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COTABATO ELECTRIC COOP JOINS ‘LINEMEN APPRECIATION DAY’ – MASONGSONG

Two hundred linemen of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco) in Matalam, North Cotabato joined the first-ever “Linemen Appreciation Day” initiated online by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Philippine Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (PHILRECA).The program aims to recognize all line workers in the country in their silent contributions which allow the continuous operation […]

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400,000 N95 MASKS TO ARRIVE NEXT WEEK – LOPEZ

A medical supplies manufacturer has assured the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of deliveries of N95 face masks from abroad. The DTI said the mother company of Medtecs International Corp. Ltd abroad will be supplying 400,000 pieces of FFP2-N95 masks that are set to arrive next week. “N95 face masks will be made available […]

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19,000 HECTARES OF LAND TO BE CONVERTED TO A BAMBOO PLANTATION – LOPEZ

The Philippine Bamboo Industry Council (PBIC) is looking into converting at least 19,000 hectares of land nationwide into a bamboo plantation this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. The largest land conversion will be in Region 6 (Western Visayas) with 13,000 hectares of land eyed for bamboo plantation. DTI Secretary and PBIC chairman […]

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DTI TO GIVE LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE TO TAAL-AFFECTED ENTREPRENEURS – LOPEZ

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said his department is preparing livelihood assistance to help entrepreneurs affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.Lopez said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to disburse P50 million worth of micro finance facilities under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso, or the P3 Program. “We are preparing for livelihood assistance […]

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DTI TO LIMIT SALES OF FACE MASKS PER CUSTOMER – LOPEZ

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said his department will suggest to retailers that sales of face masks be limited per customer as demand for these have surged following the eruption of Taal Volcano on Sunday. Social media users posted that N95 masks have immediately gone out of stock in some stores in Bambang in Manila which […]

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ENACTING ‘BUILD, BUILD, BUILD’ PROGRAM INTO LAW WILL SUSTAIN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR GROWTH – LOPEZ

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said institutionalizing the “Build, Build, Build” program will sustain the growth of the construction sector even with the change in the administration. On the sidelines of the 4th Philippine Construction Industry Congress in Makati City, Lopez said he sees the importance of enacting the program into law to ensure that the […]

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PAY HIKE TO ADDRESS LABOR SHORTAGE IN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR – LOPEZ

Offering higher wages in the construction industry will address the shortage of skilled labor in the sector, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said. Lopez told reporters that construction companies are now hiking wages to ensure that there will be no delays in their projects due to manpower shortage. “We see it happening.” “We see it happening, because […]

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HALAL A GOOD BUSINESS VENTURE FOR 2020 – LOPEZ

For those looking for businesses ideas in 2020, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez is suggesting a venture into the Halal market. Lopez is also the Chairperson of the Halal Export Development and Promotion Board, a policy-making body composed of public and private sector representatives. “There is big potential in Halal in […]

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DTI, SEIPI TO SHOWCASE PH ELECTRONICS, TECH IN THE US – LOPEZ

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI), the largest organization of foreign and Filipino electronics companies in the Philippines, will present the Philippine electronics capabilities during the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) which runs from 7-10 January 2020 in Las […]

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P3 PROGRAM REACHES 110K MICRO ENTREPRENEURS – LOPEZ

Over 110,000 micro entrepreneurs have been assisted even as P5.1B has been released through the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Program, which is being rolled out to the countryside to provide affordable and easy access loans to micro entrepreneurs. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the P3 Program will continue […]