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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

Malacañang on NFA rice shortage: More stocks on the way

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the National Food Authority Council has not approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice because about 325,000 metric tons will arrive 'within the month'

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Existing stocks of sweetened drinks exempt from new tax rates – DTI

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also eyes freezing prices of sugar-sweetened beverages until the middle of January

NEW TAX CODE. New excise tax rates should not impact sweetened beverage being sold at grocery stores and fuel at filling stations for two to 3 weeks as they still carry inventories of old costing, DTI says. Photo from AFP

No more expiry dates for gift checks after Duterte signs new law

Dec 29, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The Gift Check Act also prohibits issuers from refusing to honor the unused value, credit, or balance stored in the GCs

GIFT CHECKS. Gift certificates or gift checks will not have expiry dates anymore. File photo

Gov't turns over 500 houses to Marawi residents

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Officials also report on the ongoing efforts to bring back livelihood and jobs in Marawi City

NHA photo

Whang-od's family urges public: 'Stop the negativity'

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:40 AM

'Ang masasabi ko lang, sana nandoon sila sa event para alam nila. Hindi tayo sana mapanghusga,' says Grace Palicas, Apo Whang-od's grandniece

LEGEND. Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od Oggay went to Manila FAME from October 21 to 22. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od's nephew: 'She enjoyed the Manila visit but...'

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Whang-od's nephew Jayvee Franz Paclay Sabawil says the centenarian tattoo artist should have been allowed to conduct the live sessions inside a private room instead of a platform in the exhibit area

TATTOO. Whang Od along with her assistant tattoo artists conduct live sessions during the Manila FAME as onlookers took photo of the group. Photo from DTI-CITEM

Whang-od not 'exploited,' says Manila FAME organizers

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Manila FAME organizers fly in Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od to Manila to endorse her nomination to the National Living Treasure Awards

MANILA FAME. Filipino tattoo artist Apo Whang Od graced Manila Fame with her presence and did live tattoo sessions for two days. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Whang-od at Manila FAME: Marginal notes on a damaged culture

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:16 PM

'I was thrilled to see that she finally met Coco Martin. I thought it was also nice that she was invited to come over – but I didn't realize she would be put to work'

MANILA FAME. At the 3-day trade show, Apo Whang-Od tattoos attendees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler  MANILA FAME. At the 3-day trade show, Apo Whang-Od tattoos attendees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Politics and trade do not mix, Lopez tells EU businessmen

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:46 PM

'What we are just emphasizing is the importance of mutual respect for sovereignty,' Lopez says

EXTREME REACTIONS. Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez emphasized sovereignty of the Philippines. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Global unemployment reaches over 200 million – ILO

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The rise in global unemployment happens as small and medium enterprises face stagnation

UNEMPLOYMENT. Global unemployment has reached 700 million, according to the International Labor Organization. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs

File photo

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

World-class jewelry with European design, Filipino craftsmanship

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Jewelry brand Konplott which has 55 stores around Europe sells jewelry exclusively made in the Philippines – a combination of European design and Filipino craftsmanship

FAMILY. Konstantinidou shows off a piece she designed, lovingly made by her Filipino workers who she considers family.

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

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.

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