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13 December 2017

By Efleda P. Campos / Senior Editor

Photos by Roy Domingo

Published also in Business Mirror

In Photo: Sisters Cherry and Pia Galang show visitors the bags and purses they design under the newly formed Piastorey brand.

TWENTY local companies, some already exporting their products and others still looking at shipping out their first orders, are currently participating in a bazaar in front of the Department of Trade and Industry Building along Gil J. Puyat Avenue in Makati City.

NELS + Cole owner Neliza de la Cruz shows visitors earrings, handcrafted bags, blouses, dresses and gowns designed by daughter Coleen.

The companies joined the bazaar organized by the DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau Employees’ Association (EMB-EA) as a side activity to support this year’s celebration of National Exporters Weeks held from December 4 to 8 at the DTI International offices in Makati.

The bazaar, which started on December 4 and ends on December 15, seeks to give the participants added exposure to the local market, said Franclem Peña, president of the EMB-EA.

Participating are Nutratech Biopharma Inc., AFMC Enterprises, Magical Blends, Gloanse Handicrafted Products, Glamorosa, Piastorey, Galo Organics and Naturals, Top Notch Apparel Corp., DTG Pearl Royale Jewelry Shop, Pasciolco Agriventures, Neli + Cole, Lancaster Colors International Inc., All in One Boutique, MH Food Corp., Happy Ice Cream, The Old Zaniga, Casa Classica, RCC Amazing Touch, Terry’s Shoes and MJ Pack Trading.

They are producers and sellers of health products, arts and crafts, Christmas and holiday decorations, garments, fashion accessories, processed food, gifts and houseware, home décors, kitchen and tableware, leather goods, linens and organic and natural products. Karen Fami, EMB-EA’s vice president for External Affairs, said her group has been organizing trade fairs and exhibitions supporting major DTI activities for the past seven years.

Pasciolco Agriventures is an exporter of locally made food prodcuts.

“This is our way of helping local manufacturers make domestic buyers aware of their products. We also assist them through seminars, workshops and personal advice to help their business take off,” she said.

Pia Galang, an events organizer counting DTI among her clients, just a month ago diversified into bag manufacturing and joined the fair to gain exposure in the domestic market. Along with her mother Theck and sisters Cherry and Charm, she formed Piastorey with the belief that every bag has its story, hence her business theme “Your Bag, Your Story.”

“My mother, my sisters and I decided to go into the bag-making business for the main reason that we love bags, and not only bags per se, but bags made by Filipinas in the Philippines,” she said.

“We take pride in the fact that our workers are elderly women living in Taguig. We help them earn, and they help us by making quality bags and purses,” she said. “We design our bags using local materials, but we also customize them, according to our customers’ specifications.”

Galo Organics and Naturals is an exporter of coconut-based food and health and beauty products.

Aside from bags and purses, Pia also creates bracelets that she herself designs.

She said they only planned to exhibit during the first week because they are very new in the business, but Fami, convinced her and her family to return for a second week because of the many inquiries received regarding their products.

Occupying the stall next to Piastorey is the mother-and-daughter team of Nels + Cole. Daughter Coleen de la Cruz designs their one-of-a-kind creations, which mother Neliza sells proudly, always pointing out the styles are made by her daughter. Included in their merchandise are earrings, bags made of twisted t-shirt materials, blouses, gowns and casual dresses.

Situated prominently at the entrance of the DTI International Building is Magical Blends Marketing International, selling healthy and delicious natural juices and coffee. Owned by its president, Tirsa L. Macinas, the company sells herbal coffee and juices, green tea with carnitine, red-tea mangosteen wellness juice and guyabano herbal juice with collagen. It has clients based abroad and has a wellness shop in Taguig.

The exhibitors also include a health-service provider, Amazing Touch, owned by Filipino inventor Rolando C. de la Cruz.

Reneliza Francisco, a derm technologist, uses a patented natural herbal-cream preparation derived from cashew invented by de la Cruz to remove unwanted warts, moles, syringoma and other skin imperfections. She said many of their clients only require a single treatment to remove unsightly pigmentation, cutaneous growth and the like. While it is true that warts and the like can never be totally removed from one’s system, the treatment is topical and has minimal side effects.

Allan Fami, a grandmaster of local martial arts, also exhibited traditional weaponry through the Kalahi FMA Gear. Filipino martial arts is a combination of boxing, taekwondo, jujitsu, karate, judo and arnis. He showed an assortment of aluminum training knives, bolo, rubber weapons, arnis sticks, dulo-dulo, kamagong sticks, and polymer training weapons.

Fami willingly conducted demonstrations on the use of the weapons on display, adding these were mostly for self-defense.

13 December 2017

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THE government of New South Wales (NSW) expressed its confidence in the Philippine  economy and wants to explore strengthened trade and investment cooperation ties between the two countries.

In a meeting with Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez on December 7, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian conveyed her government’s intention to enhance their country’s relationship with the Philippines.

A state located on the east coast of Australia, NSW imports telecommunication equipment and parts, passenger motor vehicles, medicaments, refined petroleum and computers.

“We welcome Australian investors and businesses that will help us uplift the lives of those at bottom of the pyramid and enable the Philippines to contribute in the global value chain. New South Wales has expressed strong confidence in our economy and the business-environment stability under the Duterte administration and wish to partner with us,” Lopez said.

The trade chief highlighted the growing manufacturing sector and encouraged NSW to partner with the Philippines in research and development. The trade chief also shared the Philippine government’s initiatives in streamlining and automating services to improve doing business in the country.

“We will continue to work on opening areas of investment and increase employment and business opportunities for all Filipinos,” Lopez said.

Meanwhile, Berejiklian said many Australian businesses, especially in the information and communication technology  sector, are attracted to the Philippines’s encouraging economic state and enormous potential. Apart from the impressive 6.9-percent GDP growth, the NSW premier highlighted the good traits of Filipino workers and the work culture they have.

With infrastructure-related construction as one of the priority areas for the expansion of NSW, Berejiklian also opened the discussion on a possible partnership through the sharing of expertise and technological know-how in the industry.

The Philippines has benefited from globalization, in particular from the World Trade Organization (WTO). We have been growing at the fastest rate for the past five years, and globally linked, modern sectors, such as business-process outsourcings and information technology-enabled services, semiconductors and electronics, parts manufacturing for GVCs in auto and aerospace and shipbuilding (among others) have been major contributors.

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.

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.

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.

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