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Ceremonial turnover. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. (right) accepts the DTI flag from Former Secretary Gregory L. Domingo (left) during a turnover ceremony on January 4, 2016 at the Industry and Investments Building in Makati City. In his speech during the ceremony, Cristobal said that DTI will build on what it has already achieved and further modernize by welcoming the best recruits and further training our people, simplifying our processes, and embracing new technologies.

“For we understand that to effectively discharge our mandate to sustain the country’s economic growth and development, our organization must be designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” Cristobal said. He added that it is not only the economic numbers that count. “What is more important is their impact on alleviating poverty, ignorance and disease. This is the change in the economy that we ought to see first in our own policies and programs,” Cristobal said.

Malacañang appointed Cristobal as the DTI Secretary replacing Domingo who stepped down from office effective 31 December 2015.