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'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

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

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.

ASEAN economies affected by US-China trade war – Lopez

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'ASEAN should be prepared and have better trading performance with other countries not involved in the US-China trade issue,' says Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

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

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

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

Duterte to skip APEC events due to 'urgent domestic developments'

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will attend the November 18 events in the President's place.

LEAVING EARLY. President Rodrigo Duterte leaves the APEC Summit 2018 early due to 'urgent domestic developments.' File photo shows the president at the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Photo from Malacañang

ASEAN trade leaders sign pact to grow e-commerce

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:04 AM

The 10 Southeast Asian nations agree to work together to make online shopping and other electronic transactions safer and more efficient

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez provides updates following his meeting with his counterparts from other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

Duterte wants ex-military to head anti-red tape agency

Jun 14, 2018 - 7:52 AM

For the new Anti-Red Tape Agency to 'have more teeth,' Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte wants a former military general to lead the office

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Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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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

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

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Lopez optimistic PH will keep EU-GSP+ preferential status

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The European Union will assess whether or not to continue giving the Philippines privileges under the GSP+ program which allows a country's products to be exported to the EU duty-free

Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Trade tops agenda of ASEAN ministers' meetings

Nov 12, 2017 - 1:18 PM

The 10 member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has set a 3-point agenda on the 1st day of the Manila summit on Sunday, November 12

TRADE TALKS. The trade ministers of the ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN Economic Community council meeting in Manila, November 12, 2017. Framegrab/Pool feed

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

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

WATCH: House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet

May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

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House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

May 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed door session

ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31 to listen to Cabinet officials' briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH, Russia sign defense agreement, 9 other deals

May 25, 2017 - 12:14 PM

The two countries sign a total of 10 deals including a defense agreement deal to share intelligence and share knowledge on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

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

ASEAN ministers to raise flag vs protectionism

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Yes [we are] against protectionism Any move to reverse the track towards globalization it will be hard Integration should push through so trading as well as flow of goods and services will be easier Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says

AGAINST PROTECTIONISM. 'Any move to reverse the track towards globalization, it will be hard. Integration should push through, so trading as well as flow of goods and services will be easier,' Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

Duterte's Middle East trip to 'create 62,000 jobs'

Apr 16, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Call it Dutertenomics Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says at the end of President Rodrigo Duterte s trip to the Middle East

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Qatari businessmen during the Philippines-Qatar Business Forum on April 15, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

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Mar 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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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

Cabinet officials back Duterte's tax reform plan

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says however his department is coordinating with the DOF to fine tune the excise tax brackets being proposed for vehicles

FULL SUPPORT. Several Cabinet officials attend the House ways and means panel hearing on March 6, including DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CA confirms Manny Piñol, Ramon Lopez

Feb 01, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Members of the Commission on Appointments laud both Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez saying they are highly qualified for their posts

CONFIRMED: Commission on Appointment (CA) Chair and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III gives a closed-fist sign with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol (left) and Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (right) after the ad-interim appointments of the two secretaries were confirmed in plenary, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Duterte calls on ASEAN to help small businesses, empower women

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:53 AM

The President invites entrepreneurs businessmen and investors to attend 9 business related fora to be held in the Philippines this year as part of ASEAN 2017

FUELLING ASEAN GROWTH. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez as he launches the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017 Business and Investment Program at Malacañang Palace on January 24, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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

Top businessmen pledge support for Sulu's economic revival

Dec 20, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Tycoons like Manny V Pangilinan Ramon Ang and Lucio Tan declare their support for the Duterte administration s bid to unleash the economic potential of violence stricken Sulu

FOR SULU'S FUTURE. Businessmen, government officials, and NGOs pledge support for the Duterte administration's 'Save Sulu' program. Photo from PPD

Bong Go 'beats up' Pacquiao, Trade chief Lopez

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:10 PM

The man closest to President Duterte shows his funny side in a video he posts on Facebook featuring boxing champ Senator Manny Pacquiao and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

RIGHT-HAND MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go pose inside the presidential car before heading back to the Grand Hyatt Hotel following a lunch at Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing, China on October 19. Photo by King Rodriguez

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

Malaysian investors eye more palm oil plantations in PH

Nov 11, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Malaysian businessmen want to develop 300 000 hectares of land in the Philippines into palm oil plantations a wish expressed during President Duterte s visit to Malaysia

PALM OIL'S PROMISE. Malaysian investors eye increasing investments in palm oil in the Philippines. AFP file photo of a palm oil plantation in Sumatra island

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

LIVE: President Duterte's official visit to Vietnam

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:55 AM

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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

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Sep 23, 2016 - 6:44 PM

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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 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

UK trade envoy: Brexit opens door to new era of trade with PH

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Richard Graham MP Prime Minister Theresa May s handpicked trade envoy to the Philippines says negative perceptions on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines are unlikely to affect potential UK investments

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

No conflicts of interest for DOT, DTI picks – Panelo

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Duterte spokesman Salvador Panelo says incoming Cabinet members only need to divest themselves of any business to remove conflicts of interest

DUTERTE'S CHOICES. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Wanda Corazon Teo (left) to head the Department of Tourism and Ramon Lopez (right) to head the Department of Trade and Industry. Photo of Teo courtesy of NAITAS; photo of Lopez courtesy of Go Negosyo