EDITOR’S NOTE: GREAT MIX by Chito Junia
This issue of TradeIn is a great mix. With politics staring to heat up, we’ve added an interesting political story to its editorial line-up. Who would not be interested to know what’s going on in Makati City and where it’s bound in the next 12 months. Anyway,, almost everything in the Philippines is affected or influenced by politics, including trade and industry.
For our cover story, the July 2015 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) order lifting some construction materials from the list of imported products required to undergo mandatory testing and certification to ensure its compliance to product standards, is an article worth reading. As consumers, it will be all up to us to find out, whether we are ready to face the impact and challenge of the new DTI order.
Another interesting read in this issue of TradeIn is the story about the real value of “balikbayan” boxes. The “balikbayan” box controversy became a global issue when millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) gave a big howl over the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) plan to open all “balikbayan” boxes for inspection. The issue got so big prompting the Senate Ways and Means Committee to conduct an inquiry. And among the topics discussed during the Senate hearing was, how much are the contents of “balikbayan” boxes really worth. The “balikbayan” box article in this issue of TradeIn will enlighten its readers of the real worth of “balikbayan” boxes from the point of view of OFWs.
The columns of Customs Deputy Commissioner Ariel Dellosa and Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) Chairman Jesus Lim Arranza would also be interesting topics about the depreciation of the Chinese Yuan and the country’s power industry.
While those taking maintenance medications could learn something from the story on the extent of fake therapeutic drugs now circulating in Asia and the world. We also have an inspiring story about the turn-around of a cooperative that was at the verge of dissolution, but is now a cooperative model and a recipient of four (4) outstanding cooperative awards.
With this editorial line-up and our regular calendar of Asian trade events and industry milestones, you can sit-back, relax and enjoy the read of this TradeIn issue as you also enjoy a cup of hot brewed coffee.