Monday, August 21, 2017

Launches OTOP Next Gen in Caraga, Screens Products for Go Lokal!

Modern, cool, and uniquely Filipino - these are the qualities looked for in products that will be recommended for placement/sale in Go Lokal! stores, retail concept stores showcasing quality and innovative Philippine products crafted, designed, and produced by the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The stores, to be located in malls, are intended to be a free marketing platform for MSMEs to gain access to the lucrative local consumer market, and ultimately, to the global export market.

Twenty (20) out of 111 Caraga products initially screened were deemed ready for such endorsement to Go Lokal!. The process, called Screening, Assessment & Triage (SAT), was conducted in June by experts from the Design Center of the Philippines and local designers engaged by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga.

DTI-Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga who oversaw the screening said the rest of the products from the region’s 71 participating MSMEs will be lined up for further assistance in product design and development under the One Town One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) program.

Leon Flores III, project consultant of OTOP Next Gen, said during the press conference held on the last day of the screening sessions that the interventions will be customized and will not be the "cookie cutter" type. He stressed the importance of identifying what the exact needs are so that the development services for the MSMEs “are meaningful and the products become more marketable in terms of design and appeal and customer experience, among others.”

For her part, ASec Du-Naga, OTOP Next Gen National Project head, lauded DTI Caraga for being the only regional office that is successful in facilitating the full and sustained operation of not just one but two (2) OTOP Tindahang Pinoy/Pasalubong Stores. She said this is very good for the local producers because they have a ready marketing outlet for their produce.

DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran said other MSMEs who need help only need to approach the nearest DTI office or any of the Negosyo Centers in the region.

Go Lokal! stores, a partnership between the DTI and the private sector, will soon open in selected SM Malls and Robinsons Malls nationwide.

Coca-Cola turns up the volume on OPM music with Coke Studio

 The sounds of Pinoy music got a refreshing taste as Coke Studio opens in the country, bringing a fresh experience for the local music industry.

The first of its kind in the country, Coke Studio was a music TV show that encourages collaborations among Filipino artists – bringing together different musical genres, the young and seasoned artists, and the mainstream with the indie. Coke Studio is a celebration of the rich diversity in OPM and the central unifying role of music among Filipinos.

Generation Z, it is Your Time, Your Place

The 102M population of the Philippines indicates that Generation Z (those born between 2000 to 2015 on average estimate) are approximately 35% of the total population. It’s a big number which is good news because we need more of them to make this country great.

DTI Launches trade event for creative industries

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led by its Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group (TIPG) Nora K. Terrado, is all set to showcase the different sectors of the Philippine creative industry in a bid to advance Filipino creativity as one of the key divers for economic growth.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Photo Caption: Davao Aguilas FC players, proud representatives of the Philippines at the upcoming SEA Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Photo Caption: Davao Aguilas FC players, proud representatives of the Philippines at the upcoming SEA Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12 AUGUST 2017 - MANILA: Seven Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) players, who are  part of the U22 Philippine men’s football team, are proud representatives of the country at the 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games, set to begin next week, with their first match taking place on August 15, against Cambodia, at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

The 7 Davao Aguilas players are as follows:

    1.    BAUTISTA, Junell Mark
    2.    CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
    3.    CUBON, Raymart
    4.   DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne
    5.    DIAZ, Van Rey
    6.    JARVIS, Jordan Blair
    7.    TALAROC, Richard Jr.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ricoh Philippines Offers Total Office Productivity Solutions to Empower Digital Workplaces

Ricoh Philippines, a global leader in office productivity solutions, recognizes that the workplace has been constantly evolving. In order to enhance collaboration and to effectively drive productivity, businesses must adapt the right toolsets and smart equipment not only to empower the employees but to also optimize business processes.