THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Board of Investments (BOI) have stepped up their collaboration to promote investments in the various regions of the country.
“In collaboration with DTI’s regional offices, we have stepped up our promotion efforts to drive economic activities nationwide, especially in investment-ready areas,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.
The BOI through its Domestic Investments Promotion Service (DIPS) and the Investment Assistance Service (IAS) recently synchronized their respective programs to conduct investment counseling and capability-building training on investment promotion with focus on project plan preparation.
“With these efforts, we expect a more vibrant DTI and BOI presence in providing frontline services to investors in the regions,” Manalo said.
The series of training sessions nationwide started last May. Sessions are scheduled to be conducted in Region 3 (San Fernando, Pampanga) from October 8 to 9 this year following a series of trainings held in Cebu last July.
Manalo noted that the training intends to refine the skills of the DTI regional and provincial frontline staff and the Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officers (LEIPOs) assigned in the regional Negosyo Centers in assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and providing advanced advisory services on investments.
He added that project preparation skills of the stakeholders will be enriched to generate ready-to-go investment projects for promotion and possible BOI registration.
Besides the frontline DTI regional and provincial staff and LEIPOs in Negosyo Center, participants to the training sessions also include economic stakeholders from the local chambers of commerce and industry, industry associations, SMEs, academe and representatives from the other line agencies.