Coastal Road: An update
December 23, 2022
CALBAYOG CITY –
Continuous construction of the Calbayog City coastal road is being
done since it started in 2018. This multi-year project will connect
Barangay Rawis to Barangay San Policarpo through Barangay Aguit-itan
allowing vehicles to by-pass Calbayog City Proper.
Calbayog City is now one
of the fast-expanding city and with it comes the heavy traffic which
is prevalent in the streets of the city proper. This coastal road
will serve as a detour to manage traffic congestion. Also, tourist
attractions are being developed since the city is blessed with
several natural attractions such as clean and wide beaches,
unexplored caves, waterfalls and hot spring which will eventually
add to the growing number of vehicles plying in and out of the city.
Since 2018 to 2020, much
has been accomplished on the coastal road in terms of embankment and
gravel road as well as concreting including its slope protection. A
total of 3.074 lane kilometers is embanked and 9,335.86 square
meters of slope protection is built in Barangay Rawis. Also, 3.073
lane kilometers is embanked and 9,333.31 square meters of slope
protection is constructed in Barangay Aguit-itan. Moreover, 3.286
lane kilometers and 9,952.70 square meters of its slope protection
is also built in Barangay San Policarpo. Likewise, part of the
embanked portion are now concreted in Barangay Rawis and Aguit-itan
for a total length of 3.08 lane kilometers.
However, the construction
of two bridges that is part of the 2019 (package A) and 2020
(package 2A) projects just recently started which will link to a
special bridge that will eventually connect to Barangay Aguit-itan.
In 2021, a total of 2.2366
lane kilometers of embankment are constructed along Barangay San
Policarpo consisting of three packages (package 5A, package 4A and
package 3A). Also, the scope includes 2,236.6-meter of slope
By 2022, two of the three
(3) packages are already completed. One of those is the concreting
of road from Brgy. San Policarpo to Brgy. Matobato (Package A). The
four-lane Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) spans 1.423 lane
kilometers with a width of 24.9 meters including the bike and
pedestrian lanes. Apart from it, roadway lightings of 168 single arm
and 28 double arm LED lights are installed including median island.
An extension of package A
(Package 6A) is also completed which consists of Portland Cement
Concrete Pavement (PCCP) with a length of 549.30 linear kilometers
(including the pedestrian lane) and an additional embankment of
262.3 linear kilometers as well as 262.3-meter slope protection is
also built. A median island is also part of the scope of work
including 99 LED lights that are installed in the middle part of the
road as well as on the side. Construction of the bridge which is the
third package for the year is suspended.
5 flood control
structures in Dagami nears completion
DPWH 2nd LED
December 23, 2022
DAGAMI, Leyte –
Ensuring protection against possible flooding, the Leyte Second
District Engineering Office (L2DEO) of the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) is now on its final phase for the
construction of the Binahaan Flood Control Structure and Drainage
System along the portion of the Binahaan River Basin in Dagami,
For the current year,
L2DEO has implemented five (5) flood control structure projects
stretching the Binahaan River Basin, located in the barangays of
Balilit (upstream and downstream), Cansamada, Digahungan, and Abre.
According to District
Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, the flood control structure being built
in Cansamada and upstream and downstream of Balilit will not only
reduce flooding but will also protect the Balilit bridge from
ravaging water surges as the river passes through the bridge.
meters of revetment wall are constructed for the Digahungan flood
control and 328 linear meters of gabions are also installed located
in Barangay Abre as protection against strong currents and to
prevent riverbank erosion.
Flood control structures,
such as gabion barriers, are necessary for communities near the
Binahaan River to reduce erosion and scouring on river banks during
floods and high-velocity river streams, as well as to avoid further
damage to water-logged areas.
River banks will not be
compromised during sudden occurrence of rains and tropical storms,
thereby protecting the lives and property of those living nearby.
This project will ensure
safety and protect residents' livelihoods and properties once it is
fully completed in the first quarter of next year.
With funding sourced from
the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022, these five (5) flood
control structures along the Binahaan River in Dagami town cost a
total of P235.05 Million.
noche buena goods and local products in Tacloban
December 22, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Leyte Provincial Office
joined the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 8 to conduct Kadiwa
ng Pasko through its Diskwento Caravan: Noche Buena Edition.
The Diskwento Caravan has
been a part of Kadiwa from November 16-18, 2022 in Rizal Plaza,
Tacloban City. Basic necessities, prime commodities, Noche Buena
products, and Christmas decorations from major distributors in the
region, as well as locally manufactured delicacies and handcrafted
items of assisted MSMEs were on display in this huge marketing
After the three-day
selling event, Kadiwa ng Pasko continued to showcase basic goods,
farm fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, local delicacies and items
for five Sundays – November 20, November 27, December 4, December
11, and December 18, and will run before Christmas Day.
Through the Diskwento
Caravan, DTI invited and helped nine retail distributors and 32
DTI-assisted MSMEs to generate total cash and booked sales of P1.2M
over the course of 8 days.
This year's successful
edition of Kadiwa ng Pasko is a testament of the strong partnership
between DTI, DA, DILG, DOLE, DSWD, and Tingog Sinirangan.
DTI will continue to
establish strong local presence and partnership among government
structure built to protect residents of Brgy. Nabang
FLORSELISSA A. JUSAYAN
December 19, 2022
CALBAYOG CITY – A
flood control structure was built by Samar First District
Engineering Office along Jibatang River in Barangay Nabang, Calbayog
structure spans 254.6 meters in length and has an average height of
3-12 meters since some areas have existing flood control structure.
Part of the scope of work includes the installation of 16 solar
street lights every 20 meters along the structure. This will serve
as a protection wall for residents of the said barangay.
The structure has a total
revised contract amount of P43.61 million drawn from the General
Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022.
Barangay Nabang is a
low-lying area that is prone to flooding, particularly during
typhoons and heavy rains. Flood control was built to reduce the
effects of flood water or high-water levels in flood-prone
NPA in Northern
Samar use anti-personnel mines blatantly disregard IHL
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 18, 2022
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Six members of the Army's 20th Infantry "We Lead"
Battalion (20IB) of the 8th Infantry "Stormtroopers" Division (8ID),
Philippine Army were wounded while providing Peace and Development
Program at Barangay Quirino, Las Navas, Northern Samar on December
The Communist NPA
Terrorists (CNTs) used Anti-Personnel Mines (APMs) against the
Mobile Community Support and Sustainment Program (MCSSP) Teams of
the 20IB while securing the water system project.
The Commanding Officer of
20IB, Lieutenant Colonel Joemar Buban said that Barangay Quirino is
among the seven barangays in Las Navas, Northern Samar that are
recipients of the Support to Barangay Development Program 2022 as
part of the National Task Force-ELCAC Program. Barangay Quirino was
also set to receive a Level II Water System Project after the
groundbreaking ceremony at Brgy. Magsaysay on December 16, 2022.
"The 20IB has been doing
its best to help the former conflict-affected barangays through our
Mobile Community Support and Sustainment Program Teams to achieve
long-lasting peace and sustainable development in Northern Samar."
Lt Col Buban said.
Lt Col Buban also calls on
the Commission of Human Rights to investigate and make a statement
on these continuous inexcusable violations of the Ottawa Convention,
International Humanitarian Law, and RA9851 by communist NPA
terrorists in Northern Samar.
Major General Camilo
Ligayo, Commanding General of 8ID said " The continued use of
members of the terrorist NPAs of Anti-Personnel Mines that have been
banned is a blatant disregard of international humanitarian law. For
this, they deserve our highest level of condemnation."
The CTGs once again made a
serious violation of International Humanitarian Law in Northern
Samar. It can be recalled that last April 03, the CNTs used
Anti-Personnel Mines against CSP Teams of the 20IB at Barangay San
Miguel, Las Navas, Northern Samar which resulted in the death of two
PNP Personnel and injured four others. Another APM incident happened
at Barangay Magsaysay, Mapanas, Northern Samar last July 05,
wounding seven Army Personnel. Last July 19, a soldier was killed
and five others were wounded after a Communist Terrorist attack
using APMs in the remote Osang village in Catubig, Northern Samar.
finance summit for chapter legal aid clerks
December 19, 2022
PASIG CITY – The
Integrated Bar of the Philippines held its first-ever Finance Summit
on December 12, 2022, a three-day workshop on IBP Chapter Compliance
and Liquidation, designed to strengthen the chapters' capacity and
enhance reporting and liquidating processes by empowering chapter
legal aid clerks. To that end, the legal aid clerks of the IBP
chapters from all over the nation traveled to the IBP National
Office in Pasig, Metro Manila, where the National Office's Finance
Department provided a series of lectures and activities aimed at
enhancing and strengthening the legal aid programs and
administration of the chapters.
The Summit covered matters
such as peak season requirements, how to utilize the IBP's new
online payment options, and how to help members download and use the
myIBP app. The clerks were again reappraised on how to create
financial and liquidation reports and guarantee compliance with BIR
and SC requirements.
The National Center for
Legal Aid used the occasion to host the legal aid clerks' first-ever
physical Christmas party on the first day of the Finance Summit,
taking into account the fact that this was the first time they had
all been together at the National Office.
As a way of giving back
for the efforts that the legal aid clerks, as frontliners, have
exerted, National President Burt Estrada also informed the clerks
that the 25th Board of Governors has approved a performance-based
bonus, a Christmas cash allowance, and the provision of vacation and
sick leaves, in lieu of service incentive leaves for qualified
clerks, starting January 2023. Our clerks were likewise provided
health benefits through an HMO program negotiated by the IBP with
CareHealth Plus, with the coverage beginning immediately on 13
Lastly, in coordination
with Huawei and Radenta Technologies, Inc., the National Office,
through Director for Chapter Affairs, Atty. Manuel Joseph B. Ibañez
III was able to distribute laptops on the final day of the summit to
all the clerks for use in the legal aid programs of the chapters all
over the country.
receive CLOAs as early Christmas gift from DAR
tenants in an hacienda in Barangay Engage in Calubian, Leyte
received individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs)
from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 15, 2022
CALUBIAN, Leyte –
Thirty-one agricultural tenants in an hacienda here received an
early Christmas gift from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
when their individual land titles were handed to them on Friday
making them now owners of the land they are tilling.
Sixteen days before
Christmas, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Maximo
Castañeda Jr. distributed the 31 individual Certificates of Land
ownership Award (CLOAs) to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
in a simple ceremony in Barangay Enage where the subject landholding
Castañeda disclosed that
the CLOAs covered a combined area of 39.9546 hectares.
He further disclosed that
the awarded lots are part of the 58-hectare hacienda owned by
Caridad Enage covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program’s (CARP’s) Land Acquisition and Distribution component.
Widower Romeo Cuizon, 67,
received the maximum three hectares an ARB could avail.
Cuizon shared that he
started working in the said hacienda when he was only 15 years old
helping his tenant-father until he himself became one of the tenants
According to him, “As
gratitude for this blessing, I will donate 2,000 square-meter for
our association’s office/hall.”
Presently the Enage
Agrarian Reform Farmer Beneficiaries Association’s (EARFBA’s) center
stands temporarily in a private lot which can be evicted anytime.
Edgardo Juntilla, 56,
recipient of a 1.1812-hectare lot, shared that “I am happy, and I am
aware of my obligation to pay tax.”
Widow, Maria Maloloy-on,
50, a mother of three and one of the six female- beneficiaries
shared that she became tenant of Enage in 1989, when she and her
husband started working in the hacienda.
According to her, they did
not believe when someone from DAR told them that they would soon own
the lot they were tilling. “I was surprised when I was awarded with
1.0912 hectares,” Maloloy-on added.
It was learned from
Castañeda that 10 of the 31 ARBs are former rebels. Providing land
to the landless gives these former rebels the opportunity to
livelihood, which is DAR’s contribution to End Local Communist Armed
Conflict (ELCAC), a whole-of-nation approach to address insurgency
in our country, said Castañeda.
applauded when Castañeda announced that per Executive Order No. 4 of
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., payment of their land
amortizations is suspended for one year.
They applauded lauder when
Castañeda shared that there is a priority bill of the Marcos
Administration which, when approved, ARBs will no longer pay
Leyte farmer organizations as among potential recipients of the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) validates the Brgy. Petrollo
Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Calubian, Leyte as
potential recipient of a package of support services under the
Sustainable and Resilient Agrarian Reform Communities (SuRe ARCs)
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 13, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY – Six
agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) from remote
villages in the province of Leyte are being considered as among the
potential recipients of a package of support services from the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) which aims to develop the rice
and corn as well as coconut producing areas in the country.
Melecia Ong, Chief of the
Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) at the DAR
Regional Office, disclosed that ₱16-billion from the agrarian reform
fund (ARF) is earmarked for the Sustainable and Resilient Agrarian
Reform Communities (SuRe ARCs) program to develop areas under major
crops in support to the food security program of the Marcos
In Eastern Visayas, Ong
shared, we recommended areas planted to rice and corn, and coconut,
which are the dominant crops here.
Last week, staff from DAR
Central Office’s Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development
(BARBD) validated the rice producing Canmarating, Odiongan, Pagsang-an,
Sulpa Irrigators Association (COPS-IA) in Abuyog; Catoogan, Ulhay,
Lacdas Irrigators Association, Inc. (CUL-IA, Inc.), with members
from Abuyog and Javier; Sanulmaco Irrigators Association, Inc. in
Javier; and the coconut-based Brgy. Agutayan Farmers Association in
Hilongos; Enage Agrarian Reform Farmer Beneficiaries Association (EARFBA)
and the Brgy. Petrollo Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BPFMPC),
both in Calubian.
The said ARBOs were
validated based on the organization’s operation management, program
engagement, governance, farm mechanization, physical infrastructure,
and support from local partners and other agencies.
Ong further disclosed that
those who will qualify will receive a package of support services
which include farm inputs, machineries, trainings, and
infrastructure projects, in line with Agrarian Reform Secretary
Conrado Estrella III’s nine primary goals which include farm
mechanization and capacitating the ARBOs.
She added that DAR’s SuRe
ARCs program is seen to boost the agriculture sector which
eventually will bring an increased income to the farmers
particularly the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) which will
benefit not only the recipient ARBOs, but the entire community as
Ong also stressed that
this undertaking will likewise contribute to End Local Communist
Armed Conflict (ELCAC), a whole-of-nation approach to address
insurgency in the country.
partners with Google, provides scholarship for low-income students
December 10, 2022
MANILA – Trade and
Industry Secretary Fred Pascual has initiated the partnership with
Google for 4,000 scholarships in the Google Career Certificate
Courses on IT support, project management, data analytics, and UX
design. This presents an opportunity for young entrepreneurs and
underserved communities, including low-income and vocational
students and college drop-outs, to participate in the digital
Earlier, on 11 November
2022, Secretary Pascual issued the IRR of Republic Act No. 11904 or
the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act. In May, DTI
released the Joint Department Circular for Cylinders Exchange,
Swapping, and Improvement Program, the IRR for Republic Act No.
11592 or the LPG Regulation Law.
Further, since his
appointment, Secretary Pascual raised about USD18 billion foreign
investment pledges during the presidential visits in Indonesia,
Singapore, and the United States, performing well as the country’s
chief marketing officer.
The Trade Secretary was
part of the Philippine delegation to the state and official visits
of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to attract investments in the
country. It is estimated that these pledges, once actualized, will
generate thousands of jobs.
“These investment pledges
are in industries of strategic importance, including the
establishment of data centers, digital connectivity, renewable
energy, textiles and garments, construction, among others",
Secretary Pascual boasted.
The Trade Chief has also
prioritized addressing the issue involving work-from-home (WFH)
arrangements of IT-BPM companies.
“The Fiscal Incentives
Review Board, in its meeting on 14 September 2022, decided on a
seamless transfer of registration from one Investment Promotion
Agency to another (from PEZA to BOI) to allow up to 100% WFH
arrangement without reduction on existing incentives. It is ensured
that the mechanism for this should be less burdensome for the
Registered Business Enterprises (RBEs) and be done expeditiously”,
Secretary Pascual said. He co-chairs the Fiscal Incentives Review
Board (FIRB) with Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
Moreover, between July 1
and October 8, the Board of Investments (BOI) has approved P125.9
billion worth of investments with potential to generate over 9,000
During the initial stage
of his stint as DTI chief, Pascual also formulated the country’s
Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI)-driven Industrialization
Strategy 2022-2028, which serves as the framework for the Philippine
economic recovery initiatives with an aim of attaining a resilient,
sustainable, and inclusive economy by 2028.
industrialization strategy focuses on handholding the biggest
majority of its constituents – the MSMEs as they navigate a rapidly
changing market and the consuming public.
According to DTI's report,
“MSMEs comprise the overwhelming majority of Philippine business. To
hasten the digital transformation of the backbone of the country’s
economy, DTI enabled 43,878 MSMEs to adopt e-commerce through online
transactions and cashless payments, onboarded 981 MSME sellers with
4,635 products to digital malls and marketplaces, and mainstreamed
413 MSMEs through the Go Lokal! Program".
Meanwhile, on the consumer
welfare front, Secretary Pascual has continued to work on
guaranteeing sufficient food supply at reasonable prices, safe and
quality products in the market, and efficient resolution of consumer
From July to October, he
also monitored sugar prices that allowed consumers to have access to
affordable sugar. As of date, DTI has organized 7 runs of Diskwento
Caravan Balik Eskwela-Presyong Risonable Dapat (Frozen Meat Edition)
in 7 NCR cities, conducted 26 inspections and 63 factory audits,
issued 13 Show Cause Orders, and tested 726 samples.
Relative to consumer
protection, the Department has also issued Suggested Retail Price (SRP)
Bulletins for basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPC) and a
Price Guide for Christmas staples, ensuring that Filipino consumers
will have access to reasonably-priced goods this holiday season.
Yu returns as DAR
Eastern Visayas head
of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Eastern Visayas Regional Director
Reynaldo Anfone (left) formally turns over his post to
returning Regional Director Robert Anthony Yu (right).
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 2, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY –
Lawyer Robert Anthony Yu assumed office on Friday as returning
Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in
Eastern Visayas after Engineer Reynaldo Anfone formally relinquished
Yu’s reassignment to
Region-8 was based on Special Order No. 682, series of 2022, issued
by Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III on November 15
Prior to his new
assignment, Yu had already served this region from August 2021 to
July this year, when he was recalled to DAR Central Office to serve
as the Director of the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance (BALA).
Meanwhile, under the same
document, Anfone, who assumed office here on October 18 this year
only, is transferred to central office as Deputy Project Director
for Operations of the Support to Parcelization of Lands for
Individual Titling (SPLIT) project.
completes Boracay leg of largest, longest Philippine subsea cable
December 2, 2022
TAGUIG CITY – The
Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN) – designed to
directly interconnect islands and provinces in the Luzon, Visayas
and Mindanao island groups to the internet – has finally touched
down in Boracay Island.
Representatives of the
project proponents and joint-build partners InfiniVAN, Eastern
Telecom, Globe Telecom, LGU officials, suppliers and community
members gathered in a ceremonial cable pulling event on November 25
at the Savoy Hotel in Boracay’s Newcoast.
The joint-build project is
regarded as a milestone because it will add a huge amount of
domestic data transmission bandwidth capacity and much needed
resiliency to the country's internet network infrastructure. When
completed, the PDSCN project will improve mobile and broadband
connectivity across the country, including far-flung islands and
other underserved areas. It is in line with the current
administration's goal to make the Philippines a digitally-advanced
nation that is in step with the advances and innovations going on in
the world. Cable installation began in July 2022 and was marked by a
kick-off event in Subic. Since then, cable pulling events similar to
the recently-held one in Boracay have been held in Mactan Island in
Cebu and Siargao Island in Surigao.
The Boracay cable pulling
event was graced by Aklan City Mayor Hon. Frolibar Bautista, Aklan
Provincial Administrator Atty. Selwyn Ibbareta, National
Telecommunications Commission Director Imelda Walcien, Board of
Investments Governor Atty. Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego and BOI Director
Atty. Elyjean DC Portoza.
InfiniVAN, Inc. Chief
Technology Officer Alberto “Abet” Espedido said that besides
connecting major islands in the country, the project will also help
boost tourism and commerce in more provinces. “We see this as an
opportunity to fulfill our objective of providing connectivity to
far flung areas and hope that the good communications infrastructure
will also pump-prime economies,” he said.
Espedido said the fiber
optic cable technology used in the country’s biggest and longest
submarine cable installation is “future-proof.” Unrepeatered fiber
cables used in the project can handle large data throughputs that
can be further expanded through advances in terminal equipment over
the next 20 to 25 years.
“As a new entrant in the
market, we are happy to work with well-established partners on a
project that will really create an impact on people and progress in
the next few years. It is heartwarming to have our so-called
industry competitors work with us on this gift to our countrymen and
the country as a whole. We look forward to the next phases of this
project,” Espedido added.
PH active participation
in 5th CIIE showcases strength of the Philippines’ food exports to
DTI-Foreign Trade Service Corps
November 28, 2022
SHANGHAI, China – The
Philippines once more showcased the strength of its food exports to
China through a highly successful participation in China’s largest
import-themed trade show – China International Import Expo (CIIE),
held in Shanghai on 5 to 10 November, 2022.
In his remarks during the
opening of the CIIE, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Secretary Fred Pascual stated that “The Philippines’ participation
in CIIE has become not only a practical response to opportunity, but
an imperative to expand our international market, cement the
Philippines’ reputation as a reliable sourcing destination for food,
and introduce more quality food products into China’s mainstream
The Trade Chief further
mentioned that “The DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) has also
provided the much-needed tools in upskilling our exporters to be
fully equipped to join this exposition. We have also partnered with
the private sector through Liwayway China, which carries the highly
renowned “Oishi” brand – a brand that is deeply cherished with fond
memories both in the Philippines and in China, and a testament that
quality products can truly be a bridge that connects our country,
and our people.”
participation is supported by the Philippine Trade and Investment
Center (PTIC) in Shanghai, Center for International Trade
Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Philippine Consulate General in
Shanghai, and in partnership with our Department of Agriculture’s
Office of the Agriculture Counsellor (OAC) in Beijing.
Additionally, the DTI,
through its Trade Promotions Group (TPG) and the EMB also formed
strategic linkages via signed cooperation intentions with 2 of
China’s largest food chambers – the Beijing based China Chamber of
Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA) and the Shanghai
Food Association (SFA). With both chambers having a combined number
of 7,500 member companies, these cooperation arrangements will be
vital to enhance cooperation between food exporters in the
Philippines and Chinese food companies in areas of business
matching, technical cooperation, and investments to boost capacities
in food production.
TPG OIC, Assistant
Secretary Glenn Peñaranda affirmed the importance of these
agreements and commented that “We value the partnership with CFNA
and SFA as we pursue increased collaboration in enhancing food
trade. We hope that this can progress to deeper collaboration in the
whole value chain in food production, processing, and marketing”.
Likewise, PTIC Shanghai
Head Mario C. Tani said, “The amount of products we export to China
has vastly increased in the past five to six years, and sales were
five times larger compared to the first time the Philippines has
participated in the 2018 CIIE."
For this year’s CIIE, due
to strict travel restrictions still in place related to China’s
Zero-Covid Policy approach, the official Philippine delegation was
physically led by the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai as
represented by Consul General Jose Ignacio. In the official pavilion
opening at Shanghai’s enormous 500,000 sqm National Exhibition and
Convention Center (NECC), CG Ignacio stressed in his message that
“What is constant is that the FOOD PHILIPPINES Pavilion’s central
message - “healthy and fresh”, as only food products from the
Philippines can offer, bar none, and as devoted and new buyers and
importers alike can strongly attest to.”
At the forefront of the
CIIE “FOOD PHILIPPINES” Pavilion design and conceptualization, CITEM
presented this year a unified one-country promotional approach
featuring three brands – “FOOD PHILIPPINES”, “COCONUT PHILIPPINES”,
and the famous “Oishi” brand by Liwayway China, with a single
storyline – a call to experience a “Festival of Island Flavors”.
For the first time,
several Philippine coconut products were on display at the Coconut
Philippines Pavilion. The Country is known worldwide to be a major
producer and supplier of coconut oil, and the exhibits did not only
showcase coconut oil in various forms, but also other innovative
products made from coconut – the tree of life.
A key partner for the CIIE, the Department of Agriculture (DA),
through the OAC in Beijing, also highlighted new and exciting
products featured in this year’s expo, namely Philippine specialty
coffee, and innovative coconut-based products.
Agriculture Counsellor Ana Abejuela reiterated the need to sustain
the good momentum of the Philippines' agricultural exports to China.
“The Philippines is already the top exporter of tropical fruits such
as bananas and pineapples to mainland China. We must sustain this
momentum by introducing even more innovative and exciting products
through the CIIE such as PH specialty coffee and where to introduce
this best but in the city known to be the coffee capital of
China – Shanghai, and at the largest import expo – CIIE.” The Philippine
specialty coffee brands were well received by coffee aficionados in
both offsite and onsite tasting events.
With a record high of 62 food and food-related exporting companies
from the Philippines, total sales recorded from this year’s
participation reached USD655.15 million (exact amount:
USD655,145,756.02), the highest yield recorded for a Philippine
country participation anywhere in the world for the year, and the
highest sales generated from the CIIE, since its inception in 2018.
Of this total amount, 97% came from onsite sales and bulk purchase
contracts, with 3% coming from online business matching activities.
In 2018, the CIIE was launched as one of China’s major trade
promotion initiatives and was supported by Chinese President Xi
Jinping who attended the first 2 editions in 2018 and 2019 in
Shanghai. The Philippines registered sales of USD128 million in 2018
and USD256 million in 2019. Despite the pandemic, increased sales
were generated both in 2020 and 2021.