December 5, 2022

The Department of Trade and Industry Baguio-Benguet office recognized its top performing clients for 2020 in awarding ceremonies last week.
DTI Provincial Director Samuel Gallardo and DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo led the recognition of the city government of Baguio and the municipal governments of La Trinidad, Sablan, and Tublay in Benguet for their notable performances in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), a DTI program with the National Competitiveness Council that measures competitiveness in governance.
Baguio City ranked 19th overall in competitiveness and 18th in the infrastructure pillar for the highly urbanized cities category.
La Trinidad ranked eighth overall on competitiveness, second in economic dynamism and 19th in the resiliency pillar in the 1st to 2nd class municipalities category.
Sablan ranked 12th in the resiliency pillar and 11th overall in competitiveness among 3rd to 6th class municipalities, while Tublay ranked 11th overall in competitiveness and  sixth in government efficiency pillar in the 3rd to 6th class municipalities category.
Also commended are Saint Louis University students Harold Cadoy, Val Christian Cabacungan, and Melissa Patano for bagging second place in the national level of the e-comics contest during the October 2020 celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.
Recognized for Kapatid Mentor Me, Best in Business Improvement Plan are Heidi Laygo and Joyce Dulnuan of Baguio City, and Nelson Palispis and Sahrene Albuera of Benguet. Dulnuan is also the regional awardee in this category.
For their notable performance in the 2020 virtual Impakabsat, cited are Trade Fair Best Booths winners Everything is Pine (non-food) and Mad-Ava Food Trading (food) and Best Performing Exhibitors – JBV Homemade Products (food) and Mondiguing Woodcraft and Souvenir Shop (non-food).
DTI also honored top performers in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, namely Business Pitch competition grand champion Aulivia Joy Ong of Fiesta Chills Milktea Shop and runners-up Tyrone Dan Rulian of Clayzy Handicrafts, both from Benguet; and Sean Ernest Empizo of Empitech Contacts, Joseph Manuel Antolin of The Fix Coffee  and Abean Coffee for Baguio City.
Gallardo congratulated the awardees for their dedication, commitment, and perseverance to succeed and excel amid the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges in 2020.
“We hope this recognition will inspire you to keep the fire burning so that we can do better this year.  I am confident that the experience we went through can teach us lessons on resilience, innovation, and foresightedness, which is what we need to be better in the next months and years, as we rebuild, reinvent, and rejuvenate our businesses and organizations,” Gallardo said.
DTI also awarded semi-expendable equipment to women’s organizations under the Great Women Project 2 and to beneficiaries of Livelihood Seeding Program under the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay during the same event. – Carlito C. Dar