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5-mo BPO investments down 35%

30 June, 2017 at 14:56

Amid fears of political uncertainty under the Duterte administration, new IT-BPM investments registered under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) have fallen by more than a third in the first five months of the year, showing “alarming” signs…

BPO sector says no to removal of...

30 June, 2017 at 13:32

The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), which represents the sector that has become one of the pillars of the Philippine economy, warned that provisions in the first tax reform package…

More infrastructure work on launch pad

29 June, 2017 at 12:00

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is ending his first year in office on June 30 with more infrastructure and social service projects — cumulatively worth some P304.45 billion…

[OPINION] Change came in 2010-16

29 June, 2017 at 11:31

In last Thursday’s event of the Ateneo School of Government, “Change has come? A briefing on the first year of Duterte’s administration,” I showed evidence from three decades of the Social Weather Surveys that there already were extensive gains in governance…

Why the government TRAIN could derail

29 June, 2017 at 11:25

Under the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program, projected gains from the VAT expansion (for fuel, automobile, and sugar-based foods) at P500 billion will offset revenue losses of P200 billion from the lowered personal income tax…

MWSS chief: PH water supply still inadequate

29 June, 2017 at 11:16

Much needs to be done for the country to become water supply secure, thus declared Reynaldo Velasco, administrator of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, who pointed out that the Philippines’ national water security score stands at 40.4 out of 100.

PH eyes spot among top business-friendly nations

29 June, 2017 at 09:54

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez is targeting to break the country into the top 20 business-friendly economies by 2020 after years of being among the laggards.

Agri-foods China buys from Asean

28 June, 2017 at 16:30

China has a population of 1.3 billion and growing. It faces land and water scarcity, peaking farm productivity, and polluted lands and rivers.

[OPINION] Setting the example in Asean

28 June, 2017 at 16:30

As chair and host of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year, all eyes are on the Philippines to demonstrate leadership in the various areas on which the 10 member-states of the regional bloc have built their cooperation.

Data Privacy Act seen increasing global BPO...

28 June, 2017 at 15:25

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 will significantly increase the position of the Philippines as one of the world’s most preferred destinations for business process outsourcing (BPO), according to the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP).

Duterte, the ‘reluctant globe-trotter’

27 June, 2017 at 16:08

On his first year in office, President Duterte embarked on 21 trips to 17 countries despite his repeated claims that he disliked traveling as it wore him out.

VAT on local suppliers seen forcing exporters...

27 June, 2017 at 14:57

The top industry official representing electronic exporters in the country said the government’s proposal to impose value-added tax (VAT) on local suppliers of export-oriented companies would push the latter to depend on what would then be cheaper imports…

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

27 June, 2017 at 10:45

At least a decade ago, in 2007, the intelligence community in the Philippines was already watching Marawi City residents Cayamora Maute and his wife Farhana.

Bill seeks more transparency in energy regulation

23 June, 2017 at 15:00

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday filed a bill seeking more transparency in the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in order to ensure fair and reasonable power rates.

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