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Japan donates P7M worth of gymnastics equipment to Philippines

Philippine gymnastics received a shot in the arm on Friday as the Japanese Embassy donated roughly P7 million worth of gymnastics equipment to aid its grassroots program with a new gym......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMar 17th, 2023

PEZA records P80.585-B investments for 1st half of 2023

On track to achieve its investment targets for the year, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board has greenlighted 102 ecozone developer-locator projects with capital investment of P80.585 billion for the first semester of the year, 2.5 times bigger than the investment pledges approved for the same period last year under the Duterte administration. “We remain optimistic that we will sustain our positive growth trajectory for the second half of the year, given the notable increase in our KPIs on investments, jobs and exports from a more aggressive whole-of-government approach in investment promotion,” noted PEZA Director General Tereso O. Panga. He added, “For the first year of PFRM administration (July 2022- June 2023), PEZA has by far generated investments of P198.796 billion worth of investments from 206 projects, actual direct jobs of 1,805,770 (cumulative), and actual direct exports of $58.494 billion.” Among the 206 projects, 11 big-ticket projects with minimum P1 billion capital investment have also been approved/registered by PEZA during this time. These big-ticket projects with total capital investments of P154.966 billion came from the following sectors: ecozone development (P119.259 billion), export manufacturing (P33.946 billion), and ecozone facilities (P1.761 billion). Panga noted, “We continue to contribute to the overall positive performance of the administration and serve as a tool to constantly attract investments in the country and promote the Philippines as an investment haven in Asia.” With this, PEZA is ramping up its investment promotion and facilitation initiatives to bring in much-needed FDIs to the country. This is ahead of the anticipated influx of investors to the country as PEZA conducts follow-through on the outbound missions done by the President. “This June, PEZA welcomed several French, Czech and Dongguan delegations to the Philippines and facilitated the learning visit and study tour of the Ugandan and Papua New Guinean delegation. PEZA likewise received delegations from China, Taiwan and Japan in the first semester of the year,” stated the PEZA chief. In addition to this, PEZA is collaborating with various government agencies such Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment for the promotion of industrial peace in the ecozones; and the Bureau of Corrections, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Privatization Management Office for utilization of public lands for ecozone development. “With the inclusion of the ecozone development program in the country’s medium-term plan (2023-2028), we aim to develop more ecozones in rural and new growth areas and introduce new frontiers catering to emerging and niche industries,” explained the PEZA chief. To complement this, PEZA is implementing its several automation initiatives pursuant to the call of the President to enhance the ease of doing business in the Philippines. Panga noted, “We have partnered with the DICT to fast track the implementation of our digitalization and to align with the automation efforts of the whole government. We are strengthening our one-stop-shop services to cater to our agile locators and the changing investment landscape globally.” “For our part, we shall continue to perform our mandate to contribute to the overall growth of the nation. In keeping with the EO 18 directive of the President, we will implement a whole-of-government approach as we aim promote the Philippines as the enviable investment destination in the region,” he stated. The post PEZA records P80.585-B investments for 1st half of 2023 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 11th, 2023

BBM has kept promises, Sara says

Vice President Sara Duterte on Sunday said President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has already proven his government’s willingness to fulfill its electoral promises one year into office. “Everyone can see the diligence and perseverance of our beloved President in continuing the positive changes started by the previous administration, and introducing new programs and projects to improve the lives of our fellow citizens,” Duterte said in a Facebook post. The UniTeam tandem of Marcos and Duterte won via landslide in the May 2022 polls. They started holding office at noon of 30 June last year. Duterte said she is happy to be part of an administration that focuses on strengthening the country and being proactive in strengthening the economy, providing sufficient jobs and livelihood opportunities, and addressing poverty. She said the administration has been supportive of fishermen, farmers, and workers, and in building essential infrastructure, improving the quality of education and healthcare for Filipinos, and strengthening the Philippines’ relations with other countries. One year in office, Mr. Marcos has already signed six laws, including the SIM Registration Act, An Act Postponing the December 2022 Barangay and SK Elections, and Amendments to the Armed Forces of the Philippines fixed term law. The said laws were part of the 42 priority legislation proposed by his administration’s Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council. The Philippines’ standing in the World Press Freedom Index has improved under Marcos, with the country placing 132nd out of 180 nations, up from 147th last year. Marcos also visited Indonesia, Singapore, New York, Cambodia, Thailand, Belgium, China, Switzerland, Japan, Washington and London in the last 12 months. As of February this year, pledges for investments totaling 3.48 trillion Philippine pesos (about $68 billion) had been made as a result of his trips abroad. Of the commitments, P239 billion have come to pass with corporations putting projects around the nation. Confirmed projects worth P1.5 trillion are in the planning stage, while P1.7 trillion already have existing Memoranda of Understanding or Letters of Intent. The post BBM has kept promises, Sara says appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2023

Phl, Japan advances ‘security partnership’ says DND

The Philippines has expanded its partnership with Japan in terms of security, the Department of National Defense said Friday. This came after Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko met with Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. at the DND headquarters over the weekend. According to DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, Teodoro and Koshikawa Kazuhiko agreed on advancing the Philippines-Japan security partnership, following the signing of the Terms of Reference on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Activities between the two countries during the state visit to Japan of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. last February. During their meeting, Teodoro cited the progress of defense relations between the Philippines and Japan since his first stint as the DND head, from 2007 to 2009, under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Teodoro recalled his first assignment at the time was to organize the 2009 ASEAN Regional Forum Voluntary Demonstration of Response—a multilateral HADR event wherein Japan was among the participants. Teodoro thanked Japan for contributing to the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its current assistance to address the oil spill incident that affected communities in the Mimaropa and Western Visayas regions. Koshikawa Kazuhiko, for his part, feted the close and robust partnership between the Philippines and Japan. Recalling second world war II, the Japanese ambassador manifested his “high regard for the Filipinos’ spirit of forgiveness” and expressed hope that the strong bilateral ties between the two countries could become a “force for good” and “best tribute for those who died during the war”. Both officials explored their possible collaboration on the development of the Philippines’ self-reliant defense posture, involving the research and development of defense equipment, systems, and other related technologies, as well as expertise exchange. Andolong said Teodoro also welcomed Japan’s Official Security Assistance of which the Philippines was among the grantees. The post Phl, Japan advances ‘security partnership’ says DND appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2023

Cold chain system project empowers Benguet farmers

On 21 June 2023, Tachikawa Jumpei, First Secretary and Agriculture Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, attended the inauguration ceremony for the solar-powered cold storage facility in Buguias, Benguet. The event was also graced by Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, Buguias Mayor Ruben Tinda-an, Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Training Institute Training Center Director Remelyn Recoter, Japan Agricultural Exchange Council Executive Director Sakamoto Ryoji and other LGU and ATI officials. Farmers in Benguet frequently face the challenge of earning low income despite harvesting competitive and high-quality produce. While Benguet is known as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” and has a favorable climate for growing vegetables, it suffers from an unstructured production system, subpar post-harvest handling procedures and unstable product prices. To aid Benguet farmers, the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council, a Japanese NGO, has been implementing the Japan International Cooperation Agency Grassroots Cooperation Project since 2007. Among other things, JAEC has carried out dissemination activities for safe vegetable farming techniques and improved post-harvest procedures. However, the activities for this initiative were suspended in 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, through the funding support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, JAEC commenced the Safe Vegetable Production Technology Dissemination and Vegetable Distribution System Improvement Project. Benguet farmers were equipped with various Japanese farming technologies under this initiative. This project will also enable the development of a cold chain system through the completed solar-powered cold storage facility in the Municipality of Buguias, Benguet, as well as other cold storage supplies and equipment. By enhancing the quality of the produce through an effective distribution system, farmers’ incomes are expected to improve and their losses to decrease, while consumers may benefit from buying healthy, fresh and quality vegetables. The post Cold chain system project empowers Benguet farmers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2023

Italy eyes deepening defense deal with Phl

The Italian government is hoping to intensify its defense cooperation with the Philippines, particularly in the procurement of defense equipment, Manila’s Ambassador to Rome Neal Imperial said Tuesday. In a statement, Imperial said Italian President Sergio Mattarella conveyed Italy’s endeavor to strengthen relations with the Philippines when he presented his credentials as the new Filipino envoy to Italy on 15 June at the Palazzo del Quirinale. Imperial likewise noted that the Philippines welcomes Italy’s aspiration to participate in the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as the country expands its defense equipment suppliers. In talks with Mattarella, Imperial thanked Italy as a party to the G7 Hiroshima Leaders’ Communiqué. The communiqué, which was issued in May, criticized China’s militarization over the South China Sea. It also expressed support for the 2016 arbitral ruling, which upheld Philippine sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone and challenged Beijing’s expansive territorial claims within the South China Sea which “have no legal basis.” The G7 consists of Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and the European Union. According to Imperial, Mattarella recognized the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific as agreed on the 2016 Arbitral Ruling on freedom of navigation and overflight and regional stability. Moreover, Imperial commended Italy’s hospitality to an estimated 165,000 Filipinos. “They call Italy their second home… The second and third generation of Filipinos are well integrated into the fabric of Italian society, conveying that they are the Philippines’ best ambassadors of goodwill,” he told the Italian leaders. The Philippines and Italy have expanded their bilateral ties on trade and industry to the highest level, which Imperial hoped, will be further raised to two-way trading. As the two countries mark 75 years of bilateral relations in July, Imperial urged for immediate convening of bilateral mechanisms, such as political consultations, to give direction and momentum to the growing ties between the two countries. The post Italy eyes deepening defense deal with Phl appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 20th, 2023

How disaster-resilient are we?

News stories with accompanying photographs again flood the usual outlets of radio, television, print, and now, even social media, showing school children busy with their lessons while gathered under the shade of towering trees, tents, gymnasiums or basketball courts, crowded corridors of government buildings, even chapels. In previous seasons, the students were displaced from their schools by earthquakes or typhoons. Today, they are refugees fleeing from the lava flow and deadly fumes from a volcano, acting up with signs of worsening disaster ahead. Their schoolrooms have been taken over by entire communities whose residents have left their homes along the fringes of Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, because there is nowhere else to park their hastily-packed belongings and no space to sleep, eat and get on with their lives. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who visited the evacuation sites in Albay province, agreed with local officials that the situation could last longer than expected or at least three months before they could return to their homes. A news report said more than 17,000 students in five Albay towns were affected by the transfer, and more evacuees were distributed to about 20 emergency shelters. “We have to find ways to ensure the learning continuity,” a teacher told a news reporter, adding that learning modules used at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic were again being used. Still, one problem was tracking down the dispersed students. Because of its geography, the Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries, hosting natural hazards like typhoons (20 to 21 hitting the country a year), floods, earthquakes, storm surges, landslides and volcanic eruptions. There are 24 active volcanoes in the Philippines and more than 1,500 on Earth, which are in Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Italy, El Salvador and Kenya, are at higher risk of volcanic eruptions. As of 15 June 2023, 24 active volcanos have been recorded as erupting worldwide. Considering the statistics in the Philippines, how disaster-resilient are we? Local government units or LGUs on the frontline of building resilient communities want financial aid and technical skills in dealing with disaster risk reduction and resilience-building measures. Several Internet apps on early warning systems can enable local officials to develop real-time analyses and adopt swift solutions as part of disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts. The LGUs’ crucial role in this effort should cascade to their respective communities through early warning systems. Also, due recognition should be given to their powers, authority, and corresponding responsibilities to lessen the adverse effects of calamities descending on their shoes, especially in places with no previous history of disasters. But then again, the question of financial capability comes into play because no local governments are equal in the budget, with bigger LGUs getting a bigger slice of the pie from local revenues than the smaller ones. Observers have cited areas of concern: insufficient data and contingency funds of LGUs, lack of adequate disaster risk reduction skills among political leaders, and not enough planning and contingency measures on the part of school authorities on how to deal with problems arising from the use of their grounds and facilities as evacuation sites. The Philippines, however, is not alone in this regard. In the highly-developed United States, for example, it has been observed that not all state officials “have a game plan for local emergency management that encompasses pre-disaster resilience and long-term rebuilding and recovery. Most solely have a short-term emergency response strategy.” Still, it is never too late to catch up, even if this will require spending more on preventive measures like investing in equipment warning residents of impending disasters, anticipating the problems of evacuees by building safer and more permanent shelters instead of displacing school children from their classrooms, extending safety zones and relocating homes away from risk areas, and planning recovery steps once the disaster blows over. We can no longer afford to sit back and wait for the point of no return, acting only when calamity strikes. Being prepared can save thousands of lives, homes and livelihoods. The post How disaster-resilient are we? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2023

Foreign Direct Investments decline 30 percent

The country's foreign direct investments decreased in March 2023 due to challenges from external sources, causing uncertainty in the global economy. Latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released on Tuesday showed that net inflows of FDIs in March amounted to $548 million, a 30.7 percent decline compared to the previous year. For the first quarter of 2023, FDI net inflows likewise declined by 19.6 percent to $2.0 billion from the $2.5 billion net inflows recorded in the comparable period last year. FDIs are investments that provide more stable and long-term commitments from foreign investors, resulting in job creation for the Filipino population. Equity capital placements during the month originated mostly from Singapore, Japan, and the United States. These were directed mainly to the manufacturing (27 percent); 2) information and communication (26 percent); 3) real estate industries; (23 percent), and others (25 percent). Data broken down, borrowing activity between multinational corporations and their local subsidiaries decreased by 37.2 percent to $389 million in March compared to the previous year. Equity capital placements also experienced a slight decline of 2.5 percent year-on-year, reaching $115 million during the same period. Additionally, reinvestment of earnings experienced a minor dip of 0.1 percent year-on-year, amounting to $65 million in March. China Banking Corp. chief economist Domini Velasquez attributed the country's gloomy FDI performance to a weak investment environment. “The EU has entered a technical recession already, which could affect companies’ interest in expanding. Likewise, conditions remain tight in export-driven economies such as Singapore,” she said in a Viber message. “Even if 2023 and the first half of 2024 will be driven by bleaker-than-expected investor sentiment, investment potential in the Philippines remain strong in the medium- to long-term,” Velasquez added. The decline in FDI comes as the Marcos administration has continued to travel abroad to attract more investments into the country. Malacañang in December said Marcos’ foreign visits in 2022 alone have generated $23.6-billion in investment pledges. He has since visited more countries including the United States where the Marcos administration reportedly secured $1.3-billion worth of pledges. The post Foreign Direct Investments decline 30 percent appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2023

PCG mulls large drones acquisition for massive maritime patrols

The Philippine Coast Guard is considering the acquisition of large drones it can use to conduct massive maritime patrols within Philippine borders. In a news forum on Saturday, Coast Guard spokesperson, Rear Adm. Armand Balilo, bared the PGC will try to lobby Congress for additional funding they can use to procure large drones to boost the country’s maritime patrol capabilities. The PCG is yet to include the acquisition of large drones in its budget proposal, Balilo said. So far, the PCG has already requested a budget for procuring a remotely-operated vehicle or ROV that can be used in oil spill events in the country. Balilo said the idea of acquiring these drones came during the recently-concluded trilateral coast guard exercise by the Philippines with Japan and the United States in Mariveles, Bataan. “We observed the huge drones being used by the US Coast Guard in patrolling a specific area or during anti-smuggling operations. The newest technology they have during patrols. Instead of the vessels and choppers, the drones flights will go first when they operate against smuggling of products or illegal drugs,” he said. Balilo said it would be a great help should the Philippines will acquire these large drones, which they envisioned deploying in each PCG district. It can cover a range of up to 50 nautical miles. He also noted that the Australian government recently pledged to the Philippines drone equipment, training, and technology for PCG. Balilo said this pledge serves as part of Australia’s commitment to enhance maritime cooperation with the Philippines as well as to bolster regional security and promote closer ties with its Southeast Asian counterparts. The post PCG mulls large drones acquisition for massive maritime patrols appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2023

RCEP seen driving trade funds demand

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  plus five other countries will help drive demand for business loans from Philippine banks, economists told the Daily Tribune on Thursday. “RCEP would expand the sources of cheaper imports for foreign and local investors, including small and medium enterprises or SMEs, that manage their respective global supply chains,” Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation chief economist Michael Ricafort said. Effective starting 2 June, RCEP aims to gradually reduce tariff rates on various goods from ASEAN members and other countries over 20 years. It is also seen as streamlining rules on intellectual property, telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce and professional services.   Doing business smoothly Ricafort said these mechanisms will also allow foreign firms to do business in the Philippines more smoothly. “It would help attract more foreign direct investors to locate in the country as a production base, as well as an access point to bigger export markets of RCEP member countries in the region and other parts of the world,” he said. Aside from the Philippines, the 14 other trade partners in RCEP are Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, South Korea and China.   New opportunities “RCEP will create new opportunities, expand business operations, and thereby improve the business environment for SMEs in the Philippines by which banks should benefit as well,” Security Bank chief economist Dan Roces said. RCEP members could generate total exports worth $5.2 trillion and a gross domestic product of $26 trillion, according to global business consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC. However, Ricafort said local SMEs should adapt fast by improving their employees’ skills and business strategies. “RCEP would also mean increased competition for some local producers, including SMEs, in view of the influx of cheaper imports from other RCEP member countries for the coming years.” The Department of Trade and Industry had reported at least 52 percent of micro businesses and SMEs fully reopened in 2021. “The country’s membership in RCEP would be one of the sources of economic growth and recovery especially after the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ricafort said. The post RCEP seen driving trade funds demand appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2023

Filipina fashion designer carves a name in Osaka

A young Filipina fashion designer based in Osaka, Japan, has continuously etched a name for herself – and for the country – as she faithfully upholds unique craftsmanship in all her creations. Her name: Pamela Madlangbayan. [caption id="attachment_141460" align="aligncenter" width="525"] FASHION DESIGNER: Pamela Madlangbayan[/caption] Pamela’s father was once an OFW. Longing to be together, the family relocated to the Land of the Rising Sun in 2006. However, come college, Pamela wished to alleviate some of her parents’ financial burdens. Thus, she earnestly searched for scholarships all across Japan and beyond. She was accepted into the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, where she finished her Fashion Design and Merchandising degree. As the worrisome pandemic halted the world into an absolute standstill, Pamela, on her final year, had serious second thoughts on her specialization. “I didn’t know whether I should even pursue fashion since nobody really needs designer clothes during a global crisis — at least that’s what it felt like,” she earlier admitted. Still, she continued to tread on her chosen path. Before long, she found herself back in Japan, a fashion capital of the world, creating bespoke pieces for the Japanese fashionista crowd. Today, she is an essential component of EINS, a curated vintage shop in Osaka. Armed with black suits, she breathes new life into these coats as she paints, embroiders and reshapes them. [caption id="attachment_141463" align="aligncenter" width="525"] MASTERFUL EMBROIDERY: Hand-stitched detailing on a vintage jacket[/caption] “I feel almost like Dr. Frankenstein, busily stitching together different suits and trousers to construct new hybrids. We gained a niche circle of clients who ordered these deconstructed avant-garde garments, as well as the custom painted suits to don for special occasions,” she said. She has likewise began teaching part-time at a major fashion institute, as an interpreter for Oleg Mitrofanov, a professor at various universities and colleges across continents. The duo covers courses from Introduction to Fashion and Concept Creation to reviewing student portfolios for the students’ graduate collection. As of recent, Pamela is busy with what is perhaps one of the most important projects in her career so far – the TAYO Fashion Showcase as part of the Filipino-Japanese Friendship affair, the first of its kind in Osaka. Founded by the illustrator and textile designer Feanne, Pamela was then tapped by the Philippine Consulate General as the event coordinator. TAYO, with a double meaning — us or to rise in Filipino and diverse or multicultural in Nihongo — will host a group of established fashion and jewelry designers from the Philippines, joining sustainable fashion designers from Japan in a celebration of craftsmanship. “I couldn’t be more excited to be able to bridge two of my homes through the fields I’m most passionate about,” she said. “The idea that we can be anything and everything all at once” is what continues to inspire the young fashion prodigy. “I can be anything as long as the hunger and passion to learn is present. The thought that I can grow and evolve into someone with an enriched mind and enhanced soul through arts is what keeps me truly going,” she disclosed. During her free time, she loves to stroll across the city and take pictures with her film camera — I repeat, film camera! She likewise makes an effort to use less social media, plus a term called touching grass which means to unplug and enjoy real life, which allows her more opportunity to appreciate nature and meet new people. On the other hand, she acknowledges that as a self-labeled “Official Grown Up,” pressure is internal. She breaks down steps one by one – and her anxiety disappears. “Pressure is something that we instill into ourselves. You’d be surprised how little people expect from you because they’re too busy tending to their own.” Let us hear from Pamela Madlangbayan on all the various aspects of her interesting life in Japan: [caption id="attachment_141462" align="aligncenter" width="525"] TOKYO FASHION SCENE: EINS bondage suits Photo credit: SHIN (@s.yoshi8024)[/caption] On EINS: After a year and a half, we got the attention of a popular high-end curated vintage store within the Shimokitazawa neighborhood in Tokyo. They currently hold my pieces with the EINS label tag and my artist alias Sabotten as the signature on all painted items. I’m very proud of the creations that I was able to produce with only little resources, a lot of imagination and many hours of manual labor. Therefore, to have those stocked in the heart of Tokyo’s alternative fashion scene is such a huge motivation for me to continue slowly, but surely!   [caption id="attachment_141465" align="aligncenter" width="525"] CLASSIC REBIRTH: An EINS painted apparel[/caption] Her alter ego: Sabotten is alive and well! I’ve used that alias as my artist identity because I feared that Pamela Madlangbayan as a person might change the perception of the clients towards the art I create. The reason I kept my identity anonymous for my work at the brand is because I do not submit to the MODE-KEI fashion tribe — which is our main clientele. With fashion, it’s never just about the clothes, people buy the personality and the perception that comes with it. But now that my namesake label is in the works, I am gradually bringing the two artist identities together. After all, despite the contrasting elements, these are all a body of my field. I embrace everything now, without trying too hard to set them apart. [caption id="attachment_141466" align="aligncenter" width="525"] ALTER EGO CREATION: Custom-made Sabotten illustrated garment[/caption] Teaching: It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Oleg Mitrofanov. Last December, we went to the most prestigious fashion school in Tokyo to conduct a week-long winter seminar. I’ve dreamt of – and even made it a goal at one point – to enroll at this school and it feels surreal to be teaching there. [caption id="attachment_141464" align="aligncenter" width="525"] NOBLE INITIATIVE: Pamela’s designs are brought to life by members of the FIBERS community Photo credits: Pamela Mejia/FIBERS[/caption] TAYO collection: The latest collection that will be unveiled at TAYO is a love letter to our laborers. My grandfather and those who came before him were produce farmers, mainly coffee, fruit and vegetables in Silang, Cavite. My great-grandmother was a seamstress during and after the war. They are my roots. Therefore, I want to honor my family, as well as those who continue to work in these sectors. Since the event will take place right after the Philippine Independence Day, I should shed the spotlight on our farmers and textile industry workers and craftsmen. I believe that they are the pillars of our society, often overlooked. However, they are the ones who keep our nation’s traditional agriculture and culture alive. My creations will be the “friendship show piece” of the event, one that binds both cultures. I am aware with the issues surrounding cultural appropriation and tokenization. I see both the Philippines and Japan as my homes, having lived here for almost two decades. Yes, I did a lot of research as to how I can pay homage to both cultures with the utmost respect. [caption id="attachment_141467" align="aligncenter" width="525"] FILIPINO-JAPANESE ELEMENTS: The Kimonoterno, a combination of two national dresses[/caption] Advocating Filipino craftsmanship: When talking to my Japanese peers, most of them do not really have an idea of what the Philippine fashion scene is like. I think it’s always worth talking about how much talent and skill our craftsmen and designers have, as well as our very rich culture and heritage. I’ve always wanted to share this aspect of the Philippines here in Japan and I believe the best way to do it is to, just do: Put out works, talk about Philippine fashion, promote my Filipino friends’ brands to Japanese friends.   Empowering marginalized women: Though charity is altruistic and wonderful, it’s still a temporary fix to deep-seated social issues. I think the best way to uplift less-privileged communities is to connect and cultivate new groups where everyone can share their skills and experiences for the betterment of everyone involved. Through a referral of Allesandra Gutierrez, currently based in the Philippines, I was given the privilege to work with Fashion Innovative Businesses for the Environment, Reformation and Sustainability, a collective actively moving across countries in Southeast Asia -- from the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. I likewise connected with Pamela Mejia who spearheads a communal project that empowers marginalized women through needlework and other crafts. [caption id="attachment_141468" align="aligncenter" width="525"] IN HER WORLD: Pamela on a business trip in Tokyo[/caption] Advice to aspiring fashion designers: Being a designer is not a race. It’s a discipline that you hone over the years through practice, coupled with a lot of research. Stay grounded, remain eager to learn, try to look outwards, not inwards. See the world and think of what you can offer. Otherwise, we’re just creating more landfill. The post Filipina fashion designer carves a name in Osaka appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 6th, 2023

Davao seeks more sisterhood pacts

DAVAO CITY — The city government here is eyeing for more partnerships with local and international cities after recently forging a sisterhood agreement with Sennan in Osaka, Japan. In a radio interview, Councilor Augusto Javier Campos III, chairperson of the committee on international relations, said the city is also eyeing sisterhood deals with a city in South Korea and Israel. He added that the city council has pending resolutions for sisterhood agreements — Bayswater in Perth, Australia; Island Garden City of Samal and Monterey Park in California, which has the largest Asian-American population in California. “These have yet to be passed,” Campos said, adding that sister city agreements would enhance the exchange of best governance practices and identify areas of cooperation from both cities. “It also boosts the exchange of people and ideas with the hope that more investors will come and more direct flights will be added to open Davao City for more people to experience,” Campos said. Currently, the city has 10 foreign and 13 local sister cities. “Dabawenyos can also visit their places and see what they have to offer and bring the best back to our city,” Campos said, adding that there is a pending resolution appreciating the Embassy of Israel for opening a consular office in the city in 2020. “They have been very active in terms of innovation. Most recently, they donated equipment and materials worth US$9,000 to the City Health Office for upgrading three health centers,” he said. The post Davao seeks more sisterhood pacts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

45 years of generating indigenous, renewable energy

Aboitiz Power Corporation’s subsidiary Hedcor Inc. marked on 25 May 2023 its 45th anniversary. Since 1978, Hedcor has harnessed indigenous and renewable sources of energy for businesses and communities. In the process, it has become one of the country’s top renewable energy companies, specializing in generating electricity from run-of-river hydropower systems. To date, Hedcor has 22 hydropower facilities in Luzon and Mindanao and a solar farm in the Visayas. These 22 hydropower plants — with a cumulative installed capacity of over 280 megawatts — are spread out in Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Benguet, Davao City, Davao del Sur and Bukidnon. [caption id="attachment_137854" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Ampohaw Hydro in Sablan, Benguet is one of 22 run-of-river hydropower facilities by Hedcor. It is also its first automated plant, having undergone automation in 1997.[/caption] Since 2021, Hedcor has also operated San Carlos Sun Power Inc. in Negros Occidental with a peak capacity of 59-MW. Hedcor aspires to become the largest RE asset manager in the country and in the ASEAN region by growing its clean energy facilities to at least 40 by 2030.  This includes more hydro and solar, as well as having wind power plants. In 2022, Hedcor launched the country’s first National Operations Control Center, which allows for the operation, monitoring and control of 21 Hedcor run-of-river plants and SacaSun all in one location. This results in more efficient operations with less chance of technical errors through centralized real-time data monitoring and analysis, operation and control of equipment, management of the alarm system, and delivery of notifications and plant operation reports. “To remain competitive, we optimize our current assets, people and resources. Adopting new technologies will ensure efficiency, helping to implement operational excellence strategies necessary for future business growth,” Hedcor president and chief operating officer Rolando Pacquiao said. Hedcor also celebrates the rich culture and tradition of the indigenous peoples groups in the communities it operates in. Earlier this year, Hedcor helped renovate the tribal halls of IPs in the province of Bukidnon. It also turned over P10 million worth of infrastructure to IPs in La Trinidad, Benguet. Both projects support the IP groups’ need for venues to host tribe gatherings and meetings, among many other functions. “We know that we are only as strong as the bond we have with our community. We draw our strength from the homes and businesses we’ve sustained with the energy we provide,” Pacquiao said. Since 2000, Hedcor has also planted over 3.5 million trees with an 85 percent survival rate. Moreover, the company is now on its fifth consecutive year of implementing the #NoToSingleUsePlastics campaign, banning the use of single-use plastics in all company events. Segregation and recycling are also observed within Hedcor’s premises. “Building on its 45 years of experience and now as part of the Aboitiz Techglomerate, Hedcor will continue to be integral in AboitizPower’s efforts to service the country’s growing need for sustainable, affordable and reliable electricity,” said AboitizPower president and CEO Emmanuel Rubio. “As the Philippines sets its sights to integrate 35 percent and 50 percent RE in its energy mix by 2030 and 2040, respectively, AboitizPower and Hedcor support it by growing its own diverse clean energy portfolio and investments in innovation and technology,” he added. The post 45 years of generating indigenous, renewable energy appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2023

China says US chipmaker Micron failed security review

China's cybersecurity watchdog said Sunday that US chipmaker Micron had failed a national security probe and told "operators of critical information infrastructure" to stop purchasing its products. The probe was the latest escalation in the ongoing chip war between the United States and China, with Washington looking to cut off Beijing's access to the most advanced semiconductors. It also came as China tightened the enforcement of its national security and anti-espionage laws. Micron's products "have relatively serious potential network security issues, which pose a major security risk to China's critical information infrastructure supply chain and affect China's national security", the cybersecurity administration said in a statement. "Operators of critical information infrastructure in China should stop purchasing Micron products." Beijing launched a cybersecurity review in March of products sold in the country by Micron, one of the world's major chip manufacturers. The chip war between Beijing and Washington escalated last year when the United States imposed restrictions on China's access to high-end chips, chipmaking equipment, and software used to design semiconductors. Washington cited national security concerns and said it wanted to prevent "sensitive technologies with military applications" from being acquired by China's armed forces and intelligence services. The United States imposed targeted controls on the ability of domestic industry leaders to sell their products overseas. It has also sought to persuade key allies to follow suit. The Netherlands and Japan -- both leading manufacturers of specialized semiconductor technology equipment -- have recently announced new restrictions on exporting certain products, but without naming China. Beijing has slammed the moves as "US bullying tactics" and accused Washington of "technological terrorism", vowing that such controls will only strengthen its resolve to achieve self-reliance in the sector. The development of a robust domestic semiconductor industry has been a longstanding goal of the Chinese government, which has invested billions of dollars in domestic chip firms. Chips are the lifeblood of the modern global economy, powering everything from cars to smartphones, and they are forecast to become a $1 trillion industry globally by 2030. Nowhere is their essential nature more visible than in China, the world's second-largest economy, which relies on a steady supply of foreign chips for its huge electronics manufacturing base. In 2021, China imported semiconductors worth $430 billion -- more than it spent on oil. The post China says US chipmaker Micron failed security review appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 21st, 2023

Clark Freeport Zone ready for business

With big-scale events in full swing once, Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is ready to host various MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) events with essential infrastructures, from transportation to recreational facilities, already in place to accommodate local and international guests. Supporting Clark Freeport Zone’s business tourism initiatives is Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the only leisure township in Central Luzon well-equipped with top-notch amenities to ensure personal and business travelers’ stay is as convenient and relaxing as possible. Strategically located at the heart of Clark Freeport Zone, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City is a two-hour drive from Manila via NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX and a short eight-minute drive from Clark International Airport. Access by sea is possible through the Subic Freeport Zone, while public transportation is available through Mabalacat Regional Bus Terminal. Meanwhile, guests from major cities such as Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul can have three- to five-hour direct flights. Additionally, the new state-of-the-art Clark International Airport can accommodate eight million passengers annually and is equipped with the latest technologies to make travel easier. The North-South Commuter Railway, once completed, will also help reduce travel time from Clark to Metro Manila to less than an hour. Award-winning amenities Filinvest Mimosa+ is a leading MICE destination in Central Luzon, providing award-winning amenities catering to various business events. At the heart of the property is Quest Plus Conference Center Clark, which received the 2021 Sports Tourism Awards Hotel of the Year for hosting the PBA & Asian Cup Qualifiers’ bubble in 2020 and 2021. It offers the Magellan Ballroom, a 2022 ASEAN MICE Venues Tourism Awardee that can accommodate up to 550 guests. Aside from the renowned venue, Quest Plus Conference Center Clark also offers 304 rooms and luxurious grand villas, four multiple meeting rooms, and two Hilltop Convention Rooms. Mimosa+ also offers a diverse range of dining and entertainment options for guests. Food enthusiasts can relish the culinary delights of Mequeni Live, Mequeni Lounge and Charley’s Bar. Additionally, they can explore the breathtaking 128-hectare Mimosa Plus Golf Course, recently awarded Best Golf Course in the Philippines at the World Golf Awards 2022. This golf course now boasts two 18-hole courses — the Mountainview, known for its challenging terrain, and the Acacia Lakeview, renowned for its stunning scenery. The newly-furbished Mimosa Plus Golf Course Clubhouse has also added amenities such as the Mimosa Plus Golf simulators to help golfers practice their swing. Afterward, they can proceed to the recently opened Baker J Café, the new go-to café for French cuisine. The ideal destination for large-scale events The outstanding features found within Filinvest Mimosa+ allow guests to enjoy many fitness and recreational activities. They can utilize the property’s vast open spaces by running quickly or biking around Acacia Park, which features tree-lined biking and jogging lanes, a pavilion and seating areas. The enormous green landscapes of Acacia Open Grounds are available for recreational activities, perfect for families and friends. It houses fun and creative installations where some of the biggest cycling and leisure events were held. This includes the Philippine Cycling Festival Fun Ride, the Tri-Factor Duathlon, Titan 77.7 Philippines, and the Clark City Marathon. It also recently hosted The Bull Runner Dream Marathon and the two-day Philippine Cycling Festival 2023, an annual cycling event with more than 3000 participants. Soon, the Mimosa Basketball Court will be transformed into a multi-purpose court that can cater to sports such as Basketball, Volleyball, and Badminton. [caption id="attachment_134421" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Without a doubt, Filinvest Mimosa+ is a vibrant live-work-play township.[/caption] Thriving live-work-play township Complementing this well-balanced nature landscape, Filinvest Mimosa+ offers other developments worth visiting for investment and retail opportunities. The state-of-the-art WorkPlus, which already has four completed buildings and one more underway, offers business spaces conducive to growth and work-life balance. The Crib, a co-living residential area for the contemporary, has two available buildings for leasing and is set to launch two more buildings. There is also the Mimosa+ Retail Strip, a lifestyle and recreational strip that will soon open with various high-end retail and dining options, open for leisure and sports facilities partnerships. For residents looking to relocate to Clark, the Golf Ridge Private Estate, now available for pre-selling, offers an exquisite country-club lifestyle with a picturesque view of the neighboring golf course. Lastly, with the construction in full swing, the Mimosa+ Lifestyle Mall will be the new regional shopping and dining center destination. Moreover, investors and end-users looking to relocate or set up their business in the area can already find foreign investors, including the USA, Japan, Australia and South Korea, as Clark Development Center offers business-friendly terms and incentives. Processing of permits, license registration, and application are made more efficient, with approvals in less than three weeks. Without a doubt, as a vibrant live-work-play township with a host of award-winning amenities, Filinvest Mimosa+ is the destination in Clark Freeport Zone that’s ideal and capable of business tourism and leisure travel with family and friends. 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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2023

BIMP-EAGA nations’ trade cooperation pressed

In his recent trip to Indonesia for the Asean meeting President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged collaboration to foster the progress of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia -Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA due to its substantial potential for development. The Chief Executive made the call as he joined the intervention of the 15th BIMP-EAGA Summit on the sidelines of the 42nd ASEAN Summit and Related Summit here. Marcos said the Philippines supports the increased focus of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 on broad strategies to align sub-regional pandemic recovery and transformation efforts with the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, particularly in the areas of food security, creative industries and E-commerce, tourism recovery, and green recovery. “So, let us continue this impetus for growth in BIMP-EAGA and thereby position our very own sub-region as a well-connected, economically thriving, multi-country trade, investment and tourism destination. There lies our future,” Marcos said. However, Marcos noted that the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine demonstrated the need to maintain the physical connectivity that underpins the region’s extensive and comprehensive logistics chain in all its aspects. Hence, the President mentioned that the efforts to revive the tourism industries should be the utmost priority following the pandemic. Linkages must move forward “Our collective effort towards rebuilding the air and sea linkages disrupted by geopolitical challenges and the pandemic still remains the key towards our full economic recovery,” he said. “So, let us work together with our National Tourism Organizations and our private sector counterparts to breathe life into the Joint BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Tourism Recovery Communications Plan 2022-2024. Let us spread the tidings that a visit to the BIMP-EAGA sub-region is a safe, stress-free return to nature,” Marcos added. Increased tourism will also reinvigorate the sub-regions micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs, the backbone of the economy fundamental to achieving sustainable economic growth and narrowing the development gap, and instrumental in wealth and employment creation, raising standards of living and poverty reduction. The President also rallied anew for support for “nano businesses,” or the kind of self-employed businesses that fall outside of the category of MSMEs, such as dry cleaners, corner shop owners, single retail marketers, repairers and painters, among others. “Though they constitute a large portion of all economies, viable, and play an important role across the country, they remain unrecognized… aiding them will contribute to our overall economic growth and will narrow those development gaps,” Marcos said. The President also emphasized the importance of BIMP-EAGA’s synergies and partnerships with external partners, such as the Asian Development Bank, Japan, Republic of Korea, China and the Northern Territory of Australia. Calling for sustained partnerships with those entities, the Philippine leader also welcomed the BIMP-EAGA-Korea Cooperation Fund or BKCF and the increase of the Republic of Korea’s contribution from $1 million in 2021 to $3 million in 2022. He reported that the Philippines, in particular, continue to benefit from the BKCF Fund from projects in the Environment, Tourism, and Connectivity Sectors, with a total support worth an estimated $1.2 million. At the same time, BIMP-EAGA must achieve strategic coherence within the larger ambit of ASEAN initiatives and sustain platforms of dialogue through regional mechanisms, including APT, RCEP, APEC, AANZFTA, and the ASEAN Plus 1 FTAs. Launched in 1994, BIMP-EAGA has delivered impressive results with the current numerous transport networks spanning the sub-region, buttressed by enhanced economic policies facilitating the movement of goods, people, and services. The post BIMP-EAGA nations’ trade cooperation pressed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 14th, 2023

PBBM to Gov’t agencies: Attend to Malaya Lolas claims

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. instructed the appropriate government agencies to explore how the Philippines could properly handle the issues raised by the Malaya Lolas, a group of "comfort women" or victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial army during World War II. The Chief Executive made the instruction in response to the Philippines' reply to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women report, which stated that the Philippines had not supported the Malaya Lolas in filing claims against Japan. Marcos underscored that the Philippines is committed to protecting women's rights and promoting gender equality, as outlined in its laws, treaties, and other international human rights agreements. He also stated that the Philippine government is currently taking steps to address the CEDAW's concerns regarding the Malaya Lolas case. " I have instructed the relevant Government agencies to look into how we can appropriately address the concerns of the Malaya Lolas," Marcos said. "Government agencies concerned are formulating a comprehensive response to the CEDAW Committee and will submit this within the required period," Marcos added. In March, a committee of experts from the United Nations responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CEDAW determined that the Philippines had breached the rights of comfort women. The committee cited the country's failure to offer reparation, social support, and recognition for the harm they endured. The committee is awaiting a written response from the Philippines within six months, or until September, detailing any actions taken in response to the committee's opinions and suggestions. Marcos assured that the government commits to undertaking measures and finding ways to help them live better lives as an expression of our continued deep solidarity with them and of utmost respect. Two days after the UN body released its decision, Malacañang said the Philippine government recognizes the suffering of the victims but noted that "some reparations have been made and the Supreme Court has adjudicated on the matter." "We honor their indomitable spirit and dignity in taking this important cause forward through these years," Marcos said in the statement. “While we maintain our previous position on the admissibility and merits of the case in view of national jurisprudence and treaty obligations, we recognize the grave atrocities endured by brave Filipino women during the wars of the 20th century, and sincerely commiserate with them as they bear the long-term and irreversible physical and psychological effects of the war,” he added. Previously, Malacañang stated that the Marcos administration would examine the UN women's rights committee's opinions and provide a written response within six months, as stipulated by the Optional Protocol to the CEDAW. During World War II, thousands of women in Asia, including the Philippines, were subjected to sexual slavery by the Japanese military. In 1956, Manila and Tokyo signed a reparations agreement that required Japan to supply the Philippines with services and goods worth $550 million. Despite their dwindling numbers, the victims are still seeking justice and urging Japan to resolve the issue. The post PBBM to Gov’t agencies: Attend to Malaya Lolas claims appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2023

FDI inflow clocks highest since 2019

Foreign direct investments brought in more money to the Philippines in February primarily due to a rise in funding for debt instruments during that period, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Wednesday. Preliminary data from BSP showed that FDI yielded net inflows worth $1.047 billion in February this year, a 13 percent increase from the $926 million recorded in February 2022. It exceeded the $448 million recorded in January. The latest figure is the highest in 15 months, with the last highest recorded net inflows being $1.263 billion in November 2022. FDIs can take the form of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, or borrowings. “The increase in FDI was due to higher non-residents’ net investments in debt instruments, notwithstanding lower net equity capital placements and reinvestment of earnings,” the BSP said.   Equity capital placements According to the BSP, most of the equity capital placements during the period were from Japan, the United States, and the Cayman Islands. The bulk of these investments were allocated to manufacturing, real estate, electricity, gas steam and air conditioning supply, as well as financial and insurance industries. However, the year-to-date FDI net inflows amounted to $1.5 billion, 14.6 percent lower than the US$1.8 billion net inflows posted in the first two months of 2022. “All major FDI components yielded lower net inflows as foreign investors remained cautious amid persistent and broadening global inflation,” the BSP said. In an emailed commentary, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. chief economist Michael Ricafort said that the net inflows of FDI in February were one of the highest since the pandemic began.   Further reopening of economy He attributed this to the economy’s further reopening towards greater normalcy and the absence of Covid-19 restrictions compared to 2020 and 2021. Ricafort also commented that net FDI might increase further in the coming months due to the investment commitments obtained by the Marcos administration during overseas trips in recent months. “The latest investment commitments after the administration’s official visit to the United States in May 2023 ($1.7 billion); state visit to Japan in early February 2023 with about $13 billion; investment commitments worth about $24.2 billion during President Marcos’ visit to China in early January 2023; these could lead to more US dollar/foreign currency inflows, especially in the form of FDI into the country, at the very least; though still wait-and-see for the actual investments to be made into the country in the coming months,” Ricafort said. “These are on top of the earlier investment commitments estimated from foreign investors after the new administration’s recent visits to the World Economic Forum, Belgium ($2.2 billion), Thailand ($4.6 billion), Indonesia ($8.4 billion), Singapore ($6.5 billion), and the US ($3.9 billion; the administration’s first US visit in September 2022); yet to see if these would also translate to actual investments/FDI into the country,” he added. The post FDI inflow clocks highest since 2019 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 10th, 2023

Philippines, Japan armed forces discuss collaboration, proposed defense pact

The two met when Centino led the AFP delegation to this year’s Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) held in Japan last week, from March 14 to 17......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2023

Philippines may bag $6.48 million garment orders from Japan

The Philippines is expected to secure $6.48 million worth of garment export orders from Japanese firm Nichiun Co. Ltd. of Konoike Group, according to the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2023

Marcos Jr. thanks Pinoys in Japan for boosting Philippines image

Filipinos’ “very good” image in Japan helped the Philippines in securing billions of pesos worth of business deals with leading Japanese firms, President Marcos said as he concluded his five-day official working visit here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2023