It is with great pleasure and pride that the Philippine Plastics Industry Association (PPIA) presents the 35th Term of Directors and Officers.
For more than 50 years now, our industry also known as the Plastics Downstream Industry or converters of plastic resins into finished goods, have started from its humble beginning. Today, it has come a long way in this new century, where a number of our innumerable local products touches the everyday lives of our more than 100 Million populance.
Presently, plastics as a widespread material, in inevitably used by a multitude of variying industries, ranging from the building and construction sector, transportation and automotive, industrial and engineering applications, food and agricultute, consumer goods and households products, pharmaceutical and medicine, and a lot more.
While these strong linkages are our definite edge to drive forward our industry, we are saddled with the toughest challenge of negative perception on the environmental impact of our packaging products. In response to this call, our industry today is now pushing for a more objective scientific and fact-based approach in elucidating to the public, how our products fair with the rest of the suggested substitutes. The adoption of the Life Cycle Assessment by our industry is being done, pursuant to the provisions of R.A 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Moreover, our industry has always thrive to become more competitive, in the pursuit of upgrading our significant role in the Global Value Chain. It is high time that we go global as we are future entering the ambit of the ASEAN Integration, and simultaneously in meeting our commitmments in the ASEAN Regional Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China, S. Korea, Japan, India, and Australia/ New Zealand. Expectedly, we are coming up with more trade deals, with the other economies, particularly with the first world countries. Our ambitious target, as stipulated in our Philippine Plastics Industry Roadmap, is to capture one third of the world market by the year 2030. We are optimistic that this could be achieved by capitalizing with our current edge, such as: in fully utilizing our large production capacities, generating products with superior quality at par with the rest of the world, adapting the latest modern technology trend for innovation and cost reductions, fully tapping our competent manpower and technical people to be pooled in our industry's labour force,and more importantly, for government to issue policies and programs that are receptive to our industry's vertical and horizontal needs.
Willy Go, P.P.I.A. President