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21 July, 2011 at 10:33

This is an article repost. For many years now, we have been trying to amend the 1987 Constitution principally to remove the restrictive economic

Foreign businessmen seek clearer directions from Noy

21 July, 2011 at 10:08

This is an article repost. FOREIGN businessmen have not seen much improvement in the first year of the Aquino administration but are hopeful that

JFC Proposed Amendments to the IRR of...

21 July, 2011 at 07:39

The primary consideration in crafting the said amendments is that while the Constitution restricts foreign equity participation in public

‘The Law, the Supreme Court and Changing...

20 July, 2011 at 09:18

By Gerardo P. Sicat July 20, 2011 Changing times in the face of unchanging laws defines the conflict of the ages: reform vs. status quo, a more

Stulta Haec Lex Sed Lex

20 July, 2011 at 09:09

This is an article repost. By BERNARDO M. VILLEGAS July 18, 2011 MANILA, Philippines — Thanks to my friend and professional colleague, Dr. Raul

AmCham Statement on the Proposed Amendments to...

19 July, 2011 at 06:05


Old and new drivers of growth

18 July, 2011 at 20:05

To achieve its “fighting target” of 7-8% growth per year under its term, the new administration is betting on a few key initiatives and the

SPECIAL REPORT: PPP urged for aviation

12 July, 2011 at 05:00

This is an article repost. ONE of the country’s foremost experts on aviation has urged the Aquino administration, through its Public- Private

ECCP spearheads renewed energy-conservation drive

6 July, 2011 at 19:44

THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) is leading the private sector in a renewed campaign to conserve energy asserting that a

Reviews set as Roxas takes over at...

4 July, 2011 at 14:25

 THE ROLLOUT of public-private partnership (PPP) deals could be held up as the new Transportation secretary has called for a review of his

Gov’t to maximize PPP implementation

1 July, 2011 at 19:32

The government will maximize public-private partnership (PPP) in a bid to boost the productivity and efficiency of the industry and services

Delays hit priority projects

1 July, 2011 at 19:30

ACTION on a number of priority state infrastructure projects lined up for this year will have to wait till next semester, partly upsetting the

Invest commitments surge 338% to P191 billion...

1 July, 2011 at 19:27

Investment commitments went up by 338 percent to P191.182 billion in the first five months of the year from a year ago level of P43.613 billion as

Government revising joint-venture rules for transparency

19 June, 2011 at 14:28

THE GOVERNMENT is drafting revised rules for joint ventures to lessen leeway for unsolicited proposals in line with promises to clamp down on

DBM: Thicker, longer, quality national roads due...

6 June, 2011 at 18:22

A May 16, 2011 press release by the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Abad: Good governance could result in P6-7b more public works

Government on track with PPP program –...

30 May, 2011 at 18:06

The government is on track with its much-touted Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program for infrastructure, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said