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Rody to draw up new mining law

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 16:00

President Duterte has pitched for new legislation on mining, saying he is set to gather all stakeholders of the industry to discuss his proposal for a modified measure.

Infrastructure, tax reforms in investors’ SONA wishlist

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 15:00

The local and foreign business community is hoping to hear more about President Duterte’s plans regarding his massive infrastructure program and tax reform package as he delivers his State-of-the-Nation Address on Monday.

TPP, the Trade Deal Trump Killed, Is...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 14:00

When President Trump pulled out of his predecessor’s signature trade deal on his first full weekday in office, the 11 other countries that had negotiated the pact were left wondering if years of work had just gone down the drain.

Manufacturing innovation key to EM break out...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 12:00

The concept of emerging markets is based broadly on the idea that the wealth of developing countries tends to converge over time with their developed peers. But, in fact, long-term growth and development has…

UPDATE 1-Philippines plans new law to ensure...

Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 09:48

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday the government will draft a new law for the country’s mining industry, which he said pays too little in tax and not enough in compensation for any environmental damage.

[OPINION] Mighty Kim

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 15:30

I got a call from former BIR commissioner Kim Henares last Monday. She said she didn’t want to react to an item in my column, but former DOF Sec. Cesar Purisima insisted that she clarify things with me.

MRT-7 up and running by end-2019 —...

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 14:27

The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said yesterday.

Tugade defends LTFRB, says ‘cap’ being planned...

Posted on 19 July, 2017 at 15:20

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade on Tuesday said the government is planning to put a “cap” on the wave of ride-sharing drivers applying for franchise once “compliance” among those who want to operate…

ECCP raises concerns over tax reform package

Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 09:48

European businessmen have joined the growing ranks within the private sector against the proposed higher taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and automobiles in the country…

LEDAC lists 13 bills as ‘urgent’

Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 15:03

The core committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) has endorsed 13 bills — including a tariff on rice imports to replace the quota system…

Hong Kong architect wins tender for massive...

Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 11:15

In what is being touted as one of the biggest investments in the “Belt and Road Initiative”, a Hong Kong architect and his firm have won a tender to plan and coordinate the design of an artificial island the size of 20 Victoria Parks off the coast of Manila in the Philippines, the Post has learned.

New FDI negative list out next month

Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 13:30

New FDI negative list out next month By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan | Posted on July 13, 2017   THE GOVERNMENT expects to issue its 11th

The Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum: Implementing...

Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 10:44

The Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum of the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines will be held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on September 14, 2017.

BPO firms’ tax perks to stay under...

Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 15:17

The Department of Finance yesterday said business process outsourcing (BPO) companies need not worry about the government’s first tax reform package as they would continue to enjoy a number of fiscal perks enough to sustain their robust growth.

Japan–EU negotiations racing against protectionism

Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 13:00

The Japan–EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations appear to be coming down to the wire. Both sides are aiming to reach a framework agreement prior to the G20 summit on 7 July.

[OPINION] Philippines? Where’s that?

Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 12:32

Often, we think the world revolves around us. Our politicians talk as if what they say matters to the rest of the world and the world will adjust to their whims.

Duterte rolls out legacy projects

Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 14:00

While the Duterte administration has courted near-constant division over its polices on politics, security and foreign policy, it has unified critics and allies alike on the country’s crucial need for infrastructure.

Duterte maintains high approval, trust ratings

Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 13:00

President Duterte brought to Malacañang the popularity he enjoyed as a longtime Davao City mayor after he won the 2016 presidential election.

Business leaders stay upbeat on admin’s infra...

Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 12:00

A year after President Rodrigo Duterte took office, some of the biggest local and foreign business chambers in the country still have high hopes for the administration, betting on the promise of a “golden age of infrastructure” on top…

Foreign Investment pledges imperilled

Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 10:20

Foreign investment pledges secured by the country are on the verge of being pulled out as delays on the proclamation of new economic zones have resulted in applications piling up in the Office of the President (OP).

Water crisis, river basins and governance

Posted on 3 July, 2017 at 10:33

To address our water crisis (where an average of 73 people die every day due to water-related causes) it is imperative we implement an approach successfully used in many countries…

Gov’t shift from PPP could speed up...

Posted on 3 July, 2017 at 10:29

The government’s decision to diversify financing for big-ticket projects from public-private partnerships (PPP) to state or donor-funded schemes may have roused initial uncertainty…

NGCP readies tie-up with government for national...

Posted on 3 July, 2017 at 10:27

Following plans of a partnership with the government, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) would be opening its massive power highway to accelerate the country’s internet on par with first world countries.

5-mo BPO investments down 35%

Posted on 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...

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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...

Posted on 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).

Infrastructure Tracker

Posted on 28 June, 2017 at 09:54

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Duterte, the ‘reluctant globe-trotter’

Posted on 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...

Posted on 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

Posted on 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.

Status of PPP Projects (as of June...

Posted on 27 June, 2017 at 09:53

Status of PPP Projects
As of 22 June 2017

Bill seeks more transparency in energy regulation

Posted on 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.

Clark to get new masterplan

Posted on 23 June, 2017 at 13:00

Urban planner Palafox Associates (PA) has been tapped by state-owned firm Clark Development Corp. (CDC) to create the new master development and business plan for the Clark Freeport Zone.

[OPINION] Labor mobility in Asean: Free or...

Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 11:32

Economic community-hood is the primary goal of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). The idea is to transform the economies of the 10 Asean countries into one Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Duterte vows no civil war under his...

Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 09:53

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, June 20, said his administration will not allow a civil war to break out amongst Filipinos suffering the brunt of war.

[OPINION] ‘Unli rice’ and rice trade

Posted on 20 June, 2017 at 10:24

Poor Sen. Cynthia Villar. She was well meaning, I’m sure, when she made that controversial remark last week about prohibiting unlimited rice servings in restaurants.

Seminar tackles hybrid PPP, G2G transactions

Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 17:30

To capture the opportunities and take full advantage of the administration’s pronouncement they will launch hybrid public-private partnership (PPP) programs and government-to-government transactions to address the infrastructure and procurement needs of the government…

PCC teams up with Ombudsman

Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 16:30

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has teamed up with the Office of the Ombudsman in a bold new campaign to weed out bid-rigging, price fixing and cartels in government procurements and projects.

‘Fixing tax system to hike PHL revenues...

Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 15:30

The government can collect some P433 billion in additional revenues, equivalent to 2.7 percent of GDP, by implementing reforms in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) tax policy and administration, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

Gov’t sets aside plans to build new...

Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 14:16

The government has put on hold a plan to build a new international airport as it is prioritizing the decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Duterte, Focused on Drug Users in Philippines,...

Posted on 14 June, 2017 at 16:27

It was classic bravado from the Philippines’ tough-guy president, Rodrigo Duterte.

PHL tagged among promising FDI sites

Posted on 13 June, 2017 at 17:00

The Philippines now figures as one of the world’s preferred sites for foreign direct investments (FDI), according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2017

[OPINION] Nationalism revisited

Posted on 13 June, 2017 at 15:39

As we mark the 119th anniversary of the declaration of our people’s emancipation from Spain, it is worth revisiting the values and experiences that led us to that historic event.

DOF to pitch reduced corporate income tax...

Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 17:49

The Department of Finance (DOF) will submit to Congress in October a revenue-neutral second tax reform package aimed at slashing corporate income taxes while putting a cap on the fiscal incentives being enjoyed by investors.

NEDA clears 4 infra projects worth P542...

Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 15:49

Four infrastructure projects with a combined value of P541.6 billion have been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC).

Duterte and generals split on China rapprochement

Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 13:47

Analysis of Philippine foreign policy, especially in recent months, has largely revolved around the bigger-than-life persona of President Rodrigo Duterte.

High-speed rail to Clark seen running by...

Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 16:30

By 2022, Metro Manila will be connected to the international airport at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga via a Japan-funded high-speed rail system to be built in line with the government’s plan to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

[OPINION] How ISIS Got a Foothold in...

Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 16:35

For about two weeks now, dozens of Islamist militants have faced off against the Philippine armed forces in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where most of the Philippines’ Muslim minority lives.

Trump Talks Tough on Trade, but His...

Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 13:00

President Trump has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal a “rape” of the United States. He has scolded Germany for being “very bad” on trade because it runs a surplus.

NEDA rolls out new Philippines development plan

Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 09:57

Malacañang has ordered the implementation of the new medium term development plan that aims to transform the country into an upper-middle income economy by 2022 through rapid poverty reduction in rural areas.

[OPINION] Financing the Philippine golden age of...

Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 17:00

In recent years, the Philippines has enjoyed strong and sustained economic growth founded on sound macroeconomic fundamentals.

[VIDEO] President Duterte and other Cabinet members...

Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 15:58

President Rody Duterte and other Cabinet members receive United States of America (USA) Senator Cory Gardner of the State of Colorado in a courtesy call and working dinner at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on May 31, 2017.

[OPINION] Is anyone in charge?

Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 15:25

A Facebook friend posted that it took him a miraculous 30 minutes from Quezon City to NAIA, three minutes to check in and one hour and forty five minutes to clear immigration.

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