DTI emphasizes importance of MSMEs for PH growth, poverty alleviation

 The Department of Trade and Industry emphasized the role played by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as providers of employment and drivers of the country’s economic growth that will alleviate poverty in the country.

DTI-Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said so important the role of MSMEs that they ensure the promotion of equitable and inclusive growth, especially throughout the countryside.

“MSMEs are substantial contributors to our country’s economic growth, trade, employment, innovation, and poverty alleviation,” Maglaya explained during the first MSME Conference organized by the  University of the Philippines – Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) at the UP – Bonifacio Global City (UP-BGC) Campus in Taguig.

Philippine MSMEs account for 99.5% of the total number of established businesses and employ 62.8% of the country’s workforce, contributing substantially to the country’s manufacturing output and total employment, making it critical engines of economic growth and development.

To ensure the growth and advancement of the MSME sector, the MSME Development Council approved the MSME Development Plan 2017-2022, which presents improved and innovative development strategies to achieve the target outcomes called Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan, in the next five years. The Plan envisions for “more globally competitive MSMEs that are regionally integrated, resilient, sustainable, and innovative thereby performing as key drivers of inclusive Philippine economic growth.”

Maglaya said the MSMED Plan “envisions more globally competitive MSMEs that are regionally integrated, resilient, sustainable, and innovative—thereby performing as key drivers of inclusive Philippine economic growth.”

The trade executive explained that there are five (5) strategic goals under the MSMED Plan 2017-2022, namely, improved business climate, improved access to finance, enhanced management and labor capacities, improved access to technology and innovation, and improve access to market.

Currently, according to Maglaya, the Department has been actively advocating the seven-point strategy called “7Ms of Successful Entrepreneurship” as guide for MSME growth. The 7Ms are Mindset Change, Mastery, Mentoring, Money, Machine, Market Access, and Models of Negosyo.

The 7Ms will provide MSMEs with assistance ranging from infusing aspiring entrepreneurs with the proper entrepreneurial mindset; helping MSMEs master the know-how and how-tos of entrepreneurship; business guidance from DTI and the business sector; access to funding; acquisition of the right tools and equipment; access to market; and suggestions of different business ideas.

Maglaya also stressed the importance of 7Ms in the “Manila Call to Action for MSME Development” (MCA) which was the synthesized outcomes of the ASEAN 2017 MSME Development Summit last July 2017 that called for region-wide affirmative action to foster MSME development.

The Department calls for the support from the private sector, academe and non-government organizations, corporations, and business associations to put forward the MCA recommendations into actions.

“Making growth felt by everyone can only happen if we are successful in empowering the bottom of the pyramid. By effectively tapping our MSMEs, we can ensure that we can attain our goal of creating inclusive growth and shared prosperity for all,” Maglaya said.

DTI PARTNERS WITH DICT FOR FREE INTERNET, ONLINE LEARNING IN NEGOSYO CENTERS

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 15 March 2018 to provide free wi-fi and learning modules to DTI’s Negosyo Centers.

Through the agreement, DICT will provide selected DTI Negosyo Centers with free internet access, ICT equipment, and access to its Tech4ED Project.

DICT’s PipolKonek Project gives free internet access to public places such as public schools, libraries, and local government units. To date, PipolKonek has already provided internet access to 44 out of the current 805 Negosyo Centers.

Negosyo Centers will also carry DICT’s Tech4ED Project, a platform that offers digital literacy and other skills training; an eMarketplace; and a one-stop-shop for government applications, among others.

The two agencies see digital literacy as a potential catalyst for the growth of MSMEs. Tech4ED offers “ICT for Entrepreneurs”—where micro entrepreneurs are trained to create their own website and use the internet to increase their market reach.
“This convergence of the DICT and DTI will arm the entrepreneurs, especially in the regions, with the tools they need to develop and innovate on their products and conduct their business online. Connectivity and digital literacy are the future-proof ways to help those at the bottom of the pyramid,” said Secretary Lopez.

Further plans include merging existing Tech4ED Centers and Negosyo Centers since some of them are housed in the same local government units. The DICT is also open to host DTI’s educational materials in the Tech4ED platform.

“The DICT’s main objective is to facilitate connectivity. We are thus counting on our partner agencies like the DTI to provide tools and content that will benefit the public,” said Secretary Rio.

DTI gears up for PH participation at China Int’l Import Expo

In photo (from L-R): Philippine Commercial Counsellor to Beijing Mr. Glenn Peñaranda, EMB Director Senen Perlada, DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, Secretary Ramon Lopez, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Ministry of Commerce Deputy Director General Liu Jun, and Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Counsellor Jin Yuan during the high-level meeting on the sidelines of the CIIE information roadshow in Manila.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is working closely with the private sector in preparation for the country’s participation at the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) to be held in Shanghai, China on 5-10 November 2018.

 

On 15 March 2018, DTI jointly organized with Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the Philippines an information session about the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). The event was fully supported by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Bank of China (BoC). The event served as an avenue to encourage more Philippine companies to join the said exposition in November.

 

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez further emphasized the blooming relations between China and the Philippines reflected in China’s strong support by opening up its market to Philippine companies.

 

“The expo is the only trade show in China to date that will feature foreign exhibitors. No Chinese companies on the exhibit floor. But there will be Chinese buyers present, as well as buyers from all over the world at the event,” explained Secretary Lopez.

 

“I ask Filipino businesses to participate and take this opportunity to showcase the trade capabilities of the Philippines,” urged Secretary Lopez.

 

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Chairman Emeritus Dr. Francis Chua, who served as the moderator for the first part of the information session urged Philippine companies to join PCCI and DTI in showcasing Philippine goods and services at the CIIE. “Sign up because fortune is awaiting for you in Shanghai,” urged Chua.

 

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua shared the growing economy of China over the years and the wide-range of opportunities that the Philippine companies can take advantage of as trade relations between the two countries warm up.

 

“We need more products from the Philippines,” said Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. He further mentioned, “I am confident that sooner or later, China will be the number one importer of Philippine products.”

 

In 2017, China was the fourth largest importer of Philippine products behind Japan, US and Hong Kong. Over the last five years, total trade between China and the Philippines grew 12.08%. Total exported goods to China in the last five years (CAGR) reflected a decline by 0.12% while imported goods from China grew to 20.17%.

 

“Imagine the magnitude of CIIE, to be participated in by over 100 countries around the world, that is something that Philippine companies can take advantage,” said DTI Trade and Investments Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.

 

Undersecretary Terrado added that the DTI will apply “whole country” approach and smarter strategies to maximize the country’s participation at the said expo.

 

“We will work closely with the private sector in ensuring that we attract Chinese and foreign investors in building value together as we urge them to partner with the Philippines,” Terrado added.

 

Announced by People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping during the Belt and Road Forum, the CIIE is a major international event that opens the Chinese market to the world. China is expecting to import goods and services worth more than $10 trillion in the coming years. CIIE aims to provide enterprises across the world to enter this huge Chinese market. It will focus mainly on importation of goods and services to China.

 

There will be two main sections: trade in good and trade in services. The section of trade in goods includes six exhibitions areas: High-end Intelligent Equipment; Consumer Electronics and Appliances; Automobile; Apparel, Accessories and Consumer Goods; Food and Agricultural Products; and Medical Equipment and Medical Care Products. Meanwhile, trade in services section comprises Tourism Services, Emerging Technologies, Culture and Education, Creative Design and Service Outsourcing.

 

For companies interested in joining the CIIE, you may contact Ms. Rowena Mendoza through the e-mail addressRmendoza@citem.com.ph, or Eva Marie Mariquina at emmariquina@citem.com.ph on or before April 6.

DTI partners with DICT for free internet, online learning in Negosyo Centers 

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and DICT Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr sign a Memorandum of Agreement for free internet access and Tech4Ed in Negosyo Centers. Also in attendance were (from L to R): Tech4ED Assistant Project Manager Engr. Amelia S. Dean; DICT Assistant Secretary Alan A. Silor; DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya; DICT Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim; DTI Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba; and DTI Assistant Regional Director Dorecita T. Delima.

 

 

Makati – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 15 March 2018 to provide free wi-fi and learning modules to DTI’s Negosyo Centers.

Through the agreement, DICT will provide selected DTI Negosyo Centers with free internet access, ICT equipment, and access to its Tech4ED Project.

DICT’s PipolKonek Project gives free internet access to public places such as public schools, libraries, and local government units. To date, PipolKonek has already provided internet access to 44 out of the current 805 Negosyo Centers.

Negosyo Centers will also carry DICT’s Tech4ED Project, a platform that offers digital literacy and other skills training; an eMarketplace; and a one-stop-shop for government applications, among others.

The two agencies see digital literacy as a potential catalyst for the growth of MSMEs. Tech4ED offers “ICT for Entrepreneurs”—where micro entrepreneurs are trained to create their own website and use the internet to increase their market reach.

“This convergence of the DICT and DTI will arm the entrepreneurs, especially in the regions, with the tools they need to develop and innovate on their products and conduct their business online. Connectivity and digital literacy are the future-proof ways to help those at the bottom of the pyramid,” said Secretary Lopez.

Further plans include merging existing Tech4ED Centers and Negosyo Centers since some of them are housed in the same local government units. The DICT is also open to host DTI’s educational materials in the Tech4ED platform.

“The DICT’s main objective is to facilitate connectivity. We are thus counting on our partner agencies like the DTI to provide tools and content that will benefit the public,” said Secretary Rio

Stronger PH-Russia relations

Stronger PH-Russia relations. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials recently met with delegates from Russia to discuss trade and investment cooperation as the Philippines looks to strengthen economic relations, and increasing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. The meeting also discussed Russia’s pitch for hosting the 2025 World Expo, a global event which aims to educate the public, sharing innovation, promoting progress and fostering cooperation. The 2025 World Expo is organized by a host country that invites other countries, companies, international organizations, private sector, civil society, and public to participate. Three countries are candidates to host World Expo 2025: Japan (in Osaka), the Russian Federation (in Ekaterinburg), and Azerbaijan (in Baku). At the PH-Russia meeting were (from L-R) DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Director Senen Perlada, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev, Russia World Expo 2025 Bid Committee Director General Svetlana Sagaydak, DTI-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, Philippine Embassy – Moscow Commercial Counsellor Kristine Umali, DTI-EMB Asst. Director Agnes Legaspi, and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Officer-in-Charge for Special Project Division Eva Mariquina.     

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DTI intensifies support for MSME exporters

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) intensifies its programs that support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in accessing export markets through its Regional Interactive Platform for the Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus Program.

For full year 2017, RIPPLES Plus assisted a total of 408 exporters and implemented 33 marketing and promotional activities geared toward strengthening Philippine exporters’ capacities in support to increasing economic revenues for the country.

Through RIPPLES Plus, Philippine exporters are being assisted to penetrate markets by updating them on latest trends and market requirements.

“For the track 2 project, the conduct of the product development included the translation of the text of the chichacorn labels in Arabic language. This will open new export markets of my chichacorn products specifically in the Middle East,” said Clemencia Padre, a program participant from Region 1.

For 2018, the program aims to undertake targeted and more aggressive export promotion for priority industries, such as food and agri-marine, services, and industrial sectors.

“Our participation to the various trade and exhibitions and fairs allowed our cooperative to open new markets and new opportunities. Orders have increased from Manila- and Cebu-based exporters and converters. We generated a total of Php 6.40 million for 2016 and Php5.06 million for 2017 through RIPPLES Plus,” said Ma. Trina V. Sumayang, General Manager of of Tubigon Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative.

RIPPLES Plus is a focused program developed and being implemented by DTI-EMB that aims to expand the supply base of internationally competitive Philippine export products and services and to provide intensified, purposive and practical assistance geared toward the internationalization of Philippine MSMEs and expand the global export-market opportunities for large corporations.

RIPPLES Plus develops both products and exporters through four modes of assistance: training and capacity building; marketing and promotion; support for innovation through product development and design; access to markets through mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) and certifications.

In 2017, the country’s merchandise export recorded a 9.5% increase compared to 2016.  Total exported goods amounted to $62.87 billion with significant growth in non-electronic products, a reflection of the country’s efforts to diversify its export products.