PH eyes new job opportunities through HIM-BPM US roadshow

The Philippines, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently joined the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Health Information Management (HIM) sector, as one of the leading industries in the country, has significantly contributed to the government’s initiatives of providing employment opportunities to thousands of local nurses and to the growing business process management (BPM) sector. In 2014, it had 86,000 full-time employees (FTEs) and by 2016, the number of FTEs is expected to reach 135,000.

DTI Industry Promotion Group (IPG) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, who led the Philippine delegation to the US, said that the US roadshow aimed to further strengthen the country’s presence abroad and to exploit the growing demand in the HIM sector by attracting future investors and companies to invest in the Philippines. “With the growing US demand for healthcare information management services, we are now eyeing for more US healthcare companies in the Philippines, which in turn, will provide more job opportunities for Filipinos,” Terrado added.

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DTI: Gov’t and private sector together can achieve PEDP targets

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. urged government agencies to work together and collectively achieve the country’s export goals. “We are at a strategic turning point in the country’s economic performance. The Philippine economy has never been in such a good shape for a long time. We can, as one government, harness the growth that we have been experiencing in the past six years, increase our exports, and meet the challenges and opportunities of the world market,” he said.

The DTI is the lead agency in charge of the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2015-2017. PEDP, which aims to grow the country’s exports by as much as 8 to 9%, is to support trade, growth, and innovation that would enable domestic industries to establish their niches in regional and global markets.

Cristobal, who chairs the Export Development Council (EDC), said that the Philippine government and the private sector continue to work together to create an enabling business environment and to enhance regional competitiveness. “We have to move in concert to achieve our export goals. Harmonized policies among government agencies and efficient plans of action in consultation with our stakeholders are key factors for success,” he said.

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EMB, DLSU Hold Forum on AEC

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), in partnership with the De La Salle University (DLSU), recently organized a forum titled “Examining the Foundations of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for an ASEAN Curriculum” at the Multi- Purpose Hall of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall in DLSU, Manila.

“Policy reforms have been instituted to prepare us in the integration and these include the Philippine Competition Act which effectively levels the playing field by criminalizing and imposing heavy fines on business activities that promote monopolies and obstruct equal access to opportunities, the amended banking law that has opened up the banking sector eliminating foreign restriction to ownership, and the amended Cabotage Law, among others,” said DTI Assistant Secretary Anna Maria Rosario Diaz-Robeniol in her keynote address.

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sets its environment to full economic integration, experts in the fields of international law and trade were invited to assist the academe in developing an ASEAN curriculum.

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PH aims to become the next innovation hub

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) encourages venture capitalists to invest in local startups as the country continues to improve its global innovationindex.

On the 2015 assessment of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Philippines climbed 17 notches and now ranks 83rd from its 100th ranking in terms of global innovation index. DTI Industry Promotion Group (IPG) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado sees opportunities to enhance and develop the country’s national innovation ecosystem.

“There is no better time for the Philippines than now,” said Industry Promotion Group (IPG) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado on the current promotional initiatives for startups and innovation in the country.

Aside from the impressive climb on the global innovation index, the Philippines’ strong compliance to the intellectual property rights protection also poses a viable qualification to be the next innovation hub in Asia. On a regional scale, the country ranked 2nd for both patent protection and IPR protection in 2014.

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SikatPinoy National Food Fair features PH regional food products

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SikatPinoy National Food Fair features PH regional food products. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues to promote local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through SikatPinoy National Food Fair 2016 with the participation of over 170 exhibitors all over the Philippines. This year’s National Food Fair highlighted three major local products based on their domestic and global market presence – coffee products, halal products, and fruit juices, herbal teas and health supplements.

(From left to right): Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen Perlada, DTI Industry Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado and Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Director Rhodora Leaño as they welcome entrepreneurs, consumers and visitors during the opening ceremonies of the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair. The SikatPinoy National Food Fair will run from March 16 to 20 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Cooking demonstrations and information sessions await visitors and local consumers. (DTI-PRU photo)