DTI-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is composed of six provinces—Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province; and two cities—Baguio City and Tabuk in Kalinga Province.

DTI-CAR’s export products include ethnic woodcarving and hand-woven materials. The mining industry also continues to position the region as the highest contributor to the total gross value added of mining and quarrying in the country.

With regards to agricultural products, Cordillera is the best and primary source of highland vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and other greens. The region is also known for its aromatic coffees and strawberries. About 300 varieties of its upland rice are exported to USA and Japan.

The Department of Trade and Industry – Cordillera Administrative Region (DTI-CAR)

The DTI-CAR is one of 16 regional field units of the Regional Operations Group, a Functional Group (FG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) mandated to champion business development and consumer empowerment in the regions.

Anchored on the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP), the DTI’s ROG and its field offices endeavor to become the catalyst in the fight against poverty in the regions by nurturing industries and MSMEs to generate exports, jobs and investments, and ensuring the protection and empowerment of consumers, in the process of attaining Global Competitiveness.  Its strategy is couched upon six major programs indicated below:

  • Exports and Investment Development Program
  • Industry Development Program
  • SME Development Program
  • Consumer Protection Program
  • Consumer Education and Advocacy Program
  • Good Governance Program

The DTI-CAR regional and provincial offices are tasked to contribute in all the five MFOs.

The Organization

As an integral part of the ROG, DTI-CAR utilizes a management approach that, for the most part, is adopted and implemented in similar capacities throughout the country.  This management approach aims to strengthen the DTI-CAR operating offices through enhanced complementation among its units, achieving synergy and developing sustainable programs and projects for implementation in the regional and even national levels.  With management providing the operational framework, the meat of the planning process relies on the inputs of the provinces, utilizing the ‘bottom-up’ approach in planning and implementation. The Cordillera Administrative Region is culturally, geographically and economically diverse, hence each and every province’s distinctive characteristics can be strategically captured using said approach.

DTI-CAR operates in accordance with the functional structure that outlines the linkage between the Regional Office and its divisions and the Provincial Offices.