Friday, June 22, 2018

YKK Brings Back Real Madrid Coaches to Teach Football to Filipino Kids, Coaches

L-R: Agustin Villarama, AVP for Marketing, YKK Philippines; Alson Ng, Regional Marketing Manager, YKK Holdings Asia PTE LTD, RFM Coach Pablo Revenga,  Tadashi Koshio, President, YKK Philippines, Inc.; Atty. Edwin B. Gastanes, Gen. Sec. Philippines Football Federation; RFM Coaches Hector Vicente and Santiago Sanchez Martin.

MULTI-TITLED Spanish football club Real Madrid together with YKK Holding Asia PTE. Ltd. (YHA) and YKK Philippines, Inc. pays it forward to young Filipino football players as the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic kicks off today at the McKinley Hill Stadium.

Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin and Hector Vicente trained 30 local football coaches immediately after the Press Conference held at Shangri-La at the Fort on June 22 to prepare for a two-day clinic for kids aged 8-15 on June 23 and 24. The Real Madrid coaches from the most multi-titled La Liga team in history with 33 Championship titles to its name, shared and demonstrated world-class training methodologies and training techniques to the local coaches, who will in turn assist the Spanish coaches in the Saturday and Sunday kids clinics.

300 underprivileged children from three NGOs – Child Hope Asia, Gawad Kalinga and a community in Batangas -- will learn football over two days of fun and interactive training sessions from the three RMF coaches who will also share footballing tips, techniques and basic fundamentals with the young athletes. The clinics have morning (8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1:30 p.m.) sessions at the McKinley Hill Stadium.

The YKK football clinic was first held in the Philippines in 2012, and this second installment once again gives more local kids and coaches an avenue to experience world-class football from the international coaches.

"Our objective is to give the underprivileged the chance to be part of this football clinic. YKK's presence in the Philippines dates back since 1978, and our growth and success during these 40 years owes a great deal to the local society which our customers and employees also form part of. It is a great opportunity and pleasure for us to give back and help create the initial spark of encouragement for children who do not normally experience big name events due to its exclusivity. This time, it’s their turn to experience greatness," said President of YKK Philippines, Inc., Mr Tadashi Koshio.

The clinics draw on YKK’s corporate philosophy of the “Cycle of Goodness”, which states that “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others,” said Mr. Kosuke Miimi, YHA President. “AKFC is an integral program that not only values children, but the community as well. This event gives opportunities to those who normally have lesser chances at sports and brings the community together to celebrate the love of football. We believe that football is a common language that everyone can enjoy regardless of culture, nationality or religion.”

"We hope this clinic will develop more players and inspire other players," said Philippine Football Federation General Secretary Ed Gastanes during yesterday's press conference at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City. “We are always pleased that the Real Madrid Foundation is bringing their style of play and style of coaching here. We are happy that YKK Asia Group and YKK Philippines have partnered with Real Madrid Foundation for another meaningful and significant clinic," he added.

"Watching local coaches and children engage and participate in a sport which knows no language or social barriers is the ultimate reward," added Revenga, who is Real Madrid Foundation's technical management clinics and international technical schools director.

Each participant in the clinic receives a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation football jersey kit which includes football boots, a cap, socks, and a certificate of participation. Other sporting equipment such as footballs, sports bibs and training cones will also be provided by YKK over the three-day event. Furthermore, YKK will donate all footballs and training equipment after the event to the invited NGO.

DTI finds 85 Counts of Overpricing as it Intensifies Monitoring to 600 Stores Weekly

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) found 85 counts of pricing over suggested retail prices (SRPs), as it increased the number of monitored establishments from 400 to 600 weekly.

The 85 counts (referring to product/s in stores) were immediately issued letters of inquiry (LOI), where prices on 77 items were immediately corrected back to SRP levels.  These were considered minor violations as the actual prices were above SRPs by a few centavos.  The other accounts will be apprehended should they fail to respond and correct their pricing.

Price monitoring activities were intensified following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that prices of basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPC) are within the SRP. The monitoring teams now cover at least 120 firms a day.

At the same time, DTI Regional/Provincial offices also conduct regular monitoring of prices in the provinces covering 500 more stores.

“Since the implementation of the TRAIN Law, no LOI has ripened into a Formal Charge because the firms have immediately adjusted their prices to SRP. These supermarkets and groceries have been compliant after receiving an LOI,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

DTI reminds all establishments that administrative fine of up to Php 1M shall be imposed to firms committing any illegal act of price manipulation, specifically profiteering. This offense may also result in criminal liabilities and penalties.

Nevertheless, except for these cases, prices have remained stable based on price monitoring.

“To be exact in the reporting, we have compared ACTUAL PRICES in June 11-15, 2018 vs. November 2017, and not only the SRPs for BNPC.  Out of 101 SKUs in basic necessities covering canned sardines, milk, coffee, detergent bars, bread, instant noodles, and bottled water, only four showed minimal price increase of 1-7%,” said Sec. Lopez.

For prime commodities like canned meat products, condiments, bath soap, and battery, out of 43 items, only 13 posted increase of 1-8% range, mostly in canned meat category due to higher tinplate costs worldwide.  These are actual price survey database.

“We also compared SRPs during the two periods and there were SRP changes in 26 SKUs out of total 144 SKUs for combined BNPC, but 11 of the 26 items kept the same actual prices despite changes in SRPs,” he added.

Meanwhile, the trade chief reiterated that while he understands the plight of the workers, the requests for wage hike will be left with the Regional Tripartite Wage Board (RTWB).

“This matter really depends on the economic situation per region, such as inflation in the respective areas and other factors, such as the supply and demand for workers.  The various RTWBs are already deliberating this matter,” said Sec. Lopez.

According to Lopez, “It is also better to have a more conducive climate for business and industrial peace to generate more investments and more job opportunities.”

“We call on the labor groups to join us in achieving this more sustainable solution. Let’s show the investors that this is a country with industrial peace where workers are productive, highly-skilled, knowledgeable, and industrious. We are your partners in uplifting the lives of each and every Filipino and sharing the economic gains of the country to all,” he concluded.

*This is Press Release

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