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[OPINION] Making investors happy

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 17:45

Various foreign groups have reported that their member companies are packing up and leaving the Philippines for other countries because not only is it cheaper, but it is also easier to do business elsewhere.

[OPINION] The Trump and Rody show

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 16:45

Actions speak louder than words, and in this part of the world, what’s left unsaid is often as important, or even more so, than official statements.

NTRC warns vs adverse effects of foreign...

Posted on 17 November, 2017 at 15:42

Think tank National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said a proposal to impose tax to foreign tourists visiting the country may negatively affect the Philippine tourism industry.

PH is worst place to be a...

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 17:30

The report should come as no surprise: drivers in the Philippines are the least satisfied in the world, according to a survey by the traffic-beating app Waze.

[OPINION] ASEAN amid a new world order

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 15:41

This world order of economic liberalism and relative peace and stability responsible for decades of unprecedented global economic growth was led and secured by Pax Americana.

11 Trade ministers reach deal on Pacific...

Posted on 16 November, 2017 at 10:30

In a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it.

[OPINION] Back again

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 13:00

I’ve been in sick bay in the past couple of weeks, so that may be why there was a bit of a focus on social issues.

Japan, China to help build PH railways

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 10:45

Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) …

AFP, DND assure Robredo: No support for...

Posted on 9 November, 2017 at 14:53

The chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) said they will not be supporting any moves to establish a revolutionary government.

DOTR to finish 5 projects in 2018

Posted on 8 November, 2017 at 12:00

The government expects to complete a handful of infrastructure projects in 2018 with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) vowing to “continuously push for the development and faster completion of transport infrastructure projects”.

[OPINION] Can they deliver soon enough?

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 16:00

Let me say at the outset that the administration’s economic team is composed of highly competent people with their hearts in the right place. But they may have promised more than they can quickly deliver.

Joey Concepcion supports retail trade lib

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 14:00

Filipino entrepreneurs should be more worried about their business concepts rather than the proposal to further open up retail trade in the country, presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said.

FEF Press Statement on talks of Revolutionary...

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 12:00

We, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, call on the authorities to unequivocally dispel and disown all talk of a “revolutionary government.” Such talk, even from unofficial or from unauthorized sources…

TPP talks without U.S. near final stretch...

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 10:00

The 11 remaining nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States edged towards sealing a comprehensive free trade pact after New Zealand agreed to amend laws that are not subject to TPP, to enable its ban on foreign home purchases.

SM open on plan to ease entry...

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 17:30

The SM Group is open to the expected entry of more foreign brands in the Philippines in line with the administration’s plan to further liberalize retail trade.

[OPINION] Tax reform for a higher level...

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 16:30

I take up a topic of great importance and immediacy and will postpone the articulation of the Filipino dreamas I had planned to make last week for a later time.

Retail trade liberalization can be good for...

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 14:30

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Jose Concepcion III said that further liberalizing the retail trade sector in favor of foreign investors would lead foreigners to put up franchises in the country, which would need local partners “to navigate” the domestic market.

[OPINION] Not business-friendly

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 12:30

Last year it took an average of 28 days to start a business in the Philippines – an improvement from the 49 in 2003.

Ease of doing business expected to improve...

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 10:21

The Philippines will effect “drastic” improvements in terms of ease of doing business (EODB) within two or three years, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in response to a 14-place drop in the World Bank’s rankings.

[OPINION] The status quo trap

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 10:00

The ruling of the Court of Appeals admonishing the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to back off from the PLDT-Globe purchase of San Miguel Corp.’s telco assets is symptomatic of what ails Philippine society…

Executive Secretary green lights set up of...

Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 08:00

The Office of the Executive Secretary has recommended to President Duterte the issuance of presidential proclamation for the setup of 25 new ecozones, according to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The Duterte Administration strengthens its efforts on...

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 18:00

The Duterte government reaffirms its commitment to accelerate the several reforms being undertaken to improve the ease of doing business in the Philippines.

[OPINION] Is banana sagging?

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 16:00

It may be playing on words, but our title is a serious question motivated by recent trends in the industry. Two years ago a newspaper bannered the report “Philippine banana export industry under threat,” while last year another broadsheet…

SMC proposes to extend NAIA Expressway to...

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 14:00

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) wants to expand its NAIA Expressway (NAIAx) project to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig to provide better access of Manila’s airport complex to more areas in the capital district.

[OPINION] Beat the traffic, build a subway

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 12:00

The usual skeptics think that while a subway can provide relief for Metro Manila denizens slowly dying from inhaling polluted air and grappling with horrendous traffic, an underground rail system is not feasible in the flood-prone national capital.

The Philippines looks to foreign investment to...

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 10:00

With an eye on reversing a dip in foreign direct investment (FDI), the Philippines has proposed a series of reforms aimed at increasing trade liberalisation.

FTA with US still in PH’s horizon

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 08:00

The Philippines is still keen on pursuing a free trade agreement with the United States which it said would yield a stronger and sustainable partnership with the world’s largest economy, according to Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

PHL near bottom in 4G availability, speed

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 18:00

The Philippines has among the lowest long-term evolution (LTE) speed and availability rates globally, a report by a London-based firm said.

US firm adds contact centers in Philippines

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 16:00

Global managed services provider iQor continues to expand its operations in the Philippines, with the opening of new contact centers in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Bacolod City, Negros Island.

[OPINION] Has our One China policy worked...

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 14:00

In 1975, the Philippines adopted a diplomatic statute called the “One China Policy” to govern its relations with China and Taiwan. At the heart of the statute is that the Philippines would only recognize one sovereign state called “China”…

PHL in lower half of Doing Business...

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 12:00

The Philippines has remained in the lower half of an annual gauge of economies’ competitiveness in terms of improving business conditions for entrepreneurs, a better score notwithstanding.

ISIS Threat in Philippines Spreads in Remote...

Posted on 2 November, 2017 at 11:47

The leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon, is dead. The city his forces seized, Marawi, on the island of Mindanao, is all but completely back in government hands after months of scorched-earth combat.

[OPINION] Bad news, good news on jobs

Posted on 31 October, 2017 at 10:00

The July job figures were just released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and alas, the headline numbers have moved in the wrong direction.

[OPINION] DICT internet roadmap

Posted on 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

Posted on 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] Foreign partners

Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 14:44

President Duterte’s idols, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, are skipping the ASEAN-Plus summit with dialogue partners that the Philippines gets to host only once in a decade, and which Duterte gets to chair only once in his lifetime.

[OPINION] More telco issues

Posted on 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.

No major clean up of dirty money...

Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 10:18

In late October the Philippines introduced a new set of rules that would allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to monitor funds entering and exiting the substantial casino sector.

UK warns vs travel to rural areas...

Posted on 27 October, 2017 at 10:48

The United Kingdom has warned its citizens against traveling to rural areas throughout the Philippines due to prevalent counterinsurgency operations.

[OPINION] Attitude

Posted on 26 October, 2017 at 16:05

We need a revolution. No, we don’t want the Left to take over. The revolution we want is for the government to give us the service we pay for. Smartly, efficiently, speedily.

95% in poll want drug suspects captured...

Posted on 26 October, 2017 at 13:00

Ninety-five percent (95%) of respondents in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll last September say it is important for the police to capture illegal drug trade suspects alive.

End open-pit mining ban — MICC

Posted on 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...

Posted on 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.

Chinese investors still keen on PH

Posted on 25 October, 2017 at 13:00

The Duterte administration “continues to enjoy the confidence of foreign direct investors” after two large Chinese investors reiterated their interest to invest a combined $4.5 billion in the Philippines.

Malacañang approval of new ecozones still hangs

Posted on 25 October, 2017 at 10:42

Despite increasing public pressure to pick up the pace, Malacañang has barely progressed on the backlog of economic zones pending approval, reflecting a combined value of P500 billion worth of investments that could not move forward due to the delay.

Delays in ecozone approvals derail P500 B...

Posted on 24 October, 2017 at 17:30

The country risks losing some P500 billion worth of investments due to the persistent delays in the proclamation of new economic zones, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said.

Japan chamber backs liberalized retail trade

Posted on 24 October, 2017 at 16:30

The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines Inc. (JCCIPI) has expressed support to moves that will further open up retail trade in the country, saying this will allow the entry of more small and medium-sized Japanese firms into the local market.

NIA targets to develop 85% of irrigable...

Posted on 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.

Nov. 13 to 15 special non-working days...

Posted on 24 October, 2017 at 12:30

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared November 13 to 15 as Special Non-Working Days in Metro Manila, Pampanga, and Bulacan, as the country hosts the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Meetings.

Court of Appeals upholds P70-billion Globe-PLDT deal

Posted on 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.

Japan businesses wary of tax reform impact...

Posted on 23 October, 2017 at 17:00

Japanese businesses are “watching carefully” how Philippine tax reform plays out, and focusing on those provisions that seek to remove incentives being enjoyed by locators at Philippine economic zones.

[OPINION] Too many holidays

Posted on 23 October, 2017 at 15:11

Do we have too many holidays for our own good? Young people who welcome time off from school love it, of course, but there are many who believe we have a bit too much of it, including the Department of Labor and Employment itself.

Local government infrastructure projects touted for PPP...

Posted on 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.

EU investors get immune to Duterte rhetorics...

Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 14:00

European investors in the country have learned to discount or becoming immune to the rhetorics and outbursts of President Duterte, the last time calling for the expulsion of EU diplomats for interference…

Indonesia Hunts For Investors for Projects Worth...

Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 11:32

Indonesia will turn to private investors for the hundreds of billions of dollars in investment needed to develop the archipelago’s infrastructure and natural resources…

[OPINION] ROW problems delay infra projects

Posted on 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.

[EDITORIAL] Better climate for investment

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 15:30

There’s an interesting debate on foreign investments going on between the Duterte administration and its critics. While an opposition senator, Franklin Drilon, raised an alarm over the 90-percent decline in new foreign investments as of last June…

[OPINION] Can We Spend, Spend, Spend?

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 14:21

After a lengthy legislative exercise, the Senate released a Committee Report last month that consolidated 31 different bills on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

No destabilization threat to Duterte administration, says...

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 11:34

The military sees no major threat to the administration, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s continued reference to destabilization efforts that he says could push him to set up a revolutionary government.

[OPINION] All cracked up

Posted on 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.

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