DTI-IX has been designated as the Chair of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) SMED Cluster. The priority sectors that the cluster is promoting are Halal poultry, virgin coconut oil (VCO), seaweeds, palm oil, and ginger.

One-Town, One Product (OTOP-Philippines)
OTOP-Philippines is a priority program of the government to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs most especially in the countryside.
It provides a comprehensive package of assistance to qualified small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a convergence of services from the local government units, national government agencies (NGAs), and the private sector. These services include business counseling, training, product development, introduction of appropriate technologies, financing, and marketing.

In institutionalizing the program in Zamboanga Peninsula, five Provincial OTOP Teams were created to take the lead in developing and promoting the identified OTOPs at the provincial level - Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay - and in the two key cities – Zamboanga City and Isabela City.

There is also the Regional SME-Core Group, which strengthens and solidifies networking and coordination between and among line agencies mandated to promote and develop SMEs as well as to provide the necessary assistance and resources to cater their needs.

The Provincial OTOPs in Region 9 are seaweeds for Zamboanga City, rubber for Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and  Isabela City, and bottled sardines for Zamboanga del Norte.

Seaweeds being the most abundant raw material and marine resource in the region, has been identified as the Regional OTOP for Zamboanga Peninsula benefiting approximately 26,655 seaweed farmers regionwide.

At present, there are already 72 products identified as OTOP in all the Region's municipalities/cities.

National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (NERBAC)
The NERBAC was conceptualized to provide an environment conducive to business, with the following objectives:
  • To expedite the processing of business licensing and registration;
  • To establish a system that would assist investors in accomplishing the needed documents and requirements; and
  • To establish an information system that would provide reliable and accurate data to investors and other clients of the center.
As mandated by Republic Act (RA) 7470, NERBAC-9 provides a single window for express licensing and registration, knowledge management, and investment promotion.   

NERBAC in Zamboanga City was launched on 30 June 2008.  It involves the strong participation of City Government of Zamboanga, DTI, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and Social Security System (SSS). 

3/F VHW Building, Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City
Telefax: (+63262) 990.2177

Export Pathways Program (EPP)-Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exports (RIPPLES)

EPP-RIPPLES was conceptualized to serve as an enabling tool to promote the development of export.  The program, which was piloted by DTI-Region 10 was launched on 28-29 May 2008 in Davao City.  The EPP Framework is client-focused approach in developing a potential SME to become an exporter.  There are six stages involved: start-up, export awareness, export readiness, market readiness, market entry, and export sustainability.  Support measures and interventions are provided depending on the needs and requirements of the clients.

Meanwhile, the RIPPLES  is a program designed to increase the share of Philippine exports in the international market.  The RIPPLES supports the EPP.

The EPP roll-out in the Region started in Zamboanga City. From 57 in February 2009, there are now 112 firms enrolled in various stages in the EPP program. Out of these, three have already graduated to stage 6 as exporters.

The enrollees are from the processed food, processed fish, handicraft, agri-products, processed fruit, mining, fashion accessories, fine jewelry, rubber, fresh fish, bamboo furniture, gift and housewares, handwoven, leathercraft, and trading sectors.

On 23 December 2005, the President issued Memorandum Order 201 directing six government agencies - Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and DTI as the lead agency - to harmonize its initiatives to comply with international Halal Standards leading to the development of the Halal export trade for the Philippines.  While the emphasis is on export, this directive addresses at the same time the lifetime concern of Muslims – availability of Halal food where ever they go. 

One of the most important projects undertaken by the six agencies, in close coordination with the country's Ulama, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government, science and technology experts, the academe, and private organizations, was the crafting of the general guidelines on the production, processing, labeling and packaging, and handling of Halal food.  This was promulgated into what is known now as the Philippine National Standards (PNS) 2067:2008 or the Halal Food General Guidelines.

For its part, the DTI launched a Halal advocacy program directed at the food manufacturers, hotel and restaurant operators, food service providers, retailers, and the consumers.

Three major Halal advocacy projects:
  1. The Halal Consumer Advocacy Program - designed to create awareness among consumers both Muslims and non-Muslims, and aimed at protecting the interest and promoting the welfare of the Muslim consumers, and in the process, building a domestic demand for Halal Products to benefit small enterprises who might not be able yet to penetrate the international market
  2. The Halal Product Retail Merchandising Seminar - directed at interested retail outlets such as supermarkets, encouraging them to set up a Halal Product section or Halal Commodity Lane to serve the needs of the Halal consumers and at the same time an outlet for the Halal products of small entrepreneurs
  3. The Orientation Seminar on Halal Certification - conducted specifically for food manufacturers, hotel and restaurant operators, and other food service providers who might be interested to diversify into Halal Production and explore an alternative but huge and fast growing Halal market

FTL Enforcement
As of 2009, about 2,510 firms in the region were monitored for compliance to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7581 or the Price Act, RA 71 or the Price Tag Law , Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 09, s.2002 or the Shelf Pricing , and RA 3740 and Article 77 of RA 7394 or Labeling. There were also about 138 Service and Repair Establishments that were monitored in compliance to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1572 or the Law on Accreditation of Service and Repair Shop, 17 Emission Testing Centers in compliance to DAO No. 03, s.2002 or the PETC Accreditation, and 475 Business Establishments in compliance to DAO No. 02, s.2002 and RA 4109 or the Law on Product Standards.

ISO 9001 is an international standard on Quality Management System (QMS) now being adopted by DTI-Regional Operations and Development Group (RODG).  The ISO 9001, s.2008 is the latest edition of this International Standard. This standard promoted the adoption of a process approach when developing, implementing, and improving the effectiveness of an organization's QMS.  Its primary purpose is to enhance customer satisfaction by meeting customer requirements. 

ISO related activities have been undertaken in the region so that by June 2010, DTI-Region 9 would be ISO 9001:2008-certified.
Monday, April 21, 2014 6:06PM GMT+8

Need Help?

DTI Call Center

(+632) 751.3330

(+63917) 834.3330

MSME Assistance


Export Assistance

(+632) 465.3300

Investment Assistance

(+632) 895.8322

Office Hours : (GMT+8) 8:00AM - 5:00PM Monday to Friday

Copyright © 2008 Department of Trade and Industry. All Rights Reserved.
Unique page views  8098