DTI inaugurates 156th Negosyo Center; 143 more to be set up across the country

DTI inaugurates 156th Negosyo Center; 143 more to be set up across the countrySecretary Cristobal, Senator Bam Aquino lead unveiling of Manila city’s Negosyo Center. (Photo by Little Wing Luna/DTI)

The 156th Negosyo Center of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was recently inaugurated by DTI Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV at the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila.

“Negosyo Centers are excellent channels to connect with entrepreneurs, to provide them with assistance, and to ensure that micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) benefit from government trade policymaking and execution,” Cristobal said.

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DTI, GIZ ink MOU with KOICA for Green Economic Development (GED)

04_15_16 uzcm_mou with koica_giz001Department of Trade and Industry for Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya, Korea International Cooperation (KOICA) Country Director Mr. Shin Myung Seop and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Resident Director Dr. Andreas Kalk during the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing last April 15, 2016. Under the MOU, the DTI, KOICA and GIZ will promote the Green Economic Development (GED) in the country.

The Department of Trade and Industry – Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) along with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the promotion of Green Economic Development (GED) in the country.

In promoting the MOU, the DTI, GIZ and KOICA will work hand-in-hand to leverage each other’s competencies, expertise and resources in capacity development of public and private sector stakeholders in GED.

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DTI Urges MSMEs to Venture in E-Commerce

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to venture into e-commerce to expand market reach. The agency recently launched the Philippine e-commerce roadmap which targets to engage 100,000 MSMEs by 2020.

“The Philippine E Commerce Roadmap engages people and organizations to collaborate for MSME development. We need to build capacity, attract investments in infrastructure, and institute policies to enable MSMEs to maximize benefits of e-commerce,” DTI Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr said.

For the nearly one million MSMEs in the Philippines, the e-commerce roadmap unlocks the doors to a virtual market of approximately 3.37 billion internet users worldwide, 1.62 billion in Asia, and 47.13 million in the Philippines.

The Philippine E-Commerce Roadmap 2016-2020 is a blueprint to address issues in the country’s e-commerce ecosystem with Infrastructure, Investment, Innovation, Intellectual capital, Information flows, and Integration as key focus areas.

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Design-driven products showcased at the Asia Pacific Ladies Festival

Design-driven products showcased at the Asia Pacific Ladies Festival

On Wednesday 6th April 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo led by H.E. Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and Madame Maria Teresa L. Lopez, participated in the 40th Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar organized by the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo.

The Asia Pacific Festival and Charity Bazar is an annual event of the ALFS, whose members include spouses of former ambassadors of 26 Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines. A highly anticipated event among Japanese and international women, the event provides visitors an opportunity to check the latest fashion accessories (pearls, jewelries, wearables), special clothing and fabrics, indigenous food and crafts from Japan and various countries. As in the previous years, Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi graced the event. Also gracing the event, was Madame Akie Abe, spouse of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This year, through the efforts of Madame Lopez, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Tokyo (PTIC Tokyo), the Department of Agriculture Office, and the Cultural Section of the Philippine Embassy, a wide variety of Philippine food and non-food items were sold and showcased, from culinary favorites such as adobo, chicken and pork barbeque, pancit, lumpia and turron to design-driven products from sofa throws (Ylocos Heritage Arts & Crafts), shoes (Ai-she footwear and Risque Designs) handbags, home décor like pillows (Tara Designs Philippines, Inc.), fashion accessories (La Piezza Jewelry Creations) and more, highlighting craftsmanship and sensitivities of Philippine design.

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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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