With majority of the sectoral roadmaps completed this year, the Board of Investments is confident that the roadmaps are moving forward and on the track in its implementation.

As of July 30, twenty (20) out of the 32 industries or sectors that have expressed interest to participate in the project, have already submitted their roadmaps, in which the formulation was facilitated by the state think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Among the list of 32 participants, five roadmaps are set to be finalized by 2013, while seven sectoral roadmaps have just been commissioned by their respective industries.

Several sectors have been moving forward in its implementation such as the auto assembly and auto parts manufacturing sector, which is currently working on the details of policy interventions of the proposed auto policy, while the mass housing sector has submitted a position paper to Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regarding revenue regulations concerning housing developers, and conducted regional roadshows as part of the advocacy on the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Section 18 of RA 7279 or the Balanced Housing Requirement Act for the proper implementation of guidelines. The mass housing sector has also conducted cluster meeting with the cement, ceramic, and copper sectors to identify possible areas of collaboration.

Meanwhile, the chemical sector, including the petrochemicals and plastics, have submitted position papers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on codification, licensing , and product registration procedures, product categorization, and labelling requirements, to facilitate registration and harmonize labelling requirements with consumer products, and to Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) on the rules and regulations affecting the industry to streamline compliance with labelling, import certification and chemical control orders.

Other sectors have also shown significant progress such as the furniture sector, in which they prepared a Product Development and Sourcebook for launching in September, submitted a proposal to DTI for shared services facility in the proposed Furniture Academy, and currently coordinating with government agencies such as DENR to negotiate the grant of land for raw material supply and Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to resume conduct of furniture trainings.

The copper and copper products sector, likewise prepared a pre-feasibility study on the creation of a copper wire facility and identified Leyte Industrial and Development Estate (LIDE) in Isabel, Leyte as proposed industry cluster zone. The information technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector is currently developing promo collaterals specific to the media and investors.

On the other hand, the sectors of cement, ceramic tiles, iron and steel and biodiesel are on the process of filling information gaps in their roadmaps and created technical working groups to address such issue.

The electronics, creative, and bamboo sectors have submitted their draft roadmaps to BOI while the shipbuilding, garments and textile, mining, medical travel, and processed food sectors have just commissioned the drafting of their respective roadmaps. (END)

Source: DTI Public Relations Office