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The development path of each of Asia’s advanced and middle-income economies has been characterized by strong growth of the industrial sector and large shifts of workers from lower value-added agriculture and services into higher-value manufacturing and exports. This has yet to take place in the Philippines on a sufficiently large scale.


For much of the last century, industrialization in the Philippines consisted of import substitution and exports of agricultural and forestry products having limited value-added (e.g. coconut oil, copper metal, and plywood). [ Read This Chapter ]


The ports of Batangas and Subic have substantial new investment in port infrastructure that should be utilized to lower international shipping costs for industry in CALABARZON and to develop an Asian regional freeport at Subic. [ Read This Chapter ]

EDITORIAL – Roadblocks to investment

28 September, 2015 at 12:45

At a trade expo last weekend, Philippine officials competed with their counterparts from other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to entice foreign investors especially in the manufacturing sector.

Garments exports seen doubling to $1.5B

8 September, 2015 at 15:47

PHILIPPINE exports of garments and other merchandise goods are expected to double to $1.5 billion over the next two years on the back of rising demand from two of the country’s biggest markets, namely Europe and the United States.

RP exports continue to fall in June 2015

3 September, 2015 at 11:07

Philippine exports fell for the third consecutive month despite the recovery of the electronics sector in June 2015, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Japan commits to help PHL develop manufacturing sector

22 July, 2015 at 16:26

News Top News by Catherine Pillas – July 17, 2015 0 146   Tokyo and Manila have approved an action plan for cooperation on

A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to...

16 July, 2015 at 11:02

A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class By NELSON D. SCHWARTZJULY 13, 2015   Trading College for Apprentice

Toyota commits more investments

14 July, 2015 at 10:26

By: Amy R. Remo Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:20 AM July 11th, 2015 Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) has committed to pour in

Two BBL strategies

26 May, 2015 at 11:15

Artemio V. Panganiban Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:49 AM | Sunday, May 24th, 2015 The two legislative committees primarily

A foreign-designed economic development plan

18 May, 2015 at 10:28

AT GROUND LEVEL By Satur C. Ocampo (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 16, 2015 – 12:00am Under no other administration than

PIDS urges multimodal transport, logistics dev’t plan

22 April, 2015 at 11:00

PIDS urges multimodal transport, logistics dev’t plan By Ted P. Torres (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 19, 2015 – 12:00am MANILA,

Vietnam’s inward investment surge — will it last?

22 April, 2015 at 10:51

Vietnam’s inward investment surge — will it last? Courtney Fingar April 21, 2015 7:38 pm Country has shown it can compete for FDI in the

Cabotage – SB 2486 – JFC Letter to...

19 March, 2015 at 13:27

Cabotage – SB 2486- JFC Letter to Transpo Chair Sarmiento   Cabotage law amendments – Senate approved version

USAID TRADE Newsletter and Trade, Investment & Industry Indicators

17 March, 2015 at 17:11

2015FebruaryNewsletter Monthly TII Indicators (February 2015)

Ports remain congested, traders say

12 March, 2015 at 15:30

Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:01 AM | Thursday, March 5th, 2015 Amy R. Remo   Business groups have remained skeptical of claims made by the

JFC-PBG letter re National Apprenticeship Reform bill

20 February, 2015 at 15:18

Apprenticeship – Letter Angara CR 525 – Reforming National Apprenticeship Program

FDI surges 112% in Aug

14 November, 2014 at 10:45

By Kathleen A. Martin (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2014 – MANILA, Philippines – Jobs-creating foreign

DTI Trade, Investment & Industry Indicators (October 2014)

28 October, 2014 at 10:17

Monthly TII Indicators (October 2014)

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