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FEMSA exit triggers scramble to liberalize sugar imports, DTI says

THE GOVERNMENT is rushing to liberalize the importation of sugar to address supply issues after a major Mexican bottler gave up its rights to make and sell Coca-Cola products in the Philippines.

DTI sees more intense regional competition in federal set-up

TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez said a shift to federalism will mean that regions will have to compete to attract investors, regardless of the aid available to the poorest regions.

DTI threatens to unleash BIR on foreign shipping lines

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will ask the Bureau of Internal Revenues to investigate foreign shipping lines to validate whether they are paying taxes properly on what it called “excessive” cargo charges.

DTI approves SRP hike for some canned goods

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it has approved price increases for some canned goods which are subject to price controls.

DTI makes fresh pitch on Japanese investments

THE Department of Trade and Investments is encouraging more investments from Japan, one of the country’s biggest sources of foreign direct investments until last year when fund flows started to plunge.

DTI cites PHL ‘economic breakout’ to lure Japan’s manufacturers

The Department of Trade and Industry is encouraging Japan's manufacturers to invest in the Philippines, citing the country's growth in the sector. “The Philippines is...

Trade dep’t asks PCC to look into ‘excessive’ fees by foreign...

The Department of Trade and Industry has requested the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to look into "excessive" charges imposed by foreign shipping lines to...

FPI opposes DTI’s proposed sugar content labels on beverages

THE Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) is opposing the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) proposed rules that would require companies to include sugar content of beverages on labels.

DTI zeroes in on energy drinks for sugar labeling

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) has identified energy drinks as one of the products that it wants to label “High in Sugar” under proposed new labeling rules.

BoI sees strong investor interest in Eastern Samar

BUSINESSES are looking to invest in the Eastern Visayas in industries such as water transport, hospitals, agribusiness, mass housing, and agro-processing, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI says only few prices have moved since Nov.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the prices of most goods it is monitoring have not moved since November, and neither have its suggested retail price (SRP) ceilings on commonly-purchased goods.

Suggested retail price scheme for rice, other goods in the works

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is expecting to impose a suggested retail price (SRP) scheme for basic agricultural commodities including rice and livestock products.

Duterte wants DTI to put health warning labels on sugary drinks

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to place health warning labels on sugar-sweetened...

DTI sets 2022 target for eliminating ‘5-6’ lending

WITH added funding set aside for lending to micro, small and medium enterprises, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it hopes to eliminate the need for so-called “5-6” informal lenders by 2022.

DTI preparing rules to implement new ease of doing business law

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has directed involved agencies to fast-track the terms of the new Ease of Doing Business Law of...

DTI finds no basis for allegations that QT steel is unsafe

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it found no “factual or technical” basis to the allegations that local quenched tempered (QT) steel is unsafe for high-rise construction.

School supplies with high mercury content pulled out of stores

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered several shops in Recto, Manila to pull out school supplies found to have high levels of mercury.

Price increase expected in paper-based school supplies — DTI-Davao

NOTEBOOKS AND other paper-based products are expected to increase as consumers begin buying supplies for the school opening in June. “We are expecting the...

BPO sector: An economic pillar

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) defines business process outsourcing (BPO) as the “delegation of service-type business processes to a third-party service provider.”...

DTI to provide assistance to MSMEs affected by Boracay closure

The Department of Trade and Industry is looking to boost its livelihood programs in Boracay to especially assist micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs)...

DTI eyes 11% halal share in RP’s total exports

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is eyeing to bring back the share of halal commodities in total Philippine exports...

Approved investment pledges surge by 53% in first quarter

Approved investment pledges in the first quarter of 2018 surged by more than half from a year ago, according to the Department of Trade...

Halal board set to unveil road map during first National Halal...

THE government is set to reveal next week its strategic roadmap which was crafted with the aim of boosting the export of halal products. In...

DTI identifies programs that will help workers affected by Boracay closure

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) once again assured that it has identified initiatives to cushion the impact to workers and entrepreneurs of...

Improving the local logistics industry

Logistics is defined as the integration of transport, warehousing, freight forwarding and information services. Along with competitiveness of products and services, efficient logistics services...

Government cites legal hurdles in planned EO to abolish endo

The Department of Trade and Industry says government will face legal challenges in crafting a law that will end labor contractualization. "There simply is difficulty...

DTI starts probe of substandard rebar sold in Central Luzon

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started on Monday an investigation to verify reports of the sale of substandard rebar in Central Luzon. In...

DTI chief cites opportunity to tap fast-growing China market in Shanghai...

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is expecting increased trade between the Philippines and China through the China International Import Expo (CIIE) which...

Uplifting the MSMEs

By Romsanne R. Ortiguero The Philippines is considered as one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, and one of the critical drivers of this growth...

DTI open to lowering capital threshold for foreign retail business owners

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry is open to lowering the paid-up capital threshold for foreigners to own retail businesses in the country to...

Gov’t looking to ease business processes

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter THE Department of Trade Industry (DTI) looks to enhance the ease of doing business in the country with the use...

DTI: Free trade deal with EFTA states means more investments

The Department of Trade and Industry is expecting more investments coming from four European countries after the senate on Monday ratified the Philippines-European Free...

DoF sees 2018 inflation staying within 4% range

THE Department of Finance (DoF) said inflation is expected to be contained at the high end of the target range, or 4%, for the...

Davao’s cacao beans to reach Japanese market — DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) eyes better growth in the local cacao sector as Japanese department store giant Isetan Mitsukoshi Group will...

DTI reports progress in free trade talks with US

The Department of Trade and Industry is expecting to see a considerable progress within one to two years amid the country's attempt to seal...

DTI conducts special price monitoring in Davao groceries

DAVAO CITY — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez conducted a special price monitoring yesterday in two groceries in this...

New law prohibits expiry dates on gift checks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law prohibiting the “issuance of a gift check that bears an expiry date” and “imposing an expiry...

Russian company considering Bataan pipe-coatings facility

MOSCOW-based BT SVAP LLC is interested in building a pipe-coatings facility in Bataan, the Department of Industry (DTI) said. The DTI said in a statement...

Local products get a boost at Shopwise

IN A bid to make local products from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) available to the general population, the Department of Trade and...

DTI to tighten watch on food prices as Christmas draws near

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will monitor prices of commodities, particularly of food items such as those for Noche Buena,...

ASEAN claims ‘significant progress’ on RCEP

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has achieved many of the items on its economic agenda and made major progress in bringing forward...

P1 billion each allocated for MSMEs programs in 2018 budget

SENATE FINANCE committee chair Loren B. Legarda in a statement on Saturday, Oct. 28, said she has allocated to the 2018 budget P1 billion...

Construction worker shortage ‘about 2.5M’ – DTI

THE construction industry estimates that it will need 2.5 million more workers to deal with the government’s infrastructure program, a Department of Trade and...

DTI to study gov’t support for startups

THE Department of Trade and Industry will be looking into how to boost the startup industry in the Philippines to attract more investors and...

Industry groups want post-shipment testing on steel, cement imports retained

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato INDUSTRY groups in a press briefing scheduled Monday, Oct. 16, are expected to appeal anew to the Department of Trade...