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Foreign investment pledges down

Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 12:00

Investment pledges made by foreign firms slid 55 percent year-on-year to P18.2 billion in the second quarter, the fourth straight quarter that commitments dropped.

[EDITORIAL] Wrong signal

Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 10:16

Before the budget of the Commission on Human Rights was slashed to a mere P1,000 by the House of Representatives, the CHR faced only a 10-percent cut (to P649.48 million), as the Department of Budget and Management had proposed.

FDI pledges more than halved in second...

Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 12:00

Committed foreign direct investments (FDI) dropped by more than a half annually in the three months to June, marking the fourth straight quarter of decline, while pledges by local investors surged 55%, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday.

Pernia rejects draft RFINL for being ‘too...

Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 10:20

The Duterte administration wants to adopt a more aggressive stance when it comes to reducing the country’s Regular Foreign Investment Negative List (RFINL), according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

House panel OKs impeachment complaint vs Sereno,...

Posted on 15 September, 2017 at 16:26

The justice committee of the House of Representatives gave the green light to the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno …

Foreign chambers pitch reforms to Duterte gov’t

Posted on 15 September, 2017 at 10:47

Foreign business chambers in the country yesterday set the tone for engagement with the over one-year-old government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, unveiling reform proposals under their continuing

[LIVESTREAM] The Arangkada Philippines Forum 2017

Posted on 14 September, 2017 at 11:00

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[DOCUMENT] Arangkada Philippines and the Ten-Point Socio-Economic...

Posted on 14 September, 2017 at 06:00


Online trade platform ready by Dec.

Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 14:57

The government’s online platform which seeks to computerize and speed up the processes involved in the issuance of permits for imports and exports is expected to be launched and to be fully operational by December, the Department of Finance said.

[OPINION] Subway

Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 12:30

At last, a subway for us… the commuter line, not the sandwich. NEDA has finally approved the first phase of the subway project for Metro Manila. Compared with the Roxas-Abaya era at the transport department

DICT eyes PPP mode for broadband plan

Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:02

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is looking at using the public-private partnership (PPP) mode for the implementation of a component of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

[OPINION] Who is winning the war in...

Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 12:00

Who is winning the war in Marawi? By: Macabangkit B. Lanto – @inquirerdotnet | Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:24 AM September 07,

Latest Ookla report: Speed of broadband in...

Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 10:36

The country’s broadband speed is “significantly improving,” according to Ookla’s latest Speedtest Global Index report.

Gov’t to remove restrictions on FINL to...

Posted on 8 September, 2017 at 12:28

Gov’t to remove restrictions on FINL to expedite infra programs By: Ben O. de Vera – Reporter / @bendeveraINQ | Philippine Daily

NEDA OKs P355.6-billion metro subway project

Posted on 7 September, 2017 at 14:30

A project that will build the country’s first subway system is now one step behind construction after a government body approved it for implementation by 2018, the National Economic and Development Authority said on Wednesday.

Bloated legislature to make federal government costlier...

Posted on 7 September, 2017 at 13:30

When it comes to financing a federal form of government, state-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said size matters, with the additional cost to be incurred from…

Demand for domestic destination drives Philtoa travel...

Posted on 7 September, 2017 at 12:30

Domestic travel still accounted for majority of the sales of the exhibitors at the 28th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, last weekend.

Pros and cons of ODAs, GAAs, and...

Posted on 7 September, 2017 at 11:23

The clock is ticking on the Duterte administration.

[EDITORIAL] Beyond impeachment

Posted on 4 September, 2017 at 12:00

With 25 congressmen endorsing the complaint, Maria Lourdes Sereno appears to be in danger of becoming the second chief justice to be impeached.

ECCP seeks fairer rules in construction industry

Posted on 4 September, 2017 at 10:24

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) hoping that the government will remove foreign ownership and other restrictions covering the construction industry.

PAL proposes new NAIA 2 annex building

Posted on 4 September, 2017 at 10:18

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is proposing to build a new annex building at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, which will include a new passenger terminal, in a bid to address the terminal’s overcapacity issues.

Ball in Senate after House OK’s 4-day...

Posted on 4 September, 2017 at 10:14

The Chairman of the Senate Committee Chair on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development said on Sunday, Aug. 27, he expects his chamber to tackle soon the proposed four-day workweek

Palace, Congress agree on target bills

Posted on 31 August, 2017 at 10:05

Malacañang and Congress last Monday agreed on 28 legislative priorities for the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that ends in mid-2022, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in a statement yesterday.

Investment pledges climbed 89.4% in first 7...

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 18:00

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) on Tuesday reported an increase of investment pledges by 89.4 percent in the first seven months of the year, driven by aggressive ecozone development.

Industrialization in peril sans mining progress —...

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 17:00

President Duterte’s thrust towards the industrialization of the Philippines is taking a significant hit with the continuing lack of progress in the country’s mining sector, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines said.

Solons hit backdoor attempt to liberalize public...

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 15:58

Members of the so-called Magnificent 7 in the House of Representatives on Tuesday vowed to challenge the constitutionality of House Bill (HB) 5828, which sets the statutory definition of public utilities, once the priority measure is enacted into law.

Early completion of metro subway to cost...

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 12:00

The government is considering the possibility of completing the Japan-funded Mega Manila Subway Project earlier but at a higher cost, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

[EDITORIAL] Perceptions on peace and order

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 10:18

A number of noneconomic factors impact greatly on business, among them peace and order and the trade in illegal drugs.

4-day work week bad for workers, say...

Posted on 29 August, 2017 at 15:00

A compressed work week will not be good for workers’ health and family life, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) reiterated on Monday.

[OPINION] The absence of procedure

Posted on 29 August, 2017 at 14:00

In the latest development in the escalating series of events since the murder of Kian delos Santos, the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs held a hearing on Thursday afternoon…

[OPINION] Between a strongman and a strong...

Posted on 29 August, 2017 at 13:00

At the recent inauguration of a production facility for solar panels in Santo Tomas, Batangas, President Duterte once again deviated from his prepared speech to talk about his favorite topics…

[OPINION] Ending martial law

Posted on 29 August, 2017 at 12:00

The commemoration last week of the martyrdom of Ninoy Aquino at the Manila airport tarmac 34 years ago on Aug. 21, 1983, reminded us of the horrors of the martial law (ML) regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

Business interest still ‘high’ but reality bites

Posted on 29 August, 2017 at 09:46

An initial surge of investor confidence in the current administration has started to ease more than a year after President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office…

[OPINION] P55 to $1

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 17:00

Budget Secretary Ben Diokno must have been tired and piqued by all the incessant questions being raised on the peso’s exchange rate during a recent forum.

Macquarie, GIC investments in EDC a vote...

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 16:00

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the move by Macquarie Infrastructure Management (Asia) Pty. Ltd. and Arran Investments to pump P65 billion into the country’s energy sector is a vote of trust and confidence in the Duterte administration.

Senate studies option to cap sugary drinks...

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 15:00

The Senate is looking into slashing the proposed excise tax on sugary drinks to a maximum of P5 a liter depending on sugar content…

Senate approves Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act on...

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 14:00

The Senate has passed on third and final reading a priority bill of the Duterte administration which seeks to reduce the requirements and streamline processes in starting and operating businesses.

Korean firms leave Philippines for Vietnam

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 13:00

Korean manufacturing companies in the Philippines are packing up and leaving the country for Vietnam where they see lower costs and an easier way of doing business.

Peace and order situation worries foreign investors

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 12:00

Foreign business groups based here in the country have raised reservations regarding the local peace and order situation, warning that overseas tourists and investors might be more hesitant in engaging the Philippines under an uncertain political climate.

JFC expresses support to Duterte programs

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 10:56

Foreign business chambers yesterday expressed their full confidence and support to President Duterte’s administration even as they highlighted peace and order of any country as critical factor in attracting and making investment decision.

[OPINION] How the businessmen vote

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 09:00

The other day, we got a peek at what foreign businessmen think of the Duterte administration’s performance so far. The picture is generally positive, but with some alarums starting to be raised about peace and order.

[OPINION] Violence begets violence

Posted on 24 August, 2017 at 13:07

What worries me most with our current situation is that violence begets violence. The PNP is getting really reckless.

Arangkada forum to explore PHL industrialization

Posted on 24 August, 2017 at 10:47

Foreign businesses are looking forward to helping the Philippines reach the next level of development by helping it diversify away from economic pillars like business process outsourcing (BPO) by boosting agriculture, among other sectors.

The JFC to Hold Sixth Arangkada Philippines...

Posted on 23 August, 2017 at 15:04

On September 14, 2017, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines will hosts its Sixth Anniversary Forum with the theme “Implementing the Ten-Point Agenda” at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Gov’t seeks investors in Quezon-Bicol expressway

Posted on 23 August, 2017 at 14:34

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is moving forward with a massive road project connecting two key provinces south of Metro Manila via a 180-kilometer expressway.

Duterte OKs joint venture with China

Posted on 22 August, 2017 at 15:00

President Duterte has given Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano the green light to pursue joint exploration with regional power China in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Philippines may get $433-M grant from US...

Posted on 22 August, 2017 at 12:00

The Philippines may receive grants amounting to $433 million from the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) starting next year owing to apparent improvements in governance and other key indicators.

Constitutional amendments needed to boost FDI

Posted on 22 August, 2017 at 10:16

The government needs to amend the constitution to open up industries currently restricted from foreign participation, to unleash the economy’s full growth potential, economists said.


Posted on 22 August, 2017 at 09:24

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-fifth day of July, two thousand sixteen.

Foreign investment ‘Negative List’ up for NEDA...

Posted on 18 August, 2017 at 14:00

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s first foreign investment negative list up for the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approval, a government official said.

[OPINION] Healthcare

Posted on 18 August, 2017 at 12:00

One of the new laws recently signed by President Duterte increases the penalty imposed on hospital staff and owners who demand a deposit before treating an emergency patient. The fact that we have to pass such a law shows how dysfunctional our national healthcare system is.

[OPINION] Technology, the dragon slayer

Posted on 18 August, 2017 at 10:00

Companies that don’t have a digital strategy are toast.

Duterte administration needs P10.66 trillon to finance...

Posted on 16 August, 2017 at 13:49

The Philippine government estimates that it needs to invest around P10 trillion to finance its medium-term goals under the Duterte administration.

Ayala, MVPoffer to fix MRT3

Posted on 16 August, 2017 at 11:32

Conglomerate Ayala Corp. and businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp. plan to expand their partnership in the light railway business to push for a P12-billion unsolicited proposal to rehabilitate the Metro Railway Transit (MRT3) that traverses Edsa.

[OPINION] Unprocessed Mineral Export Ban

Posted on 16 August, 2017 at 10:38

In his 2017 SONA, Pres. Duterte threatened, among others, to stop the export of unprocessed mining products. This follows the ban on similar products in 2014 by Indonesia.

DTI to ask for prospective implementation of...

Posted on 15 August, 2017 at 14:14

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) may ask the Department of Finance (DOF) to reconsider the planned removal of the 15-percent preferential income tax rate for individuals currently employed in the regional operating headquarters…

[OPINION] The other side of free tertiary...

Posted on 15 August, 2017 at 10:15

In 2010 I was involved in a research on youth employment in the Philippines. In one of our focus group discussions with college graduates on their employment opportunities…

[OPINION] How does corruption hurt you?

Posted on 14 August, 2017 at 13:00

For years the Integrity Initiative tries to create Integrity Nation, a nation where transparency and integrity rule and corruption is no longer part of everybody’s life.

Duterte wants 24-member body to draft new...

Posted on 14 August, 2017 at 11:30

President Duterte on Wednesday night announced he planned to appoint 24 commissioners to draft a Constitution that would shift the country toward federalism and end the Moro secessionist rebellions in Mindanao.

Tourists from South Korea, US, China lift...

Posted on 14 August, 2017 at 10:00

South Korea continues to top the list of the Philippines’s major source markets for tourists in the first half of 2017.

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