THE most awaited and grandest packaging event started at the first day of February here at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. After the arrival and registration of participants, guests and the Guest of Honor at the start of the opening ceremonies both the invocation and the singing of the national anthem was sung by Pascual laboratories’ Panaceo Cantata.

Cultural dance presentations were done showcasing colorful dances from the three largest islands that comprises the Philippine Archipelago (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) and it was perfectly executed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild followed by the welcome remarks given by non other than the Informa Markets Asia Vice President Mr. Ian Roberts.

Messages from guests such as the World Packaging Organization President Prof. Pierre Pienaare FAIP, CPP followed by the message of the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. represented by Dr. Annabelle V. Briones the Director of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).

The Vice Governor of the Province of Laguna Atty. Karen Agapay was invited but failed to attend and was not represented by anyone while Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual was represented by Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona of DTI-Regional Operations Group.

Congressman Mario Vittorio A. Marino the House Committee Chair on Trade and Industry of the 19th Congress also attended while the keynote address of Senator Cynthia Villar was read by her representative Atty. Ken Edward S. Sta. Ana the Committee Officer for Trade and industry of the Office of Senator Mark Villar.

After the messages and speech of the special guests came the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Propak Philippines 2023 that marked the start of this three day event. Also present where H. E Dodo Sudradjat, minister and Deputy Chief of Missions from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia together with other dignitaries from the Diplomatic Corps.

Exhibitors were entrepreneurs and business engaged in packaging, printing and related industries from the Philippines and around Asia. One entrepreneur is From Iligan City participating as visitor which was the owner of Harry’s Halal foods : Panoroganan “Nori” Macarambon.

Photos from the ribbon cutting and cultural dance presentations before the start also the personalities that delivered their respective speeches and messages followed by photographs of exhibitors.

The following photos are from the exhibitors that participate in this year’s Propak Philippines.



ProPak is back in Manila  with over 250 exhibitors worldwide  

MANILA, Philippines – Supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Informa Markets successfully launched the physical comeback of ProPak Philippines in Manila this 2023 with more than 250 exhibitors across the globe.  

ProPak Philippines is an international trade fair that exhibits up-to-date technologies on packaging, and processing or manufacturing. Over 250 packaging companies from 25 countries participated in this year’s exhibit happening from February 1 to 3 at the World Trade Center, Manila.  

“The Philippines has been steadily showing strong and dynamic growth across its industries due to rising incomes, growing consumer demands, and increasing export potential. ProPak Philippines will stand to serve as the venue where business opportunities emerge,” said Ian Roberts, Vice President of Informa Markets-Asia.  

The expo features reputable companies involved in processing and packaging machineries, showcasing the latest materials, and technology for filing, bottling, quality-assurance, testing, measurement, and maintenance. This also features virtual and hybrid business-to-business (B2B) matching that connects to online supplier platform and content hub with marketing activities, sourcing, networking, demonstrations, and sustainable innovative solutions.  

Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Bles Lantayona read the message of DTI Secretary Fred Pascual during the opening ceremony of the third installation of ProPak Philippines. Secretrary Pascual said that “with the growing number of e-commerce platforms in the country and the growth of MSMEs, this event will become an entrepreneurial asset and a game-changer on how Filipino MSMEs present their products in the global market. Innovation in packaging will for sure contribute in making Filipino-made products strong in the global market.”  

In 2018, DTI pushed for innovative packaging and branding for MSMEs through “Pack! Pinas”, a packaging roadshow program that aims to help entrepreneurs learn the latest market trends and opportunities in product development and packaging solutions through various programs such as seminars and trade fairs. The initiative was supported by MSMED Council, Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Food and Drug Administration and private sector partners. DTI also made sure that packaging solutions for MSMEs are integrated in its programs such as One Town One Product (OTOP), Shared Service Facilities (SSF), and Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs). On the other hand, DTI’s training arm, the PTTC provides capacity-building trainings and workshops in partnership with Negosyo Centers across the country.  

DTI reiterates its support to ProPak Philippines and ProPak Asia by participating in ProPak Asia in Bangkok this 2023. Last June 2022, DTI-Regional Operations Group led the Philippine delegation of over 200 MSMEs to the ProPak Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.  


DTI awarded as high-performing, efficient government agency

The Office of the President’s Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) recognizes the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as one of the government agencies that demonstrated exemplary performance based on the results of the administered Report Card Survey initiated by ARTA in coordination with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).  

Report Card Survey (RCS) 2.0 is a scorecard of government agencies that measures their effective implementation of the Citizen’s Charter and their efficiency of government service delivery.  

Fifteen (15) out of the 48 agencies managed to obtain an RCS score of 85% or above, making them eligible to receive the ARTA award. DTI ranks second among the national government agencies who bag the ARTA RCS Silver Award for achieving a very satisfactory rating with 90.81 % RCS score during the recently concluded RCS 2.0 pilot implementation.  

Usec. Bles Lantayona of DTI Regional Operations Group received the plaque of recognition and check on behalf of DTI Secretary Fred Pascual.  

“Isang malaking karangalan ang pagkilalang ito sa aming Kagawaran at dahil dito, makakaasa po kayo na lalo naming paiigtingin at paghuhusayan ang aming Serbisyong Higit Pa Sa Inaasahan,” said Usec. Lantayona.