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SciTech Caravan Highlights SETUP in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental

August 2, 2019

The Department of Science and Technology region X (DOST-X) highlighted its banner program, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), to mostly 400 participants during the Science and Technology Caravan at the Tagoloan Municipal Dome, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on July 30, 2019.      SETUP is a nationwide strategy aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It provides a wide range of solutions which include technology transfer and commercialization, technical consultancy services (e.g. Manufacturing Productivity Extension, Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement, food safety, energy audit, cleaner production, etc.), packaging and labeling assistance, technology trainings, calibration and laboratory testing services, and equipment acquisition through the innovation-enabling fund (i-fund).       SETUP helps firms buy appropriate technologies, the acquisition cost of which to be amortized by the latter in equal monthly installments for three years, without interest.      From 2002 to 2016, the program enabled a total of 341 micro-scale enterprises to graduate to small-scale; 20 firms leaped from being micro to medium enterprises; 90 from small to medium enterprises; and one from medium to large enterprise.      Aside from promoting SETUP as assistance to MSMEs, the caravan also served as an avenue to promote some of the region’s SETUP-assisted products.       Exciting games for students and pre-testing sessions for the entrepreneurs and locals gave the participants the chance to enjoy boxes of Vjandep Pastels, Monk’s Peañato, and Slers Chicharon.      Other programs and services of the agency such as Scholarship and Consortia, STARBOOKS, Consultancy and Training, Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL), and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) were also exhibited.      The S&T Caravan is a three-leg activity hosted by the DOST regional office X to showcase its programs and services throughout the region. The first leg was conducted on February 28, 2019, at Linamon, Lanao del Norte while the third leg will be conducted at Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental in September 2019.

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U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. Levels Up by Partnering with Persons with Disabilities

July 31, 2019

U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc., the first and only one-stop company for all real estate needs based in Cagayan de Oro City, recently organized the first ever agent orientation for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) led by Ms. Melagros Maquiling. This humbling initiative was spearheaded by Ms. Rose Buenaventura and aims to transform the realty industry into an inclusive and diversified community open to PWDs.       “We live by the saying, We Rise by Lifting Others. Hence at U1st, we want to open doors of equal opportunity to everyone especially our dear PWDs. We sincerely welcome them for a lifelong business opportunities where they can be independent and empowered just like everyone else. After all, it’s not their disability but their perseverance that truly matters.” says Mr. Jo Santillan, Manager Partner of U1st Realty.       The orientation tackled topics such as Real Estate 101 and Role of a Real Estate Agent. The said event was attended by partner developers, Cebu Landmasters Inc. and ABrown Co. Inc.       U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. continues to welcome interested sales agents. They assist in all your real estate requirements such as:      1. Property Consultation      2. Buy & Sell of Real Estate Property       3. Property Management & Leasing Services      4. Permits & Transfer of Title      5. Loans Assistance      6. House Design & Construction       7. Land Survey & Appraisal Services       8. Insurance Procurement      Visit them at 218 De Leon Plaza Bldg., Yacapin - Velez St, Cagayan de Oro City or send them a message through their Facebook page U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc.

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26th NRCE set August 15-16 at SMX

July 26, 2019

Preparations for the 26th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE) are underway as this year’s NRCE is slated on August 15-16, 2019 in SMX Convention Center, MoA Complex, and Pasay City. After another successful turnout of the country’s biggest retail conference and exhibition last year,  global and local experts in the industry are expected to grace the 26th NRCE to give insights and provide updates on the latest developments and trends on the retail industry. Among the expected hot topics are sustainability, disruptions in retail, cashless payments, market segments and consumer behavior, and customer experience. This year’s NRCE is pegged on the theme Retail Reimagined to help retailers and the industry formulates strategies on how to make retailing relevant amidst disruptions and changes in the digital age. “With the continuous emergence of new digital innovations and e-commerce businesses, the retail sector should be able to find ways how to adapt and utilize these new platforms for the customers, who want fast and efficient service and at the same time, crave for human and genuine interactions from brands,” NRCE Overall Chair Fredrick D. Go said. “While last year’s NRCE had a successful turnout, we want this year to be bigger, more advanced and of course, cater to the needs of the time,” Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) President Rosemarie B. Ong said. Last year, Wijnand Jongen author of the best seller The End of Online Shopping served as one of the keynote speakers. He was joined by Massimo Volpe, Chairman of Forum on International Retail Associations and Executives (now Federation of International Retail Associations), and Wallaya Chirathivat Deputy CEO of Thailand’s Central Pattana—the largest retail property development and investment company in the country. Aside from the main conference, there will be Retail Spotlights, more focused discussions on Supermarket and Digital transformation niches for Days 1 and 2. Side-by-side the conference is the Stores Asia Expo, which will feature solutions and state-of-the-art technology including Retail Solutions, E-Commerce & M-Commerce, Shop Fittings & Store Design, Digital Marketing, Commercial and Real Estate Developers, Web Developers, Non-traditional Advertising, Financial Services, Storage and Distribution, HR Solutions, and Billboard Locations among others, to help retailers enhance and expand their business operations. There will also be mini seminars called Retail Lab inside the exhibit area, featuring discussions on essential and new tools and strategies for the industry. NRCE is the biggest and the longest-running retail event in the country, organized by the PRA. For registration, sponsorship and exhibit inquiries, please contact the PRA Executive Secretariat at 6874180, 6874181, 6874985, or email: marketing@philretailers.com/specialprojects@philretailers.com.

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CEO Nati features Primavera City and IDC projects at IPAX Asia-Pacific 2019

June 3, 2019

BANGKOK - Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC TM), Chairman and CEO, Architect Romolo Valentino Nati, was among the guest speakers at the conference held on May 15 at the Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park, Bangkok, within the IPAX Asia Pacific 2019 event.      Linked to The International Property Awards, IPAX-Asia Pacific event brings together winners of the world-renowned International Property Awards and served as prime meeting place to do business with the most prominent property professionals from around the world, such as Presidents, CEOs, MDs and Chairmen, with world’s leading companies working across all aspects of the residential and commercial property industry such as architecture, interior design, property development and real estate sales. Arch. Romolo Nati, CEO of IDC was invited at the conference together with selected experts, such as  Kunle Barker (Property Expert), Janet Salem (Officer UN Environment Programme), Tony Morris (Founder & Managing Director–The Sales Doctors) and Dexter Bryn Norville (National Director & Co-Head of Property & Asset Management JLL Thailand). Nati shared his expertise and achievements as CEO of IDC, a development company committed to environmental sustainability through elegant architectural solutions and trademark contemporary Italian aesthetic.      Italpinas Development Corporation is a publicly listed Italian-Filipino company which specializes in eco-friendly mixed-use projects in Northern Mindanao, such as its flagship development, Primavera Residences, followed by Primavera City, both awarded by The International Property Awards-Asia Pacific as Best Mixed-use Developments.       During IPAX conference, Arch. Nati received the coveted International Property Awards plaque for IDC’s latest project, Miramonti Green Residences, under construction in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, that has been recognized Best Mixed-use Development in the Asia-Pacific Region by International Property Awards 2019.       Arch. Nati is spends time sharing his advocacy and experience attending events, exhibitions and speaking engagement and has been invited at numerous events and conferences as speaker and panelist among which : the  "High level dialogue on ASEAN- ITALY Economic Relations" held in Singapore, organized by The European House-Ambrosetti, the BEX ASIA 2018 in Singapore and in Kuala Lumpur at The Sustainability Summit Asia 2018 organized by The Economist .    He has also been featured in National Geographic Magazine ASIA as “One of the Philippines’ new business leaders “and, in Bloomberg Philippines, as a “Thought Leader”.

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