Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DTI to carry out tight watch on prices

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is strictly monitoring the retail market, especially in the following weeks in order to forestall any unjustified increase in prices of basic commodities, particularly canned products.

This, as the Tin Can Makers Association of the Philippines, Inc. announced that 202 by 306-milimeter tin cans used for canned sardines and corned beef has gone up by P0.35-P0.40 per piece to a range of P3.35 to P3.40 this month.

Trade and Industry Secretary Peter B. Favila stated, “We assure the public that the Price Act will be strictly enforced during the course of our monitoring activities. We want to prevent unscrupulous retailers from raising their prices out of mere speculation so that the consumers do not have to pay more than what is due them.”

DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Welfare Zenaida Cuison Maglaya added that aside from monitoring the price situation in the metropolis, the DTI has also mobilized market monitoring teams in other parts of the country as well through its regional and provincial offices, as well as tap the assistance of local government units to avert any undue increase in the price of goods.

Secretary Favila warned that retailers tend to jack up their prices higher than the projected levels and do so immediately in spite of having an existing inventory that should be sold at current values.

Only canned sardines manufacturers in Zamboanga has announced intentions to increase the price of their 155-gram products by P0.50-P1 in the coming weeks due to rising tin plate prices in the world market. Imported tin plates comprise 70 percent of tin can production costs.

Tin can costs make up about 20-45 percent of the total retail price of canned goods, varied depending on the type of commodity.

DTI’s latest price report reveal that a 155-gram can of sardines costs between P10-11, while a 165-gram can of luncheon meat is sold at P23 to 26.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Maglaya reminded consumers to practice wise buying to get the best value for their hard-earned peso. “One of the ways is to practice comparing prices. With so many brands to choose from with varying range of prices, the consumers can exercise their right to choose and buy one which suits their budget best.”

She also urged the public to report complaints in price and/ or quality, NFA rice diversion, hoarding and profiteering activities to DTI Direct 751-3330 open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm or call the nearest DTI Regional and Provincial offices. Complaint may also be sent by keying in DTImessage and send to 2920 for both Globe and Smart subscribers. (end)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Adam and Mhaan's Prenup Shoot (kuno)

Last Monday, April 7, my wife and I accompanied her friend Mhaan, and her h2b Adam to UP for their prenup shoot (they asked me to be their photographer. I have no experience in shooting prenups, so please bear with these snapshots.Let me hold you ang drama nila dito.
Ang sweet nila.HHWWAdam and Mhaan, plus baby Pooh.
Uso pa pala ang harana.
Crossing over to the next level.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A week of mixed emotions

This is the most personal entry I will ever post in this blog.

Last week was filled with mixed emotions for me and my wife.

After almost a year, we finally got what we were praying for. Cherry got a two-liner in her pregnancy test kit. She was pregnant. We were very excited with this development. Cherry started making lists of potential godparents while I was already thinking of a possible layout for the announcement postcard.

Last Wednesday, we went for her first ultrasound. We were saddened when the OB sonologist told us that she was having an ectopic pregnancy, with the baby stuck in her right fallopian tube. Her OB's reliever told us that it has to be removed right away to avoid endangering CHerry's life if her fallopian tube ruptured. Right there and then, we were advised to have her operated on the same day. We called her cousin, who is a nurse, to ask her if she can refer us to an OB we can trust since her original OB was on leave. turns out her cousin has an OB for a sister-in-law.

And so she was operated on, and the baby, and her right fallopian tube was removed. Our spirits were down because we just lost our first baby. But we knew we couldn't dwell on it for too long. As for me, I'm just glad I still have Cherry and we still have a chance to have a family.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Faces, Phases

Our weekends are spent taking pictures of Sean, our boy genius. Here are some of Sean's many faces taken at different phases of his young life.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Photoshop Experiment



After reading some photoshop tips from a blog, I tried experimenting with a photo of my nephew. I tried increasing the saturation and this is what I got. I don't know if it's just me, but the second photo (After) makes Sean look a little livelier. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Quotes from my feed reader

It's a slow day at the office, so please allow me to post some quotes from my rss feeds.

To lead others, embody their ideals! - Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. - Confucius

In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone. - Bill Gates

Boy Genius Turns 2

My nephew celebrated his second birthday last Monday, January 21. Since he loves animals, his parents treated him to a day at the Manila Zoo last Sunday as a pre-birthday gift. From his stories (yes, he can tell a story), he said he saw all the animals that he reads in his books. My sister said he particularly enjoyed watching the elephant and the big cats. Sean said that the tigers were sleeping when they came so he shouted for them to wake up. HIs mom added that he started singing Barney's Elephant song when he saw the big elephant. When asked what other animals he saw, he said he saw birds, monkeys, a deer, a zebra, the crocodiles, the hippo, and even a flamingo.

I wasn't able to get him a present for his birthday, but I made the picture above, showing him driving LIghtning McQueen, the lead car in his favorite movie, Cars. The cropping could use some improvement, but our boy genius was ecstatic when I gave him a print of this.

Monday, January 14, 2008

DTI-Ayala-Magsaysay Business Plan Competition Extended: Student Category Participants Increasing

Students and young entrepreneurs can still submit their business plans for the DTI-Ayala-Magsaysay Business Plan Competition until February 20, 2008, 12 N.N. The deadline of entries was moved due to the clamor of several colleges and universities to extend the duration of the contest. To date, the participants who submitted their business plans come from the following schools: Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Women's University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and University of the Philippines. More universities are expected to join, as classes have resumed this January.

Cash prizes and free consultancy in starting a business are at stake for the winners. Grand winners in the Young Entrepreneurs (Individual Enterprise), Young Entrepreneurs (Group Enterprise), Student Entrepreneurs, will be awarded P300,000.00, P500,000.00, and P100,000.00 respectively. The top ten entrepreneurs for the Young SME Category will be awarded P 200,000.00 each.

The competition is open to all Filipino citizen and Filipino-owned companies in the Philippines, with current and / or potential agri-business operations or business dealings in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Young Entrepreneurs (Individual / Group Enterprise) is open to Filipinos 35 years old and below who have an original enterprise which may not be currently in operation. This includes the newly-started businesses. Bonafide regular college students are welcome to join the Student Entrepreneurs category. Those who already have an existing agri-business enterprise, which is, at least 3 years operating are invited to join the Young SME category.

Business plans will be judged according to profitability (30%), creativity of product or service (25%), feasibility (25%), and contribution to the community (20%).

Assistant Secretary Angel L. Pelayo calls on to more participants: "We discovered that a lot of young Filipinos, specifically students, are interested in coming up with innovative enterprises. This competition is intended to motivate and assist more entrepreneurs to grow their business. We invite more college students and young business-oriented individuals to participate. This is a good opportunity for them."

All entries should be submitted to the Secretariat Office on or before 12 NN, February 20, 2008. The address is: DTI-Ayala-Magsaysay Business Plan Competition Secretariat c/o Starfish Magazine Center for Social Development, Ayala Foundation 10/F BPI Bldg., Ayala Ave. Cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

For more details on the mechanics and to download application forms, log on to www.dtincr.ph.(end)