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Since 2013, DTI has been working closely with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Women’s Business Council Philippines, Inc. (WomenBiz.ph), and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ensure that the Philippines’ participation in APEC activities will advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment across all sectors and issues concerned. The DTI-RGMS in particular, has been serving as the overseer and the Secretariat stemming from the technical work down to the logistics and administrative matters on all APEC Women and the Economy-related activities that the Philippines is participating and leading.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017

 

  • Coordinated with Department of Health (DOH) Point Person on the Healthy Women Healthy Economy (HWHE) Policy Toolkit implementation, and with the Philippine Statistics Authority on the update on gender disaggregated data collection for inclusion in the Boracay Action Agenda update. Also, represented the Department of Trade and Industry- Resource Generation and Management Services (DTI-RGMS) to the 1st Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA-TBAM) Meeting on 23 January 2017.
  • Prepared the inputs of DTI-RGMS to the Concept Note on "Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women led Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through Innovation and Entrepreneurship" and BAA Implementation Plan which were submitted to Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR) APEC Desk on 27 January 2017.
  • Prepared the inputs of DTI-RGMS to the APEC Tasking Statement for 2017 specifically on Women and the Economy and submitted to DFA APEC National Secretariat on 9 January 2017.
  • Coordinated with Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for the finalization of the Philippines’ Individual Action Plan for the enhancement of the ratio of Women's representation in leadership and submitted to Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation- Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (APEC-PPWE) Japan.
  • In relation to the APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business Project and as instructed by Dir. Guevarra as the Project Overseer, coordinated and sought approval from the APEC Secretariat on the changes in the Work Plan particularly on the replacement of additional economies to be contacted for the survey. Viet Nam and Peru were replaced by Chile and Japan.
  • Prepared the Project Monitoring Report of the APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business Project which was submitted to the APEC Secretariat on 23 February 2017.
  • Attended and reported on the APEC Women and the Economy matters at the DTI Technical Board on APEC Matters-Regional Economic Integration, Trade and Investment (TBAM-REITI) Cluster Meeting held on 3 February 2017 at the DTI International Building.
  • In relation to the APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business Project, submitted to the APEC Secretariat the re-programmed financial plan, revised work plan, and updated contractor’s milestone payment schedule on 17 April 2017; and coordinated with the APEC Secretariat to obtain funding approval on the participation of the researcher to the APEC PPWE 1 Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Coordinated with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and Department of Health (DOH) to include DTI nomination to the Philippine delegation to the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies: Sharing Implementation Experiences Workshop on 12 May 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Represented the DTI in the Philippine Delegation to the HWHE Workshop on May 11, 2017 held at the Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam; and prepared and submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) the summary report on highlights of the APEC HWHE Workshop: Sharing Implementation Experiences. Prior to that, participated in the inter-agency meeting which discussed the Healthy Women, Healthy Economy (HWHE) Project overview, and status of the toolkit implementation and drafting of presentation materials.
  • Provided secretariat support to the APEC WEF Philippine Delegation meeting which focused on the final delegation representatives and identification of Philippine delegate to attend each side event and meeting of the APEC WEF 2017 that was held at Hue City, Vietnam on 26-29 September 2017.
  • Finalized the research study on APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business, following the APEC Publication Guidelines, and as approved by the APEC Publication Communications and Public Affairs Unit (CPAU); and prepared the completion report of the PPWE 02 2016A Project for submission to the APEC Secretariat.
  • Prepared the Summary Report for the 2017 APEC Seminar on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business held on 26 September 2017 in Hue City, Viet Nam.
  • Provided inputs on the following:
    • Draft Discussion Guide on Digital Trade for Negotiators, particularly on the Participation of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Women which was submitted to the BITR APEC Desk on 02 February 2017. Also coordinated with IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IT-BPAP) to request supplemental data on women in the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industries which was submitted to the BITR APEC Desk on 15 February 2017.
    • Philippines’ Individual Action Plan for the enhancement of the ratio of women’s representation in leadership which was submitted to PPWE-Japan on 07 February 2017.
    • DTI Communications Plan for the ASEAN Women events on 22 February 2017.
    • Press Release on the STEAM AHEAD Forum which was posted on the DTI and Women Business Council websites and other social media sites.
    • Write-up for the Press Release on the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between DTI, PCW, and Women Business Council held on 01 February 2017 which was posted at the DTI Website.
    • APEC Joint Ministerial Statement (JMS) and APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration (LD), and the updates/report on the APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business Project which were submitted to the DTI-BITR APEC Desk and the Department of Foreign Affairs APEC National Secretariat on 16 October 2017. Updated inputs on the JMS and LD were submitted on 26 October 2017.
    • Women and the Economy portion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting which was submitted to the BITR APEC Desk for consideration on 28 April 2017.
    • PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which were submitted to the PPWE Chair on 02 June 2017.
    • Domestic Implementation matrix of the Boracay Action Agenda, specifically on women and the economy which was submitted on 21 June 2017 to BITR APEC Desk.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2016:

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and Economy (WE) 1

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and Economy (WE) 2

 

  • Prepared and submitted to APEC Secretariat in Singapore for endorsement/circulation and co-sponsorship the Philippine Concept Note on “Women as Prime Movers for Inclusive Business”
  • Provided inputs/comments on:
    • APEC documents (draft Free Trade Area of the Asia and the Pacific; APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework Proposed Action Plan)
    • 7 Concept Notes of proponent APEC economies based on the criteria provided by the APEC Secretariat in Singapore
    • Draft Services Competitiveness Roadmap circulated by the Department of Foreign Affairs APEC National Secretariat.
    • Domestic Implementation Plan of Boracay Action Agenda
    • APEC HWHE Policy Toolkit scorecard
    • draft APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap Outline
    • APEC WE Philippine Report
    • APEC Individual Action Plan of the Philippines (IAP)
    • draft statement on the status of the pilot implementation of Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) Policy Toolkit
    • UN Women’s HeforShe Campaign documents of PCW
    • Draft Department Order on the Establishment of the DTI APEC Trade Repository Working Group
    • PPWE-Russia’s Terms of Reference (TOR) on APEC Best Award of SME women entrepreneurs
    • APEC DRR Framework Proposed Action Plan Revised
    • Healthy Women Healthy Economy (HWHE) Policy Toolkit implementation in PEZA economic zones for information of DTI APEC Task Force and DFA TBAM
    • Accomplished the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) Efficiency and Effectiveness Survey
    • Updates on the Implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda (BAA)
    • TBAM Directory and Focal Persons submitted to DFA APEC National Secretariat
    • Draft APEC SME Ministerial Statement submitted to BITR APEC Desk on 5 September 2016
    • Streamlining APEC's Project Approval and Management Procedures submitted to DFA APEC National Secretariat on 22 September 2016
    • Inputs to the Implementation Plan of Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs specifically on women and the economy section which was submitted to BITR APEC Desk on 06 October 2016;
    • Inputs to the APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement submitted to BITR on 11 October 2016;
    • Accomplished matrix of Philippine initiatives under APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) and Women and the Economy Forum which was submitted to DFA APEC National Secretariat on 06 October 2016
    • Inputs on the APEC Economic Leaders Declaration to DFA APEC National Secretariat on 24 October 2016 as cleared by Dir. Guevarra;
    • Inputs to OSEC for Sec. Lopez's Dialogue Session on Ayala Sustainability Summit on 11 October 2016; and
    • On behalf of PPWE-Philippines, submitted comments on PPWE-Papua New Guinea’s Concept Note on their self-funded Project “Women’s Access to Financial Services – Data in the APEC Region” on 26 October 2016
    • Australia’s Concept Note on ‘Workshop on improving quality employment opportunities for women’ which were submitted on 7 September 2016; and
    • Draft APEC PPWE Assessment Report by Ms. Louisa Minney as Independent Assessor which were submitted on 16 September 2016
  • Prepared the following reports/documents:
    • Philippine Delegation Work Plan for 2016 in preparation for the country’s participation to the APEC WEF 2016 on 27-30 June in Lima, Peru.
    • APEC WE report to the Technical Board on APEC Matters (TBAM) Meeting
    • Report of the Philippine delegation’s participation to the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) 2016 in Lima, Peru.
    • News article on APEC Women and the Economy 2015 Fora Outcomes for posting in the apecphil website
    • Project Proposal on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business
    • Materials for Asec. Lantayona as the Philippine HOD to APEC WEF 2016 and the Philippine delegation
    • Draft Terms of Reference for the hiring of Consultant for the APEC Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business Project of the Philippines
    • Short study on "Empowering Women for Economic Growth: The Smart Choice for the G20." It focused on how W20 could learn from past and existing efforts in the UN Women and APEC.  Then, it zoomed into the policies and replicable programs of the Republic of the Philippines in expanding opportunities for women in order to achieve an inclusive economy and inclusive society.  The document was shared with PTIC-London.
    • Concept Paper on ASEAN Women’s Business Conference 2017 which will be used for dissemination to the stakeholders and dialogue partners
  • Provided technical support to the following:
    • APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) Efficiency and Effectiveness Survey
    • Terrado’s engagement as moderator and speaker to the APEC Conclusion Meeting on 7-8 September 2016 in Chinese Taipei
    • APEC Women in STEM Forum: A Forum for Learning, Dialogue and Action on 2 October 2016 in Lima, Peru
    • APEC Conclusion Meeting on Women and Economic Development on 7-8 September 2016 in Chinese Taipei
    • WomenBizPH “Women Mentoring Women (W2W) Talks on Disruptive Moves, Lifestyles and Transformations in the 21st Century” on 21 October 2016
    • APEC Workshop on Successful Cases of Women-owned SMEs in Foreign Trade held on 9-11 November 2016 in Santiago, Chile
    • ASEAN Women Entrepreneurship Network (AWEN) Business Conference 2017 Preparatory Meetings on 04 and 17 November 2016
    • AWEN Steering Committee Meetings on 14 December 2016

 

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