Glenn Peñaranda, Philippine Trade & Investment Centre (PTIC) for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Commercial Counsellor, spoke at the recent focus group discussion on Food Exports at the Davao Trade Expo (DATE) organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII). The FGD involved the major livestock producers and organizations of the country.

Mr. Peñaranda presented opportunities for agri-food exports from Mindanao for the ASEAN market with highlights on the trends and requirements in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. These countries are open to food products and ingredients that the Philippines could supply. The challenges in tapping the opportunities include having sufficient supply and compliance with specific requirements such as halal. He also shared the ongoing road mapping project on agribusiness and agro-industrial activities coordinated by the Philippine Board of Investments, which should also cover the Mindanao livestock and meat industries.

Mr. Peñaranda provided information on Singaporean import guidelines for seafood, meat and meat products. He also talked about the opportunity in supplying animals for Korban for the Muslim communities in Singapore and Malaysia. He encouraged the private sector to work with the government in developing and promoting various export products for these markets.

"The FGD is a very useful activity which should be undertaken regularly between the stakeholders and the government agencies. It should result in concrete actions for preparing the industry and for pursuing the opportunities both in the domestic and neighboring export markets.”

While in Davao, Mr. Peñaranda also met with exporters to discuss specific prospects and trade missions in Singapore and Malaysia.

DATE was supported by the Davao City government, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Davao GGP
(fr l-r): Antonio Dela Cruz, DCCCII president; Wilfred Teves, DCCCII VP for Industry; Ana Abejuela, DA Representative for ASEAN; Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda