The new secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) plans to continue and strengthen programs supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), he informed the trade bureau in a welcome ceremony last Friday.
On Friday, the DTI, its Board of Investments (BOI) unit, and other attached bureaus and offices welcomed new Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Lopez said during the turnover ceremony that he would prioritize strengthening entrepreneurship with great emphasis on improving ease of doing business factors to support trade and investment.
Lopez, who is also the BOI chairman, will be carrying over the current MSME-centric programs and initiatives such as export promotion, Negosyo Centers, and Shared Service Facilities, and said he is set to review their targets according to the Duterte Administration’s economic agenda, which includes a focus on reducing red tape for entrepreneurs and business locators.
The new secretary also lauded the department’s management under former DTI chief Adrian Cristobal Jr., saying that he is privileged to inherit the DTI “as a very professional, competent, excellent and ‘clean’ agency.”
New bureau added
In one of his first moves as Trade Secretary Lopez added an additional bureau to address business needs, giving the DTI six functional bureaus from the five main bureaus previously.
The new office, called Special Concerns Group (SCG), is to be headed by Supervising Undersecretary Prudencio Reyes Jr., and was created from similar service desks within the other operational groups to provide a dedicated office to receive and address DTI-registered businesses’ complaints and concerns.
The other main operational groups of the DTI are the Industry Promotion Group (IPG), which is in charge of domestic and international trade and commerce; Industry Development Group (IDG), which manages investment promotion activities in line with the industry development program; Consumer Protection Group (CPG); Regional Operations Group (ROG), which is in charge of monitoring DTI regional offices and their activities; and the Management Services Group (MSG), which is charged with the effective implementation and creation of policies for the whole DTI.