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GRAB Philippines has suspended its pilot selfie verification and in-vehicle video and photo recording processes after the National Privacy Commission (NPC) raised objections over passenger privacy protections.
THE BUREAU of Quarantine (BoQ) has exempted all cargo ships from the required 14-day quarantine amid the novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat in consideration of the country’s supply chain, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said on Wednesday.
PHILIPPINE economic growth could slow this quarter as factory closures in China, which is battling a coronavirus outbreak that has killed hundreds and sickened thousands more, hit the global supply chain, according to Mitsubishi UFJ Group (MUFG) Global Research.
THE Philippine Competition Commission’s Enforcement Office (PCC) has charged a pool of insurers and state-led secondary mortgagor for entering into anti-competitive agreements that cornered a type of insurance offered to borrowers for nearly four decades.
AGRI-LOGISTICS company TechnoFarm plans to open an estimated P1-billion cold storage facility for its agricultural imports.
AN ADVOCACY GROUP is lobbying for the passage of a pending measure creating a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to improve confidence in the transportation industry and encourage more tourism.
THE TOURISM INDUSTRY expects P20 billion in revenue losses as tourist arrivals from China plunge after the new coronavirus outbreak, Tourism Congress of the Philippines President Jose C. Clemente III said on Monday.
REAL STEEL Corp. is partnering with an Italian steel equipment manufacturer to build the Philippines’ first high-speed rolling mill in Pampanga.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it is encountering difficulties in sourcing 5 million face masks from overseas with domestic inventories running out.
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is renewing its recommendation to amend the law that limits foreign equity in public services.
THE properties of state firm National Development Co. (NDC), including those leased out at supposed disadvantageous terms, will not be sold but repackaged through long-term leases or joint ventures, the Trade secretary said on Wednesday.
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez said that negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US could be hampered by the mood in the US Congress, which backed sanctions against Philippine officials, leading Malacañang to threaten to withdraw from the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
IMPORTED vehicle sales steadied in 2019 as the number of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold dipped only slightly compared with the previous year, according to the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID).
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is launching a pilot test program which subsidizes the process of consolidating farms for planting to hybrid rice, DA adviser for hybrid rice program Frisco M. Malabanan told reporters Tuesday.
PHILIPPINE SHARES continued their decline on Tuesday as investor concerns over the coronavirus outbreak from China persist.
TRADE OFFICIALS urged industries at risk from Taal Volcano to firm up their contingency planning, with provisions for relocating operations and evacuating staff if necessary.
THE Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Tokyo organized a business mission to attract Japanese investment in sustainable tourism in Bohol, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.
THE European Union (EU) removed the Philippines from its “priority” counterfeit watchlist, even if it noted that intellectual property (IP) protection in the country has not improved.
THE Department of Energy (DoE) is coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on controlling the electricity supply in the immediate vicinity of Taal volcano in case of a hazardous eruption.
THE COUNTRY’S antitrust watchdog has expressed support for the classification of motorcycle taxis as a mode of public transport as it continues to call for market-driven competition.
THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) welcomed the government’s review of Ayala Land, Inc.’s (ALI) contract to develop a property of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City.
QBO Innovation Hub plans to take on board nearly 150 new start-ups in 2020 to address a shortage in the number of job-generating innovators, an official of the start-up incubator said.
THE Philippines’ utilization rate on its preferential trade scheme with the European Union (EU) is estimated to have remained at 25%, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Chargé d’ Affaires Thomas Wiersing told reporters at a press conference on Monday.
THE Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) plans to work with advertising agencies to attract more investment in the outsourcing sector this year.
ECONOMIC ZONES are evaluating their disaster preparations in the event of further activity from Taal volcano, with the industry association considering the likeliest scenario to be more ashfall.
FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) in Southeast Asia continued to grow in 2019 even as global investment flows remained flat, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Investment Trends Monitor said.
THE government is modifying the tariffs on products from Hong Kong, China and ASEAN member states as part of its commitments under a free trade agreement.
THE Philippines placed 61st among 82 nations in a report measuring social mobility, suggesting that Filipino success does not depend entirely on hard work and is likely to be affected by family and socioeconomic background.
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is targeting to grow investments by 5-10% this year, amid lingering investor concern over the government’s plan to rationalize incentives.
THE 5,000 EMPLOYEES of the Philippine animation industry, though toiling in obscurity, make up part of the production line for some of Disney or Cartoon Network’s biggest hits.
A NATIONAL business chamber is partnering with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to create a nationwide, pre-employment training system.
EXTREME heat caused by climate change puts the Philippines at risk of losing many hours of outdoor work in industries like construction or farming, dampening economic growth, the McKinsey Global Institute said.
THE Department of Health (DoH) has ordered a price freeze on 218 medicines as well as other medical goods in Batangas province, following widespread panic-buying of N95 masks, which are rated for filtering out volcanic dust.
THE Philippine Bamboo Industry Council (PBIC) plans to convert at least 19,000 hectares of land into bamboo plantations this year, including 13,000 hectares in the Western Visayas.