Speech of PPTF President Atty. Dominador D. Buhain on the Occasion of the First (1st) General Membership Meeting of PPTF at the Sequoia Hotel on April 30, 2015 Commencing at 1800
Dear PPTF Members:
At the outset I wish to express my deepest thanks to the PPTF Membership for considering me once more as a Trustee and for the newly elected Trustees for electing me for the Third (3rd) term as the PPTF President which would now be on my Fifth(5th) year.
The serialized developments that prevailed during the preceding Fourth (4th) General Membership Meeting(GMM) last December 4,2014 until now April 30,2015which is the appointed date of the First(1st) 2015 GMM are verbatimly captured on the printed compilation entitled “President Reports from last 2014 GMM on December 4,2014 to the First(1st) 2015 GMM on April 30,2015” which shall be disseminated to you during the GMM itself.
Instead of delving my speech on the developments during the above-cited intervening period which may be self-explanatory, allow me to dwell on a very important topic which is a dream for a unified industry corollary to the announcement of the holding of the Printech 2015 during this GMM come September 2015 at the World Trade Center.
It appears at the moment that it is still an elusive dream and yet it is a condition precedent for us to play a vital role in the regional and international commerce as we face the ramifications brought about by the effectivity of ASEAN Integrated Community and other bilateral or multilateral arrangements which the Philippines would be entering into.
The choice of color on every GMM is not devoid of meaning. The ‘yellow” color is chosen as it is the color of the present administration whose fiscal policy admittedly has brought about greater economic strides than previous administrations.
President Benigno Aquino
Secondly, when I was privileged to visit Ovidos,Portugal last month they said that the yellow color resembles the flow of money.
Thirdly and coincidentally, I was able to buy a new barong colored “yellow”; Allow me to cite on one facet like historical evolution of the holding of the printing shows where solidity appears to be missing:
It was deemed by PIAP to be a perpetual decision of PPTF not to participate anymore in Print Philippines with PIAP exclusively registering to its name over the objection of PPTF;
A.13.1 PPTF/PIAP Joint Membership meeting under the initiative and sponsorship of Copylandia whose owner Nonoy Juarezwho was concurrently PPTF Trustee was held at the Manila Polo Club on January 2013 with then PIAP President RonySy and PPTF Pres. Buhain participating;
B.3.3 Association of Lawbook Writers of the Philippines or ALBOP;
B.3.4Screen Imaging and Digital Graphic Association of the Philippines (SIDGAP);
B.3.5 Association of Paper Traders Association or APTA:
B.3.6. Filipino Chinese Printing Association or FILCHI;
B.3.7.Printing industries Association of the Philippines used to have representations during the PIAP incumbency of PP Tansipek and PP Sy;
B.6PPTF with the support of the member associations of PIBFI shall be holding the Printech 2015 on September, 2015 at World Trade Center;
B.7During the occasion of my birthday March 13,2015 PIBFI Chairman Emeritus James Chiu submitted the completed manuscript of the book entitled “History of Printing in the Philippines”;
B.7.1 It is an attempt likewise to diagnose the flaws of the local printing industry.
B.8PPTF “credible leadership” was chosen as private sector representative observer by Apo-Neda in awarding bidding of security printing jobs.
B.9PPTF through PE Brizuela and Pres. Buhain converted FAPGA from a sedentary body into a proactive body through the approval of the proposed FAPGA Constitution and By Laws based on the draft presented by the Philippines through PPTF last 2008 and which was finalized on November 13, 2014;
B.10Recently PPTF has interaction with TESDA for the purpose of seeking accreditation from the latter to be authorized to issue certification of competency after undergoing a particular training course;
B.10.1 Should that scenario take place PIBFI the umbrella body would corroborate with PPTF in training the trainors;
B.10.2 It is short of saying that PIBFI would be the coordinating body with PPTF as the training center;
B.11 Last April 26,2015 the PIADI Multipurpose Cooperative in the presence of COPI invited PPTF to be Guest of Honor and Speaker during its 2015 Annual Election of Directors and Officers during their Luncheon Fellowship Meeting at Marco Polo Hotel where they gave support to the initiatives of PPTF;
B.11.1 It was also an opportune time for PPTF Past President Boy Kitane to give lecture on the training programs being pursued by PPTF;
B.12.1 It was unearthed from the historical narration of PIADI Chairman Lads Aviola that the Cooperative started with a capital of Eighty One Thousand Pesos (P 81,000.00) now it has gone up to Eighty One Million Pesos (P 81,000,000.00) through sound managerial practices and transparency.
C. At the operations level the PPTF Membership Committee under the leadership of Vice President for External Affairs is finding ways and means for the effective recruitment and retention of the PPTF Membership and for the successful realization through effective marketing of the 2015 ASEAN Print Training Program under the Chairmanship of Pres. Buhain and Printech 2015 under the Chairmanship of PE Brizuela ;
C.1 The Research Committee under Secretary General and concurrently Chairman of the Research Committee Wayne Evangelista in tandem with the Assistance to Business Committee under the Chairmanship of PRO KervinValero would like the holding of GMMs to be not only joyous but also as an opportunity to unveil the preferences of the stakeholders to make it truly responsive ;
C.2 The International Seminars and Shows Committee which is now under the Past President and concurrently Vice-President for Internal Affairs with the support of Aud. Liwanag and now assisted by the PP George Lora are enriching and systematizing the travel programs for the utmost benefit and comfort of the would-be participants with the help of Travel Coordinator Ming Noguera;
C.3 The Publications Committee under the Chairmanship of Treas. Llarena would be coming up with a revised format for Grafika to make it truly responsive and income generating while its Frontliner would likewise have an improved format;
C.3.1 Through the help of PRO Kervin Valero it is envisioned also that the Frontliner would be disseminated “on line”;
C.4 The study on which is the best mode to approach the elusive Makati lot like whether or not to dispose the same andto utilize the proceeds thereof to buy another real estate while satisfying the aspiration of Mr. Suter is being pursued byAtty. Elemen and PE Brizuela who is honorably concurrently the Secretary General of the League of Councilors;
C.5 The Entertainment and Technical Committees under their respective Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson Trustee Bersabe and Trustee Palabay are contemplating on how to best serve the desire and requirement of the members through their Committees;
C.6 Deputy Corp. Sec. Besmonte and concurrently Editor-in-Chief of the Grafika and Publications’ Committee Vice-Chairperson Sitjar continue to play pivotal roles in the effective operation of the Human Resource Committee under the Chairmanship of Corp. Sec. Evangelista and Publications Committee under the Chairmanship of Treas. Llarena;
C.7 Trustee Canton and Trustee Yao who are respectively and concurrently Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Ways and Mean Committee are formulating measures for the effective enhancement of the company funds
We wish to reiterate that we need the support of all the other associations and stakeholders to support(other than the committees’ activities) the above-cited industry activities. Whatever small achievements we would attain would not create the desired impact to uplift the industry without overall support of the entire industry.
To reiterate, I am reminded of a comment of a noted supplier when she said ”how can we emulate the grand exhibits abroad with substantial foreign exhibitors and visitors when what we have here are splintered exhibits sponsored by distinct sponsoring associations.”
Thank you very much for the privilege of conveying to you PPTF’s aspirations and dreams.