DTI and DOST Philippines partner to launch first government e-commerce platform
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines have joined hands to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) expand their market reach online through the OneSTore.ph platform.
Sec. Fortunato T. Dela Peña of DOST and Sec. Ramon M. Lopez of DTI signed a Memorandum of Agreement during the Media Briefing and DTI-DOST Synergy Meeting on April 5, 2018 in Taguig City.
OneSTore.ph is the first government e-commerce platform dedicated to marketing high-quality Filipino products of MSMEs through the worldwide web.
Under the agreement regarding OneSTore.ph, DTI will promote the platform to MSMEs through its Negosyo Centers as a platform where they can market their products online. The Negosyo Centers promote ease of doing business and facilitate access to services for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within their jurisdiction. The scope of their activities encompasses business registry assistance, advisory services, providing information as required by MSMEs and monitoring and evaluation of business processes.
DTI will also make Negosyo Centers accessible to clients of DOST and allow clients to display and dispatch their products through its payment and logistic partners in the One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines HubStores.
OTOP Philippines is DTI’s collaborative program with national government agencies and local government units which provides customised intervention to level up the products of various localities. The program aims to drive inclusive local economic growth.
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.
Last month, DTI entered into a partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to provide free Wi-Fi and learning modules to DTI’s Negosyo Centers. Through the agreement, DICT will provide selected DTI Negosyo Centers with free internet access, ICT equipment, and access to its Tech4ED (Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development Project)Project. Plans going forward include merging existing Tech4ED Centers and Negosyo Centers since some of them are housed in the same local government units. The DICT is also open to host DTI’s educational materials in the Tech4ED platform.