Department of Trade and Industry

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) serves as the primary coordinative, promotive, facilitative, and regulatory arm of government for the country’s trade, industry, and investment activities. It acts as catalyst for intensified private sector activity to accelerate and sustain economic growth through a comprehensive industrial growth strategy, a progressive and socially responsible liberalization and deregulation program, and policies designed for the expansion and diversification of both domestic and foreign trade.

DTI Philippines aims to achieve a global position for the country’s export sector, develop micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and create a harmonized investment facilitation to identify priority investments. This aligns with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028, based on the Marcos administration’s vision towards Bagong Pilipinas (New Philippines). A country where Filipinos can thrive in a secure and comfortable environment, with equal opportunities to participate in a globally competitive economy.

The Bureau of Philippine Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-BPS) serves as the National Standards Body (NSB) of the Philippines and is mandated to develop, promulgate, and implement standards for all products in the Philippines, to promote standardization activities in the country, and to ensure the manufacture, production, and distribution of quality products for the protection of the consumer. The Bureau was created on 20 June 1964 through Republic Act (RA) 4109, known as the Standards Law. Prior to the formal creation of the DTI-BPS, the office was operating as the Division of Standards under the then Bureau of Commerce of the Department of Commerce and Industry (now DTI).

The mandate of RA 4109 is reiterated by RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines which declares that it is the duty of the State to develop and provide safety and quality standards for consumer products, including performance or use-oriented standards, codes of practice and methods of tests.

At present, the Bureau is positioned within the administrative ambit of the Fair Trade Group (FTG) of the DTI, working alongside with the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) and the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB).

Board of Investments (BOI) – Promotes investments in industries and in the regions for balanced economic development. The BOI is the lead investment promotion agency of the Philippine government.

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – Promotes the viability and growth of cooperatives as instruments of equity, social justice and economic development.

Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) – Assists exporters by developing their core competencies in the areas of marketing, promotion, and capability building through professionally managed and well-selected programs and activities, such as organizing international trade fairs.

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) – Attracts foreign investors to develop or put up export manufacturing plants or regional warehouses in world-class, environment-friendly economic zones (ecozones). PEZA administers and manages the incentives of approved special ecozones in various parts of the country.