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PG&Esets record with $2.85B in 2016 diverse supplier spend

San Francisco, CA -- Pacific Gasand Electric Company (PG&E) this week announced that it spent a record$2.85 billion with diverse suppliers in 2016, accounting for 44 percent of itstotal procurement. For the fifth straight year, diverse suppliers accounted for$2 billion-plus of the company’s spend and more than 40 percent of PG&E’stotal spend for the fourth consecutive year.

In addition, PG&E eclipsed the CaliforniaPublic Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) diverse spending goal of 21.5 percent forthe 11th year in a row.

“For PG&E to effectively meet the needs of ourcustomers in today’s evolving energy landscape, more than ever we need to workwith our diverse suppliers to build a better California together. We’re all inwhen it comes to building on the 36 years of success of our supplier diversityprogram,” said Pacific Gas and Electric Company President and Chief OperatingOfficer Nick Stavropoulos.

In 2016, PG&E achieved new spending records inthe following reporting categories:

Minority Business Enterprise(MBE) $1.591B $1.828B $237.6M/13 percent
Women Business Enterprise(WBE) $723.1M $797.7M $74.6M/9 percent
Service Disabled Veteran(DVBE) $154.6M $223.8M $69.2M/31 percent

Over the last 36 years, PG&E has been committedto supporting a diverse supply chain. The company has developed one of theleading supplier diversity programs in the energy industry.
In addition to maintaining high levels of spendwith diverse suppliers, PG&E has focused on elevating the quality of itssupplier diversity program by addressing key success factors for suppliers.

For example, PG&E has held multiple workshopsthroughout the year to educate small and diverse businesses on how to competefor utility business. PG&E’s technical assistance and capacity building initiatives havehelped businesses become more competitive.

The company has actively supported the developmentof its diverse suppliers through mentorship, scholarships, opportunityidentification and value chain analysis. In addition, PG&E’s Supplier Development Program has matched 30 diversesuppliers with PG&E senior executive mentors.

PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility website contains moreinformation about the program. The site also provides details on how to becomea certified diverse supplier.

In 2016, PG&E received numerous nationalaccolades for its supplier diversity efforts:
·The company received an ‘A’ for its work in 2015from the nationally-known Greenlining Institute, an organization dedicated to racial andeconomic justice.
·The enterprise was named as the Corporation of theYear by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for itssupport and dedication to ensuring fairness and equal opportunity for LGBTsuppliers, customers and employees.
·For the third consecutive year, PG&E was namedto the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Club? forits spend with Hispanic-owned businesses in 2015.
·PG&E was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame for its support ofsupplier diversity and women’s business development.
·The company received the Gazelle Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council foraccelerating the growth of minority-owned business.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas andElectric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largestcombined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in SanFrancisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of thenation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and CentralCalifornia. For more information, visit www.pge.com/and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.


Concerns raised on impacts of decreasing copra prices

TACLOBAN CITY -- Global copra price has decreased steadily in the past two months, raising concerns that downward trading value may lose farmers' interest to seriously cultivate coconut in Eastern Visayas region.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said United States' production of soybeans, one of the leading competitors of coconut oil in the international market, has soared since last month, prompting some buyers to shift to alternative oil.
The situation forced Philippine coconut oil producers to adjust prices, according to PCA.
From an average copra farm gate price of PHP39.06 per kilogram, it went down to PHP36.44 in February. In the first week of March, its value further dipped to only PHP30.96.
PCA Eastern Visayas Regional Manager Joel Pilapil is anxious that if prices of copra will continue to drop in the next months, farmers may lose their interest to join in the coconut replanting program and process less productive trees into logs.

The government embarked on massive replanting activities after supertyphoon Yolanda that either uprooted or sheared 16.1 million coconut trees when it struck on Nov. 8, 2013.
“If prices are high, farmers are more motivated to replant, make existing trees more productive,” Pilapil said.
The official, however, noted that this year’s prices is higher than the pre-Yolanda years where it dropped to as low as PHP10 to PHP15 per kilogram.
Copra is the dried meat, or dried kernel, of the coconut used to extract coconut oil. The oil is extracted from it and this has made copra an important commodity for the coconut-producing Eastern Visayas region.
Other competitors of copra in terms of oil extraction in the global market are soya, palm, rapeseed, and sunflower.
A third of the region's farming communities are dependent in coconut production, hence, copra price adjustments have huge impacts to the local economy, according to Pilapil.
Before the 2013 monster typhoon struck, the region has been producing two billion nuts, the second highest in the country. In 2016, the projected coconut production is at 1.6 billion nuts.
The goal is to restore the output to pre-Yolanda level within two years.(PNA)


Final opportunities to own 2 sought-after Rosedale neighborhoods, homebuyers urged to act quickly

Azusa, CA -- Final opportunities to own in two of Rosedale’s most luxurious neighborhoods are going quickly, and potential buyers are urged to visit this award-winning master-planned community in Azusa today. The two highly sought after collections built by Brookfield Residential are nearly sold out with two homes remaining at Camellia and merely a handful left at Aster Heights.
The last Camellia homes include two superbly crafted single-family residences showcasing timeless architectural style, expansive two-story interiors and desirable indoor-outdoor living spaces. The first is the Residence Two model, a breathtaking home that’s designed for entertaining with open living spaces that include a sleekly appointed gourmet kitchen with island; a large great room and dining area; and a spectacular outdoor room with open-air kitchen. A charming first-floor guest suite is a welcome feature for visitors, while the tranquil library offers a private retreat for work or reflection. The upstairs is also impressively planned with a versatile bonus room, two well-sized secondary bedrooms; and an elegant master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and spacious covered deck. This home is priced at $1,480,000.

The second and final Camellia offering is the gorgeous Residence Three model, an exquisitely designed five-bedroom home priced at $1,680,000. After stepping through the outdoor courtyard, a dramatic entry foyer leads to open-concept living spaces with a grand great room for entertaining; a gourmet kitchen with


Villarin: PH to lose $12.8B in EU trade if death penalty returns

MANILA – Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin warned that the government may lose billions of dollars in revenues should the Philippines reimpose the death penalty for heinous crimes.
On Tuesday, February 21, Villarin interpellated Capiz 2nd District Representative and Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, one of the principal authors of the controversial death penalty measure or House Bill (HB) Number 4727.
Villarin argued that the return of capital punishment will violate the Philippines’ obligations under the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which bans state parties from reimposing the death penalty.
The passage of HB 4727 into law, Villarin said, has implications for the Philippines’ beneficiary country status for the European Union-Generalized System of Preferences Plus (EU-GSP+) as well.
The EU-GSP+ is a preferential tariff scheme that allows the Philippines to export more than 6,000 products, including fruits, coconut oil, footwear, fish, and textile, to any EU member-country tariff-free.
"One of the prerequisites of us entering into such a trade agreement is the abolition of the death penalty," said Villarin.
"In fact, if we lose this GSP+ trade status and this data is our own data, we will lose up to 200,000 jobs in agriculture and manufacturing, especially in Mindanao," he added.
He said that Philippine export sales to the EU showed exports "jumped to 6.8% to $7.17 billion" in 2015, with the EU considered as the Philippines' 4th largest trading partner accounting for 11.56% of total exports.
"So in effect, if now we will reimpose the death penalty and we will violate the Second Optional Protocol and it will affect the GSP+ international trading status, we will lose roughly around $12.8 billion in bilateral trade," said Villarin.
"Ano'ng kapalit? Wala. Patayan. (What is the price? Nothing. Killings.) Execution…. The death penalty bill has implications that goes beyond what is intended," he added.
Castro, however, refused to respond to Villarin's point, saying that the latter's arguments had already been mentioned by other congressmen in past interpellations.
"This representation is lost and confused because the gentleman from Akbayan has discoursed volumes of recycled issues and matters that have already been discussed by previous sponsors and interpellators. But he has not posed any question," said Castro.
"In any event, Madame Speaker, distinguished colleague, as in by way of reaction, to the discourse to the gentleman from Akbayan, let me invoke the previous answers of the previous sponsors to the same questions and the same issues raised by other interpellators prior to the distinguished gentleman from Akbayan, Madame Speaker," he added.
Reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes is a priority measure of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is allied with a majority of congressmen.
The majority bloc already decided to water down the bill to only include plunder, treason, rape, and 7 drug crimes. The death penalty debate is also expected to end by February 28. – Rappler.com

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