DFA opens new satellite office in Angeles City Mall

July 30, 2012 8:05 pm· Comments Off on DFA opens new satellite office in Angeles City Mall 

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario (center) and Bobby Dy (2nd from right), senior vice president, Ayala Land Inc., cut the ceremonial ribbon of the new DFA consular office at the upscale Marquee Mall in Angeles City on Monday (July 30, 2012). Also in photo are (from left) DFA Undersecretary Jose Brillantes, Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III, and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo T. Pamintuan. (PNA photo by Roland Nablo)

4th Annual Forum on Clean Air 10

July 30, 2012 8:03 pm· Comments Off on 4th Annual Forum on Clean Air 10 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje (at rostrum in upper photo) keynotes the 4th Annual Forum on Clean Air 10 and Partnership for Clean Air General Assembly 2012 on Monday (July 30, 2012) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The forum is themed: “Financing Mechanisms for Clean Air Strategies and Technologies.” Also in photo (seated from left) are Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Environmental Management Bureau Director; DENR Assistant Secretary Cora Davis; Atty. Nick Conti, Department of Transportation and Communications spokesman who represented DOTC Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II; Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Corazon T. Jimenez; and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozon. Lower photo shows the participants to the forum coming from national government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and concerned individuals. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

TESDA, PFA synergize to boost growth of PHL franchising

July 30, 2012 8:47 am· Comments Off on TESDA, PFA synergize to boost growth of PHL franchising 

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Joel Villanueva (7th from right) joins officials of the Philippine Franchise Association led by its co-founder and chairman emeritus Samie Lim (center), the “Father of Philippine Franchising;” chairman Robert F. Trota; vice chairman Ma. Alegria “Bing” Sibal-Limjoco; PFA president Elizabeth “Yvette” Pardo-Orbeta; Franchise Asia Philippines Expo 2012 chair Kenneth Yang; together with BPI Family Savings Bank president Jose Teodoro Limcaoco; Ms Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup; Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. president Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr.; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Atty. Miguel Varela; and Chevron Philippines (Caltex) country chair Jim Meynink, in ushering foreign and local exhibitors and visitors to the three-day Franchise Asia Philippines 2012 International Franchise Expo at the SMX Convention Center on Friday. Villanueva and Lim talked on how they can pursue their common advocacy of pushing world-class vocational and technical training for the unemployed Filipinos so they can find rewarding jobs in the franchising, tourism and hospitality industries without the need to finish four-year courses. (PNA photo courtesy of Philippine Franchise Association)