The Department of Trade and lndustry has always focused on the
   two-pronged mandate to develop competitive businesses as well as
   to safeguard consumer welfare. ln complying with this twin directive,
   emphasis is placed on the efficient implementation of our agency's
   key strategic programs contributing to the attainment of the
   priority development goals.
   For its part, DTI-CAR zooms-in on the regional development objective
of poverty reduction and comprehensive growth for the Cordillerans. Given the importance of this task, DTI-CAR continues to build on its sources of growth with close attention to our Region's areas of comparative edge primarily the coffee industry, energy, ecotourism, furnitures and furnishings, gifts and holiday decors, and information and communication technology (lCT). We continuously endeavor to develop optimum business milieu for MSMEs and investors to thrive. We believe that by providing them technical assistance, access to technology and the needed facilities and equipments, we are steering them to attain and maintain a flourishing livelihood that will ultimately raise their value and profile in the local economy.
Equally significant is DTI-CAR's fulfilment of its services delivery commitment of consumer well being. Present-day consumers are faced with an assortment of hurdles that greatly affect their ability to transact with confidence. ln our era where commerce is progressively swayed by
abusive trade practices and fast-paced technological means of purchasing, we need to adopt strategies to help increase consumer power.

DTI-CAR will continue to promote and implement policies that uphold consumer empowerment through continual advocacies, information and advice on getting organized for group bargaining, effective enforcement of consumer laws, ensure observance of product standards by manufacturers and systems safety by service providers.
As part of our social responsibility, we continue to encourage products that are manufactured in ecologically sensitive ways and advocate green consumerism through the purchase and use of eco-friendly goods that minimize damage to our environment. To accomplish all of these, DTI-CAR is guided by our adherence to the Ouality Management System (QMS), principles of good governance and transparency. And with the myriad of programs and projects of DTl, we aim to manage our results by acquiring an organizational design that will ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of these activities in order to ascertain that, indeed, businesses have been enabled and consumers empowered.

Myrna P. Pablo
Regional Director

The Land

Located in the northern part of the Philippines, Cordillera is composed of six provinces – Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province. It is also the home of the Chartered City of Baguio and the component City of Tabuk in Kalinga Province.

The Cordillera covers an area of approximately 18,294 square kilometers. It is composed of 73 municipalities, two cities, seven congressional districts, and 1,176 barangays.

The Economy
The Cordillera’s economy is propelled by the manufacturing activities based at the Baguio City Economic Zone. Most of manufacturing output is attributed to electronic products that come from the Baguio City Economic Zone-based Texas Instruments (TI). Indeed, the industry sector has dominated the regional economy since its creation in 1987.

Other export products are ethnic woodcarving and hand-woven materials. Apparels among others that are sought after in the international market. The mining industry, on the other hand, continues to position the region as the highest contributor to the total gross value added of mining and quarrying in the country.

With regard to agricultural products, Cordillera is the best and primary source of highland vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and other greens.

Comparative Advantage
  • The region has a cool weather.
  • Cordillera is the only part of the country that has cool weather all year-round.
  • Average temperature is from 15oC-26oC and can go as low as 8oC from December to early February.
  • Baguio City's temperature can go as low as 8oC cooler on any month than any place in the lowlands.
Investment Potentials
There are 13 major river basins in the region, making it the watershed cradle of Northern Philippines. These river basins are contributors to the Luzon Power Grid, which provides electricity for the region and its neighboring areas.

Meanwhile, water irrigation is provided to farmlands in the Regions 1, 2, and 3.

Food Basket
  • About 300 varieties of upland rice are exported to the United States and Japan.
  • Aromatic varieties of coffee that thrive best in the area are being produced.
  • Cordillera, specifically Benguet Province, is the only place in the country where strawberries grow best.
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