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NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 11 August 2017
The annual Retailers Conference at the SMX from 10-11 of August 2017 by the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) was filled with retailers of all sizes, shapes and colors. The Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Assn. (PAGASA) is the food retail segment of the PRA and has been an Associate Member of the PRA for the last twenty years. The Conference had among others Mr. Irwin Lee/CEO of the Rustan Supercenters, Inc. (gray coat; maroon tie) who spoke authoritatively on global retail trends, Ms. Erica Ng/ Senior Editor of WGSN Insight Asia Pacific (HK) in black, Swede Mr. Anders Barlund of Phil. Mackinsey & Co. On its 30th year, PAGASA took care of the Breakout Session for Supermarkets on Day 1 from 3:00-5:00pm.  Guest Speakers were DTI Usec. Teodoro Pascua who spoke on the partnership between the public sector and retailers, Ms. Shirley Zhu of IGD based in Singapore on Asian Retail Trends and A.C. Nielsen’s Managing Director Patrick Cua on “Winning at Point of Sale.”  Songwriter Jim Paredes spoke on the importance of music in Establishments as an officer of FILSCAP. This year’s edition of the Conference was made “memorable” as an earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter Scale momentarily interrupted the Conference and resulted in an early end for the annual event.
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THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017

For its 3Q GenMeet, PAGASA took over the whole of Sariwon Korean Barbecue’s 2nd floor at its branch in Promenade Arcade at the Greenhills Shopping Center on 2 August 2017.  Host for the evening was the British American Tobacco (Phils.), Ltd.>makers of Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and other famous brands of smokes. They clarified with PAGASA Members the IRR of the recently-passed Smoking Ban (E.O. 26) by the President.  Some supermarkets were wary of carrying cigarettes because of confusion brought about by this E.O. and the unclear guidelines that went with it regarding smoking areas and fines and penalties.  There were a few new members who joined the group this evening. B.A.T. also informed the group that with the very recent buying of  Reynolds American, Inc. by their Mother Company they are  now the biggest cigarette manufacturer in th world. They went on to present the thrust of their company regarding the future of smokes worldwide.

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VIETNAM-PHILS. BUS. FORUM & VIET BUS. MISSION
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 28 July 2017
The Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines held a Forum and brought in Businesses from Vietnam keen on supplying the Philippine market.  STC takes a photo with the new Vietnamese Ambassador H.E. Ly Quoc Tuan and his hardworking Commercial Counselor Ms. Vu Viet Nga with a foreign visitor.  After lunch, the program on 28 July 2017 at the Diamond Hotel focused on Business Matching between invited local businessmen and their counterparts from Vietnam. 
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RETAILERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT 2017
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
On the night of 26 July 2017, the PRA held the Retailer of the Year Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Hotel and Casino.  At the audience were the Who’s Who of the Retail World in the Philippines including past PAGASA GenMeet hosts (L-R) Patrick Cua/A.C. Nielsen, Victor Javier/e-Ripple and Bernard Chua/formerly of Hewlett-Packard and now with Amazon Web Services (in pic with PAGASA Dir. Robert Go/Prince Retail Group and STC).  Special Guest of Honor is DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez who urged retailers in Mindanao to provide displaced Maranaw businessmen with some store space to do business with at favorable rates and asked retailers to look into the Halal Business. Invited Presenters of the Awards that evening were Robert Go who is also currently the President of the Cebu Retailers Association> an affiliate of the PRA and STC who is partnered with DTI’s Dir. Lilian Salonga. The evening ended with a bang to celebrate the winners for the year.
 
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POSITION PAPER ON QC ANTI-JUNK FOOD ORDINANCE
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 21 July 2017
POSITION PAPER ON QC ANTI-JUNK FOOD ORDINANCE POSITION PAPER ON QC ANTI-JUNK FOOD ORDINANCE On 21 July 2017, the local Government of Quezon City published on a daily regarding an Ordinance banning food stores located a hundred meters from public or private schools (from pre-school to high school) from selling and/or promoting “junk foods and sugary drinks.” The Association itself received a soft copy of the local Ordinance only on 31 July.  As such, PAGASA wrote the City Mayor and primary sponsor of the Bill Councilor Irene R. Belmonte a Position Paper regarding this Prohibition and the fact that stakeholders were not invited to comment on the Bill.  Position Paper  was submitted to the office of the good Councilor and received at 1:30pm on 16 August 2017 by her staff Ms. Rose Lapada.
 
AL JAZEERA INTERVIEWS PAGASA REGARDING STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Qatar-based Al Jazeera visited one of the supermarkets of PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua to interview him regarding the state of retail economy on 20 July 2017 just four days short of President Duterte’s State of the Nation address in Congress.  They wanted to feature in their news how local business people are taking to the rather radical approach of the current administration to solving the perceived ills of society.  Of course, STC told it like it is both with the good and the bad; how the President is coping given his campaign promises with unorthodox solutions yet finding difficulty to rid society of age-old menaces.  At the same time, unwelcome remarks as well as perceived security problems are hindering foreign tourists from finding the Philippines to be the safe heaven it used to be before the strife in Marawi and the drug issue in the urban centers. Foreign investors are focusing on how the economy is holding up a year into the administration of President Duterte.
AL JAZEERA INTERVIEWS PAGASA REGARDING STATE OF THE ECONOMY
AL JAZEERA INTERVIEWS PAGASA REGARDING STATE OF THE ECONOMY
AL JAZEERA INTERVIEWS PAGASA REGARDING STATE OF THE ECONOMY
 
 
2Q GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE PRA
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Representing PAGASA at the PRA GMM for the 2nd Quarter at Novotel Hotel at the Araneta Center on 29 June 2017, STC listened to PRA’s Legal Counsel and a partner at the Bengzon, Negre, Untalan Intellectual Property Attorneys Office, Atty. Ferdinand Negre (in coat) present very clearly “How to Use Intellectual Property to Create Value for your Retail Business.” He was aptly joined by the very informative Atty. Jesus Ros-Division Chief of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines>an entity under the DTI.  They gave very fine examples of how understanding Intellectual Property Rights can make your brands earn strong equity. 
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PUBLIC HEARING ON DTI's SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
PUBLIC HEARING ON DTI's SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE On the afternoon of 28 June 2017, the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) of the Department of Trade & Industry invited stakeholders to a public hearing on the guidelines in the implementation of SRP under the jurisdiction of the DTI.  PAGASA, under its President Steven T. Cua, stated its objection to the implementation of the SRP by the DTI under normal economic conditions.  He states that it is best for laissez faire and the normal market forces to dictate on the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities. Competition keeps retailers (and manufacturers/suppliers for that matter) in check. You may find PAGASA’s position on this in the following link: Position Paper
 
 
 
PAGASA AT NPCC MEETING WITH DTI SEC. RAMON LOPEZ
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 15 June 2017
In the morning of 15 June 2017, the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) held its second meeting under the Duterte Administration generally to discuss the food supply and price situation in the City of war-town Marawi.  As tension continuously mounts in said City and Martial Law is declared over the whole of Mindanao, price freeze for basic necessities in this southern island takes effect.  Also discussed is the potential increase in food prices with the proposed excise tax on sugared beverages and the new tax on salted foods.  As is with every NPCC Meeting, the DTI invites the press for a conference to clarify matters and issue statements for the public to be aware of the on-goings in the economy and the plans of government to address certain concerns.  Almost always, PAGASA is invited to this Conference headed by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Usec. Teodoro Pascua. STC mentions when questioned that fundamentally, price is a function of supply and demand but that pricing/price positioning, on the other hand, is a strategic business decision regardless of macroeconomic factors; that suppliers may opt to increase/decrease prices as a consequence of anticipated conditions which may be favorable or adverse to their business.  As in the case of anticipated taxes on prime commodities, some manufacturers have already opted to increase prices for some of their sku’s even before taxes are put in place so they don’t have to do so when competitors adjust their prices.
 
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PAGASA AT NPCC MEETING WITH DTI SEC. RAMON LOPEZ PAGASA AT NPCC MEETING WITH DTI SEC. RAMON LOPEZ  
 
 
SUPERMARKET TOUR FOR FOREIGN GUESTS AT IFEX 2017
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Sunday, 21 May 2017
On 21 May 2017, PAGASA volunteered to host the Supermarket Tour for foreign buyers/exhibitors at the well-attended IFEX 2017. Participants were limited to 30 and were broken down into four groups handled by PAGASA Pres. STC (Welcome), VP Liansel Sy (Liana’s), Treasurer Myke Teodoro (Velamart) and Active Member Charlene Lim (JC Plaza).  Attendees hailed from Mexico, the U.S., Argentina, Ukraine, Belgium, Cambodia, Japan, China, Malaysia, Israel and other countries interested in either supplying the Philippine market with their goods or in sourcing for Philippine items to be carried by the supermarkets they supply in the countries where they work in.  The group visited the food retailers in BGC and capped the day with a side-trip to the American Cemetery (formerly Fort McKinley) where American soldiers MIA during WWII were given a place of honor in view of their sacrifice. This Supermarket Tour is PAGASA’s special project and way of giving back to the economy on PAGASA’s 30th Year of Service to the public.
 
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