Tourism and IT-BPM Industry noted to boost PH economic growth

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. highlighted the Philippines as a Service Export Powerhouse, specifically the Tourism and Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Sectors’ vital roles in boosting the country’s economic growth during his speech in the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Congress last Monday, 24 July 2023. 

Part of the administration’s work is to push the Philippines by making it a “Tourism Powerhouse and an Agile Export Powerhouse” in Southeast Asia, aligning with the two plans, the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2023-2028 and the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2023-2028. 

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For information and easy reference of the concerned  stakeholders, please be guided by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) visual presentation of the Bureau’s principal ports and sub-ports location on the Philippine map.

The BOC Collection Districts, also known as Ports are supervised by a District Collector assisted by Deputy District Collectors as many as necessary, a District Collector also has jurisdiction over Sub-ports. 


Launching PEDP 2023-2028: Philippines as Agile Export Powerhouse

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. approved the new Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2023-2028, presenting the Philippines as an agile export powerhouse; designed to accelerate the development and growth of exports in key industries. The plan was presented by the Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual at the press briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Office on 06 June 2023.

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PEDP and PDP aligned to achieve the PH sustainable development goals

Both the PEDP 2023-2028 and PDP were aligned to achieve the PH sustainable development goals, with the former focused on export development as the lynchpin of the economy. 

The two plans working together will serve as the platform for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030 and the Philippines’ AmBisyon Natin towards a prosperous, inclusive and resilient society by 2040, 

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BOC and DICT to foster an integrated information and communication technology system

The Bureau of Customs and Department of Information and Communications Technology strengthened their partnership through a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in promoting integration, interoperability, and interconnection of their systems and applications, signed on 15 June 2023. 

Under the MOU, DICT will assess BOC’s applications and systems; recommend strategies for improving the bureau’s ICT system, develop additional applications if necessary, and ensure smooth integration. While BOC will be the partner of DICT in providing guidance and support for interoperability. 

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PNP leads CA-TT Writeshop ahead the BSKE 2023 Elections

The PNP-FEO led the CA-TT Writeshop  for the awareness of concerned stakeholders on the  application and processes of the Committee of the Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns (CBFSC)  in applying for exemptions and Certificate of Authority to Transport (CA-TT) during the gun ban period on every election.  

COMELEC Resolution No. 10918 gives guidance on the Gun Ban policy for the Barangay and SK Elections (BSKE) 2023. Mr. Jay Anastacio, resource speaker from COMELEC explained the procedures and common denial grounds on the electronic filing of the CA-TT. After the online filing, the applicant receives notification of Incomplete Requirements if the applicant has unaccomplished or incomplete submission of documents. On the other hand, applicant receives the payment instruction notice with the application number and the processing fee once the application is verified and approved. 

The said writeshop was led by PBGen Benjamin Silo Jr., Acting Director of the Civil Security Group (CSG), PBGen Leumar Abugan Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) Chief, PBGen Andrew Cayad, Deputy Director for Operations and Member and representative of the PNP in the CBFSC, PBGen Dominic Bedia, Deputy Director of the CSG, Col. Joel Bonavente Executive Director of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Atty Akia Co of COMELEC and  and held at Camp Crame last 20 June 2023.

To assist PH exporters further, the EDC Networking Committee on Trade Policies and Procedures Simplification (EDC-NCTPPS) strongly advocates for the removal of PNP Controlled chemicals from the COMELEC Gun Ban (requiring for a CA-TT) as it is already highly regulated.  The NCTPPS continuously initiate efforts in streamlining and harmonizing the procedures conforming to the East of Doing Business particularly on transporting PNP Controlled Chemicals during the Election Gun Ban period. AGPM

ECOP: 44th NCE “Human-Centered Transitions for a Just and Sustainable Workplace”

The Employers Confederation Of the Philippines (ECOP) celebrated its 44th annual gathering. This year’s National Conference of Employers (NCE) was creatively themed “Human-Centered Transition for a Just and Sustainable Workplace” The forum tackled strategies for creating unique employee experiences and the critical role that employers should play in making this a reality. 

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PBBM Encourages Public-Private Collaboration for Jobs

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PBBM) welcomes the plan to implement the Private Sector Jobs and Skills Corp (PSJSC) to reform the skills of the Filipino workforce, address jobs, the mismatch of skills, and provide additional employment for the Filipinos. 

In the meeting with the Private Sector Advisory Council-Job Sector Group (PSAC-JSG) on 18 May 2023 at Malacañang, PBBM emphasized the need for the collaboration of the government and private sector to generate more jobs. 

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