DTI Chief: Creative industries to help economy recover

DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual (Photo courtesy of DTI)

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pacual believes the creative industries will play a vital and significant role in the country’s economic recovery.

During the recent Creative Futures 2022 Conference, Pascual said the pandemic brought adverse impacts in terms of operation, jobs and income in the creative industries.

“DTI previously estimated the pandemic cost the local creative industries 90% of their revenue. Approximately 61% of arts and entertainment companies ceased operations, and more than one-fifth of these businesses were permanently closed,” he said.

The DTI chief, however, expressed optimism in the future of the industry as “we are reclaiming our path to development.”

He said programs and policies are in place to help in the development of the local creative industries.

The House of Representatives ratified the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act on May 31, 2022 to make the sector a catalyst for economic growth and accelerate the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

The DTI, meanwhile, has been implementing the Creative Economy Strategy of the Philippines (Crest PH) designed to help promote integrated development of the industry.

“Crest PH takes a holistic approach to improving the competitiveness of the creative industries, facilitating the development and promotion of creative goods exports, and assisting creative firms in accessing the global market. Crest PH employs a suite of interventions to address the sector’s top, binding constraints,” Pascual pointed out.

He said the program also uses “evidence-based solutions, data analytics, knowledge management, and competency development to address concerns of creative enterprises, including innovation preparedness and adoption of technology for digital transformation.”

“The DTI’s Competitiveness and Innovation Group has also developed six roadmaps so far. Digital advertising, animation, game development, software development, toys and characters, and TV, radio, and print media are all examples. The roadmaps are essential in getting stakeholders to agree on where to take specific creative industries,” he added.

Pascual note that by accelerating the growth of the Philippine creative industries through the industry and sub-sector roadmaps, the Philippines hopes to be the top creative economy in Southeast Asia by 2030.

He stressed that this will also help improve the competitiveness of local talents to make the country more attractive to the international market for creative industries.