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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao Region recently conducted provincial roadshows in its bid to help local government units (LGUs) improve their competitiveness to secure more investments.

During the provincial roadshows, the agency, particularly its Regional Industry Development Division, discussed the compliance rating of every LGU in adopting the 2016 Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) standards as well as their overall competitiveness performance in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) rankings with the implementation of competitiveness enhancement support programs being delivered by DTI 11.

The roadshows, which were conducted in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Occidental, were participated by the provinces’ respective local chief executives (LCEs), business permit and licensing officers (BPLOs), local economic and investment promotion officers (LEIPOs), city/municipality treasurer officers (C/MTOs), city/municipal local government operations officers (C/MLGOOs), and other local officials involved in the whole business registration process. Representatives from private sector likewise attended.

Apart from the provincial roadshows, a regional activity was also done in collaboration with the Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites in Davao City to further strengthen the drive to produce more competitive LGUs.

The one-day activity presented the updates on the CMCI project, in which several revisions of its sub-indicators will be made this year. The said indicators, will still, however, capture its four key pillars, namely, government efficiency, infrastructure, economic dynamism, and resiliency.

Moreover, the revision aims to further align the CMCI with the Global Competitiveness Index Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which recently reported, Philippines ranking 56th (2017) from 85th (2010) out of 139 economies.

DTI 11 Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi explained that in the BPLS streamlining project, the LGUs’ reform implementation were assessed through the conduct of field monitoring and evaluation survey, targeting business owners who applied or renewed their business permits as respondents.

The 2017 survey results showed that the region is 96.7 percent compliant for new applications, and 94.8 percent for renewal. This is in terms of issuing the business permits within one to two days upon receipt of the application form with the pre-required documents.
On the other hand, 71.5 percent of the LGUs are compliant in delivering the business registration process within three steps for the new applications, and 70.6 percent for the renewal applications. However, some LGUs (28.5 percent for new applications and 29.4 percent for renewal) were reported to be delivering the said service within four steps.

Ambi noted that improvements due to the implementation of these competitiveness-related reforms have positively affected the country’s global standing.

In the Doing Business Report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Philippines ranked 113th out of 190 economies in 2018, which rose 35 notches from 148th in 2010. This report captures important dimensions of the regulatory environment, such as, starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.

With the support of the private sector, partner agencies, and initiatives by the LGUs themselves, DTI 11 aims to deliver its full support to the promotion and development of national competitiveness.

“There is indeed an upward trend as we look back into our performance in the ease of doing business, as well as, competitiveness, however, reaching the higher ranks would require intense public and private collaboration, for while we are doing our best to improve, other LGUs are also doing the same,” Ambi said.♦

Date of release: 12 April 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry in Davao Region celebrates the feat of Compostela Valley-based entrepreneur and fashion designer, Cheri-Lou Aranjuez, for making it to the London Fashion Week last February 17.
 
Aranjuez, a DTI-assisted entrepreneur, showcased a 10-piece collection in the afternoon show of the renowned global fashion outfit, House of Ikons, during the recently concluded London-based fashion festival. Aranjuez was among the 17 designers and brands from all over the world chosen by the House of Ikons to grace their afternoon and evening shows.
 
“I auditioned and submitted my portfolio to the House of Ikons. In October 2017, I got a call from them telling me that I am qualified to showcase in February,” Aranjuez shared.
 
The House of Ikons, which was founded by Savita Kaye, aims to celebrate new generation of global fashion talent and provide an international platform for emerging designers like Aranjuez.
 
Talking about her design, Aranjuez said, “The inspiration of my pieces is the art of versatility. The collection can be manipulated to different styles and that’s my aesthetic to it.”
 
“I’m very inspired with women on-the-go, women who handle their business, career and family altogether. Sometimes, they forget they have their ‘own’ self to handle, too,” she added.
 
She further narrated that the materials used for her collection were sensitively picked. These materials included the handwoven fabric from Davao del Sur. Right after the show, all her 10-piece collection were sold.
 
With this milestone, DTI Davao Region hailed Aranjuez for being a testament that local MSMEs can truly be world-class.
 
"Compostela Valley is very proud of the achievements of Aranjuez, and we, in DTI Compostela Valley, are happy to have assisted Cheri in any way possible. We hope her success would inspire other MSMEs to keep honing their craft and be globally-competitive,” DTI ComVal provincial director Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque said.
 
Aranjuez was part of DTI ComVal’s pioneering batch for its Kapatid Mentor Me program, a 12-week coaching and mentoring program that mentors business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to assist MSMEs scale up and sustain their businesses.
 
Aranjuez was also one of the 27 brands launched by DTI Davao Region last December 2017 under its Brand Equity Development Program. It is among the newest interventions of the agency geared towards developing new and highly potential Davao Region homegrown brands.♦

The Department of Trade and Industry 11 (DTI-11) will intensify its Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey in 2018 as part of the Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC), which implements interventions that will produce a more sound survey result.

The index is an annual ranking of the Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“DTI 11 will strengthen its efforts to support LGUs, through inter-agency collaboration, roadshows and exit conferences. This will not only intensify data generation, but also make its validation more efficient,” DTI 11 Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said.

The CMCI is designed to capture four key competitiveness pillars, namely, government efficiency, economic dynamism, infrastructure, and resiliency. These pillars are aligned with the competitiveness indicators used by IMD Competitive Survey, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Doing Business Survey, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index.

Recently, the RCC 11 concluded its 2017 CMCI Survey participated by all local government units (LGUs) in the region.

In 2013, seven cities and 10 municipalities of the 49 LGUs here were selected to participate in the CMCI rankings. Due to the project’s expansion, 49 LGUs or 100 percent have already participated in the said rankings since 2015.

As LGUs in the region have been gaining multiple recognitions and awards in the national competitiveness rankings, the agency has already made plans on elevating next year’s round of CMCI Survey.

In 2017, RCC 11 pushed for the improvement of data collection and generation.

In partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 11, provincial CMCI roadshows were conducted with one of its objectives is to encourage LGUs to organize a Technical Working Group (TWG) that would facilitate the generation of CMCI data. Exit conferences were also piloted in Davao City, Malita (Davao Occidental), and Compostela Valley.

In December 2017, LGUs that scored high in the 2017 survey were awarded and recognized during the 1st Regional Competitiveness Awards organized by DTI 11 as chair of RCC 11.

The awardees, based on the four competitiveness pillars, are as follows:

1. Most Improved LGU
a. Most Improved 3rd to 6th Class Municipality in Davao Region
Tarragona, Davao Oriental

b. Most Improved 1st to 2nd Class Municipality in Davao Region
Kapalong, Davao del Norte

c. Most Improved Component City in Davao Region
Panabo, Davao del Norte

2. Economic Dynamism
a. Top Performing 3rd to 6th Class Municipality under the Economic Dynamism Pillar in Davao Region
Sulop, Davao del Sur

b. Top Performing 1st to 2nd Class Municipality under the Economic Dynamism Pillar in Davao Region
Bansalan, Davao del Sur

c. Top Performing Component City under the Economic Dynamism Pillar in Davao Region
Tagum City, Davao del Norte

3. Government Efficiency
a. Top Performing 3rd to 6th Class Municipality under the Government Efficiency Pillar in Davao Region
Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte

b. Top Performing 1st to 2nd Class Municipality under the Government Efficiency Pillar in Davao Region
New Corella, Davao del Norte

c. Top Performing Component City under the Government Efficiency Pillar in Davao Region
Tagum City, Davao del Norte

4. Infrastructure
a. Top Performing 3rd to 6th Class Municipality under the Infrastructure Pillar in Davao Region
Sulop, Davao del Sur

b. Top Performing 1st to 2nd Class Municipality under the Infrastructure Pillar in Davao Region
Compostela, Compostela Valley

c. Top Performing Component City under the Infrastructure Pillar in Davao Region
Tagum City, Davao del Norte

5. Resiliency
a. Top Performing 3rd to 6th Class Municipality under the Resiliency Pillar in Davao Region
Sulop, Davao del Sur

b. Top Performing 1st to 2nd Class Municipality under the Resiliency Pillar in Davao Region
Compostela, Compostela Valley

c. Top Performing Component City under the Resiliency Pillar in Davao Region
Tagum City, Davao del Norte

6. 3rd to 6th Class Municipality
a. Overall 3rd Most Competitive 3rd to 6th Class Municipality
Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte

b. Overall 2nd Most Competitive 3rd to 6th Class Municipality in Davao Region
San Isidro, Davao Oriental

c. Overall Most Competitive 3rd to 6th Class Municipality in Davao Region
Sulop, Davao del Sur

7. 1st to 2nd Class Municipality
a. Overall 3rd Most Competitive 1st to 2nd Class Municipality in Davao Region
Kapalong, Davao del Norte

b. Overall 2nd Most Competitive 1st to 2nd Class Municipality in Davao Region
Nabunturan, Compostela Valley

c. Overall Most Competitive 1st to 2nd Class Municipality in Davao Region
Compostela, Compostela Valley

8. Component Cities
a. Overall 3rd Most Competitive Component City in Davao Region
Digos, Davao del Sur

b. Overall 2nd Most Competitive Component City in Davao Region
Panabo, Davao del Norte

c. Overall Most Competitive Component City in Davao Region
Tagum, Davao del Norte


9. Most Competitive Province in Davao Region
a. 3rd Place
PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL SUR

b. 2nd Place
PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL

c. 1st Place
PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL NORTE

10. Highly Urbanized Cities
a. 3rd Overall Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines
Davao City

Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 chairperson Gov. Anthony G. Del Rosario, meanwhile, extended his congratulations and support to the said project.

“Local competitiveness is the building blocks of national competitiveness. Working alone is insufficient but working together is essential in leading us to a more competitive nation,” Del Rosario pointed out.♦

Taiwanese investors remain bullish on Philippine business and investment opportunities particularly in the Mindanao region as representatives from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) were recently in the country for a Business Opportunity Research Study Mission.

The Philippine BOI Extension Office in Davao, with Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officers of Davao Region met with the TAIRA representatives led by its Manager Dr. Albert Fan on January 19, 2018.

Dr. Fan informed the Davao stakeholders that TAITRA is looking for business partners in agriculture and aquaculture, two of Taiwan’s key sectors.

Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Ceferino Rodolfo said the shared optimism and confidence of Taiwanese investors in making their businesses grow in the Philippines particularly in Mindanao is a pronounced manifestation of the country’s inherent and competitive advantages.

He said that this positive development is a testament to the country’s sound economic fundamentals and sustained investor confidence that bodes well with the BOI’s thrust to further strengthen the country’s position as a preferred global investment destination.

Undersecretary Rodolfo also said that investment prospects in Mindanao remain rosy given the Php29.35 Billion significant investment projects registered with the BOI from January to December 2017. Of this investment value, Php15.25 Billion were from Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN), Php7.23 Billion from Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), Php5.43 Billion from Region 11 (Davao Region), and Php1.44 Billion from Region 13 (CARAGA).

The visit was in preparation for a planned Taiwan Trade Mission to Davao on March 2018 where TAITRA targets to bring in around 20 to 25 Taiwanese companies in the production and marketing of food processing and packaging machineries, green industry products and medical devices industries.

Aside from the trade mission, TAITRA and the Taiwanese Investors also plan to hold a Trade Exposition to showcase Taiwan’s State-of-the-Art agricultural equipment in Davao City tentatively scheduled for September 2018.

TAITRA is also interested in showcasing Taiwan’s premier, international and professional business-to-business (B2B) trading platform which focuses on the State-of-the-Art technologies for the field of agriculture in Asia.

TAITRA is Taiwan's foremost nonprofit trade promotion organization. The council is sponsored by the government and industry organizations, providing business consultation service and connect international firms with Taiwanese partners.♦

The Board of Investments Extension Office (BEO) Davao recently gave a green light to Pistacia Mindanao Coffee Export, Inc. (PMCEI)'s Php1 Million coffee growing project, its first Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) project approval under the Export Activities of the 2017 Investments Priorities Plan (IPP).

The project involves the production and manufacture of fermented coffee and cacao beans with a capacity of 2,250kg a year and 750kg a year, and will be 100 percent exported to Japan.

The firm will engage in the development of coffee growers and provide technical assistance in terms of growing, sorting and harvesting of coffee.

PMCEI specializes in producing high-quality agricultural crops especially fermented coffee and cacao beans sourced from smallholder farmers. It would provide end-to-end support to smallholder farmers with access to technology and market. Through this innovative business, it will increase and sustain farmers’ yields, income and eventually improve quality of life.

The project will be located in Brgy. Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin this month. PMCEI is 80 percent Japanese owned corporation. ♦

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