Surely the secret to exporting goods is to find good quality at a low price. Generally, in competitive terms, low price means paying low wages (it could also mean low cost materials but sometimes they can be the same price in different countries) - this is a low-wage country. Perhaps people need to look more closely to see the opportunities. Also, if you look around you will see businesses with foreign-connections (perhaps foreigner married to Filipino) which are very successful. It can be done.