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EU-Philippines Business Summit 2017

17 October 2017 | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, Solaire Resort & Hotel

Arangkada Progress Report

Public-Private Partnership Monitor


Ensuring transparency of public-private partnerships (PPPs) gives Filipinos more opportunities to access modern infrastructure. Adequate power and water supply, improved transportation systems, and telecommunications respond to the needs of a growing urban population. [ Check Progress ]

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 Progress ]

News Updates

EU investors get immune to Duterte rhetorics...

Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 14:00

European investors in the country have learned to discount or becoming immune to the rhetorics and outbursts of President Duterte, the last time calling for the expulsion of EU diplomats for interference…

Indonesia Hunts For Investors for Projects Worth...

Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 11:32

Indonesia will turn to private investors for the hundreds of billions of dollars in investment needed to develop the archipelago’s infrastructure and natural resources…

[OPINION] ROW problems delay infra projects

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 16:30

I got this e-mail from an old friend who had worked on various government infrastructure projects. He confirmed my worst fears about why Build Build Build seems to be stranded.

[EDITORIAL] Better climate for investment

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 15:30

There’s an interesting debate on foreign investments going on between the Duterte administration and its critics. While an opposition senator, Franklin Drilon, raised an alarm over the 90-percent decline in new foreign investments as of last June…

[OPINION] Can We Spend, Spend, Spend?

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 14:21

After a lengthy legislative exercise, the Senate released a Committee Report last month that consolidated 31 different bills on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

No destabilization threat to Duterte administration, says...

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 11:34

The military sees no major threat to the administration, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s continued reference to destabilization efforts that he says could push him to set up a revolutionary government.

[OPINION] All cracked up

Posted on 17 October, 2017 at 14:54

A diplomat who watched President Duterte perorating against the European Union last week said the remarks were so incredible he felt like cracking up.

PH growth to ease in 2018

Posted on 17 October, 2017 at 13:32

Political noise is seen slowing the Philippines’ growth even as macro fundamentals remain solid and supportive of sustained economic expansion compared to regional peers, London-based economic research firm Capital Economics said.

Duterte fires 2 execs on TV for...

Posted on 16 October, 2017 at 16:30

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of two officials of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) for delaying the completion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project.

Manila cruise port to open before end...

Posted on 16 October, 2017 at 15:30

To meet the growing demand for cruise lines in key Philippine destinations, a cruise-port facility will be opening in Manila before the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

PDEA takes lead from PNP in drug...

Posted on 16 October, 2017 at 14:30

Amid criticisms of police abuses and accusations of extrajudicial killings related to the drug war, President Duterte has ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to take the lead in the administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Foreign investments at one-year low in July

Posted on 16 October, 2017 at 13:30

The net inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged to a one-year low in July due mainly to lower investments in debt instruments or lending by parent firms from abroad to their local affiliates to fund existing operations and expansion…

Dominguez sees FDI rising further with infra...

Posted on 16 October, 2017 at 11:44

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III expects foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to increase further in the coming years as the Duterte administration steps up its efforts to modernize infrastructure and reform business policies.

Senate leaves BPO perks intact in TRAIN

Posted on 13 October, 2017 at 14:51

Noting that the BPO industry has been one of the country’s biggest job generators, the Senate left intact the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry’s tax incentives to enable the Philippines to continue attracting more investments that would spur employment and economic growth.

DTI chief backs retail trade lib

Posted on 13 October, 2017 at 11:10

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez is supporting the plan to further liberalize the retail trade industry in favor of foreign investors, setting aside the appeals of local business groups who warned this would harm local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

Duterte orders PDEA to lead campaign against...

Posted on 12 October, 2017 at 11:02

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, October 10, directed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to be the lead agency in the government’s campaign against drugs.

July flows worsen FDIs’ year-to-date fall

Posted on 11 October, 2017 at 15:15

Net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell for the first time in three months in July to the smallest amount in over a year, according to central bank data yesterday that also showed investors rebalancing to equity capital from debt instruments.

Planned lowering of minimum capital for foreign...

Posted on 11 October, 2017 at 11:19

The heads of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) have warned the government’s economic team to tread lightly on the suggestion to lower the minimum retail capitalization for foreign investors from the current $2.5 million to $200,000.

[VIDEOS] The Arangkada Philippines Forum 2017

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 16:02

Watch the full coverage of the recently concluded sixth anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum 2017 below:

[OPINION] Business model, disrupted

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 14:00

If the Philippines were a company, its business model would be facing disruption.

PCCI bucks move to further open retail...

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 12:00

The country’s biggest business organization warned against further liberalizing the retail industry in favor of foreign investors, raising caution that this would…

PCCI: Focus on project delivery, not politics

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 10:00

Businessmen are urging the Duterte administration to focus on delivering projects instead of letting itself get sidetracked by politics.

Drilon questions NEDA on 90.3% drop in...

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 08:00

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon expressed alarm yesterday over the capability of the government to attract new foreign investments.

PCC Policy Note no.1 | Anti-Competitive Effects...

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 17:00

The licensing rules implemented by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) contain a nationality distinction in its classification of licenses that has deleterious effects on competition in the construction sector.

Duterte’s satisfaction, trust ratings drop – SWS

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 15:09

A September 2017 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed a drop in both the net satisfaction rating and net trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte.

‘Liberalizing retail trade not a government priority’

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 15:00

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the government can look into other sectors that can be opened to foreign investors, instead of liberalizing retail trade.

[EDITORIAL] Marawi, breeding ground

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 13:00

It’s only a matter of days, different spokespersons for the military and even the defense secretary himself said: The end of the Marawi conflict is near.

[OPINION] Competitiveness

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 12:00

I arrived in this city past midnight last Thursday curious to see what makes this once war-torn country so attractive to foreign investors.

[EDITORIAL] Remember the socioeconomic agenda

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 10:54

Business confidence remains up and the stock market is hitting new highs. Recent political turbulence, however, is starting to stir concern in the business community.

Business icon Washington SyCip dies at 96

Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 09:52

Leading Filipino-Chinese business icon Washington SyCip died at the age of 96, people close to the businessman confirmed Sunday, October 8.

ECCP lauds further easing of foreign limits...

Posted on 6 October, 2017 at 16:00

The entry of more foreign retailers will benefit the Philippine economy as it will create more jobs and boost the spending power of consumers, an official of a top foreign business group said.

Retail liberalization to hurt MSMEs

Posted on 6 October, 2017 at 14:00

The move to liberalize retail trade in favor of foreign investors would harm local micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), reversing “the gains of the past years” at a time…

[OPINION] Between Bato and a hard place

Posted on 6 October, 2017 at 12:00

For a couple of days now, the PNP Chief has been belching fire at the media, the public, and anyone else critical of the casualties on the “war on drugs.”

Rody changes tune, wants friendlier ties with...

Posted on 6 October, 2017 at 10:09

After repeatedly cursing at the United States for supposedly meddling in Philippine affairs, President Duterte is now adopting a friendlier stance toward Washington as he acknowledged that the superpower has been helpful to the Philippines.

[OPINION] Bid Bid Bid

Posted on 5 October, 2017 at 16:00

The DOTr lawyer, who also acts as the department’s PR person, wrote in her letter to my editor that I must understand “It is likewise important to note that government processes take time…

Foreign Internet providers waiting to enter PH...

Posted on 5 October, 2017 at 14:00

President Duterte said that foreign Internet service providers were trying to enter the local game but weren’t able to due to inaction by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

MGB: No need to declare ‘mining-free zones’

Posted on 5 October, 2017 at 10:58

Even if Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu already said that he will evaluate pending measures in Congress seeking to declare certain areas in the country “mining-free zones”…

[OPINION] A PSA on the Public Services...

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 17:00

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its 2017-2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Index last week, and the results are hardly surprising.

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 15:45

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, October 4, confirmed the ad interim appointment of Roy Cimatu as environment secretary.

AmCham backs tax reform plan

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 14:00

The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) has expressed its support for the first package of the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

[OPINION] Declassifying public utilities

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 12:00

A bill was recently passed in the House of Representatives seeking to amend the 81-year-old Public Services Act to provide a statutory definition of a public utility.

Passage of bill amending PCIC charter pushed

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 09:50

A lawmaker urged Congress to pass a measure that would amend the charter of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) so it could offer index-based insurance coverage and allow it to engage in reinsurance.

China to PHL: Remove hurdles to infrastructure...

Posted on 29 September, 2017 at 17:00

The Philippine government must address “challenging issues” to ensure that projects funded by concessional loans from China would proceed according to schedule, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said.

Vietnam beats PHL in competitiveness

Posted on 29 September, 2017 at 15:00

The Philippines climbed a rung in the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness roster this year even as the country’s score slipped, allowing Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam to jump over it.

[OPINION] DepEd underspends too

Posted on 29 September, 2017 at 13:00

Old excuses are falling by the wayside. In the past, the reason why we did not have enough classrooms is because there was not enough money to build. Civic groups pool funds to build some of the classrooms.

Philippines, Japan agree to speed up infrastructure...

Posted on 29 September, 2017 at 10:37

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to further speed up the approval and implementation of the Philippine government’s infrastructure projects proposed for Japan’s funding assistance, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday.

BPO sector forecast to rebound in early...

Posted on 28 September, 2017 at 17:37

The Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is likely to rebound by early 2018 after a “rebalancing” phase arising from a perceived escalation of “country risk” amid some concerns on the peace…

[OPINION] Redefining Rights

Posted on 28 September, 2017 at 14:14

Security, the Philippines told the United Nations, need not be incompatible with human rights.

Business, foreign chambers umbrella group cautions Congress...

Posted on 28 September, 2017 at 12:07

One of the biggest umbrella groups advocating much-needed reforms in the Philippine justice system, particularly those that impact the business sector, has urged Congress to exercise its impeachment powers under the Constitution…

PH one spot higher in Global Competitiveness...

Posted on 27 September, 2017 at 10:08

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, published today, sees the Philippines going up in global competitiveness rankings by 1 notch, from 57th in 2016 to 56th in 2017.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 2017 Global Impunity Index

Posted on 26 September, 2017 at 13:00

2017 Global Impunity rankings Inforgraphic

[OPINION] Mulling over the ‘F’ word

Posted on 26 September, 2017 at 10:00

This is not about the four-letter one, but the much longer “F” word now prominent in current political discussions. As if to highlight the confused state of public discourse on the issue, a recent University of the Philippines forum asked…

[OPINION] Who’s Afraid of a Weak Peso?

Posted on 26 September, 2017 at 08:00

Once upon a time, I was a co-panelist of Mr. Ronnie Concepcion in a program hosted by Ms. Kris Aquino. I don’t remember what transpired during the televised discussion but vivid in my memory was my brief exchange with Ronnie before…

PH economy remains on track for expansion,...

Posted on 25 September, 2017 at 17:00

The Philippines looked set to becoming an upper middle-income economy by the end of the Duterte administration, according to former central bank governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr.

[OPINION] Improving the investment climate

Posted on 25 September, 2017 at 15:00

The National Competitiveness Council has been tracking the Philippines’ progress across various global indices since 2010, and by most indicators it has gone up the rankings over this period.

BPO exec criticizes ‘grandfather’ clause in Senate’s...

Posted on 25 September, 2017 at 13:00

The Senate version of the administration’s first tax reform package would be keeping a crucial tax perk enjoyed by a subsector of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, albeit it would not be extended to new job offers starting next year.

Philippines revives plan to join Trans-Pacific trade...

Posted on 25 September, 2017 at 10:54

The Philippines is reviving its plan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) even as the mega-trade deal pushes through without the US, the Department of Trade and Industry said.

[OPINION] BPO sector at risk

Posted on 22 September, 2017 at 16:37

A series of events during the past months is nibbling at our once-unshakeable optimism for the country’s business process outsourcing industry.

Tetangco receives lifetime achievement award from JFC

Posted on 22 September, 2017 at 11:14

Former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor Amando Tetangco Jr. has been awarded the Arangkada Philippines Lifetime Achievement award by the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines.

[VIDEO] Vietnam, Myanmar more attractive than PH...

Posted on 21 September, 2017 at 15:38

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