The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has vowed to help promote products developed in the province that are specially aimed for tourists, by making sure they are up to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) standards.
“Ginagawa ng DTI ngayon ay makipagtulungan sa Department of Tourism para mag-match yung mga pino-propose na produkto doon sa mga turistang dumarating dito. Dapat isustain ‘yung mga pagkain. Dapat din ‘yung mga pagkain ay in compliance sa Food and Drug Administration,” says Regional Director Joel Valera during the DTI Logistic Forum held at Best Western Plus-The Ivywall Hotel on September 12, 2017.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a regulatory agency under the Department of Health that is mandated to ensure the safety, efficacy or quality of health products, food, drugs or consumer products that may have an effect on health which require regulations as determined by the FDA.
Valera said that alongside with upholding the FDA standard, they are also focused on extending the shelf life of processed foods to reach other provinces and if possible other countries.
Another emphasis of the DTI is to help Small Medium Enterpreneurs (SMEs) to be recognized by the Intellectual Property Office, also under the DTI, by registering the name of their products.
Valera emphasized that they are shouldering all the expenses of the SMEs in the laboratory analysis of their commodities. This will give them the chance to explore and expose their products in other places.
“Kailangang irehistro mo ‘yung pangalan ng produkto mo. Marami kasing nagiging kaso, sumikat ang produkto mo, hindi ka nagparehistro, may sinusuplayan ka, ginamit pangalan mo, nirehistro ‘yung pangalan mo, wala ka nang karapatan kasi siya ‘yung unang nagparehistro.”
The registration of a product helps the SMEs to display and sell their merchandise at malls or recognized establishment. The registration of the name is the only thing that the SMEs owner pay. This registration is valid for 5 years.
There are now 7 Negosyo Centers all over Palawan where the SMEs can register their business name and products. They can pay at the nearest Palawan Express.
There are also 105 video titles available at the Negosyo Center where they could watch whatever business they want to start with.
They then can request for an actual skills training for free. The DTI will assist them until they are able to put up a small business.
Providing a barcode for each product is also one of the things that the DTI encourages the SMEs to ensure. The barcode is unique for every product. This will help the product to be tracked easily from pricing to inventory.
“Hindi ka pwedeng basta maglagay lang ng number dun sa iyong packaging o label dahil mayroon lang isang opisina na recognized internationally ng paglalagay ng bar code, ito yung GS1, international standard siya na kahit sa ibang bansa mo dalhin ‘yun, marerecognize ng computer.
Unique ‘yun sa bawat company, bawat produkto ‘yun. Di ba uso na sa’tin ngayon na kapag bumibili ka itatapat na lang ng teller sa machine nya ‘yung produkto at nandun na lahat ng information.”
Valera encouraged businessmen all over Palawan to seek the assistance and to avail of the free service of the DTI.
“Kung gusto natin na mapalawak at mapaganda ang produkto, sumunod tayo sa batas,” Valera emphasized.