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KONSUMER, ATBP. W/THE NEW DTI USEC
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Saturday, 03 December 2016
KONSUMER, ATBP. W/THE NEW DTI USEC KONSUMER, ATBP. W/THE NEW DTI USEC PAGASA’s STC was invited as guest to the Teleradyo program, Konsumer, ATBP. over DZMM on the morning of 3 December 2016. Anchored by Alvin Elchico and DTI Usec. Ted Pascua, the episode discussed the issues to be contended with in the coming Yuletide Season since the Peso’s value has been slipping against the Dollar and world oil prices are beginning to increase. Also guests that morning were DA Usec. Engr. Ariel T. Cayanan/Operations and PRDP Nat. Proj. Dir., DTI Asec. Lilian G. Salonga and Dept. of Energy’s Div. Chief Melita Obillo.  The lively discussion hopefully shed light on concerns of the buying public regarding what’s to come for supplies and prices of fresh produce, basic necessities and prime commodities.
 
FOOD & DRUGS ADMINISTRATION ORIENTS SUPERMARKETS
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
FOOD & DRUGS ADMINISTRATION ORIENTS SUPERMARKETS FOOD & DRUGS ADMINISTRATION ORIENTS SUPERMARKETS The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) under the DOH invited supermarkets to its Alabang Head Office to orient them regarding market authorizations; existing rules and regulations; and matters that supermarkets may wish to clarify with the FDA.  At the Conf. Room of the Center for Cosmetics Regulation and Research building on 29 November 2016, Product Research Div. Chief Rhoda Manaloto (beside STC) and Licensing & Regulatory Div. Chief Ma. Theresa Gutierrez (beside Ms. Manaloto) took charge of the briefing together with Juan Paolo Toolete (briefing the group), Roda Pascua of the Device Division and others. Attendees included representatives from SM, Puregold, Robinsons, Waltermart, Super 8, PAGASA and others.
 
FOURTH TWG MEETING ON "NO SHORTCHANGE ACT OF 2016"
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Monday, 28 November 2016
FOURTH TWG MEETING ON "NO SHORTCHANGE ACT OF 2016" In the morning of 28 Nov. 2016, the Technical Working Group for the new “No Shortchange Act” met for the fourth time (and the first time after consultative public hearings were held in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).  The TWG was honored by the presence of new DTI Usec. Ted Pascua as he chaired over the meeting to straighten out issues brought to fore from the regional public hearings.  PAGASA’s STC and PCCTA’s Carling Cabochan were the only two representatives from the private sector to attend this Meeting (the rest were all from DTI’s different divisions except for BSP’s Roy R. Hernandez). There appeared difficulty in the enforcement of this law as nearing the completion of the crafting of its Internal Rules and Regulations (IRR), gray areas (contradicting laws) make implementation both cumbersome and troublesome.
 
PUBLIC HEARING ON INCREASE OF REAL ESTATE TAXES IN QC
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
The City Government of Quezon City introduced at a hearing just some four days earlier a bill for an Ordinance increasing real estate tax on certain areas in the city of up to 500%!  Of course, attendees to this hearing were alarmed and decided to organize a Consultative Hearing with a wider audience for businesses which will be affected by this “preposterous” bill.  Held on the evening of 11/16/16 at the newly-opened Panay Kain, Tulog, ATBP.’s Mandarin Wok Restaurant and hosted by the Q.C. Association of Fil-Chinese Businessmen, Inc. (supported heavily by the Phil. Chamber of Commerce & Industry-QC Chapter), PAGASA was represented by William Villanueva, Fred Gravador, STC and Desmond Chua (who is also a VP for QCAFCBI).  Other Business Organizations were also represented that evening. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte got hold of this meeting and sent her City Assessor and relevant Councilors/Sponsors of said Bill to the Meeting to defend their proposal for increase in Real Estate Taxes in QC.  Meeting ended with the different Organizations asked to submit Position Papers within 10 days regarding said issue.
PUBLIC HEARING ON INCREASE OF REAL ESTATE TAXES IN QC PUBLIC HEARING ON INCREASE OF REAL ESTATE TAXES IN QC
PUBLIC HEARING ON INCREASE OF REAL ESTATE TAXES IN QC PUBLIC HEARING ON INCREASE OF REAL ESTATE TAXES IN QC
 
 
PAGASA PRESENTS ITS POSITION ON PLASTIC BAGS
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
PAGASA PRESENTS ITS POSITION ON PLASTIC BAGS PAGASA PRESENTS ITS POSITION ON PLASTIC BAGS For the fourth Congress in a row since the 14th Congress, PAGASA presented its position with regards to the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and its impact on the country’s economy as well as the it’s ecology.  Of course, after various improvements on its position as a result of developments in sustainability worldwide, PAGASA was able to present and submit a more coherent Position Paper to a more receptive Committee on Ecology in Congress headed by its sharp and efficient Chair of the Committee, Congresswoman Estrellita Bito-Onon Suansing of Nueva Ecija.  Among one of the sponsors of this Bill is former pres. & now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (seated beside Ms. Suansing). The decision Of the Committee at this Hearing set on 16 Nov. 2016 seems to lean more towards regulation rather than ban of plastic bags as a solution to the problem of improper disposal of said bags leading eventually towards gradual  phase-out of disposable bags in lieu of reusable ones. 
 
SUPPLIER FROM BARCELONA MEETS PAGASA
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
SUPPLIER FROM BARCELONA MEETS PAGASA On 15 Nov. 2016, Señor Alberto Hurtado/Export Area Manager who is charge of business development (for Asia) for Adam Foods’ biscuit lines met with PAGASA’s STC as introduced by former Senior DTI Usec. Thomas Aquino at Annabel’s in Q.C.  Señor Hurtado was interested to understand market trends and consumer behavior in modern trade for his line of products.
 
SEMINAR WORKSHOP ON BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING BY A-PADPh
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 03 November 2016
SEMINAR WORKSHOP ON BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING BY A-PADPh SEMINAR WORKSHOP ON BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING BY A-PADPh The Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Phil. Platform (A-PADPh) held a 3-day workshop at the Hive Hotel in QC on a program that will capacitate MSMEs to ensure that they are able to continue providing much needed products and services to the community with the least disruption when hazards strike. Workshop was held on 3-5 Nov. 2016 by Ms. Elna Corazon Jazmines/Reg. Coordinator for Luzon and will be replicated for MSMEs in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to be drafted by participants themselves will provide scenarios and options to MSMEs when calamity strikes so that they themselves do not become victims instead of providers during times of emergency.
 
Fourth Quarter General Meeting of PAGASA 2016
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
The members of the Phil. Amalgamated Supermarkets Association met on the eve of 10/26/16 to discuss the current economic conditions and upcoming Yuletide Season and how commodities’ supplies and prices may be affected in view of the controversial statements by the president and the perception of instability in the country’s politico-economy. Also discussed were the newly passed No Short Changing Act of 2016 and the upcoming Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax being introduced in Congress as initiated by the Department of Finance for additional government collections.  As usual, the meeting proceeded deep into the night and since the venue was open 24-hours, STC had to convince the members time and again that it was time to call it a day and get some rest for the next day’s activities!
 
Fourth Quarter General Meeting of PAGASA 2016
Fourth Quarter General Meeting of PAGASA 2016 Fourth Quarter General Meeting of PAGASA 2016
 
The National Arts & Crafts Fair by DTI's Sikat Pinoy Project
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
The National Arts & Crafts Fair by DTI's Sikat Pinoy Project The National Arts & Crafts Fair by DTI's Sikat Pinoy Project On 26 Oct. 2016, PAGASA was invited to the Megatrade Halls to view world-class crafts as exhibited by select ethnic arts & crafts masters nationwide. This exhibit is a Sikat Pinoy project of the Department of Trade & Industry under Director Rhodora Leaño (lady in red blazer) beside STC.  Guest of Honor is Sen. Loren Regina Bautista Legarda and His Excellency Ambassador Thierry Mathou (in black tie) and wife of the French Embassy in Manila.

 
 
PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT IRR FOR NO SHORT CHANGING ACT
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Monday, 24 October 2016
On 24 Oct. 2016, DTI held a public hearing at its Manila office to get the final inputs of stakeholders for the Internal Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the “No Short Changing Act of 2016.” Present were representatives from the legal department of various retailers. BSP had to defend itself with the ample supply of small denomination coins being issued yearly but lacking in proper circulation for retailers to use.  Seated beside STC are Fishermall’s Eric Manuel (in white) and Mercury’s Atty. Edsel Manuel. An Act has 60 days from enactment to complete its IRR for proper implementation/enforcement. DTI set a series of regional meetings to get retailers’ input on this matter.
 
PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT IRR FOR NO SHORT CHANGING ACT
PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT IRR FOR NO SHORT CHANGING ACT
PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT IRR FOR NO SHORT CHANGING ACT
 
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