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The Standards and Conformance (S&C) Portal is an online facility that offers an easy access to a wide range of information on standards, regulations and conformity assessment activities in the Philippines and other WTO member countries.
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DTI hosts the 2nd WTO-TBT National Workshop in Cebu

DTI hosts the 2nd WTO-TBT National Workshop in Cebu

To better reach the industry in the Visayas Region, the Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) conducted its second National Workshop on World Trade Organization – Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (WTO-TBT) at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Cebu City from November 27 to 29, 2018. The three-day event was attended by more than 60 participants from the government and private sectors in Cebu and Manila.

The WTO-TBT National Workshop is organized annually by the DTI-BPS to ensure that relevant government agencies and stakeholders have the appropriate understanding on the WTO-TBT Agreement and the obligations of the member countries bound by it. The DTI-BPS serves as the National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the WTO-TBT Agreement and leads in the negotiations and participations of the Philippines in the international, regional and bilateral fora on TBT.

The workshop was opened by Ms. Maria Elena C. Arbon, Assistant Regional Director of DTI- RO7, welcoming everyone to the province of Cebu. The first day of the workshop had comprehensive lectures on the WTO-TBT Agreement, its relevance to international trade and consumer safety, as well as the role of international standards to the treaty. Speakers from the WTO namely, Mr. Erik Wijkström, Counsellor in the WTO Division on Trade and Environment and Mr. Devin McDaniel, Economic Affairs Officer at the same WTO Division, took turns to discuss about the WTO and the details of the TBT Agreement on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Whereas, Mr. Kolin Low, Manager of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Regional Engagement Initiative (REI) Asia and Mr. Dennis Chew, Director of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) presented the importance of international standards in developing technical regulations.

The WTO also discussed the TBT Agreement provisions on transparency that member countries must comply with by notifying the draft technical regulations within their territories to the WTO. They showcased online WTO tools such as the e-Ping, the TBT Information Management Systems (TBT IMS) and the TBT Notification Submission System (TBT NSS) which member countries may utilize to fulfill the transparency obligations.
On Day 2, DTI-BPS Director, Engr. James E. Empeño discussed the importance and progress of the proposed National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) for the country while Mr. Wijkström and Mr. McDaniel supplemented the discussion with a presentation on how a quality infrastructure assists a WTO member country in implementing the TBT Agreement and in responding to queries and issues. They presented the works of the WTO-TBT Committee on transparency and in addressing specific trade concerns (STCs). The participants were given a group exercise on the WTO-TBT Agreement conducted by the WTO speakers, which made them review the provisions and collaborate among one another.

The third and last day of the workshop began with Mr. Wijkström’s explanation on trade regulations and how they are implemented through the WTO-TBT Agreement. He was followed by the resources speakers from the national government who discussed Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs) as implemented in the Philippines, namely, Ms. Thelma C. Manuel, Director of the Governance Staff of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Mr. Rodolfo N. Panganiban, Senior Science Research Specialist from the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS); and Dr. Oscar G. Gutierrez, Chief of the Policy Dissemination and Training Division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mr. McDaniel afterwards discussed on regulatory cooperation in the international sphere.

The DTI-BPS through Ms. Marie Camille B. Castillo, Officer-in-Charge of the DTI-BPS - Standards Mainstreaming Division, presented the proposed terms of reference (TOR) of the WTO-TBT National Technical Working Group (NTWG). She stressed the relevance of such group for the Philippines to appropriately observe its obligations in the WTO-TBT agreement.

DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo gave the closing remarks, thanking the attendees, DTI Region 07 and the speakers from the WTO, ISO, IEC and DTI’s colleagues from the government sector for their participation. The Undersecretary stated, “The DTI calls on to the participants for further cooperation and support to the WTO-TBT programs and initiatives. Your participation helps boost the country’s trade relations with the world, through transparency of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures (STRACAP).”

DTI-BPS Director, Engr. James E. Empeño similarly expressed, ”The DTI-BPS is overwhelmed that the 2nd WTO-TBT National Workshop was well received by its participants from the regulatory agencies and the private sector. It has been a very informative and interactive activity for all of us. The DTI-BPS, the WTO Secretariat, the ISO and the IEC are eager to conduct the next WTO Workshop and we hope to see more partners to join us.”

The first National Workshop on WTO-TBT was held on September 04 to 06, 2017 at the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The third is targeted to be held in Mindanao in the 4th quarter of 2019.

For more information on WTO and the WTO-TBT Agreement, please call the DTI-BPS at 751.4740 or 751.4748 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the BPS web portal at www.bps.dti.gov.ph.


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