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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

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


City officials, groups inspect Christmas lights sold in Cagayan de Oro malls

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:42 AM

A team of inspectors from City Hall, the City Price Coordinating Council, and business and consumer groups visit 6 malls for the first round of inspection

INSPECTION. Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council Co-Chairman Edgar Uy inspects boxes of Christmas lights on November 27, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Future of gov't transactions? Valenzuela City launches online permit system

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian says he is willing to share the 'Paspas Permit' system with other LGUs for free

SETTING THE STANDARD. Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian launches the Paspas Permit system, which was lauded by Department of Trade Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez as a benchmark for transactions with government agencies. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/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

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Startups, investors meet at the ASEAN Slingshot

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:07 PM

DTI leads the biggest government-initiated startup event in the Philippines and the ASEAN region

SLINGSHOT. DTI officials and angel investors pose during launch ASEAN Slingshot event. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

What I can't understand about the Whang-od controversy

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:36 PM

'The fact is that Whang Od came to Manila to do what she actually does every day – except during harvest time, as I was told – in Buscalan: commodifying her culture.'

WHANG OD IN MANILA. Apo Whang Od's visit in Manila stirs a debate whether the move was an act of exploitation or commodification of their culture. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

VIRAL: Was Whang-od exploited at Manila FAME?

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) For netizens, having the centenarian tattoo artist from Buscalan, Kalinga, work at the trade fair in Metro Manila is a blatant act of exploitation and commodification of her culture

WHANG OD IN MANILA. For the first time, Whang Od travels to Metro Manila after organizers of the Manila FAME flew her in for the three-day trade event. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

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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

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

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted

OLD PHOTO. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II shows this 2015 photo to reporters on June 7, 2017 as he tags Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and former Aquino administration political adviser Ronald Llamas. Photo from Facebook

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

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.