Region 9
   The Department of Trade and Industry, in the effective and efficient
   discharge of its mandate, is tasked with the responsibility of realizing
   the country’s goal of developing globally competitive industry and
   services sectors that would contribute to employment generation
   and inclusive growth nationwide.
   As laid out in the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, the DTI
   shall endeavour to do these by improving the country’s business
environment; by increasing productivity and efficiency; and by enhancing consumer welfare services. 
By 2016, the following goals would have been achieved: 
  1. Improved Philippine competitiveness (by landing in the top third from its current bottom third ranking) in major international competitiveness surveys.
  2. Generated 4.6M employment from the industry and services sectors; 2 million of which shall come from MSME sector.
  3. Increased level of awareness of consumers on their rights and responsibilities from the current 50% to 80% level.
To attain these goals, the DTI shall striveto expand exports, increase investments, develop and promote micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance consumer welfare and protection as encapsulated in its slogan; Enabling business. Empowering consumers.
The DTI Regional Office in Region 9 is expected to contribute towards realizing the above organizational goals through strategic interventions in its identified priority industry sectors, through policy advocacy, and through other initiatives that would ensure delivery of efficient and effective services to its different publics.
Particularly given focus for assistance and development are the region’s priority industries – ourchampion products; seaweeds, rubber, processed fish, coconut, mango, and abaca.
Even as we commit to continue to champion business and consumers in the region, we will also continue to foster professional growth, integrity and competence among ourselves in the DTI in consonance with the President’s call for public service that is marked with excellence, accountability, regularity, predictability, and transparency.

Nazrullah B. Manzur
Regional Director


Region 9 or the Zamboanga Peninsula is composed of provincial offices in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Isabela City.

The region lies at the Southernmost portion of the Philippine archipelago. Located at the western tip of the island of Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula is strategically situated in close proximity to Sabah, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia. Thus, its appellation as the Philippines’ gateway to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines (BIMP) East Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Zamboanga Peninsula’s economy is basically rooted in agriculture with farming and fishing as the main economic activities of families.

Its industry sector is characterized by a proliferation of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Most manufacturing activities are based in the cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog, and Pagadian.

Comparative Advantages
Situated outside the typhoon belt and surrounded by five of the Philippines’ richest fishing grounds, the region enjoys several distinct advantages.

It is the no. 1 commercial marine fish producing region in the country, contributing 16.48% of the national fish production and 37% of Mindanao’s total production (BAS 2004 data). The whole industry employs approximately 35,000 workers not counting those employed in the allied industries such as shipping, stevedoring, cold storage, etc. It has also extensive areas developed as aqua farms for brackish water and freshwater fishes.

It supplies 70% of the Philippine domestic requirements for dried fish. To date, there are a total of 104 big dried fish processors in the region.

It supplies 75% of the country’s total domestic requirements for canned sardines. Hence, its appellation as the Sardines Capital of the Philippines. To date, there are eight major canning factories based in Zamboanga City.

Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte, meanwhile, is renowned for pioneering the production of in-glass or bottled sardines in the country. With concerted support from various government agencies, this budding industry has rapidly grown over the years and is now making inroads into the export market. To date, there are now 34 bottled sardines processors based in the region.

Region 9 ranks third in terms of seaweeds production contributing roughly 12% of the total national output. It produces and exports  dried seaweeds and semi-refined and refined carageenan. Carageenan, derived from seaweeds is a major ingredient in the cosmetics and food processing industries.

Coconut is one other crop extensively grown in the region. Coco-based products such as coco-oil, pellets and others remain the region’s biggest traditional export. It is also a major producer of VCO and edible oil for the domestic market. In 2006, 363,530 hectares of coconut farms produced 1,723,659 metric tons (MT) of harvest.

Zamboanga Peninsula is Mindanao’s second biggest producer of mango next to Southern Mindanao.

Its huge deposits of precious minerals include gold, silver, copper, chromite, iron, lead, manganese, coal, clay, asbestos, limestone, quartz, silica, phosphate rock, and marble.

It is home to Zamboanga City Economic Zone (Zamboecozone), the only ecozone and freeport in all Visayas and Mindanao. On top of generous incentives granted to investors and locators, Zamboecozone also guarantees free flow, entry ,and movement of machineries and other good tax free within its jurisdiction.

It has state of the art banking and communications facilities; modern educational and healthcare services; world class hotel and convention centers; abundant water; and stable power supply.

Nature also endowed it with so much natural attractions such as white sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, dive spots, caves for spelunking, marine sanctuaries and awesome coral formations, among others.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:11PM GMT+8

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