Garments and textiles are among the country’s top export commodities.  The 2009 data from the Philippine Board of Investments count close to 400,000 workers in garments and textiles, making it the largest employer in the manufacturing sector with 11% of the national total. An additional 700,000 people are employed in this sector as home-workers and small subcontractors.  Given these figures, it is no wonder that the Philippine Export Development Plan identified garments and textile as a key industry that could propel the country’s export growth.
To provide a venue for knowledge sharing among APEC member economies on how to address industry issues and showcase best practices, a two-day workshop and one day best practices forum entitled “Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women-led MSMEs in the garments and textile sector through Innovation and Entrepreneurship” was held in Makati City, the Philippines on 18-20 April 2018. The event was attended by 88 participants from Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
This project was implemented by the University of the Philippines – Institute for Small Scale Industries with the Department of Trade and Industry Bureau of International Trade Relations as project overseer.
Discussions in the workshop and forum were summarized in this report: https://www.apec.org/Publications/2018/10/Enhancing-the-Competitiveness-of-Women-led-MSMEs-in-the-Garments-and-Textile-Sector
 Department of Trade and Industry. (2015). Securing the Future of Philippine Industries. Retrieved from Department of Trade and Industry: http://industry.gov.ph/exports-by-major-sector-goods/
 Board of Investments. (2009). Philippine Garments and Textile Industry. Retrieved from Department of Trade and Industry: http://www.boi.gov.ph/files/Value%20Propositions/GARMENTS%20AND%20TEXTILES/Garments%2520and%2520Textiles.pdf
- Photo credit: Screen captured via “Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women-led MSMEs in the Garments and Textile Sector through Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” November 8, 2018, www.apec.org/Publications/2018/10/Enhancing-the-Competitiveness-of-Women-led-MSMEs-in-the-Garments-and-Textile-Sector
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