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MVP group in talks with foreign firms for electric vehicle manufacturing venture

The online news portal of TV5

MANILA – The MVP group of companies on Thursday said it has received proposals from foreign firms interested in putting up a joint venture for the manufacture of electric vehicles in the Philippines.

During the 2nd Philippine E-Vehicle Summit, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) president and chief executive officer, said his group is willing to work with the government, financial institutions, the academe and manufacturers to develop the infrastructure for building such vehicles in the country.

“Our group of companies is prepared to invest in the downstream manufacturing capability of this industry for the sake of this country. It is better for us to build rather than import these vehicles,” he said.

He said his group is considering proposals by foreign companies that are keen on partnerships to establish the Philippines’ e-vehicle manufacturing capacity.

“[We] would like to pursue them. The Philippines should take the lead in the region in the development of the industry,” Pangilinan said.

The government is banking on the development of e-vehicles to reduce the country’s reliance on oil imports and at the same time bring down green house gas emissions.

Taxes and duties on electric and hybrid vehicles, however, account for 30 percent of their prices, making such vehicles unattractive for either private or public transport use.

Besides Meralco, Pangilinan is also chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Philex Mining Corp. – all of which are among the top companies in their respective sectors.

Pangilinan is also the chairman of TV5 and its online news portal, InterAksyon.com.


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Pangilinan says Philex to hire environmental officer | ABS-CBN News

Pangilinan says Philex to hire environmental officer | ABS-CBN News.

Honestly, there is something terribly wrong here, Philex Mining have always had an environmental officer. I know that because they are implementing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 and it is mandatory for environmentally critical projects to have a Pollution Control Officer or Environmental Officer.  Executives are not supposed to contemplate on it, they are required to appoint one, accredit him or her in behalf of the company with the DENR-EMB and be accountable together with top management in case of environmental disasters.

There is a big difference between hiring an environmental officer based on DENR Administrative Order No. 26 Series of 1992  and having an “environmentalist” in the team, based on their self-proclaimed advocacy.  I have experienced that and it will be difficult, why, because the two would operate in a totally different framework. Philex doesn’t need an environmentalist if the purpose is greenwashing and publicity, their PR people from MVP’s side could definitely do that.  I am just not sure if there is a major organizational change since the acquisition of MVP in which the environment and community relations office have been taken out of the picture.

Compliance is mandatory, with or without a public image, a company must comply with applicable environmental regulations within the geopolitical jurisdiction it operates.  It just brings me back to the time when I have to deal with these so called “environmentalists” who would question my technical competence based on the way I look…terrible, these people just lack substance when they do not even know the context in which a company must operate to achieve environmental compliance… in the long run, their rarararara…just led to further noncompliance, far from continual improvement and enhanced environmental performance.

Anyway,  that is what the public is supposed to understand, being noisier doesn’t assure you of better performance. Are values really distorted nowadays? People can be easily misquoted and vilified. In the end, productivity is lost and seeing Cambodia and Lao PDR achieving better levels of sustainable development just further slows the pace of growth…values are definitely distorted, going against the law seems to be totally acceptable, as long as you are noisy and look better on the outside.

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Meeting Gina Lopez

I met Gina Lopez in 2010 and all I remember about her was what she wore. She was wearing a white tube romper, which was quite scary since it poses the hazard of slipping off and exposing  whatever is underneath.  Being rich she must be aware of those fashionable adhesive badges which allows you to stick on clothing to your body.  For those out there who have no idea, below is a picture of one, except that its in white and the fabric is chiffon and it looks far more expensive.

Her dress has far more impact than her speech, to the point that I felt that she can be somehow gullible, as if she swallowed whatever environmental advocacy there is out there without chewing and really knowing how it tastes.  It made me conclude that her target audience are people like her who can be somewhat gullible yet have enough resources to spare to take some action.

Sitting beside me was Dr. Macrina Zafaralla, who was one hell of a marine biologist, yet Gina spoke as if she knew better, but obviously for technical people like most of us sitting in that room, she obviously doesn’t know any better. Those little slip-ups really exposes her just like her argument with Manny Pangilinan when she said “Those places are ugly anyway!”.  She could have  clarified with concepts on ecological productivity and succession but hell they keep on saying the word ugly… yuck! She must have gotten some feedback, that at least she was wearing something acceptable and less scary when she was arguing with Manny.

After her mega-graphic presentation on the Laguna de Bay, Pasig River and its tributaries, all I could remember was Dyosa and Eugene.  The good thing about her though is that she shares those mega-graphic presentations that kids would love!


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