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PH to add more sectors allowing 100% foreign ownership

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

MORE AGGRESSIVE. 'I want a more aggressive liberalization. The draft list is too puny in terms of changes. I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries,' Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says. File photo

TIMELINE: Agreements, challenges in ASEAN

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The regional bloc s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you must know this Wednesday

WINNERS. Student-athletes feel happy and proud as they received their medals during the awarding ceremonies for the Gymnastics competition at the EBJ Gymnasium.

BDO guards turf from giant ASEAN lenders

Apr 20, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Operating in a seamless regional economic bloc the Philippines largest lender is wary of bigger banks entering the Philippines

HIGHER LENDING. The country's dominant bank continues stable growth in net income in the first quarter of 2017, mainly due to higher loan accounts

Quimbo wants to lower corporate income tax to 25%

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo also authors a measure seeking to adjust individual income tax to inflation

LOWER TAXES. Deputy House Speaker Miro Quimbo files bills seeking to lower personal income and corporate taxes. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

ASEAN architect urges Filipino colleagues to be 'globally competitive'

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED Only 52 out of the 39 000 registered architects in the Philippines are accredited to practice in other ASEAN countries

Briones: There might be more problems if we suspend K to 12

Jun 06, 2016 - 5:57 PM

This thing is pressed upon us not only by internal environment but also by external environment such as the ASEAN integration says the incoming education secretary

READY FOR K TO 12? Incoming Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the resistance to K to 12 is 'understandable', but urges critics to put it in context. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Businessmen hope for simplified processes under Duterte admin

May 18, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Businessmen are counting on president elect Rodrigo Duterte to convince other cities to copy the Davao City model says business leader Donald Dee

Malaysian investors told: Keep investing in PH beyond elections

May 06, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The finance chief says the Philippines is in the right place at the right time with its favorable demographics and integration with ASEAN neighbors

SHOPTALK. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (right) encourages Malaysian firms to do business in the Philippines. Beside him is TAEL Partners CEO Michael Sng. Photo from Department of Finance

Senate bet Allan Montaño: Equip Filipino workers for ASEAN integration

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:42 PM

At the Rappler debate senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says the ASEAN has yet to come up with a common labor code that will protect the regional workforce especially migrant workers within the region

LABOR LAWYER. Allan Montaño maps out his plan for Filipino workers at the Rappler senatorial debate at FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

ASEAN KEYS: A business forum

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:52 PM

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business brings top business leaders together to discuss the impact of the ASEAN integration on the regional and global landscape

Colmenares: ASEAN integration will ‘cripple’ local economy

Jan 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

For example because Filipino farmers have to pay irrigation fee they are forced to put a higher price on their harvests compared to countries like Thailand

ON ASEAN INTEGRATION. Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares speaks at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in De La Salle University on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How will Philippine MSMEs fare in 2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The conditions to grow are already in place but it is up to micro small and medium enterprises to seize the opportunities

From Basket Case. Gigi Phua-Lim, an entrepreneur who started as an art collector, talks to customer in her booth at the IMC. She hopes to promote Filipino artists and hopefully foreign artists through the reproduction of their works on everyday wear. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Business in PH: The winners and losers in 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

With big ticket events like the visit of Pope Francis and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit there were business sectors that gained and lost in 2015

SET TO LEAD. The Philippine economy is ready for take-off and the country needs a leader who continue reforms, implement inclusive growth initiatives and inspire the nation to be united in moving forward

ASEAN leaders launch single market community

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:45 PM

ASEAN chairman Malaysian PM Najib Razak says: We now have to ensure that we create a truly single market and production base with freer movement of goods and services

'HISTORIC MILESTONE.' Leaders of the 10-member ASEAN sign the declaration establishing the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.

Mama Sita's president: We're strangers to the ASEAN market

Nov 15, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Yet we have to do it we have to nurture ASEAN even if we re strangers to each other Clara Reyes Lapus says and shares how Mama Sita is trying to penetrate the foreign market

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

How to make a better business community in ASEAN

Oct 27, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The fruits of economic growth need to be shared as widely as possible to stem the tide of rising inequality in the region

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS. More investment is neededin the ASEAN region, but better business is also critical, writes Erinch Sahan of Oxfam GB Asia. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Tang Chhin Sothy

Angara: High taxes may drive Filipino workers to ASEAN neighbors

Oct 25, 2015 - 10:27 PM

As ASEAN integration looms Senator Angara fears that the country s high tax will drive skilled workers to look elsewhere in the region

ASEAN integration: PH energy sector OK, sugarcane industry in trouble

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The energy sector stands to benefit from the integration while the sugarcane industry is seen to be adversely affected a former energy undersecretary and lawyer says

LEGAL EAGLES. Experts discuss the legal procedures to merging as well as as the new business environment that regional integration will bring at the Philippine Corporate Mergers: "Developing a scenario for ASEAN entry and competitiveness" forum held at AIM on October 22, 2015 (seated from left: former Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug, PCCI's George Barcelon, and SEC CommissioneManuel Gaite). Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

#CollaborateBeyondBorders: A conference on SMEs

Oct 07, 2015 - 3:01 PM

The Asian Institute of Management Accelerate is set to host a conference on small and medium sized enterprises SMEs on October 8 and 9

ASEAN integration opens PH to more BPOs

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

But the country though lacks ASEAN language capabilities IT BPO Association of the Philippines officials say

OPPORTUNITIES. Officials of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines say opportunities abound in the coming ASEAN integration, but constraints must be addressed to realize the benefits from such. Photo from International IT-BPM Summit Facebook page

Why PH has 2nd highest income tax in ASEAN

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Come ASEAN integration by yearend the Philippines will have the most uninviting tax system in the region

TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT? As the ASEAN region moves toward a borderless economic community, the Philippine will have the most uninviting tax systems among its ASEAN-6 peers should the government not implement a tax cut. Image from Shutterstock

Streamlining air regulations key to ASEAN airlines future – experts

Sep 24, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Civil aviation chief William Hotchkiss III says ASEAN countries should have the same regulatory structures so that a certificate of air worthiness in one country is accepted in another

MAINTAINING STANDARDS. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General William Hotchkiss III says the CAAP Flight Plan 2020 will help ensure the country stays in Category 1 of the US FAA.

NEDA pushes 3 agricultural policy reforms for ASEAN integration

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:11 PM

NEDA says the Philippines needs to improve production boost spending in research and development as well as shift to tariffication from the current QR agreement to prepare the agricultural sector

DECLINING AGRICULTURE. The key reforms are seen to address the country’s declining agricultural sector, which only contributes a meager 10% in overall economic growth as of end

What will sustain PH momentum come ASEAN integration?

Sep 10, 2015 - 6:00 PM

To sustain its economic momentum the Philippines will have to address low productivity a problem that plagues most Southeast Asian countries says McKinsey Company s Oliver Tonby

TIME FOR SHARED PROSPERITY. Despite the Philippines’ status as one of the fastest-growing economies Asia, McKinsey & Company's Oliver Tonby says about a quarter of Filipinos still live in poverty. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Bigger PhilHealth fund opens doors to innovative drugs

Aug 12, 2015 - 1:22 PM

A well funded PhilHealth program will now be able to support or defray the costs that patients have to pay for expensive medicines a pharmaceutical executive says

MORE SOPHISTICATED. The health care industry is looking to distribute  more innovative medicines and medical technology in the near future. Image from Shutterstock.

#SG50: What PH's NAIA should learn from SG's Changi Airport

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Ninoy Aquino International Airport should emulate Changi Airport s ways of providing comfort to passengers to improve also the gateway s revenue generating capacity

NEDA chief: PH property market poised for more robust growth

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Without a doubt this is a great time for the Philippine property market says NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan

The ASEAN template: Producing graduates who fit the bill

Jul 20, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Philippine colleges and universities have to make hard decisions whether to increase graduate programs or develop niches in the undergraduate programs in order to produce the manpower needed in the ASEAN region

School rankings in ASEAN: A 'perception game' for PH

Jul 19, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Comparison will be inevitable in a post ASEAN integration era How are rankings influencing the Philippines higher education sector?

Southern Luzon seen as 'very lucrative' market for real estate

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Southern Luzon is seen to be among the top 3 growth areas to watch out for in the country says Fatima Olivares Vital of property firm Ovialand Incorporated

LIVE BLOG: League of Corporate Foundations CSR Expo 2015

Jul 01, 2015 - 3:19 PM

This year s Corporate Social Responsibility CSR Expo seeks to revolutionize approaches to development reforms in light of the forthcoming transition in Philippine leadership and the challenges of ASEAN integration post 2015

Canada targets free trade agreement with PH in 2015

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Canada has no free trade agreement yet with any ASEAN member We want the Philippines to be our gateway in the ASEAN integration says Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder

ASEAN GATEWAY. Canada has no FTA yet with any ASEAN member. We want the Philippines to be our gateway in the ASEAN integration, Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/ Rappler

Northern Mindanao minimum wage up P12 a day by July 3

Jun 29, 2015 - 6:30 PM

These wage earners are also exempted from paying income tax on their wage and on their hazard pay holiday pay night shift differential and overtime pay

Rappler, AIM team up to raise awareness on ASEAN integration

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Rappler and AIM will work on a series of stories to explain to readers how ASEAN integration will affect them

TEAMING UP. From left to write, AIM's Dr Federico Macaranas and Dr Jikyeong Kang, and Rappler's Maria Ressa and Glenda Gloria sign a Memorandum of Understanding to publish content on ASEAN integration. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'Many PH firms not ready for ASEAN integration'

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:50 AM

As regional economic integration nears Philippine businesses need to go digital and interactively engage with their market says ABS CBN s chief digital officer Donald Lim

COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM. With all the foreign brands coming in like Google and Facebook, local media and telecom companies have to work together, ABS-CBN's Donald Lim (extreme left) told his colleagues from the Philippine Marketing Association. All photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

50 foreign brands to seek Philippine partners this June

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Indonesian Singaporean US and Canadian brands among others are coming to the Philippines next week to scout for local partners

SWIM OR SINK. Top officials of the Philippine Franchise Association say local brands should innovate and expand this ASEAN integration - or else they get left behind. All photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

BPOs, office spaces keep real estate on the rise

May 27, 2015 - 10:10 PM

The growing real estate industry has the potential to benefit significantly from ASEAN integration says property services giant CBRE

Geared up for global reform and regional integration

May 22, 2015 - 1:50 PM

All things considered the Philippine financial system is in a good place today But we can’t afford to be complacent Not at all says BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr

Refugees in Southeast Asia: Should the Philippines care?

May 17, 2015 - 5:41 PM

We pride ourselves for our hospitable culture so why not start raising our awareness and begin talking about the critical situations happening next door?

Refugees take a rest after being save from the sea in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, 15 May 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Is ASEAN meeting targets in services trade liberalization?

May 16, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Given the robust performance of the services sector and its importance to global and regional economies ASEAN needs to continue to facilitate its services trade

Silhouetted image of Filipino workers resting on top of a construction site of a building in Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Challenges to Malaysia's 2015 ASEAN chairmanship

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:07 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Its ability to lead will be tested as it balances to secure the interests of the region along with its national interests

Aquino signs law promoting development of sugarcane industry

Apr 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The law aims to aid the development of the sugarcane industry especially as import duty will be 5 this year

PH prospects ‘positive’ come ASEAN integration

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Most investors have higher than ‘excellent’ expectations about the country’s economic performance – which overall is still positive

ASEAN 2015 'losers': Vulnerable sectors

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Experts say even the ASEAN integration should take the route of inclusive growth or else it will do more damage than good

INCLUSIVE INTEGRATION. Big pharmaceuticals will 'swallow' smaller players in the health sector if the ASEAN economic integration does not take the route of inclusive growth. Sari-sari store file photo by Rappler, factory file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

How e-commerce connects PH SMEs to the world

Mar 13, 2015 - 2:47 PM

The rebranded LBC Express aims to help Filipino entrepreneurs in hard to reach places to do business with the rest of the Philippines and the world

What opportunities await Filipino youth in ASEAN integration?

Mar 05, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Attend UGNAYAN 2015 a conversation that tackles the challenges the Filipino youth need to overcome and the opportunities that will be available for them in the ASEAN community

Iloilo youth called to be agents of change

Feb 24, 2015 - 6:01 PM

We need you The country needs you It is the call to excellence To live excellent lives

After plane crash, AirAsia bounces back with travel pass offer

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:05 PM

Holders of the AirAsia Asean Pass and the AirAsia Asean Pass can avail of flights at a fixed rate to over 148 routes across all 10 ASEAN countries

LGUs to play big role in ASEAN integration

Feb 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

But local officials claim they would be needing more beyond simply being briefed about the economic integration