of Trade and Industry’s Philippine Trade Training Center
Executive Director Nestor Palabyab during the soft launching of
the Food Connection Innovation Hub at the PTTC Building, Pasay
City last August 10, 2016.
DTI unveils food
August 22, 2016
MAKATI CITY – In its
effort to catapult local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
into the global market, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
through its Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), launched an
innovation hub specifically catering to the processed food sector on
August 10, 2016.
The Food Connection
Innovation hub is in collaboration with the Department of Science and
Technology, Food Innovation Center (DOST-FIC).
“With the growing
opportunities in the food sector and the anticipation of the huge
market demand for innovative food products in the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) integration, we would like to provide areas of
assistance for our entrepreneurs specifically those processed food
MSMEs,” said PTTC Executive Director Nestor Palabyab during the soft
launch of the Food Connection innovation hub.
The hub will specifically
house facilities that will equip food entrepreneurs in meeting
technical requirements of the export market such as the Hazard
Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and other safety and
quality certifications. Food laboratory testing equipment such as
metal detector, water activity meter and pH meter, are all aimed to be
available during the hub’s full operation. Consultancy services on
safe quality management, production, marketing and management will
also be offered to enterprises that will be assisted by the hub. Other
existing facilities at the PTTC such as seminar rooms, exhibit halls
and meeting rooms will also be accessible.
Included in the latest
Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP), processed food sector is
positioned to create demand in the growing market abroad especially
with the rise of healthy food products, and Halal-certified products
in non-Muslim regions. The Food Connection Innovation Hub will be
housed with ASEAN trade experts, export marketing trainers and
experts, and other trade experts that will cater to the needs of the
Through the food connection
innovation hub, DTI-PTTC also expects to promote networking among key
players and venture capitalists in the sector to establish
collaboration and develop viable business strategies.
According to Philippine
Exports Confederation Inc (PHILEXPORT), there are about 500 processed
food MSMEs that are currently registered as their members. These
enterprises are expected to benefit in different trade assistance that
the hub will provide to further their export products in penetrating
the global market.
In 2014, Philippine
Statistics Agency (PSA) reported that there are a total of 127,518
established MSMEs in the food and accommodation sector. These numbers
are expected to grow as the Philippines prepares for the full
integration of the ASEAN Economic Community.
Philippine Trade Training
Center is the DTI’s training arm which promotes capacity building and
mentoring among entrepreneurs especially those in the exporting