SFIC has identified successful industry segments to focus on at present and in the near future. These market segments have shown sustained growth that is also balanced with low risk and volatility. Within these segments, successful SMEs with a sustainable business organization will be targeted.

The segments are currently as follows:

Trading Industry

The trading/retail sector is expected to have a strong year, with forecasts pointing to rising consumer spending as the economy continues to expand and inflation remains contained. Low interest rates, meanwhile, will serve to encourage consumer spending. Along with solid domestic growth pumping money into the economy, higher consumer spending will be given further impetus by the continued inflow of remittances from

Filipino workers employed overseas, with fund transfers set to increase by around 5% to $21bn. Also positive over consumer spending and the retail sector is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) which predicted in late February that household consumption would rise again this year, after a 6.1% increase in 2010 that was almost double that of the preceding year.

Real Estate Industry

The Philippine real estate industry has shown remarkable success in the past decade. It achieved a year-onyear growth of 6.8% in 2011. Experts project 5% to 10% growth to be sustained in the short to medium term. The promising outlook for the real estate sector is fuelled by rising incomes due to the steady growth in the economy over the past several years, as well as massive interest among overseas Filipinos wanting to establish permanent or temporary residence in the country. The continuous influx of expatriates into the country likewise contributes to the demand.

Service Industry

The service sector is the fastest-growing segment of the Philippine economy. This is driven mainly by the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, which currently accounts for about 15% of the global outsourcing market. The BPO sector exhibited resilience amid the global financial turmoil and grew 24% to US$11bn in revenues in 2011. Furthermore, the IT-BPO Road Map projects 20% or higher annual growth up to 2016.

Healthcare Industry

Because of its large population, the Philippines is one of the biggest pharmaceutical markets in the ASEAN region. Drugs and medicines account for 46% of the total medical out-of-pocket expenses of Philippine Households.
Sales of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are expected to grow from US$2.80bn in 2010 to US$5.44bn in 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 6.9%. Healthcare expenditure is also expected to grow by 6.3%.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is expected to flourish in 2012 with the influx of new investments. In 2011, investment projects approved for the manufacturing sector amounted US$2.4bn, a significant increase of 122% from last year’s US$1.1bn.

Food Industry

The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest growing and youngest populations, with 65% of its 96 million people under 30 years of age. Because of this the food industry plays a major role in the economy. Food manufacturing remains the Philippines’ most dominant primary industry accounting for more than 40% of total output in manufacturing. The industry contributes approximately 20% of GDP per annum.
In response to growing demand for convenience, the Philippine foodservice market also continues to expand. Purchases of food away from the home continue to grow steadily, in fact eating out accounts for about 12% of the food budget, up from less than 9% in the mid-1990s. Foodservice sales are currently valued at approximately US$3bn, increasing by an estimated 15%-20% per year in the past decade. SFIC follows a strongly “natural food” concept which allows to support healthy and natural food processing only.