COMITATO MISTO ITALIA-FILIPPINE

PIBC - PHILIPPINE-ITALY BUSINESS COUNCIL

FIEI - FEDERITALIA EXPORT IMPORT

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IL COMITATO MISTO

ITALIA-FILIPPINE

 

La Repubblica delle Filippine in Italia

 

L'Italia nelle Filippine

 

 

 

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Société Générale de Surveillance

La SGS nelle Filippine:

City   Office E-mail
Makati City SGS GLOBAL TRADE SOLUTIONS SA  
Makati City / SGS Philippines, Inc. Head Office SGS PHILIPPINES, INC. sgs_philippines@sgs.com
Olongapo City SGS (SUBIC BAY), INC. sgs_subic_redwood@sgs.com.
Cebu City / SGS Philippines, Inc. SGS PHILIPPINES, INC. sgs_philippines@sgs.com

 

 

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Le Parti firmatarie dell'Accordo sono:

 

a) Il Philippine-Italy Business Council con uffici presso: 

  • il Segretariato della Camera di Commercio e Industria di Manila, GF East Wing;

  • il Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, Philippines

b) La FIEI FederItalia Export Import 

 

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L'Accordo Costitutivo del Comitato misto Italia-Filippine è stato firmato presso l'Ambasciata della Repubblica delle Filippine il 16 Ottobre 2000 dall'Ambasciatore Josè V. Romero Junior, Presidente del PIBC e dal Dr. Maurizio Miranda, Segretario Generale della FIEI FederItalia Export Import.  Testimone dell'Accordo è stato l'attuale Ambasciatore Filippino presso il Quirinale, S.E. Philippe J. Lhullier.

 

 

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Gli scopi del Comitato sono di promuovere le relazioni commerciali tra i due Paesi, gli investimenti diretti e le joint ventures.

 

 

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L'attività del Comitato è così articolata:

 

a) Un costante scambio di informazioni sui due mercati Filippino e 
    Italiano

b) Incontri e Seminari d'affari

c) Scambio di delegazioni d'affari

d) Programmi di formazione sui rispettivi mercati e su mercati terzi di
    comune interesse

e) Partecipazione a Fiere e Mostre Internazionali.

 

 

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Gli Organi del Comitato misto sono:

 

1) Il Comitato Direttivo, composto da 7 Membri, tre per ogni parte

2) Il Presidente, nominato di comune accordo dalla FIEI e dal PIBC

 

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 L PHILIPPINE TRADE AND INVESTMENT CENTRE- PTIC


COS'E' IL PTIC

Il PTIC è l'Ufficio del Ministero dell'Industria e del Commercio delle Filippine preposto alla promozione dell'esportazione di prodotti filippini in Italia e degli investimenti italiani nelle Filippine con sede a Milano.

 

 

I SERVIZI DEL PTIC

Assistenza a importatori italiani

  • Identificazione di potenziali fornitori filippini

  • Facilitazione nell'importazione

Assistenza ad investitori italiani

  • Segnalazione di opportunità/ settori prioritari di investimento

  • Regime degli investimenti esteri, incentivi, registrazione

  • Informazioni e strategia degli investimenti

  • Missioni commerciali nelle Filippine

  • Facilitazioni

Assistenza a ditte Filippine

  • Identificazione di potenziali acquirenti italiani e partners commerciali/ industriali/ tecnologici

  • Informazioni e strategie commerciali e di investimento

  • Fiere e Missioni commerciali

  • Facilitazioni all'esportazione

IL PTIC PROMUOVE E INCENTIVA L'IMPORTAZIONE IN ITALIA DEI SEGUENTI PRODOTTI:

  • CALZATURE E PELLETTERIA

  • BIGIOTTERIA

  • OREFICERIA

  • ABBIGLIAMENTO

  • ALIMENTARI

  • MOBILI

  • CESTINI E ADDOBBI NATALIZI

  • MATERIALE TECNOLOGICO

  • MATERIALE ELETTRONICO

  • COMPONENTI DI METALLO IN SUBFORNITURA

  • CERAMICA

  • GAMBERI

  • CARRAGENINA E ALGHE

  • MARMO

PTIC - CONTATTI

ROSALIE R. EVANGELISTA
Addetto Commerciale della Repubblica delle Filippine
Ufficio delle Addetto Commerciale (PTIC)
Ambaciata delle Filippine di Roma
Viale Delle Medaglie D'Oro, 112-114
00136 Roma
Tel. 06 3974.6621 Fax 063974.0872
Cell Phone: +0335 654.3069
E-mail: dtimilan@iol.it


ROSALIE R. EVANGELISTA
Addetto Commerciale della Repubblica delle Filippine
Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC)
Consolato Generale delle Filippine di Milano
Via  A. da Giussano, 1
20145 Milano
Tel. +39 02 469.1812 Fax.+39 02 469.1817
E-mail: dtimilan@iol.it

 

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L'ITALIA NELLE FILIPPINE

Ambasciata d'Italia  a Manila
Amb. Graziella Simbolotti
6th Floor, Zeta Condominium, 191 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
Tel. + 632 8924531/2/3 Fax + 632 8171436
E-mail: ambitaly@iname.com

ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION
GOVERNMENT AGENCY

UNIT 47 4/F ZETA II BUILDING
191 SALCEDO STREET
LEGASPI VILLAGE, MAKATI CITY - MANILA
Tel: (0063 2) 8175929 / 8171871 / 8176370
Fax: (0063 2) 8171872
E-mail: manila.manila@ic

BANCHE ITALIANE NELLE FILIPPINE

Banca Intesa
Banco Ambrosiano Veneto SpA (U.R.)
19th Floor, Metrobank Plaza Bldg, Sen Gil J Puyat Ave, Makati City.
Tel. 0063 2 8673255/6 Fax 00632 8673257

 

LA REPUBBLICA DELLE FILIPPINE IN ITALIA

AMBASCIATA DELLE FILIPPINE IN ITALIA
Amb. Philippe J. Lhullier
VIALE DELLE MEDAGLIE D'ORO, 112-114
00136 ROMA
TEL. 06 39746621  FAX 06 39740872

SEZIONE CONSOLARE  presso l'Ambasciata
Cons. Antonio A. Morales
VIALE DELLE MEDAGLIE D'ORO, 112-114
00136 ROMA
TEL. 06 39746621  FAX 06 39740872

Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC)
Consolato Generale delle Filippine di Milano
Via  A. da Giussano, 1
20145 Milano
Tel. +39 02 469.1812 Fax.+39 02 469.1817
Cell phone: 0335 6543069
E-mail: dtimilan@iol.it
 

Consolato Generale delle Filippine a Milano

Console Generale Milagros R. Perez
Via Santa Maria Segreta, 6
20123 MILANO
Tel. 02 8051400/8051270 Fax: 02 878797
 
Consolato Generale delle Filippine a Torino
Dott.ssa Annarosa Keber-Pieri, Console Generale, a.h.
Corso Vinzaglio, 23
10121 Torino
Tel. 011 5617154    Fax 011 548271

 

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Opportunità d'affari nelle Filippine
a cura del Philippine Trade & Investment Centre

 

 

Principali prodotti italiani esportati nelle Filippine

  1. Machinery for filling, closing, sealing, capsuling or labeling bottles, cans, boxes, bags or other containers

  2. Parts, including regulators of hidraulic turbines and water wheels

  3. Other antibiotics and salts thereof n.e.s. not put up as medicaments

  4. Medicaments containing other antibiotics

  5. Transmission apparatus for radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television

  6. Fabrics imported on consignment basis for the embroidery or manufacture of outer garments

  7. Parts of the machinery of a kind used in the bread grain milling industry

  8. Parts of electronic integrated circuits and micro assemblies

  9. Other medicaments containing other medicinal and pharmaceutical products

  10. Parts, n.e.s. for rolling mills

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Principali prodotti filippini importati in Italia

  1. Other data processing equipment

  2. Coconut (copra) oil crude

  3. Semi conductor devices

  4. Other electronic integrated circuits

  5. Input or output units

  6. Other tires, pneumatic, new, of a kind used on motor cars

  7. Finished electrical and electronic machinery

  8. Other copper alloys

  9. Other articles for Christmas festivities

  10. Other telegraphic apparatus
 
 

 

LA REPUBBLICA DELLE FILIPPINE

Fonte: World Factbook 2000

 
   

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FILIPPINE - CALENDARIO FIERE 2001

 

2001 Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Market Calendar

MANILA F.A.M.E. INTERNATIONAL
Date: 22-25 April 2001; 27-30 October 2001
Product Display: Gifts and Houseware
Venue: Hall A/Philippine International Convention Center/Paskuhan
Hall B/World Trade Center/Palengke
Hall C/Philippine Trade Training Center/Tindahan
Contact Person: Ms. Marjo Factora-Evio,
Chief, Hardgoods Division, CITEM
Tel: (63 2) 833-1258 Fax: (63 2) 832-3965

INFOTECH Philippines: An IT & E-Commerce Exhibition
Date: 28-30 March 2001
Product Display: Information Technology
Contact Person: Ms. Josie Gonzales, Chief, Industrial Division, CITEM
Tel: (63 2) 832-5044 Fax: (63 2) 832-3965

BIO-SEARCH
Date: 21-24 June 2001
Product Display: Natural, Herbal and Organic Products
Venue: Philippine Trade Training Center
Contact Person: Ms. Menchu Lising, Chief, Industry Development Division, CITEM
Tel: (63 2) 831-2483 Fax: (63 2) 832-3965

Industry Search 2001
Date: 20-22 September 2001
Product Display: Industrial Goods and Services
Venue: Philippine Trade Training Center
Contact Person: Ms. Josie Gonzales, Chief, Industrial Goods Division, CITEM
Tel: (63 2) 832-5044 Fax: 832-3965

Asian Ethnic Food Fest
Date: 23-26 November 2001
Product Display: Processed Food
Venue: Philippine Trade Training Center
Contact Person: Ms. Alice Pineda, Chief, Agri-Marine Division, CITEM
Tel: (63 2) 831-1282 Fax: (63 2) 832-3965

ORGANIZER: Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Address: Golden Shell Pavilion, ITC Complex, Roxas Blvd., Corner Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue 1300 Pasay City
Email: citem@info.com.ph
Website: www.citem.com.ph

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CHAMBER OF FURNITURE INDUSTRIES OF THE PHILIPPINES (CFIP)
2001 CALENDAR OF MAJOR EXHIBITIONS (As of 24 January 2001)

Philippine International Furniture Show 2001 (Manila)
Date: 24-27 February 2001
Venue: World Trade Center, Manila
Organizer: Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines
Tel: (63 2) 631-2834; 632-9007; 637-2742 to 43
Fax: (63 2) 631-2977
Contact Persons: Jemma/Jenny
Email: info@cfipnet.com
Website: www.cfipnet.com/pifs/

Philippine International Furniture Show 2001 (Cebu)
Date: 27 February-02 March 2001
Venue: Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu City
Organizer: Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF)
Tel: (032) 253-3091; 253-0274
Fax: (032) 254-8246
Contact Person: Jescel Canedo

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TRADE FAIRS AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, MANILA

Philippine International Furniture Show 2001 (Manila)
Date: 24-27 February 2001
Product Display: world class and export quality furniture
Venue: World Trade Center, Manila
Organizer: Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines
Tel: (63 2) 631-2834; 632-9007; 637-2742 to 43
Fax: (63 2) 631-2977
Contact Persons: Jemma/Jenny
Email: info@cfipnet.com
Website: cfipnet.com/pifs/

Manila F.A.M.E. 33rd Gifts & Housewares Fair
Date: 22-25 April 2001
Product Display: Gifts and decorative accessories, toys & games, handmade paper plants and collectible items for export
Organizer: Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Tel: (63 2) 834-0188; 833-1258; 831-1268
Fax: (63 2) 832-3965
Tel: (63 2) 817-7587
Fax: (63 2) 894-2466

Philippine Dental Association Annual Convention 2001
01-05 May 2001
Product Display: Latest dental equipment and materials
Organizer: Philippine Dental Association (PDA)
Telefax: (63 2) 899-6332

Comm Asia
Date: 24-26 May 2001 (coinciding with the National Electronics and Telecommunications Week)
Product Display: Telecommunication, broadcast, electronics, information technology, E-commerce
Organizer: IIR Exhibitions
Tel: (63 2) 750-8587 to 92
Fax: (63 2) 750-8585 to 86
Email: malouiirxp@skyinet.net
Pltiirxp@skynet.net

Corporate Giveaways 2001 Excellence Awards
Date: 0-07 July 2001
Product Display: Business gifts, promotional ideas, premiums & merchandise incentives
Organizer: World Exhibitions & Conventions Inc (Worldexco)
Tel: (63 2) 834-0608; 834-551
Fax: (63 2) 833-2404

Total Retail Industry Fair
Date: 30 September-01 August 2001
Product Display: International retail technology, equipment, systems, materials and services exhibition, incorporating retail equipment and technology expo, gifts & premium expo and franchising
Organizer: IIR Exhibitions
Tel: (63 2) 750-8587 to 92
Fax: (63 2) 750-8585 to 86
Email: malouiirx@skyinet.net
Pltiirx@skynet.net

9th AsiaFood 2001
Date: 05-09 September 2001
Product Display: Food industries, equipment & services
Organizer: Trade Information Marketing Exhibition (TIME)
Tel: (63 2) 834-0085 to 86
Fax: (63 2) 831-3828
Email: time@skyinet.net

Powertrends 2001
Date: 25-27 September 2001
Product Display: Power systems and energy generation show
Organizer: Interfama International
Tel: (65) 276-6933
Fax: (65) 276-6811

COMDDAP Expo 2001
Date: 03-06 October 2001
Product Display: Computer hardware, software, accessories, peripherals, printers and scanners
Organizer: The Computer Manufacturers Distributors & Dealers Association of the Philippines (COMDDAP)
Tel: (63 2) 810-3814; 892-7947
Fax: (63 2) 815-6351
Email: comddap@info.com.ph

Agri-Link 2001 (8th International Agribusiness Trade Exhibition & Conference)
Date: 18-20 October 2001
Organizer: Foundation for Resource Linkage & Development Inc. (FLRD)
Tel: (63 2) 838-4852; 838-4510; 838-4863
Fax: (63 2) 836-4573

Manila F.A.M.E. 34th Gifts & Housewares Fair
Date: 22-25 April 2001
Product Display: Gifts and decorative accessories, toys & games, handmade paper plants and collectible items for export
Organizer: Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Tel: (63 2) 834-0188; 833-1258; 831-1268
Fax: (63 2) 832-3965
Tel: (63 2) 817-7587
Fax: (63 2) 894-2466
Email: citexmdn@pworld.net.ph

Jewelry, Watch & Clock Exhibition Philippines 2001
Date: 29 December 2000-02 January 2001
Product Display: Philippine international jewelry, jewelry equipment & fashion accessories

Christmas Expo 2000
Date: 30 December 2000-02 January 2001
Product Display: Christmas decors, novelty items, fashion accessories, RTW, gift items
Organizer: GMA Foundation
Tel: (63 2) 928-5087; 928-7021 locas 437-438
Fax: (63 2) 928-9351

 
 

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BOI Set its 3-year Investment Plan

The Board of Investments (BOI) formulated its 3-year Medium-Term Investment Plan for 2002-2004, according to BOI Managing Head Vincent S. Perez, Jr.

Mr. Perez said the plan is in the same vein as the government’s medium-term export plan which sets specific targets and determines strategies for attaining such targets.

The objective of the plan is to increase investments, reduce the cost of doing business, adopt consistent and transparent policies, increase employment, develop small and medium enterprises and support other export winners.

The organizations involved in the preparation of the plan are the BOI, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the National Development Corporation (NDC), the Bureau of Small and Medium Business Development (BSMBD), the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), the Center for Industrial Competitiveness/National Manpower and Industrial Training Council (CIC/NIMTC), and the Small Business Guarantee Fund Corp. (SBGFC).

To increase investments, the BOI plans to have a more active and focused investment promotion through the creation of investment teams and setting promotion targets.  For this year, it will concentrate on five sectors such as the agri-business, logistics, information technology, tourism, education and training.

To reduce the cost of doing business, the BOI set strategies to lessen regulatory costs and avoid costly business-related litigation.

Perez also wants to ensure that the Arroyo government will adopt consistent and transparent investment policies by harmonizing all investment policies by the end of this year.

The main goal of the plan is to increase employment.  For this year, the Arroyo government hopes to generate 30,000 new jobs, 25% of which will come from the small and medium enterprises.

 

Priority Infrastructure Projects in the W Growth Corridor

The Central Luzon W Growth Corridor is one of the most promising business sites in the Philippines.  Its distinct advantages and the opportunities it offers have made it one of the most dynamic investment destinations in the country.  Central Luzon is envisioned, as articulated in the 15-year Central Luzon Development Program (CLDP), to become the industrial heartland of the Philippines and an international transshipment hub of the Asia Pacific Region, a world conference center, and a showcase of vibrant agriculture.

The region offers a wide array of business opportunities in the areas of tourism, industry and agriculture.    To make the environment in the region more conducive for business and investments, programs and projects extremely crucial to the development of the region are being pushed for implementation.

The following are priority infrastructure projects for the W Growth Corridor.  With the critical infrastructure in place, and the active participation of the various support institutions present in the region, Central Luzon aims to achieve its vision, and provides a more favorable and friendly investment climate.

The Clark International Airport (CIA) involves the use of airport as a cargo hub, and later on, a passenger terminal.  President Arroyo declared Clark on April 5 as the future site of the country’s international airport, and announced that Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and Air Transportation Office (ATO) have issued permits for Clark to service cargo flights, chartered and special passenger flights that are expected to pave the way for the regular, domestic and international passenger flights and the eventual transformation of Central Luzon a major tourism hub and center of trade and commerce.

The Subic Bay Port Development involves the construction of a new container port at Cubi Point, rehabilitation of existing wharves within the Freeport and procurement of necessary facilities/equipment to promote the economic growth of Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is finalizing its contract with the Pacific Consultants International (PCI) for the Management Consulting Services of the Port Project.  PCI will undertake: (a) Detailed Design of the Port Terminal (b) assist SBMA in bidding out contracts for renovation of the existing wharves, construction of the Port Terminal and bidding for Port Operators, (c) supervise actual construction, and (d) provide defects liability checks after project completion.

The other port project is the development and operation of an integrated cargo-handling facility for bulk and bagged cargoes for fertilizers that will be implemented by Tacoma Integrated Port Services with P160 million investment.   A complete port with modern handling systems and fertilizer terminal will surely boost the food security and agriculture programs of the government.

The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project encompasses the construction of a 89.3 km Expressway that will have a direct, efficient and nearly exclusive road connection between major development areas of Central Luzon (Subic, Clark,Tarlac) in order to enhance the synergistic integrated development of the region and alleviate the worsening traffic  situation along the North-South axes of the region. Project cost: from P 15.72 B to 18 B

The North Luzon Tollways Project comprises three phases.  Phase I (US$ 373 M) involves the rehabilitation and expansion of 84 km of existing North Luzon Expressway (NLE) plus 8 km stretch of green field expressway around Tipo-Subic (built in 1996).  Phase II (US$ 400 M) will undertake the construction of 22 km circumferential road connecting current C-5 expressway with NLE, with a target construction date of June2002 to July 2003.  Phase III (US$ 550 M) will construct the 57 km Subic arm or NLE to SBMA area, and segment of C-5 (McArthur to Letre), with a target construction date of January 2003 to July 2004.

The North Luzon Tollways Extension will be an extension of the planned Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway further from San Manuel in Tarlac City to Rosario, La Union. In effect, it will provide a continuous, smooth and seamless interconnection from Subic Seaport via Clark Special Economic Zone and the industrial parks in Luisita up to La Union. The 84.5-km road is a 4-lane (2 lanes for both directions) asphalt pavement with 5 major interchanges covering the provinces of Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union.
Project Cost Estimate: P 9.67 B (August 2000)

The Manila-Clark Rapid Railway System is a 100-km double track rail system between Bonifacio Global City and Clark Special Economic Zone.  Its rolling stock will be electric powered, air-conditioned, and with top speed of 130 kph.  The track will be fenced and all road crossings will be grade separated.  Signaling and train controls will be computer assisted with on board ATP (automatic train protection) system to maintain and control safe speed and headway.

The Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo (GSO) Road is the major highway that links the provinces of Bataan and Zambales and the famous Subic Freeport Zone in Olongapo City to Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. The project includes upgrading, maintenance and construction of critical road sections and bridges in the area.  The replacement of the Lauc Pau Bridge along GSO Road in Lubao, Pampanga will render a smooth flow of traffic. The P16-M project is now completed and open to traffic.

Other projects for implementation in the region are:

Sierra Madre [Marginal] Highway.  A link between Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley that will start from C-5 in Quezon City, runs northward to San Jose Del Monte and Angat in Bulacan and will run parallel to the Pan-Philippine Highway up to San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.  Estimated Project Cost: P15.782 M

Tarlac-Iba Road
A 117.31-km toll road will serve as link between Zambales and the rest of Central Luzon.  It involves the improvement of 22.5-km existing road and the development of a new 88.2-km road connection between San Jose, Tarlac and Botolan, Zambales.

Pan-Philippine Highway (Sta. Rita to San Jose Segment)The 123.5-km highway is the main road connecting the resource-rich areas of Region II and eastern part of Central Luzon to Metro Manila via the North Luzon Expressway.  The project is a rehabilitation of existing road and construction of new bypasses for the critical sections from Sta. Rita (Plaridel) to San Jose City of the Pan-Philippine Highway.

Bagac-Mariveles Road.  The 36,881.50-linear meter road will shorten the travel time between the two towns by 75%. The project has four (4) phases: Phase I-13,281.50 lm, Phase II-10,320 lm, Phase III-7,380 lm, Phase IV-5,900 lm.

Port of Orion.  Phase I, which include the reclamation of 3 hectares of the shore, was completed in October 1998 with a cost estimate of P300M. Phase II is the installation of the roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) facility that will be used in carrying vehicles and passengers from shore to shore and the construction of berthing facility, ro-ro ramp, breakwater and attendant structures which will cost P150M.

Bulacan North Food Terminal Complex.  The food terminal is an approximately 130-hectare complex that involves the undertaking of diverse economic activities such as public transportation, commercial, agricultural and industrial facilities with a component of water and waste treatment facility.

Third River.  The project involves the construction of a 42.4-km and 50-m wide artificial river that will be carved out of the minor river channels of San Fernando, Sto. Tomas, Minalin, Macabebe and Masantol down to Manila Bay.

Desilting of Rio Chico River. This involves the desilting and dredging of the riverbed to prevent flooding; construction of a series of diversion dams or check gates to be used for water impounding; and the installation of several pumping stations and conveyor canals to irrigate farmlands.

Balintingon Dam Project.  This is a multi-purpose project  (irrigation and power generation) that would serve 18,800 hectares of irrigable lands and generate about 40 MW of electricity.  About eleven (11) municipalities in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Pampanga would benefit from the project.

Pantabangan Reservoir Domestic Water Supply System.  The project envisages the use of water from the Pantabangan Reservoir for domestic use.  The potential serviceable area is approximately 3,500 sq. kms

 

 

MAJOR JAPANESE FIRMS TO EXPAND PRESENCE IN RP
 By Leotes Marie T. Lugo
 BusinessWorld Senior Reporter


 TOKYO -- Major Japanese companies are expected to continue expanding their presence in the Philippines despite the slowdown in the Japanese economy and the political uncertainty gripping Manila, an official of a top Japanese government trade agency has said.

 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) general affairs department assistant director Kazufumi Tanaka said in an
 interview the trend now among Japanese companies is to look for alternative manufacturing bases that offer cheaper productions costs. "Toshiba and other big Japanese companies are still aggressive in expanding because of competition," Mr. Tanaka said during the interview at the JETRO headquarters here.

 He noted that Toshiba, as part of its bid to make its production more cost efficient, recently closed some of its plants in the United States and Japan and transferred its operations to the Philippines. Last February, Toshiba transferred production of its notebook-type personal computer (PC) to its Philippine plant from the US, and the manufacture of DVD-ROM from its Japan plant. Toshiba is among the four Japanese companies that expanded their production or built new plants in the Philippines during the first three months of the year.

 JETRO records showed Nihon Ceramics also built a new plant in March for the production of sensors while Sumitomo Jyukikaikogyo set up a new plant for machinery components. Japan's NEC also increased the production of modems in its Philippine plant.

                           IT REBOUND

 Mr. Tanaka said the projected rebound in the information technology (IT) sector, starting in the latter half of the year,
 is also expected to bring in new investments to the Philippines.

The abundance of highly skilled professionals like engineers, he said, is the Philippines' competitive advantage over other Asian countries, including China.

 Mr. Tanaka, however, admits that China is considered as the number once choice of many Japanese companies as possible manufacturing base due to the cheap cost of labor there. But he said some Japanese companies also believe it is "risky" to invest in China due to Beijing's "policy inconsistencies."

 He said this is where the Philippines has an advantage since, aside from its highly skilled labor force, Manila has so far displayed policy consistency, especially in the IT sector.

 Mr. Tanaka also noted that labor cost in the Philippines may not be as cheap as that in China, but Filipino workers are "more efficient."

                              PERKS

 He added that Japanese companies also appreciate the investment incentives offered by the government. The Philippines offers special perks, including tax holidays to investors through the Board of Investments, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Clark Development Corp. and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

 Japanese companies renewed interest in the Philippines following the assumption to power of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last January 20, the JETRO official said.

 JETRO last March sent a high-level investment survey mission to the Philippines led by its chairman Noburo Hatakeyama as a sign of renewed interest in the country. The 67-member mission explored investment opportunities in the areas of information technology, automotive parts, electronics and semiconductor
 manufacturing.

                            CONFIDENT

 The President and other top government officials met with the investment mission in Manila. "Japanese firms are very much interested in the Philippines and are confident with the new administration," Mr. Tanaka said.

 He said there was a high level of confidence during the Ramos administration, but that some investors adopted a wait-and-see stance during the two-and-a-half year Estrada administration that was brought down by a middle-class uprising last January 20.

 JETRO is a non-profit government organization tasked to promote trade and economic relations between Japan and other countries. One of its primary missions is to promote imports entering Japan to lessen trade friction with other countries due to Japan's trade surplus.

May 30, 2001

Businesses worth P100 million are medium enterprises

The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (SMEDC) redefined medium enterprises to now include those with assets between P15 million to P100 million, Trade and Industry Secretary Mar Roxas said yesterday.

The adjustment expanded the definition from the previous P15 million to P60 million range.

Due to adjustments in value of assets for inflation, many medium enterprises are automatically disqualified from availing themselves of assistance from government, said Secretary Roxas.

But some of the companies have export orders and need loans to produce and deliver, Roxas said.

They would be cut-off from assistance just because of asset appraisal value, he said. Their workers would be laid off if the firms become uncompetitive.

Under Republic Act (RA) 6977 as amended by RA 8289 or the Magna Carta for Small Enterprises, the SMED Council has been mandated to "review and adjust accordingly the definition of SMEs as deemed necessary."

RA 6977 mandates private and government banks to set aside 2% and 6% of their total loan portfolio for the next ten years to be available as credit for SMEs.
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May 29, 2001

MAR sees early delivery of P600M computers to public high schools

Government will install 20,000 new personal computers in 1,000 public high schools nationwide for use by senior students before December this year, Trade and Industry Secretary Mar Roxas said yesterday.

December delivery was assured after Japan released a grant of P600 million to the government through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this May, Secretary Roxas said.

"President Macapagal-Arroyo directed us to put the PCs on desktops in school labs within the year or much earlier than the scheduled schoolyear 2002-2003," said Roxas, chairman of the Task Force for Personal Computers for Public High School project.

Rules for competitive bidding will for the supply of computers will be announced in June. The bidding will be conducted through the internet The rules have been approved by the Commissioned on Audit.  The computers must be bundled up with software programs, CD Roms and modem.

The DTI secretary said that giving seniors in public schools access to PCs virtually means improving the chances of poor families to compete for high-paying jobs in the market for knowledge or information technology workers worldwide.

"We are not just installing theory and equipment," Roxas said.

"Helping seniors from low-income families learn about math, the visual artsm science or technology through computers," he said, "enables these kids to creatively apply these tools to their daily lives."

Eventually, the seniors will need the computer knowledge to qualify them for employment, he said.

"The nature of work has changed because of IT," he said.

Using computers to draw, research, learn math, or make reportes will start them off higher skills such as hardware and software development. As they learn, they form part of a global resource that includes skilled workers in India, Ireland, United States, Australia or Japan that are hired by large corporations.

Roxas expected that more than 20,000 computers will be installed this year when private donations of used and new computers are delivered by civic and business groups, overseas Filipinos and multinationals, he said.

A private company will begin training public school teachers in knowledge of basic IT. In turn, these teachers will tutor their students on IT as tools for learning.

Co-chairman of the Task Force is former Senator Vicente Paterno. Among the other government agencies in the Task Force are the DECS, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Finance.
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May 28, 2001

Statement of Trade Secretary Mar Roxas on the impact of oil prices on prices of commodities

Unfortunate as it may have been, the oil price increase has relatively only minimal impact on the manufacturing cost of producers of all these basic and primary commodities.

The Department of Agriculture has reported stability in prices across all food products mentioned, and have also projected that the El Nino phenomenon during the latter part of this year will be moderate or slight. Rice stocks are very healthy.

Likewise for various industries that were represented in the National Price Coordinating Council meeting this morning, the prices are relatively stable through a combination of factors most often referred to as competition. The impact of the peso-dollar exchange rate, wage rate orders, energy cost on killowatt-hour point of view have larger impact on costs versus the P0.40 pum price increase.

Supply situation across all items remain relatively stable. Two industries which reflect major changes in their imported raw materials are milk and flour. But in the cases of flour and milk, recent past adjustments enabled them to recapture some increases in costs.

Coffee, paper, to a certain extent milk, poultry and processed meats all project relatively stable prices throughout the remainder of the year.
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May 25, 2001

Inventories keep prices low, DTI says

Supplies of basic commodities remained adequate and prices remained stable in public markets in Metro Manila, other key citires and regions, a survey by the Department of Trade and Industry showed.

DTI Secretary Mar Roxas attributed the steady prices to the existing inventories equivalent to one or two month's consumption.

These inventories were produced by factories using costs prior to the increase in gasoline and other fuel product prices last Wednesday.

Daily price monitoring by DTI in public markets nationwide, including 35 in the national capital region, showed that supplies coped with demand and there were no abnormal price movements.

Secretary Roxas said the recent increase in fuel product prices would have minimal impact on basic goods. This is because the average raise of 46 centavos per liter could mean fractions of centavos when spreas out over thousands of goods being transported.

The increases in the prices of milk of about eight per cent occured last week or prior to the increase in the prices of fuel oil products. Milk prices went up as a result of the fluctuations in the peso-dollar rate and the costs of raw materials abroad.

Prices of cement also went up by P10 a bag, an adjustment that likewise happened last week. Cement companies said they adjusted their prices to make up for losses in previous months.

Consumers may report their complaints to the Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection at 890-4932 and 896-5740.
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May 25, 2001

MAR sees slight impact of oil prices, orders monitoring

Trade Secretary Mar Roxas said the recent increase in oil product prices will have an impact on the prices of  basic consumer goods but the impact will be minimal.

Secretary Roxas said, however, that manufacturers may even decide to absorb the impact for fear that they could lose their buyers to their competitors or they buyers would look for product substitutes.

He says the slight impact in the marketplace could happen after June because inventories of products made from old costs are equivalent to one to two months’ consumption.

“Oil costs form a minimal part of manufacturing costs,” he said.  “Some factories will complain of higher gasoline bills, but the increased cost per unit may also be minimal.  The added cost is spread over thousands of units being transported.”

He said the fluctuations in the peso-dollar rate and the acquisition costs of raw materials are more material events for producers such as those for milk products.

As a strategy, Secretary Roxas said, some manufacturers may just decide to absorb the minimal costs to keep their customers loyal.

“If a soap manufacturer raises his prices by 10 centavos and his rivals keep their present prices, he will only drive his buyers to the other brands,” he said.  “The price adjustment would then cost him more in lost sales. He will also spend millions in advertising to get his customers back.”

He cited as examples the prices of coffee, sardines, and laundry soap.

Nonetheless, Roxas ordered local price monitoring councils to intensify their monitoring of supplies and price levels nationwide. This would thwart attempts by profiteers to manipulate prices and supplies.

He received reports from DTI regional and provincial offices that said that supply of basic necessities and prime commodities are adequate and that prices generally remained stable.

The exception was for milk products whose prices have been adjusted by Alaska and Nestle by eight per cent effective May 7 and 14, respectively.

Region 12 reported an increase in the prices of cement by P10 a bag.

The councils were also ordered to apprehend vendors who fail to display price tags as required under the Price Tag Law. Local government officials, DTI officials, community leaders, and the police lead the councils.

The trade secretary said manufacturers’ associations are convening next week to present their price and cost forecasts to trade officials and consumer groups.

“We’d like to know from them if we together can influence policies or coming events that affect prices of basic goods,” he said.

Factors could range from availability of foreign exchange, interest rates, removal of unnecessary checkpoints in highways, campaign against unfair competition from fake products, to weeding out of red tape procedures.

Roxas appealed to consumers to stay vigilant and call the following numbers: 896-57-40 and 890-49-32.

Complaints must specify the product, the price, name and location of the store complained of.
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