SECTION 5. Office of the Secretary.—The Office of the Secretary shall consist of the Secretary, his immediate staff, the Undersecretary for Policy Planning and Support Services, and the Offices and Services directly supportive of the Office of the Secretary. The functions of the foregoing shall be as follows:
(1) The Undersecretary for Policy Planning and Support Services shall supervise the Office of Policy Research, the Office of Operational Planning, the Office of Legal Affairs, the Human Resource Development Service, the General Administrative Service, the Management Information Service, the Financial Management Service and the Public Relations Office;
(2) The Office of Policy Research shall coordinate and help formulate general trade and industry policies for the Department; evaluate the effectiveness of trade and industry programs as such, as their implementation by the Department’s Line Operating Units; and research on trade and industry issues for policy analysis and formulation;
(3) The Office of Operational Planning shall develop operating plans, programs and projects of the Department as such; supervise the Annual Trade and Industry Development Planning Conferences between government and the private sector; evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various projects and activities of the Department; coordinate the updating of the Department’s operating plans in response to relevant environment changes; review the Department’s performance against standards and targets previously established; and provide staff services related to the development, monitoring, reporting and assessment of foreign-assisted projects of the Department;
(4) The Office of Legal Affairs shall provide the Secretary with legal advise on all policies, programs, and operational matters of the Department; serve as Counsel for the Department in cases in which it is a party; handle administrative cases against Department personnel and submit recommendations pertaining thereto; and review legislative proposals;
(5) The Human Resource Development Service shall design and implement human resource development plans and programs for the personnel of the Department; provide for present and future manpower needs of the organization; and maintain high morale and favorable employee attitudes towards the organization through the continuing design and implementation of employee development programs;
(6) The Financial Management Service shall formulate and manage a financial program to ensure availability and proper utilization of funds; and provide for an effective monitoring system of the financial operations of the Department;
(7) The General Administrative Service shall provide services relative to procurement and allocation of supplies and equipment, transportation, messengerial work, cashiering, payment of salaries and other Department obligations, office maintenance, property safety and security, and other utility services; and comply with government regulatory requirements in the areas of performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, employment records and reports;
(8) The Management Information Service shall design and implement a comprehensive management information system, both computerized and manual, for the Department; provide technical assistance to the various information generating units within the Department; and establish data exchange linkages with public and private agencies whenever feasible;
(9) The Public Relations Office shall perform the Department’s public relations function; provide a two-way flow of information between the Department and its constituencies; and coordinate the Secretary’s regular press conferences and the Department’s relations with the mass media;
(10) The Trade and Investment Information Center shall, as the primary information arm of the Department, design and operate a computerized system of collection, documentation, storage, retrieval, and timely dissemination of comprehensive and relevant information on trade, industry, and investment for use by other government agencies and the business sector; coordinate and monitor the information campaigns on the Department’s services, programs, and projects; develop a communications programs to promote Philippine investment opportunities and the country’s export products which shall be directed at foreign audiences; and provide creative services to other units of the Department in support of their own information programs;
(11) The National Industrial Manpower Training Council shall act as the umbrella agency to coordinate and operate the Cottage Industry Technology Center, the Construction Manpower Development Foundation, and the Construction Manpower Development Center and perform other functions such as initiating specialized industrial training centers and identifying supply-demand factors and industrial skills subject to the direction formulated by the National Manpower and Youth Council; and
(12) There is hereby created in the Office of the Secretary the Office of Special Concerns to attend to matters that require special attention, whether involving a matter that crosses several functional areas, demands urgent action, or otherwise necessitates, in the Secretary’s opinion, attention by a special group.
SECTION 6. Undersecretaries.—The Secretary shall be assisted by five (5) Undersecretaries. They shall exercise supervision over the offices, services, operating units and individuals under their authority and responsibility.
The Secretary may designate any Undersecretary to supervise the bureaus, offices, and agencies, including the attached entities, consistent with the mandate of the Department.
SECTION 7. Assistant Secretaries.—The Secretary shall also be assisted by five (5) Assistant Secretaries who shall be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Secretary. The Secretary is hereby authorized to delineate and assign the respective areas of functional responsibility of the Assistant Secretaries. Within his functional area of responsibility, an Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary and the Undersecretaries in the formulation, determination and implementation of laws, policies, plans, programs and projects on trade and industry and shall oversee the day-to-day administration of the constituent units of the Department.
SECTION 8. Staff Bureaus and Services.—The Bureaus and Service Units shall be responsible for research, formulation of policy, development of standards, framing of rules and regulations, program formulation and program monitoring, related to the concerns covered by the Department’s mandate, powers, and functions. Implementation of such policies, standards, rules and regulations, and programs shall be the responsibility of the Department’s Line Operating Units.
SECTION 9. Department Line Operating Units.—The Department Line Operating Units shall be composed of the following:
(1) Regional Offices. These are offices which shall be located in the National Capital Region and each of the twelve (12) other administrative regions of the country. They shall be operated and maintained on a Department-wide basis, acting as implementing arms in the regions under their jurisdiction, of the Department’s policies, programs, rules and regulations as well as those laws which the Department is mandated to enforce.
(2) Line Corporate Agencies and Government Entities. These are the government entities and the government-owned or controlled corporations under the administrative supervision of the Department which are deemed to be integral parts of the Department structure notwithstanding their organizational form, and which perform a focal and implemental role in the Department’s programs for the development of trade, industry and investments.