The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will go “full speed ahead” in implementing projects and programs this 2016, newly appointed Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said on Monday.
“We’ll go full speed ahead. The programs we have now such as shared service facilities, the programs for micro, small and medium enterprises [MSMEs], our trade promotions and negotiations, will continue at faster pace now,” Cristobal told reporters.
The DTI welcomed Cristobal as its new chief on Monday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed him as ad interim secretary effective December 31, 2015.
He replaced former Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo who filed his resignation last September 2015.
Cristobal stressed that the department would continue to push for trickling down the country’s economic growth by focusing policies and programs to help MSMEs.
“What is more important is their impact on alleviating poverty. This is the change in the economy that we want to see first in our own policies, our own programs and activities. Our strategy will be to ensure that all our policies, programs and activities will have the micro, small, and medium enterprises at their core,” he said.
“[U]nless we do this, majority of our people will not fully benefit in the growth,” Cristobal added.
The new DTI chief said the department would further streamline procedures to improve ease of doing business.
In line with this, the DTI repealed more than a hundred department orders, Cristobal noted.
“We will also continue to entice investors from here and abroad through responsive and targeted trade and industry policies using the roadmaps that we crafted together with the private sector. We will support this effort by continuing to institute ease of doing business reforms as well as pursuing preferential trade agreements in other countries in other regions,” said Cristobal.
In terms of consumer rights and protection, he said that department would promote quality consciousness not only to consumers but also to producers and traders.
“Vigilance will continue to be our watch word but promoting a culture of quality is our ultimate goal,” he said.
Prior to assuming the highest post in DTI, Cristobal has served as undersecretary for the department’s Industry Development Group and managing head of the Board of Investments.