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06 December 2017

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THE Top Sectoral Export Award for Electronics is conferred on Texas Instruments Philippines Inc. (TI Philippines Inc.) represented by TI Philippines Inc. Director for Finance Andrew Wheeler (third from left) and TI Philippines Inc. Director for Human Resources Kristine Mangaliag (fourth from left). They are flanked by (from left): Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) Director Senen M. Perlada; Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada; DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado; and PhilExport President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr.

THE Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) on Tuesday awarded Philippine companies for their outstanding export performance during the National Exporters’ Congress (NEC) held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Honored for Top Sectoral Award were Texas Instruments Philippines Inc. (Electronics), Pilipinas Kao Inc. (Chemicals), Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp. (Other Mineral Products), Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Group (Machinery and Transport Equipment), Shin-Etsu Magnetics Philippines Inc. (Electronic Equipment and Other Parts), House Technology Industries PTE Ltd. (Woodcraft and Furniture), Nestle Philippines Inc. (Processed Food and Beverages), Dole Philippines (Fresh Bananas), Takata Philippines Corp. (Metal Components), Pilipinas Kyohritsu Inc. (Ignition Wiring Sets), Cargill Oil Mills Philippines Inc. (Coconut Oil) and Metro Wear Inc. (Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories).

Three of the awardees—Texas Instruments, Pilipinas Kao and Metro Wear—were conferred the Hall of Fame Award for posting the highest export revenues for the past three years in their respective sectors.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority  in 2016 served as the basis for giving the awards to the companies.

Also recognized were three regional exporters—one each from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao—who stood out for their remarkable international success in penetrating global markets and have shown strong commitment to national growth and economic development through competitive Philippine exports. The Most Outstanding Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (Ripples) Plus Award was given to Peter Paul Philippines Corp., Profood International Corp. and Philbest Canning Corp.

Excellence Awards for Services Exports was also conferred to services companies recognized to have shown exemplary contribution to the industry and exhibited excellence in their respective fields. Also awarded were those that started small, but were able to excel in overseas-market penetration and have executed outstanding performance and contribution as an industry player to the sector as manifested through a selection criterion and nominated by the industry and association.

Awardees were Advanced World Solution Inc. Information-Technology-BPM, Affinity Express Philippines Inc. (Creative Services), Artworks Aviation Academy (Education Services), ExlService Philippines Inc. (Health Information Management) and Potato Corner (Franchising Services).

The triple awarding served as the highlight of the weeklong celebration of National Exporters’ Week (NEW), a yearly event held during the first week of December organized jointly by the DTI-EMB, the Export Development Council (EDC) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport).

This year’s celebration centered on the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Export!” The NEC was attended by over 700 exporters and representatives from business-support organizations, government agencies and the academe participated. The event was opened in the morning with a showcase of a total of 29 Philippine government agencies and exporters as export enablers and stakeholders.

This was followed by Usapang Exports, an information session about “Boosting Philippine Exports through Innovation and Collaboration.” The session focused on the following topics: “Promoting Exports through Outbound Business Matching Missions,” “Foreign Trade Service Corp Overview of Services” and “Economic Achievements and Key Outcomes of the Philippine Asean Chairmanship 2017.”

Also discussed were “Enhanced Training Programs for Exporters” and “Start up in the Philippines, Scale up to the World.” This was followed by panel discussions in the afternoon with timely subjects on “Expanding the Global Market through Innovation” and “Addressing Industry Challenges through Collaboration.” The discussions covered topics, including accessing markets, innovation road map and bill and other support services provided by both the public and the private sectors.

Through these activities of the NEW, the DTI-EMB aims to continue to strengthen its program offerings and services by reaching out to more exporters across the country. “With this annual NEW celebration, we seek more initiatives and discussions on how we can further help the sector,” DTI-EMB Director Senen M. Perlada said.

Also part of the celebration is the ongoing NEW Bazaar, a retail-selling event of  Philippine products from the country’s direct and indirect manufacturers, which started on December 4.  About 20 exhibitors are participating by selling their products and services, ranging from fashion accessories to food products in the DTI International Building along Gil J. Puyat Avenue in Makati City.

Unlike previous years, the bazaar is running for two weeks this year or until December 15 except on weekends.  The bazaar was organized by the DTI-EMB, in cooperation with the EMB Employees’ Association.

04 December 2017

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), in collaboration with the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) and Export Development Council (EDC), has lined up activities in celebration of the National Exporters' Week (NEW) on 01-07 December 2017 with the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Export!” The NEW is an annual event as stipulated under Presidential Proclamation 931, series of 1996 and House Resolution 33, declaring the first week of December as Exporters’ Week. It targets to obtain the full commitment of the government and the private sector to continuously work together to sustain and maintain export promotion and development.

The celebration starts with the opening of the NEW Bazaar at the DTI International Building, along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. It will run from 04 to 15 December, except on weekends. On the same day, the Philexport will hold its Regional Consultation at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino in Ermita, Manila.

On 05 December 2017, over 700 delegates including exporters, business support organizations, policy makers, and academe will convene at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay Manila for the annual National Export Congress (NEC). This year’s NEC, the highlight of the NEW celebration, aims to promote a business environment that will inspire exporters to do more innovation and collaboration to reinforce their entrepreneurial capabilities.

“With the rise of changing global economies and various technological advancements, more than ever, exporters face tremendous challenges in various fronts. Hence, the Philippine export community is aggressively gearing up to hold the NEC. The community expects to mark another milestone for Filipino exporters,” EMB Director Senen M. Perlada said.

Also part of the week-long NEW celebration is the conduct of Usapang Exports, an information session under the DTI-EMB’s Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP), at St. Giles Hotel in Makati City on 06 December.

On 07 December, an informative seminar on the basics of exporting will be held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City.

Earlier, DTI-EMB held the first two runs of Usapang Exports in Cebu on 21 November and in Davao on 23 November.

24 October 2017

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LOCAL exporters are invited to showcase the country’s premium export-food products in the North American region as part of the Food Philippines delegation to the 43rd edition of Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) from January 21 to 23, 2018, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA.

Led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), the Food Philippines participation next year seeks to expand the country’s market foothold in the North American mainstream market by tapping the increasing demand for specialty food products in the United States.

“WFFS is one of the major trade fairs in the US where exporters in the Philippines can showcase their unique specialty-food products and cater to the growing health-conscious consumers in the west,” Citem Executive Director Clayton Tugonon said.

Food companies that will be part of the Philippine delegation can take advantage of the business-matching activities with international buyers in WFFS 2018. Their market representatives can also participate in Citem-led export-capability program to equip them with relevant knowledge on the market trends and requirements in North America.

Organized by the Specialty Food Association, the WFFS is the US West Coast’s largest annual trade show devoted exclusively to specialty food and beverages. The event features close to 1,500 exhibitors and showcases more than 80,000 different specialty food and beverages across the globe.

Specialty foods are defined as products of the highest grade, style and quality. Their special nature is derived through the following qualities: uniqueness, origin, processing method, design, supply limit, packaging and channel of distribution.

To a high-quality product exhibit, Citem is tapping local manufacturers and exporters compliant with US’s international safety and quality regulations and requirements, such as the United States Department of Agriculture Organic, US Food and Drug Administration and other certifications.

In its participation in WFFS 2017, 20 local companies under Food Philippines secured a total of $48.73 million negotiated sales in 463 inquiries from trade buyers. With an initial target of $47 million, the country’s delegation recorded its highest sales in its four years of participation in the WFFS.

Among the country’s best-selling items in its previous participation are premium rice and tuna. The country’s corn snacks also garnered positive reception for its crunchier, tastier and bigger servings, compared to those from other countries. Other top Philippine products include banana chips, nuts, coconut products and other tropical fruits.

The US is one of the largest foreign investors in the Philippines and the country’s third-largest trading partner. The Philippines has been among the largest beneficiaries of the US’s Generalized System of Preferences scheme for developing countries, which provides preferential duty-free access to the US market.

Food Philippines’s participation in the WFFS 2018 is organized by Citem, in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as one of the Department of Trade and Industry’s major efforts to intensify the promotion of Philippine specialty food products in overseas trade shows.

Citem is committed to developing, nurturing and promoting globally competitive small and medium enterprises, exporters, designers and manufacturers by implementing an integrated approach to export marketing in partnership with other government and private entities.

By Golda Kristy Tabid-Grospe / Market Innovation Division / DTI-Export Marketing Bureau

31 October 2017

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In Photo: The Philippine delegation with Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau.

THE Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is all set to conduct the Philippine Trade and Innovation Exploratory Mission to Israel from November 5 to 14.

The trade mission aims to explore prospects for Filipino exporters of food, electronics, semiconductors and information and communications technology, as well as learn from Israel’s innovation ecosystem.

Israel registered as the Philippines’s 36th-largest-export partner with a total value of $57.14 million in 2016, according to Tradeline Philippines. It was a significant jump from its 45th rank in 2015 valued at $46.23 million.

The DTI-EMB is expecting more business and investment opportunities for Filipino enterprises to open as a result of the trade mission, paving the way for further growth in Philippine exports to Israel and greater cooperation between the two countries.

The highlights of the travel itinerary are the country presentations and business-matching sessions with the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, Haifa Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce.

At least 10 companies and business organizations are participating in the trade mission, including the Israel Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc.

Assistant Secretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba of the DTI Industry Development and Trade Policy Group, Assistant Director Agnes Perpertua R. Legaspi of DTI-EMB and Division Chief Rafaelita C. Castro of DTI-EMB Market Innovation Division will lead the Philippine delegation.

The Philippine Trade and Innovation Exploratory Mission to Israel is supported by the Embassy of the Philippines in Tel Aviv and the Embassy of Israel in Manila.

24 October 2017

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ZAMBOANGA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officially launched Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) on October 6 in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

During the event, the country’s trade chief called on local entrepreneurs to maximize the use of government programs to create businesses and gain employment to empower themselves.

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez highlighted the government’s initiatives to extend to all Filipinos the benefits of the current Philippine economic growth by strengthening the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), creating robust industries and boosting investments. These, in turn, will lead to job generation and sustained entrepreneurial revolution, according to him.

“TNK’s goal is to create a culture of Filipinos who are success-driven, independent and know how to appreciate the value put on one’s work. The core of the program is to empower the bottom of the pyramid to empower the nation,” he said.

The business confidence index of the Philippines is at 38 percent, which has an impact on various industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and export, he said.

The DTI is currently using the 7Ms of Successful Entrepreneurs framework (mindset, mastery, mentoring, money, machine, market and models) as a strategic approach to empower entrepreneurs and encourage Filipinos to start their own businesses, thus helping them improve the quality of life.

Apart from national and international trade fairs, there are partnerships with premier malls, shopping destinations, as well as airports to enhance market access for local entrepreneurs through the Go Lokal! stores and other pasalubong centers.

These Go Lokal! stores and pasalubong centers serve as incubation stores for MSMEs where their products gain public exposure for free before they enter bigger markets.

MSMEs were also encouraged to utilize the government’s business-expansion program through the Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or the P3 program, which offers low-interest financial assistance via recognized microfinancing institutions.

The trade chief called on officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units to provide spaces in their respective public markets for MSME products and entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, at the sidelines of the TNK launch, Lopez also attended the Zamboanga Peninsula Investment Conference, wherein he encouraged stakeholders to continue partnering with the government in raising the investment profile of the region and improving the investment climate.

“We can address inequality and reduce poverty by implementing programs that sustainably create jobs and increase incomes through exports and investments, as well as through smart, innovation-led entrepreneurship,” he said.

Also at the event were Trade Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba, Labor Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod, Small Business Corp. President Maria Luna Cacanando, as well as Zamboanga Sibugay Gov. Wilter Yap Palma, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, Rep. Celso Lobregat of the First District of Zamboanga and Rep. Manuel Jose Dalipe of the Second District of Zamboanga.

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