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Coco coir SSF augments family income in Catarman


CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 through its Camiguin Provincial Office empowers women in the province by providing various projects and programs that would enable the sector to earn on their own and among these is the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Coco Coir Processing.

Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) President Lizcel Cutab shared during the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 project visit on April 16 that the SSF for Coco Coir Processing helped not only the women in Barangay Mainit, Catarman, Camiguin as their husbands and children play a big role in keeping the business running.


“Sauna ang mga kababayenhan pa gyud ang galihok niini pero nakita sa ilang mga bana ang gikinahanglang kusog aron mapaspas ang pagtrabaho niini. Ni-apil na usab ang ilang mga anak pinaagi sa pagkolekta sa bunot ug pagtunol sa materyales ngadto sa tig-operate sa makina,” Cutab shared.

(Before, only the women are involved in the project but their husbands volunteered to help when they saw the need to augment the manpower to hasten up the workload. The children also took part in the project by collecting the coconut husks and placing the materials to the machine operator)


The facility is operated by the Agoho KALIPI in cooperation with Nagpakabana Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The DTI allocated around P1.9 million for the diesel-engine powered decorticating with winnowing/peat screening machine.

Now, women from the area earns P3 for every 11-meter-long coco coir twine which is usually used in making decorations for special occasions, rugs, doormats, bio rolls and more. The remaining materials are then use for fertilizers so nothing will really go into waste.

“Ang problema lang gyud namo karon kung unsaon pagpadaghan sa produksyon sa coco coir labina nga daghan ang demand niini. Dili man gud pirmi daghan ang makuhang bunot kay gadepende ra pud mi kung unsa’y makuha nga materyales sa nagkalain-laing gatanom ug lubi sa lugar,” Cutab said.


(The problem now is on how we can increase the coco coir production since there are a lot of demands of it. It is not all the time that we get a lot of coco husks and we only depend on the number of husks that we can get from various coco planters in the area)

DTI Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito Enot said that they are looking for ways to address such concern and are tapping coco planters in the area who can possibly aid in boosting the production of coco coir for the women’s group.

Coco coir is a durable fiber extracted from discarded coconut husks which is preferred over concrete bricks and peat moss because it is cheaper, renewable, and completely organic. (RTP/PIA10)


Cebuano News: DOLE-X gahatag ug P1M alang sa panginabuhiang proyekto sa Camiguin


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, December 1 — Ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X)- Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) bag-ohay lang mihatag sa Kabuhayan Program financial grants nga mukabat sa P1,102,755 alang sa unom ka mga benepisyaryong organisasyon sa Cantaan Centennial Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCMPC).

Si DOLE-Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo miingon nga ang pinansyal nga hinabang gihatag alang sa mga proyekto sa motor parts (P250,000), agricultural business (P200,000), backyard piggery livelihood (P130,000), deep sea fishing (P250,000), fish vending (P110,000), and amakan making and consumer store project (P162,755).


Si Lourdes D. Navida, usa sa mga benepisyaryo sa fish vending livelihood project miingon, “Salamat kaayo sa DOLE kay niabot na gyud and among hinabang sa gobyerno aron makatabang sa among panginabuhian.”

Gasalig lamang sa iyang retirement pension, si Navida miingon nga kinahanglan kaayo niyang mapadako pa ang iyang pangita aron makasuporta sa panginahanglanon sa iyang pamilya labi na sa ilang pangkaon adlaw-adlaw, mga sukaranong bayrunon ug bahog sa mga binuhing hayop.

Maski pa nga kini ang unang higayon nga nakadawat ug pinansyal nga hinabang sa gikan DOLE, si Navida naglaum nga ang ilang asosasyon makasugakod gayod sa proyekto aron makatabang usab sila sa katilingban sa umaabot nga panahon.

Gipasabot ni Toledo nga ang proyekto gipundohan sa DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) nga gadasig ug self-employment aron makahatag ug pangitang oportunidad sa angayang benepisyaryo.

Ang CCMPC usa ka aktibong Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) sa DOLE nga nakaimplementar na ug nwebe ka mga proyektong panginabuhian sa nagkalain-laing asosasyon ug usa usab kini ka regional winner para sa Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Group Project alang sa CY 2016.(Jovelyn V. Perez/RTP/PIA10)

DOLE-X grants P1M for livelihood projects in Camiguin


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, December 1 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) – Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) handed-in the Kabuhayan Program financial grants amounting to P1,102,755 to the six organization beneficiaries of Cantaan Centennial Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCMPC).

DOLE-Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo reported that the financial assistance was intended for the projects on motor parts (P250,000), agricultural business (P200,000), backyard piggery livelihood (P130,000), deep sea fishing (P250,000), fish vending (P110,000), and amakan making and consumer store project (P162,755).

Lourdes D. Navida, one of the beneficiaries of the fish vending livelihood project said, “Salamat kaayo sa DOLE kay niabot na gyud and among hinabang sa gobyerno aron makatabang sa among panginabuhian (We are thankful for DOLE now that we have received the assistance from the government that could help us in our livelihood).”

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Relying solely on her retirement pension, Navida said that she needs to augment her income to help defray her family’s daily meals, basic expenses and food for their livestock.  

Though this is her first time to receive a livelihood financial assistance from DOLE, she is hopeful that their association can sustain the project so that it could also help the community in the future.

Toledo explained that the project is funded under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) that encourages self-employment to provide income opportunities to deserving beneficiaries.

CCMPC is an active Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of DOLE which has already implemented nine livelihood projects to various associations and was a regional winner for the Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Group Project for CY 2016.(Jovelyn V. Perez/RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin cites vast ASEAN opportunities, reaps initial gains


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA)—Increase in tourism by 11 percent, coming in of a fast craft by November and boost of flights from Cebu to Camiguin by December are among the major developments that the provincial government identified as the positive effects of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the province.


Mambajao Municipal Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo shared during the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum on August 25 that the province, being able to earn the 10th spot in the most competitive province throughout the country, has remarkably shown economic dynamism.


“Economic dynamism means that we are ready in ASEAN and all the country to receive investors in our LGU (local government unit),” the mayor stressed.


He further said that if the country wants to be competitive with ASEAN, it should consider an open economy since such will open doors for boundless opportunities especially on generating jobs.

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Provincial developments


When it comes to economic opportunities, the mayor shared that they are now expecting a lot of investors coming in to the province including two hotels, supermarket, a drug store and more.


They are also repairing the airport’s runway to accommodate the flocking of local and foreign tourists in the area.


Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Provincial Manager Napoleon Bael said that they are currently accommodating an average of 78 passengers per flight and such number has not decreased even if it’s past the peak season already.


Aside from improving the airport and seaports in the area, the provincial government also plans to work on wireless local area networking that will hasten up all sorts of communication in the province.

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Program for the children


As to the language proficiency, Romualdo said that they will be opening a speech laboratory on September “to give exact pronunciation and diction; to prepare for ASEAN.”


Such laboratories will commence in central schools and by next year, the provincial government is targeting to put up the facility in all schools in Camiguin as well as in the barangays.


There will also be health programs to be implemented to further decrease the 4 percent malnutrition of children in the province to at least 1 percent.



“We have plenty of things to do in Camiguin, so many things to do that every life of the Camiguingnon will be worth for,” Romualdo stressed.(RTP/PIA10)

DOLE conducts small business, financial management to Camiguin OFW returnees


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 28 — The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 together with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) conducted a Small Business Management and Financial Awareness Orientation Seminar to some 35 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) returnees in Mambajao town, Camiguin.

DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante said the one-day Small Business Management Training and Financial Awareness Seminar is a training intended to assist OFWs and their families with financial literacy relative to their overseas employment and to encourage them in putting up a small business enterprise for self-employment.

Since the program began in 2011 up to the end of 2014, more than 55,000 OFWs and their families have attended to the training.

“This activity is an opportunity for you to learn and this knowledge will be your tool for your future project/business,” Agravante said.

DOLE Camiguin Filed Office head Arlyn Z. Bael said this activity will be their (OFWs) stepping stone to avail the livelihood assistance of the NRCO.

She said that the National Reintegration Program of the department promotes the delivery of responsive, productive, and sustainable reintegration services to OFW returnees that will enable them to maximize the gains of overseas employment, mitigate the social costs of migration and cushion the impact of forced repatriation due to unexpected events.

OFW Returnees can access the services of NRCO like enterprise development, counseling, wage employment referrals, skills training and assistance to distressed OFW.

Likewise, Randolf Rio, OWWA 10 representative talked about the Small Business Management Orientation Seminar and Jovelyn V. Perez, labor employment officer in DOLE PFO-Camiguin, discussed the Financial Awareness Topic.

To avail the packages OFW-returnees may visit their nearest DOLE Provincial Field Offices or thru its Focal Person, Marry Gil Damasing at the DOLE-X Regional Office, ground floor of Monte Carlo Building, RER Subdivision Phase I, Kauswagan National Highway, Cagayan de Oro City. (JVP/DOLE-X PFO-Camiguin)


School supplies in close watch, monitoring by DTI


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 27 (PIA) — In the opening month of classes, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office has been closely monitoring the prices and quality of school supplies in the local market to ensure that customers will get the best value for money when buying school supplies.

Based on the monitoring report of DTI here, prices of schools supplies in the province are generally reasonable and within the Suggested Retail Prices (SRP).

Among the supplies that were being checked are selected brands of pad paper, notebooks, crayons, ballpens, pencils and bondpaper.

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Generally, the stores also complied with the specific standard requirements and inventory levels are stable and sufficient to cope the peak demand.

Consumers are always encouraged by DTI to compare the quality of the products by checking the label before purchase.

The SRP of school supplies was released nationwide by DTI three weeks before the opening of classes to ensure that establishments will not exceed with the SRP. (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIACamInet)

DTI intensifies enforcement of laws on credit card transactions in Camiguin



MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, June 22 (PIA) — At the height of some violations committed by some business establishments in adding surcharges to credit card transactions, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial office created an enforcement team to roll out strict implementation of the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 10 series of 2006 to selected business establishments in Camiguin.

The DAO clearly pointed out that adding surcharge and or additional charges on credit card transactions is against the law.

Section 5 of the order states that all retailers who accept credit, ATM, or debit cards for payment shall not require the cardholders to pay for  additional charges over and above the price tag.

This enforcement initiative will be applicable to all resorts, restaurants, retailers, traders and other establishments in support to the tourism industry of the province.

Credit Card is a popular payment concept applied by tourism related business establishments in their clients and guests and some unscrupulous businessmen are exploiting it by adding surcharges and/or additional charges.

DTI-Camiguin encouraged retailers to display one price tag to indicate the price of each product or service, as mandated by Article 81 to 83 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and clearly explain that adding extra charges on purchases of goods or services paid via credit cards is prohibited.

Failure to follow the law imposes a penalty of, first offense, six months imprisonment or a fine up to P5,000.00 and second offense, revocation of DTI and local permits.  (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIACamInet)

DTI to open additional Negosyo Center in Camiguin

DTI to open additional Negosyo Center in Camiguin

MAMBAJAO Camiguin, June 24 (PIA) – A Negosyo Center will open soon in Mahinog town to be able to reach and serve more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in far flung areas of the province.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin provincial office is spearheading the project in partnership with the municipal local government (MLGU) who is in turn expected to provide the infrastructure facility and personnel to complement DTI in manning the center.

DTI Camiguin Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist and Negosyo Center coordinator Rita R. Salcedo said this is a hub of new technologies and approaches that seek to assist potential businessmen as well as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries for their sustainable livelihood program.

Salcedo said expanding the facility means reaching more to MSMEs needing financial and technical assistance.

The Negosyo Center is also supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) small enterprise technology upgrading program (SET-UP) which assists SMEs in adopting technology innovations to improve their operations and boost their productivity and competitiveness. (JCV/ PIA 10)

DTI-Camiguin monitors school supplies

DTI-Camiguin monitors school supplies

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, May 23 (PIA) -As the month of June enters and school opening approaches, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office strengthened the monitoring of the prices and quality of school supplies.

Among the supplies that were being checked are selected brands of pad paper, notebooks, crayons, ball pens, pencils and bond paper.

Based on DTI’s price guide, the stores that were monitored abide by the Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) of the supplies enumerated.

The SRP was released nationwide by DTI three weeks before the opening of classes to ensure that they will not exceed with the SRP.

Stores are also advised to post copies of the SRPs in their establishments so that customers will be well informed and  will served as  reminders for them not to go over the SRP as it is a ground for over pricing and is considered as an unlawful act.

Pursuant to DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 06, Series of 2007, retailers found  selling at very high prices can be imposed with an administrative fine of P20,000.00 to a maximum of P1,000,000.00 while criminal penalties under the Price Act include imprisonment from five (5) up to fifteen (15) years.

Consumers are likewise advised to be guided by the “Gabay sa Presyo ng School Supplies”on their purchases, and to report retailers selling above the prices indicated in the guide by calling DTI Direct 751.3330 or 0917.8343330.

Consumers are also encouraged to compare the quality of the school supplies/products by checking the label before purchase.

Violations can also be reported to DTI-Camiguin Provincial Office at Landline No. (088) 3870036 or Telefax No. (088) 3870037 or on email address –   (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIACamInet)

2016 Gabay sa Presyo ng School Supplies (As of 17 May 2016)

IEC for Consumer Protection Advocacy intensified by DTI-Camiguin

IEC for Consumer Protection Advocacy intensified by DTI-Camiguin

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN May 20 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office has intensified its advocacy on the Information and Education Campaign (IEC) by displaying Consumer Protection Posters in all public markets in the different municipalities in the province of Camiguin.

Most frequently asked questions on consumer protection were displayed in many strategic areas around the province to help clear the questions on the minds of consumers in the rural areas about their rights, responsibilities and other consumer related issues and concerns.

DTI wanted to make sure that consumers get the best value of their money by providing them the right knowledge and information on consumer protection.

The office aims that the continuous undertaking of levelling the playing field for both consumers and businesses will ensure the achievement of their mandate. (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam iNet)