A Taste of Philippines in Food&HotelAsia2016 FoodPhilippines returns with a wider range of organic and healthy products

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Seventeen Philippine exhibitors showcased organic products – virgin coconut oil, coconut sugar and sap sugar, rice, sweeteners; fresh produce and seafood; and chocolates at the recent Food&HotelAsia (FHA) 2016 in Singapore Expo. FoodPhilippines was a display of some of the finest in Philippine produce, having undergone stringent selection process and compliant with global packaging, labeling and food security requirements. These have also passed food certifications such as Halal, ISO, USDA Organic and Japanese Agricultural Standard.

According to the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippines ranks fourth in Asia in terms of land devoted to organic agriculture with 101,278 hectares of organic farms. Singapore’s demand for organic and healthy food is flourishing making it an important market for the Philippines.

A smorgasbord of the best natural produce from Region 12 or SoCCSKSarGen in Central Mindanao were available as well for visitors to sample, including banana, mango, papaya and pomelo. Other products featured were avocado, pineapple, asparagus, coconut and coconut-based products, banana and sweet potato chips, dried mangoes, honey cured vinegar, fruit juice and canned tuna.

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Philippines to Singapore: retire in our country

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Philippine Trade & Investment Centre-Singapore Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda urged Singaporeans and former Philippine nationals to retire and take advantage of the investment opportunities in the Philippines. Speaking in a forum in Singapore hosted by 1Migrate Consulting firm, he said that “Apart from our people’s English skills and warmth and stunning beaches, the country has several investment prospects particularly in manufacturing and construction sectors.”

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) manages the retirement program of the country. In the forum, PRA General Manager Val Cabansag and Marketing Manager Noehl Bautista shared that the PRA grants the Special Resident Retiree Visa and provides assistance throughout the retiree’s stay. The visa allows foreign residents to work or start a business and likewise provides exemptions from income tax over the pension and annuities, and specific customs duties and taxes. While there are restrictions on buying land, they can purchase condominiums under the Philippine Condominium Act. PRA also provides project-matching services to foreign developers in identifying possible locations for retirement projects and to property-owners in marketing their properties as retirement facility or village projects.

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Philippines Makes History as it Joins Singapore Airshow for the First Time


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To tap into the accelerated growth of Asia Pacific’s aerospace and aviation industries, the Philippines participated as a country pavilion for the first time at the recent Singapore Airshow in the Changi Exhibition Centre. This year’s show featured over 1,000 companies from 50 countries.

This maiden participation was organized by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry – Foreign Trade Service Corps and the Board of Investments (BOI); Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP); the Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines (AIAP); and the Aviation Schools Association of the Philippines. The airshow provided the Philippine firms engaged in aircraft parts manufacturing, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and aviation trainings, the opportunity to showcase their technologies and capabilities. The delegation also met with global players with the aim of establishing industrial partnerships and identifying areas of cooperation across a range of sectors.

“We first visited the show with our official delegates two years ago and saw that there would be potential. This year, we felt that we are ready to introduce ourselves and offer our interest in partnerships with many of the aerospace companies,” said Glenn Peñaranda, Commercial Counsellor, Philippine Trade & Investment Centre-Singapore. “We are heartened to hear that people are looking forward to what the Philippines has to offer and have had very positive meetings with major players and even potential partners in this industry.”

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DTI encourages more businesses to ‘go global’

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Commercial Counsellor for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei and ASEAN Team Leader Glenn Peñaranda urged Philippine halal producers to expand into international markets at the 2015 National Export Congress in the Philippines. He invited the attendees to showcase their products in international markets at the Gulf Food Dubai this month, Malaysian International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in March and Food & Hotel Asia Singapore in April.

With Mr. Peñaranda were other government officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), departments of Agriculture, Interior and Local Government, Science and Technology and Bureau of Customs, to discuss national commitment to exports with over 600 exporters, SMEs, trade support institutions, academe and international organizations. Themed, “Enabling SMEs for International Markets”, the panelists provided advice on participating in trade missions, taking advantage of digital opportunities and taking innovative approaches for business sustainability.

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Philippines should explore Investment Partner Opportunities in ASEAN


Philippine Trade & Investment Centre-Singapore Commercial Counsellor and ASEAN Team Leader Glenn Peñaranda was invited to speak on “Engaging ASEAN as an Investment Partner” at the recent ZAMPEN Investment Conference (ICON) in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The conference was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Region 9, in collaboration with the Philippine Board of Investments and the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He highlighted that ASEAN neighbors are interested not only in the Philippine market but in access to raw materials for processing for both the local, regional and global markets. He also shared the diverse investment trends in ASEAN particularly in Singapore and Malaysia. A key trend is their commitment to food safety and halal.

Mr. Peñaranda said that ZAMPEN has a compelling story to tell. Noting the increasing interest in sustainable food sourcing and the ongoing implementation of the closed-season for the Sardines industry. Some world-renowned chefs have been promoting sardines, anchovies and other similar fish in their menu to ease pressure on the popular but endangered fish species.

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