LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Los Angeles and in partnership with the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI), the largest organization of foreign and Filipino electronics companies in the Philippines, presented the Philippine electronics sector’s capabilities during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 on 7-10 January 2020.

The show is considered as the global stage for next-generation technologies which include Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, health and wellness, and entertainment content, among others.

The electronics industry mission in the U.S. is a collaboration of SEIPI and the electronics industry players in the Philippines, the PTIC in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), with participation from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA).

The Philippine Electronics Industry seminar and networking forum on January 8 and the country presentation during the World Electronics Forum on January 9 were among the mission’s important highlights. The mission also included individual client meetings, business forums, networking activities, meeting with government agencies, as well as company and facility visits in Silicon Valley, California.

“What we envision is to come up with new products, services, and business models in electronics, aerospace, IT-BPM, chemicals, and agri-business which are the priority sectors of the Philippines,” DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba, who led the Philippine delegation, shared.

 In addition to Philippine government agencies, the business delegation was composed of SEIPI, Airfreight 2100, LGC Logistics Inc, Susumi Philippine Logistics Inc., Macro Wiring Technologies Co. Inc, Airspeed Logistics, De La Salle University, IONICS EMS Inc., MERALCO (Manila Electric Company), Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), and PLDT Inc.

“The Philippine electronics industry stands to leverage on the opportunities being showcased in this event. We have a strong trade relationship with the U.S, as the Philippines is a significant part of the product supply in the global electronics market. Our industry offers full turnkey services from procurement to assembly, and is supported by a dexterity in supply chain management.  We have excellent quality management programs with a full range of certification in global quality standards.  We are delighted to present our seasoned engineering talent with highly skilled individuals who are productive, responsive and proficient in English,” said SEIPI President Dr. Dan Lachica. 

DTI is doing its part in improving the overall climate for export development. Moreover, the agency continuously strengthens existing prospective opportunities from trading arrangements, such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) with the U.S.  Trade deals like the GSP are part of the DTI’s comprehensive support to strengthen industries and create more jobs and employment opportunities for Filipinos.♦

by PTIC Los Angeles Trade Commissioner Eric Elnar

Date of Release: 28 January 2020