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Catherine Pillas is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University, majoring in European Studies - International Relations, with minor degrees in History and English. She's been a beat reporter for 3 years now, covering the Senate beat briefly before being designated as the trade and industry reporter for BusinessMirror.
The Board of Investments (BOI) and the Department of Finance (DOF) are starting to chip away at the sticking points that will likely emerge in the efforts to harmonize fiscal incentives, which will be the main feature of the...
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Germany’s BMW Group is planning to increase its purchase of local automotive parts and is also keen on supplying electric vehicles to the Philippines. At the close of a weeklong trade and...
KNAUF, a German manufacturer of insulation materials and plasters, remains committed to push through with a $50-million (P2.53-billion) investment in the Philippines to start local production of plasterboards, eyeing to start operations in 2018, the Department of Trade and...
The Board of Investments (BOI) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza)—the country’s main investment-promotion agencies—would likely attract more than P500 billion in fresh investments this year, according to Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez. Lopez made the pronouncement in a...
Some 46 applications for new ecozones have yet to be approved by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, according to the chief of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza). Peza Director General Charito B. Plaza said Medialdea’s recommendation is needed before...
THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) is bullish on the gains from the Philippines’s entry as observer in an international human-rights group. The Philippines has been granted the observer status to the Consultative Committee of Convention 108 (CCC-108), an international convention...
While the transition to the Duterte administration has been smooth, the Philippines is expected to grow at a tempered pace this year and next year, London-based information and analytics provider IHS Markit said. Asia-Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas, in a...
The government and the private sector have taken on the gargantuan task of pulling the Philippines from its current ranking of 99th in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Ease of Doing Business Report all the way to the top...
The business-process outsourcing (BPO) sector is opposing the tax-reform package of the Department of Finance, dubbed as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, saying this could derail the industry’s competitiveness. The IT and Business Process Association of...
THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) is requiring select companies to submit details of their data-protection officer by September 9 to ensure the public can access the information on NPC’s web site and have a mode of redress should they...
Taiwan is courting Filipino business travelers to consider the country as an overseas destination for meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). This is the aim of the Bureau of Foreign Trade in Taiwan, which recently held the Meet Taiwan...
REPUBLIC Cement Corp., a joint venture of Ireland-based CRH and conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures, will be investing an initial $300 million (P15 billion) for its capacity-development activities. The first phase of these activities, targeted for completion by 2019, focuses on...
THE country’s economy is still poised to expand by 7 percent this year, on the back of higher government spending and more foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the second half, according to a local think tank. First Metro Investment...
THE country’s cement consumption is expected to grow beyond the average 6 percent to 7 percent during the past five years, to reach 12-percent annual growth by 2021 as the government’s wide-scale “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program rolls out. Trade...
The Board of Investments (BOI) said it is keen on granting incentives to manufacturers of eco-friendly and modern public-utility vehicles (PUVs), such as jeepneys, under an initiative similar to the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program. Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing...
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and cement manufacturers have assured enough supply of construction materials, particularly cement, for the rehabilitation of conflict-ravaged Marawi City. Emerging from a National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) meeting on Thursday, Trade Secretary and...
The European Union (EU) delegation in Manila said it is wrong for the government and the private sector to belittle the benefits that the country is getting from the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) scheme, which could...
KONICA Minolta Inc. is strengthening its partnership with Ubix Corp., its local exclusive distributor in the Philippines, eyeing to tap the commercial-printing space by year-end. In a recent interview, Edilberto B. Bravo, chairman of Ubix Corp., bared the growing distribution...
The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) said it expects the country’s unemployment and underemployment rates to decline steadily after the government allowed certain forms of labor contractualization to continue. Ecop President Donald G. Dee said the Department of Labor...
Philippine exports for the rest of the year will continue to grow at a steady pace, even if the country loses its trade privileges from the European Union, according to the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport). Philexport President Sergio R....