The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology are teaming up to help micro, small and medium enterprises expand their market reach online through the OneSTore.ph platform.
The OneSTore.ph is the first government e-commerce platform dedicated to marketing high-quality Filipino products of MSMEs through the worldwide web by “bringing quality products to Filipino doorsteps", a government press release said.
Under the OneSTore.ph agreement, DTI will promote the oneSTore.ph to MSMEs through Negosyo Centers as a platform where they can market their products online.
DTI will also make Negosyo Centers accessible to clients of DOST and allow clients to display and dispatch their products with its payment and logistic partners in the One Town One Product Philippines HubStores.
OTOP Philippines is DTI’s collaborative program with national government agencies and local government units as a customized intervention to level up the products of various localities and drive inclusive local economic growth, the press release said.
DOST will develop and maintain oneSTore.ph where its accredited regional hubs and MSMEs may sell products and services to its clients and engage with payment and logistics partners and provide better oneSTore.ph services to its accredited regional hubs, MSMEs, and its partner agencies.
DOST will also provide priority to jointly identified OTOP products for product development initiatives, including improvements in packaging and labeling, subsidy or discounts in testing fees, equipment support, such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, and strengthen research and development efforts.
Meanwhile, the DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards has warned accredited Private Emission Testing Centers to keep track of the validity period of their accreditation with the bureau and to file their renewal application on time to avoid the inconvenience of having to apply for a new accreditation and its unwanted consequence.
“We remind the PETC owners that the bureau strictly adheres to the prescribed renewal period as provided under Department Administrative Order 03 series of 2002, which is three months before the validity expires. This period ensures DTI and the PETC the continued competent operations of the PETC when the DTI accreditation is reviewed,” DTI-BPS director James Empeño said.
The Department of Transportation is in collaboration with the DTI in implementing the emission standards for motor vehicles, pursuant to Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act, which aims to protect the right of the public to a clean and healthy environment. The DOTr has issued Department Order 2016-020, or the “Moratorium on the Acceptance of Applications for New Authorization of PETCs” in 2016, and it is still in effect as of today, the press release said.
For more information on PETCs, accreditation and standards, those interested may call DTI Direct 751.3330 or visit www.bps.dti.gov.ph, the press release added.*
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