Wednesday, October 25, 2017
PAGASA was invited on 11 October 2017 by (L-R) Cris Galit and Mina Satorre (both of Filipino Mirror Media Group Corp.) and Marvin Nisperos Estigoy/ VP of Business Mirror to become a contributor to the Pilipino Mirror/the 1st Business Tabloid in the country. STC will bring up the kind offer to PAGASA Members at its next Gen. Meeting on 25 Oct. 2017 for approval.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
PAGASA was invited to a hearing on the Congressional Committee on Food Security on 10 October 2017 to act as a Resource Speaker on food wastage in supermarkets. PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua attested to the fact that supermarkets have practically zero wastage as bad orders are returned to suppliers. Having explained to the members of this Committee of the industry practice regarding bad orders, STC requested that supermarkets be excluded from being mentioned in the proposed bill. However, the Members of the Committee argued that even if that is the case, they see no harm in adding supermarkets to their list of establishments with food wastage (even if there is none) since it will be very difficult to add these establishments (i.e., supermarkets) again in the future should the occasion arise that supermarkets may, sometime in the future, experience food wastage. This being the argument, STC posed no objection to their adding “supermarkets” in their list of establishments to be monitored (for food wastage) in this proposed bill.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
The biggest Agri-Business Trade Show in the country took place on 5-7 Oct. 2017 at the World Trade Center. On Opening Day, STC represented PAGASA (which Chaired for this Show back in 2007) with Special Guests Jose “Joey” Concepcion III-Pres. Adviser on SMEs and Mr. Roberto “Bobby” Amores (both in coat beside STC in group shot by red vidi screen). This year’s Show was Chaired by the Durian Growers Association based in Davao (picture with STC at DA Booth).
Friday, October 6, 2017
On 6 October 2017, the Phil. Retailers Association called a Special Meeting with available Board Members and select Members to discuss the alarming issue of the government’s intention to open the retail industry some more to foreign investors. From a minimum investment of $2.5M for foreigners to be 100% owners of a Retail Operation, suggestion was to lower this amount to $200,000 only! Naturally, this alarmed the retail industry. PAGASA represented the food retailing sector of this industry at the Meeting.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
At a lunch meeting at the Legend Seafood Restaurant across the World Trade Center, the Phil. Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc. (PCAFI) held its first major General Meeting to assess the involvement of the various organization-members of this Chamber. Chaired by Col. Alejandro Teves Escaño, this Meeting was handled by PCAFI Pres. Phillip Ong. PAGASA has been designated Chair of the Agri-Supermarkets Committee of PCAFI. Meeting was held after the Opening of Agrilink at the World Trade Center on 5 October 2017.
On the afternoon of 5 October 2017, Phil. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took time out from his very busy schedule to visit Agrilink at the World Trade Center to cut its ribbon for a second time on its Opening Day. PAGASA VP Liansel Sy attended the affair in behalf of the organization and was honored by being chosen to represent Agrilink at a group picture taken at the Affair. He also had his picture taken with Jose “Joey” Concepcion III, Presidential Adviser on Small and Medium Enterprises as well as Chairman of the popular movement for SMEs> Go Negosyo.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
As in previous years, INTERPORC>Spanish Interprofessional Agri-Food Organization of White Pork invited PAGASA to a cocktail dinner called “Spanish Pork Night” on 26 September 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel. This year, they brought in Michelin Star Chef Kisco Garcia. Group picture features new friends (L-R) Rex Liao/AVP-Sales & Franchising for iFresh Corporation, Francisco “Jong” Jimenez Jr./AVP & Bus. Mgr.-San Miguel Foods, Inc., PAGASA’s STC, Señor Alejandro Rodriguez Spanish White Meat Exporter and the guest Chef both in formal and wacky formats!
Thursday, September 21, 2017
On 21 Sept. 2017, the Phil. Retailers Assn. held its Third Quarter General Membership Meeting to discuss updates on the retail scene as well as continue with the last two sessions of the National Retail Conference which was suspended in view of the earthquake that took place during NRCE. The two sessions were entitled: “Emerging Generation: Engaging Millennials” and “The Centennial Shoppers” by Kantar Phils. The GenMeet tackled “Understanding the Data Privacy Act” by Commissioner Raymond Liboro of the National Privacy Commission. As it turns out, this 5-year law is just being implemented now to guarantee the privacy of consumers in the day-to-day
Thursday, September 14, 2017
On the second eve of the exhibit of ASIAFOOD 2017, LNA Events Group EVP Josephine P. Miranda seeked the assistance of PAGASA’s STC to answer some of the questions regarding market penetration of the head of delegation of Indian Exhibitors at the on-going Trade Show at the World Trade Center. They met on INDIAN EXHIBITORS LOOKING FOR FILIPINO MARKETS 14 Sept. 2017 at the Coffee Shop of the Jen Hotel.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
DTI called a Special Meeting on the effects of the recent Bird Flu that hit Pampanga and how it is affecting demand and prices for chicken in Metro Manila. Meeting was held on the afternoon of 13 Sept. 2017 at the Offices of DTI Usec. Teodoro Pascua. Discussion reveals that consumers continued to partake of chicken in their meals especially at Fast Food Outlets but were a bit wary to buy unbranded dressed chicken from market vendors and supermarkets. Representatives from the Dept. of Agriculture attended to allay fears of the epidemic spreading elsewhere outside of Pampanga.
At the Opening Ceremonies of Asiafood 2017, PAGASA’s STC was again invited to be a speaker together with (L-R) His Excellency the Ambassador of India to the Phils.; Treasurer of the Phil. Assn. of Food Technologists; Ms. Elizabeth de Leon-Lim/Pres.-Phil. Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Inc.; Josephine Miranda/EVP of LNA Mgt. Group (Show Organizer); Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis/ Pres.-Philexport; Joseph Ross Jocson/Pres.-Packaging Inst. of the Phils.; and Noel Paguia/Pres.-Food Caterers Assn. of the Phils. STC was also invited to the Ribbon- Cutting Ceremonies for the Indian Pavilion at the Show which featured fifty exhibitors from India.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
PAGASA and PRA was represented by Steven T. Cua on 7 September 2017 at the Senate with Ways & Means Committee Chairman Sen. Sonny Angara conducting the hearings with Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay. Asked of the retailers was what we think of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s plans to link all cash registers (whether electronic or POS) online to the data center of the BIR. Of course without being sarcastic, STC expressed apprehension regarding the readiness of the government to do this considering the state of connectivity in our country. He also cited fear in the confidentiality of data passing online and the cost of compliance.
On 7 September 2017, PAGASA’s STC was given the honor to be the first speaker at the Opening Ceremonies of the long-running food fair Food & Drinks Asia 2017. He was also one of two ribbon-cutters (given the scissors) at the same event. Cheers were in order and that was done at the booth of Ralph’s Wines & Spirits with Ralph Lim Joseph himself (to the right of STC), Josephine P. Miranda/Show Organizer, Joseph Ross Jocson, MNSA/Pres.-Packaging Institute of the Phils. (taking a group selfie) and Noel Paguia/Pres.-Food Caterers Assn. of the Phils.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
PAGASA was invited to the celebration in the Philippines of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 2 Sept. 2017 at the New World Hotel in Makati. PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua was able to have a picture taken with H.E. Ly Quoc Tuan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Philippines together Madame Vu Thji Tam Dan and daughter. He was able to rub elbows too with the key security officers of the said Embassy in the country. To STC’s right is Senior Col. Nguyen Van Hung/Defence Attaché of the Embassy.