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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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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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COCKTAILS ON THE EVE OF IFEX DAY 1
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 19 May 2017
DTI’s CITEM held the prestigious International Food Expo (IFEX) at the World Trade Center on 19-21 May for 2017.  On its first eve, it held Cocktails at the lobby for the exhibitors and VIPs of this year’s event. On its 30th Year as an Industry Association, PAGASA took the honors to host the Supermarket Tour for the visiting buyers and exhibitors of IFEX ’17>a fitting salute to its third decade of service to the industry. See post on 15 March 2017 regarding the planning for this cooperation.
 
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APEC-SANCTIONED FGD ON INDUSTRY COMPETITION
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
APEC-SANCTIONED FGD ON INDUSTRY COMPETITION APEC-SANCTIONED FGD ON INDUSTRY COMPETITION The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat commissioned a project entitled: “Capacity Building for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Competition Policy” together with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC).  It appointed Australia-based Sustineo Pty Ltd to hold a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on 16 May 2017 to identify key issues for SMEs relevant to competition policy and law and possible actions/interventions that can remedy these issues. PAGASA was invited to represent the food retail industry. The event took place at the Mercure Hotel in Pasig City. Represented were Industry Associations in the service and manufacturing sectors.
 
PUBLIC HEARING ON DTI'S IMPROVED BAGWIS AWARDS
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Friday, 05 May 2017
PUBLIC HEARING ON DTI'S IMPROVED BAGWIS AWARDS PUBLIC HEARING ON DTI'S IMPROVED BAGWIS AWARDS After some 10 years since its launching, DTI decided to e-launch the “new improved” Bagwis Awards. DTI will ow apply a bolder approach of getting retailers to seek his coveted seal of good housekeeping. Potential candidates will now be approached by the regional offices of the DTI and invited to apply for the said Award. Unlike before where winners of this award hold on to it perpetually, everyone holding on to this award will now be reviewed every three years to see if they still deserve to be given the award.  Submitted documents to earn this award has also been substantially minimized. DTI regional and provincial offices will be granted prizes for developing the most number of Bagwis Awardees in their areas for the next year.  Emphasis here on developing customer service especially for the regional retailers. 
 
 
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