Coconut Oil from ProSource International Inc. is one of the
products to be featured in Taipei International Food Show this
16 top PH firm
joins major Taiwan food show
DTI-CITEM targets US$22M
export deals in Taiwan food market
June 15, 2017
PASAY CITY – Sixteen
Philippine companies are set to exhibit at Taipei International Food
Show or popularly known as Food Taipei this June 21-24 June 2017, held
at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Organized by the Taiwan External
Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and considered as one of Asia’s
leading food shows, the show will coincide with five events and over
1,500 exhibiting companies.
exhibition is part of the efforts of the Department of Trade and
Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and
Missions (DTI-CITEM), to strengthen the position of Philippines as a
leading source of premium, natural, healthy, and ready-to-eat
processed food and beverages in the Taiwan food market. Exhibitors
will be representing the Philippines’ Premium Products such as
Coconut, Banana, Cacao, and Tuna and other healthy products.
Tagged as one of Asia’s
“Four Tigers,” Taiwan has a vibrant economy and is considered as one
of the richest in Asia.
“Our aim is to increase
market share of Philippine food exports to Taiwan by achieving at
least USD 22 million worth of export sales. For the longest time,
Taiwan has been increasingly reliant on food and agricultural imports
due to the country’s limited arable land and agricultural production.
This factor enhances the market opportunities for the Philippines, to
penetrate the Taiwan food market,” says Clayton Tugonon, Executive
Director of CITEM, or the Center for International Trade Expositions
The exhibitor team is
composed of manufacturers and exporters of products from the southern
regions, focusing on a mix of fresh and processed healthy/natural
products, Halal, ready-to-eat food, and industrial ingredients.
Exhibitors includes: Raw
Brown Sugar Milling Co., Inc. for organic muscovado sugar, Prosource
International Inc. for virgin coconut oil, nectar, amino; Pasciolco
Agri-Ventures for virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, coco jam, and coco
sap vinegar; Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation for unsweetened
chocolate, roasted cacao nibs, and dark chocolate; Fitrite Inc. for
fruit juices, noodles, mixes, bagoong; Year Luck Food And Industrial
Corporation for soft-serve ice cream powder, as well as ice cream
cones- waffles and wafers.
Also participating are
Tropicana Food Products Inc. with their virgin coconut oil; CJ
Uniworld Corp. for banana chips, Celebes Canning Corporation for
canned tuna, pouched tuna, and frozen tuna; DMI Medical Supply-Food
Div. for the MX3 Food Supplement, MX3 coffee and MX3 tea which uses
xanthone from mangosteen; JNRM Corporation with native pre-mixed
delicacies and flavor syrups.
DTI-CITEM also partnered
with DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) to feature in the Taiwan
the export-ready products of companies under the Regional Interactive
Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus Program. Under the
RIPPLES Plus Program, participating are Mama Tina Pasta with their
Noodles, Pasta, Canned Meat; Green Life Coconut Products Philippines,
Inc. with their coconut butter, organic coconut cider vinegar, organic
coconut spirit; Team Asia Corporation with their coconut oil, VCO, and
other coconut related products, coconut products, vegan coconut
powder; and Weambard International Traders, Inc. with their canned
fruit products in light syrup, mango slice, mango bits with nata de
coco bits, banana (whole saba) mango puree with sago, young coconut
The Department Of Science
And Technology - Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI)
will also exhibit the products made using the Philippines'
state-of-the-art food technologies and equipment.
The food and drinks sector
is the fifth largest industry in Taiwan and one of the market’s
fastest growing sectors. Attendees are expected to range from local
supermarkets, hypermarkets, and convenience stores as these increase
range of imported foods to meet demand.
The Food Taipei 2017 visitor
profile includes importers/wholesalers, distributors, hotel
owners/representatives, restaurant and bakery owner, online retailers
coming from China, Japan, and Hong Kong as well as Malaysia, USA and
Philippine products to be
exported to Taiwan must adhere to the requirements specified by
Taiwan’s Food Safety and Sanitation Act (FSSA), a new and improved
food safety system. As such, products have complied with their
requirements for quality and package labeling.
The retail sector and
consumer foodservice industry in Taiwan continue to emerge as
lucrative markets for Philippine products, due to Taiwan’s busy
lifestyle. Substantiating this is the rapidly expanding foodservice
industry, which is forecast to reach sales of US$21.6 billion by 2017
(AAFC, 2014). The Taiwan food industry thus poses an attractive
destination for the high-quality products of Philippine manufacturers,
suppliers, and exporters.
Construction of Biliran Diversion Road, Biliran, Biliran with an
accomplishment of 60% as of May 31, 2017.
road project to resume construction work
June 15, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
P43M Construction of Biliran Diversion Road project will resume its
construction activities after problem on Road-Right of-Way (RROW) has
been settled. This is revealed by Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-
Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO).
“We can now issue resume
work order to the contractor because the permit to enter was signed by
the affected landowner,” said Adongay.
According to Adongay, the
construction of Biliran Diversion road was hindered to proceed with
the implementation because one of the landowners affected in the road
opening refused to sign the “Permit to Enter”.
Ms. Edwina N. Tan, RROW
agent revealed that the problem on diversion road was settled by
paying the affected landowner the exact amount as computed based on
the assessed value of his lot.
Engr. Albert Cańete, project
engineer said that once the resume work order will be issued,
contractor will be advised to render over time work 24/7.
“The construction of Biliran
Diversion Road at Biliran, Biliran has accomplished 60% as of May 30,
2017 and if weather condition is good, hopefully we can finish it by
August or September this year,” Cańete said.
The completion of the
project will provide the traveling public coming from Tacloban City,
Ormoc City, Baybay City and from other neighboring municipalities
going to the northern and eastern part of Biliran Province and vice
versa in a much safer and faster transport of goods and services and
at a reduced travel time by 20 minutes. The population to be served by
the road ranges from 120,000 to 135,000, 7 Municipalities and 50
MSME receives 5th
International award in chocolate competition
June 9, 2017
MANILA – It’s another
Silver for the cacao farmers from Davao City! Malagos Unsweetened
Chocolate won its 5th International award in a Chocolate Competition
recently held at the Academy of Chocolate in London, United Kingdom –
a group of industry professionals promoting excellence in fine
chocolate-making. The announcement was made on June 5, 2017 on the
Academy’s website (http://acadofchoc.com).
Malagos Chocolates has been
an active participant and supporter of all trade fairs/events
organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Malagos
Chocolates is also one of the MSMEs participating as Partner-Supplier
of DTI in the Go Lokal! Stores Project. For interested chocolate
lovers, product samples will be available at the Go Lokal! Concept
Store@DTI slated to open for June 30, 2017.
Malagos’ Dark Collection is
100% pure cocoa liquor – chocolate in its purest form – and a five
time winner of international awards: Silver in the Drinking Chocolate
Category and Two Stars (out of Three Stars) at the 2016 Academy of
Chocolate and Great Taste Awards in London, United Kingdom
respectively; won the Silver in the 2015 World Drinking Chocolate
Competition organized by the International Chocolate Awards in
Hannover, Germany and in April of the same year, Malagos 65% Dark
Chocolate won Bronze for Best Unflavored Drinking Chocolate at the
2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, UK.
risks feared among people displaced by Marawi fighting
June 8, 2017
MANILA – The start of
the rainy season in the Philippines may add burden to the thousands of
people displaced by the fighting in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur,
The International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) has observed an increase in the number of
reported cases of diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, hypertension
and fever in different health facilities providing medical assistance
to the displaced residents, particularly those who are staying in
“We may have survived the
fighting in Marawi, but I’m still concerned for the children and old
people like me. Now that we’re here at the evacuation center,
everything seems so uncertain. The rains are so strong and many are
getting sick,” said Alimpay Macaagir, a 64-year-old evacuee at a
covered court in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.
More than 200,000 people
have been displaced by the fighting in Marawi City. Majority of the
evacuees are temporarily seeking shelter with their relatives. On the
other hand, thousands of them who have nowhere to go are cramped in
evacuation centers, within and outside the city, for more than two
According to Jose Amigo,
Health Coordinator of the ICRC in the Philippines, the increase in the
number of cases is due to the displaced population’s current living
condition. “They – particularly children and the elderlies – become at
risk to water-borne diseases because of their limited access to basic
water and sanitation facilities. They also become prone to
communicable diseases because of the limited space in evacuation
Amigo added, “The health
situation is not yet critical at this point, but we fear that this may
worsen in the coming days with prolonged displacement.”
In support of the local
health units’ efforts to address this concern, the ICRC has been
working closely with hospitals and other health facilities within and
around Marawi City to augment their existing capacity.
To date, the ICRC has
provided additional medicines and medical supplies to 11 hospitals and
health facilities in Iligan and Balo-i in Lanao del Norte, and
Tamparan, Balindong, Piagapo, Saguiaran and Marawi in Lanao del Sur.
The ICRC has also supported
the mini-hospital setup by the rural health unit of Saguiaran by
providing 10 folding beds for patients, and a supplementary kit of
essential medicines and medical supplies that can serve 10,000
individuals for three months.
“We have been working
closely with the Department of Health (DOH) since the fighting in
Marawi broke out, and we commend the good job that they have been
doing on the ground despite all the challenges that they face. The
ICRC will continue to be one of the active partners of DOH, supporting
its efforts in providing the much needed medical assistance to the
people affected by the conflict,” said Amigo.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that protects and
assists victims of armed conflict. It has a mandate to promote
knowledge on and respect for international humanitarian law.
as Stable Internal Peace and Security Condition Municipality in
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 7, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion together with the
Northern Samar Police Provincial Office declared the Municipality of
Mondragon, Northern Samar as Stable Internal Peace Security Condition
on June 6, 2017 at the Mondragon Municipal Hall, Northern Samar.
The highlight of the event
was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the AFP
represented by Brig. Gen. Mario G. Lacurom, Commander 803rd Infantry
Brigade, PSupt. Cezar Zafiro Tannagan, Provincial Director of Northern
Samar Police Provincial Office and Hon. Mario M. Madera after which
the Oath of the Pledge of Commitment followed.
Mayor Madera was thankful to
the AFP as well as to the NSPPO for the unending support given to
them. He likewise emphasized that the solution to the countless
problems can never be achieved through the barrel of guns but through
the oneness of the community of Mondragon.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col Noly F.
Lapizar, Commander 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion encouraged the
participants to do their role to preserve the security gains and
development of their community.
Further, Brig. Gen. Lacurom,
lauded that this declaration is one-step toward the continuous growth
and development of Mondragon. “Let us affirm our commitment to adhere
to our common goal of achieving a peaceful and sustainable development
in the whole province of Northern Samar,” Brig. Gen. Lacurom added.
ABAC Philippines to
focus on MSMEs in pursuing inclusive growth agenda
June 7, 2017
MAKATI CITY – MSME
Development. This is the main thrust of the APEC Business Advisory
Council (ABAC) Philippines as it presented the priority work areas in
the meeting with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary
Ramon Lopez following the second ABAC meeting for 2017 last 25-29
April in Seoul, Korea.
“This is a very welcome
development and a boost to the MSMEs that comprise 99.5% of the
establishments in the country,” said Sec. Lopez. “The DTI has already
been laying the ground work for strengthening MSMEs, especially with
the participation of the youth and women. Now as we chair ASEAN this
2017, we likewise put the spotlight on MSMEs and entrepreneurship, as
well as the sector’s integration in the global value chains.”
APEC Philippines, through
DTI, is working on the development of an APEC SME Marketplace as a
one-stop shop for SMEs in the region. This online portal is envisioned
to provide useful information such as the MSME policies and regimes in
different economies. Ultimately, the project aims to serve as a
platform for SMEs to access and tap into global markets and transact
with other players in the region.
According to ABAC
Philippines Chair Tomas Alcantara, it is important to take advantage
of this opportunity and ensure that SMEs in the country will optimize
use and benefit from the system. “ABAC PH’s first project will help
advance MSMEs interests by developing a pilot Philippine SME
Marketplace. We are trying to make concrete outcomes by facilitating
linkages between SMEs and domestic market first, then to two or more
international markets. After that to ASEAN, eventually to APEC, and
then finally, the global market.”
With the very broad and
varying interests of the 21 APEC economies, the Philippine team will
be keen in realizing its key priority areas. Aside from MSMEs, the
group has also expressed interest in Infrastructure Investment. A
specific initiative being discussed in ABAC is related to the Islamic
Infrastructure Investment Platform (I3P). ABAC Philippines will look
into how the Philippines can tap into the available funds from the
Islamic banks in the region. Mr. Alcantara added, “With guidance and
support from the DOF, ABAC Philippines will help develop a viable
Islamic financial regime to benefit Islamic banks and investments in
the country, ultimately to contribute to the development of Mindanao.”
“ABAC Philippines will work
on identifying and enhancing the country’s comparative advantage and
unique proposition so we can optimize and at the same time add value
to our participation in APEC – now and on a continuing basis for the
long term,” the chair concluded.
of Candidate Soldier Course Class 462-2017 take their oath
during the opening ceremony at Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay
Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar on June 1, 2017.
Soldiers take oath
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 1, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Candidate Soldiers Course Class 462-2017 composed of
135 new aspirants was formally opened on June 1, 2017 at Stormtroopers
Jungle Base, Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar
with Brig. Gen. Francisco F. Mendoza,Jr, Commander, 802nd Infantry
(Peerless) Brigade, Philippine Army as the Keynote Speaker.
The majority of the newly
selected batch of Candidate Soldiers came from the island of Samar 76;
32 from Leyte and Southern Leyte; four from Bohol; eight from Luzon;
and 15 from the island of Mindanao. Three of them are licensed
professionals; 18 are college graduates and mostly reached in high
school level with TESDA schoolings.
They will be honed for the
duration of six months in basic military training and tactics and will
serve as additional soldiers that will beef-up the personnel strength
of the whole 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division to include the
Infantry Battalions deployed in Mindanao.
Brig. Gen. Francisco F
Mendoza, Jr. in his message said, “Inaasahan ko na kayong lahat,
pagkalipas ng anim na buwan ay kumpleto kayong magtatapos at taas
noong ninyong haharapin ang inyong graduation at ang inyong panunumpa
bilang mga newly enlisted privates ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas.
“At inaasahan ko rin, kapag
kayo ay naging ganap na sundalong Philippine Army, ay matatapos ninyo
ang inyong serbisyo ng buong husay at nang buong katapatan. Yan ang
hamon na iiwan ko sa inyo bilang mga susunod na magigiting naming
sundalo,” Brig Gen Mendoza added.
Thousands of lives
at stake in Marawi City fighting
June 1, 2017
MANILA – Ten days
into the hostilities in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, southern
Philippines, civilian lives are at stake as the number of casualties
continue to grow and nearly 2,000 residents remain trapped in the
“We are extremely concerned
about the residents who could not leave their homes because of the
fighting, and also those who are reportedly being held against their
will. We are also deeply worried about reports of civilians being
killed,” said Pascal Porchet, Head of Delegation of the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.
“Targeting civilians is
prohibited by international humanitarian law (IHL), and all feasible
precautions must be taken to protect them in military operations. We
urge all those involved in the fighting to protect civilian lives, and
are hopeful that those held against their will are being treated
humanely and will be released. We stand ready to serve as a neutral
intermediary to evacuate civilians caught between the fighting,” he
The ICRC has been actively
supporting authorities in the management of dead bodies. It has
donated 160 body bags, as well as gloves and masks, to help the
authorities with the proper retrieval of the bodies.
The ICRC has also been
negotiating for safe access to trapped civilians in Marawi by engaging
in a constant dialogue with all parties to the conflict. However, the
current security situation does not yet allow the ICRC to bring them
all to safety. It has however transported nearly 600 people from
Marawi City to the Saguiaran evacuation center or even as far as
law (IHL) limits the means and methods of warfare and protects people
who do not take part in the fighting (i.e. civilians, medics, aid
workers) and those who can no longer fight (i.e. wounded, sick,
captured or detained fighters). These limits are particularly
meaningful when military operations are conducted in populated areas
where the risk of harm to civilians and civilian objects, including
essential infrastructure, increases.
Since the onset of the
fighting, the ICRC has been on the ground assisting the population
affected by it. It has also been reminding parties to the conflict to
spare the lives of those who are not participating in the hostilities.
Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC has distributed
relief items to more than 10,000 displaced people, provided an equal
number of people with access to clean water, and enhanced the capacity
of six local health facilities to provide basic health care to
thousands of people through the donation of medical supplies.
“We have started conducting
full assessment of the conditions of displaced people in hard-to-reach
evacuation centers, to give us a better picture of the humanitarian
needs. We hope to also assess the western and eastern parts of Lanao
Lake once the security situation allows us to do so,” said Porchet.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that protects and
assists victims of armed conflict. It has an international mandate to
promote knowledge for and respect of IHL.