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1/Q VIRTUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR 2022
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Attending the First Quarter virtual General Meeting on 26 January 2022 was PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua, Dir. Robert Go/Prince Retail Group, Diana Prince Ang/AllDay, VP Liansel Sy/Liana's, Treasurer Myke Teodoro/Velamart, Arjie Lim/Andrew's, Dir. Kim Reyes/B-Kim Assenet, Rembrandt Tolentino/Supermarket at Azure, Alexis Gaisano/Gaisano Country Mall, Dir. Edna Ontiveros/Candice Megamart, Dir. Alfie Gatmaytan/KikoMart, Dir. Dustin Uy/San Roque Supermarket, Zoom host William Villanueva and Special Guest Karl Tan/former Super Palengke Group. Presented  were the Philippines' Top Retailers for 2020 and ASEAN Top Philippine Retailers for 2021. Also presented was Euromonitor International's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2022.

 
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT AS A RESULT OF TWG MEETINGS
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Another afternoon online regarding plastic waste management on 19 January 2022 by PAGASA President Steven T. Cua. The Hearing by Congress is the result of the two marathon TWG Meetings the previous week to straighten out kinks shareholders may have in their role when the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) bill is passed into law.

Chairing the Hearing is Ecology Committee Head Rep. Glona C. Labadlabad (top, 2R) together with Deputy Speakers Camille Villar (upper rightmost) and Rufus Rodriguez who were co-authors of this Joint Bill. Congress finally passed it on third reading after years and years of hearings to effect laws on plastic waste management.

Ms. Nanette Medved-Po explained the role of PCX (Plastic Credit Exchange) which she heads in monitoring collection & recycling efforts of its members as posted on screen.

 
Day 2 (1/14/22) OF TWG MEETING FOR JOINT BILL IN CONGRESS ON PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT
Friday, 14 January 2022

Chaired by Committee Secretary for Ecology Atty. Dilbert Quetulio, it was aided by Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez who stayed on the whole afternoon. On this day, the Bill was srutinized by 98 stakeholders word for word, line by line.

Presentations were made by WWF's Atty. Ina Guingona and PARMS' Atty. Bonar Laureto on their proposed structure for the EPR (see attachments). The public sector was represented by NSWMC Commissioner Crispian Lao and authorities from the DOST, DENR, DOF, BOC, BIR, DBM, MMDA, CHED and staff of Congress/Senate.

The private sector had Nestle, Unilever, Mondeliz, SM Prime, Jollibee, Alaska Milk Corp., Absolute Sales Corp. (for bottled water), KFC, McDonalds, PepsiCo, PCCI's Alfredo Yao (well-known manufacturer and packaging man), PPIA, Recyclers' Groups and PAGASA's Pres. Steven T. Cua.

For the academe and NGOs, there was U.P., Atty. Raul Academia of FPI/BCCP/Joint Foreign Chambers, PCX's Nanette Medved Po, CCC, Sonia Mendoza of Mother Earth Foundation, Greenpeace, Ecowaste Coalition, JSPC, PCAPI, AFPMP and other cause-oriented groups.

For a wholistic solution to plastic waste management in this country, producers would set up recycling facilities over time and a monitoring system would see to it that they minimize the plastic components of their manufactured products and collect the plastic wastes from these products for recycling.

 
CORONA VIRUS DISEASE-19, QUARANTINE AND LOCKDOWNS
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
CORONA VIRUS DISEASE-19, QUARANTINE AND LOCKDOWNSAnd then it happened! The first case of COVID-19 was discovered in the Philippines and the President called for a lockdown. Just before this unexpected global pandemic, manufacturers and retailers were both caught unaware of this global phenomena and supply of supermarket items were snapped up immediately a panicky market.  The President had declared the whole of Luzon to be under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), a total lockdown of all establishments beginning 16 March 2020. Exempted were hospitals, drugstores/pharmacies and food retailers specifically supermarkets. Smaller forms of food retail shops had to close too for lack of supply as employees of manufacturing concerns could not enter for work (no public transport) and no deliveries could be made to these smaller stores. Supermarkets on the other hand had to be resourceful in sourcing its goods during this perios. The good Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, Ramon Lopez went to Malacañang on 23 March 2020 but found few staff present and he eventually found his way to Welcome Supermart run by PAGASA President STC in Quezon City. Photo shows DTI Sec. together with STC and PAGASA Secretariat Jenny Lopez and a second one when they remembered social distancing! The Secretary took the opportunity to make his rounds and check on supplies of supermarkets as these were running low a week after lockdown was declared.
 
PAGASA INVITED TO RETAIL ASIA’S WEBINAR
Thursday, 05 November 2020
On 5 November 2020, PAGASA was invited to attend Retail Asia's webinar entitled "Success Factors for an Exceptional Online Customer Experience" by UltraCommerce, an Australian firm with an online platform like those of Lazada,  Zalora, etc.
 
 
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WARNING: FAKE MONEY ON THE LOOSE
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
WARNING: FAKE MONEY ON THE LOOSE In view of the amount of fake paper bills circulating in the economy, PAGASA sends this advisory on how to tell what is fake from what is real:
 
 
PINHOLES IN POWDERY PACKAGES AT A TIME OF COVID-19
Friday, 25 September 2020
PINHOLES IN POWDERY PACKAGES AT A TIME OF COVID-19 A vigilant shopper sent this video to a social media platform and it went viral. Her observation that the health-hazardous puncturing of minute holes on powdery products packaged in plastic bags (like sugar, salt and the like) to let air out and make displays in supermarkets even and easier for stocking is very valid in view of the uncontained spread of COVID-19. PAGASA members were advised to refrain from this practice.
 
PAGASA AS CONSULTANT OF PHIL. GOV’T. FOR WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
PAGASA was honored to be included as one of 10 consultant-agencies for the formulation of a Strategic Statement for the pillar Product Market (there are 12 pillars/FGD's incl. Infrastructure, Labor Market, ICT, Financial System, etc.) for presentation to the World Economic Forum (at a Zoom Meeting that took the whole morning). With STC on 16 September 2020 were Messrs. Ruben J. Pascual/PCCI, George Chua/FPI, George Siy/FFCCCII, Paul Santos/PRA, Carlos Cabochan/PCCTA, Ms. Ma. Flordeliza Leong/ PhilExport, Ms. Marinella Gilda Gamboa/Phil. Competition Commission, Dir. Sandra Marie Recolizado/Bureau of Investments and Atty. Ma. Liza Sebastian/Bureau of Customs. Next level of discussions is the National Level where the output is 12 Strategic Statements to be presented at the World Economic Forum in showcasing the Philippines as a competitive economy.
 
PAGASA AS CONSULTANT OF PHIL. GOV’T. FOR WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
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PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY GUESTS PAGASA PRESIDENT TO DISSEMINATE INFO. ON RETAILING
Saturday, 29 August 2020
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY GUESTS PAGASA PRESIDENT TO DISSEMINATE INFO. ON RETAILING PAGASA’s STC was invited by veteran newscaster Miguel Gil to the studios of the Philippine News Agency on 29 Aug. 2018 to air the views of supermarkets on supply of basic necessities and prime commodities and prices in the market.
 
SENATE HEARING ON REVIEW OF RETAIL TRADE LIBERALIZATION ACT WITH SEN. AQUILINO PIMENTEL III
Friday, 28 August 2020
PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua attended the Senate Hearing on a review of the Philippine Retail Liberalization Act with Senators Aquilino Pimentel III (Chair) and Sherwin Gatchalian under the Committee on Trade, Industry and Entrepreneurship on 28 Aug. 2018.
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