MAKATI CITY—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Digital Philippines Supply Chain and Logistics Management Division (DigitalPH-SCLMD) conducted a public consultation on 23 May 2023 regarding the proposed Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on Harmonized Online Freight Forwarder Accreditation (HOFFA).
DigitalPH Assistant Secretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco emphasized that the JMC aims to streamline the process of accreditation of sea and air freight forwarders by creating a unified application form and establishing a single system which will improve the process and promote ease of doing business for freight forwarders.
Further, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Air Carriers Account and Field Audit Division Chief Atty. Maria Cecilia C. Paguirigan who was also in the meeting reaffirmed CAB’s support to harmonize accreditation procedures with DTI’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB).
Assistant Secretary Pacheco was also joined by DTI Business Licensing and Accreditation Division (BLAD) Chief Ms. Lucila C. Salili and DTI Consumer Policy Division (CPD) Chief Ms. Emma A. Panopio.