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ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
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.
 ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
 
 
 
CONTINUING SENATE HEARING ON BILLS FOR ADDITIONAL EXCISE TAXES
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 07 September 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.
CONTINUING SENATE HEARING ON BILLS FOR ADDITIONAL EXCISE TAXES CONTINUING SENATE HEARING ON BILLS FOR ADDITIONAL EXCISE TAXES CONTINUING SENATE HEARING ON BILLS FOR ADDITIONAL EXCISE TAXES
 
 
FOOD & DRINKS ASIA 2017 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Thursday, 07 September 2017
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.
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FOOD & DRINKS ASIA 2017 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER FOOD & DRINKS ASIA 2017 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER  
 
 
72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Saturday, 02 September 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.
 
72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
 
 
SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION
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Thursday, 24 August 2017
On  24 Aug. 2017, PAGASA was invited once more to the august chambers of the Phil. Senate to attend the extended hearings on proposed tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB).  As usual, the room was filled and STC had to stand for two full hours before a medical practitioner vacated her seat after the doctors had attested to the varying but non-conclusive studies relating sugar intake from processed drinks to the incidence of diabetes in the different countries covered by various studies. The lawmakers were in a quandary as whether to tax SSB via the volume of these products per se or whether to do so based on the sugar-content of said products.  Adopting the latter seems more appropriate when attributing the incidence of diabetes to the amount of sugar intake of a patient from SSBs.  However, legislators are not sure whether our good people at the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) are capable of releasing information about the level of sugar content of any given product as quickly as when a product is approved by them; so these products may be taxed accordingly soon as they are out in the market. Adopting the first approach is easier to implement but less fair given the direct proportion by which a product may lead to incidence of diabetes.
 SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION
SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION SERIES OF SENATE HEARINGS ON TAX INITIATIVES OF THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION  
 
 
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.
 NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017 NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017
NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017
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 NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017  NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017  NATIONAL RETAILERS CONF. & EXHIBITION (NRCE) 2017
 
 
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.

THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA
THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA
THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA THIRD QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF PAGASA  
 
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. 
 VIETNAM-PHILS. BUS. FORUM & VIET BUS. MISSION VIETNAM-PHILS. BUS. FORUM & VIET BUS. MISSION
 VIETNAM-PHILS. BUS. FORUM & VIET BUS. MISSION VIETNAM-PHILS. BUS. FORUM & VIET BUS. MISSION
 
 
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.
 
 RETAILERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT 2017 RETAILERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT 2017
RETAILERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT 2017 RETAILERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT 2017
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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.
 
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