Manufacturing Summit 2017

The Manufacturing Summit 2017 aims to bring together partners in sustaining the revival of the Philippine manufacturing sector and stakeholders in the development of local industries. Its primary objectives are to review the status of the country’s policies and programs for the continued growth and competitiveness of our manufacturing industries in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to define ways forward and next steps towards generating more and better jobs and creating greater opportunities for entrepreneurship in the country.

It will feature plenary panel sessions on the government’s industry development programs; a discussion on the impact of Industry 4.0 on Philippine industries; and a presentation of the new industrial vision for the Philippines. These will pick up from the results of the 1st Manufacturing Summit in 2016 and the Inclusive Innovation Conference and succeeding regional innovation seminar-workshops in 2017.

The first session will cover the status of the implementation of the industry roadmaps and their respective priority projects (particularly for the DTI’s priority industries which include automotive (CARS Program), aerospace, electronics, agribusiness, IT-BPM, and transport and logistics, among others), and provide some updates on the recommendations from the 1st Manufacturing Summit. The second session will be a discussion on how Industry 4.0 will affect Philippine industries, the challenges it poses for industry growth, and the ways that firms could employ in order to take advantage of the opportunities it offers. The third session will be a presentation on the new industrial vision for the Philippines, taking into consideration the ongoing dialogue between the Philippines and Japan on industrial cooperation.

Each session will feature keynote remarks by major speakers and followed by a panel discussion comprised of representatives from the government, industry, and academe. The Summit will be concluded by a panel discussion among Secretaries on areas for coordination and collaboration in order to realize the President’s vision of an industrialized Philippines.

The Summit is expected to gather participants coming from all over the country, including key officials from the government, representatives from industry associations and business chambers, and other stakeholders from the academic and research community.

The Summit is by-invitation only and pre-registration is required.


P  R  O  G  R  A  M

8:00 AM – Registration

9:00-9:40 AM – Opening Session

Welcome Remarks             

Atty. Rowel Barba, Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry

Mr. Kunihiko Shinoda, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Mr. Susumu Ito, Country Representative, JICA Philippines

Mr. Clay Epperson, Deputy Mission Director, USAID Philippines

9:40-11:00 AM – SESSION 1: Updates on Industry Development Programs

Keynote Address by Secretary Ramon Lopez, Department of Trade and Industry

Presentation by Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba, Department of Trade and Industry

Panel Discussion / Q&A

Ms. Jenina Joy Chavez, Industrial Policy Unit Coordinator, Action for Economic Reforms
Mr. Victor Gruet, Director, Electronics Industries Association of the Phils., Inc.
Mr. Vicente Mills, Jr., President, Federation of Automotive Industries of the Phils., Inc.
Engr. Ferdinand Raquelsantos, President, Philippine (Auto) Parts Makers Association
Mr. Arthur Tan, President and CEO, AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc.

11:00-12:30 PM – SESSION 2: The Impact of INDUSTRY 4.0 on Philippine Industries

Keynote Address by Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corporation

Presentation by Dr. Alpesh Patel, Director, McKinsey Innovation Campus*

Presentation by Mr. George Yang, Founder and CEO, A.I. Pros

Panel Discussion / Q&A

Ms. Maoi Arroyo, Founder and CEO, Hybridigm Consulting
Mr. Sunil Banwari, Board Member, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Phils., Inc.
Mr. Jonathan de Luzuriaga, President, Philippine Software Industry Association
Dr. Alpesh Patel, Director, McKinsey Innovation Campus
Mr. George Yang, Founder and CEO, AI Pros

12:30-1:30 PM – LUNCH

1:30-3:00 PM – SESSION 3: An Industrial Vision for the Philippines

Keynote Address by Mr. Benjamin Yao, Chairman & CEO, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation

Presentation by Mr. Kunihiko Shinoda, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Presentation by Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

Panel Discussion / Q&A

Mr. Roberto Batungbacal, Country Director, The Dow Chemical Company Phils.
Mr. Henry Co, Governor, Board of Investments
Atty. Adrian Cristobal, Jr., President and COO, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation
Dr. Cielito Habito, Professor, Ateneo De Manila University
Dr. David Hall, Chief of Party, USAID STRIDE Program
Mr. Michael Raeuber, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Cargo Group

3:00-4:00 PM – SESSION 4: Dialogue with Government

DTI Asec. Rafaelita Aldaba | DOF Usec. Antonette Tionko | DICT Usec. Denis Villorente


Synthesis by Dr. Ramon Clarete, University of the Philippines

Way Forward by DTI Asec. Rafaelita Aldaba


*Please send an email to or to request a copy of Dr. Patel’s presentation.