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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has in­structed four ad­di­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies to help 14 de­part­ments bol­ster the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Philip­pine Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Plan (PEDP), in an ef­fort to im­prove the coun­try’s ex­port gains.

Un­der Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar (MC) 27, at least 18 gov­ern­ment agen­cies agency were del­e­gated to col­lec­tively work, re­view, institute re­forms, and im­ple­ment all rel­e­vant poli­cies in har­mony with the PEDP and the Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan to boost ex­port growth.

The Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Act of 1994 man­dates the craft­ing of a three-year rolling PEDP, which de­fines the coun­try’s an­nual and medium-term ex­port trusts, strate­gies, pro­grams and projects jointly im­ple­mented by the gov­ern­ment, ex­porters and other stake­hold­ers.

Duterte’s pre­de­ces­sor, former Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III, signed MC 91 in 2016, ap­prov­ing the PEDP 2015 to 2017 and di­rect­ing 14 agen­cies, with the Depart­ment of Trade In­dus­try (DTI) as lead agency, to col­lec­tively work and re­view all rel­e­vant poli­cies to fa­cil­i­tate ex­ports and ad­dress the hin­drances for its free flow.

Aquino’s cir­cu­lar tasked the de­part­ments of Trade, Agri­cul­ture, En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment, Fi­nance, For­eign Af­fairs, Health, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, La­bor, Pub­lic Works and High­ways, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, and Trans­porta­tion; Bangko Sen­tral ng Pilip­inas; and Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity to re­view rel­e­vant poli­cies to en­sure PDEP’s im­ple­men­ta­tion.

In Duterte’s new or­der, the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, Depart­ment of Tourism, Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, and Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion were in­structed to help the ex­ist­ing 14 gov­ern­ment agen­cies “for con­ti­nu­ity, con­sis­tency of poli­cies and in­no­va­tive strate­gies to in­crease ex­ports and jobs.”

“It is nec­es­sary to re­view and im­ple­ment spe­cific rules and strate­gies on trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion to sup­port the ex­port process, in or­der to stream­line busi­ness pro­ce­dure and re­duce cost,” the Pres­i­dent said in MC 27.

“To en­sure ef­fi­cient, re­spon­sive and well-co­or­di­nated strate­gies, it is crit­i­cal to in­volve other agen­cies in the de­vel­op­ment of the ex­port sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly those that can pro­vide sup­port to In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, in­fras­truc­ture, tourism, and man­power de­vel­op­ment and skills train­ing,” he added.

Duterte ordered the Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC) to up­hold its func­tion to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the PEDP and co­or­di­nate the for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of pol­icy re­forms and pro­mo­tion strate­gies.

The Pres­i­dent also in­structed the EDC to en­sure the bian­nual val­i­da­tion and up­dat­ing of the PEDP, pur­suant to Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Act of 1994.

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