TIGER CRACKERS supports women, GRAB Salamat Ani, ALFAMART open during Holy Week, New EU import rules, O-CITY partners with LANDBANK, TAYTAY as Bike City

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    From left to right, Atty. Joseph Fabul, country manager for Corporate and Government Affairs, Mondelez Philippines; Pasig City Councilor Corazon Raymundo; Rosalinda Dela Paz Magat, president of PC-LCW; Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto; Jomar Fleras, executive director of Rise Against Hunger Philippines; and Kristine Enriquez, brand manager of Tiger Crackers.

    Tiger Crackers supports women in the community 

    In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, snack brand Tiger Crackers, together with long-time food bank partner Rise Against Hunger Philippines, has donated 6,000 packs of its products to the Pasig City Local Council of Women (PC-LCW). This support aims to extend much-needed food to women and their families as the Philippines continues to be under lockdown and dealing with the challenges of the pandemic.

    Made by Mondelez Philippines, Tiger Crackers is the right and delicious snack, that can be enjoyed any moment with only 120 calories per pack. Launched in 2020, Tiger Crackers aims to support the backbone of homes, those who are working doubly hard these days to ensure their families remain healthy and safe: Women and mothers.

    Rise Against Hunger (RAH) Philippines is a member of Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

    During the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the PC-LCW, Pasig City Councilor Corazon Raymundo, PhD, Chairperson of the City’s Gender and Development Committee shared the amazing work that the council does to support women and provide them resources, thereby supporting their families and communities in the process.

    Grab launches Salamat sa Ani

    Grab Philippines, together with Zagana – the Philippines’ leading agri-social enterprise launched its Salamat Sa Ani initiative last March 17.

    Through the partnership the Salamat sa Ani initiative, is encouraging more Filipinos to give thanks to the hard work, support, and dedication of our kababayans who have helped us cope through the difficult periods of the pandemic, while supporting the lives and livelihoods of Filipino farmers who have kept many households nourished with their produce.

    With Grab and Zagana’s partnership, local farmers are able to leverage Grab’s technology and platform to help them reach and serve their customers and provide for their families.

    The contents of the Salamat Sa Ani gift sets are sourced directly from Zagana farmers in Benguet, Pangasinan, and Cavite. Each gift set includes fresh corn, bananas, and lime,  and is exclusively available on GrabMart.

    All Alfamart branches to remain open during Holy Week,
    to offer special deals on seafood

    Alfamart recently announced that all of its branches will be open to serve their respective communities this coming Holy Week. The first and only Super Minimart chain in the Philippines has over 1000 branches mostly in Central and Southern Luzon.

    As most of the public are still quite wary about travel due to the resurgence of the pandemic, nearby Super Minimarts like Alfamart have become a convenient, safe, and affordable way to get groceries.

    Moreover, because a good number of customers will likely be observing fasting and abstinence during the Lenten season, Alfamart is also running special deals on their frozen fish, specifically, the 1kg packed Salmon Heads (Php 130), 550g Frozen Pampano (Php 217) and 1kg Squid Rings (PhP 310). Also available at reasonable prices are: SeaKing 420g (Php 179), Marinated Hot Bangus 400g (Php 179), Unseasoned Bangus Belly (Php 220), and 500g Whole Marinated Bangus (PhP 205). Prices may be subject to change without prior notice.

    “The Lenten season, coupled with the ongoing pandemic, will see a lot of communities looking to access stores for their daily needs,” said Alfamart Philippines COO Harvey Ong. “With our mission of providing a complete, convenient, and affordable shopping experience to even the smallest barangay, our doors will, of course, be open to the communities we serve,” he continued.

    O-CITY partners with LandBank for EMV open-loop contactless payments

    BPC’s smart city payment division, O-CITY, is partnering with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) to pilot the country’s initiative in modernizing digital payment in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) such as buses and jeepneys (minibus).

    The partnership supports the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) program to adopt automated fare collection, enabling contactless payment and digital ticketing as a new experience for travelers in Metro Manila.

    O-CITY will ensure urban transit systems are interoperable and travelers can pay seamlessly and securely with their Mastercard EMV card or other contactless banking cards. O-CITY on the operational side will enable greater efficiency and collaboration between service delivery agents and commuters. It also helps allocate relevant government subsidies to operators to further develop the sector.

    Taytay as Bike City

    Traffic congestion would become a thing of the past in the Garments Capital of the Philippines as the local government hinted at efforts to transform the town as the first bicycle-hailing municipality in the country.

    Mayor Joric Gacula has started farming out mountain bikes to local folks for transportation to and from their workplaces.

    Local government data showed that more than 3,000 cyclists traverse Taytay roads on a daily basis.

    Under Taytay’s ambitious Bike City project, the LGU plans to build a permanent bicycle lane across in the major thoroughfares in their town.

    New EU import rules for entry of composite products

    Filipino manufacturers and exporters should take note that from April 21, new requirements for the entry into the European Union (EU) of composite products will be applied.

    The composite products legislation is laid down in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, Regulation (EU) No 28/2012, and Regulation (EU) No 468/2012.

    A composite product is defined as “a foodstuff intended for human consumption that contains both processed products of animal origin and products of plant origin and includes those where the processing of primary product is an integral part of the production of the final product.”

    This definition is contained in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, according to Paolo Caricato, deputy head of unit within the Health and Food Safety Directorate General of the European Commission during a recent e-forum organized by the Philippine trade, agriculture, and foreign affairs departments.

    Under the new regulation, entry into the EU of composite products will no longer be based on the percentage of the animal-based ingredients. Instead, it will be based on the animal or public health risk linked to the composite product itself.

    Jerome Bunyi, agriculture counselor of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, in the same forum said the rationale for the new regulation is the concern that the animal ingredients in the composite products could carry avian influenza, foot and mouth disease or other animal-borne illnesses that could be brought into the EU.

    According to Tradeline Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry’s business intelligence platform, the animal-based component present in the composite product must come from a third country whose residue monitoring plan has been approved by the EU and is listed in Commission Decision 2011/163/EU.

    The most significant change for composite products from previous regulatory requirements is the requirement that all processed products of animal origin (meat, dairy, eggs, and fish), regardless of their percentage as an ingredient in the product, are required to be sourced from EU-listed establishments to be eligible for import.

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