PH TO EXPLORE TRADE OPPORTUNITIES WITH CUBA. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) recently met (18 October) with Cuban Ambassador to the Philippines Ibete Fernandez Hernandez (right) to discuss possible cooperation between the Philippines and Cuba, exploring mutually beneficial points between two countries. As Cuba’s Universal Health Care System is globally recognized for its excellence and efficiency, Sec. Lopez discussed with the Cuban Ambassador the possible collaboration of two countries in the field of healthcare and service. Undersecretary Nora Terrado, likewise shared that the Philippines is one of the largest manufacturers of serums and syringes around the world. According to Secretary Lopez, Cuba’s strategic geographical location in Latin America could be an advantage for the Philippines to penetrate the South American market. “We are open to explore avenues of cooperation, and our companies here in the Philippines are actually keen on expanding their operations abroad,” said the trade chief. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will soon form and facilitate Joint Committee with Cuba to explore more ways of intensifying cooperation between two countries.
HAWAII STATE OFFICIALS CALL ON PH TRADE CHIEF. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomed the delegation of Goodwill and Trade Mission of the State of Hawaii headed by Governor David Ige on 17 October. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez presented Dutertenomics, as well as updates on the economic and industry sectors of the Philippines. The trade chief highlighted PH initiatives in providing opportunities and increasing the capacity of Filipinos as a long-term solution to poverty. Meanwhile, Gov. Ige shared his excitement for the PH programs and conveyed that the success of the Filipinos is important in strengthening the relationship among the PH, the State of Hawaii, and the United States in general. The visit also served as a venue for the delegates to inquire on the status of PH’s agricultural products particularly mangoes and to look into the country’s manufacturing industry. In the photo are (seated from L to R) DTI Director Senen Perlada, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado, Philippine Consulate General Honolulu Gina Jamoralin, DTI Sec. Lopez, Hawaii State Gov. Ige with his First Lady Dawn Amano Ige, and Hawaii State officials and members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce in Hawaii
Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs) receive additional livelihood starter kits from DTI. With the fighting in Marawi now concluded, the government, through the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), distributed additional livelihood starter kits to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi and nearby areas such as sewing kits and sari-sari-store supplies to kick-start and fast track the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City. The sewing kits and sari-sari store supplies will allow IDPs to start anew and earn even while still in Evacuation Centers. The turnover of livelihood starter kits is upon the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to aid in the the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected localities. This also follows the Administrative Order No. 03 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, mandating the creation of an inter-agency task force that would implement the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected localities. Member agencies of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood are Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Leading the turnover of the livelihood starter kits are DTI Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Macatoman (second from left) and DTI-Region 10 Regional Director Linda Boniao (second from right).
MARAWI INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) RECEIVE AID FROM DTI. As the government intensifies its efforts to help in the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected areas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently turned over sewing machines to help Marawi IDPs restart their business and earn even while still in Evacuation Centers. Leading the turnover of sewing machines were DTI-Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya (third from right), DTI-Northern Mindanao Regional Director Linda Boniao (second from right) with the women of Marawi, Lanao del Sur Governor Soraya Alonto-Adiong (third from left) and PTLDC and Negosyo Center Manager Jasnia Adiong Sheikrashid. This follows Administrative Order No. 03 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, mandating the creation of an inter-agency task force that would implement the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected localities. Member agencies of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood are Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
DTI EXPLORES E-COMMERCE CHANNELS FOR MSMES WITH LAZADA, ALIBABA. To push for greater multi-channel retailing, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez met with Alibaba Group President Michael Evans and Lazada Philippines Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Inanc Balci on 11 October to explore online retailing opportunities for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Sec. Lopez opened the possibility of using online platform such as Lazada as a marketing venue for products of local entrepreneurs. “We want to improve market access for our MSMEs, and through e-commerce, their products can gain more exposure and reach more buyers,” shared Sec. Lopez. Lazada Philippines, on the other hand, expressed its intent to partner with DTI for a project, which will deal with microsellers cooperative in the Philippines. As the major stockholder of Lazada, Alibaba Group’s Michael Evans supported the proposed project of one of the leading online selling platforms in the Philippines. In the photo are (L to R) Lazada Group Chief Operating Officer Pierre Poignant, Romulo Law Firm’s Atty. Marie Antonette Quiogue, Alibaba Group President Michael Evans, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Alibaba Group Vice President Eric Pelletier, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and Lazada Philippines Co-Founder and CEO Inanc Balci.
GO LOKAL! OPENS IN GLORIETTA. Following the success of Go Lokal! stores in partner malls and shopping centers, the newest Go Lokal! officially opened at Glorietta 2, Makati City on 4 October. Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (2nd from L), Ayala Land Chairman Mr. Fernando de Zobel de Ayala (3rd from L) with Philippine Chamber of Handicraft Exporters and Artisans Inc. (PCHEAI) President Mila Lacson (4th from L) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Go Lokal! pop-up store in the one of the leading shopping malls in Makati. The store features unique products from the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “MSMEs can now reach the mainstream market and not worry about listing fees and advance rent on spaces,” said Secretary Ramon Lopez. “Go Lokal! serves as an incubation venue for MSMEs before expanding to the mainstream market,” he added. Also at the ribbon cutting were Undersecretary Nora Terrado (leftmost), Ayala Malls Group Head Rowena Tomeldan (2nd from R), PCHEAI Board Member Raymond Maron (3rd from R), and Ayala Land Senior Division Manager Joseph Reyes (rightmost).