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Exports part of Argentina productive policy, eyes to become world food supplier

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According to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) President Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, “the Philippines and Argentina have over 70 years of diplomatic relations both on the cultural and economic front. Now, Argentina once more seeks to strengthen its ties with the Philippines. Argentina sees the country as a trading hub, and given the current business climate, now is definitely the best time to invest, trade, and do business.”

 


Organized by the Argentine Republic, and under the leadership of Undersecretary for Agro-Industrial Markets, Ministry of Production & Labour, Mr. Pedro Manuel Vigneau, together with the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Manila Charge d’ Affaires Mr. Flavio Chomnalez and Philippines-Argentine Business Council Chairman, Mr. Jesus Pineda, Jr., a 15-person delegation composed of Argentinian business owners and representatives, flew in from a previous engagement in Indonesia to meet with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manila being the delegation’s last leg.

 

Held on July 26, 2019 at the Commerce & Industry Plaza, Taguig City, the delegation was met by PCCI member companies and key representatives from the government and the private sector to discuss further the product and service offerings both Argentina and Philippines have for one another.

 

In his presentation, Vigneau states that “exports will be the axis for Argentina’s productive policy. Currently, the country’s agribusiness is composed 60% of exports, and given this, we aim to become a world food supplier”. The delegation was composed of producers, business managers, and owners of dairy, wine, fruits, honey, soybeans, and fishing/shrimp.

 

Attending on behalf of the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. are consultants Chris Lacson and Paula Tolentino.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House, a boutique
digital communications agency and is also the Digital 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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A Head for business, A Heart for the world'  Enactus Country Leader addresses 2019 participants 

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“A Head for Business, A Heart for the World”

 

Official Speech of

Atty. Leo G. Dominguez

Enactus Philippines Country Director

 

Enactus, a network composed of students, social innovators, businesses and academic leaders in 37 countries, share a common belief in the power of entrepreneurship to be a force for good. This shared mission binds all of us together and inspires us to tap and engage our next generation of leaders to continue carrying the torch as positive role models for their communities and countries.

 

This year, Enactus Philippines will be having two competitions. In the morning of the National Finals, we will have:

 

The Business Innovation Idea Challenge (BIIC) where five (5) new recruits get the chance to present their business innovation concepts before a panel of experts.

 

For everyone’s information, BIIC is a byproduct of our Country Leaders’ Summit that happened last year in the US and earlier this year, in Canada.

 

Enactus Philippines seeks to align with Enactus International’s objective of highlighting projects that use technology and innovation. This exercise under BIIC aims to provide a platform for new or existing teams to pitch their business innovation ideas that demonstrate entrepreneurial leadership and provide cutting-edge solutions to pressing economic, social, or environmental problems.

 

The five new recruits who will be competing at this new BIIC development are: 

1. Ateneo de Zamboanga University

2. De La Salle University – Manila

3. Mindanao State University – Main Campus

4. Technological Institute of the Philippines

5. University of the Philippines – Mindanao

 

While in the afternoon, we will have our main event where active Enactus teams vie for the chance to be our country’s representative and ambassador at the Enactus World Cup in San Jose, California on September 16-18, 2019, to compete with 36 other champion teams.

 

As communicated to our teams during the EEI Training this year, there will be a shift in the judging criterion for Enactus starting next academic year. Enactus will not only focus on entrepreneurship as a powerful tool to improve the lives of people and its communities, but it should incorporate science, technology, engineering, and innovation as an integral part of how we do things.

 

We know that technological change and digital disruption are forms of transformation in the production process or design to increase efficiency and performance. All of which result from new information bringing forth what we call now, innovation.

 

Innovation, defined as the introduction of a new idea or process, entails production and transfer of new information to people who can use it to solve problems, improve productivity, see the world in a better way, or to directly enhance the quality of life.

 

We don’t need to look far to start infusing innovation. Technological innovation may refer to a new product, process or system; it may also be a substitute for a cheaper but better material to a production mechanism; or the reorganization of a process that will lead to increased efficiency, better support for a product, or simply to lower costs.

 

Innovation for Enactus means ‘equipping our next generation of leaders with all the possible resources and opportunities to quench their thirst for knowledge and research, while being able to support and motivate them in opening doors for partnerships and linkages both in the government and private sector.’

 

The ten teams presenting today are truly inspiring. We believe that this generation of social innovators will change the world in ways we may not see now, but confident in the head start Enactus Philippines is giving them. The world is truly their oyster.

 

At Enactus, we not only create opportunities for these social innovators, but we set the standard on a global business scale. We seek to harness effective partnerships and worthwhile projects that are future-proof and drive lasting impact that addresses the world’s greatest and most pressing challenges.

 

For those of you who are with us today, thank you for being a part of this growing movement.

 

And for those competing at today’s finals, we wish you luck and may the most outstanding and innovative team win!

 

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Enactus Philippines 2019 National Finals opens at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.  

 

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Enactus Philippines Country Leader Atty. Leo Dominguez addresses the participants and audience at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

 

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Trophies, plaques, medals and cash prizes for the lucky hopefuls competing at Enactus 2019. 

 

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The ten teams presenting today are truly inspiring. We believe that this generation of social innovators will change the world in ways we may not see now, but confident in the head start Enactus Philippines is giving them. The world is truly their oyster.” - Enactus Country Leader, Atty. Leo Dominguez

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House, a boutique digital communications agency. A Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc., Paula also served as a Judge for the Business Innovation Idea Challenge (BIIC) at this year’s 2019 Enactus National Finals. 

 

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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OLLI newest member to join the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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On July 16, 2019, the country’s largest business organization, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI), welcomed OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. among its distinguished member companies.

 

Held at the PCCI Boardroom, Commerce & Industry Building at McKinley Hills, Taguig City, PCCI President Ms. Maria Alegria Sibal Limjoco welcomed its new members reiterating the Chamber’s important and catalytic role as the recognized ‘Voice of Philippine Business’.

 

“As President of this revered organization, the Chamber hopes to be steadfast in providing its members the programs, services, and avenues for pursuing our shared mission of creating globally competitive enterprises while addressing the country’s demand for sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development.”

 

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In photo: Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ms. Maria Alegria Sibal Limjoco welcomes the newest members of the prestigious organization.

 

Similar to the Chamber’s business thrusts, the OLLI Consulting Group Inc. is an organization that seeks to champion micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide, pioneer policy reform initiatives, while doing business matching, trade missions, and information sharing. OLLI also promotes and supports the drive for globally competitive Philippine enterprises in partnership with government, local chambers and other business organizations.

 

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In photo: Introducing the newest members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 2019. Representing the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. is Digital Consultant Maria Paula Tolentino (front row to the right, in black).

 

Currently, OLLI Consulting Group Inc. is lead by its Principal and CEO, Atty. Leo G. Dominguez who also happens to be the Chairman of the Philippines - Sweden Business Council; the Country Director for Enactus Philippines; and a Director, Products and Allied Services of the Philippine Franchise Association. For more information on OLLI, please go to our website: http://olli.ph

 

 

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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A burgeoning Philippine maritime industry still possible, Australia eyes investments

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On January 8, 2019, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil), the largest shipyard in the Philippines and one of the largest private employers with the bulk of workers consisting of nearly 19,000 Filipinos, filed for corporate rehabilitation due to default or failure to comply its loan obligation of $412 million to five Philippine banks, becoming the biggest bankruptcy in the country.

 

Since then, the Philippine shipbuilding and ship repair industry has been on standstill. However, experts say that the industry can not only be revived but become the leader in shipbuilding and repair services if 1) we learn from our neighbors, 2) the Philippine government becomes a formidable partner and 3) we take baby steps.

 

“After what happened to Hanjin, the RORO industry could just be that top domino we are looking for to help bring our stagnant Philippine maritime industry back to life” says DTI Program Director Romulo Manlapig during a meeting hosted by the Philippine-Australian Business Council (PABC) on July 10, 2019 at the Manila Elks Club, Corinthian Plaza, Makati City.

 

Manlapig, together with former Board of Investments (BOI) Governor Henry Co, are leading the roadmap for the Philippine shipbuilding industry, addressed the audience composed of representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Australian Embassy, AusTrade, Australian-based shipbuilding company Austal, and the Philippine mining and steel industries.

 

“Fifteen years ago, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Industry) already proposed this idea. It is only now that we are realizing this, once we rolled up our sleeves to work on the solution to our challenges. After World War 2, Japan’s maritime industry is similar to what the Philippines has now. It is a sad comparison, but it also gives us a glimpse of what can be done if the government becomes a key partner in rebuilding our maritime industry”, the former BOI Governor, Henry Co said. 

 

According to Manlapig and Co, the Philippine ShipBuilding and Ship Repair (SB/SR) Industry is the 4th largest in the world (2M GT/yr). Market share comes from 98% of foreign shipbuilders for export while 2% from our local shipbuilders for domestic distribution. The challenges in the industry include being plagued by high costs, low quality services, poor safety records and an aging fleet of used imported vessels.

 

“The RORO modernization program is the first step, and could be that top domino, to stir and propel our stagnant shipbuilding and ship repair industry. The vision is for our Philippine maritime services to become safe and efficient, has wide coverage, agglomerated, has updated technology, adequately capitalized with the right suppliers, and is an export champion”, says Manlapig.

 

PABC Chairman and Quisumbing Torres Partner, Atty. Dennis Quintero says “Australian investments in the Philippine shipbuilding industry is one of the priority initiatives and advocacies of Philippine Ambassador to Australia Hellen De la Vega. We at the PABC is supporting this initiative.”

 

When asked separately if the Philippine President has seen BOI’s recommendations, Co says that there is absolutely no problem with the President. If given the chance, he says “PRRD would most likely say ‘Make it happen!’ however, the BOI (and the DTI) can only suggest how we can move forward with our Philippine Maritime industry. Ultimately, this initiative shall have to be spearheaded by the DOTR (Department of Transportation) and MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority)”.

 

For more information on the above story, refer to below articles:

 

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The Philippines-Australia Business Council holds a general meeting on July 10 2019 at the Manila Elks Club, Corinthian Plaza, Makati City, chaired by PABC Trustee and Chairman Atty. Dennis Quintero (seated, middle), with guest speakers former BOI Governor Henry Co (seated, second to the left) and DTI Program Director Romulo Manlapig (seated, fourth to the left).

 

 

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Former BOI Governor Henry Co has the floor and gives the rationale on how the RORO Modernization program will benefit the shipbuilding and ship repair industry for the long term.  

 

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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OLLI Joins Meeting with Malaysia Business Delegation

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On invitation by the Makati Business Club (MBC), OLLI Consulting Group Inc. Managing Director Tony Enriquez II represented their 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; 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.

 

 

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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 in Davao City, Philippines, 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, and 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 the 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 Consulting Group participates at 5th Davao ICON

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On its 5th year, Davao City held its annual Investment Conference, also known as Davao Icon, from June 20 - 21, 2019 at the SM Convention Center Davao City, Philippines.

 

Organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), Davao ICON 2019’s theme centered on “Davao: Your Southeast Asian Investment Destination” with the goal of promoting potential investments on Infrastructure, Real Estate, Halal Trade, Tourism, IT, and Business Process Management (BPM).

 

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In cooperation with the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Mindanao (JCCM), American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham), and the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP), the objective of this year’s Davao Icon was “to encourage capitalists to invest in the Davao Region, facilitate business matching and generate employment. It envisions connecting Davao to the different parts of the world as a strategic and suitable place for investors.”

 

 

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Meeting between Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio (in red dress, far right) and Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries (in white Barong Tagalog, center).

 

Notable highlights of the event included the discussion between Davao City Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio and Swedish Ambassador H.E. Harald Fries. In a separate meeting, the Swedish Ambassador asked the Mayor on the possibilities of lifting Martial Law in Mindanao, to which Mayor Duterte replied “(I will) request my father, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, to exempt Davao City from his martial law declaration and only place areas under military rule where peace and order is unstable. It doesn’t have to be the entire area of Mindanao.1

 

 

Farmers First

 

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The private ECCP meeting with the rest of the delegates. 

 

OLLI Consulting Group Principal, Atty. Leo Dominguez, together with European diplomats and member companies, attended a private meeting of the ECCP discussing how to empower the country’s biggest yet most overlooked producer - the Filipino farmer. In the meeting, one of the proposals was to provide equipment and technology to small farmers.

 

 

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OLLI Manila delegates (L-R) Jose Camus, Atty. Leo Dominguez and DCCCII EVP, John Carlo B. Tria, meet with Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong (extreme right). 

 

While a separate courtesy call to Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong began a discussion on importing Mindanao products to Singapore. The Ambassador announced that he is preparing for the Singaporean Prime Minister’s state visit to Davao later this year and is keen on importing agricultural food products from Mindanao to his country. The objective was for Singapore to diversify its food sources with obvious challenges, such as passing Singapore’s strict food regulations and the logistics necessary to transport the products, that are all still on the table.

 

 

Manufacturing and Real Estate Development

 

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The OLLI Manila delegation met with the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman Datu Philip Ting, second to the right.  

 

In the same event, the OLLI delegation met with the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman Datu Philip Ting and DPI Holdings Berhad Executive Chairman and Managing Director, Peter Chai.

 

According to Chai, the manufacturing company is keen to explore setting up an aerosol manufacturing plant in Mindanao and was equally met with enthusiasm as the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce echoed plans of making another trip back to Mindanao November of this year. In this trip, the Chamber will be bringing in other potential investors from Malaysia and will be directly coordinating with the OLLI Consulting Group.

 

 

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The OLLI Manila delegation (L-R) Stephen Araneta & Atty. Leo Dominguez met with two corporate officers from Japanese companies Key of Life and ARCHITEX, over lunch.

 

Manufacturing aside, the OLLI delegation also met with two corporate officers from Japanese companies Key of Life and ARCHITEX. These officers are currently exploring how to work further with OLLI in setting up a boutique Japanese residential and resort development in Davao.

 

 

OLLI Principal Acknowledged

 

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OLLI Principal and Philippines-Swedish Business Council Chairman Atty. Leo Dominguez is recognized together with other delegates during Davao ICON 2019.

 

Right after Mayor Duterte’s message, ECCP acknowledged the presence of Dominguez both as a representative and Chairman of a Foreign Business Chamber called the Philippines - Sweden Business Council, and as CEO and Principal of the privately-owned consulting firm, the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.

 

Representing the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. at Davao Icon 2019 were consultants Stephen Araneta, Jose Camus, and John Carlo B. Tria. Tria also happens to be the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) and is the key organizer of this year’s Davao Icon 2019.

 

For more information about this event and investment opportunities in the country, please reach out to Mr. Stephen Araneta at steve.araneta@olli.ph.

 

References:

1 MindaNews. Colina, Antonio. 20 June 2019. “Mayor Sara to ask President Duterte to exempt Davao City from martial law”.

 

Article by Maria Paula Tolentino
with context & photos provided by Stephen Araneta 

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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Turkish economic delegation meets with Filipino business groups

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On June 18, 2019, the Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu (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 Ilkem Sahin is bullish on exploring all these opportunities in the Philippines, committing to invest and buy more of our products. He has a 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 43rd 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. Ilkem Sahin said, “the Philippines could be a hub to distribute Turkish products to ASEAN consumers, while Turkey could be the Philippines' 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 the Turkish delegates.

 

In line with the Philippine government’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. Ilkem Sahin 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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From Left to Right: 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. Ilkem Sahin.

 

 

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 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 a 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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The ‘broader economy’ is our bright spot

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#MINDANAO

 

By JOHN TRIA

 

In a week’s time, a much-awaited State of the Nation Address will again be heard from the president whose stay in office will pass the midpoint of a six-year term.

 

In the run up to this important milestone, we take a hard look at our economy that has been a bright spot for us.

 

Consistently averaging higher than 6% over the last three years, the Philippine economy has weathered political noise, a short-lived spike in inflation, and even external headwinds such as the US-China Trade war to remain robust while instituting essential reforms that aim to make the growth more sustainable in the near future.

 

Tax reforms, “build, build, build” and other measures such as the Ease of Doing Business Law have cemented government’s resolve to invest in our economy and people, while gaining the ability to manage external debt by improving revenue collection.

 

These reforms and good numbers resulted in strong investor interest, with higher Foreign Direct Investments $20 billion in the last two years) than the $5 B of the last administration. Improving Debt to GDP ratios and BBB+ credit ratings (better than Indonesia) show how well we can pay debts, and that this capacity is increasing. Even the 7.1 million tourists in 2018 is a figure we had never reached before. These record numbers indicate that government’s efforts, through the economic team, are paying off.

 

But has the growth gone beyond the traditional, Manila-based middle class? The main criticism of the previous government is that whatever growth achieved then had little effect on unemployment figures and remained concentrated in the Greater Manila. New numbers may show that the growth is being distributed, becoming broader.

 

For the majority of Filipinos, the results of these economic gains are clear — record low underemployment (15.6%) and unemployment (5.2%) (PSA), our lowest poverty rate in history at 21%, lowest self-rated poverty at 38% (SWS).

 

True enough, for those asking, our per capita Gross Domestic Product, or the value of the economy for each Filipino is now at P3,102, breaching the $3,000 a-year level for the first time in history in 2018, nearing that of Indonesia, and remaining well above Vietnam’s.  (World Bank website)

 

A look at regional growth data will show that Mindanao’s growth has accelerated consistently at around 7% in 2017 and 2018, higher than the country’s. Some regions like Davao, Socksargen, and ARMM in Mindanao boast even better growth numbers, with unemployment numbers in the first two regions better than the country’s.

 

They tell us that growth is broadening, and spreading. Can we expect even better numbers in the future? Perhaps.

 

With the resounding victory in the midterm elections, the perception of a strong and stable government pushing the reform process attracts investors, enabling positive responses from the global financial community. Little wonder why in recent investment and business conferences, even in Mindanao, attendance from expats is increasing.

 

The recent Davao Investment Conference and the upcoming South Cotabato Investment Conference in Koronadal show that foreign business interest in Mindanao, long regarded as a no- go place for investments, seems to be more attractive. Davao’s had about 200 foreign businesspeople attending; the Koronadal event has five foreign countries participating.

 

The question to be answered now is how these gains can be sustained and broadened. The recent pre-SONA consultative activities recommended the improvement of our human capital and the implementation of the various reforms already instituted or legislated in the last three years.

 

Looks like the Duterte administration has institutionalized many of the reforms it sought to achieve within the first three years. Getting them implemented will now be up to the rest of the government, and the vigilant public.

 

Proper taxes for everyone, including POGOs

 

Sustaining growth will depend on how well revenue is generated and thus, how tax laws are implemented. In light of articles saying that Pagcor Chair Andrea Domingo hoped that that Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) and their mostly foreign workers should not be “overtaxed,” we hope her agency will help fully uphold and implement the tax laws on POGOs and their workers.

 

This article was originally published by Manila Bulletin on July 16, 2019 on this link: https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/07/16/the-broader-economy-is-our-bright-spot/

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As a result of globalization and constant technological advancements, it is imperative for the academe and the industry to enhance the diffusion of knowledge, increase research and development, patent innovations that help build the country’s organizational capacity. One such school is none other than the country’s national university, University of the Philippines.

 

On June 11, 2019, Tuesday, OLLI Bambu under flagship organization the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc., shipped out 10 Guadua bamboo seedlings to Architect Mary Ann A. Espina, Associate Professor and Architect of Record for UP College of Architecture Building, via air cargo. These seedlings were immediately received the following day, June 12, Wednesday.

 

Consequently, on June 14, 2019, Friday, a ceremonial planting of these seedlings was conducted at the new parking lot near the new building of the UP College of Architecture.

 

 

 

UP Arki & OLLI Bambu

 

Forget steel and concrete. The building material of choice for the 21st century might just be bamboo. According to OLLI Consultant Joseph ‘Joe Green’ Castillo, Architect Espina aims to fill up the open spaces in the parking lot with the Guadua bamboo variety. The rationale behind choosing this specific species was due to its robust characteristics. This variety is used not only as a construction material and for interior design, but this grass can withstand earthquakes! 

 

A piece of knowledge that may give architecture students the insight, and likely lead to further research and development, on other viable alternatives other than steel and concrete when using construction and building materials.

 

The OLLI Consulting Group, Inc., a strong proponent of the grass, has been leading the discussion together with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Mining Industry to help rehabilitate and revegetate the mines using bamboo. While supporting Architect Espina’s project for UP,  OLLI may just reach the next generation of architecture, design and construction professionals on considering bamboo as a greener, better and cheaper alternative.

 

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A planting demonstration at the UP Arki Proposed Bamboo Forest together with OLLI Bambu, an affiliate of the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. 

 

 

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Underneath this life-sized bamboo architectural design is Davao-based OLLI Consultant, Joseph ‘Joe Green’ Castillo with Associate Professor and Architect of Record for UP College of Architecture Building, Architect Mary Ann A. Espina.

 

 

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Academe volunteers together with Joe Green start with the bamboo planting ceremony.

 

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Representing the academe, architectural students, volunteers and OLLI Bambu’s very own, Joe Green.

 

 

Article by: Maria Paula Tolentino
With context & photos provided by Joseph ‘Joe Green’ Castillo

 

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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Why Mindanao will keep growing

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#MINDANAO

 

By JOHN TRIA

 

Several economists have already opined and have begun becoming more hopeful for Mindanao’s economy.

 

Not just because its average growth is higher than the country’s at 7.7%, but because its own contribution to overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has begun to increase relative to other regions.

 

A look at our Gross Regional Domestic Product tables from 2016 to 2018 reveal steady increases in the overall GDP shares of key Mindanao regions relative to others. This simply means that as the country grows, Mindanao grows alongside it and may already is exceeding other regions in doing so.

 

This change in perspective comes to challenge long beliefs of many policymakers that dismissed Mindanao as a poor, violent backwater that will forever be a net beneficiary of limited national government budgets that can do little to improve lives.

 

But as attention has now been given the island’s potentials, starting with a slightly larger share of national budgets and slowly improving infrastructure, these have had a direct effect on economic numbers.

 

With these macroeconomic developments, people’s perceptions are changing.

 

Investor sentiment from Manila and key economic hubs in Asia now see Mindanao as an investment destination worth exploring.

 

This comes as no surprise given that the economic growth figures beat those of many ASEAN countries. This means that Mindanao’s nearly 26-million population, which is near Malaysia’s total and bigger than Laos, Cambodia, and Brunei combined is slowly becoming more affluent. With this comes a taste for new and better lifestyle choices and products.

 

Apart from the numbers, other signs support the view that Mindanao’s economy has become more attractive.

 

The increase of honorary consulates and the establishment of consuls general for China and Japan and additional direct international flights are key drivers to spur direct trade.

 

Property prices in key Mindanao cities have accelerated, showing robust demand for commercial properties. In key commercial districts of Davao, prices per square meter are nearing P100,000. Similar increases to a lesser degree have been observed in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, where new commercial developments have opened to meet higher consumer demand.

 

Mindanao reached its highest-ever electric consumption in May 8 at 2,013 megawatts, the highest in history.

 

This shows that demand for property and electricity are key indicators of higher levels of economic activity.

 

Peace initiatives may already be bearing fruit. The absence of large encounters between government and rebel forces show a steadily improving peace and order situation.

 

Other recent events indicate increased interest.

 

The revival of the barter trade council and increased maritime security cooperation with neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia point to more harmonious relations that can spur revitalized cross border trade with Malaysia and Indonesia, which are an overnight boat ride away.

 

The recent signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and the Financial Executives Association of the Philippines heralds the interest of many in Manila’s financial circles to look at Mindanao as an investment location.

 

In the upcoming Davao Investment Conference on June 20-21 at Davao’s SMX Convention Center, several delegations from various Asian countries are expected to arrive, a first since events such as these were organized early this decade. It positions Davao as a Southeast Asian investment destination.

 

These robust economic numbers position Mindanao as a key economic hub in ASEAN. As investments come in, particularly manufacturing companies, the close proximity to other fast-growing  ASEAN economies allows Mindanao to easily export its excess products and import to meet supply gaps when needed to fuel its possible surge.

 

This ability enables continued robust economic activity. It looks like the government’s economic team deserves credit for helping the countryside increase its economic output with policies and programs geared towards spreading wealth and opportunity.

 

With the positive numbers and signs mentioned, it is no surprise that Mindanao’s growth will be boosted further.

 

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This article was originally published by Manila Bulletin on this link: https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/06/11/why-mindanao-will-keep-growing/

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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 Filipino 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, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Swedish Match, SKF, Don Papa Rum, Thai Airways, and Carmen’s Best Ice Cream.

 

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

 

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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).

 

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Here, the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. meets Filipino Glass Sculptor and National Artist, Ramon Orlina (extreme left)

 

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

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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 a 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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Updates on the Bamboo Initiative by OLLI Cares

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3 May 2019 - Mr. Leo Dominguez, President of OLLI Consulting Group at the Philippine Mining Club, I’M Hotel, Makati City (Photo by Marcelle P. Villegas, Philippine Resources Journal)

 

3 May 2019 - During [the] Philippine Mining Club [Luncheon] at I’M Hotel, Makati City, Mr. Leo Dominguez presented updates on his Bamboo Initiative, an advocacy which he started with the support of other mining companies and groups. Mr. Dominguez is the President of OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. and flamboyant Masters of Ceremonies in Philippine Mining Club events.

 

During the recent PMC event, he stated, “If you were here on June 8, 2018 you will recall that we had this speaker from our Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Secretary Cimatu, where he spoke to us about reinventing mining. And during that presentation of his and in the ‘Question and Answer’ period after that, we started a conversation around bamboo.”

 

“I'd like to report that that conversation has actually led to some developments. The first development after that was the participation of the mining industry in the FAME exhibition in November (2018) where bamboo products were put forward as part of the exhibit in a pavilion that was funded, thank you, by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines as well as the Philippine Nickel Industry Association to the tune of PHP1.6 million. And it is in that FAME exhibition that the collaboration amongst the Department of Trade and Industry, the DENR, and the mining industry was first told. So we expect that FAME every year will repeat the story of that collaboration as it improves.”

 

Furthermore, he said, “Now, beyond that in April this year, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Cimatu, hosted a meeting with the DTI Secretary, the mining industry as well as his staff responsible for bamboo. So I'd like to refer to it as a bamboo initiative and it was in that very well-attended meeting that the next steps of the bamboo initiative with the mining industry were discussed.”


“So our next move will be a technical working group that will deal with the regulations and all that need to be tweaked to really make bamboo a greening material for the mining industry as we go forward.”

The meeting which Mr. Dominguez was referring to took place on 2nd April 2019 where OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. with DENR, DTI and mining companies and its stakeholders discussed the potential of bamboo in “reinventing mining”. OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. has a CSR component called “OLLI Cares” which supports the “Tanging Tanglaw” Project of Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc. (For more information about OLLI Cares and Tanging Tanglaw Project”, please visit their webpage at https://olli.ph/olli-cares.)

In that meeting with Secretary Cimatu and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Mr. Dominguez started the session by explaining the importance of bamboo. He said “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.”[1]
The following were present in that meeting [1]:
~ 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

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Now, going back to the PMC event, Mr. Dominguez said, “As you all know, the whole idea is the bamboo will also be the material that the communities on whom your SDMP funds are being spent will be taught to work with the bamboo. The result will be implementing the DTI's roadmap for the development of the bamboo industry. This will generate livelihoods and hopefully more than that -- real enterprises involving our mining communities.”

 

“So one day, we hope to say that when visitors do come to the mining companies, the first protocol will be the community, seeing how hard they are working, products that are going to export market, and so on. And you, mining companies, will be able to tell your visitors that the mine over there is what makes it possible.”

 

“So ladies and gentlemen, at the end of the day, with bamboo we have the opportunity to reinvent mining and then mining will now be defined as follows: The success of a mining company will no longer be judged simply by how profitable or how responsible the mining company is, but it will also be judged by how successful it makes its mining communities.”

Finally, he concluded, “Therefore, mining reinvented, thanks to bamboo, will mean that mining is also a social enterprise. We'd like to see where that is going. Ladies and gentlemen, with your help and continuing support for this initiative, we hope to change the conversation about mining and therefore make that conversation speak of it as a social enterprise as well. You will hear more about this as the developments take place.“
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Reference:
[1] Tolentino, Maria Paula (27 April 2019). "OLLI Cares spearheads the Bamboo Initiative".
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by Marcelle P. Villegas


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Acknowledgment:

Mr. Leo Dominguez and Ms. Maria Paula Tolentino
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This article was originally published by Philippine Resources Journal - Issue 2 - 2019 on thislink: https://www.philippine-resources.com/post/updates-on-the-bamboo-initiative-by-olli-cares
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On April 2, 2019, OLLI Consulting Group, Inc., under its CSR component "OLLI Cares", joined the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), mining companies, and 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 in 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, eight 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., 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 a 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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“Tanging Tanglaw” is a project of collaboration among Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc. (Diwata), the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment

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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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The project involves sending grandmothers from indigenous tribes in the Philippines to the Barefoot College in Tilonia, India. At the Barefoot College, they undergo a 6-month training course on solar engineering, specifically, fabricating, installing, repairing and maintaining solar lighting equipment.

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