exhibitors lead int’l food firms at IFEX Philippines
May 20, 2017
PASAY CITY –
Twenty-four Korean companies showcased their leading food and products
at IFEX, making it the top foreign exhibitor country at the three-day
international food trade fair which started on Friday, May 19, and
runs until Sunday, May 21.
This year’s Korean
delegation had 23 returning companies and 1 new entrant, presenting
their native as well as innovative food and beverages.
Among the group are the top
two Korean leading firms in food distribution, manufacturing and
service: the CJ Group, a conglomerate that holds both CJ Freshway and
CJ Cheiljedang; and the Daesang Corporation, which have combined
annual revenue of around $19.8 billion dollars.
“Here in the Philippines, we
are looking to create more opportunities for trade and improve our
relations with the local companies. We are aware that Filipinos are
particularly fond of our product and we are also interested in the
tropical products here, especially seafood,” said Shen Shin, Executive
Vice President of CJ Freshway.
Targeting the Philippines
and Asia’s trade buyers, Korean exports included the iconic seaweed
snacks, kimchi, and health beverages. Other products were Gam Moon
Yeoun’s soybean paste, Brandacumen’s korean red ginseng, banana milk
from Yonsei University Dairy, and Applease Korea Brewery’s Apisode, an
apple carbonated hard cider made of fermented Korean apple. There were
natural and organic products such as 3B Netrorks’ Smart Bar, made from
blueberry, almond, peanut, oat, green tea, and brocolli; and Natural
Dream Co.‘s Preto Acai powder, and green tea spreads that seemed to be
targeting the younger and trendy market.
Agricultural products from
Gyeongbuk Corporation were Apple, Pears, Persimmon, and fruit juices
and aloe vera drink from Tulip International.
Food industry experts from
ASEAN-KOREA CENTRE Trade Facilitation Workshops in the Philippines
also held seminars on Purchasing Trends and Import Procedures of
Seafood products, by Mr. YOON Jae-sik; Seafood Merchandiser at CJ
Freshway; and Sourcing Trends and Import Procedures of agricultural
products by Mr. SONG In-su; Assistant Manager at DAESANG; and
Packaging Trend of Food Products and strategy for global market
access, by Mr. LEE Young-hwan; Specialist of Strategic Purchasing Team
(Packaging team), CJ Cheiljedang.
A total of 85 foreign
exhibitors are participating this year, with Korea leading the pack,
followed by China with 19 exhibitors, and Taiwan with 11, based on the
12 year-old boy
apprehended while carrying illegal ammunitions
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 17, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – On May 13, 2017 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the troops
of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade while conducting security
patrol in Brgy De Tubang, Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar apprehended a
12-year old boy carrying a half sack of rice that concealed 20 rounds
of 5.56 mm ammunitions, three (3) cartridge 7.62 mm, linked for M60
machinegun and two (2) cartridge 5.56 mm linked for K3 machine gun.
After some interview, the
child was immediately turned-over to Provincial Social Welfare
Development for proper custody and brought to Catarman Provincial
Hospital to check his health condition.
This kind of incident is a
clear manifestation that the NPA terrorist group violated the
International Humanitarian Law stating that children ages 18 below are
prohibited to participate in any hostilities and carrying supplies
that could merely put their lives into danger.
Thus, Maj Gen Farnacio said,
“Let us give our children the chance to grow up while peacefully
learning from their youthful experiences and contributing in their own
unique ways. NPA should stop recruiting and using minors for their
illegal activities”, Farnacio added.
again, 1 soldier killed
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 17, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion again clashed with
more or less 20 NPA rebels at Barangay Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar on
May 16, 2017 at 9:45 in the morning that resulted to the death of
Corporal Renjie P Ada (Inf) PA while undetermined casualty on the
enemy’s side. The 15-minute firefight occurred during the combat
operation going to the location of the armed group which is according
to the concerned villager, asking for assorted foodstuffs and
medicines in their area.
A pursuit operation is being
conducted to track down and apprehend the rebels. Army units in nearby
areas were ordered to conduct checkpoints along possible entries/exits
of withdrawals of the enemy and to verify possible accommodation of
wounded enemy in nearby hospitals.
Your Army is sincere in its
offer of peace. We will ensure the personal safety of those who will
choose to lay down their arms and peacefully return to their families.
Lay down your arms and return to the comfort of your families and
friends. Live peacefully and take care of your children as they grow
and become productive members of the community.
Massive military operations
will be relentless against these lawless elements as long as peace and
development in Eastern Visayas region is at stake.
PH exports up by
18.34% in Q1
May 12, 2017
MAKATI CITY –
Philippine exports for the first quarter of 2017 grew by 18.34% after
it reflected double-digit growth for March 2017 with 21% total
increase amounting to $5.58 billion compared to $4.61 billion recorded
value in the same period in 2016, Department of Trade and Industry
In the recent report of the
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the increase for March 2017
exports data, an almost double of the 11% year-on-year growth figure
posted in February this year, further lifted the cumulative value of
merchandise exports covering the period January-March 2017.
“Increase for March 2017
exports marked the fourth consecutive positive growth in the value of
Philippine merchandise exports since December 2016,” explained DTI
Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada.
For March 2017, electronics
remained to be the country’s top export with total receipts of $2.80
billion, accounting for 50.2% of the total exports revenue in March
2017. It increased by 19.0% from $2.36 billion registered in March
On the other hand, exports
of manufactured goods were valued at $4.69 billion, accounting for
84.1% share of the total export receipts in March 2017, went up by
16.5% from $4.03 billion recorded in the same month last year.
United States (including
Alaska and Hawaii), with export receipts valued at $809.93 million,
topped other countries as the Philippine top export market for March
2017. It is followed by Hong Kong with revenue amounting to $798.25
million, and Japan as third market with $762.43 million export sales.
By economic bloc, East Asia
registered to be the top destination of Philippine goods with 46.4%
share to total exports, followed by European Union with 16.2% share to
total merchandise exports. ASEAN ranked third with 14.9% share in
overall Philippine exported goods.
Against other trade-oriented
economies, the Philippines landed at third place among the top export
performers for March 2017, a major leap after landing 9th place for
February 2017. Malaysia topped the list with 24.1% export growth
followed by Indonesia with 24% for March 2017.
PH outward shipments for Q1
Covering the first quarter
of the year, exports of Philippine electronic products increased
significantly by 15.27% while non-electronic goods also posted
+21.48%. Positive performance of the five out of nine subsectors of
the electronics industry drive growth which contributed 96.65% share
in the cumulative total value of the industry. Semiconductors, which
grew +16.3% in the first quarter of 2017, remained to be country’s top
Increase for non-electronic
goods was driven by the triple-digit growths in Forest Products
(+168.1%) and Coconut Products (+133.1%). The rest of the contributing
commodities exhibited double-digit increases ranging from 18.7% to
89.4% except for Basketwork (+8.1%) and Travel Goods and Handbags
Top markets for Q1
Except for Japan, cumulative
value of export shipments to top market destinations of the country
posted substantive growths in the first quarter of 2017. Combined
markets of China and Hong Kong with a share of 23.6% which also grew
by 35.94% topped the list of exports destinations. Second to the list
with total 15.49% share was USA which rose by 13.66%; followed by
Japan with 15.34% total share of exports which declined by 17.41%.
In terms of year-to-date
export growth, shipments to the Netherlands, which has 4.12% share in
total exports, reflected the highest growth with 55.98%.
Army clashes NPAs,
1 soldier and 1 NPA killed
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 11, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A tip from a concerned citizen on the presence of armed
group in a community triggered the troops of 43rd Infantry (We Search)
Battalion to immediately respond on May 10, 2017 at 10 o’ clock in the
evening that led to a 10-minute fire fight between the military troops
and communist terrorists in the boundaries of Barangay Camayaan,
Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar and Barangay San Roque, Matuguinao,
This resulted to the death
of Pfc Jaime C Mabini Jr (Inf) PA while undergoing medical treatment
at a nearby hospital and the recovery of one (1) body count from the
As of this time, nearby
military units and CAA Detachments were alerted to conduct checkpoints
along possible entries/exits of withdrawals of the enemy.
Further, the 8ID calls for
the active participation of the community in immediately informing
nearby military units on the presence of this terrorist group in their
We are grateful to serve and
protect our beloved people of Eastern Visayas until our last breath,
committed to achieve the long lasting peace in the region. Despite of
our losses, the 8ID assures that as long as the presence of the armed
group still persists in the far flung barangays conducting mass
recruitment, collecting revolutionary taxes and instilling
psychological fear in the hearts and mind of the populace, we will
continuously conduct massive combat operation.
to change mandatory retirement age for uniformed personnel
By Office of Senator Alan
Peter S. Cayetano
May 11, 2017
PASAY CITY – Senator
Alan Peter Cayetano is proposing to adjust the compulsory retirement
age for the country's uniformed men and women from fifty-six (56) to
sixty (60) years old.
Cayetano recently filed a
measure seeking to adjust the compulsory retirement age for officers
and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), members
of the Philippine National Police (PNP), uniformed officers and
non-officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and members/officers
of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail
Management and Penology (BJMP).
“We need more competent and
dedicated uniformed personnel to assist our government pursue its
programs to ensure peaceful, orderly, and safe communities," Cayetano
said as he filed Senate Bill No. 1436 last May 4.
Cayetano pointed out that
the tasks performed by the personnel of the PNP, BJMP, the Philippine
Coast Guard, and the BFP require long years of training and
He said he is confident that
at age 56, these personnel can still fulfill the physical, mental, and
psychological demands and rigors of their position.
Under existing laws,
civilian government employees are compulsorily retired at the age of
sixty-five (65), while the retirement age for uniformed personnel is
pegged at fifty-six (56).
personnel who have accumulated thirty years of satisfactory service or
who have reached the age of 56 are compulsorily retired.
indispensable role as protectors of the State and its citizens, the
government has heavily invested in the training and development of the
officers and members of these agencies," the senator stressed.
“We need to maximize their
years of experience and wealth of knowledge, harness their leadership
skills and professional competence until the age of 60,” he added.
Cayetano hopes that
extending the years of service would also increase the number of
qualified personnel in these respective offices.
He noted that the long-term
goal is to keep hardworking and dedicated uniformed personnel longer
in service and to remove corrupt officials and scalawags who are
destroying the image of the institutions that they serve.
"The senior officials are in
the best position to help our administration to lead the reforms in
their respective agencies,“ Cayetano noted.
“Additional years in service
would also allow these officers to have more opportunities for career
advancement,” he added.
Army encounters NPAs
anew, recovers 2 high powered rifles
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 10, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City
– On May 10, 2017 at around 6:40 in the morning, a fire fight ensued
between the scout platoon of 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion and the NPA terrorist group at Barangay San Antonio, Hilongos, Leyte for about
30 minutes. Concerned villagers tipped the military troops on the
presence of the NPA group at their barangay while asking for
revolutionary extortion among the villagers.
As a result, the military troops have recovered two (2) AK-47 rifles;
six (6) magazines; 158 live ammunitions; 2 bandoleers; assorted food
stuffs and medicines; and subversive documents. No casualty was
reported on the government side while undetermined on the enemy side.
Brig Gen Mendoza, Commander of 802nd Infantry Brigade has already
coordinated with Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) to conduct
checkpoints along possible entries/exits of withdrawals of the enemy
and to verify possible accommodation of wounded enemy in nearby
The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division assures the people of
Eastern Visayas that the NPA terrorist group will not succeed on
disturbing the peace and order in the region. Thus, the continued
support of the public is greatly appreciated by the Command as a
paradigm of a good rapport between the military and the civilian
populace as partners for peace and development in the region.
Cuy to LCEs: Ensure
functionality of local peace and order, anti-illegal drugs committees
May 10, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Cognizant of the key role of local government units (LGUs) in
promoting peace and order in localities, Interior and Local Government
Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said local chief executives (LCEs)
should ensure that all local peace and order councils and committees
are proactive and fully functional in each level of local government.
In a directive, Cuy said
that LCEs must create Local and Barangay Peace and Order Councils (LPOCs
and BPOCs) and Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADAC) in the provincial,
city/municipal and barangay levels as well as MASA MASID (Mamamayang
Ayaw sa Anomaliya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga) teams and
ensure that these are functioning and performing their roles and
responsibilities as stated in all relative issuances.
“Everyone must pitch in
their share to eradicate illegal drugs and to attain lasting peace in
the country,” he said.
According the Cuy, the
creation of such local committees are provided for in several
issuances such as Section 116 of the Local Government Code, Executive
Order No. 366, Section 51 of Republic Act 9165 and other DILG
"The compliance of LCEs in
safeguarding that these issuances are carried out is very crucial as
it assures that efforts for peace and order, and illegal drugs are
cascaded down to the barangays," Cuy said.
Cuy said that LCEs should
also make sure that the said committees will formulate their
respective Peace and Order Plans (POPs) and Anti-Drug Action Plans (ADACs),
and allocate substantial amount to support their operations.
"Non-compliance, of course,
merits proper sanctions to ensure that all parties are aware of their
role in the campaign for peace and order, and illegal drugs," he said.
Sanctions for non-compliance
is suspension/withdrawal of the deputation of the National Police
Commission upon consultation with the provincial governor and
congressman concerned, pursuant to RA 8551; non-approval of the
request of the LGUs for additional confidential funds granted by SILG;
and sanctions provided by the existing laws relative to the
non-performance and non-compliance of an LGU, including the officials
of the barangay, in addition to the administrative case that may be
DILG Regional and Field
offices shall collate monitoring reports of LPOCs, BPOCs and BADACs
following the schedule of regional reporting.
In the same directive, Cuy
reminded LCEs of the deadlines of required reports. POCs
accomplishment report must be submitted not later than July 15 and
January 15 of the ensuing year for 1st and 2nd semester, while POCs
secretariat accomplishment report and Peace and Order report, must be
submitted not later than April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15
of the ensuing year for the 1st-4th quarter respectively.
On the other hand, the
monitoring report for BADAC, allocation of substantial portion in the
Barangay Budget and formulation of Barangay Anti-Drug Plan of Action
must be submitted on or before February 15 every year.
PH to draft
Philippine Human Rights Plan for next 5 years
By Office of Senator Alan
Peter S. Cayetano
May 10, 2017
PASAY CITY – A
Philippine Human Rights Action Plan under the Duterte administration
for the next five years is already being prepared.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
reported this in his opening statement during the 3rd cycle of the
Universal Periodic Review last May 8.
In line with the
administration's commitment to uphold the rule of law and protect the
human right of all Filipinos, Cayetano said the government is in the
process of drafting a five-year human rights plan that will adopt “a
culture-sensitive perspective, gender-sensitive paradigm, and human
rights-based approach in public service.”
The plan seeks to mainstream
the government's human rights agenda in its development initiatives to
protect all, especially the most vulnerable sectors, including but not
limited to, the indigenous people, children, women, migrant workers,
the elderly, domestic workers, persons with disabilities, farmers,
laborers, and members of the LGBT community.
It should be recalled that
the Human Rights Plan of the past administration was crafted in 2012.
Cayetano cited the
President's statement during his first State of the Nation Address in
July 2016: “There can never be real, tangible and felt development
without making our people feel secure.”
The senator also highlighted
the Duterte administration's effort to augment the budget of the
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from P439 million to P724 million.
This year’s budget of CHR is the highest since 2005.
“The provision of additional
resources for CHR, the President’s most outspoken critic, shows that
this administration supports human rights programs and initiatives,"
stressed that the issuance of an Executive Order institutionalizing
the Freedom of Information in the executive branch as well as the
installation of a direct complaint hotline - 8888 - to the Office of
the President are clear proofs that President Rodrigo Duterte is for
accountability in government.
He also noted the
government’s efforts in encouraging private sector participation in
ensuring a more effective and sustainable rehabilitation and
reintegration program for self-confessed drug users and pushers who
“The Philippine Government
under President Duterte is committed to real change, to peace and
development and to addressing the problems of poverty and inequality…
We are committed to Change. We are committed to the rule of Law. We
are committed to upholding human rights,” Cayetano concluded.
Philippine UPR Watch delegation in front of the United Nations
Building in Geneva call for a stop to extra-judicial killings in
the Philippines in time for the third cycle of the United
Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in the
Philippines scheduled for May 8 in Geneva, Switzerland.
members support call to stop killings in PH
May 8, 2017
BRUSSELS, Belgium –
The Philippine UPR Watch delegation met with members of the European
Parliament (MEPs) in an effort to share the human rights situation of
the Philippines and enjoin their support for the Filipino people’s
aspirations for just and lasting peace.
Francesco Giorji, attending
on behalf of Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chairperson of the European
Parliament Subcommitee for Human Rights, assured the UPR Watch
delegation of their support for the group’s calls for a stop to all
Extra-Judicial Killings in the country. He also warmly welcomed
ongoing efforts to push for the continuation of the Peace Talks
between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and
the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP). Giorji was
accompanied by other members of the Sub-committee secretariat in
separate meetings that were held at the MEPs’ offices.
MEP Estefan Eck of Germany
said that he will definitely relay the UPR Watch’s message to his
colleagues at the Delegation for the Relations with the Lands of
South-East Asia and the Union of Southeast Asian states (ASEAN). Eck
is an independent and is from the Confederal Group of the United
European Left - Nordic Green Left.
Marie Christine Vergiat from
France expressed her complete agreement that genuine peace in the
country cannot be achieved unless the roots of the armed conflict in
the Philippines are resolved. While acknowledging the high degree of
difficulty of being a human rights defender in the Philippines, she
wished everyone a productive session in Geneva and thanked the
delegation for sharing their views with the European Parliament.
Vergiat is a member of the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice
and Home Affairs.
The Philippine UPR Watch
delegation is in Europe for the Third Cycle of the UN Universal
Periodic Review (UN UPR) of Human Rights in the Philippines to be held
May 8 in Geneva where Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is expected to
deliver the Philippine government’s report on the implementation of
recommendations made during the previous UPR in 2012. The 3rd Cycle of
the UPR of the Philippines will cover the last three years of the
Benigno Simeon Aquino III presidency up to the first months of current
Nardy Sabino, General
Secretary of the Promotion of Church People’s Response opened the
delegation’s presentation. “The election of President Rodrigo Duterte
was brought about by the Filipino people’s frustration over the
failure of past administrations to deliver on their campaign promises…
They thus, overwhelmingly placed their votes behind the candidate who
not only promised to end corruption, poverty and criminality, but
behind someone who is largely projected and believed to have led the
“cleanest and safest” city in the country”, he added.
However, Sabino continued,
“extrajudicial killings (EJKs) attributed to President Duterte’s War
on Drugs have reached alarming proportions only after a few months
since his term started in June 2016.”
“EJKs and various other
human rights violations (HRVs) mostly directed against peasant farmers
and indigenous people under the watch of former Presidents Benigno
Simeon Aquino III and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have continued under
President Duterte,” said UPR Watch delegation member Johanna de la
Cruz of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).
“Perpetrators of these HRVs, even from the time of the dictator
Ferdinand Marcos, are not made accountable for the violations they
commit thus emboldening to continue to repress the fundamental rights
of the people”, she added.
The UPR Watch likewise
shared with the MEPs the Executive Summary of their report including
the recommendations they earlier submitted to the United Nations Human
Rights Council (UNHRC) and its member countries through their
embassies in the Philippines and Permanent Missions in the UN in
In conclusion, UPR Watch
delegation member Dr. Angie Gonzales, Coordinator of the International
Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), shared the
successes of the latest round of peace negotiations between the
Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in advancing the people’s
agenda for genuine development. She further pointed out that the Peace
talks hope to address the roots of the armed conflict in the country
as they are now discussing much needed socio-economic reforms.