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The development path of each of Asia’s advanced and middle-income economies has been characterized by strong growth of the industrial sector and large shifts of workers from lower value-added agriculture and services into higher-value manufacturing and exports. This has yet to take place in the Philippines on a sufficiently large scale.


For much of the last century, industrialization in the Philippines consisted of import substitution and exports of agricultural and forestry products having limited value-added (e.g. coconut oil, copper metal, and plywood). [ Read This Chapter ]


The ports of Batangas and Subic have substantial new investment in port infrastructure that should be utilized to lower international shipping costs for industry in CALABARZON and to develop an Asian regional freeport at Subic. [ Read This Chapter ]

Investors sought for 51 ‘funding-ready’ projects

11 November, 2011 at 11:18

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking investors for 51 Luzon-based projects that have been deemed “funding-ready” and just

The PERA retirement system: Ready for take-off?

10 November, 2011 at 13:27

This is a re-posted opinion piece. On Oct. 27, 2011, the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)—thanks a million to

Fund lack stymies export promotions

9 November, 2011 at 13:14

LACK of funds is forcing the government to focus its export-promotions subsidies on emerging economies like the BRIC—Brazil, Russia, India and

The U.S. is still the world’s largest importer and...

9 November, 2011 at 10:07

Regional News The U.S. is still the world’s largest importer and exporter.     THE

Thailand Flooding Cripples Hard-Drive Suppliers

8 November, 2011 at 11:04

Regional News BANG PA-IN, Thailand — In the neck-deep floodwaters of an industrial zone here, workers are using Jet Skis and wooden skiffs to

Megawide acquires 15-ha property in Taytay

7 November, 2011 at 18:36

Location of P1B pre-cast concrete factory MANILA, Philippines—Construction and engineering firm Megawide Construction Corp. is acquiring a

Manufacturers seek delay in plastics ban

4 November, 2011 at 10:47

A confederation of plastic manufacturing companies has asked the Senate to wait for the results of a study on the actual environmental impact of

High power rates force exporters to relocate

4 November, 2011 at 10:14

Exporters currently holding fort in the Philippines are now looking at moving to China or Vietnam as high electricity rates in the country cause

Doubts Cloud Tokyo’s Yen Intervention

4 November, 2011 at 09:45

Regional News Japan’s government hopes the third time is the charm for its efforts to weaken the yen. But currency traders already are

An Uphill Battle for Indonesian Manufacturers

2 November, 2011 at 19:17

Regional News Massive shortcomings in Indonesia’s infrastructure have contributed to a major lack of competitiveness for domestic

DTI revives talks with vehicle makers

2 November, 2011 at 15:59

The Department of Trade and Industry has revived talks with local auto manufacturers to find a way to expand the local industry and to make the

EU questions export fund

2 November, 2011 at 14:55

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) has flagged the Philippines’ export support fund as a possible trade barrier in a report released ahead of proposed

Thailand Takes a Risk to Ease Flood

28 October, 2011 at 17:02

Regional News Thai officials beat a retreat in their bid to prevent floodwaters from pouring into Bangkok on Thursday, instead adopting a

Gov’t readies strategy for industries

28 October, 2011 at 16:59

A STRATEGY is being readied to help big firms as well as small- and medium-scale enterprises (SME) thrive amid challenging market conditions, the

Japan exports expand

27 October, 2011 at 13:37

Regional News Japan’s exports grew in September for a second straight month, reflecting the nation’s gradual recovery from

US renews GSP privileges of Philippine exporters

27 October, 2011 at 13:34

A number of local exporters will continue to enjoy duty-free access to the United States market after US President Barack Obama signed the