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Agriculture department evades questions as pigs die in Luzon

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pigs are dying because of an unidentified disease. Raisers are reportedly making sausages out of the infected hogs. The Department of Agriculture holds a media briefing, but hardly offers answers.

Hotel, restaurant employees get 100% of service charge with new law

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The new measure amends the Labor Code provision which states rank-and-file employees get only 85% of the service charge

Rice industry group wants tighter import regulations

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs denies allegations that shipments of rice are undervalued

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

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

[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

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

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

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

El Niño's crop damage has no 'adverse impact' on national production – DA

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Meanwhile, the agriculture department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reports that production losses as of April 2 has reached P5.05 billion

Upland farmers in Ligao City plant rice using "Bunkol" or (Bamboo), the primitive way of farming in the upland areas of the countryside. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Global Ferronickel Holdings to venture into steel business

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:36 PM

FNI says it will partner with Hong Kong-based firm Huarong Asia Limited for the venture, to take advantage of the Philippines' 'fast-growing steel demand'

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

Senate to look into planned deregulation of sugar imports

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a number of senators passed a resolution opposing the plan of some economic managers to liberalize sugar imports

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Business as usual for rice industry after Duterte signs rice tariffication law

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The fight's not over, as rice industry stakeholders still have a chance to secure more safeguards before the implementing rules and regulations is finalized

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Butterfly effect: How rice tariffication bill affects everyone

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Conversations about rice are a national conversation

CHAIN REACTION. Other industries which make use of byproducts from the rice industry are also at risk of being affected by the Rice Tariffication bill if passed into law without changes. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Sugar industry stakeholders seek changes to improve competitiveness

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Among the sugar industry's requests is to be included in the Department of Agriculture's solar irrigation program

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

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)

Robredo warns against Chinese takeover of Hanjin shipyard

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo favors a government takeover of the Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay so it can become a Philippine Navy base and boost security in the strategic area

WARNING VS CHINA. Vice President Leni Robredo is not supporting a Chinese firm's possible takeover of the debt-ridden Hanjin shipyard in Subic. File photo by OVP

Consumer, gov't spending to lift PH economy in 2019 – PCCI

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Philippines' largest business group is optimistic that the country's 'resilient' economy will continue to grow in 2019

'RESILIENT' ECONOMY. The Philippines will continue to enjoy a high growth rate in 2019, according to the PCCI. File photo

Coffee industry pioneers honored for achievements

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The 1st Coffee Cup of Distinction Awards are handed out to those who have set standards and inspired new players in the coffee industry

Photo from the Philippine Coffee Board's Facebook page

Duterte to 'confront' Congress on need to 'close mining industry'

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning on mining comes after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspended small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Photo from Malacañang

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Common violations in the food service industry

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz talks about the top violations of food businesses and the compromise penalties

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Japan and the ASEAN: Economic partners

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:04 PM

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the regional coalition continues to build stronger economic ties with partners including Japan

Po family buys Hunt's license from Gokongweis

May 02, 2017 - 5:30 PM

While the Gokongwei group s Universal Robina focuses on its main brands Po family led Century Pacific forays into branded categories outside its core segments of marine meat and milk

CHANGING TASTES. Century Pacific is acquiring Hunt's license from the joint venture between Gokongwei-led Universal Robina and ConAgra Foods, North America's giant packaged food company. Image of Hunt's Pork & Beans from Hunt's official website

ICT growth hanging in the balance amid elections – IDC

May 02, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Elections in the Philippines are both a boon and a bane for the country s information and communications technology sector

IN LIMBO. Elections in the Philippines have been a boon and bane for the country’s ICT sector. Photo by Shutterstock

#PHVote: Businesses winning, losing in 2016 elections

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The big winners are broadcast giants and telco providers And the losers?

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. If anything, campaign period is a time for increased spending. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Business groups to next president: Grow GDP, FDIs

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

They also want increased openness to foreign trade tax reform and a public private partnership law

WISH LIST. Representatives of the Joint Foreign Chamber of the Philippines give a preview of their recommendations to the next Philippine president. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Aquino: 'I'm the most convenient excuse' for flight delays

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:36 PM

In a forum the President says efforts are continuing to solve the traffic and congestion issues in the country s major gateway

CAUSE OF DELAY. President Benigno S. Aquino III quips during an open forum in the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) Foundation, Inc. 14th CEO’s Forum on Friday, October 23, 2015 that he is told that he's the "most convenient excuse" why flights at the country's main gateway get delayed. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino: 'Corruption really is not tolerated'

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:10 PM

The challenge is for us to continue weeding out these people and not just tolerating the situation the President tells members of the semiconductor and electronics industries

Q & A. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions directed to him during the open forum in the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) Foundation, Inc. 14th CEO’s Forum at the Grand Ballroom of The Bellevue Hotel in North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City on Friday October 23, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Big business groups to Aquino: Reform taxes

Sep 23, 2015 - 6:56 PM

The groups refute government s claim that lowering taxes would have a negative impact on the economy

Philippine electronics body abandons 2015 growth target

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:33 PM

SEIPI slashes its full year growth projection due to the downturn in major market China

SLOWER GROWTH. The Philippines saw electronics export earnings in 2014 to increase by 9.02% to $61.81 billion, much higher than SEIPI's slashed 2015 growth target

PH exports continue decline in June

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Weak external demand continues to affect the country’s external trade performance

SEMICONDUCTOR. Semiconductors, which has the biggest share in Philippine exports at 33.3% among electronic products, increased by 16.9% to $1.76 billion in June 2015. File photo by Agence France-Presse

More Japanese firms urged to invest in Clark

Aug 08, 2015 - 1:02 PM

Clark Premiere Industrial Park aims to reinvent solutions to help Japanese companies relocate to Clark Freeport

ENTRY TO PH. CPIP is working with the Business Development Group of Clark Development Corporation to entice Japanese firms to invest in the Philippines. File photo by Romeo Gacad / Agence France-Presse

Electronics, semiconductor 2015 growth forecasts lowered to 3-5%

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:31 PM

SEIPI originally forecasted exports to grow by 5 7 and attributed the lower projections to weak demand in China Europe and Japan

What businessmen want to hear from Aquino's final SONA

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Business leaders weigh in on what they consider the biggest success and failure of the Aquino administration with less than a year to go before a new leadership steps in

SPELL OUT PLANS. Businessmen would rather hear President Benigno Aquino III’s future plans during his last SONA rather than his achievements. Illustration from Shutterstock

PH should boost R and D sector – economist

Jul 16, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The Philippines needs to build more farm to market roads and boost the research and development sector to sustain or even improve its economic growth says an economist

LIBERALIZATION. If the Philippines wants to make the most of ASEAN integration, the country must introduce essential reforms including the liberalization of key sectors of the economy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

A history of the BPO industry in numbers

Jul 02, 2015 - 7:06 PM

It’s one of the most lucrative fastest growing industries in the Philippines Here’s how far it s come

PH exports fall in April, lowest in 2 years

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Fragile global economic conditions among others pulled down Philippine exports growth in April says the National Economic and Development Authority

200 Japanese firms in China want to move to PH

Jun 05, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Labor strikes wage increase and historical issues are reasons many Japanese manufacturers want to exit China and enter the Philippines

HEAD FOR THE EXITS. The number of Japanese businesses in China that are heading for the exits is a reminder of its tough economic situation. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Exports 2015 target retained despite slow PH growth

Jun 03, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Philippine exporters say the next quarters will be better mainly because of seasonal global demand

BEST DECISION. "The Philippines is the best business decision as location for electronics," DILG Secretary Mar Roxas says. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Mixed sentiments on PH automotive industry plan

Jun 03, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Some say the Comprehensive Automotive Resources Strategy program is not enough for the country to compete with other ASEAN countries

BETTER FOOTING. The Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines says local assemblers and manufacturers can have a better footing in the international arena because of the new auto industry plan. File photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

Lakan lambanog: A warrior for the coconut industry

Apr 16, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The operations of the award winning liquor brand has increased 10 times the income that farmers used to earn harvesting copra

WORLD-CLASS. The 6-month-old lambanog brand Lakan hopes to raise the bar for the lambanog industry. All photos by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The Department of Finance and Department of Health receive the 2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control from Bloomberg Philanthropies

A WIN FOR SIN TAX. Michael Bloomberg gives the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control to DOF Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr and DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial. Photo from Ulysses Dorotheo/SEATCA

Lopez-owned holding firm wins Philtown Industrial Park bid

Jan 19, 2015 - 4:04 PM

The deal expands First Philippine Holdings Corp interests in industrial estate business

Business losses: Papal visit's unintended consequences

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Malacañang’s idea to declare a holiday when Pope Francis visits the Philippines has an unintended consequence to the business sector

SEMICONDUCTOR WORKERS. The Philippines aims to go beyond merely assembling semiconductors and other electronic exports and enter the high-value stage of designing and inventing electronics. File photo by AFP

The 'top 5' wishes of PH business for 2015

Jan 08, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Philippine business movers and shakers wish for peace risk mitigation rise of e commerce energy solutions and non politicized government decisions for 2015

LEADING THE COUNTRY. Business leaders share their wishes to improve the country's economic standing this year and even after President Benigno S. Aquino III's term ends in 2016.File photo from Malacanang Photo Bureau

Vietnam seen as PH’s electronics exports rival

Dec 18, 2014 - 8:42 PM

This is due to Vietnam s lower electricity rates and better port condition

ELECTRONICS EXPORT. The country's electronics industry is seen to hit the $100-billion mark in 2015. File photo by AFP.

Will PH meet EU deadline for tougher law vs illegal fishing?

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign amendments to the Philippine Fisheries Code within December but commercial fishers are reportedly up in arms over stiffer penalties under the law

FISHING SECTOR AT RISK. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Business groups to participate in energy reserve program

Sep 14, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Senator Serge Osmeña says the President may no longer need emergency powers to solve the looming power crisis if the Interruptible Load Program becomes successful

POWER SUPPLY. A service vehicle drives past the head office of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), 14 January 2003 in Manila, the flagship of the business group of the influential Lopez family in the Philippines. Meralco is marking its centennial this year but the Lopez group of companies, which include light, water and entertainment firms, is still trying to recover from the effects of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. AFP PHOTO/Romeo GACAD