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Meet Jay Poblador, a top Filipino in the international food industry

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

From working with Michelin-starred chefs, to raising tens of thousands of dollars for Yolanda (Haiyan) victims, Jay Poblador is a true inspiration to all Filipinos in the food industry

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

Ivory Coast must overhaul key cocoa sector – World Bank

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'Despite its importance to the Ivorian economy and society, the cocoa sector is not playing its role as the engine of economic development,' says the World Bank

Women sort cocoa beans at a cocoa exporter's in Abidjan, on July 3, 2019. - In June key producers Ivory Coast and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne. The two African nations -- which together account for 60 percent of the world's cocoa production -- want to end a situation where cocoa producers make only $6 billion in a global chocolate market worth around $100 billion. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Higher biodiesel blend pushed as copra prices remain low

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Industry stakeholders say even a 1% increase in coconut methyl ester in diesel can help bring up copra prices, which have been declining

Public and private vehicle owners form long lines at a gas station to avail of current lower gas prices as a 12 midnight big time oil price hike of 220 pesos for diesel and 150 pesos for gasoline looms. January 14, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

Spanish hotel chambermaids fight 'exploitation'

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Chambermaids in Spain are calling on hotels to stop subcontracting and to improve working conditions

Myriam Barros, one of the spokeswomen of "The Kellys" association, a contraction of "las que limpian" in Spanish, or "those who clean" poses after cleaning an apartment in Lanzarote in July 5, 2019. - After protesting for years in front of hotels, a group of Spanish chambermaids has scored victories in its struggle to end subcontracting of their services, which leaves them poor and exhausted. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

Final PCG-Marina report: Chinese ship failed to prevent sea collision

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:25 AM

The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

U.S. auto industry legend Lee Iacocca dies age 94

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Iacocca is credited with creating the iconic Ford Mustang and saving Chrysler from bankruptcy

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 17, 2005 Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca attends the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S at Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills on October 18, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. Lee Iacocca, the automobile industry executive who helped launch the Mustang at Ford and save Chrysler from bankruptcy, and a successful salesmen, died July 2 at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, said his daughter Lia Iacocca Assad. He was 94. Matthew Simmons / Getty Images North America / AFP

Sugar production inches up in early June 2019

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Raw sugar production at the start of the crop year's 4th quarter nears the 2.079-million-metric-ton projected output set by the Sugar Regulatory Administration

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

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

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.

Despite steel venture, FNI has no plans to become major market player

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:10 PM

One of the Philippines' top nickel producers is eyeing to take advantage of the steel demand, but it knows its limitations

The construction workers fixes metal rods at a construction site in Ortigas Center, Pasig City on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Duterte vetoes 7 bills in first 3 years in office

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Among the vetoed bills are the twin measures that would have fulfilled President Duterte's campaign promise to coconut farmers

Filipino arrested in U.S. for illegally recruiting OFWs

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Maria Luisa Estrella Jaidi and Ramon Singson Estrella face a maximum sentence of 10 years for visa fraud

Marina, Coast Guard wrap up probe into Recto Bank incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the results of the investigation were submitted to Malacañang on Thursday, June 20

CHECKUP. The fishermen of the F/B Gem-Ver get a medical checkup upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

[OPINION] In showbiz, 'Kaya Pa?' isn't always benign

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'When did demanding for what’s right become so wrong? Why is fairness something for which we must be punished?'

'KAYA PA?' Actress Chai Fonacier writes about the horrible choices many in the entertainment industry are forced to make. Image from Shutterstock

IN PHOTOS: Ayala unveils Maxus vehicles in the Philippines

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Maxus targets families and companies looking for spacious vehicles. It aims to sell over 500 units in 2019.

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

[ANALYSIS] Your fish is your future

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Ensuring the health of Philippine fisheries – and the country's economy – will not just require robust law enforcement and improved science

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Experts warn it could take years to contain the hog-killing virus given the differing biosecurity standards on commercial pig farms and backyard smallholdings across Asia

FIGHTING SWINE FEVER. This photograph taken on May 27, 2019 shows health officials spraying disinfectant on a dead pig at a farm in Hanoi before burying it in an isolated quarantined pit to stop the spread of African Swine Fever. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Hong Kong container carrying illegal waste shipped back

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) Green group EcoWaste Coalition says the quick reexport of the illegal waste sends a 'clear and unambiguous warning to waste traffickers to stop sending other countries' wastes into our port'

GOOD RIDDANCE. Environment groups and port officials bid adieu to the container carrying electronic waste from Hong Kong on Monday, June 3. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

World's rivers loaded with antibiotics waste – study

May 28, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Scientists find one or more common antibiotics – whose concentrations exceed set safety levels – in two-thirds of 711 samples taken from rivers in 72 countries, they tell a meeting of environmental toxicologists in Helsinki

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

San Miguel acquires 85.7% of Holcim Philippines for $2.15B

May 10, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'The acquisition of HPI will increase the foothold of the San Miguel Group in the cement business, and will provide the opportunity to implement its plan to expand its cement business nationwide,' says San Miguel

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

Philippines eyes pork exports to China

May 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Agiculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the possibility with Chinese Consul General Li Lin as China continues to deal with its African swine fever crisis

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. 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

Ayala to build first Philippine-China industrial park in Pampanga

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Ayala Corporation chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala says the Philippine-China industrial park will be built in Porac, Pampanga

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

BPO firms called out for not evacuating employees following earthquake

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:08 PM

The BPO Industry Employees Network says a company that participates in earthquake drills did not evacuate its workers when the actual event happened, while another assured its employees that their building can withstand a stronger tremor

BPO WORKERS' WELFARE. Republic Act No. 11058, signed in August 2018, provides for stronger compliance to occupational safety and health standards, says the BPO Industry Employees Network. Image from Shutterstock.com

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

Duterte orders Board of Investments to streamline steel industry projects

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Board of Investments will have to ensure that permits for critical steel projects will be issued within 20 days of filing

Construction workers keep their balance while crossing on the steel beam at the 10th floor of the ongoing building construction in Barangay Pagasa Quezon City on Monday, November 5, 2018. The Department of Labor and Employment announce the approval of the P25 wage increase and it will be valid 15 days after the publication of the wage order on a newspaper. Minimum wage in Metro Manila now ranges to P537. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Foxconn chief hints at reduced role, will remain chairman

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The firm says Terry Gou would not be relinquishing his role as chairman, rebutting earlier media reports, but would allow a board shake-up to minimize his 'personal influence'

TERRY GOU. Terry Gou, CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn, speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

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

Department of Agriculture eyes 100% onion self-sufficiency before Duterte steps down

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announces the department's new goal is to achieve full self-sufficiency for onion production before President Duterte steps down

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders had come up with following the proposal from NEDA to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler