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From tariff reduction, trade agenda and discourse have shifted to the elimination of non-tariff measures (NTMs) to address behind-the-border trade barriers. As the country combats the pandemic under a state of calamity, it is imperative that cross-border movement of goods remains unhampered by unnecessary behind-the-border NTMs.

As part of the RESPOND (Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development) project, we now look into NTMs on food products with a previous webinar held last August 5, 2020 on meat and processed food products.


Objectives and Concerns

Resource Speakers


Find out recent changes in NTMs on fishery and aquaculture-based products in response to COVID-19 pandemic;


Understand the reasons that helped bring about recent changes in NTMs for fishery and aquaculture-based products;


Examine how critically needed NTMs are during the health crisis; and


Determine lessons learned from recent experience in formulating future NTMs for fishery and aquaculture-based products.

This next webinar on NTMs affecting fishery and aquaculture-based food, the fourth forum in a series of advocacy activities organized with public and private partners aims to tackle the following objectives/concerns:

Come join us in this free webinar about NTMs: “Philippine Trade Policy Response Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: NTMs on Food as Essential Item” with focus on Fishery and Aquaculture-based Food on September 30, Wednesday at 2:00-5:00 PM via Zoom.


We are privileged to have as resource speakers:

  •  Ms. Jenna Diallo, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development and Governance -United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Mr. Francisco J. Buencamino, Executive Director, Tuna Canners Association of the Philippines /Canned Sardines Manufacturers Association

  • Ms. Lourdes Tanco, Managing Director, Mida Trade Ventures International/ Mida Food Distributors

  • Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona, PCG (Ret), Undersecretary and National Director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture

  • Dr. Marissa Maricosa A. Paderon, Commissioner, Tariff Commission

  • Dr. Enrico L. Basilio, Chief of Party, University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF)-RESPOND

  • Forum moderator: Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Chairperson, REID Foundation (UPPAF-RESPOND Sub-grantee).