome the move to include
private security cooperatives as stakeholders for the crafting of
the IRR,” said Estrella. “I am elated that our work in uplifting the
lives of our members are recognized,” he added.
troops: Nation working as one for peace
August 26, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – On
a hot morning in a hillside camp in Barangay Uguis, Mahaplag, Leyte
about three kilometres from the town center, soldiers of the famed
14th “Avenger” Battalion, veterans of battles with the communist New
People’s Army, smartly stood at attention to receive a visitor who
brought them glad tidings on the quest for peace.
Their guest on August 24,
2020 was Regional Director Karl Caesar R. Rimando of the Department
of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the agency tasked as
secretariat of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist
Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).
For years, soldiers had
worked in far-flung barangays, in the process discovering issues
that continued to mire residents in poverty. However the soldiers
often lacked the logistics to adequately respond to these issues.
This was because they lacked the institutional support coming from
other national agencies to address the concerns brought up in their
community immersion program.
On this day, the assembled
soldiers listened as Director Rimando explained how Executive Order
70 issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in December 2018, brings
the whole government and other sectors together to find solutions to
festering issues through a Whole of Nation Approach.
“EO 70 does away with the
old concept of viewing the insurgency as primarily a military
problem, but rather offers a comprehensive solution. If in the past
you lacked support to address the issues you discovered in immersion
activities in communist-affected barangays, the Retooled Community
Support Program (RCSP) now provides the needed mechanism to make
government, and the community at large, responsive to problems that
fuel the communist insurgency. With the full commitment of all
government entities and the support of various sectors, mas
nararamdaman na ng mga tao na ang gobyerno ay kanilang kakampi,” he
Director Rimando updated
the infantry on the efforts of various clusters in implementing EO
70, from the Send-Off Ceremonies, peace initiatives, Enhanced
Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), and the activities
of the various phases of RCSP. He informed the troops that while the
army and police have been working front and center to promote peace
and law enforcement, the other clusters have likewise been working
to accomplish their respective mandates.
Help from national
agencies and commitment by the LGUs to provide resources needed to
address the identified issues cannot come sooner to AFP personnel in
Leyte and nearby Samar. Although the island of Leyte has been
declared largely insurgency-free as late, soldiers last year were
able to overrun an NPA camp and engaged in firefights with communist
rebels in remote mountain barangays of Mahaplag, which borders Sogod
town in Southern Leyte.
With closer coordination
among all branches of government, law enforcers have been able to
throttle the NPAs to minimal activities such as extortion and
harassment, further alienating the public against the
This area bordering Leyte
and Southern Leyte was likewise the site of a major convergence
activity last year in nearby Baybay City. The AFP together with LGUs
and national agencies held a service delivery event to mark the
discovery of NPA mass burial grounds in Inopacan, Leyte who were
killed in the 1980s by their own comrades in purges of suspected
After his keynote speech,
Director Rimando and Lieutenant Colonel Roberto B. Obaob, 14th IB
commanding officer, conferred awards on deserving personnel, toured
the camp, planted a tree in the DILG RD’s honor and signed the
Memorandum of Agreement on the institutionalization of the Community
Development and Resiliency Initiative (CDRI) of the 14th Infantry
According to the 14th IB,
the CDRI “serves as a development arm of the RCSP to facilitate the
delivery of basic services, livelihood programs, skills trainings,
food production and resiliency programs in order to transform
vulnerable communities into self-sufficient and resilient
Director Rimando believes
that despite the challenge posed by COVID-19 which temporarily
diverted government activities, the RTF-70 is on track towards
achieving the goal of a just and lasting peace in Eastern Visayas in
Samar cops nab 6
wanted persons and 12 other offenders
August 26, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) under the
leadership of PCol Andre Perez Dizon, Provincial Director, arrested
3 Most Wanted Persons listed as Rank Nr. 1 of Municipal Level, Rank
Nr. 10 of Provincial Level, Rank Nr. 15 of City Level and 3 other
wanted persons; 1 illegal drug personality; 8 illegal fishers; and 3
illegal gamblers during a 7-day continuous and province-wide police
operations from August 17-24, 2020.
Personnel of Calbayog City
Police Station under the leadership of PLtCol Neil B Montaño,
Officer In-Charge nabbed 1 other wanted person for the crime of
Robbery with Homicide; while 1 illegal drug personality was also
nabbed during buy bust operation wherein confiscated from the
suspect were 3 pieces heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu weighing
5.6790 grams and Php 500.00 used as marked money and a case for
violation of Sec. 5, 11 & 12 of Article II of R.A. 9165
(Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) was filed before the City
Prosecutors Office, Calbayog City thru Inquest Proceeding docketed
under NPS Nr. VIII-10-INQ-20H-00154.
Personnel of Catbalogan
City Police Station under the leadership of PLtCol Edwin F Barbosa,
Chief of Police, nabbed 1 MWP listed as Rank No. 15 of City Level
for violation of Sec. 10 (a) of R.A. 7610 (Special Protection of
Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act).
Personnel of Basey
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PMaj Michael N
Oraller, Officer In-Charge, nabbed 2 other wanted persons for
violation of P.D. 1602 (Illegal Gambling).
Personnel of Daram
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PMaj Zaldy A
Cagampang, Officer In-Charge, nabbed 2 fishermen for violation of
Sec. 64 (Use of Active Gear) of Municipal Fishery Ordinance No. 19
series of 2017, who were then released after paying the
Personnel of San Jorge
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PCpt Michael Ray G
Cañete, Acting Chief of Police, nabbed 2 MWPs listed as Rank Nr. 1
of Municipal Level for the crimes of Murder and Intentional Abortion
and Rank Nr. 10 of Provincial Level for the crime of Robbery with
Personnel of Sta. Rita
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PMaj Dexter L
Astacaan, Chief of Police, nabbed 3 illegal gamblers engaging in
Tupada and a case for violation of PD 449 (Cockfighting Law) was
filed against the suspects thru direct filing at Municipal Circuit
Trial Court (MCTC), Sta. Rita – Talalora with Criminal Case No.
Personnel of Zumarraga
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PLt Renato P
Gerona, Officer In-Charge, nabbed 6 fishermen for violation of Sec.
29 (Unauthorized Fishing) of Municipal Fishery Ordinance No.
2013-02, who were then released after paying the corresponding
“Nowadays, especially that
COVID19 pandemic continues to spread, law offenders take this
opportunity to commit more crimes. Let us show to the people that
Samar Police will not hesitate to apprehend these violators and that
peace and order can still be attained despite the crisis we are
facing,” PCol Dizon stated.
First OTOP Hub in
Region 8 sheds light to MSMEs disrupted by the pandemic
August 25, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Eastern Visayas’ first One Town One Product (OTOP) Hub has opened at
the midst of the pandemic bringing light to local producers of the
region as their products will be marketed through the hub. The
launching was held last August 19, 2020 and was attended by
officials from DTI Region 8, DTI Leyte, CAAP and the BAHANDI
Producers Assoc. Eastern Visayas Cooperative.
Located at the DZR
Airport, the OTOP Hub provides the physical and online channels and
market access platform where OTOP products – especially those which
have been assisted via product development – are showcased on a
The establishment of the
said hub is the demand part of the One Town One Product Next
Generation Program (OTOP Next Gen) where quality local products are
available for institutional buyers and consuming public.
Though the tourism
industry is experiencing a fallback with all others, economists and
industry players are expectant that there is a boom for tourism
after this crisis thus positioning the local producers under the
tourism support sector is right in time.
According to DTI 8
Regional Director Celerina Bato, the demand for local products of
Eastern Visayas in other parts of the country such as Metro Manila
and its neighboring provinces have increased despite the pandemic.
The Bahandi Producers’
Eastern Visayas Cooperative is taking charge of managing the hub
with its President Carlo Romano who is working to showcase more
products across the region.
DTI grants more
negosyo kits to MSMEs affected by calamities in Cebu
August 25, 2020
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Cebu Provincial Office
turned over Negosyo Kits worth P10,000.00 each to seventy-nine (79)
qualified microentrepreneurs in Mambaling and Buhisan, Cebu last
Through the DTI’s
Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) Program, 78
micro-entrepreneurs from Barangay Mambaling who were victims of fire
incidents that destroyed their livelihood and 1 micro-entrepreneur
from Barangay Buhisan whose business was affected by COVID19
pandemic received the Negosyo Kits in coupon form, which enabled
them to choose/avail of various merchandise items to restore or
improve their business.
The Pangkabuhayan sa
pagBangon at Ginhawa is a livelihood seeding and entrepreneurship
development program which aims to assist individuals and families
affected by calamities, including health disasters like the COVID-19
pandemic, and those who will avail of the Balik-Probinsya Program to
recover and/or restart their business.
Beneficiary Clariza Ayuda
from Brgy. Buhisan narrated how her "kakanin" business was severely
affected by quarantine restrictions, limited mobility and low foot
traffic. She expressed her gratitude for the assistance and said
that the Negsyo Kits given by DTI is a big help to small
entrepreneurs like her to continue with their livelihood.
This P10,000 coupon for
the PBG Negosyo Kit may be redeemed for groceries, kitchenware,
clothing and textile items in Gaisano Mall in Mambaling which the
beneficiaries will then use in their enterprise.
Lawrence “Bong” Go, who pushed for the provision of such Livelihood
Assistance package for victims of calamities, delivered a message of
solidarity and hope through a video call to the beneficiaries. Apart
from the DTI-PBG Negosyo Kits, all 79 beneficiaries received food
packs and facemasks from the office of Senator Go.
Cooperators of this
activity are the Office of Senator Christopher "Bong" Go-Cebu,
officials of the Local Government Unit of Cebu City and the affected
Barangays, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Region 7, and Gaisano