Clustering is defined as the geographic concentration of interconnected companies, specialized supplies, service providers, firms in related industries and associated institutions (e.g., universities, standards agencies, trade associations) in particular fields that compete but also cooperate. Geographic scope can range from a single city or region to proximate cities or regions to a country or even a network of neighboring countries.
Industry Clustering is one of the strategies of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) to cascade the economic activities in the development of exports into the regions.
Presently, Industry Clusters exist in many of the provinces where resolution of weaknesses and gaps are bridged by institution building, investment promotions and interventions of other agencies.
However, there is a need to orchestrate the linkages within and among the clusters.
- The National Cluster Management Team shall ensure the implementation of the Industry Clustering program to develop and sustain the integration of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Global Value Chain.
- Harmonize and complement all interventions needed by the clusters.
- Influence relevant government agencies to align their programs with the clusters.