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The Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP), a major program of the DTI-EMB, seeks to bolster the competitive stance of local manufacturers through seminars, information sessions  and similar activities that give them insight into global standards on production, innovation and exports.

Mainly held in the government agency’s headquarters on Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City, the sessions covered various topics that sought to give domestic manufacturers, including exporters and potential exporters, academe, officials from local government units and agencies, and other business sectors a better perspective on how to break into the overseas markets.

The lone visit done by a PECP resource team outside the National Capital Region was conducted on March 17 in Cebu. The information seminar covered topics including organic certification, the Philippine halal certification process, updates on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and financing.

The 13 information sessions conducted by the PECP during the January-to-June period were attended by 757 people.

The information sessions presented an overview of export procedures, the terminal appointment booking system, updates on FDA regulations, organic certification, the Philippine halal certification process, financing programs available and services provided by the Department of Science and Technology.

Other sessions included discussions of services conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and  Aquatic Resources on both municipal and commercial fishers, with food becoming an ever-bigger part of the country’s exports; global consumer trends; drivers of future export competitiveness; organic certification and potential for export; labeling requirements for food products to Europe; protection of brand names in export markets.

Organic certification and potential for export; drivers of future export competitiveness /2016 global consumer trends; organic certification; Philippine halal certification process; update on fda; financing; labelling requirements for food products to europe (food divison); protection of brand – ip abroad; effects of intellectual property infringement to services and goods exports; non-tariff measures and its impact to Philippine exporters standards as tool to market access;

Competitiveness in global market; testimonial from private sector on compliance to international standards; Philippine e-commerce roadmap 2016-2020; beginnner’s guide to high-impact digital presence: digital marketing and search-engine optimization; sharing insights on accessing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia market for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products (food division); and marine and aquaculture stewardship council certification requirements and compliance. □



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