• Filipino Women in Global Business : Maria Cristina  Coronel of Pointwest

      By Abigael Mei Yaokana / Office of the Director, DTI-EMB “LEAD, Excel and Innovate” are the core values of Pointwest Technologies Corp., a proudly 100-percent Filipino-owned company. Maria Cristina  Coronel, president and CEO, cofounded the company with just nine employees. “My goal was to put the Philippines on the global map as a top destination for information-technology and business-process outsourcing [IT-BPO].” Coronel seeks the opportunity to establish the company during an influx of foreign investment in global- sourcing services in 2003, the same year when we witnessed the sudden boom of the call-center industry in the country. The company has expanded in different market circles, with Health Information Management (HIM) as their leading sector. “This sector had a high-growth...

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    • DTI-EMB pushes promotion of PHL construction services

      Part Three To support its services, it provides export assistance, business matching, coffee accreditation and export documentation; handles trade complaints through its Export Trade Complaints Committee; and provides market and product consultancy, and export and import statistics. Its four major programs are the Philippine Export Competitiveness Program, Doing Business in Free Trade Areas/Doing Business with the EU Using GSP+, the Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (Ripples), and the Halal Export Industry Development and Promotion Program. Regional interactive platform for Philippine exporters RIPPLES is designed for would-be Philippine exporters to make them export-ready.  Ripples is under the 2015-2017 Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP).  Memorandum Circular 91, or...

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    • Northbound policy

      By Benedict M. Uy / Director of Commercial Affairs, Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei Foreign Trade Service Cops-DTI Part Two TAIWAN boasts of a rich culture and colorful history. Its unique political situation and less than abundant natural resources have pushed the Taiwanese to stand up for themselves with so much determination, propelling them to become one of the world’s most successful economies and vibrant democracies today. Their enterprising Chinese heritage, infrastructure and technology dividends from more than 50 years of Japanese colonial rule, and the Taiwanese’s grit to develop knowledge and to carve their own bright spot under the sun have brought about the Taiwan economic miracle. In the 1970s Taiwan became a leader in light manufacturing. She then slowly...

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    • ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations on ASEAN 2017 Inclusive Business Awards

      The ASEAN Inclusive Business Awards will be the first search in the region to recognize innovative businesses creating social impact. We are looking for companies that provide income opportunities to people at the base of the pyramid (BoP) by making them part of the companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, employees or customers.   To qualify for the Inclusive Business Awards, the company should meet the following criteria: Be headquartered in an ASEAN country, with commercial and/ or operational presence in ASEAN; Be organized as a private for-profit enterprise; Have at least 40% of the company’s equity should be owned by ASEAN national/s; Be working with/ serving the BoP in the value chain – as suppliers, distributors/ retailers, employees and/ or customers – since on or...

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    • Market Development Update: Northbound Policy

      By Benedict M. Uy Director of Commercial Affairs, Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei Foreign Trade Service Cops-DTI Part One THE Philippine Foreign Trade Service Corps recently had its planning conference for the year 2017. All of the country’s commercial attachés were asked to report to the the Philippine capital to get much-needed interaction with key home-based officials and be updated with the current situations and policies, especially pertaining to trade, industry and the economy as a whole. Of course, it was also a chance for us to feast on local cuisine, and soak in the warmth of the sun and of our friends and colleagues. Visiting home also showed us how much our country has developed in the past years, but at the same time, reminded us here is still much work to be...

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