The Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PHILFOODEX) has undertaken advocacies and different projects over the years with the end view of helping the our members achieve global competitiveness:
PHILFOODEX Coffee Table Book - Containing export winner members and other beginner members who needs assistance to prepare them for export.
Capability Building Projects - Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification Seminars had been conducted for qualified PHILFOODEX members. An A to Z project that begin with a seminar proper with a sustained continuation until the candidates are GMP Certified.
Big Brother/Small Brother Program - PHILFOODEX new entrance will have a one on one mentoring by season processors to advise them with critical requirements in the demands of importing countries.
PHILFOODEX Clusters - In looking for ways on how we can improve our services to the members. Through the suggestion and help of Mr. Ferdie Chanpongco of Monde Nissin, PHILFOODEX is clustering its members now. It is the process of organizing members with similar products or interests working toward the same goal. The objectives of clustering are to: Effectively address problems, formulate ways on how to solve these problems, create new market, promote your products both locally and internationally, know the latest food trends, innovate new products and have a stronger voice with the government.
Clustering will also promote camaraderie among PHILFOODEX members. Presently, PHILFOODEX have grouped its members into 14 clusters and these are:
1) Calamansi Cluster, 2) Specialty Food Cluster, 3) Sauces and Condiments Cluster, 4) Fruit and Veggie Preserves Cluster, 5) Fresh Mango Cluster, 6) Processed Fruits Cluster, 7) Marine Cluster, 8) Noodle Cluster, 9) Confectioneries and Bakery Cluster, 10) Snacks Cluster, 11) Pineapple Cluster, 12) Vegetables Cluster, 13)Coconut cluster, 14)Meat Cluster
With Clustering, let your competitors work with you in solving the same problems and let’s make Philippine products the best in the world. This means better economy and a better Philippines. Our competitors are not the Filipinos but the real competitors are the companies in other countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam who keep on imitating and improving our own products. Let’s all unite and together let’s climb the ladder of success. Go Philippines!!!
Outbound Business Missions
PHILFOODEX supports Outbound Missions (such as the Barkadahan) with the end view of assisting the small and medium entrepreneurs explore the export market- which provided an opportunity for the Philippine companies to establish new contacts and to market their products to potential buyers for distribution and sale in these key markets. These projects has the objectives of strengthen bilateral trade relation with the host country, increase exports of food products, meet buyers/distributors and oriental/mainstream markets and deepen and diversify the country's food inventories.
In addition, through these projects we have identified potential Philippine food products for promotion (with world market demand) like, Processed foods: Dried fruits, purees, juices, fruit preserves, beverages, snacks foods. Fresh fruits: Banana, mango and pineapple. And Marine products: Frozen/value-added tuna and milk-fish.
Advocacy with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA)
In 2009, the Sugar Regulatory Administration issued Sugar order (1-A) which terminated the "D" sugar allocation and in lieu thereof, allocated six percent (6%) from the C-1 or strategic reserve sugar. Wasting no time PHILFOODEX have taken this matter to the PCCI, which expressed concern on the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) Order No. 3 as it does not consider the concerns of the Food Processors who export their products using the "E" Quedan sugar (previously referred to as D Quedan). The removal of D/E Quedan sugar was brought about by the clamor of the sugar group to remove the D Quedan to take advantage of the high international prices of refine sugar.
This move is clearly seen to maximize profits in favor of the sugar group but at the expense of food processors/exporters who are already suffering from the ii effects of unstable foreign exchange, cost of fuel and other factors. More importantly, the requirement of the processed food sector is only 2 to 4% of the industry's total production which will not really impact on their profitability.
With the stiff global competition, it is very difficult to increase prices as a result of the price increase in sugar which accounts to about 30 to 40% of the production cost. Our ASEAN competitors, whose domestic sugar is 30% lower than ours are already eating up unto our share in the global market.
Our domestic producers are already affected by the entry of cheaper sugar based food products coming from our Asean competitors who are enjoying a 5 % Tariff under the ASEAN AFTA-CEPT Agreement, on the other hand, our Tariff for refined sugar which is used by the domestic food processors is slapped with a 38 % Tariff.
Given all the above, in addition to the immediate restoration of the D Quedan the food processors/exporters be allowed uninterrupted importation under their approved allocation and for the domestic food processors access to competitively priced sugar as well.
In a related press release, “PCCI member food processors and exporters see this act as bad for the country as it will make exporters uncompetitive given the current high cost of raw materials, low forex rate leading to lower sales revenues and high labor costs. The group has issued its position requesting to restore the D/E Quedan under the world market price and allow the free willing importation of sugar.”
PCCI calls on the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) to bring together industry stakeholders to discuss the matter and take into consideration the concerns of all industry players.
Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) Matters
Because of several pleas received from our members of the excruciatingly slow process involved in the issuance of LTO by BFAD (now FDA), last June 20, 2008, PHILFOODEX have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the then BFAD (now FDA) to speed up the processes involved in applying and renewing Licenses to Operate and securing certifications such as Good Manufacturing Practice Certification, Certificate of Product Registration and other certifications from BFAD. In line with this, on October 5, 2009, PHILFOODEX wrote Ms. Narita Tacandong, the then Director of BFAD to look into this matter and find a resolution to these concerns. We will appreciate if our members can keep us abreast of their BFAD concerns as we will and we must pursue the full implementation of this MOA
Again for the information of our member particularly those having difficulty in getting BFAD licenses/registrations, Article 1, item 4 of the MOA stipulates that: “ Actions of FDA on the applications for regulatory approvals shall be forwarded to the applicant PHILFOODEX member companies through PHILFOODEX not later than thirty (30) working days from date of filing of application whenever appropriate and as far as practicable.”
Philippine Food Exposition
As the country’s biggest umbrella organization of food manufacturers and exporters, PHILFOODEX is taking the lead in establishing programs and activities that will promote international business ties by ensuring self-sufficiency for local growers, manufacturers and exporters. Confident that the Philippine food products are at par with the world’s best, PHILFOODEX gathers manufacturers of products of interest of the world’s biggest markets for imported food. With the support of the local government units and government agencies, this project aims to provide the most ideal sourcing venue for foreign food industry players. Showcasing the best home-grown processed and fresh products from all over the country, the Philippines Food Expo promises to gather the best of pinoy food products in one venue.
Aside from showcasing the different food products of the Philippines, each exhibitor can take advantage of the one – on –one business matching where the organizers can help coordinate business meetings between exporters and prospective business partners.
Parallel to the exhibition, plenary sessions and presentation of various topics relating to food would be tackled to help assist interested parties in championing their needs. Cooking demos would also be presented to the public so that they can appreciate the freshness and the flavors of the different islands of the Philippines.