ANG pinakahihintay at pinakamalaking pagtitipon sa bahagi sa industriya ng packaging ay nagsimula na nitong nakaraang Pebrero 1 2-23 at ginanap sa World Trade Center sa Pasay City. Pagkaraan ng pagdating at registration ng mga makikibahagi sa nasabing aktibidad gaya ng mga panauhin at mga panauhing pandangal ay pinasimulan ang aktibidad sa pamamagitan ng pagdarasal at pag awit ng pambansang awit ng Pascual laboratories’ Panaceo Cantata.
Ang pagsayaw ng katutubo at kultural na sayaw ay binigyang buhay ng Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild kung saan ipina mamalas ang makulay na sining at kultura ng tatlo sa pinakamalalaking pulo sa kapuluan ng Pilipinas (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) kasunod nito ay ang pambungad na pananalita ng Bise Presidente ng Informa Markets sa Asya na si Ginoong Ian Roberts.
Mga mensahe buhay sa mga panauhin gaya nina Prof. Pierre Pienaare FAIP, CPP na Pangulo ng World Packaging Organization kasunod ang mensahe ni Kalihim Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) na binasa ng kanyang representante na si Dr. Annabelle V. Briones na siyang Director ng Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).
Imbitado din ang Pangalawang Punong lalawigan ng Laguna na si Atty. Karen Agapay ngunit hindi siya nakadalo o nagpadala ng kanyang representante habang si Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual ay ini representa ni Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona of DTI-Regional Operations Group.
Naroon din si Congressman Mario Vittorio A. Marino na tagapangulo ng House Committee on Trade and Industry nitong 19th Congress habang si Senator Cynthia Villar na siyang keynote speaker ay ni representa ni Atty. Ken Edward S. Sta. Ana ang Committee Officer para Trade and industry ng tanggapan ni Senator Mark Villar na siyang nagbasa ng talumpati ng senadora.
Pagkaraan ng mga mensahe ng mga panauhin ay kasunod na ang ribbon cutting na siyang hudyat ng opisyal na pagbubukas ng Propak Philippines 2023 bukod sa lokal na mga negosyanteng nakalinya sa packaging ay may mga dayuhan ding na imbita sa tatlong araw na aktibidad. Naimbitahan rin ang ilang mga representante buhat sa mga kalapit bansa sa Asya gaya nina H. E Dodo Sudradjat, minister at Deputy Chief of Missions mula sa Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia kasama ang iba pang mga dignitaries buhat sa Diplomatic Corps.
Ang mga Exhibitors ay mga entrepreneurs at business na naka linya sa packaging, printing at kaparehong mga industriya mula Pilipinas hanggang Asya at isa sa mga entreprenyur mula sa Iligan City na nakapanayam ng www.dzmjonline.net at siyang nagmamay ari Harry’s Halal foods : Panoroganan “Nori” Macarambon.
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DTI Capacitates Local Price Coordinating Councils and Engages Stakeholders in Addressing Inflation
MANILA—Amid the ongoing global inflation, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intensifies the implementation of policies and programs aimed at curbing inflation, which focus on four key areas: (1) Consumer prices, (2) Logistics and supply chain management, (3) Investment promotion, and (4) Partnership with other government agencies.
The DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) spearheads the management of consumer prices. They are in charge of law enforcement to protect consumers, consumer education, and the formation of consumer groups. Further, the Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) and the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) regularly monitor the implementation/enforcement of Automatic Price Control for basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs) areas affected by calamities, disasters, or declared under state of emergency.
Likewise, to manage prices, the DTI closely coordinates with manufacturers to ensure the steady supply and reasonable pricing of BNPCs, not only during periods of crisis but also during non-crises periods. DTI’s e-Presyo Application ensures that consumers are informed of the prevailing prices of BNPCs to help them make informed market choices. To also prevent the creation of artificial inflation in the market, the DTI has issued Memorandum Circular Nos. 20-07 and 20-10 on Anti-Hoarding and Panic Buying.
DTI Secretary Fred Pascual also shared that, “the DTI continues to capacitate Local Price Coordinating Councils to enforce monitoring, compliance, and accountability of all stakeholders at various supply chain stages, including market masters, administrators, retailers, and wholesalers. Along with this, our monitoring taskforce conducts regular price and supply monitoring of BNPCs, ensuring accessibility of affordable goods.”
Along with these initiatives to manage consumer prices, Secretary Pascual, as the Chair of the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC), and in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), also launched the Ikot Palengke Program in November 2022, which facilitated the monitoring of prices and supply of agricultural products in selected wet markets as well as manufactured products in supermarkets. “Since the launch of the Ikot Palengke, we have already visited four areas: Marikina, Manila, Pasig, and Makati. Sa pag-iikot natin sa palengke, sinisiguro natin na sumusunod sa tamang presyo at timbang ang mga tindera para hindi rin mabiktima ang mga konsyumer“, Secretary Pascual said.
To further provide access to affordable agricultural and manufactured BNPCs, Diskwento Caravans and rolling stores were also launched in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Local Government Units (LGUs), and various micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The DTI also participated in President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s Kadiwa ng Pasko Program, which brought together DA’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, DTI’s Diskwento Caravan, and assistance programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“Not only do we have to manage consumer prices, critical to this is the reduction of logistics costs and also the streamlining of our country’s supply chains. For this, we have the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Division under DTI that is working to lower logistics costs and simplify the transport of products from the point of origin to its destination. Pag na manage natin ito, mababawasan rin ‘yung mga additional operational expenses ng mga manufacturers“, Secretary Pascual added.
To develop the country’s logistics infrastructure, the DTI inked the following agreements with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH): (1) DTI-DPWH Convergence Program on Logistics Efficiency and Transport Seamlessness to Enhance Agribusiness Trade (LETS-EAT), (2) DTI-DOTr Convergence Program on Logistics Efficiency and Transport Seamlessness for Growth Outcomes (LETS GO), and (3) DOTr-Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) & DTI-FTEB Memorandum of Agreement on the Harmonization of Sea Freight and Air Freight Accreditation.
Furthermore, DTI, DA, DPWH, DILG, and DOTr are currently developing the 3-Year Food Logistics Plan, which aims to ensure the unhampered movement of goods, especially food items, and reduce transport and logistics costs of agri-commodities.
The DTI also endeavors to gather more investments in the country as investments in agriculture and power projects are seen to contribute greatly in addressing inflation by providing alternative and locally-available sources of energy and food. The DTI, through the Board of Investments (BOI), continues to encourage investments related to food security and green ecosystems under Tier II of the Strategic Investment Priority Plan (SIPP). Eligible projects may qualify and avail of incentives which include 5-7 years of Income Tax Holiday (ITH) and 5-10 years of Enhanced Deductions (ED) or Special Corporate Income Tax (SCIT), depending on location and market orientation).
Secretary Pascual also noted that, “the inclusion of food security as one of the priority sectors aims to spur the production of agriculture and other food-related products, as well as its support services such as cold chains and cold storage facilities.”
The DTI also collaborates with other government agencies such as the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to conduct inquiries, investigate, and hear and decide cases involving anti-competitive conduct.
Curbing inflation and ensuring food security must be done through a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, which Secretary Fred Pascual aims to accomplish as the Chairperson of the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC). Fiscal and monetary policies must be in place to curb inflation, which are spearheaded by government financial institutions. However, the DTI can contribute solutions by managing the impacts of inflation towards consumers.
ASEAN to Potentially Enter World’s Top 5 Digital Economy in 2025
MAKATI CITY, Philippines (February 7, 2023) – In today’s digital age, radical change is necessary to reinvent the human capital development ecosystem and produce more sustainable, future-ready workforces that can contribute to the sustainable development competitiveness of ASEAN. Despite ASEAN being seen as lagging behind in the digital economy, it has the potential to become one of the top 5 digital economies in the world by 2025.
This, according to Confexhub Chief Executive Officer Paul Yeo, as he addressed over 800 on-site and online participants of the Philippines Future Skills Summit on Tuesday.
“Across the world, digital products are transforming industries, enriching lives, and propelling progress. We are already seeing how the digital revolution is transforming our daily life and economic activities, making physical cash increasingly obsolete,” he said.
Due to these developments, Yeo noted that this has led to an unprecedented increase in the demand of digital skills while emphasizing the importance of having a favorable learning ecosystem in the region that is capable of cultivating more digital talents.
As digital transformation became more relevant than ever, the Philippines Future Skills Summit 2023 aimed to deliberate on new models and strategies in addressing the ever-increasing demand for digital talents as the Philippines embark full-steam in the digital transformation agenda.
“The outcome of today’s summit will act as a living document that could be updated periodically for the stakeholders involved in the digital economy, education, TVET, science, technology, and human resources when we are doing talent development policies to address the changing world of work,” Yeo said.
Future-ready workforce at the center of Phl’s digital transformation strategy
In his inaugural address, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Fred Pascual emphasized that creating a future-ready workforce is at the core of the country’s national strategy for digital transformation.
“Digital transformation is a compelling and vital change we must pursue amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Embracing 4IR technologies is proving crucial to a post-pandemic future. Developments such as automation and digitalization hold immense potential to create new economic opportunities, boosting productivity at the workplace and generating more quality jobs,” he said.
He also said that the Philippine government recognizes the capability of digital technology to sustain the country’s economy post-pandemic.
“Our government recognizes digital technology capabilities in the Philippines as critical to a sustainable post-COVID-19 economy. By positioning digital technology as enabler, DTI has launched digital transformation initiatives, such as the Science, Technology, and Innovation-driven industrial strategy 2022-2028, and the Ecommerce Philippines 2022 Roadmap. These plans aim to help drive the Philippine Digital Economy to hit a gross merchandise value of over USD100 billion by 2030,” he noted.
Further, Pascual highlighted the importance of innovation and digitalization for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as it enables businesses to be connected to producers and consumers.
“Adapting 4IR technologies and embracing innovation are only the means. Part of our commitment is to enable our businesses, especially MSMEs to embrace digital transformation. Digital transformation enables enterprises to operate efficiently, reduce costs, reach bigger markets, and earn profits. Digital systems developed by tech startups are already connecting sari-sari stores to manufacturers and financing firms,” he added.
Philippine Skills Framework to add digital transformation component
In her special address, Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) Executive Director and Philippine Skills Framework Project Director Nelly Nita Dillera noted that “during the pandemic, the ones who invested in digital infrastructure as well as developed the capability of their team as far as digitalization is concerned made it easy to pivot.”
She said that while the PSF is working on industrial transformation, it must also include digital transformation in its strategy.
“The Philippine Skills Framework is doing the industrial transformation side of the society, but what’s also important and should be added is the digital transformation component. We have been working with industrial transformation a lot, but we’re here today because we are looking at how we can move forward as far as digital transformation is concerned,” she said.
The Philippine Skills Framework is a national strategy aimed at developing a future-ready workforce in the Philippines. It is designed to provide a comprehensive guide for individuals and businesses to assess their skills, identify training and development opportunities, and support the country’s efforts in upskilling and reskilling Filipino talents.
The Philippines Future Skills Summit 2023, co-organized by Confexhub, eduClaaS, Microsoft, the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy, Commission of Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, brought together experts, policymakers, and industry leaders in a discussion about the future of work and the skills that will be required to succeed in the years to come.
The event discussed trends, challenges, and future directions to address the needs of stakeholders to shape the future of the workforce and narrow the digital divide.
This year’s theme “Building a Future-Ready Workforce,” emphasized the importance of preparing the workforce for the challenges of tomorrow.