MRP Cluster Q1 meeting

The Manufacturing Resurgence Program (MRP) Cluster held its First Quarter Meeting at the Board of Investments (BOI). MRP-implementing government agencies agreed that the various MRP projects being implemented are relevant and critical to the manufacturing industry’s growth and development and be globally competitive.

The MRP aims to improve the existing capacity of industries, strengthen new ones, and maintain the competitiveness of industries with comparative advantage. It also seeks to build-up agriculture-based manufacturing industries that generate employment, and support small-holder farmers and agri-cooperatives through product development, value-adding, and integration to big enterprises for marketing and financing purposes.

Assistant Secretary Aldaba reported DTI’s ongoing MRP projects namely the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program, Die & Mold Making and Design Training in partnership with the MIRDC and the PDMA; Philippine Rubber Investment and Market Encounter; enhancing the competitiveness of the Philippine coffee, establishment and implementation of an Aerospace Quality Management Systems Project; Product and Technology Holistic Strategy Project for the electronics industry, Study by the UP School of Urban Planning, Economics and Anthropology on the revival of key industries in the Sixth District of Quezon City; Cottage Industry Technology Center Transformation Project, Sectoral Value Proposition Development, Regulations review for priority sectors, Industry Roadmapping Project including the development of roadmaps for the footwear and garments and textile sectors; conduct of regional conferences and localization of industry roadmaps; and forum and conferences on trade and industry development talks and updates on various industries and sectors.

DTI’s BSMED on the other hand separately reported its MRP initiatives including the conduct of SME Roving Academy, establishment of Shared Services Facilities and Negosyo Centers.

DA meanwhile reported the highlights of its accomplishments of programs and projects identified under MRP namely the High-Value Crops Development Program which assisted coffee growers, the establishment of rice processing centers for farmer associations, the Philippine Rural Development Project’s I-REAP Component, and the Farm-to-Market Development Program which provides connectivity of the agri-fishery production sites to the processing and market centers.

During the meeting Assistant Secretary Aldaba highlighted the importance of DTI and DA’s close coordination since most of the projects of the two agencies are interrelated.  As identified in the Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS), the country’s blueprint detailing the overall industrial strategy, the strong linkage of the manufacturing sector and agriculture will stimulate economic growth.

PCA reported the Kaanib Coco Hub Project which aims to increase the income of participating coconut farmers by providing processing hubs for coco-based products such as virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, coco coir, among others.   PCA also reported it is currently working on the coconut roadmap together with the industry players.

Meanwhile DOE, NEA, and NPC separately reported on their MRP initiatives, all of which are geared towards providing sufficient energy resources to stimulate the growth and development of various industries and sectors.


CNIS presented

The Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS), a product of 3-year collaborative efforts led by DTI Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba and research experts from PIDS, was presented during the 14th Trade and Industry Development Updates (TID Updates) in 28 March 2016 to members of the private sector, academe, and relevant government agencies.

The forum also gathered insights and inputs on the CNIS and how this strategy can further move the economy to become a regional manufacturing, services, and agribusi­ness hub by 2022.