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Palace says DTI or DepEd should issue film production guidelines – not FDCP

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque himself points out that the FDCP has no regulatory powers

PM is not the key: DTI tells online sellers to post prices

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Online vendors must display prices instead of telling their customers to send private messages first, says the Department of Trade and Industry


Salons may reopen soon, but health measures must be in place

May 25, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Barbershop and salon employees show that they can safely cut hair by wearing protective wear. The government, however, is still assessing the risks.

DTI to study partial reopening of restaurants for dine-in

May 21, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says they will first check if restaurants can apply health protocols to ensure the safety of diners

PARTIALLY OPEN. Sanitation workers disinfects the handrails of escalators of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Over half of MSMEs stopped operations due to coronavirus lockdown

May 01, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says almost 53% or about 525,000 out of the total 998,342 MSMEs in the country bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic

AFFECTED BY COVID-19. Customers purchase vegetables at the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DTI sets 30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Lessors found guilty of refusing to provide the 30-day grace period face imprisonment of not less than two months or a fine of not less than P10,000, or both

Meat shortage looms in April if checkpoint issues persist

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors says checkpoints should allow vehicles transporting raw materials to pass through

DTI orders groceries to limit number of shoppers

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry says there should only be one person for every square meter of free space in a store to reduce the risk of getting the novel coronavirus

‘How can the couple kiss?’ Gov’t says postpone weddings during virus lockdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 1:26 PM

‘What is one month’s postponement for love?’ asks Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

THE KISS. A couple kisses at a mass wedding on Valentine's Day in Baguio City, February 14, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DTI to informal workers: Sell outside of Metro Manila in the meantime

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:41 PM

'I-encourage na lang natin sila na either magregister sila or 'do'n na lang sila sa lugar nanggagaling, 'wag na pumasok sa Metro Manila,' says Trade Secretary Mon Lopez

INFORMAL SECTOR. Street vendors pick a spot beside a parked van at the People Power Monument to sell water, crackers, candies, and cigarettes. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Customer not always right': Alcohol hoarders should be sent out of stores, says DTI

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez reminds supermarkets and store owners to strictly implement the limit of 2 bottles of rubbing alcohol per customer

STOCKING UP. People rush to a supermarket in Makati City to stock on goods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hoarding, overpricing would lead to criminal charges, warns DTI

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Some individuals are buying medical supplies in bulk and selling them online at ridiculously high prices

DTI orders nationwide price freeze amid coronavirus emergency

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Retailers are not allowed to raise prices of basic goods for 60 days

Gov't sets price freeze for kerosene, LPG until March 24

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The price freeze comes as coronavirus cases rise in the Philippines

File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Missing deadlines can land you in jail, an ex-DTI director’s case shows

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Procrastination in liquidating his cash advances and in filing an appeal seals the fate of a former government official

Lufthansa Technik expansion brings PH closer to becoming regional aerospace hub – DTI

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The $40-million expansion project of Lufthansa Technik Philippines in Villamor Air Base is expected to create 300 new jobs

DTI urges South Korean firms to import more Philippine goods

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez hopes more Philippine agricultural products will be exported to South Korea following the buying mission of the Korea Importers Association

PH urges Thailand to comply with customs valuation reforms on cigarette exports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the Philippines a third time in its decade-long cigarette export dispute against Thailand

DTI orders businesses to put English, Filipino translations on materials

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

This order comes after the Department of Trade and Industry inspected a food park in Las Piñas City which allegedly only catered to Chinese nationals

CONSUMER PROTECTION. The Department of Trade and Industry said that requiring establishments to provide English and/or Filipino translations on their materials will help consumers make better decisions in their purchasing.

DTI to craft program to boost e-vehicle investments

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry gears up to strengthen the Philippines' e-vehicle industry as it seeks to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, a manufacturing powerhouse

Photo from Shutterstock.

PH-China sea row not affecting fisheries sector – DTI chief

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also says there's no need to raise the Recto Bank incident during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok where country leaders are expected to discuss a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

DTI probes Shopee Philippines over BLACKPINK meet and greet

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The result of the probe could come out in a week

MEET AND GREET MESS. The Philippines' trade department probes Shopee Philippines over allegations that it changed the mechanics to a contest for passes to a BLACKPINK meet and greet. Image from Shopee

DTI expects $5 billion in signed deals from Duterte's Japan trip

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also says the deals could generate around 80,000 jobs for Filipinos

BULLISH OUTLOOK. Having secured $1.24 billion in pledges last month and looking to bag another $5 billion in business deals, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that Japan remains bullish on the Philippines' growth.

Huge number of OFWs in Dubai 'big factor' in Duterte’s decision to join Expo 2020 – DTI

May 23, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says EXPO 2020 Dubai will be one of the biggest events that the Department of Trade and Industry, together with other agencies that form part of the Philippine Organizing Committee, will participate in

PHILIPPINE TRADE CHIEF AND DUTERTE. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) with President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacanang photo

DTI calls for suspension of alleged Chinese-only food park in Las Piñas

May 09, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry conducts a surprise inspection of China Food City and finds that the stalls there lack proper permits

The Department of Trade and Industry conducted a surprise inspection on an alleged Chinese-only food park in Las Piñas. Photo from DTI

Weak demand, U.S.-China trade war hamper Philippines' top export

May 09, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Exports of electronics and electronic parts decline in March 2019 partly due to poor demand, which is seen to continue for the rest of the year

DTI defends higher SRPs for some goods

May 07, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry says it protects consumers and at the same time 'negotiates with manufacturers on the most reasonable price adjustments,' if needed

Commonwealth Public Market on April 26, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DTI suggests removing rice SRPs as prices go down

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:40 PM

With rice prices as low as P32 per kilo, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says suggested retail prices for the staple are no longer needed. But it is up to the Department of Agriculture to decide.

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DTI, DA to continue collaboration on sugar monitoring

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, however, says the investigation into traders jacking up sugar prices will still depend on the participation of the industry's stakeholders

Large piles of cut sugarcane are set for crushing just outside the First Farmers Holdings Corp's milling facility in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

DTI tightens monitoring of construction materials

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry is expanding the areas covered by its monitoring activities to show it is 'serious' in its campaign against substandard materials

The Department of Trade and Industry intensified its monitoring and enforcement of construction materials following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Luzon. Photo from Department of Trade and Industry

DTI hands off on sugar price, supply issue

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says sugar, a basic commodity, is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture

A worker at the First Farmers Holdings Corp.'s milling facility bags 50-kilogram sacks of refined sugar. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

PH to get $10B in deals, investments from Duterte's China visit – DTI

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says more than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created by deals to be signed on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte's participation at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

Philippines, South Korea to pursue free trade agreement

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) If the deal pushes through, it would be the Philippines' second economic partnership, after the one with Japan

Philippines eyes better ease of doing business ranking

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Philippines is aiming for a ranking higher than 95th, after accomplishing 33 out of 43 planned reforms

Photo from Shutterstock

Utility firms, Quezon City gov't agree to simplify transactions

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The processing of excavation permits is expected to be faster, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between utility firms and the Quezon City government

DTI fully launches online processing for product certifications

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The shift to online transactions for processing product certifications can also save businesses around P3,613 per application, says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

Lopez: Philippines assured of preferential market access to UK post-Brexit

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Philippines received the assurance from UK officials in several high-level dialogues over the last two months

A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. The European Union's top official urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with European leaders, warning it will not be modified. "This is the best deal possible for Britain, this is the best deal possible for Europe. This is the only deal possible," Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said after a Brussels summit.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

DTI seeks to grow halal trade

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Aside from catering to some 11 million Muslim Filipinos, local halal businesses should have more exposure to Muslim-majority countries, says the Department of Trade and Industry

New scheme: Cigarette tax stamps traded for sardines, noodles

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue discovers a new scheme by illicit tobacco traders: offering sardines or a pack of noodles in exchange for tax stamps

Next in line: Sugar import liberalization

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:04 AM

After the government manages to speedily pass the Rice Tariffication law, will the same be said for sugar?

Loads of sugarcane cut in the latter part of the harvesting season are hauled by trucks closer to the opening of the milling facility of First Farmers Holdings Corp. in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

El Niño to have minimal effects on inflation – NEDA

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says planting and harvesting may be delayed, but there would be no major impact on rice production

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippines secures $1.24 billion in investment pledges from Japan

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Japan, being one of the Philippines' strongest trade partners, would help generate 16,000 jobs if these investments push through

The Department of Trade and Industry as able to secure investments from Japanese firms during its business mission in Tokyo, Japan, last week. Photo grabbed from DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez's Facebook account

DTI seeks Dutch shipbuilding firm investment

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:59 PM

While the Damen group has partnerships with local firms, it is currently not a player in the Philippines' shipbuilding industry

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

DTI, antitrust body to strengthen market competition in new partnership

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The long-overdue partnership is expected to produce studies scrutinizing the competitiveness of various industries

PH slips 11 notches in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking

Nov 02, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The Philippine government rejects the findings, as Philippine finance and trade officials urge the World Bank to correct the 'inaccurate and understated findings'

Gov't sets suggested retail prices for rice

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol warns that traders who will not follow the SRPs would face jail time and a fine of up to P1 million

Customs alerted on Korean scrap truck smugglers at Davao port

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and a Davao-based truck dealer say the trucks were smuggled from Korea without the proper registration

SMUGGLING. Used trucks were allegedly smuggled into the Port of Davao from Korea. Photo of the Port of Davao from Wikipedia

Nearly 80,000 jobs available in Labor Day fairs – DOLE

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) More than 800 employers will participate in job fairs to be held across the Philippines on May 1

Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DTI's Lopez, Hyundai face plunder, estafa complaint

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption accuses Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez of favoring Hyundai, which the group claims should not have been given P1.1 billion in tax exemptions