is also top of mind when it comes to arrowroot or uraro cookies. But
for a small island brimming with ingenious entrepreneurs in this
industry, how does one keep afloat?
does not only make you rich but it also makes you strong,
innovative, and persevering to leave a legacy that your children can
inherit in the future,” inspiring words from Mrs. Felisa Rey, owner
of Rey’s Bakeshop in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
Rey’s Bakeshop formerly
known as Josel Rodil’s Bakery was established in 1987 by Mrs. Josefa
Rodil. As a Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Rosil used to attend
different seminars, especially on food processing until she came up
with her version of arrowroot cookies. After her retirement in 1992,
the small home-based business moved into a separate bakery shop.
Their offer other pastries and bread aside from arrowroot cookies.
The business started with
two (2) full-time employees: Mrs. Felisa Pedernal-Rey (adopted child
of Mrs. Josefa Rodil) and her husband Mr. Rolando Rey who served as
the marketing arm and production staff of the business. What started
as a simple home business turned into one of the province’s all-time
favorites as they offer their cookies around Marinduque.
With the couple’s hard
work and perseverance, in 2014, Josel Rodil’s Bakery was transferred
to Mr. Rey and was then renamed Rey’s Bakeshop. The bakeshop was
able to support the needs of their family. It was in 2017 when their
daughter Ms. Eunice Rey quit her corporate job abroad and helped
them in managing the business.
As the industry gets more
saturated in time, the daughter, Eunice, decided to join the second
batch of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Kapatid Mentor
Micro-Enterprise (KMME) program in 2018. KMME is a mentorship
program designed by DTI as a mini Masters in Business Administration
course, offered free for entrepreneurs to level up their businesses.
From then on, Rey’s
Bakeshop has been included in DTI’s different programs such as the
One Town, One Product (OTOP) where they availed free services such
as laboratory testing for Nutrition Facts, new label and packaging,
Trademark registration with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
and barcode registration to GS1 Philippines. She also joined local
trade fairs such as the Marinduque Expo and MIMAROPA Naturally,
among others. She participated as well in different DTI seminars
such as SGS Kaagapay sa Negosyo Program, Traceability, eCommerce,
and Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating
From a P200 starting
capital, its assets increased to P3 Million and its manpower grew
with ten (10) full-time and five (5) part-time employees. Its annual
sales of P100,000 also increased to P1.5 Million.
But as the business was
growing, it was in 2019 when the family faced one of, if not, the
biggest hurdle in their life with the passing of the late Mr.
Rolando Rey. Ms. Eunice took over the business with the supervision
of her mother.
With DTI’s assistance, Ms.
Eunice started to prepare the technical requirements, and the
production facility applied for the Food and Drug Administration
License to Operate (FDA LTO) and is now waiting for the result.
As an answer to the
pandemic, Rey’s Bakeshop started selling its products online through
different e-Commerce channels. Through the use of social media,
Rey’s product reached other provinces such as Laguna, Cavite, and
even some parts of Metro Manila. Moreover, the small farmers in
their community became the backbone of the business to answer the
insufficient supply of raw materials.
The transformation of
Rey’s Bakeshop is a testament that perseverance, innovation, and
being strong-willed run in the culture of Marinduque. And that the
transfer of legacy from generation to generation transcends
biological family ties.
July 21, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – In
order to provide convenient and accessible enrollment process to its
trainings and services, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), in
accordance with the MARINA Advisory 2020-36 encouraging the use of
contactless payments for enrollment, launches an Online Registration
System via www.reserve.nmp.gov.ph on July 5, 2021.
NMP enrollees may choose
their desired Training Courses and schedules and upload the required
documents in the system. After validation by the NMP Registrar and
provided that complete requirements were submitted, enrollees are
emailed with an Order of Payment reflecting the fees to be paid and
are given two (2) working days to settle the payment. The last step
is uploading the Proof of Payment in the system for validation. Once
found in order by the NMP Cashier, the enrollees will receive a
Proof of Registration (POR) in their registered email addresses and
are advised to come to NMP on the 1st day of their scheduled
Face-to-Face training and/or 1st day of the practical exercise &
assessment for Blended Learning.
“Seafarers can now easily
enroll in NMP’s courses simply with finger taps which will save
their time, money and effort rather than coming personally to NMP,”
Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod quoted.
This system for
contactless registration and payment is in response to the need for
less personal contact, thereby, mitigating the spread of the
Also, in support to the
above premise, NMP offers Online Courses such as Consolidated MARPOL
73/78 (CONSO-MARPOL), STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime Sector
(SHAPIMS) for Non-BT Trainees, Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
in Maritime Sector (PADAMS) for Non-BT Trainees and Gender
Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS).
Blended Learning are also
provided for the following courses: Oily Water Separator (OWS),
Basic Training for Oil & Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (BTOCTCO),
Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF), Basic Training (BT) with PADAMS,
SHAPIMS & GSTS, Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast
Rescue Boats (SCRB) & Updating Training on Basic Training (BTU).
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to conduct face-to-face trainings exclusively to the
seafarer-trainees residing within Region VIII, imposing strict
implementation of the Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA)
approved Post-Enhanced Community Quarantine Operational Plan and
other health and safety protocols as required by the Department of
Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and local
government unit (LGU).
Those interested to take
NMP training programs may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and
its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all
related information on NMP trainings including its online classes
interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP e-Research
Information System Portal (www.research.nmp.gov.ph) which is
designed for gathering inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of
NMP completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime
construction of local road amounting to P8.6-M
DPWH 2nd LED
July 21, 2021
MAC ARTHUR, Leyte –
Residents of Barangay Batug, Mac Arthur, Leyte are now utilizing the
newly concreted road after the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second District Engineering Office completed
the construction of .902-linear kilometer road concreting project.
The .902-linear kilometer
concreted road having a width of 5-meter and box culvert will
provide a better access road and transportation of goods will be
faster and fare cost will be lesser.
According to OIC-District
Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, this road is very useful to the local
residents considering that agriculture and livestock are their main
source of livelihood. Delivery of their products down to the markets
and the consumers will be easier.
The project which costs
P8.6-million is under DPWH General Appropriations Act - FY-2021
Local Infrastructure Program – Local Roads.
Aside from this project,
the district office is also constructing road concreting project in
Barangay Maya to Romualdez, Mac Arthur, Leyte with a construction
cost of P11.64 million.
concreting project links 2-barangay in Dulag
DPWH 2nd LED
July 16, 2021
DULAG, Leyte –
Residents of Barangay Calipayan and General Roxas can now utilize
the P17.71-million road concreting project constructed by the
Department of Public Works and Highways -Leyte Second District
“The district office
prioritizes the construction of these roads to give comfort to the
local residents and the travelling public especially that their
primary mode of transportation are habal-habal (motorcycle taxis),”
said OIC-District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura.
The 2.93-lane kilometer
concrete road will help alleviate the lives of the community and
will boost small-scale farmers and encourages them to be more
productive. Farm produced and livestock can easily be transported to
the nearest public.
The P17.71-million road
concreting project started its construction last March 08, 2021 and
was completed on July 10, 2021 under DPWH General Appropriations Act
- FY-2021 Local Infrastructure Program – Local Roads.
Corporation continues to help MSMEs restart via online loan
DTI-ROG-Small Business Corporation
July 16, 2021
MAKATI – Small
businesses looking to restart their operations during the pandemic
may still apply for interest-free, collateral-free government loans
by creating an account at www.BayanihanCARES.ph.
With just a few keystrokes
and mouse clicks, small business owners can type in their pertinent
details and upload scanned identity and business documents on the
website, which is maintained by the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp),
an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
SBCorp is the program
implementer of the Bayanihan CARES (COVID-19 Assistance to Restart
Enterprises), which makes P8.08 billion available for micro, small,
and medium enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, hospitals, tourism
businesses, and repatriated or displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the program,
qualified loan applicants can apply for loans ranging from P10.0
thousand up to P5.0 million, depending on their pre-pandemic sales
and business assets figures, if applicable.
These loans are payable up
to a maximum of four (4) years, inclusive of a maximum grace period
of 12 months for Non-Tourism MSMEs, or a maximum grace period of 24
months for Tourism MSMEs accredited by the Department of Tourism
(DOT) or registered as Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBEs).
Successful loan applicants will only need to pay a one-time service
fee, set at a maximum of eight (8) percent for a four-year loan
term. Lower service fees apply to shorter loan terms.
SBCorp also enhanced its
requirements to enable more MSMEs to benefit from the highly
concessional loan terms under the program. For instance, MSMEs that
have been operational for at least one (1) year as of their date of
application may now qualify for the loan. SBCorp’s previous
requirement was for MSMEs to be operational for at least one (1)
year before 16 March 2020 when the community quarantine was imposed
in the country. This is in recognition of the fact while most MSMEs
chose to adapt to the new operating environment, some have chosen to
pivot to or establish entirely new businesses.
The Bayanihan CARES
Program also has a special window for tourism and travel-related
industries (CARES for TRAVEL) with a fund allocation of P4.0
billion, and a start-up loan program for repatriated or displaced
OFWs who want to start their own businesses (CARES for HEROES).
To date, SBCorp has
approved 31,700 MSME loan applications. These correspond to a total
loan amount of P4.84 billion.
It is important to
emphasize that SBCorp is focused solely on helping make funds
available for small business owners, according to its President and
Chief Executive Officer Ma. Luna E. Cacanando. And during the
pandemic, that focus didn't change, Cacanando said.
"SBCorp operates on the
principle that we should not duplicate what the mainstream players
in MSME finance are already doing," she said. "We do not compete
with what is already working in the market. What we need to do is
fill in the gaps for small businesses that banks and lending
companies do not yet find attractive to finance relative to their
profit objectives and cost management thresholds. We develop and
operate our financing programs for MSMEs along these lines."
And just like every other
organization, SBCorp has been disrupted by the pandemic.
But instead of being
paralyzed by the lockdown, it was able to slowly transform itself,
Between March and May last
year, the organization "went through a deep rethinking on how to
safely provide quick financing response to affected small businesses
which we knew will increase in great numbers as the pandemic crisis
is prolonged," Cacanando said.
She added: "We had to
strategize how to design, develop and fund the IT application
systems and IT connectivity that we needed to put in place. The
challenge was heightened by the need to limit most of our meetings
to online venues, instead of the usual face-to-face environment
which allows for more interactive brainstorming. And we had limited
IT equipment in the beginning relative to the emerging scale of
Nowadays, its financing
programs – including Bayanihan CARES – are fully electronic and
fully operational, according to Cacanando.
As a result, the agency's
MSME borrowers no longer need to go to its offices, unless they
As it celebrates its 30th
anniversary this year, SBCorp looks forward to enhancing its
relationship with its stakeholders, the small business owners.
accomplishment to date is its attitude of oneness with the MSME
sector. Together with our mother agency, the DTI, we understand the
strengths and weaknesses of MSMEs, and the threats and opportunities
confronting them," Cacanando said. "Moreover, we understand our
responsibility of helping level the playing field in their favor.
Thus, with all modesty, we serve as their strong and able advocate."
announces Grand Winner of nationwide art contest for clients
CARD members of Mabentagen C-1, together with their Account
Officers, received their certificate and prizes in winning first
place in the Bahaginan 2021 Poster and Slogan Making Contest.
July 15, 2021
SAN PABLO CITY –
Among 112 entries from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, Luzon candidate
Mabentangen Center 1 from CARD, Inc. (A Microfinance NGO) was hailed
the grand winner of Bahaginan Ngayong 2021 poster and slogan making
contest after advancing as an institutional winner during the awards
ceremony on July 7, 2021.
With the winning slogan,
“Hawak-kamay sa hamon ng buhay, ang CARD MRI kaagapay tungo sa
tagumpay”, Mabentangen 1 bagged P15,000 for their Center, P5,000 for
their Unit, a digital certificate of recognition, and Mga Likha Ni
Inay and BotiCARD products worth P3,000 each.
“We would like to bring
back all the glory to God,” a representative from Mabentangen 1
said. He continued, “The concept was formed according to the theme:
our center’s journey with CARD MRI. Our goal is to show the
relationship between CARD MRI and its members and how we hold each
other’s hands to help those in need. This served as an inspiration
for us to strive harder and trust that nothing is impossible in life
when we believe. We are thankful for CARD MRI as our ever-present
partner in our success.”
Three centers also emerged
as the institutional winners of this year’s Bahaginan with Luzon
participants Paypayad 2 from CARD Bank and Subic Paradise from CARD
SME Bank. Mindanao candidate Balanggay Center from CARD MRI RIZAL
BANK also won the contest. The institutional winners bagged P10,000
for their Center, P3,000 for their Unit, digital certificate of
recognition, and Mga Likha Ni Inay and BotiCARD products worth
Ugnayan at Kwentuhan
Bahaginan Ngayong 2021 was
one of the activities conceived from the Ugnayan and Kwentuhan
project which aims to bridge the distance between CARD MRI and its
clients during the pandemic. Aside from conducting phone
conversations with both the members and staff, it also intends to
build a connection with the members by giving them an avenue to
showcase their talents and capabilities during the pandemic.
“Because our Account
Officers could not conduct center visits like usual due to the
health and safety protocols amidst the pandemic, we thought of a way
to maintain our connection with our members. We also thought of a
project that will exhibit their talents, and Bahaginan is one of
them,” CARD MRI Managing Director Aristeo A. Dequito said in his
welcome remarks during the Bahaginan awarding.
He added that among other
activities to look forward to include an online poetry contest
entitled “Tugma at Titik”, jingle-making contest, and talent show.
Meanwhile, CARD MRI
Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip also gave
an inspirational message during the event. “One theme dominates
every poster that we’ve seen, and that is how CARD MRI ushers its
clients out of a rough and unsteady road. This remains to be the
mission of CARD MRI, to move them out of the claws of poverty and to
encourage them to start over.”
Finally, Senior Management
Adviser Dr. Dolores M. Torres, who heads the Ugnayan at Kwentuhan
Program, concluded the event with a reassuring statement for all the
members in virtual attendance.
“We are opening our hearts
to you, our dear members. There is nothing that can separate our
relationship with you and your family. We will continue listening to
your inspiring stories and be a witness to your journey as you start
from the bottom up,” Dr. Torres said.
Bahagi Ako Digital Exhibit
In celebration of
Bahaginan Ngayong 2021, CARD MRI Publishing House curated the Bahagi
Ako Digital Exhibit which revealed the artworks of the 29 regional
winners and 9 finalists of the online slogan and poster making
Enforcing strict health
protocols, the organizers of Bahagi Ako opened the digital exhibit
to CARD MRI staff and clients from July 1 to 2 and 5 to 6 at the
Maharlika Square Events Place. A virtual tour was also created by
CARD MRI Hijos Tours for those who could not physically visit the
exhibit. This could be viewed through Online Ugnayan at Kwentuhan’s
Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CARDkwento.
road improves road network in Leyte
DPWH 2nd LED
July 15, 2021
JULITA, Leyte – The
newly improved and concreted road is now beneficial to residents and
motorists traversing the road section of Barangays Alegria to Sto.
Niño in the town of Julita, Leyte.
With a construction cost
of P9.8-million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
-Leyte Second District Engineering Office recently completed the
construction of 1.610-linear meter with a width of 5-meters road
According to OIC-District
Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, mobility of goods and services will now
have a significant improvement and travel costs and time will be
“Motorists utilizing this
road will no longer experience the burden of travelling along a
bumpy and muddy road especially during rainy season,” Oppura added.
This project is under DPWH
General Appropriations Act - FY-2021 Local Infrastructure Program –
Road widening and
drainage project along Mayorga-La Paz road section completed
DPWH 2nd LED
July 9, 2021
MAYORGA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second
District Engineering Office has completed the road widening project
in Brgy. Zone 2 to Brgy. Mabini along Mayorga - La Paz road section
The completed project has
a capital outlay of P42.81-million involving 13,062 square meter of
additional 1-lane each side to the existing tertiary road.
According to OIC-District
Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, this project will increase road capacity
for faster mobility of the travelling public likewise traffic
incidents will be minimal.
In addition to the road
widening project, 409 linear meter of lined canal and pipe culverts
were also installed to serve as drainage for surface runoff
especially during heavy rainfall.
Mayorga-La Paz road
section is classified as a national secondary road.
Construction of the road
widening and drainage improvement project duration was from November
24, 2020 to June 04, 2021 under CY-2020 regular infrastructure
program and part of the Multi-Year Contract Authority (MYCA).
Calbayog Diversion to Barangay Guinbaoyan road undertaken
SUZETTE G. PRETENCIO
July 8, 2021
CALBAYOG CITY – To
aid the farmers and the locals, Samar First constructed the
concreting project in Calbayog Diversion Road to Barangay Guinbaoyan.
Fund of this project is taken under General Appropriations Act (GAA)
The project has a contract
amount of P35.87 million. Its scope of work will cover 1.6
kilometers length and a width of 6.1 meters of Portland Cement
Concrete Pavement (PCCP). Also, part of the scope of work is 1,150
meters of open canal, 837.76 cu. m. of stone masonry and two (2)
cross-drainage (pipe culverts).
Projects like these are
beneficial to the local farmers and community as it would help them
have less travel time going to and from the city proper once
completed. Moreover, it would also give them better access to
different public and private services like health and education.
These road projects
started back in 2018 when the district began its first phase of
construction of gravel roads around the area opening the roads from
Calbayog Diversion Road to Barangay Alibaba.
Concreting projects for
other roads are set for request for funding as future projects of
first safety seal to beverage company
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
July 6, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 awarded on
6 July 2021 its first safety seal to Coca-Cola Beverage Philippines,
Inc. located at Brgy. 75, Fatima Village, this city.
Regional Director Henry
John S. Jalbuena led the awarding of the safety seal to Mr. Joje
Quezon, Plant Manager of Coca-Cola. He was assisted by Mr. Edgar B.
Tabuyan, Chief of Technical Support Services Division and Mr. Norman
L. Uyvico, Head of DOLE North Leyte Field Office.
The Safety Seal
Certification Program aims to safely re-open the economy and affirm
consumers and the public in general of the establishment’s
compliance to the minimum public health standards.
Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 series of 2021, the Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will issue the certification for
establishments in the manufacturing, construction, utilities,
information and communication, and warehousing industries.
Other designated issuing
authorities are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of
Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government and the
different local government units.
congratulated Coca-Cola for being the first to receive the safety
seal in Region 8.
Coca-Cola for successfully obtaining the first safety seal in
Eastern Visayas. This seal will be helpful for your company in
gaining the confidence of your customers and employees, that you are
compliant with the health standards”, said Jalbuena.
Jalbuena likewise urged
other establishments in Region 8 to acquire the said certification
and help re-open the economy safely.
“We are calling on other
establishments to obtain their own safety seals and take part in
safely re-opening our economy”, Jalbuena added.
Also in attendance during
the awarding were Mr. Virgilio A. Doroja, Jr., Senior Labor and
Employment Officer, Mr. Edgar Montes, Operations Manager and Mr.
Casper Laconse, People Associate Manager.
DOLE-8 will also be
awarding safety seals to three more firms in Baybay City, namely: SC
Global Food Products, Inc., SC Global Coco Products Inc., and
Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc.
The safety seal, valid for
six (6) months from the date of issuance, shall be displayed
conspicuously at all entrance points of the establishment. DOLE may
revoke the certification once there will be valid complaints raised
against the company.
investigation of PH rights situation shows damning evidence of
widespread impunity, failure of justice system
July 6, 2021
INVESTIGATE PH provides more evidence of the persistent failure of
the justice system in the Philippines. Its Second Report, released
today, documents intensifying human rights violations perpetrated by
state agents, in line with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s
security policies and violent pronouncements that were adopted as
official orders. The report includes an important series of
recommendations, including a clear call for a United Nations-led
probe on the human rights violations of the Duterte administration.
INVESTIGATE PH is the
popular name of the Independent International Commission of
Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines, which
is led by ‘High Commissioners’ or prominent personalities of the
international community. Its recent report is the second in a series
of three reports, and builds on the findings of the first report
launched in March 2021, which picked up from and further
substantiated the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human
Rights’ June 2020 report on the Philippine rights situation.
The Second Report
spotlights three aspects of state terror in the Philippines, namely
the War against the Poor (under the guise of the “war on drugs”),
the War on Dissent, and the War against the Moro People. It is an
important contribution to a growing body of evidence of
state-perpetrated human rights violations and abuses in the
Philippines that would help facilitate international accountability
According to Atty. Suzanne
Adely, co-chair of the International Committee of the National
Lawyers Guild in the US and one of the High Commissioners leading
the investigation, “State policies, including Executive Order 70 or
the whole-of-nation approach to counterinsurgency program and the
2020 Anti-Terrorism Act have emboldened both the police and military
to massacre the poor and marginalised, as well as those who are
fighting for the rights of these communities, including activists
and advocates of peasant and Indigenous People’s rights. Moreover,
the government’s capture of domestic redress and accountability
mechanisms continue to fail victims.” The report shows that the
Philippine National Police (PNP) routinely covers up the
circumstances surrounding killings in ‘anti-drug operations’,
intimidates potential witnesses, and obstructs investigations by
victims’ families, civil society and even by the Commission on Human
The release of the Second
Report is timely as it follows the recent request by the
International Criminal Court’s (ICC) outgoing Chief Prosecutor Fatou
Bensouda for an investigation on the bloody “war on drugs” of
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Its launching also coincided
with the ongoing 47th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights
The report also highlights
how military action in Mindanao is perpetrating violence against and
entrenching the marginalization of Moro communities. The report
shows that US military aid is propping up the military operations in
Mindanao as part of the US-backed “War on Terror”. These operations
fail to distinguish between civilians and combatants, and are also
causing mass displacement of Moro communities. One of the High
Commissioners, the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe of the US-based United
Methodist Church said that, “It was difficult to hear testimony that
U.S. military aid, as well as military support from other countries,
is abetting human rights violations. It’s simply unacceptable.”
The report will be
submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,
member states of the Human Rights Council, the UN Secretary-General,
and the International Criminal Court. Rev. Michael Blair, who is
also one of the High Commissioners, said, “Throughout this
investigation, we have remained steadfast in our objective to
realize justice for the victims of human rights violations in the
Philippines. The report must go beyond evidence gathering and be a
contribution to the process of accountability and an end to the
See the report here