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President Marcos inks Tatak Pinoy Act

The Tatak Pinoy (TP), also known as the Proudly Filipino Act (RA 11981), was signed into law by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. (PBBM) on 26 February 2024. The act mandates the formulation, funding implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of a comprehensive multi-year Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Filipino) strategy establishing a Tatak Pinoy Council (TPC).

In his speech, PBBM emphasized that the TP is an exercise to patronize local products and carry out the “Made in the Philippines” trademark.

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DOLE Gears Fund on Workers’ Skills Upgrade Projects 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gears to grant funds to enterprises focused on upskilling their workers’ capabilities.

Relative to this DOLE, under the leadership of Sec. Bienvenido Laguesma issued Department Order 241, Series of 2024, the “Implementing Guidelines of the DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-AMP) for Workers and Enterprises”. The program aims to boost human resources and achieve decent and sustainable work, benefitting workers’ productivity with improved and upgraded skills. Also, it financially supports enterprises that are up to reskill and upskill their employees to make them agile. Continue reading DOLE Gears Fund on Workers’ Skills Upgrade Projects 

DTI reconfigures export sectors into Industry Clusters 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) new Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual presented the DTI’s ten strategic priorities during the second cabinet meeting on 12 July 2022, presided by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.

Among the strategic priorities is the reconfiguration of the export sector into industry clusters, with a focus on the following: (1) Industrial, Manufacturing, and Transport (IMT) which encompasses aerospace (aircraft interiors; maintenance, repair, and overhaul), automotive (electric vehicles), semiconductors; (2) Technology, Media, and Telecommunication (TMT), that covers digitalization services, IT-BPM, artificial intelligence and data analytics, cybersecurity, hyper-scale data centers, creative industries; (3) and Health and Life Science (HLS), for biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare services.  Continue reading DTI reconfigures export sectors into Industry Clusters 

Free Pesticide Residue Analysis test for agricultural export products reinstated by DA

Secretary of Agriculture William Dar directed the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and its satellite laboratories to reinstated the free Pesticide Residue Analysis (PRA) tests to duly accredited exporters and farmers in order to boost the country’s agricultural exports.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) released Administrative Order No. 11, discontinuing the charging of fees for all fresh and primary processed fruits and vegetables for export. This came about as the result of an appeal to the DA and BPI made by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and the Philippine Food Exporters (PHILFOODEX), led by EDC Vice Chair Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. and EDC Agriculture Sector Representative Roberto Amores. Continue reading Free Pesticide Residue Analysis test for agricultural export products reinstated by DA

TIEZA promotes the online release of the Travel Tax Exemption Certificate

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) promotes the online release of the  Travel Tax Exemption Certificate (TEC). This initiative makes it easier for the traveling exporter to get their TEC online.

Once TIEZA approves the online application, exporters can print the TEC at the convenience of their home or office.  The following requirements are to be observed by exporters in applying for the online release of TEC:

1. 2×2 ID Picture (taken within the last six months in JPEG format)
2. Passport Identification and Signature page
3. Airline Ticket or Confirmed Flight Booking
4. Endorsement from the EDC (Approved travel tax exemption application form)  Continue reading TIEZA promotes the online release of the Travel Tax Exemption Certificate

First virtual National Export Congress 2020 highlights digitalization to invigorate export 

The first virtual National Export Congress (NEC) 2020 underscores “Digitalization Boost: Invigorating Exports in the New Normal” as its theme this year. The recently concluded event was a success with a broader audience reach nationwide, having participated virtually by over a thousand participants via Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube on 03 December 2020.

The NEC is the highlight event of the National Exporters Week (NEW).  Every first week of December is the annual celebration of the NEW per Presidential Proclamation No. 9931, s. 1996 and House Resolution No. 33. It highlights the government and private sectors’ commitment to continuously work together to sustain export promotion and development, especially in this most trying time of the pandemic.
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SheTrades Hub launch empowers PH women entrepreneurs to go global

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) virtually launched the first-ever SheTrades hub in Asia held on 03 December 2020.  The Shetrades hub seeks to connect three million PH women entrepreneurs to the global market by 2021 and provide women entrepreneurs and women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises worldwide with a unique network and platform to connect to the global markets.

The Hub launch in the Philippines aims to bolster Filipino women’s international competitiveness in businesses in the country. It also seeks to provide members with the support to tap into regional and global value chains and expand trade and investment opportunities for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).  DTI-EMB Assistant Director Agnes Legaspi hopes that with this collaboration, the Philippines will contribute to the SheTrades’ 2021 goal with the Pinay-owned businesses at the forefront. Continue reading SheTrades Hub launch empowers PH women entrepreneurs to go global

Not to miss the 1st virtual National Export Congress 2020

Given the pandemic that affected the whole world with the overwhelming health crisis that brought risk to people’s lives and businesses, the government and the private sector was pushed to pursue innovation and digitalization programs.

We innovate to transform and shift to digital. Join us as we celebrate the 25th week-long celebration of the National Exporters Week highlighted by the National Export Congress 2020 via zoom platform with the theme “Digitalization Boost: Invigorating Exports in the “New Normal”.

Exporters and other stakeholders are enjoined to register for the National Export Congress 2020 at The Congress will feature new business models and strategies to help exporters cope and grow through technology and innovation to invigorate exports in the New Normal. See you virtually!

Digital transformation highlighted in this year’s National Export Congress

“Driving Exports Through Digital Transformation” was this years’ theme for the annual National Export Congress which was successfully conducted last 06 December 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center. The theme focused on technology and innovation initiatives to grow exports and promote collaboration between and among the government, industry and academe as a critical element in improving the country’s economy.

The Congress tackled timely and relevant issues on what policies can the government develop to cope up with the demand and rigors of converting the country’s international trade agenda into the digital era.  It also tackled how businesses, especially the export sector, could equip themselves and properly respond to the fast-changing technological revolution that is dominating and shaping today’s global trade.

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, in his keynote speech, revealed that the department has called for a P25 billion to P30 billion budget for the export sector over a three-year period as government moves to provide all-out support for the export sector through incentives under the Strategic Investment Priorities Plan (SIPP), implementation of standards and safeguard measures to strengthen domestic manufacturing, reduced trade barriers, and fund mobilization, including soft loans. The Trade Chief added that such a move will not only bolster the country’s economic growth but will address our trade deficit, generate more jobs and employment and income opportunities for Filipinos.

On the other hand, PHILEXPORT President, Mr. Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr, emphasized the need for the country’s MSMEs to level up their operations and improve their business processes and efficiencies as the economy moves towards emerging opportunities in the age of digitalization.

Moreover, the NEC also gave due recognition and acknowledgment to twenty-one (21) Top Filipino exporters of 2018. They were given recognition based on their track record, excellence and innovation in the delivery of goods and services. Their fortitude and determination to achieve success in producing globally competitive products has greatly contributed to the country’s export revenue.

The awards were presented and handed out by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, PHILEXPORT President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman, and DTI-EMB Director, Senen M. Perlada.

The NEC is the culminating event of the National Exporters Week (NEW). Every first week of December is the annual celebration of the NEW per Presidential Proclamation No. 9931, s. 1996 and House Resolution No. 33. It highlights the government and private sectors’ commitment to continuously work together to sustain export promotion and development.-GTM

PTTC: New hub for MSME Academy

The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) recently embraced its new role as the hub for Filipino innovators to produce “smarter” entrepreneurs through the soft launch of the Philippine Global MSME Academy. Moreover, a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between and among multi-stakeholder collaborators including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and PTTC, Lead-More Development Inc., and other industry partners for the Integrated Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) project was also done on 27 February 2019.

The PTTC’s new brand as the home to the Philippines’ Global MSMEs Academy (GMEA) will have a bigger role in developing the country’s entrepreneurship programs as well as honing the skills of the country’s entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. The GMEA aims to promote more “globally competitive MSMEs that are regionally integrated, resilient, sustainable and innovative, thereby performing as key drivers of inclusive Philippine economic growth”.

For its part in the GMEA, PTTC has aligned its Entrepreneurship training programs for the youth, women and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in tandem with other institutions providing capacity building programs for the said sectors.

Meanwhile, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said he wants to transform the country’s MSMEs from mere buy and sell traders into innovators who can come up with new products and services that will address local as well as regional and even global needs. The GMEA, he claimed will be the innovation centers and local hubs where aspiring and established entrepreneurs can learn from mentors and seek financing for their businesses. He added that DTI will team up with agencies like DepEd to strengthen the curriculum of elementary and high school students to reinforce science, technology and entrepreneurship and TESDA to develop more skills training for students.

On the other hand, the PTTC was also made the home and administrator of the ASEAN SME Academy, thereby making the Philippines as the first country to become the administrator of the ASEAN SME Academy through the Department of Trade and Industry. As the new academy administrator, the PTTC shall facilitate online forums that will link MSMEs in the Philippines to SMEs in Southeast Asia to share experiences on common issues in business and trade, identify best practices, and benchmark in the best practices of ASEAN member economies.

Further, the ASEAN SME Academy is a one-stop multi-platform online learning and information resource for Southeast Asian SMEs with support from USAID, ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSME and the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC).

At present, there are 50 training courses on finance and accounting management, marketing, operation, technology, and trade and logistics from Fortune 500 companies and members of the US-ABC for Competitive SMEs are being offered.  In addition, the Academy contains around 350 relevant links to business information and access to directory of service providers to whom SMEs can reach out for financial advice, corporate programs and networking.