Subic Bay Freeport – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has awarded the country’s biggest shipbuilding firm Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) as the top exporter for the shipbuilding sector yesterday at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.
With last year’s exportation of 16 large vessels to foreign shipping lines, HHIC-Phil, bagged the Top Sectoral Exporter citation during the National Export Congress.
With the theme “Advancing SMEs through Inclusive Business: From Local to Global,” the event is aimed at promoting the business environment by assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), exporters, and domestic producers in enhancing their capabilities in supplying and maintaining their presence in the international market.
“We are honored to receive such an award from the DTI. We are more than proud of the craftsmanship of the Koreans and the diligence of the Filipino shipbuilders, without them, we wouldn’t have won the award,” said Hanjin President Jung Goo Heo.
He added that the company will continue to help the economic growth of the Philippines.
President Duterte graced the awarding ceremony along with Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado, Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (PhilExport) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Maria Conception III, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima and DTI Director Senen Perlada.
The National Exporters Congress is an annual event led by the DTI, PhilExport and the Export Development Council (EDC).
The yearly celebration of the Exporters Week was made to obtain the total commitment of the government and the private sector to continuously work together to sustain export promotion and development. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)
HANJIN’S SHIPBUILDING, EXPORT MUSCLE – The LPG carrier Kaprijkie, shown at Hanjin’s shipbuilding facility in Subic Bay in 2015, is one of several ships exported by the shipbuilding giant with the help of Filipino shipbuilders and engieneers. (Jonas Reyes)