ProPak Philippines is getting their engines running for the 4th International Processing and Packaging Trade Event this coming January 31st to February 2nd at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Philippines. This is their 4th time doing it and this means there's a lot to learn with industry trends, business connections to make and starting of investments and opportunities in the country. They will also be having various companies showcase their products, do workshops for the public that would be beneficial for local and international corporations.
The press conference was attended by Ms. Rungphech Rose Chitanuwat Country General Manager for Informa Markets - Philippines, Ms. Blesila A. Lantayona the Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Department of the Trade and Industry, Engr. Higinio Porte Jr. the President of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Ms. Julieta Austria the President of Philippine Association of Food Technologists Inc., and Mr. Ustadz Alex M. Sultan, PhD the President of Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines Incorporated.
Ms. Rungpek says "This will be our 4th edition, the 4th time we are holding ProPak Philippines in the country. There were over 50 seminar sessions from 40 speakers from around the world in the past ProPak. We are doing this because there is big potential in the Philippines. The Philippines is more into MSME and we are partnering with Thailand industries to give more options for sustainable packaging, like what the Philippines is doing in paper products. This is also free of charge, and there will be entertainment, plus various business innovations you can adapt from the show."
Ms. David from DTI ROG says "We are excited for the partnership we have in the event, the one town one Philippines is perfect for this. ProPak is aligned with our programs, it is a commitment of helping MSME's in the next three years. It is up for more growth, and they will showcase in different pavilions more ways to do product development, in transformative and we support this all the way!"
Engr. Porte Jr. of Pascual Laboratories shares "The industry is growing. Much of it though is still with foreign brands, it increased even before the pandemic. Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam have programs to help their local manufacturers and I wish the same would happen in the Philippines. Our raw materials are expensive because they are imported. The packaging materials also have the same fate. The market is big, and it is still growing. From cardiovascular, diabetic, oncology and mental health medicines, it has grown in demand even during the pandemic. We have r&d for natural and synthetic ones, do logistics and distribution, manufacture and partner with government agencies."
Ms. Austria of the PAFT says "Exhibitions like these serve as knowledge exchange and best for professionals and stakeholders. We are glad to be able to participate and share our expertise for the advancement of food technology in the country."
Mr. Ustadz Alex Sultan shared a lot of Halal pointers in consumer goods and says "As one of the Halal certification bodies in the Philippines, we prove products and services are free from harmful substances. Halal is for all and not just for Muslim only. It is very simple, if it is Haram, then it is not Halal. There is a global market for it. It promotes healthy living, organic, demands cleanliness. Thank you to ProPak as we partnered with them last year. We believe we can't run alone, we need to do that for everyone. They have been so enthusiastic in providing us a lot of products and manufacturers, and partner with them. We will be there for a seminar too."
ProPak Philippines is also going to be bigger this year. They will be occupying three halls as there will be over 200 exhibitors and 10,000 people to attend the event. This will be beneficial for MSME's and entrepreneurs. Plus more sessions facilitated by AIP Institute of Packaging, the DOST, Philippine Board of Investments and Philippine Printing Technical Foundation, Production and Operations Management Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Association of Food Technologists Inc. and the Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines and UP.