The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 02 recently conducted an Inter-Agency Meeting and Planning Workshop on February 27-28, 2017 at the DTI-02 NERBAC-CV Conference Room which was participated in by different industry focal persons in the region.

The inter-agency meeting was in support to the approval of the Regional Development Council 02-Economic Development Committee (RDC 02 EDC) Resolution No. 02-02-2016 “Adopting the Regional Priority Industries and Supporting the Industry Cluster Plans of Region 02” which was initiated by DTI.

The resolution recognizes eight (8) regional priority industry clusters namely: Coffee, Cacao, Processed Fruits and Nuts (Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Calamansi and Peanut), Bamboo, Wearables and Homestyle (Furniture and Furnishings, Gifts, Housewares and Decors), Processed Meat and Fish, Dairy and Rubber.

An industry clustering program committee was also created comprising the regional line agencies that signified their full commitment in the alignment of their agency’s Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) to the identified needs of the industry clusters.

The members of the industry clustering program committee were the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Meat and Inspection Service (NMIS), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The different member-agencies also designated their permanent and alternate representatives for the industry cluster program.

Ms. Mary Ann Dy, Chief of the Institutional Development Division of DTI-02, discussed the overview of the industry clustering program in Region 02.

Meanwhile, Mr. Michael Paggabao, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI-02, facilitated the discussions and calibration of the industry cluster plans and strategies.

The industry focal persons of each agency also presented their respective agency mandates and programs in support to industry development.

DOST-02 Assistant Regional Director, Dr. Teresita Tabaog, commended the institutionalization of industry clustering program in the region. She emphasized that DOST can assist clients under special programs like the ONE LAB if in case requirements are not met by existing facilities in the region. After the discussions, workshops were conducted covering the respective industry action plans and database of each agency.

Mr. Paggabao facilitated the presentation of workshop outputs by the various industry focal persons on the second day of the meeting. The presentations have ignited interests from other participants and resulted to fruitful discussions on the possible areas of collaboration and linkages among the agencies.  Some of which were the following: partnership between DA and DENR on the production and distribution of quality coffee and cacao seedlings, EMB support in the issuance of ECC and other environmental discharge permits if necessary, agencies commitment to develop the formal and informal sectors of DOLE and many others.

All the outputs will be consolidated into Regional Industry Cluster Action Plans which will primarily address the support requirements of the eight (8) regional priority industries of Cagayan Valley.

With this new development, the region is envisioned to be another epitome of collaborative industry cluster development and a catalyst of regional economic development through clustering.