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PH aims to be among top 20 most competitive countries by 2020

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines currently ranks 99th out of 190 countries in terms of ease of doing business, according to the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation

PH aims to be among top 20 most competitive countries by 2020

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport, and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis

Trade, tourism chiefs downplay impact of martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the 'isolated incident' that prompted the declaration of martial law in Mindanao will not counter the country's growth momentum

Trade, tourism chiefs downplay impact of martial law in Mindanao

Gov't, private sector team up to help Mindanao tribe earn a living

May 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Aboitiz Foundation work together with the Matigsalug tribe of Mindanao to help them earn a living through their own products

Gov't, private sector team up to help Mindanao tribe earn a living

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 13-19, 2017

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Hello! Here's a round-up of videos from the past week that you need to watch

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 13-19, 2017

PH trade is up and looking bright despite headlines – DTI

Mar 17, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Department of Trade and Industry head Ramon Lopez talks to Rappler about the surge in foreign investments, new doors in China and how government is dealing with negative perception

PH trade is up and looking bright despite headlines – DTI

Rappler Talk: DTI's Ramon Lopez on trade in the time of Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Trade secretary Ramon Lopez talks about how the government plans to empower micro, small & medium enterprises

Rappler Talk: DTI's Ramon Lopez on trade in the time of Duterte

DTI backs proposal to raise car taxes

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the luxury car segment 'will not die' if the proposal to impose higher excise tax on new vehicles is approved

DTI backs proposal to raise car taxes

Price freeze for basic goods in effect in Surigao City

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Prices of basic goods in the city will now be pegged at prices that were in place within a month before the disaster occurred, the Department of Trade and Industry says

Price freeze for basic goods in effect in Surigao City

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:13 PM

In an early session at the World Economic Forum 2017, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez says he has observed that the US' new economic priorities are aligned with Duterte's thrust to spur economic growth

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

DTI seeks to stop '5-6' lending

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Starting 2017, the government will set aside P1 billion for lending to micro and small enterprises

DTI seeks to stop '5-6' lending

DTI chief: 200,000 jobs expected from Japan deals

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:46 PM

The government is working on 12 business deals worth P1.5 billion to be signed during President Duterte's trip to Japan

DTI chief: 200,000 jobs expected from Japan deals

No economic loss in Duterte’s 'separation' from US – trade chief

Oct 21, 2016 - 2:38 PM

'Realistically, you can’t stop transactions' between the US and Philippines. 'We have many investments with us from the US. We export, we import,' says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

No economic loss in Duterte’s 'separation' from US – trade chief

Duterte bringing home $24B worth of deals from China

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) Of the total, $15 billion accounts for company-to-company deals, while $9 billion accounts for loans to be made available by private banks, says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

Duterte bringing home $24B worth of deals from China

2016 MVP Bossing Awards to celebrate another batch of inspirational business leaders

Oct 21, 2016 - 12:32 PM

The nominations are open until November 9

2016 MVP Bossing Awards to celebrate another batch of inspirational business leaders

LIVE: President Duterte's official visit to Vietnam

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Follow Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's first official visit to Vietnam live on Rappler

LIVE: President Duterte's official visit to Vietnam

Duterte off to Vietnam this week for working visit

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Communications Secretary Marin Andanar says DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez is set to join President Rodrigo Duterte during the trip, and will also meet with Filipinos there

Duterte off to Vietnam this week for working visit

Duterte gov't assures PH economic policies 'predictable'

Sep 23, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says despite Duterte's unpredictability, the country's economic policy is to protect foreign investments and comply with trade agreements

Duterte gov't assures PH economic policies 'predictable'

DTI, DOF looking to ‘modernize’ investment incentives

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Both agencies are working together to craft a new set of tax breaks to offer potential investors as ‘the icing on the cake’ to get them to invest in the country and hope to finalize the tax breaks by the end of the year, says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

DTI, DOF looking to ‘modernize’ investment incentives

DTI chief wants prepaid load expiry date removed

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez says there's no reason for prepaid load to expire

DTI chief wants prepaid load expiry date removed

Investors not worried about Duterte war on drugs – DTI chief

Sep 02, 2016 - 2:19 PM

'Now, it’s safer out there in the streets. We see the confidence,' says Trade and Industry chief Ramon Lopez

Investors not worried about Duterte war on drugs – DTI chief

Business permits, licenses out in 2 days under gov't order to LGUs

Aug 31, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the government target is to have all 1,516 cities and municipalities adopt the new scheme within 30 days, and facilitate online processing of business permits and licenses within the year

Business permits, licenses out in 2 days under gov't order to LGUs

DTI chief downplays Hague ruling impact on trade

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Safe to say there's no immediate impact, says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. 'Maybe [trade with China] will even grow stronger.'

DTI chief downplays Hague ruling impact on trade

DTI targets 1-day business registration – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The target is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to eradicate red tape in government

DTI targets 1-day business registration – Palace

Duterte’s picks, Diplomats, Orlando shooting | 12PM wRap

Jun 14, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte’s picks, Diplomats, Orlando shooting | 12PM wRap

Duterte names DOH, DOT, DTI secretaries

Jun 13, 2016 - 10:38 PM

(UPDATED) President-elect Rodrigo Duterte chooses Dr Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial for the DOH, Wanda Corazon Teo for the DOT, and Ramon Lopez for the DTI

Duterte names DOH, DOT, DTI secretaries

PH: China's reported move to destroy bananas won't hurt ties

Mar 27, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The Philippines says it is still confirming reports that China destroyed 35 tons of exported bananas, but adds that trade relations will not be affected

PH: China's reported move to destroy bananas won't hurt ties

PH merchandise exports dip by 5.6% in 2015

Feb 16, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The trade department says weak demand from China and Japan pulled down regional exports but there are signs of growing optimism as it predicts total Philippine exports to grow by 8% to 9% for 2016

PH merchandise exports dip by 5.6% in 2015

DTI officials face cases over Montero Sport issue

Jan 31, 2016 - 10:16 PM

Complainants claim officials of the Department of Trade and Industry conspired with Mitsubishi Philippines over cases of sudden unintended acceleration

DTI officials face cases over Montero Sport issue

DTI: Third-party probe on Montero mess to start February

Jan 08, 2016 - 9:11 AM

The trade department is inclined to choose either Bureau Veritas or TUV – both German companies – to conduct the investigation

DTI: Third-party probe on Montero mess to start February

DTI ends 2015 with 3% surge in domestic, foreign investments

Jan 07, 2016 - 4:54 PM

The agency also expects a 5% hike in approved investments in 2016, to be driven by BPO, services, manufacturing

DTI ends 2015 with 3% surge in domestic, foreign investments

New trade chief Cristobal: DTI will work 'beyond administrations'

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:25 PM

For newly appointed Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr, 'too little time' is not a reason for the agency 'to just coast along'

New trade chief Cristobal: DTI will work 'beyond administrations'

Aquino appoints Cristobal as new trade chief

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:52 PM

The appointment of the new DTI chief takes effect on December 31, 2015

Aquino appoints Cristobal as new trade chief

DTI orders third party to settle Montero Sport issue

Dec 17, 2015 - 8:05 PM

But Mitsubishi PH still faces a separate complaint, filed by a DTI bureau, for selling a 'defective' product

DTI orders third party to settle Montero Sport issue

N. Mindanao MSMEs should get halal certification – DTI

Dec 12, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Region 10 or Northern Mindanao has the third highest production volume for poultry in the country, and is the only one outside Luzon

N. Mindanao MSMEs should get halal certification – DTI

Mitsubishi PH: Third party must settle Montero Sport issue

Dec 08, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Mitsubishi says a credible third party should resolve the issue of sudden unintended acceleration

Mitsubishi PH: Third party must settle Montero Sport issue

APEC 2015: Where PH stands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Interest in the TPP has surged on the eve of the APEC summit, but it will take awhile to come into force, say experts

APEC 2015: Where PH stands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Delivery of select food items in Typhoon Lando-hit areas delayed

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Impassable roads in typhoon-hit Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan hamper the delivery of select food items, manufacturers tell DTI, but supplies are ample

Delivery of select food items in Typhoon Lando-hit areas delayed

Philippines formalizes push for MSMEs adoption by WTO

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The Senate also approves the bill seeking to provide micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs more access to micro-financing

Philippines formalizes push for MSMEs adoption by WTO

PH is Asia's next shopping destination?

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The Philippine Retailers Association is reviving efforts to groom the country as a tourism shopping hub in the region like Hong Kong and Singapore

PH is Asia's next shopping destination?

Women are prime movers of inclusive growth – APEC leaders

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:33 AM

They also push for addressing gender disparities in women's labor force participation and strengthening their role in growing MSMEs

Women are prime movers of inclusive growth – APEC leaders

Philippines to complete 100 Go Negosyo centers in September

Sep 18, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The centers are seen to help micro-, small-, and medium-scale entrepreneurs with business registration, financing, and market promotion

Philippines to complete 100 Go Negosyo centers in September

DTI chief makes final push for MSMEs initiatives

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Domingo also confirms he will stay as DTI chief at least until after the country's hosting of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November

DTI chief makes final push for MSMEs initiatives

Economic role of women boosted by APEC health toolkit launch

Sep 16, 2015 - 6:45 PM

The APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economy Policy Toolkit will be pilot-tested in the Philippines for 6 months

Economic role of women boosted by APEC health toolkit launch

Aquino wants DTI's Domingo to stay until APEC summit

Sep 14, 2015 - 5:46 PM

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo says his resignation date can be adjusted, as the President told him some Cabinet members think he should stay until the country concludes its Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings' hosting

Aquino wants DTI's Domingo to stay until APEC summit

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Domingo's resignation is still under consideration, says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Starting next week, the National Telecommunications Commission will monitor if Internet service providers are complying with new rules on minimum broadband speed

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Suggested Retail Price distorts market – DOJ

Jul 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

A DOJ study shows that imposing SRP on products creates unintended consequences such as restricting competition

Suggested Retail Price distorts market – DOJ

PH IT-BPO sector expands 13.8%

Jun 27, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Contact centers were the top revenue earner in 2013, accounting for $8.4 billion or more than half of the industry’s total receipts

PH IT-BPO sector expands 13.8%

ASEAN opens up half the world to PH trade

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:11 AM

ASEAN, through its Free Trade Agreements with regional powers, gives the country the chance to trade to half the world at little to no tariffs

ASEAN opens up half the world to PH trade