Monday, December 18, 2006

Siquijor SMEs Participate in OTOP Visayas Trade Fair

From November 23 to 26, 2006, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held the Visayas OTOP Trade Fair at SM of Cebu City. The trade fair featured the One Town, One Product (OTOP) of each municipality of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Visayas regions.

Four municipalities from Siquijor were represented at the OTOP fair. The Siquijor SMEs included Pajermo Furniture of Larena, Renie’s Peanuts of Siquijor, KAPANIG Island Fresh Milk of San Juan, and the LILOAN and LIWOMCO coconut processers of Maria.

This marked the premier OTOP trade fair of the Visayas. The OTOP trade fair was unique in that SMEs were given equal footing in order to sell their wares.

At the fair opening, DTI Secretary Peter Favila gave the keynote speech. Also present was DTI USEC Carissa Cruz-Evangelista of the Regional Operations Group. She has played an important role in the development and implementation of the OTOP project.

One Town, One Product is a project executed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, designed to help alleviate poverty by encouraging the establishment of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Local Government Units (LGUs) and DTI assist in the implementation of the program.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Symposium on the Pro-Active Programs for Competitiveness/PQA Roadshow

On October 11, 2006, local entrepreneurs, government agencies, and Local Government Units (LGUs)in the province of Siquijor participated in the Symposium on the Pro-Active Programs for Competitiveness, presented along with the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Roadshow. The organizing agencies included the Department of Trade and Industry, represented by the Siquijor Provincial Office and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness of Metropolitan Manila.

The sessions of the day were designed to introduce participants to the DTI programs that promote competitiveness. A session was held to give an overview of the Department of Trade and Industry – Center for Industrial Competitiveness (DTI-CIC) programs. The CIC leads programs for industrial competitiveness to organizations of both the private and public sector. Some of these are human relations, management development, and quality and productivity. Other sessions included Cooperation for Quality and Productivity and an Overview of the Five S's or Good Housekeeping Practices, a Japanese technique that helps to make the workplace more productive. Also, a summary of the Philippine Quality Award program was presented, which is modeled after the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award of the United States. This quality award sets a standard of excellence and is a model for competitiveness based on the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM).

After the introduction to the Philippine Quality Award, two awardees shared the best practices of their businesses. These two companies are Victoria Court and the PNOC-Energy Development Corporation, awardees of the DTI-CIC Search for Model Companies. Mr. William M. Go, the Chief Operating Officer of Victoria Court, presented Quality and Productivity: Victoria Court’s Way of Life. A division manager of PNOC-Energy Development Corporation, Engineer Vicente D. Omandam, Jr., also presented the best practices of his business. The symposium concluded with an open forum.

The symposium was held at the Dondeezco Beach Resort in Dumanhog, Siquijor, Siquijor.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

DTI Conducts Personal Computers for Public Schools Project

This month the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Provincial Office of Siquijor is completing the third phase of its Personal Computers for Public Schools Project (PCPS). This program will donate 10 computers, along with a printer and peripherals, to Lazi National Agricultural School, Candaping High School, Basac High School, Ponong High School, and Cang-alwang National High School. The second phase of the project concluded in April of 2004, giving 10 PCs, along with 2 printers and peripherals, to Banban National High School. In addition, the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Lazi and Enrique Villanueva, each received 5 PCs with a printer and peripherals during Phase Two. The first phase of the project, concluded in April 2002, donated 20 computers, along with 2 printers and peripherals, to each of two schools, Siquijor Provincial High School and Campalanas National High School.

The PCPS project assists in incorporating Information Technology in secondary education by donating computers to public high schools. This is an effort to develop studnets' computer skills in preparation for higher education and careers. To this end the Philippines will have a continuous pool of job applicants who are highly capable of entering the knowledge-economy workforce. The Meta Group Research, in their 2002 Global New Economy Index, ranked the Philippines as number four globally in the area of “Knowledge Jobs”. In addition, the Philippines is the second-largest provider of Information Technology (IT) services in Asia, second only to India.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Siquijor to Host Trade Fair

The dates of September 14-17, 2006, mark this year's Araw ng Siquijor (Siquijor Day). In conjunction with this provincial celebration, the Small and Medium Enterprise Council (SMEDC) of Siquijor, the Provincial Government of Siquijor, and the six municipalities of the province will be organizing the annual Halad Siquijodnon Fair and Exhibits. The event will be held on the grounds of the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Siquijor, Siquijor.

The opening ceremonies for the event will be held on Wednesday, September 13, at 3:30 p.m., and the fair proper begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. During the four days of the fair, exhibitors will showcase their wares and services. Visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to purchase directly from exhibitors, taking advantage of special promotions of the businesses. The fair will continue each day from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. On the closing day, Sunday, September 17, the fair will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m.

A highlight of the fair will be the Torta-Making Contest, featuring the chief bakers of various educational and private institutions of the province. Torta is a type of cake exclusive to Siquijor, often purchased as a pasalubong to other provinces.

During the fair, the Local Government Units (LGU) of each Siquijor municipality will make a cultural presentation. On September 13, following the opening ceremonies, the LGU of Talingting will stage the first cultural show. On September 14 at 3:30 p.m., the LGUs of Maria and Larena are scheduled to make their presentation. Then on Friday, September 15, the LGU of San Juan will be featured. And on Saturday, September 16, the LGUs of Lazi and Siquijor will present, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m., awards will be presented to exhibitors, such as for the best-dressed booth.

The Halad Siquijodnon Fair and Exhibits will feature the pride of Siquijor, the province's contributions to the growth of the Philippines.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Canadian Expert Advises Food Entrepreneurs of Siquijor

From August 7 to 28, 2006, Aram Toukmanian, Expert Advisor of CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization), acted as a business advisor to Siquijor food entrepreneurs.

The members of the Siquijor Association of Food Enterpreneurs were actively involved as advisees of Mr. Toukmanian. Participating entrepreneurs included Renie's Peanut Processing, Coco-Based Food Processing (Lilo-an Rural Improvement Club), KAPANIG Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Vi's Bakery, Duran's Banana Fritters, Ever's Specialties, Lumbia Food Products Assocation, and Lilo-an Women's Cooperative (LIWOMCO).

His visit began with an orientation training to the head officers of the organizations. Next he acted as a consultant with each entrepreneurial association, seeking affordable solutions to its packaging development needs.

There are four phases of the CESO-BAP (Business Advisory Project) in Siquijor, including the following: packaging development assistance, product improvement development assistance, financial and operations management, and market development.

His visit here was sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of Siquijor. The provincial government provided him with accommodations at Salagdoong Beach Resort in Olang, Maria, during his stay.

Mr. Toukmanian has 40 years of expertise in the industry. CESO is based in Toronto, Canada.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Food Entrepreneurs Train in GMP and HACCP

On July 4 and 5, 2006, area food entrepreneurs trained in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as well as Hazard Analyses-Critical Control Points (HACCP). Dapdap Beach Club in Siquijor, Siquijor, accommodated the participants. The event was sponsored by the Siquijor Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Council (SMEDC), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the province of Siquijor.

The purpose of the training was to inform food entrepreneurs of how to safely prepare quality foods for public consumption. Topics during the seminar included food hygiene, food safety hazards, microbiological hazards, physical hazards, and chemical hazards and allergens. In addition, participants also studied personal hygiene, cross contamination, raw materials specification, food contact surfaces, food preparation, and pest control.

Many food entrepreneurs of Siquijor attended the training, including producers of peanut, dairy, coconut, meat, banana, and bakery products. Officials overseeing the event included Engineer Mario E. de la Pena, Provincial S & T Officer of DOST-Siquijor; Engineer Judy U. Booc, Chairperson of the SMED Council of Siquijor; and Ms. Nimfa Virtucio, Provincial Director of DTI-Siquijor. Josie F. Elli and Bryan B. Ybarez of DOST Region Seven facilitated the seminar.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Living Asia Films in Siquijor

At the invitation of the municipal government of Siquijor, Siquijor, the Living Asia television network visited the province of Siquijor on June 14 and 15, 2006.

Tim Tayag, host; Paulo Viloria, camerman; and Leo Udtohan, producer, arrived in Siquijor, Siquijor in the afternoon of June 14. Their first visit was to the St. Francis of Assisi Church, where they filmed the traditional Solili Dance. Performed by the Siquijor State College Dance Troupe, this dance is a traditional wedding ritual of Siquijor. The Rondalia instrumental group of Larena accompanied the dance. After the performance, the director of the troupe, Dr. Padayhag, spoke with Mr. Tayag about traditional dances performed by the troupe. Dr. Padayhag shared that the group performs each year at the Araw ng Siquijor on September 17.

On June 15 Mr. Tayag spoke with Mayor Dick Quezon of Siquijor about the cultural and scenic highlights of the province of Siquijor. Then the group began their tour of the island, beginning at the Siquijor Church and Siquijor Belltower, built in 1870. The group proceeded to the Capilay Spring Park in San Juan and to the 400-year-old Balite tree in Campalanas, Lazi, which is believed to be enchanted. Next the group visited Duran's Banana Chips in Ytaya, Lazi, where Mrs. Duran explained the production process while Mr. Tayag enjoyed a free sample. The group then visited the Lazi Church and Convent, declared to be the largest convent in the Philippines by the Philippine Historical Commission. The group enjoyed a picnic lunch in Cambugahay Falls.

In the afternoon the group visited Bandilaan Natural Park, hiking to the top of the highest point on the island at 557 meters. Next the group traveled to the barangay of San Antonio, where they visited traditional healers, observing the gathering of herbs for traditional medicines. Mr. Tayag purchased some love potion in the barangay of Ponong, plotting to slip it into the drink of his object of affection.

At the end of the day, the group enjoyed a dinner at Dapdap Grill and Restaurant in Pangi, Siquijor, proprieted by Arthur and Bambi Chan. The group enjoyed accommodations provided by the Villa Marmarine Resort in Candanay Sur, Siquijor, whose proprietor is Dagman Herada.

The Deparment of Trade and Industry of Siquijor Province coordinated the visit of Living Asia television network as part of its efforts to promote tourism on the island. Additionally, tourism is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) for the municipality of Siquijor.