Philippines-China Cooperation Supports the Philippine Recovery Efforts
Manila – In a virtual turnover, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez thanked the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FFCCCII) in the latest turnover of 1 million pesos to help Philippine MSMEs promote Philippine products and service in China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) and China International Import Expo (CIIE), two of the world’s largest investment and trade expos organised by China as platforms not only to help business people from all over the world sell to the burgeoning China consumer market, but also to the global market. Supporting our Filipino enterprises is an integral part of the government’s efforts to revitalise the economy.
Secretary Lopez also recognised the long-standing partnerships of Filipino Chinese socio-community group with DTI that include programs to “Buy Pinoy”, to manufacture in the Philippines, and to assist thru supports to revive safe operations and continued logistic supports and distributions of goods and services.
FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong shared that the donations of the group to over 500 barangays and over a hundred hospitals also symbolises the long-standing solidarity of the organization and the Chinese-Filipino community with the nation. Distributed were over 300 millions of pesos in Covid assistances and medical supplies directly to our medical frontliners, including a bio-molecular lab to the Red Cross. This is on top of other Chinese-Filipino groups like KAISA, Chan Family of Oishi, Anvil Business Club, and several anonymous donors that continue to extend help to the communities around the country.
China government and philanthropic individuals have donated over 100 invasive ventilators, 30 non-invasive ventilators, 250,000 high-grade test kits, 1.87 million N95 and face masks. In addition more than 3,100 tons of high quality rice and 20 million pesos worth of food packs have been distributed to communities-in-need through the help of the local governments. This is on top of the donations of Chinese companies like the Bank of China’s 1 million face masks, Alibaba’s 200,000 test kits and 1 million face masks, and NGCP’s 1 billion pesos in cash and medical supplies… Not recorded yet are the assistances of local businesses to local governments and private institutions.
In addition, proof that Philippines-China ties remain robust despite the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea is that Beijing has already pledged to supply the Philippines with vaccines for COVID-19. These vaccines are now at the final stages of field testing prior to large-scale manufacturing and may be available by December 2020. While another superpower is cornering the market and have publicly announced that the profits of the pharmaceutical companies would be protected, China has promised to make its vaccines a public good. For a developing country like ours with 100 million plus Filipinos, our people benefit when we work with all partners! As the age-old saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed! (Source: GlobalNewsPH@gmail.com)
Contact tracing apps take the spotlight at DTI’s Pitch Party
Curated contact tracing applications will take center stage in an online Pitch Party streaming on September 25, 2020 at 2:00 in the afternoon via Zoom and FB Live.
This online event is a joint endeavor of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), StartupIslandPH, The Company, LGU Dumaguete, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Visayas, the various Chambers in Region 7 and the Rotary.
DTI R7 Assistant Regional Director Maria Elena Arbon said that this webinar is the second of 3 online events under DTI’s Ready to Recover (R2R) banner.
The online Pitch Party, Arbon enthused, gathers presenters of contact tracing applications to deliver a short and concise business pitch to describe the company and the application in a way that can be easily understood by the general public, as well as capture the attention of the business community.
Contact tracing apps such as WeScan, QRCity, Clear Pass, CoScan, Radar, KeepSafe, OpenGov, TapTrace, TMDC, ZTrace, Safe Pass, among others, will be pitched in DTI’s chat show this coming Friday.
According to the DTI director, this initiative also spurs the growth of startups and supports the development of the startup ecosystem in Central Visayas. Arbon explained that the main goal of this event is to inform businesses and educate the public on the technology options currently available.
“DTI is again encouraging businesses to adopt more effective and safer tech solutions for health monitoring to replace pen and paper,” She added.
Arbon pointed out that community involvement is critical to the program’s success and hopes that the webinar will spark a business sector led movement for the adoption of smarter and better contact tracing methods.
For those interested to participate, please register here: http://bit.ly/PPRgstr Get a reminder here: https://www.facebook.com/DTI.Region7/posts/3110596892383164
The public may also watch the event at DTI Region 7’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/DTI.Region7/ or at the following partner Facebook pages:
Department of Science and Technology Region 7 FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DOST.Region7/
Department of Information and Communications Technology Region 7 FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DICTgovph/
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DTI TO PROMOTE PHILIPPINE IT-BPM INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIAN MARKET
The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Sydney (PTIC-Sydney) will conduct a webinar+ on 25 September 2020, 1:30 pm in the Philippines and 3:30 pm in Australia.
The webinar+ is a two-part activity composed of a webinar to be followed by a B2B, to promote the Philippine Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry in Australia.
The webinar, entitled “The Philippine IT-BPM Industry: Your Tool for Business Recovery and Continuity”, will focus on the capability of the Philippine IT-BPM industry to deliver services to global clients, specifically in the Australian market, and to share its current initiatives in maintaining the industry’s resiliency and readiness for business amidst the pandemic.
It will also present the current state of the IT-BPM industry and discuss IT-related and BPM services beyond voice, focusing on IT services (including finance and accounting), software development, Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO), and creative servicesaimed at encouraging Australian companies to consider the Philippines for their outsourcing or work sharing needs to help optimize and scale up their business during a pandemic.
Topics will cover discussions about the state of the industry, how the industry is coping with the challenges, and its strategies to address the impact brought about by the pandemic. Likewise, it is an awareness campaign that PH business is open and capable to provide the demand of its client’s outsourcing needs.
The webinar will be live streamed via Zoom and will be participated in by industry experts as speakers namely, Mr. Rey Untal, the president of IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines; Mr. Jonathan Luzuriaga, president of the Philippine Software Industry Association; and Mr. Ernesto S. de Castro, president of the Philippine Engineering Services Outsourcing. President of Australia Philippines Business Council Mr. Eduard Alcordo and Mr. Derek Gallimore, founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, the leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) marketplace, will also be present as co-moderator and host, respectively.
A targeted online business to business matching (B2B) session will be also be conducted as a follow up to the webinar on Sept. 29, 2020. Through the B2B, PH companies can connect, consult, and engage with Australian companies, aimed at exploring how the Philippines can integrate and provide its value-adding services to their existing business supply/value chain. END