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ABS-CBN says iWant subscribers hit 11 million

ABS-CBN Corp. said its newly rebranded streaming platform iWant (formerly iWant TV) now has 11.3 million subscribers.

Malaysian tower provider allocating $1 billion for Philippine expansion

MALAYSIA-BASED tower company edotco Group Sdn Bhd said it is investing at least $1 billion to build telecommunications infrastructure in the Philippines.

LCCs dominate PHL domestic market

LOST-COST carriers (LCC) are now dominating the domestic market in the Philippines, an aviation think tank said.

Chelsea Logistics secures PCC nod for Trans-Asia acquisition

CHELSEA Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) on Wednesday said the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has cleared its proposed acquisition of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc.

DICT launches cybersecurity management project

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has given the go signal for the joint venture of Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS) and Israel-based Verint Systems, Inc. to undertake its cybersecurity management system project.

DoTr ‘welcomes’ amendment to legalize motorcycle taxis

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it welcomes moves to legalize motorcycle taxis via the filing of a bill at the House of Representatives seeking to amend the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10 to open this month

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link Segment 10 is finally set to open this month.

Tuguegarao City gov’t taps Globe for Wifi project

THE enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, Inc. said it partnered with the local government of Tuguegarao City for its free WiFi project.

DICT finds no violation in info security

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday said its initial evaluation found “organizations” in government compliant with information security standards.

MICT gets four new hybrid gantry cranes

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said it recently received four new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTG) for its flagship port, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).

Far Eastern University profits jump 81% in 2nd quarter

FAR Eastern University, Inc. (FEU) reported an 81% rise in attributable net income to P462.631 million in the second quarter ending Nov. 30, due to a surge in college freshman enrolees.

Dennis Uy not interested in Hanjin’s Subic shipyard

DAVAO-BASED businessman Dennis A. Uy is not interested in rescuing debt-ridden Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-Philippines).

BSP downplays effect of Hanjin default on banking industry

LOCAL banks’ exposure to embattled firm Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Philippines) is “negligible,” a senior central bank official said, noting that local lenders are well-placed to weather these loan defaults.

Thailand appeals WTO ruling over cigarette imports

THE World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Friday Thailand is appealing the decision by a dispute panel that determined the country failed to comply with the WTO ruling against its regulations on cigarette imports.

AirAsia to open new routes from Kalibo to China

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. is launching new routes from the Boracay gateway that will link to three destinations in China: Chengdu, Kunming and Macau.

TV5 president confident network can break even in 2019

TV5 Network, Inc. reduced its losses by as much as 30% in 2018, according to its president Vincent P. Reyes.

ATI acquires new cranes for Batangas Port expansion

ASIAN Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said on Thursday it is expanding the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) with the deployment of additional modern equipment.

PLDT, GMA team up for digital television

PLDT, Inc. and wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. are working with GMA Network, Inc.’s New Media, Inc. (NMI) to assist the television network in its digital transformation.

Kaspersky partners with MSI-ECS for B2B products

RUSSIA-BASED cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said on Monday it is tapping local firm MSI-ECS Philippines to spur its growth in the enterprise market.

Smart Wifi partners with Google

SMART Wifi has teamed up with tech giant Google to deliver free, high speed internet services in public locations around the Philippines, according to parent company PLDT, Inc.

ABS-CBN, GMA claim top ratings in 2018

RIVAL networks ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc. both claimed the top spot in television ratings in 2018, using different audience measurement reports.

Local airlines bullish for 2019 as oil prices drop

LOCAL AIRLINES are keeping a positive outlook for 2019, after the industry suffered last year when jet fuel prices soared.

PT&T partners with cybersecurity firm

PHILIPPINE TELEGRAPH and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is boosting its enterprise business by teaming up with security solutions firm 5G Security, Inc. (5GS) to offer cybersecurity services to its customers.

DICT to sign MoUs with more tower builders soon

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it is looking to sign in the next two weeks memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with potential common tower providers (CTPs) pending a consensus on a shared telecommunications infrastructure policy.

ICTSI concession is South America’s 1st carbon-neutral port

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said its concession in Ecuador is first port to obtain a carbon-neutral certification in South America.

Facebook eyes more activity in platforms in 2019

FACEBOOK PHILIPPINES is targeting more user activity as it welcomes the new year, with more than 70 million Filipinos already in its platforms.

Now Corp. will undergo equity restructuring

NOW CORP. on Wednesday said it will undergo equity restructuring to erase its accumulated deficit.

CAVITEx sees traffic growing 5%-6% in 2019

THE CONCESSION holder of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) said it is expecting use of the toll road to grow 5-6% this year with the opening of Phase 1 of an enhancement program in Parañaque City.

PHL may seek Saudi overflight rights to expand Israel air market

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it hopes to conclude an overflight agreement with Saudi Arabia in order to expand air services with Israel.

MPIC unit obtains P19-B loan for Cebu-Cordova bridge

A TOLLWAYS subsidiary of the Metro Pacific group sealed another loan deal this month to fund the construction of its bridge project in Cebu City.

Maynilad gets ISO certification for business continuity

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc., the private concessionaire for Metro Manila’s west zone, said it was given an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification in Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS).

US agency flags NAIA security deficiencies

THE UNITED STATES Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a travel advisory for the Philippines, citing insufficient security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Oasis in the desert

If you tell a fellow Filipino that you are flying to Abu Dhabi, the assumption is almost always that you are going to start working there. And you can’t fault them because as you wait to board the plane for your Abu Dhabi trip, you’d notice that you are surrounded by mothers on the phone, saying their last minute goodbyes to their children. “Mag-behave ka habang wala si mama, ha? I love you, anak [Behave while mom is away, okay? I love you],” implying that they will be gone to work abroad for a long time.

PAL, Cebu Pacific planning new routes amid fleet expansion

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) and Cebu Pacific are looking to launch new routes next year as both airlines expand their fleet.

Transportation dep’t to shift general aviation to Sangley airport by late...

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it go ahead with its plan to transfer general aviation flights Sangley airport by the third quarter of 2019, amid a lack of progress in the Cavite government’s plan to develop the airfield there, which is currently an Air Force base.

Converge ICT eyes IPO in next 5 years

CONVERGE ICT Solutions, Inc. said it is looking to tap more sources of funding for its expansion plans, which includes an initial public offering (IPO) within the next five years.

Metro Pacific secures P24-billion loan for Cavite-Laguna expressway

A METRO PACIFIC group unit said it has completed the funding for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project and is eyeing to start commercial operations of some segments in the Laguna section as early as July next year.

Manila subway to break ground mid-Jan.

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said the groundbreaking for the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway project has been moved to January due to conflicts in schedule with Japanese representatives.

Transport dep’t to submit NAIA rehab proposal this week for NEDA...

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) plans to submit to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the next few days the unsolicited proposal of the “super consortium” to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), months after the group bagged original proponent status (OPS).

Etihad seeks to attract more tourists to Abu Dhabi

ETIHAD AIRWAYS, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said it is hoping to attract more tourists to visit Abu Dhabi as part of its 15th anniversary celebration.

Changi-led consortium wins contract to operate Clark airport

THE government on Thursday awarded the operations and management contract for the Clark International Airport in Pampanga to a consortium that includes the operator of Singapore’s Changi Airport, as well as the Gokongwei and Gotinanun groups.

DICT signs agreement to assist common tower firm with permits

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ISOC Infrastructures, Inc. and ISOC Asia Telecom Towers, Inc., which plans to build towers for the common use of telecommunications companies.

Smart sets expansion of 5G network coverage

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it plans to expand the coverage of its fifth generation (5G) network by next year, which it hopes will spur the creation of more “5G cities.”

Cebu Pacific completes delivery of A321ceo orders

CEBU PACIFIC on Wednesday said it received the last of its seven orders of A321ceo (current engine option) from aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

LTFRB opens bus, jeepney licenses for PITX routes

THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is opening applications for public utility buses and jeepneys that would ply routes to and from the newly-inaugurated Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).