DTI Region 02 Director Leah Pulido Ocampo who assumed office on July 8,2019, bared the General Policy Directions for the agency’s regional thrusts under her term during DTI Region 2’s Midyear Assembly held in Sta Ana, Cagayan on July 31 to August 2, 2019 with 223 employees including Negosyo Center business counselors, regular technical and non-technical staff and contract of service (COS) hirees attending.

Her five point policy directions were focused on MSME Development, Investment Promotion, Consumer Protection, Information Dissemination and Personnel and Administration.

“We will be gunning for bigger impact.  Focusing on the strengths of the five provinces comprising Region 02, we will concentrate our efforts into making the products which we have in abundance more competitive and market-driven.  Therefore, we will intensify product development programs, encourage the bigger and stronger players to become consolidators and “big brothers” to our smaller entrepreneurs,” RD Ocampo said about DTI’s thrusts on .MSME Development.  In addition, she also pointed out the need to increase the number of food processors complying to the regulatory requirements such as FDA’s LTO, CPR and Halal Certification and regionalizing the Philippine Export Development Plan based on the comparative advantage of Region 02.  In line with the drive to develop more globally competitive products from the region, RD Leah encouraged the provinces to identify their unique selling proposition, categorize MSMEs per sector and craft strategies to develop them as industry clusters.

For local market promotions, the PADDAY NA LIMA Regional Trade Fair which is held annually in Metro Manila, will be made into a more efficient and effective vehicle for showcasing the strengths of Region 2 in terms of trade, agribusiness, tourism and investment and in partnership with relevant government agencies.  Padday na Lima will also be utilized as a culminating activity for the Shared Service Facility Projects and the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) graduates.

Increased visibility of DTI is likewise high in the agenda of RD Leah.  This will be done through more active participation in national and international trade shows and expositions and boosting information dissemination initiatives utilizing social media and other digital platforms.

Her pronouncement on policies affecting human resource management and administrative concerns was met with positive response from the staff.  Policy guidelines on the implementation of Executive Order 77 s 2019 on new travel expense rates as well as on the availment of overtime pay was explained by DC Peter Guimmayen after RD Ocampo’s talk.