GENERAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

TPP talks without U.S. near final stretch...

7 November, 2017 at 10:00

The 11 remaining nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States edged towards sealing a comprehensive free trade pact after New Zealand agreed to amend laws that are not subject to TPP, to enable its ban on foreign home purchases.

SM open on plan to ease entry...

6 November, 2017 at 17:30

The SM Group is open to the expected entry of more foreign brands in the Philippines in line with the administration’s plan to further liberalize retail trade.

[OPINION] Tax reform for a higher level...

6 November, 2017 at 16:30

I take up a topic of great importance and immediacy and will postpone the articulation of the Filipino dreamas I had planned to make last week for a later time.

Retail trade liberalization can be good for...

6 November, 2017 at 14:30

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Jose Concepcion III said that further liberalizing the retail trade sector in favor of foreign investors would lead foreigners to put up franchises in the country, which would need local partners “to navigate” the domestic market.

[OPINION] Not business-friendly

6 November, 2017 at 12:30

Last year it took an average of 28 days to start a business in the Philippines – an improvement from the 49 in 2003.

Ease of doing business expected to improve...

6 November, 2017 at 10:21

The Philippines will effect “drastic” improvements in terms of ease of doing business (EODB) within two or three years, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in response to a 14-place drop in the World Bank’s rankings.

[OPINION] The status quo trap

6 November, 2017 at 10:00

The ruling of the Court of Appeals admonishing the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to back off from the PLDT-Globe purchase of San Miguel Corp.’s telco assets is symptomatic of what ails Philippine society…

Executive Secretary green lights set up of...

6 November, 2017 at 08:00

The Office of the Executive Secretary has recommended to President Duterte the issuance of presidential proclamation for the setup of 25 new ecozones, according to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The Duterte Administration strengthens its efforts on...

3 November, 2017 at 18:00

The Duterte government reaffirms its commitment to accelerate the several reforms being undertaken to improve the ease of doing business in the Philippines.

[OPINION] Is banana sagging?

3 November, 2017 at 16:00

It may be playing on words, but our title is a serious question motivated by recent trends in the industry. Two years ago a newspaper bannered the report “Philippine banana export industry under threat,” while last year another broadsheet…

SMC proposes to extend NAIA Expressway to...

3 November, 2017 at 14:00

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) wants to expand its NAIA Expressway (NAIAx) project to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig to provide better access of Manila’s airport complex to more areas in the capital district.

[OPINION] Beat the traffic, build a subway

3 November, 2017 at 12:00

The usual skeptics think that while a subway can provide relief for Metro Manila denizens slowly dying from inhaling polluted air and grappling with horrendous traffic, an underground rail system is not feasible in the flood-prone national capital.

The Philippines looks to foreign investment to...

3 November, 2017 at 10:00

With an eye on reversing a dip in foreign direct investment (FDI), the Philippines has proposed a series of reforms aimed at increasing trade liberalisation.

FTA with US still in PH’s horizon

3 November, 2017 at 08:00

The Philippines is still keen on pursuing a free trade agreement with the United States which it said would yield a stronger and sustainable partnership with the world’s largest economy, according to Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

PHL near bottom in 4G availability, speed

2 November, 2017 at 18:00

The Philippines has among the lowest long-term evolution (LTE) speed and availability rates globally, a report by a London-based firm said.

US firm adds contact centers in Philippines

2 November, 2017 at 16:00

Global managed services provider iQor continues to expand its operations in the Philippines, with the opening of new contact centers in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Bacolod City, Negros Island.

[OPINION] Has our One China policy worked...

2 November, 2017 at 14:00

In 1975, the Philippines adopted a diplomatic statute called the “One China Policy” to govern its relations with China and Taiwan. At the heart of the statute is that the Philippines would only recognize one sovereign state called “China”…

PHL in lower half of Doing Business...

2 November, 2017 at 12:00

The Philippines has remained in the lower half of an annual gauge of economies’ competitiveness in terms of improving business conditions for entrepreneurs, a better score notwithstanding.

ISIS Threat in Philippines Spreads in Remote...

2 November, 2017 at 11:47

The leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon, is dead. The city his forces seized, Marawi, on the island of Mindanao, is all but completely back in government hands after months of scorched-earth combat.

[OPINION] Bad news, good news on jobs

31 October, 2017 at 10:00

The July job figures were just released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and alas, the headline numbers have moved in the wrong direction.

[OPINION] DICT internet roadmap

31 October, 2017 at 08:00

A few weeks after the lawyer secretary of DICT was replaced by a telecommunications technocrat, things started moving on our age old problem of slow internet. Last Monday, I shared the diagnosis of the problem made by DICT OIC Sec. Eliseo Rio Jr.

SMC gains edge in Clark airport project

30 October, 2017 at 15:30

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) obtained the coveted original proponent status for its proposal to build a P700-billion “aerotropolis” in Bulacan province, giving it a big advantage ahead of a bidding process yet to be set by the government.

[OPINION] Foreign partners

30 October, 2017 at 14:44

President Duterte’s idols, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, are skipping the ASEAN-Plus summit with dialogue partners that the Philippines gets to host only once in a decade, and which Duterte gets to chair only once in his lifetime.

[OPINION] More telco issues

30 October, 2017 at 13:31

Now that there is apparently some movement at DICT that promises more competition in the local telco industry, experts are bringing up issues that must be addressed if the DICT effort is to have a chance of success.