Fablab for entreps and students. DTI Sec. Adrian Cristobal Jr. (left) and Dr. Larry L. Cabatic of the Philippine Science High School System-Ilocos Region Campus executive director opened the first fabrication laboratory in Luzon last May. The Ilocos Fablab, a Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project of DTI-Region 1, offers advanced technology assistance to local MSMEs. The Fablab will provide students modern machines and equipment for a high-tech laboratory.
The Department of Trade and Industry will be reinforcing its nationwide assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises through a program called Negosyo, Konsyumer At Iba Pa (NKATBP).
NKATBP aims to bring more of the agency’s services to entrepreneurs and consumers in the provinces mainly through increasing the public’s awareness of DTI’s functions, informing them of the wide array of programs they can avail, all while expanding the agency’s assistance database.
Through a series of nationwide seminars, trade fairs, exhibits, and open forums, NKATBP will address issues on business operations and competitiveness, commonly faced by entrepreneurs.
DTI reported that over 35,000 participants have already attended 85 learning sessions within NKATBP’s activities. These include seminars on food safety, business expansion through e-commerce, global expansion, capacity building for women entrepreneurs, effective use of trademarks, and intellectual property rights.
NKATBP activities have been staged in Davao City, Isabela, Vigan, Cebu, Tacloban, Legazpi City, Baguio, Angeles City and General Santos City.
In the next four months, DTI will roll out the next series of NKATB learning sessions and fairs in Cagayan de Oro City, Marikina, Tagaytay, Zamboanga City, Iloilo City and Butuan.
Photo courtesy of DTI