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Arangkada Progress Report

Infrastructure Tracker


The Arangkada Philippines monitors major infrastructure policy, airports, power, roads and rail, seaports, telecommunications, and water projects. According to the Build, Build, Build Infrastructure Program of the Duterte Administration, "acceleration of infrastructure and the development of industries will yield robust growth across the archipelago, create jobs, and uplift the lives of Filipinos." Trackers will be updated regularly to reflect project implementation. [ Check Status ]

Legislative Reform Tracker


The Arangkada Philippines supports legislative developments that encourage investment and job creation. Timely enactment of new laws and amendment of existing ones are crucial factors in sustaining the Philippine economy as well as boosting the country’s global competitiveness. [ Check Status ]

News Updates

[Press Release] JFC Statement for the Foreign...

Posted on 17 January, 2019 at 08:00

Statement for the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on prospects for Foreign Investment in the Philippines January

Peza investment approvals dip 41% as firms...

Posted on 16 January, 2019 at 08:00

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) registered a 41-percent decline in investment approvals for the whole of last year, as firms held on to their capital in anticipation of the rationalization of tax incentives.

[OPINION] Focus on trial judges

Posted on 15 January, 2019 at 15:00

Hail to the Inquirer’s Filipino(s) of the Year 2018, namely, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judges Rodolfo Azucena Jr., Arlene Lirag Palabrica, Andres Soriano and Alexander Tamayo, for giving “breath to the faltering idea that even those with neither wealth…

PEZA investment pledges down 41% in 2018

Posted on 15 January, 2019 at 11:59

Investment pledges with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) fell 41 percent last year from 2017 amid investor concerns on government’s plan to change the incentives regime under its tax reform program.

[OPINION] Political will 2

Posted on 14 January, 2019 at 17:00

Last Monday I wrote about the topic of political will, or the lack of it. I cited the example of the chaotic bus situation on EDSA.

[OPINION] A top team

Posted on 14 January, 2019 at 15:00

President Duterte is highly controversial; you either love him or hate him. The general public has given him a satisfaction rating of 74 percent in the latest SWS survey, one of the highest among Philippine presidents. This has to tell you something.

Go-Jek Grabs Singapore After the Philippines’ Rejection

Posted on 14 January, 2019 at 13:00

On 9th January morning when people woke up in Singapore, they received a message from the ride-hailing company Go-Jek, which said, “open for all, islandwide”. Wonder what is it?

Foreign direct investments continue to drop in...

Posted on 14 January, 2019 at 11:12

Foreign investments to the Philippines sustained a three-month slide in October, the central bank reported on Friday, casting doubt on forecasts of another banner year amid a slump in sentiment.

Why China is determined to connect Southeast...

Posted on 11 January, 2019 at 09:53

When Japanese trading house Itochuand train maker Hitachi withdrew from a soon-to-be-decided $7 billion tender for a high-speed rail project near Bangkok…

Robots Aren’t Yet Killing Off All Our...

Posted on 11 January, 2019 at 08:00

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines.

Yahoo Poll: Are you disappointed with the...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 17:00

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has rejected an application from Indonesia’s Go-Jek to launch a ride-hailing service in the Philippines due to foreign ownership issues.

Business groups urge lawmakers to pass utilities,...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 16:00

Liberalization of public utilities and retail trade are the last measures business leaders want legislators to pass before the 17th Congress concludes this year.

[VIDEO] Cutting incentives not a deal-breaker for...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 14:47

Fiscal incentives are good but many foreign investors can also live without them as long as infrastructure improves at a faster pace…

Infrastructure-to-GDP ratio likely eased to 6.2% in...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 14:00

Infrastructure spending likely reached 6.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Philippine finance minister warns US policies threaten...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 10:00

The Philippine finance minister has said that uncertainty in US economic policy was “making people nervous everywhere” and could harm global growth, in remarks that underscore how turmoil in Washington is reverberating across the world.

Senate to discuss fate of tax reforms,...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 10:00

The Senate will discuss the fate of at least the second tax reform package, the proposed 2019 national budget and of other priorities in a caucus when 17th Congress lawmakers return to work on Jan. 14…

DTI chief: Chances dim of seeing Congress...

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 08:00

It will be difficult to slip the second tax-reform package past the Senate before the 17th Congress ends in June, the country’s trade chief has conceded.

US agency flags NAIA security deficiencies

Posted on 8 January, 2019 at 08:00

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a travel advisory for the Philippines, citing insufficient security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

2018 BOI investments hit record high of...

Posted on 7 January, 2019 at 17:00

Investments approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) hit a new all-time high this year, exceeding the agency’s P680-billion target.

Judges who gave hope in the fight...

Posted on 7 January, 2019 at 13:00

In the vote for the Inquirer’s Filipino(s) of the Year 2018, one cited reason seemed to sum up the final results: “They give us hope amid the darkness descending upon the country.”

Bulacan airport deal to be awarded in...

Posted on 7 January, 2019 at 11:05

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board chaired by President Duterte has green-lighted the concession agreement with San Miguel Corp.

Villar, Poe lead latest SWS Senate race...

Posted on 7 January, 2019 at 10:42

If the senatorial elections were to be held in the second week of December, Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe would have topped the race, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the senatorial race has showed.

[OPINION] The future (2)

Posted on 4 January, 2019 at 16:35

This is the conclusion of my column last week on technological advances we are seeing now, and what we will see in the coming years.

Changi-led consortium wins contract to operate Clark...

Posted on 4 January, 2019 at 10:53

The government on Thursday awarded the operations and management contract for the Clark International Airport in Pampanga to a consortium that includes the operator of Singapore’s Changi Airport

Department of Homeland Security Issues Travel Advisory...

Posted on 2 January, 2019 at 15:00

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the determination that aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), which serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights to the United States, does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards…

Duterte rating rises: Blow to critics or...

Posted on 2 January, 2019 at 13:00

Notwithstanding his threats against Catholic bishops, public satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte rose in December, the second time that his performance ratings increased after an 11-point decline in June, results of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

Legislative Tracker – December 2018

Posted on 2 January, 2019 at 12:46

Legislative Tracker – December 2018
Legislative Priorities – December 2018

Tax bureau moves to address businesses’ VAT...

Posted on 2 January, 2019 at 09:56

The 90-day deadline for processing value-added tax (VAT) refund claims now covers the actual payment of the amount, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said.

Power to the people

Posted on 26 December, 2018 at 16:00

The recent congressional bicameral conference committee approval of the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop bill, or Evoss, has raised the expectations of power industry stakeholders.

Congress amends Corporation Code

Posted on 26 December, 2018 at 15:00

The bicameral conference committee in Congress approved yesterday the reconciled version of a bill amending the Corporation Code of the Philippines to make it easier for investors to set up businesses.

House members covet road tax fund –...

Posted on 26 December, 2018 at 13:00

Many members of the House of Representatives, including Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, have sought the release…

Senate working on resolving data transmission bill...

Posted on 26 December, 2018 at 11:00

Senator Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV said the open access in data transmission bill still has a chance to be passed in the Senate before the 17th Congress ends if the committee on science and technology addresses the concerns of some senators on the proposed measure.

[OPINION] Our yawning trade gap

Posted on 19 December, 2018 at 17:00

Last October, the Philippines posted its largest monthly trade deficit on record, at $4.2 billion — meaning that our total import bill…

[OPINION] Time Person(s) of the Year

Posted on 19 December, 2018 at 16:00

Time has just announced the 2018 Person of the Year as the “Guardians”: four journalists and the entire staff of one hometown newspaper.

[OPINION] DOTr project a flop?

Posted on 19 December, 2018 at 14:58

This time, DOTr made something happen fast. As soon as they inaugurated the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), DOTr made sure it flopped.

House body eases retail trade rules further

Posted on 12 December, 2018 at 17:48

The House of Representatives Committee on Trade and Industry approved on Tuesday a bill reducing the minimum paid-up capital requirement of foreign retailers to engage in business here.

In Vietnam’s nearly untapped market, foreign retailers...

Posted on 12 December, 2018 at 13:00

Retailers from across Asia are flooding into Vietnam as the country loosens restrictions on foreign companies, racing to bring convenience stores and supermarkets…

[OPINION] Coping with FIRe

Posted on 12 December, 2018 at 10:00

I had the privilege to listen to Dr. Aniceto Orbeta of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the government think tank, when he made a presentation on Labor and Global Development…

Soon to be signed DOLE-Ecop pact seen...

Posted on 12 December, 2018 at 08:00

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is aiming to double the count of regularized workers next year upon signing of a forthcoming memorandum of agreement…

[EDITORIAL] Legislative priorities

Posted on 11 December, 2018 at 10:00

Lawmakers were realistic enough to note that they were just laying the groundwork for an initiative that would have to be picked up by the next Congress.

[OPINION] Improving ease of doing business in...

Posted on 11 December, 2018 at 08:00

Earlier this month the World Bank released its Ease of Doing Business rankings. For the third year in a row New Zealand came in at number one.

American Chamber pushes for further easing of...

Posted on 10 December, 2018 at 13:00

Making the Foreign Investment Negative List “less negative” through legislation should bode well for lawmakers in an election year if the reforms benefit voters, the American Chamber of Commerce…


Posted on 10 December, 2018 at 11:34

More than a year since Duterte declared Marawi ‘liberated’ from Islamic State extremists, much of the city remains in ruins…

While PH was sleeping, IT-BPM industry grew

Posted on 7 December, 2018 at 13:00

Efrille goes back to her hometown in Bohol only twice a year—once for new year, and then in August for her daughter’s birthday.

Globalizing corporate Philippines

Posted on 7 December, 2018 at 10:52

For the longest time, the Philippines has been stereotyped as a principal source of cheap labor. Indeed, we have exported many of our people to greener pastures abroad.

[OPINION] Is manufacturing losing steam?

Posted on 6 December, 2018 at 15:00

After averaging 7-8 percent annual growth over the last eight years, the manufacturing sector posted a lackluster growth rate of 4 percent in the third quarter (Q3).

[OPINION] Charter change is our business

Posted on 6 December, 2018 at 13:00

Let this piece be an updating report, especially to my colleagues in business, on what the business sector is doing to be engaged in the move to amend our Constitution…

[OPINION] China’s peaceful rise revisited

Posted on 6 December, 2018 at 10:26

President Xi Jinping had hoped that the APEC Leaders Summit would be the validation of China’s soft power as the new champion of globalization and free trade…

ADB to fund technical assistance for three...

Posted on 6 December, 2018 at 08:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is preparing $5 million worth of technical assistance grants for transport projects in Southeast Asia, with the Philippines getting funding for three projects.

Legislative Tracker – November 2018

Posted on 5 December, 2018 at 15:39

Legislative Tracker – November 2018

Traffic crisis bill advances in House

Posted on 5 December, 2018 at 15:04

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure designed to address worsening traffic in three key metropolitan areas in the next three years.

WESM’s commercial run in Mindanao to start...

Posted on 5 December, 2018 at 12:00

The commercial implementation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao may finally happen next year.

Tax amnesty faces delay

Posted on 5 December, 2018 at 10:00

The much-awaited tax amnesty early next year may be delayed if Congress will not pass it together with the automatic exchange of information and the lifting of bank secrecy…

Duterte breaks ground for PH’s longest bridge...

Posted on 4 December, 2018 at 17:12

President Rodrigo Duterte led in the groundbreaking and capsule-laying for the construction of what is purported to be the longest bridge in the country – Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) project…

[OPINION] Completion of projects start

Posted on 4 December, 2018 at 11:50

Completion of projects start DEMAND AND SUPPLY – Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) – December 3, 2018 –

BIR says health card premiums not taxable

Posted on 3 December, 2018 at 13:00

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has clarified that health insurance premiums are not taxable.

Philippines: journalist Maria Ressa to turn herself...

Posted on 3 December, 2018 at 11:08

Maria Ressa, the editor of Philippine online news website Rappler, will turn herself into the authorities on Monday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

[OPINION] Inflexible labor regulations have negative consequences

Posted on 29 November, 2018 at 13:00

After more than two years in office, the Duterte administration has not fulfilled its promise to end contractualization. Reports indicate that there are an estimated 1.3 million Filipinos…

[OPINION] Crucial battles over water

Posted on 29 November, 2018 at 10:28

Governance experts predict the next world war will be fought not over oil, but over water. In the Philippines, there are already crucial battles over this issue.

Diokno denies PHL exposed to China ‘debt...

Posted on 21 November, 2018 at 17:09

The Philippines does not consider itself vulnerable to falling into an alleged “debt trap” with China but is willing to hear a pitch from Washington that the US represents the “better option” for economic partnership, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said.

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