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OLLI joins Nordic colleagues, celebrates #TeamSweden Day

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The Swedish business community celebrated National Sweden Day on the 6th of June 2019, Thursday at The Fifth, Rockwell Makati City. A well attended affair, the audience included dignitaries from the Swedish diplomatic community and key personalities from Philippine business and the arts.

 

The Chairman of the Philippines-Sweden Business Council (PSBC) and Principal of the OLLI Consulting Group Inc., Atty. Leo Dominguez, brought in fellow consultants Stephen Araneta, Christopher Lacson, Atty. Maila De Castro and Maria Paula Tolentino, to represent the organization while they met with Swedish business executives and Fillipino Glass Sculptor and National Artist, Ramon Orlina.

 

This event was also a key opportunity for the OLLI Consulting Group to present itself as a key player in the business community, where professionals of diverse competencies and industries come together to provide expert advisory services to organizations seeking to do business in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific.

 

In his speech, Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries says, that the premise of the #TeamSweden theme is built on the Swedish way of working together to build a better society through joint collaboration and sustainable innovations.

 

“The typical Swedish approach is that we cooperate. This is why for this year’s National Day celebration, we are highlighting Team Sweden, where Swedish government agencies and private sector join forces. By working together, we get better results than by individual initiatives.” explains Ambassador Fries.1

 

The evening was an unforgettable affair. Entertainment included a band that played conga drums, a busy DJ booth, and a Swedish singer that could sing in Tagalog!  Equally delightful was the food and drink, with an open bar and Swedish-Filipino buffet tables strategically located across the function hall. Likewise, the event sponsors was a combination of Swedish and Filipino owned businesses such as BDO, Volvo, Epiroc Transcom, Scania, Atlast Copco, Ericsson, Swedish Match, SKF, Don Papa Rhum, Thai Airways and Carmen’s Best Ice Cream.

 

From the OLLI Consulting Group Inc., we wish our Nordic colleagues Happy National Sweden Day!

 

1 Pamaran, Maan D’Asis. ‘#TeamSweden set to score goals’. 6 June 2019, Manila Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured in the photo is the OLLI Consulting Group Inc. (L-R) Stephen Araneta, Maria Paula Tolentino, Principal Atty. Leo Dominguez, Atty. Maila de Castro and Christopher Lacson with Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Harald Fries and his wife, Susan (center).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. meets Fillipino Glass Sculptor

and National Artist, Ramon Orlina (extreme left)

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House. A certified Safety Officer, she is an advocate of responsible mining, quarrying and mineral extractive practices with clear focus on the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose). She is also the Vice President for Programs under women-mining NGO, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. and a Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.

For questions, she can be reached at:

LinkedIn - Miss Tolentino
Email - paula@semscribepublishing.com ; semscribe@gmail.com
Website - SEM Scribe Publishing House

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Turkish economic delegation meets with Filipino business groups

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On June 18, 2019, the DışEkonomikİlişkilerKurulu(DEIK), otherwise known as the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, made a trip to Manila to explore opportunities and business synergies between Turkey and the Philippines. Held at the CIP Building, McKinley Hill Town Center, Fort Bonifacio,Taguig,the 18-man delegation represented Turkish companies from the industries of energy, textile, media, construction, infrastructure, cosmetics, food, and tourism.

 

According to a previous mobile message to reporters by Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez “The President of the Turkish-Philippine Business Chamber IlkemSahin is bullish on exploring all these opportunities in the Philippines, committing to invest and buy more of our products. He has direct mandate from Turkey President Erdogan, being his friend, to strengthen business ties with the Philippines. We target to double our trade and investment in two to three years.1

 

In 2016, Turkey was the Philippines' 45th trading partner, 45th export market, and 43th import supplier. By 2017, total trade between the two countries hit a significant increase with USD 163 million.2

 

 

Food, Fruit & Construction

 

In a separate meeting that took place on April 5 2018, Turkish-Philippines Business Chamber (TPBC) Chairman Mr. IlkemSahin said, “the Philippines could be a hub to distribute Turkish products to ASEAN consumers, while Turkey could be the Philippine’s gateway to the Middle East markets, products such as coco sugar, coco oil, and mangoes have big potential in the Turkish market.3

 

For this delegation, food and fruit was noticeably the prominent product amongst theTurkish delegates.

 

In line with the administration’s “Build, Build, Build program”,TPBC is also looking at the construction sector to generate millions in investments either through joint ventures or  supply of construction materials. The group also plans to participate in the rehabilitation of Marawi by providing low-costing housing to its residents, tie up on engineering projects, mobile hospitals and construction of port and cold storage facilities as possible opportunities.3

 

Present in the meeting was Ambassador of Turkey to the Philippines, H.E. Artemiz Sumer; Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman & Director for International Affairs, Dr. Francis Chua; PCCI President Ms. Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco; Philippines-Turkey Business Council (PTBC) Chairman Mr. Ernesto Chua; Turkey-Philippines Business Council (TPBC) Chairman, Mr. IlkemSahin and DTI Trade Service Officer, Ms. Clariza Mae Columna.

 

Attending on behalf of the Philippines-Sweden Business Council and the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. are Atty. Maila De Castro and Maria Paula Tolentino.

 

 

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Featured in the photo (L-R) Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman & Director for International Affairs, Dr. Francis Chua; PCCI President Ms. Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco; Ambassador of Turkey to the Philippines, H.E. Artemiz Sumer and Turkey-Philippines Business Council (TPBC) Chairman, Mr. IlkemSahin.

 

 

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Featured in this photo are the Turkish economic delegates under the Turkey-Philippines Business Council (TPBC) together with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippines-Sweden Business Council.

 

 

All photos courtesy of Ms. April Micah Esteron of the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC).

 

References:

 

1 Inquirer. 9 February 2018. “PH eyes doubling trade, investment with Turkey”.  https://business.inquirer.net/245670/ph-eyes-doubling-trade-investment-turkey

2 Department of Trade & Industry. 7 February 2018. “DTI Officials address Turkish Business Group”. https://www.dti.gov.ph/businesses/494-main-content/paris-news/11667-dti-officials-address-turkish-biz-group

3 Philippine Chamber of Commerce. “PCCI And Turkish Businessmen Discuss Expansion Of Philippines- Turkey Trade”. http://philippinechamber.com/News.aspx?newsID=1093

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House. A certified Safety Officer, she is an advocate of responsible mining, quarrying and mineral extractive practices with clear focus on the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose). She is also the Vice President for Programs under women-mining NGO, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. and a Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.

For questions, she can be reached at:

LinkedIn - Miss Tolentino
Email - paula@semscribepublishing.com ; semscribe@gmail.com ; paula.tolentino@olli.ph
Website - SEM Scribe Publishing House

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OLLI Joins Meeting with Malaysia Business Delegation

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From Left to Right: Mr. Coco Alcuaz, Executive Director, MBC; Edgar O. Chua, Chairman, MBC;Terrence Siambun, Chairman, Cement Industries (Sabah) Bhd.; Aileen Pico Dy-Ang, FDP Marketing (Iligan City); Christopher Masudal, Special Officer, Minister of International Trade and Investment, Malaysia; Vivian Cabrera, MATRADE Manila; and Antonio Enriquez, Managing Director, OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.

 

On invitation by the Makati Business Club, OLLI managing Director Tony Enriquez II represented OLLI CEO Atty Leo Dominguez at a meeting with the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), with the specific objective of enhancing Mindanao – Sabah trade and investment.  Topics of interest were that of sourcing agriculture products such as pineapple and coco related products from Mindanao as well as moving halal products and cement from Malaysia.

The meeting was also aligned to the broader BIMP – EAGA agenda of enhancing trade and investment amongst Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.  A business networking event is being planned in August 2019, in time with the next BIMP – EAGA consultative meeting in El Nido, in Palawan.

 

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From Left to Right: Mr. Coco Alcuaz, Executive Director, MBC; Vic Lao, president, Mindanao Business Council (Davao City); Jaime T. Lao, COO, Summit Konkrete Products Corp.; Terrence Siambun, Chairman, Cement Industries (Sabah) Bhd.; Christopher Masudal, Special Officer, Minister of International Trade and Investment, Malaysia and Roxanne V. Lu, Head,Programs and Projects, MBC.

 

 

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Manila delegation visits OLLI Bambu, explores food security initiatives

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Coinciding with the Davao Investment Conference (DVO Icon) that happened from June 20-21 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Davao City, Philippines, the OLLI Consulting Group’s Manila delegation made a pit stop to OLLI’s Bamboo nursery located at Baracatan, Toril Davao City.

 

Aptly called OLLI Bambu, the delegation composed of consultants Stephen Araneta, Jose Camus, Principal Atty. Leo Dominguez together with Davao-based OLLI Consultant, Joseph Castillo, popularly known as Joe Green, explored the OLLI bamboo nursery and discussed the potential of social-enterprise. 

 

“Finally after 3 yrs, our bamboo nursery is up and operational! We can now cater to bamboo seedling orders for bamboo farming purposes! We have kayali, giant, tiger and laak varieties available and can deliver in 2 months time. We only grow seedlings when an order is made and a downpayment is deposited. Bamboo ornamentals are soon to follow!” posts Joe on his Facebook page.

 

Heavily involved in community development, Joe was featured by the foreign media thanks to his ocean-cleanup drive and recently awarded by the City of Davao for his Joe Green projects. “Rivers are the arteries that flows out to our oceans. What we throw out in our rivers, soon ends up in our oceans. If we keep our rivers clean, we keep our race alive.”

 

Another passion for this Green Warrior is agriculture, particularly the welfare of the farmers. Joe walked his fellow consultants on his livelihood activities “Our farmers should be considered national treasures. They play a major role in national security. Food security is crucial in keeping our country stable. Without farmers who produce our food, it will be chaos. To help them, I’ve decided to buy their products at a premium price so they get maximum profit. They don’t need to pay for the logistics in transporting their produce to the city, and most importantly, the middleman is taken out.” says Joe.

 

Previously at Davao Icon, the OLLI Manila delegation made a courtesy visit to Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong. The Ambassador mentioned that Singapore is working to import agricultural products from Mindanao with the objective of diversifying their country’s food sources. Though the initial challenge identified, on top of passing the strict food regulations of their country, was the logistics needed to export the products to Singapore.

 

Currently, the OLLI Consulting Group is spearheading the “Bamboo Initiative” in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the mining sector to help rehabilitate and revegetate mine sites. A technical working group is presently being assembled. Under the OLLI Consulting Group Inc., OLLI Bambu is the first step of many that seeks to address the socio-economic gap in livelihood, food security and climate change.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House, a boutique digital communications agency. She is also the Vice-President for Mining group Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. and a Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. For more information, she may be reached at the following: semscribe@gmail.com, paula.tolentino@olli.ph, and www.semscribepublishing.com.

 

 

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In photo: OLLI Consulting Group’s Manila Delegation visits bamboo nursery, OLLI Bambu at Baracatan, Toril Davao City. Standing next to the OLLI Bambu signage from left to right are consultants Stephen Araneta, Jose Camus and OLLI Principal, Atty. Leo Dominguez.

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Featured in the photo (extreme left) is Davao-based OLLI consultant Joseph Castillo, aka Joe Green, who tends to the OLLI Bambu nursery



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OLLI Cares spearheads the Bamboo Initiative

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On April 2, 2019, the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc., under its CSR component "OLLI Cares", joined the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, the Department of Trade & Industry together with mining companies and its stakeholders to discuss the potential of bamboo both as a socio-economic & environmental solution to the mining industry’s challenges in rehabilitating and revegetating its mines.

 

OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. President and Principal, Atty. Leo Dominguez, opened the session by giving the rationale behind bamboo. Seated with him were DENR Secretary General Roy Cimatu and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

 

“Aptly called the Bamboo Initiative, this endeavor seeks to create a synergy between the government and the private sector on how to effectively harness the power and potential of this grass for the revegetation and rehabilitation of mine sites across the country” says Dominguez.

“This initiative aims to fill in the missing gap on how mining companies can effectively answer our President’s demand for a ‘responsible’ mining industry. The conversation is just starting but the interest for this grass is growing. Bamboo can dynamically change the conversation both on a socio-economic and environmental level not only for our mines but for those affected by the mines” adds Dominguez. 

 

WHY BAMBOO

 

According to the Forest Management Bureau, the Philippines has over 70 bamboo species, 8 of which are highly regarded for commercial use namely Kauayan Tinik, Kiling, Bayog, Laak, Giant Bamboo, Bolo, Kayali and Buho.

This ‘grass of hope’ has a wide range of applications and is an effective tool in addressing soil erosion, landslides, and flooding which are all common disasters in many mine sites. Bamboo is also fast-growing, a potential source of renewable energy, and can withstand typhoons, earthquakes, fires, pests and diseases.

Bamboo also has the highest potential as a source of livelihood. This grass can release up to 35% more oxygen than trees and can sequester up to 12 metric tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. In essence, Bamboo is the fastest growing canopy for the regreening of degraded lands.

 

POLICIES ON BAMBOO

 

Under Executive Order No. 26, s. 2011 and Executive Order No. 193, s. 2015, Bamboo was included as one of the priority commodities under the DENR’s National Greening Program and its expansion program until 2028. It may be a long way to go but it is also a great opportunity for the public and private sector to work together on making this vision a reality, most especially for industries where carbon footprint is considerable.

One good case study can be made that of the Bamboo Development Program of mining company, Marcventures. Their program will be undertaken in three phases over the next five years, which includes the establishment of a 10-hectare demo bamboo plantation, business development, and market research. The mining firm is identifying and training community members who will eventually be organized either as a cooperative or a community corporation. The demo plantation is expected to rise on the Pili mined out area, which is now undergoing rehabilitation.

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW ON BAMBOO

 

According to the MGB, mining companies are already growing and/or implementing their own bamboo initiatives. MGB’s representative Chief Mining Engineer Rodolfo Velasco, Jr.stated that some metallic and non-metallic mines are already at the forefront of this initiative, but still have yet to see the rewards of this endeavor. He stated in a separate dialogue that there is no problem having bamboo as the answer to rehabilitate mines, only that this be made into an actual policy issued specifically for mining companies as a proper barometer to measure the program’s effectiveness in mine rehabilitation. . 

In the table below, Velasco cited the following companies as drivers of this initiative:

 

BAMBOO PLANTATION IN MINING AREAS IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

 

METALLIC MINES

 

REGION

MINE

SITE

PROJECT

Region II

FCF Minerals Corporation

Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

FCF Bamboo Nursery

CAR

Philex Mining Corporation

Tuba, Benguet

Decommissioned Tailings Storage Facility No.1

Region II

OceanaGold Philippines, Inc.

Nueva Vizcaya & Quirino, Province

Ecotrail Area of OGPI

MIMAROPA Region

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation

Rio Tuba Bataraza, Palawan

Rehabilitated Mined-out Area in Guintalunan Pit

Region VII

Carmen Copper Corporation

Toldeo City, Cebu

CCC’s Ecopark

Region XIII

Marcventures Mining & Development Corporation

Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

Pili Mined-out Area

Region XIII

Taganito Mining Corporation

Claver, Surigao del Norte

TAGA 2 Mined-out Area

Source: Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB)

 

Presenter: Rodolfo Velasco, Chief Mining Engineer, April 2 2019 

 

 

NON-METALLIC MINES

 

REGION

MINE

SITE

PROJECT

Calabarzon Region

Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation

Antipolo City, Rizal

RCRDC Bamboo Nursery

Region I

Northern Cement Corporation

Sison, Pangasinan

Buffer zone inside the MPSA

Calabarzon Region

Globorock Mining Corporation

Sariaya, Quezon

Janagdong-Sampaloc River (adjacent to Plant site)

Region X

Holcim Resources and Development Corporation

Lugait, Misamis Oriental

Buffer Zone Area

Region XII

Republic Cement Mindanao, Inc.

Iligan, Lanao del Norte

Active Limestone and Shale Quarry Area

Source: Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB)

 

Presenter: Rodolfo Velasco, Chief Mining Engineer, April 2 2019 

 

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In attendance and in no particular order, were representatives from mining companies and its various stakeholders: Philex Mining Corporation - Eulalio Austin, Marcventures Mining & Development Corporation - Isidro ‘Butch’ Alcantara Jr., Filminera Resources Corporation - Gloria Tan Climaco, OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. - Jose ‘Joey’ Leviste, Jr., the Chamber of Mines’ (COMP) Executive Director Atty. Ronald Recidoro, Philippine Nickel Industry Association’s (PNIA) Executive Director Charmaine Olea-Capili, Mine & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) - Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division Engr. Rodolfo L. Velasco, Jr., DENR’s Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director - Lourdes Ferrer, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau’s (ERDB) - Bighani Manipula and Angelito Exconde, Biodiversity Management Bureau’s (BMB) - Juvy Ladisla, OLLI Consulting Group - Christopher Paris Lacson, Steve Araneta and Maria Paula Tolentino.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House. A certified Safety Officer, she is an advocate of responsible mining, quarrying and mineral extractive practices with clear focus on the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose). She is also the Vice President for Programs under women-mining NGO, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. and the Digital Consultant for the Olli Consulting Group.
For questions, she can be reached at:
LinkedIn - Miss Tolentino 
Email - paula@semscribepublishing.com ; semscribe@gmail.com 
Website - SEM Scribe Publishing House

 

 

 

 

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Tanging Tanglaw

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Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers

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On 20 May 2017, Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, Australian Ambassador, turned over to the solar grandmother community of Bamban, Tarlac, the Rural Elect

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