• Incoming DTI chief adds a major trade bureau


    The incoming secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has added a bureau to the department, one that will attend to the special concerns of investors and enterprises.

    According to the updated DTI directory as of June 24, incoming DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez has mostly retained the undersecretaries from the Aquino administration but added a bureau to the major functional groups of the DTI.

    The sixth bureau, called the Special Concerns Group (SCG), is to be headed by Supervising Undersecretary Prudencio Reyes Jr.

    The SCG was a DTI division in the past until it made its way to become one of the main functional groups of the DTI. It will receive and attend to the special concerns of businesses and entrepreneurs registering at the department.

    There are five other main bureaus at the DTI headed by undersecretaries, including the Industry Promotion Group (IPG) which is in charge of domestic and international trade and commerce; Industry Development Group (IDG) which is in charge of investment promotion activities in line with the industry development program; Consumer Protection Group (CPG) which protects the welfare of consumers; Regional Operations Group (ROG) which is in charge of monitoring DTI regional offices; and Management Services Group (MSG) which is in charge of implementation and creation of policies for the whole DTI.

    Lopez earlier said he will retain the undersecretaries in the wing of outgoing DTI chief Adrian Cristobal Jr., and will stay true to the promise of the next administration to streamline government offices and processes for effective and faster public services.

    Only Reyes of the SCG was added, while the roster of trade undersecretaries remained unchanged: Victorio Mario Dimagiba for CPG, Ceferino Rodolfo for IDG, Nora Terrado for IPG, Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya for ROG, and Ireneo Vismonte for MSG.

    Rodolfo has also been retained as the managing head of the Board of Investments (BOI), a DTI-attached investment promotions agency.


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