Thursday, May 31, 2018
On 31 May 2018, Talk.Shop.Asia held another Inspiring Forum at the E-Hotel Suites along Makati’s Arnaiz Avenue. They are hence inviting PAGASA to all their networking activities/events. PAGASA’s Myke Teodoro joined the people at Talk.Shop.Asia and wined and dined the afternoon away.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Though the last meeting of the National Price Coordinating Council was held only on 6 March, DTI felt an urgent need to hold another meeting immediately given the public’s seeming unrest over price increases attributed to government’s aggressive taxation program called T.R.A.I.N. Prices covering all commodities were reported and analyzed including factors affecting the economy like interest rates, exchange rate fluctuations, OFW remittances, the weather, world prices of fuel, sugar and flour, the transport sector, labor, etc. A press-con was later held where PAGASA’s STC was invited to sit in with DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, DTI Usec. Ruth Castelo, DILG Usec. Epimaco Densing III and DA Usec. Ariel Cayanan.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
At 2:00pm every Sunday, Inquirer Television and Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 AM presents TALK SHOP ASIA for the last 2 years and more. PAGASA has been invited to guest at this show for the last Sunday of every month until the end of this year. For the month of May, on 5/27/18 to be exact, PAGASA Treasurer Mykel Teodoro represented the Association to discuss the topic: “Challenges and Opportunities brought about by Today’s Disruption” with DSAP’s Juls Buled and others like Mia Resurrecion-McDonald/CEO-Borrowed Life and Program Host Rolly Pagaspas with JT Solis and Nyette Mondejar-de Leon. The group even showed off their baller for the day. This program is live-streamed on FB and Digital TV Boxes.
Friday, May 25, 2018
At the Grand Opening of this year’s IFEX, PAGASA’s STC graced the affair in the morning of 25 May 2018. IFEX was held both at the World Trade Center and the Phil. Trade Training Center (PTTC) just beside it. There were many foreign and local pavilions this year. An exhibitor from China sensed the utter lack of supply of Yakult in the market and immediately introduced his similar product at the booth where STC visited. STC was also chanced upon by UNTV and was interviewed regarding the state of prices given the implementation of T.R.A.I.N. by the government with Monde Nissin’s Export Manager Ferdinand Champongco. A few PAGASA Members visited this Expo with VP Liansel Sy dropping by on the last day.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
On 17 May 2018, the DENR, in partnership with UNIDO (United Nation Industrial Dev’t. Org’n.) held the first Consultative Workshop at the Joy Nostalg Suites on improving the food cold chain in the country. Invited were stakeholders in the private business sector, bankers and non-governmental organizations involved with farmers of fresh produce. Broken down by sectors, PAGASA joined the FGD with suppliers of equipment, services and supplies for cold chain in the country.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Chaired by House Rep. Estrellita Suansing, the Committee on Ecology, in the presence of Rep. Benhur Lopez, Rep. Enrico Piñeda and Rep. Baby Arenas, listened in on the opinion of stakeholders as to what they think if the law charges the public P10/bottle (be it glass or PET) so citizens would get to return these empty containers instead of seeing them end up in the middle of the sea. Held on 16 May 2018, (in picture, L-R) Comm. Sec. Atty. Dilbert Quetulio, STC, popular environmentalist of Zero Waste Sonia Mendoza and Phil. Plastics Ind. Assn. (PPIA) Vice Pres. Danny Ngo were among those who gave their 2-cents’ worth. STC initially cited that the cheapest bottled water only costs P5.50 thus adding P10 on top of its price sounds a bit ridiculous. He also said why not bring empty bottles in cars and give these to beggars instead of coins/cash. These bottles will surely find their way to recyclers when sold by these mendicants. Instead of bringing empty bottles back to supermarkets to get their deposits he said, it may augur well for church-goers to bring their empty bottles there and have their children place these in prepared bins by the parish ready for collection by recyclers. This way, doing good for the ecology may be correlated to doing good in the eyes of our creator. STC says they may even add a sign at church which says: “Environmentalists go to Heaven!”
Monday, May 7, 2018
In the late morning of 7 May 2018, Double Dragon Plaza makes its Grand Opening inside the Double Dragon Meridian Park at the corner of Macapagal Avenue and EDSA Extension, Pasay City. PAGASA’s STC was formally invited to grace the affair. In the group picture, you find (L-R) Anvil Business Club’s Chairman Emeritus George Siy, FFCCCII External Affairs Committee Chairman Nelson Guevarra, Rex Daryanani/Past Pres. of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phils.), Inc., Federation of the Fil-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industy, Inc. (FFCCCII) Pres. Domingo Yap, Peter Mangasing/ Former Pres.-Federation of Electrical & Electronics Suppliers & Manufacturing of the Phils. and PAGASA’s STC. The latter also had his picture taken with the creative and young business taipan, Edgardo “Injap” Sia>founder of Mang Inasal, Double Dragon, City Malls, Hotel 101, Jinjiang Inn, J. Co Donuts, etc. The food hall of this Mall makes the full circle in the cycle of Commercial Centers and offers a wide assortment of delicacies from the different regions of our country versus international cuisine one finds in most modern food courts. Islas Pinas brings back the local cultural dances which were first presented during the 60’s and 70’s at Taal Vista Hotel and Plaza Restaurant in Makati.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Every year, The Foundation for Resource Linkage & Development, Inc. (FRLD)> organizer of the biggest Agribusiness Trade Show called “Agrilink, Foodlink, Aqualink” holds four meetings with their co-organizers to assure the public of a trade show worthy of visit. PAGASA has been a co-organizer for the last 20 years! It was even given the honor of being the Chair of the Show for the year 2007. To be held this year on 4-6 Oct. 2018, this pre-Show Meeting was held on 3 May 2018 at the usual breakfast venue>Annabel’s along T. Morato. Chairman for this year’s Show is Edwin Chen Pres.-Pork Producers Federation of the Phils. and Managing Director/Bounty Fresh Farms which is the official sponsor of the Pilipinas Gilas Basketball Team. This year’s theme: “Efficient Value Chain in the Hog Industry: A Must for Continued Growth.”
Friday, April 20, 2018
PAGASA is a partner of show organizer Philfoodex in the set-up of the Philippine Food Expo from 20-22 April 2018 at the SMX in Pasay City. The Show has gone a long way from its early years at the SM Megamall’s Mega Trade Hall. STC bumped into Bicol’s retail magnate Romeo Tan of the LCC Group checking out new products with interest. One< exhibitor brewed beer called Pinatubo from Angeles and the different ales come in very creative labels.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
On 18 April 2018, DTI Head Office called a Meeting for food manufacturers, food retailers and concerned Regional Heads of DTI to discuss preparations regarding food supply in the event that “The Big One” strikes. Key resource person is DOST Usec. and Phivolcs Chief Renato Solidum, Jr. who has been “preaching” about the coming of “The Big One” for the last 2 decades. Map with the red spot will be most hard hit> this is Metro Manila. The fault line has extended out to Bulacan/Pampanga and the Laguna/Rizal areas; thus, the need to prepare for its unpredictable coming. For this purpose, Metro Manila is subdivided into 4 quadrants separated by entry/exit points to unaffected areas which may provide food/shelter to affected MM residents. This is the second of a series of meetings on this controversial but critical topic.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
PRA called a meeting with PAGASA and A.C. Nielsen to discuss the topics and speakers for the Supermarket Break-out Session at this year’s National Retail Conf. & Exhibition to be held in August at the SMX in Pasay City. The lunch meeting was held at the Golden Cowrie Resto inside the new Podium at Ortigas Center. Meeting was held on 5 April 2018 with (clockwise) STC, PRA Asst. Sec.- Gen. Bing Miranda, PRA Sec.-Gen. Evelyn Balmeo-Salire, Supermarket Track Leader Aira V., A.C. Nielsen’s Maria Angelica Carolina and its Managing Director Patrick Cua. STC broached the idea of bringing in Mr. Chilam from Beijing (whom he just met in Chiba, Japan recently) as this young guy was operating unmanned supermarkets relatively successfully. He is spreading his idea now to his partners in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.