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Business Review

December 2010 – January 2011

Volume XXVII No. 2

Stomping Out Corruption through



5th ENC Joint Networking Night


ECCP–Moving Forward in 2011

A Forum on Good Governance – jointly

Stomping Out Corruption through



Meeting with Economic Cabinet

Private Sector Formally Launches

Collective Action 101


Meeting with NEDA Secretary

Meeting with DOTC Sec. de Jesus

Energy workshop with DOE Sec.

House to prioritize passage of anticorruption measures

IFC-ECCP cooperation

Energy Smart Technology Networking Day

Launch of Shine Project and Press Conference

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December 2010 – January 2011

RP becomes founding member of first International Anti-Corruption

Rene Almendras and his Team

De Lima cites need for stricter measures vs corruption

and his Team

EBOs Celebrate 10th Anniversary



Integrity Initiative

with Makati Business Club


Integrity Initiative


New Members

Royal Cargo Launches “Henry” and

Royal Cargo Emergency Response

Emergency Response Team


Team Aids Local Fire Fighters in

Baclaran Fire

More Liquidity for the Worldwide Trade in Goods





Stomping Out Corruption through Integrity Initiative Edited by Nonette C. Climaco


ajority of Filipinos (and foreigners, as well) believe that the election of Benigno Aquino as 15th president of the Philippines was a strong ammunition in the country’s battle against corruption. He won at the heels of his battlecry “Walang mahirap kung walang corrupt,” a strong statement his administration will not tolerate the “corruptridden system” that has gripped the country for decades. Filipinos heaved a sigh of relief and somehow saw a glimmer of light at the end of this seemingly-endless tunnel of corruption in the country. At last, some semblance of integrity is possible.

Situationer The public’s general feeling of the culture of corruption pervading the country is not unfounded. From oft-repeated stories of personal experiences of entrepreneurs dealing with LGU officials to apply for or renew business permits, or news articles reporting on how some companies were caught bribing officials to secure environment clearance, to sophisticated research and surveys on corruption, the stories point to one conclusion – that indeed, corruption is perceived as the norm, rather than the exception. Transparency International, the global civil soci-


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members corner Royal Cargo

Launches “Henry” and Emergency Response Team

RCCLI CEO Mr. Michael K. Raeuber and COO Mr. Elmer Francisco U. Sarmiento with (top) Paranaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jorg Obermeyer from Steinen City Fire Department, (bottom) Usec. Samuel Bagasin, Katherine Ong of the Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteers Association, Michael Lauer and Ramon Schwald of Steinen City Fire Department, Mr. Hubert d’Aboville of ECCP, Steinen City Councilor Mr. Roland Raeuber, and Mr. Henry Schumacher of ECCP IMAGE 8 --- Henry and Henry.   ECCP Executive Vice President Mr. Henry Schumacher hitches a ride on “Henry” the fire truck with the assistance of Supt. Ramon Schwald of the Steinen City Fire Department  


oyal Cargo Combined Logistics, Inc. recently inaugurated a fire truck and an Emergency Response Team as part of its social responsibility program. Held at the Royal Cargo Head Office in Parañaque City, the event officially welcomed “Henry,” a fire truck donated by the City Government of Steinen, Germany to the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines to be operated by Royal Cargo, and the company’s own Emergency Response Team—both of which will be used to provide assistance to the community during emergencies and times of crisis. The Emergency Response Team underwent a three-day training session in fire truck operation with distinguished fire men from Steinen City: Supt. Michael Lauer, Supt. Jorg Obermeyer and Supt. Ramon Schwald. The training was joined by local fire men from the Bureau of Fire Protection and from the Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteers Association. To mark the occasion, Royal Cargo signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Department


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of National Defense, the City Government of Paranaque and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), which details the commitment of the parties involved as partners in disaster risk reduction and management.

that although Mr. Schumacher is usually softspoken, he can also act like a fire truck’s siren, pinpointing problems and opportunities. Lastly, he is a true friend of the Philippines and like the fire truck, when help is needed, Henry is there.

Notably, in the MOA with the NDRRMC, Royal Cargo has agreed to lend its heavy lifting equipment, trucks, vehicles and its Emergency Response Team during times of emergencies and rescue operations.

One of the distinguished guests that night, Hon. Samuel Bagasin, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reserve Affairs in the Department of National Defense, said: “What I just witnessed is an addition to the capability upgrading that we have all been trying to achieve, not only in the civilian sector, but most importantly in the government sector. It all adds up to the capability of the whole nation in addressing calamities and disasters.”

Royal Cargo President and CEO Michael K. Raeuber remarked, “It is in the mission and vision statement of our Company that we are aiming high in our ethical approaches. We feel that we have to give our contribution to the society that is carrying us and enabling us to prosper. This is a way of paying back a little bit for what it has given to us.” He also candidly explained the reason behind calling the fire truck “Henry,” named after Mr. Henry Schumacher of the ECCP. According to Mr. Raeuber, there is an expression in Germany which means ‘fast as a fire truck,’ a phrase that describes Mr. Schumacher’s traits. He added


Also among the esteemed guests who joined the celebration were Paranaque City Mayor Hon. Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr.; Mr. Hubert D’Aboville and Mr. Henry Schumacher, President and Executive Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, respectively; Paranaque City Fire Marshall Supt. Manuel Manuel; Barangay Capt. Ismael de Leon; and Fire Chief Katherine Joyce Ong of the Paranaque Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteers Association.


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Business Review - Volume XXVII No. 2 - Dec. 2010 - Jan. 2011 Issue (Preview)  
Business Review - Volume XXVII No. 2 - Dec. 2010 - Jan. 2011 Issue (Preview)  

Stomping Out Corruption Through Integrity Initiative