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DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Marawi: Where military rules and LGUs take a backseat

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

It s been the longest martial law period for any area in Mindanao in more than 3 decades How are local executives and civilians coping?

FOCUS SHIFT. A soldier carry a child during rescue and evacuation operations in Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

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

OLD PHOTO. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II shows this 2015 photo to reporters on June 7, 2017 as he tags Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and former Aquino administration political adviser Ronald Llamas. Photo from Facebook

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

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

MATIGSALUG. Members of the Matigsalug tribe from Mindanao share their experiences during a visit on Friday, May 5.

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

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:46 PM

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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

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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

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

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

Residents queue up to buy water, as local water utility has suspended its services due to power blackout after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck overnight in Surigao City on February 11, 2017. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

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

ALIGNED POLICIES. Photo taken when Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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

ABOLISH 5-6. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez vows to kill exorbitant '5-6' lending scheme. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/PPD

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

BUSINESS DEALS. The trade secretary says 12 business deals are set to be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Japan. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

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 LOSS.' Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduces President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

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

DEALING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets top Chinese government officials China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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

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

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

TRAVELLING PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte boards a plane in Davao International Airport for his first foreign trip. Photo by PPD

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

ECONOMY UNDER DUTERTE. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez assures investors that policy-making has not drastically changed under the Duterte administration. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/PPD

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 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

SOON GONE? DTI chief says that prepaid load shouldn't expire because they're already paid for

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 CONFIDENT. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez faces the House Committee on Appropriations to defend the agency's proposed 2017 budget on September 2. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

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

POLICY PAPER. Pamphlets titled 'Facts and Policy; The China-Philippine Dispute in the South China Sea' and the policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an international tribunal on the South China Sea are seen beside a reporter during a press conference in Beijing, China on July 13. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

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

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Jun 14, 2016 - 11:47 AM

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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

NEW APPOINTMENTS. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 13, 2016, announces his choices to head the DOH, the DOT, and the DTI. Screen grab from RTVM

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 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

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: 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

INDEPENDENT PROBE. Mitsubishi says a credible third party should resolve the issue of sudden unintended acceleration. Image from Mitsubishi Cars Philippines website

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

HIGH NOTE. DTI opens 2016 with a high note by reporting higher approved domestic and foreign investments last year. Former DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo (left) hands over DTI flag to newly appointed chief Adrian Cristobal Jr. Photo by DTI

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

TOO LITTLE TIME. New DTI Secretary Cristobal tells colleagues: 'Some may think there is too little time to try anything new, new ideas and approaches. That is not the DTI way.' Photo by DTI

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

NEW TRADE CHIEF. Adrian Cristobal Jr takes over the DTI. Rappler file photo

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

WELCOME RECOMMENDATION. Mitsubishi PH says it welcomes the decision of DTI to have a third party settle the supposed SUA issue on Montero Sport. Image from Mitsubishi Cars Philippines website

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

ASEAN MARKET. DTI says for Northern Mindanao food products to be competitive in the growing market, MSMEs must aim for the Halal certification. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

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

NO TO RECALL. Mitsubishi Motors Philippiines Corporation (MMPC) says on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 says having a third party would help settle the opposing views of the complainants and the vehicle's distributor, and a reported possible recall order from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) over the sudden intended accelerator issue. Image from Mitsubishi Cars Philippines website

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

JOINING THE CLUB. The 12 member TPP currently encompasses the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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

DELAYED. Impassable roads in typhoon-hit Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan hamper the delivery of select basic goods, food manufacturers tell DTI Monday, October 19, 2015. Photo by Czeasar Dancel / Rappler

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

FORMALIZATION. The Philippine Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva has already submitted two documents on “Fostering the Participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets," the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced via a website post on Monday, October 5, 2015.

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

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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

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

MORE THAN A THOUSAND. The Philippines needs more than 1,000 Go Negosyo Centers to provide enough support for micro, small, and medium enterprises nationwide. Photo from www.bamaquino.com

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

FINAL PUSH. DTI chief Gregory Domingo says he will continue pushing initiatives for micro, small and medium enterprises, which represent 98% of all registered businesses.

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

BREAKING BARRIERS. APEC, the local government, and the private sector came together to produce the toolkit being shown off by representatives. (From left) DOH Undersectary Kenneth Hartigan-Go; ABAC chairperson Doris Magsaysay-Ho; US ambassador-at-large Catherine Russell; DTI Undersecretary Nora Tarredo; DOH's Dr. Paulyn Jean B Rosell-Ubial; and Merck Healthcare CEO Dr. Belen Garijo. Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

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

WON'T YOU STAY? President Aquino hopes that Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo (left) will see the country's hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings through conclusion. Photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

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

BROADBAND TESTING. By definition, ISPs will not be able to say they provide broadband unless they give consumers at least 256 kbps. Photo from Agence France-Presse

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