Department of Trade and Industry

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Department of Trade and Industry

Logo of the Department of Trade and Industry

Established: June 23, 1898
Secretary: Peter B. Favila
Budget: P1.979 billion (2005)
Website: Business Philippines

The Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (Filipino: Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya) is the executive department of the Philippine Government tasked to coordinate all government activities related to trade, industry, and investments. It is charged with creating a business-friendly environment conducive to the growth of enterprise and supportive of fair and robust trade in goods and services, both within and outside the country. DTI is currently under the leadership of Secretary Gregory Domingo.



On 23 June 1898, President Emilio Aguinaldo formed four government agencies:3 the Departments of Navy, Commerce, Manufacturing and Agriculture.

On 6 September 1901, the Philippine Commission established the Department of Commerce and Police.

On 5 December 1932, the Philippine Legislature Act 4007 tasked the Bureau of Commerce to develop and promote the trade and industry of the country under the overall supervision of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

After World War II, President Manuel A. Roxas issued Executive Order 94 on 4 October 1947, which created the Department of Commerce and Industry (DCI). Appointed Acting Secretary of DCI was Cornelio Balmaceda, Economics Professor and BOC Director.

By 1972, DCI, which was mandated to promote, develop, expand, regulate, and control foreign and domestic trade, industry, and tourism, already has 10 regular bureaus and 22 agencies under its direct supervision.

On 11 May 1973, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree (PD) 189, which created the Department of Tourism to handle all tourism-related matters.

On 21 June 1974, Marcos issued PD 488, which created the Department of Industry that was tasked to promote and enhance the growth of existing and thriving industries in the country.

Under PD 721, the Department of Trade was created on 2 June 1975 and was tasked to strengthen the socio-economic development of the country. The Bureau of Foreign Trade was also established to push for domestic trade and marketing programs.

To expand Philippine trade overseas, the Ministry of Trade and Industry was created on 27 July 1981 and took over the functions of the subsequently abolished Departments of Trade and Industry.

On 27 February 1987, President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order 133, which reorganized the Ministry of Trade and Industry and renamed it the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In 2006, DTI Secetary Peter B. Favila issued a Department Order which officially declared every 27 July of each year, the date the Ministries of Trade and Industry merged, as the anniversary of DTI.

Organizational Structure

DTI Organizational Chart
  • Office of the Secretary (OSEC) – provides support and coordination of information to the DTI Secretary and the functional groups of the Department
    • Internal Audit Office (IAO)
    • Office of Policy Research (OPR)
      • E-Commerce Office (ECO)
      • Liaison Office for Legislative Affairs (LOLA)
    • Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
    • Public Relations Office (PRO)
    • Office of Special Concerns (OSC)
    • Intellectual Property Office (IP Philippines)
    • National Development Company (NDC)
    • Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)
    • Philippine National Construction Company (PNCC)
  • Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG) – in-charge of investment promotion of activities which are critical to the Department's trade and industry development program
    • Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR)
    • Bureau of Import Services (BIS)
    • Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) - Policy Posts
    • Center for International Competitiveness (CIC)
      • National Competitiveness Council (NCC)
    • Board of Investments (BOI)
  • Trade and Investment Promotions Group (TIPG) - Promotes domestic and international trade and commerce
    • Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP)
      • Export Development Council (EDC)
    • Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
      • Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO)
    • Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC)
    • Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)
    • Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) - Promo Posts
  • Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) – enforces laws on consumer protection and education and formation of consumer groups
    • Bureau of Product Standards (BPS)
    • Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP)
      • National Consumers Affairs Council (NCAC)
      • National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC)
    • Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO)
    • Philippine Shippers Bureau (PSB)
    • Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP)
    • Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF)
  • Regional Operations and Development Group (RODG) – responsible for the field operations of the Department
    • Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED)
      • SME Development Council
    • Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT)
    • Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines (PDDCP)
    • Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC)
    • Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.)
    • Rural Micro-Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP)
    • Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)
    • 16 Regional Offices and 74 Provincial/City/Area Offices
  • Management Services Group – delivers services to clients in the shortest possible time and at the least cost; provides industry policies; monitors the implementation of operating plans and programs; provides overall information and communication support
    • General Administrative Service (GAS)
    • Financial Management Service (FMS)
    • Human Resource Development and Personnel Service (HRDPS)
    • Management Information Service (MIS)
    • Office of the Operational Planning (OOP)
    • Trade and Industry Information Center (TIIC)

To get a copy of the complete DTI Directory of Key Officials as of 01 October 2012, please click here.




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