Regionalization of PEDP drew cooperation in Mindanao and Visayas
Export Development Council (EDC)
April 19, 2016

The DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) and Export Development Council (EDC) spearheaded the recently concluded regionalization of Philippine Export Development Plan 2015-2017 held in Davao City for Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, CARAGA and ARMM and in Cebu City for Regions 6, 7, 8 and NIR.

Commitments from the representative of the public sectors were enlisted to collectively work for the increase in exports for their respective regions. A representative from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 9 shared about the implementation of the Two-Tiered Wage System which aims to improve the coverage of minimum wages; promote worker and enterprise productivity and address the negative effects of minimum wage policies. To provide support to the Strategy 4 of the PEDP, DOLE indicated their programs such as JobStart Philippines that assist young Filipinos with career development pathways by creating opportunities to improve technical skills and the JobsFit which is their latest labor market study that gives emphasis in the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations of the key industries subjected to be the main source of employment growth in the country.?

In Cebu, Regional Director Efren Carreon of National Economic and Development Authority- Region 7 informed about the on-going infrastructure programs such as the expansion of Cebu airport and the construction of the new airport in Bohol. He also mentioned about the expansion of the Cebu International Port (CIP) that will give advantage to the exporters.?

Representative from the Department of Agriculture-Region 7 stated that there must be a development and expansion of intermediate products and production areas by coordinating with the LGUs and collaborating with private and public sectors.?

The Export Development Council shall monitor the abovementioned responses from the respective government agencies in pursuance to the Memorandum Circular No. 91. ?

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