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Arangkada Progress Report

Infrastructure Tracker

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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 Progress ]

Legislative Reform Tracker

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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 Progress ]

News Updates

[OPINION] RevGov: To be or not to...

Posted on 15 December, 2017 at 13:00

That is the question. Do we need a revolutionary government, or not? We do need something.

Megawide-GMR consortium offers lowest bid for new...

Posted on 15 December, 2017 at 11:00

The consortium of local firm Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India is the frontrunner to bag the contract for the design…

[EDITORIAL] Needed: Cleaner airport policy

Posted on 15 December, 2017 at 09:18

Something exciting is happening in the aviation sector that may finally result in the much-needed rehabilitation and modernization of the old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

[OPINION] Of equity restrictions on retail trade

Posted on 13 December, 2017 at 14:11

In recent years, we have seen a resurgence (read: deluge) of foreign acts visiting the Philippines as part of their tour. Chances are, a lot of us have been to at least one of the concerts from foreign acts.

[Bicameral Draft] Tax Reform for Acceleration...

Posted on 13 December, 2017 at 11:43

This Act shall be known as the “Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)”.

Legislative Tracker – September 2017

Posted on 12 December, 2017 at 15:42

Legislative Tracker and Priorities – September 2017

Legislative Tracker – August 2017

Posted on 12 December, 2017 at 15:32

Legislative Tracker and Priorities 2017

NAIA super consortium to submit proposal next...

Posted on 12 December, 2017 at 12:00

The super consortium of seven conglomerates seeking to develop the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now preparing its ambitious proposal and expects to formally submit it next year.

Fil-German group bags P978-M license plate deal

Posted on 12 December, 2017 at 10:37

Car owners may finally get their license plates with the government having finally chosen a supplier – a Filipino-German group.

Gov’t readies 2nd tax reform package

Posted on 11 December, 2017 at 17:00

The Department of Finance early next year will seek Congress’ speedy approval of a number of tax measures, including the second reform package that will cut corporate income taxes as well as review the sin tax regime.

[OPINION] Gov’t open to Naia rehab offer

Posted on 11 December, 2017 at 15:00

The government is open to accepting the proposal of seven of the country’s largest conglomerates to redevelop and rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s chief economist said.

[OPINION] Can peace come to Mindanao?

Posted on 11 December, 2017 at 14:02

Let Maranaos rebuild Marawi!” was a strident cry I heard at the sidelines of a recent forum revisiting the Mindanao peace process organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and Ateneo de Manila University.

[OPINION] Do we want investors, or not?

Posted on 8 December, 2017 at 13:05

PH lures pharma, MNCs in import substitution tack” ran a headline in Malaya last week.

Tycoons confirm Naia rehab bid

Posted on 8 December, 2017 at 10:43

Seven of the country’s biggest conglomerates confirmed they were looking at rehabilitating and redeveloping the Ninoy Aquino International Airport…

[OPINION] Philippine business: Fat and lazy

Posted on 7 December, 2017 at 17:30

The past 10 years have been economically good to the Philippines. Of course, according to the Philippine bashers, that is not true. But we can forgive them for their views because it is all political spin.

Foreign chambers urge Congress to speed up...

Posted on 7 December, 2017 at 15:10

Further feeling the impact of the worsening traffic gridlock this holiday season, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) in the Philippines urged Congress yesterday to speed up the passage of the proposed Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act.

House Con-ass okay for Charter change likely...

Posted on 7 December, 2017 at 12:10

The chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Monday said lawmakers are set to approve a resolution calling Congress to constitute itself as a constituent assembly…

Government launches online database for business

Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 16:00

The government formally launched yesterday an electronic database intended to help streamline the registration and renewal process for business permits.

JFC Statement on the Traffic and Congestion...

Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 14:34

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) in the Philippines urge the Congress to complete plenary consideration of the Traffic and Congestion Crisis legislation.

Metro Manila traffic to reach ‘standstill levels’...

Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 14:27

The Duterte administration’s infrastructure program may not be enough to deal with the country’s transportation woes as road congestion in Metro Manila may reach “standstill levels” by 2022, according to a study by an American consulting group.

Senate to tackle bill pushing for more...

Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 10:53

The Senate committee on science and technology will hold next week its first hearing on a bill that aims to push for more players in the telecommunications sector, Senator Bam Aquino, chair of the committee, announced on Tuesday.

[OPINION] Forget Trump and Discover the World

Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 14:12

In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.”

Government open to entry of more foreign...

Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 13:30

The Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, is open to lowering the threshold for Quadruple A license category to open the construction industry to more foreign contractors.

FDI seen reaching new high this year

Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 11:13

The net inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) could easily surpass 2016’s record level amid a more conducive business environment under the Duterte administration, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

Manufacturing seen sustaining growth

Posted on 1 December, 2017 at 14:08

The government is targeting sustained 10-11 percent growth range in the manufacturing sector up to the end of the Duterte administration by putting in extra programs and policies focusing on the high value and technology-based innovation products.

Contraction in IT-BPM investments slowing

Posted on 1 December, 2017 at 10:36

The decline in IT-BPM investments has narrowed further into single-digit level in the first 10 months of the year, showing signs of improvement after months of sustaining huge drops in pledges, data showed.

Business leaders want open field for telco

Posted on 29 November, 2017 at 15:58

Business leaders have lauded President Duterte’s push to break the “duopoly” in the country’s telecommunications industry, but pointed out this should not be limited to Chinese companies.

More foreigners could now practice their profession...

Posted on 29 November, 2017 at 13:16

More foreigners could now practice their profession in the Philippines after the government passed new laws to liberalize the country’s service sector, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

[OPINION] The Global Hunger Index: Where is...

Posted on 29 November, 2017 at 10:18

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) comprehensively measures and tracks hunger at the global, regional, and national levels. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) calculates GHI scores each year to assess progress in combating hunger.

[OPINION] Regulatory capture

Posted on 28 November, 2017 at 17:30

Regulatory capture, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns…

[EDITORIAL] Not business as usual

Posted on 28 November, 2017 at 15:30

Terrorists and rebels aim to sow fear, destabilize the government and disrupt normal life. Many governments therefore move to prevent such troublemakers from attaining their objectives.

Gov’t not interested in being 3rd telco...

Posted on 28 November, 2017 at 13:30

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) vowed that the government would not establish a competing telecommunications player, saying it could support competition in the sector in other ways.

[EDITORIAL] Telco shakeup

Posted on 28 November, 2017 at 11:15

Finally, the political will to address a major national economic problem — slow internet and poor telecommunications service. President Duterte has offered China a slot to become the third major telco player in the country…

[OPINION] ‘Revolutionary government’

Posted on 27 November, 2017 at 15:30

If he will have his way, President Rodrigo Duterte would like “to destroy” the government as the only way to stamp out completely the systemic corruption at the Bureau of Customs, and the entire bureaucracy for that matter.

Foreign business groups welcome move to ease...

Posted on 27 November, 2017 at 13:00

Foreign business leaders are elated with President Duterte’s recent call to ease restrictions on investment areas with limited foreign participation, saying such a move will lead to more investments and spur faster economic growth.

Philippines jumps 10 rungs on IMD’s annual...

Posted on 27 November, 2017 at 11:21

The Philippines rose 10 notches in a global ranking of 63 economies based on how well they develop, attract and retain talent — both foreign and local — in a sign the Southeast Asian nation is at the cusp of a demographic dividend.

Duterte cancels talks with reds

Posted on 24 November, 2017 at 13:00

The government has canceled all planned meetings with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) after President Duterte ordered the termination of peace talks with the communist insurgents…

Targets set for reduced foreign curbs

Posted on 24 November, 2017 at 10:55

Malacañang has zeroed in on eight sectors and activities in its bid to further ease limits to foreign participation and ownership, according to Memorandum Order No. 16 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on Nov. 21 and released to journalists on Thursday.

[OPINION] Half full, half empty

Posted on 22 November, 2017 at 13:00

News about the economy’s 6.9-percent growth was met with collective relief, in some cases jubilation, when the Philippine Statistics Authority released the third-quarter economic data last week.

Duterte offers China 3rd telco carrier slot

Posted on 22 November, 2017 at 10:49

“The telecom duopoly is about to end,” Malacañang declared on Monday.

[EDITORIAL] Challenges amid growth

Posted on 21 November, 2017 at 13:00

Despite the siege in Marawi, inflation, political noise and external factors, the economy grew by a better-than-expected 6.9 percent in the third quarter.

Port of Manila leaps to 32nd spot...

Posted on 21 November, 2017 at 12:00

The Port of Manila leaps 4 notches higher finishing at 32nd spot in the list of the 2016 top 100 container ports worldwide.

Duterte wants more areas opened up for...

Posted on 21 November, 2017 at 09:53

President Duterte is expected to sign a memorandum circular directing government agencies to fasttrack the determination of other business sectors that can be opened up to foreign participation.

[EDITORIAL] The economic future of Asean

Posted on 20 November, 2017 at 18:00

While the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) has been in existence as a mainly political group since 1967, it was only on Dec. 31, 2015, that a serious economic cooperation pact was signed among its member-states.

Malaysia firm gets first right over gov’t...

Posted on 20 November, 2017 at 17:00

Malaysia-based investment holding company MTD Capital Berhad has been given the original proponent status (OPS) for a P12.7-billion development of a portion of the highly anticipated New Clark City.

Asean Leadership Amid a New World Order

Posted on 20 November, 2017 at 15:00

Ambassador Albert del Rosario has prepared what he called an open letter to the world leaders who will be arriving in Manila to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Gov’t taps Facebook for internet infra plan

Posted on 20 November, 2017 at 13:00

The government partnered with Facebook in order to put up a high speed internet infrastructure in a few years time, promising a capacity that would be “almost equal” to that of the giants of the telecommunications industry.

[EDITORIAL] Warm relations

Posted on 20 November, 2017 at 11:00

Ties between the Philippines and China have so improved they are now as warm as the weather in Manila. This is according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who represented President Xi Jinping at the regional summits hosted by the Philippines in Manila this week.

[OPINION] Making investors happy

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 17:45

Various foreign groups have reported that their member companies are packing up and leaving the Philippines for other countries because not only is it cheaper, but it is also easier to do business elsewhere.

[OPINION] The Trump and Rody show

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 16:45

Actions speak louder than words, and in this part of the world, what’s left unsaid is often as important, or even more so, than official statements.

NTRC warns vs adverse effects of foreign...

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 15:42

Think tank National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said a proposal to impose tax to foreign tourists visiting the country may negatively affect the Philippine tourism industry.

PH is worst place to be a...

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 17:30

The report should come as no surprise: drivers in the Philippines are the least satisfied in the world, according to a survey by the traffic-beating app Waze.

[OPINION] ASEAN amid a new world order

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 15:41

This world order of economic liberalism and relative peace and stability responsible for decades of unprecedented global economic growth was led and secured by Pax Americana.

11 Trade ministers reach deal on Pacific...

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 10:30

In a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it.

[OPINION] Back again

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 13:00

I’ve been in sick bay in the past couple of weeks, so that may be why there was a bit of a focus on social issues.

Japan, China to help build PH railways

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 10:45

Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) …

AFP, DND assure Robredo: No support for...

Posted on 9 November, 2017 at 14:53

The chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) said they will not be supporting any moves to establish a revolutionary government.

DOTR to finish 5 projects in 2018

Posted on 8 November, 2017 at 12:00

The government expects to complete a handful of infrastructure projects in 2018 with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) vowing to “continuously push for the development and faster completion of transport infrastructure projects”.

[OPINION] Can they deliver soon enough?

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 16:00

Let me say at the outset that the administration’s economic team is composed of highly competent people with their hearts in the right place. But they may have promised more than they can quickly deliver.

Joey Concepcion supports retail trade lib

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 14:00

Filipino entrepreneurs should be more worried about their business concepts rather than the proposal to further open up retail trade in the country, presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said.




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