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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.

Business sector proposes action plan for Philippines...

Posted on 11 August, 2017 at 16:33

The business community has recommended to the national government five actionable plans aimed to strengthen the Philippines’ competitiveness in Southeast Asia and to improve ease of doing business in the country.

Private sector seeks clearer post-infra strategy

Posted on 11 August, 2017 at 14:53

More than a year since the administration promised a golden era of infrastructure, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) wants to know what comes after these big-ticket items are put up…

Cimatu gets tough, warns errant miners

Posted on 10 August, 2017 at 10:14

A recent statement from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) cited Cimatu saying that mining companies must comply with all existing mining and environmental laws if they want their operations to continue.

[OPINION] Why oppose free tuition?

Posted on 9 August, 2017 at 16:30

NO FREE LUNCH Why oppose free tuition? By: Cielito F. Habito – @inquirerdotnet | Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:30 AM August 04,

[OPINION] Inclusive growth is finally happening

Posted on 9 August, 2017 at 15:45

For the longest time, I was observing how the Philippine economy was experiencing growth that was narrow, shallow and hollow. “Narrow,” because our economic growth had a narrow sectoral and geographical base.

ASEAN at 50

Posted on 8 August, 2017 at 17:30

We live in troubled times, with pessimism clouding even the most prosperous parts of the planet.

5,000 elite jobs in BPO sector at...

Posted on 8 August, 2017 at 15:30

The Philippines stands to lose around 5,000 top caliber and financially rewarding jobs in a subsector of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry…

Duterte meets with mining executives

Posted on 8 August, 2017 at 14:28

After hitting the mining industry for what he described as its irresponsible practices, President Duterte met on Thursday with industry stakeholders to stress his concerns.

Duterte: Ditch lowest-bid policy, government must buy...

Posted on 4 August, 2017 at 15:56

President Duterte has called on Congress to amend the government procurement law that would put a premium on the quality of goods instead of the lowest bid.

ASEAN turns 50 and there is much...

Posted on 4 August, 2017 at 10:00

August 8 marks the 50th birthday of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In recent years, the United States has spent more diplomatic capital on ASEAN, including when former President Obama hosted all 10 leaders for a summit…

MICC to review mining tax regime

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 16:30

The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) is set to conduct a review of the country’s mining laws in order to come up with improved tax and revenue sharing schemes on local mining operations…

[OPINION] DOTr flees Metro Manila

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 15:30

Even before he took over DOTr, Secretary Art Tugade had repeatedly talked about decongesting Metro Manila. He will set the ball rolling by moving DOTr to Clark.

Easing foreign ownership rules to drive FDI...

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 14:30

More foreign direct investment (FDI) is expected to enter the Philippines amid a liberalization in the banking sector as the government plans to ease foreign-ownership limitations in most industries…

[OPINION] 23 years (and not counting)

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 13:00

Finally, the government has decided where an international airport to supplement (not replace) the Ninoy Aquino International Airport should be. It’s at Clark.

FEF Statement on the wave of Transport...

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 10:31

We, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, believe that the new wave of transport services, such as Uber, Grab, Easy Taxi, Wunder carpool, Angkas (for motorbikes) and similar ride-sharing services, which are called Transport Network Vehicle Services

Ban on open pit mining stays —...

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 14:00

The order banning all prospective open-pit mines in the country will remain in effect and will be taken up at the interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said.

‘China can’t hire its nationals for projects...

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 12:00

Even if China grants the Philippines enormous loans to ramp up infrastructure development, the law still prohibits the hiring of foreign construction workers, according to the head of President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team.

Philippines Vows to Defend Its Outsourcing Empire

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 10:06

The Philippines’ $23 billion outsourcing empire is facing mounting risks: China is rising quickly as a competitor, the government wants to cut some incentives and a siege in the south of the country is worrying investors.

Legislative Tracker – July 2017

Posted on 1 August, 2017 at 12:43

Legislative Tracker – July 2017

Mining the industrialization dream of SONA 2017

Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 15:30

Aside from frequently cussing and cursing or threatening people with state-sponsored murders over his anti-drugs war, President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) is not exactly known for articulating policies on industrialization.

FTA with Phl not a priority for...

Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 12:00

Negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the US may not be happening anytime soon, the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines said.

Philippines 13th most populated country

Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 10:02

The Philippines now ranks 13th among countries with the biggest population in the world, the Commission on Population (Popcom) reported yesterday.

Senate, House agree to prioritize Cha-cha

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 15:00

Leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed on a 35-item legislative agenda, which includes the amendment of the Constitution.

Congress fast-tracking PHL shift to federalism

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 13:41

In the absence of the 25-man constitutional commission (Con-com), the leadership of the 17th Congress on Wednesday agreed to create a technical working group (TWG) that will draft the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution…

Revenue loss due to tax perks down...

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 13:00

Activities related to the country’s top dollar earners—business process outsourcing and electronics—cornered the bulk of tax incentives given away by the government in 2015 totaling P104.4 billion, latest Department of Finance data showed.

Congress leaders to pass 38 priority bills

Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 11:26

Congress leaders on Wednesday agreed to pass 38 bills they have included in the list of priority measures for the second regular session of the 17th Congress.

[OPINION] Definitions

Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 13:44

If you haven’t got a job and want one, that’s what you need changed. If you’re fed up with sitting in traffic and want speedier road construction, that’s what you want changed. If you’re starving and can’t buy bare necessities, that’s what you want changed.

[VIDEO] Foreign Investments Under the Duterte Administration

Posted on 26 July, 2017 at 17:02

CNN Philippines interviews American Chamber of Commerce Senior Adviser John Forbes on foreign investments under the Duterte Administration.

MPIC mulls P20-B Cavitex-Port Area expressway

Posted on 26 July, 2017 at 14:45

The tollway arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is planning to propose a P20-billion expressway project to connect the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex) to the Port Area.

Executive Order No. 34 s. 2017

Posted on 25 July, 2017 at 10:32


Rody to draw up new mining law

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 16:00

President Duterte has pitched for new legislation on mining, saying he is set to gather all stakeholders of the industry to discuss his proposal for a modified measure.

Infrastructure, tax reforms in investors’ SONA wishlist

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 15:00

The local and foreign business community is hoping to hear more about President Duterte’s plans regarding his massive infrastructure program and tax reform package as he delivers his State-of-the-Nation Address on Monday.

TPP, the Trade Deal Trump Killed, Is...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 14:00

When President Trump pulled out of his predecessor’s signature trade deal on his first full weekday in office, the 11 other countries that had negotiated the pact were left wondering if years of work had just gone down the drain.

Manufacturing innovation key to EM break out...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 12:00

The concept of emerging markets is based broadly on the idea that the wealth of developing countries tends to converge over time with their developed peers. But, in fact, long-term growth and development has…

UPDATE 1-Philippines plans new law to ensure...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 09:48

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday the government will draft a new law for the country’s mining industry, which he said pays too little in tax and not enough in compensation for any environmental damage.

[OPINION] Mighty Kim

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 15:30

I got a call from former BIR commissioner Kim Henares last Monday. She said she didn’t want to react to an item in my column, but former DOF Sec. Cesar Purisima insisted that she clarify things with me.

MRT-7 up and running by end-2019 —...

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 14:27

The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said yesterday.

Tugade defends LTFRB, says ‘cap’ being planned...

Posted on 19 July, 2017 at 15:20

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade on Tuesday said the government is planning to put a “cap” on the wave of ride-sharing drivers applying for franchise once “compliance” among those who want to operate…

ECCP raises concerns over tax reform package

Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 09:48

European businessmen have joined the growing ranks within the private sector against the proposed higher taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and automobiles in the country…

LEDAC lists 13 bills as ‘urgent’

Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 15:03

The core committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) has endorsed 13 bills — including a tariff on rice imports to replace the quota system…

Hong Kong architect wins tender for massive...

Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 11:15

In what is being touted as one of the biggest investments in the “Belt and Road Initiative”, a Hong Kong architect and his firm have won a tender to plan and coordinate the design of an artificial island the size of 20 Victoria Parks off the coast of Manila in the Philippines, the Post has learned.

New FDI negative list out next month

Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 13:30

New FDI negative list out next month By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan | Posted on July 13, 2017   THE GOVERNMENT expects to issue its 11th

The Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum: Implementing...

Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 10:44

The Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum of the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines will be held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on September 14, 2017.

BPO firms’ tax perks to stay under...

Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 15:17

The Department of Finance yesterday said business process outsourcing (BPO) companies need not worry about the government’s first tax reform package as they would continue to enjoy a number of fiscal perks enough to sustain their robust growth.

Japan–EU negotiations racing against protectionism

Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 13:00

The Japan–EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations appear to be coming down to the wire. Both sides are aiming to reach a framework agreement prior to the G20 summit on 7 July.

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