GENERAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Tycoons confirm Naia rehab bid

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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’...

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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’

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...

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...

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

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…