PH Industrial Summit eyes Davao’s industry giants

The region’s industry giants like DMI Medical Supply Company Inc (makers of MX3), Lapanday Foods Corporation, and Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation (Tadeco) are high on the list to take part in the Philippine Industrial Summit (PIS) in Mindanao to be held in Cagayan de Oro City on November 26 to 28.

Organized by the PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority (PIA) and PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental-Special Economic Zone (PIEMO-SEZ), the summit intends to speed up the industrial development of Mindanao by establishing connections and dialogues between private and public sectors.

“I am sure there are a lot of companies here in Davao that also want industrialization. I am so impressed with MX3. Whoever thought of using the husk of mangosteen will give health benefits and no entrepreneur has able to convert that into action. Wala ko kabalo kung kinsa pa ang mga industrialists sa Davao,” said PIA CEO and Administrator Lawyer Franklin Quijano in an interview.

With the theme “Building an assertive Industrial Philippines”, the conference aims to uncover issues, trends, and potential solutions that could lead to the development of an inclusive and globally competitive Philippine industry. It will be staged¬†at the Xavier Estate and Limketkai Luxe Hotel Grand Ballroom¬†

The summit aims to gather members of the private and public sectors including business leaders, industry champions, public officials, policymakers, government agencies, academe, and media.

Aside from the Japanese and Chinese Consulates in Davao City, the summit is also supported by the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), Philippine News Agency (PNA), and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

The primary goal of the conference is to help local and foreign industries define and design their integral role in the industrialization programs of the country.

“For private individuals and captain of the industry on the same page while they are competing with each other perhaps they may have forgotten that the role of each of them has a very important contribution in making an Industrial Philippines,” Quijano said.

The holding of the summit also correlates with the recent implementation of Administrative Order No. 18: Accelerating Rural Progress through Robust Development of Special Economic Zones in the countryside. The law seeks to hasten the development of human capital, infrastructure, and special economic zones in rural areas.

“This is the first Philippine Industrial Summit in Mindanao. We need people to answer the question: what is your imagery of modern industrial Philippines? This time I hope that we will be participated by captains of the industries those who really matter in defining the prosperity of our country,” Quijano added.

There will be dialogue among leaders of the industries, private sectors as well as various leaders from the government bureaus, policymakers, and media practitioners in creating a shared vision and recommendation about the Philippine industry future direction.

Participants may suggest and formulate possible courses of action to address issues and prepare for the globalization of the Philippine industries.

“This is an opportune time because our President is very friendly to all nations. There is a trade war going on between. US and China. We cannot help but ask: what will we do to benefit out of this trade war? The trade was is simply preventing some goods coming from one country to go from another country,” he said.

PHIVIDEC is a Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) of the Republic of the Philippines.