DTI, DOTr, DOF to issue a Joint Administrative Order to regulate local charges imposed by international shipping lines

 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Department of Finance (DOF) jointly presented the draft Joint Administrative Order (JAO) to concerned stakeholders. This aims to regulate the local charges imposed by international shipping lines and provide measures to address port congestion.

The issue on excessive and questionable charges levied by some international shipping lines escalated since February 2017 and numerous meetings and forums have been conducted to discuss the recommendations from both the government and private sector.

The JAO was crafted to promote efficient operation of country’s ports and facilitate the importation and exportation of goods to promote more investments. It is also viewed to address the concern of stakeholders on high utilization at Manila ports and difficulty in returning the empty containers to container depots.

After the JAO is signed, the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) shall craft and issue their own orders to implement the said joint order.

DTI implements 7Ms for competitive MSMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council  implements the 7Ms- Mindset Change, Mastery, Mentoring, Money, Machine, Market Access, and Models of Business, a framework which were introduced and supported during the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) meeting last year. MSMEs shall be assisted to develop a positive Mindset, to gain Mastery of their business, to provide quality business Mentorship, to facilitate access to Money, to improve access to domestic and international Markets, to provide quality Machines, and to be exposed to innovative Models of business.

To achieve the strategic goals specified in the MSME Development Plan 2017-2022, the MSMED Council has laid anchor programs to be implemented. These programs and other initiatives were presented during the National MSME Summit held last 10 July 2018 in Clark Pampanga. The summit was attended by entrepreneurs, industry leaders, enablers and other stakeholders nationwide. President Rodgrigo Duterte also graced the event to show his administration’s continuing support to MSMEs.