Category Archives: Other Export Updates

DTI highlights 10 Key Priorities for the Trade Industry 

The new Trade Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual, also the President of the Management of Association of the Philippines (MAP) highlights the ten (10) strategic priorities of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The key priorities aim to create opportunities for DTI and the private sector to work together for shared goals. These will also be the new administration’s focus on improving trade and industry, including export expansion believed to help in job generation and economic recovery in general. Continue reading DTI highlights 10 Key Priorities for the Trade Industry 

DICT intensifies the ICT Ecosystem adapting to pandemic impact

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) intensifies its programs/ action plans for developing the ICT Ecosystem to adapt to the impact of the pandemic and ensure various sectors’ capacity to participate in the country’s economic recovery.

Consistent with the Memorandum Circular. No. 27 that mandates the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP), the DICT shall provide support to 1) promotion of trade and investment opportunities, especially in the ICT and ICT-Enabled Services sectors, 2) push for the use of ICT to automate government regulatory processes, and 3) synchronize government systems to ensure ease of doing business.

Among the DICT initiatives to drive the development of the PH ICT ecosystem is the Digital Cities 2025 Project which aims to boost the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Industry.

Moreover, through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB), the DICT will give startup founders access to government funding through the Digital Startup Development and Acceleration Program (DSDAP), which supports innovators and startups across the country.

DICT also boosts skills development programs such as (1) digitaljobsPH, which aims to provide basic digital literacy and intermediate ICT skills training in the countryside, allowing Filipinos to avail ICT-enabled jobs; (2)Tech4ED, which allows Filipinos to have access to shared facilities with various ICT-enabled services; (3) Digital Transformation Centers (DTCs), a venue where digital skills will be developed and acquired; (4) Digital Learners and Teachers Project to address pressing challenges in the delivery of basic education in the new normal; and the (5) ICT Academy Project under the Digital Workforce Initiative, a platform for upskilling and reskilling Filipinos.

Secretary Ivan John E. Uy presented the following DICT initiatives during the 43rd National Conference of Employees of Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) with the theme of “Reimagining the Future of Employment: From Policies to Actions” on 26 August 2022 at Mariott Hotel, Manila.

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43rd NCE: Reimagining the Future of Employment from Policies to Action

Newly appointed Department Secretaries: Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Tourism Secretary Ma. Esperanza Christina Garcia-Frasco, TESDA Director General Danilo Cruz, together with the DOTr Undersecretary for Planning and Project Development Atty. Timothy John Batan (presented on behalf of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista), presented their respective agencies’ policies, plans, and actions at the 43rd National Conference of Employers (NCE) with the theme “Reimagining the Future of Employment: From Policies to Actions”.

This annual event brings together business executives, key government partners, foreign investors, chambers of commerce, and industry leaders to discuss important and developing employment issues, triangular partnerships, worker welfare, economic programs, and difficulties in the workplace. The conference addresses job creation, preservation, and transformation under the concept of “employment generation as a recovery strategy.”  Continue reading 43rd NCE: Reimagining the Future of Employment from Policies to Action

SIRI: Move toward Digital Transformation 

Living in the modern era, moving forward is one of the ways to elevate and survive different industries in this generation. The manufacturing sector, for instance, is already moving towards digital transformation.  In this line, the World Economic Forum introduces one of its projects, the SIRI: Smart Industry Readiness Index. It is a framework and tool that will help the manufacturers to continue and move forward toward digital transformation. Continue reading SIRI: Move toward Digital Transformation 

Travel and Tourism competitiveness and resiliency 

The 21st World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit on 20-22 April 2022, held in Manila, Philippines, is seen as an opportunity to reopen the country to international visitors and to sustain the Travel and Tourism competitiveness and resiliency.

WTTC’s annual Global Summit is the most influential Travel & Tourism event on the calendar. This year, industry leaders gathered with key government representatives to continue aligning efforts to support the sector’s recovery and move toward a safer, more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable future. Discussed in the Summit are the latest travel trends, sustainable investment prospects, regenerative tourism, and seamless travel in a pandemic era, among others. Continue reading Travel and Tourism competitiveness and resiliency 

Duterte Administration assures utmost effort in mitigating the impact of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

DOF Secretary Dominguez assures that the Duterte Administration is closely monitoring developments and is doing its utmost to mitigate the impact of oil and food price increases amidst the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict.

During the 2022 Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB), Sec. Dominguez reported the Duterte Administration’s socio-economic reforms over the past six years, including the government’s effort to accelerate economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading Duterte Administration assures utmost effort in mitigating the impact of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

PHILEXPORT at the forefront for legislative agenda at the 19th Congress

The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. reported that the group is at the forefront toward the approval of business and MSME-friendly bills in the 19th Congress, including the Magna Carta for MSMEs; Amendments of the Philippine Ports Authority Charter; Open Access in Data Transmission Act; International Maritime Trade Competitiveness Act; National Quality Infrastructure and Other Agriculture-related bills.  Continue reading PHILEXPORT at the forefront for legislative agenda at the 19th Congress

International Certification is Key for greater Market Access

International Certification is key for Greater Market Access.  This was highlighted by DTI Trade Promotions Group Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman as he provided insights on what to expect for the Usapang Exports Day 1 morning session.  He emphasized that the session “aims to provide specific information on the importance of securing product certification, inspection and testing standards for market compliance” which will allow businesses to sell to targeted markets and remain competitive globally.

The esteemed speakers for this session are Ms. Jocelyn Diaz of TESTEX Swiss Textile-Testing Ltd. to discuss “The Role of OEKO-TEXT Certification & Labels in Modernization for Wearables, Leather, Footwear, Textile, and Garments” and Mr. Ryan August Gonzalez of SGS Philippines, Inc., to tackle “Global Reach, Local Touch for Wearables and Fashion Accessory, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Textile and Garments, Other Sectoral Industry and Green Initiatives and Sustainability”.
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SAVE THE DATE: National Export Congress 2021

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), Export Development Council (EDC) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) cordially invites all exporters, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), government policymakers, trade support institutions, the academe, and international organizations and other relevant stakeholders to save the date and participate in this year’s virtual National Export Congress (NEC) 2021 on 07 December 2021, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM via Zoom and other Social media platforms with the theme ” A.R.I.S.E. Exports: Accelerate Rebuilding, Innovation, Support, and Empowerment of Philippine Exports”. Continue reading SAVE THE DATE: National Export Congress 2021