The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Metal Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and the Philippine Die and Mold Association, Inc. (PDMA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on “Enhancing Tool and Die Industry Competitiveness by Expanding the Pool of Trained and Highly Skilled Die and Mold Designer and Makers” referred to as the D2M2 Project. The D2M2 Project aims to produce an expanded pool of trained tool die and mold personnel to address the existing deficiency in the number of skilled manpower. This in turn will enhance the competitiveness of the local tool and die sector in support of the automotive industry through manpower development and project output assessment activities. The D2M2 Project is an intervention identified in the Tool and Die Industry Roadmap jointly developed with the DTI, BOI and the Tool & Die Industry. Launched in January 2012, DTI’s Industry Roadmap Project (IRP) continues to forge strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders, particularly the private sector, in the development and implementation of industry roadmaps. During the signing, DTI represented by Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. (Center) along with DOST Assistant Secretary and MIRDC OIC Robert O. Dizon (left) and PDMA President Philip C. Ang (right). On hand to witness the signing were: MIRDC Deputy Executive Director Jonathan Puerto, MIRDC Deputy Executive Director Agustin Fudolig, BOI Executive Director Ma. Corazon H. Dichosa, DTI Assistant Secretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba, PDMA Officer Mr. Louie Fuster and Mr. Jimmy Chan. (DTI-PRU)