GENERAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

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

7 September, 2017 at 11:23

The clock is ticking on the Duterte administration.

[EDITORIAL] Beyond impeachment

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

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

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...

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

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...

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 —...

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...

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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.