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PREPARING THE FOOD SECTOR FOR "THE BIG ONE"
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 18 April 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.
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PREPARING THE FOOD SECTOR FOR “THE BIG ONE”
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PREPARING THE FOOD SECTOR FOR “THE BIG ONE”PREPARING THE FOOD SECTOR FOR “THE BIG ONE”PREPARING THE FOOD SECTOR FOR “THE BIG ONE”
 
 
PLANNING FOR SUPERMARKET BREAK-OUT SESSION 2018
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 05 April 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.
PLANNING FOR SUPERMARKET BREAK-OUT SESSION 2018
PLANNING FOR SUPERMARKET BREAK-OUT SESSION 2018
PLANNING FOR SUPERMARKET BREAK-OUT SESSION 2018
PLANNING FOR SUPERMARKET BREAK-OUT SESSION 2018  
 
 
TAIWAN's 5-IN-1 FOOD SHOW
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
PAGASA was invited to the Philippine launch of the 5-in-1 Food Show on 26 March 2018 at the Manila Hotel.  The Food Show will be held from 27-30 June 2018 at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 at the World Trade Center Complex.  STC had a picture taken with Ben Tan of TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Dev’t. Council) in front of their tarpaulin stand. He was also introduced to TAITRA Manila’s 1-week old Director Mr. Clement Chan.

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PRA's 1/Q GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 23 March 2018
PAGASA was represented at the first quarter General Membership Meeting of the Phil. Retailers Association at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas Center on 23 March 2018. The 1/Q Meeting of PRA is also called the CEO’s Eco. Outlook Forum (for the year).  Dept. of Fin. Asec. Mark Dennis Joven defended the TRAIN Program of the administration.  Main Speaker at this event was this very young Thai Ph.D. graduate in Economics who is the Country Economist for the Philippines from the Asian Development Bank.
 
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TWG MEETING ON EXPANDED TOBACCO BILL
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 23 March 2018
PAGASA was invited to the Technical Working Group Meeting in Congress on 23 March 2018 chaired by Committee on Health Rep. Helen Tan, M.D. as it presses on more restrictions on the sale of cigarettes. A very popular bill attended by a host of Congressmen, the bill intends to raise the age for legal smokers to 21 and above instead of the current 18. It proposes that retailers keep cigarettes completely out of sight of customers (only a standard sign in the store would inform smokers that a store sells smokes). Supermarkets will be banned from selling anything less than a full pack of cigarettes, etc., etc.  Japan Tobacco International’s CEO was there to calmly remind the good congressmen that their company was politely invited to invest in the Philippines and JTI even invested some more when it bought Mighty Cigarettes. JTI has not made a single centavo in profits since it invested in our country the last few years.
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CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON EXTENDED RETAIL LIB.
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 23 March 2018
In the morning of 23 March 2018, STC attended the Congressional Hearing by the Committee on Trade & Industry headed by Rep. Ferjenel G.Biron, M.D. Bohol Rep. Arthur C. Yap had sponsored a bill to open the Retail Trade Liberalization Law to review as he suggests that there is a need to amend/decrease the minimum investment needed for foreign retailers to come in and set up shop here in the Philippines.  This is to draw in additional foreign investment and improve FDA into the country.   Of course,  PAGASA supported PRA’s position that lowering of minimum investment in this category may open the floodgates for smuggled illicit/goods to proliferate the market as every mom- and-pop’s operator at nearby China may want a slice of our market.  PRA’s Roberto Claudio insisted that we see the money to be brought in by these foreign retailers first before acting on any application as they may unscrupulously end up borrowing money from our system to compete against us!
 
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DTI TO LAUNCH THEIR SUKING TINDAHAN PROGRAM
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
DTI TO LAUNCH THEIR SUKING TINDAHAN PROGRAM DTI TO LAUNCH THEIR SUKING TINDAHAN PROGRAM On the afternoon of 3/6/18, DTI oriented manufacturers, distributors and retailers alike on their proposed “Suking Tindahan” Program where they are requesting suppliers to sell to select sari-sari stores at lower prices so they, in turn, can sell to their customers at DTI’s SRP’s.  This was met with some apprehension as sari-sari stores currently buy from the bigger retail outlets and do not possess the economies of scale that bigger stores do.  They do not have the financial muscle and warehouse space to order enough volume and make it worth the suppliers’ while to offer them goods at prices which they do the bigger retail outlets.
 
2018 1/Q NPCC MEETING AT BOI BLDG.
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
The DTI held its first National Price Coordinating Council Meeting on 6 March 2018 with new DTI Officers (L-R) Dir. Ronnel Abrenica, Usec. Ruth Castelo, DTI Sec./NPCC Chairman Ramon Lopez, Dept. of Transportation’s Usec. Atty. Garry de Guzman and DTI Asec. Ernesto Perez. Topic was on the intermediate effects of TRAIN on prices of basic necessities and prime commodities. PAGASA’s STC was there with PCCTA’s Carling Cabochan. STC intimated that effects were a bit too early to tell but there were definite select price increases where some of the products unaffected by TRAIN found its prices on the uptick.  A press conference ensued and STC was invited to join the DTI officers at the Head Table.
 
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DEPT. OF AGRI FORUM ON STANDARDIZING PRODUCE
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
On 28 Feb. 2018, the Dept. of Agriculture held at its Manila Office of the Bureau of Plant Industry a 3-day Forum on Standardization of Produce across the country. This is an off-shoot of the ASEAN Meetings where the countries in this region want to eventually standardize produce to facilitate trade.  It was a serious gathering of farmers from the different parts of the country to try to improve production, marketing and distribution.  At the Forum, STC was seated beside the Administrator of the BPI.  He expounded on how coops can help farmers in production and distribution and the need for a clear certifying body for organics. He participated on the first afternoon of the Forum.
DEPT. OF AGRI FORUM ON STANDARDIZING PRODUCE
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DEPT. OF AGRI FORUM ON STANDARDIZING PRODUCE
 
 
“Legends, Lives and Legacies” A Coffee Table Book Launch
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
The Phil. Retailers Assn. launches a coffee table book carrying the personal success stories behind the country’s 12 Retail Gems.  In no particular order, the twelve includes  Henry Sy,Sr., Socorro Cancio-Ramos, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr., Jorge Araneta, John Gokongwei, Jr., Mariano Que, Tessie Sy-Coson, Andrew Tan, Lucio Co, Samie Lim and William Bello. Event was held at the Makati Shangri-La on the early eve of 27 February 2018. 

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