The Philippine rubber industry aims to propel domestically-produced rubber products to become a key contributor to Philippine economic development by transforming the industry to produce world-class, competitive and high quality rubber products.
It seeks to achieve this by (1) upgrade manufacturing skills, (2) adopting technical and market standards, and (3) linking with both the local and export markets.
The country’s economic growth created greater capacity for consumption for different segments of the population. This has stimulated the demand for various products including those made from rubber, thus, generating the need and opportunity to develop the country’s rubber product industry.
The Philippines has been among the top ranking countries in rubber production until the 80’s, when demand for car tires and other rubber-made products slowed down following the decline in the Japanese and European economies. In recent times, however, the Philippine market for rubber products has demonstrated new vitality shown by the increasing demand for rubber-made goods.
The Philippine rubber industry is characterized by its expertise to manufacture a wide array of rubber products, existing capacity to meet customer demands, technical capability to satisfy customer needs, strong ability to adjust to customer requirements, and highly-experienced direct labor.
The main industry organization is the Philippine Rubber Industries Association, Inc. (PRIA), formed in 1979 from the merger of the Philippine Rubber Manufacturers Association (PHIRMA) and the Rubber Industries Association of the Philippines (RIAP). PRIA today has 46 member firms, 26 of which are direct industry players, while the rest are business development service providers (e.g. material suppliers and logistics companies).
The expected increase in global and domestic demand for natural rubber is an opportune time to strengthen the rubber products industry in the country.
Trade data of rubber products (FOB value, in M US$)
|Rubber manufacture imports||261||277||301||311|
|Natural rubber exports||n/a||62||75||79|
The commercial production of high value crops – including rubber – is among the preferred activities listed in the IPP.
Industrial tree plantation (also known as Industrial Forest Plantation (IFP) based on DENR AO 1999-53) is among the special laws listed in the IPP. This covers extensive plantation of forest land of tree crops (including timber and non-timber species such as rubber, bamboo, rattan, etc., except fruit trees) for commercial and industrial purposes.
In cases of tree plantations that are joint venture agreements with other private entities, community organizations or government entities, only the share of the registered enterprise may be entitled to ITH.
Application for registration must be accompanied by an endorsement from the DENR.
The certification of rubber products is guided by the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme.
The rubber industry Technical Working Group (TWG) conducts meetings to discuss and address industry concerns and issues. Among these are:
Among the recent TWG activities are:
Industry and Investments Building,
385 Senator Gil Puyat Ave,
Makati City Philippines
Tel. No.: (632) 897-6682 loc. 259