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SOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Shelves of some PAGASA Member-stores as of 1 April 2020 were empty as a result of panic buying which started on 10 March. Some closed for as long as a week to source for stocks to fill up their gondola and shelves.
 
SOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES SOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES SOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES
SOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIESSOME SUPERMARKETS CLOSE DOWN DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES 
 
 
MEETING OF CORE GROUP FOR NRCE 2020
Friday, 28 February 2020
On 28 February 2020, the Chairman for PRA’s National Retail Conference and Exhibition (NRCE) 2020> Rustan’s Bienvenido “Donnie” Tantoco III called for a Meeting at his Makati Office to set the tone for this year’s NRCE. This initial meeting on themes and names for the Conference were deliberated on by the Core Organizers which included PAGASA’s STC.  Speakers were selected to match the relevant topics intended for the Summit come August.
MEETING OF CORE GROUP FOR NRCE 2020
MEETING OF CORE GROUP FOR NRCE 2020
  
 
 
TWG MEETING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG IN CONGRESS
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
TWG MEETING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG IN CONGRESS PAGASA attended a Technical Working Group Meeting on 26 February 2020 at the Lower House for the Committee on Ecology chaired by House Speaker-elect Rep. Lord Allan Jay Quinto Velasco of the lone district of Marinduque who sponsored the latest bill on plastic bags.  This Meeting was supposed to consolidate all bills related to Single-Use Plastic Products/Materials.  It was going to be a quick succession of TWG Meetings to swiftly solve the issue on plastics.
 
2nd TWG MEETING ON PLASTIC PRODUCTS/MATERIALS
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
2nd TWG MEETING ON PLASTIC PRODUCTS/MATERIALS Following the TWG Meeting last 26 February, the House Committee on Ecology quickly called a follow-up Meeting on 5 March 2020.  (This was to be PAGASA’s last physical meeting for a long time in view of the upcoming but unexpected lockdown due to COVID-19.  The next TWG Meet for this purpose was held on 30 June 2020 but was virtual in nature.  PAGASA failed to attend that one.)
 
FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA 2020
Sunday, 23 February 2020
PAGASA was invited to be an Exhibitor at the Food & Hotel Asia, a trade show held at the SMX on 21-23 February 2020.  Visitors entered the booth of PAGASA to acquaint themselves with the Association and offer products and services to its members.
 
FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA 2020 FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA 2020
FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA 2020FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA 2020
 
 
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON WAGE INCREASE
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON WAGE INCREASE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON WAGE INCREASEA well-attended Hearing in Congress on the 19th of February 2020 delved on the proposed increase in wages as chaired by Partylist Representative Enrico A. Piñeda.  Much discussion on the timeliness and affordability of employers to absorb another round of wage increase came to fore.
 
SIMULTANEOUS HEARING ON RETAIL LIBERALIZATION
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
SIMULTANEOUS HEARING ON RETAIL LIBERALIZATION SIMULTANEOUS HEARING ON RETAIL LIBERALIZATIONOn the same afternoon of 19 February 2020, Congress held a Hearing on relaxing the conditions for foreign retailers to invest in our country. The American Chamber of Commerce as well as a few other foreign Chambers in the country cited their reasons why conditions must be relaxed. These were opposed by local retailers headed by PAGASA and the PRA.
 
BUSY AFTERNOON IN CONGRESS
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
BUSY AFTERNOON IN CONGRESS PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua paid "Ang Probinsiyano" Partylist Rep. Ronnie Ong a visit at his office in Congress on the same afternoon of 19 Feb. 2020 upon the latter’s invitation to discuss his proposed bills re. Fraudulent Senior Citizens/ PWD Cards & the possibility of retailers employing productive senior citizens in their stores.
 
SENATE HEARING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
The Senate’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources called for a Joint Meet with the Committees on Trade, Commerce & Entrepreneurship, on Ways & Means and on Finance regarding Single-Use Plastic Bags on 18 February 2020 at the Sen. Geronima T. Pecson Room.  Introduced was the concept on Expanded Producers Responsibility (EPR). Producers are supposed to device a way to retrieve and recycle the goods that they produce to minimize the harm that these products do to our environment.  The Meeting was chaired by Sen. Cynthia Villar and attended by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian.
SENATE HEARING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
SENATE HEARING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
SENATE HEARING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGSSENATE HEARING ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
 
 
 
 
DTI MEETING ON DISASTER FOOD PROVISION
Thursday, 13 February 2020

DTI MEETING ON DISASTER FOOD PROVISION In the morning of 13 February 2020, PAGASA was invited to a Meeting called by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez to discuss a proposal for a Memo of Understanding between manufacturers and retailers to provide for food especially in Metro Manila in the case of disaster like The Big One. Aside from PAGASA, invited were the major manufacturers of FMCGs/supermarket items.

 
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