SEVEN BIG WINNERS SECTORS

[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] 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.

End open-pit mining ban — MICC

26 October, 2017 at 10:30

The controversial ban on open-pit mining is nearing its end after the multi-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) yesterday recommended its lifting and the government’s Environment chief signaled his concurrence.

Gov’t eyes partnership with ISPs to break...

25 October, 2017 at 15:00

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) revealed another route for a so-called third player to break the PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom duopoly: the proliferation of small internet service providers in partnership with the government.

NIA targets to develop 85% of irrigable...

24 October, 2017 at 14:30

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is targeting to develop some 85% of total irrigable lands in two decades which can be achievable as long as their annual budget is not cut down further to its current level.

Court of Appeals upholds P70-billion Globe-PLDT deal

24 October, 2017 at 10:24

The Court of Appeals ruled that the acquisition of Globe Telecom Inc and PLDT Inc of a rival firm’s telecommunications assets was legal, as it directed the country’s anti-trust watchdog to stop investigating the deal.

Local government infrastructure projects touted for PPP...

20 October, 2017 at 11:29

The private sector has been invited to explore local government infrastructure projects, particularly outside Metro Manila, after the national government decided to find other means of funding its projects.

[OPINION] ROW problems delay infra projects

18 October, 2017 at 16:30

I got this e-mail from an old friend who had worked on various government infrastructure projects. He confirmed my worst fears about why Build Build Build seems to be stranded.

[OPINION] All cracked up

17 October, 2017 at 14:54

A diplomat who watched President Duterte perorating against the European Union last week said the remarks were so incredible he felt like cracking up.

Duterte fires 2 execs on TV for...

16 October, 2017 at 16:30

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of two officials of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) for delaying the completion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project.

Manila cruise port to open before end...

16 October, 2017 at 15:30

To meet the growing demand for cruise lines in key Philippine destinations, a cruise-port facility will be opening in Manila before the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

Senate leaves BPO perks intact in TRAIN

13 October, 2017 at 14:51

Noting that the BPO industry has been one of the country’s biggest job generators, the Senate left intact the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry’s tax incentives to enable the Philippines to continue attracting more investments that would spur employment and economic growth.

[OPINION] Business model, disrupted

10 October, 2017 at 14:00

If the Philippines were a company, its business model would be facing disruption.

Foreign Internet providers waiting to enter PH...

5 October, 2017 at 14:00

President Duterte said that foreign Internet service providers were trying to enter the local game but weren’t able to due to inaction by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

MGB: No need to declare ‘mining-free zones’

5 October, 2017 at 10:58

Even if Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu already said that he will evaluate pending measures in Congress seeking to declare certain areas in the country “mining-free zones”…

Passage of bill amending PCIC charter pushed

4 October, 2017 at 09:50

A lawmaker urged Congress to pass a measure that would amend the charter of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) so it could offer index-based insurance coverage and allow it to engage in reinsurance.

China to PHL: Remove hurdles to infrastructure...

29 September, 2017 at 17:00

The Philippine government must address “challenging issues” to ensure that projects funded by concessional loans from China would proceed according to schedule, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said.

Philippines, Japan agree to speed up infrastructure...

29 September, 2017 at 10:37

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to further speed up the approval and implementation of the Philippine government’s infrastructure projects proposed for Japan’s funding assistance, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday.

BPO sector forecast to rebound in early...

28 September, 2017 at 17:37

The Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is likely to rebound by early 2018 after a “rebalancing” phase arising from a perceived escalation of “country risk” amid some concerns on the peace…

BPO exec criticizes ‘grandfather’ clause in Senate’s...

25 September, 2017 at 13:00

The Senate version of the administration’s first tax reform package would be keeping a crucial tax perk enjoyed by a subsector of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, albeit it would not be extended to new job offers starting next year.

[OPINION] BPO sector at risk

22 September, 2017 at 16:37

A series of events during the past months is nibbling at our once-unshakeable optimism for the country’s business process outsourcing industry.

Commentary: Enhancing human capital in the 10-point...

21 September, 2017 at 14:00

What do we need to advance this country over the long term?

[OPINION] The healthcare business

21 September, 2017 at 12:00

A change has been happening over the last decade or so in the healthcare business that is probably for the better. Conglomerates are buying hospitals and introducing efficient business practices in the process.