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PEZA to investors: Please don't leave Philippines

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority worries that export companies may close shop in the country and just focus on operations somewhere else

Cavite Economic Zone shuts down as coronavirus cases increase in province

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla welcomes the decision to shut down the ecozone for health and safety reasons, but urges PEZA and DOLE to address compensation issues

TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN. The Cavite Economic Zone. Screenshot from Google Street View


PEZA asks Senate to delay Citira passage amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

With the coronavirus crisis, Philippine Economic Zone Authority chief Charito Plaza finds an opening to appeal against the Citira bill anew

DELAY. PEZA Director General Charito Plaza speaks at the Senate hearing on the economic impact of coronavirus to the ecozones. Screengrab from Senate of the Philippines' Youtube

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

3 more Chinese men nabbed for sex trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:46 AM

Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.

PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese 'smart city' plan

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

Gordon on slow APECO dev't: 'I want it done'

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands would be affected by APECO are ignored in the budget hearing for 2020

Mr. Israel Maducdoc, president & CEO Asia Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of SBMA and APECO. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PEZA chief Plaza doesn't think she's getting fired by Duterte

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'I don't feel I am the one being alluded to....I am facing all this risk because I want to protect the interest of the Filipino people,' says PEZA Director General Charito Plaza

PEZA urges Congress not to 'tinker' with tax perks for investors

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:50 PM

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza says the current incentives are already 'globally competitive' and could help the Philippines attract investors as companies avoid the US-China trade war

Carpio corrects Cayetano: Malaysia, Vietnam don't have claims in PH EEZ

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'In fact, China is the only country that claims Philippine EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio points out Malaysia and Vietnam do not claim any part of the Philippines' exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty now in force

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The agreement enters into force 25 years after the Philippines and Indonesia first discussed it in June 1994

IN FORCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) signed the 'Protocols of Exchange' of the instruments of ratification concerning the boundary agreement between the two countries. Photo by Anthony Cornista/DFA

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] The gospel according to Tito Sotto: Teach a man to fish, and his haul could be Chinese

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Senate President Tito Sotto – the man in the #Sinotto memes – comments on the 'exclusivity' of fish in the Recto Bank. Are his statements valid?

Carpio hits Duterte: Defending PH EEZ not 'thoughtless, senseless'

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea

Robredo refutes Duterte: EEZ is for 'exclusive use of Filipinos'

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it is unconstitutional to allow China to fish within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone

'EXCLUSIVE.' Vice President Leni Robredo does not agree with President Rodrigo Duterte's view that he cannot stop the Chinese from fishing within the Philippines' EEZ. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

Duterte, Jokowi hail historic deal on sea boundaries

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

The Philippines and Indonesia say the landmark agreement is a 'valuable example of peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

FALSE: Photo shows Chinese fishing boats in Philippine waters

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:28 AM

No, this photo does not show Chinese fishing boats in Philippine waters

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority partners with PLDT Enterprise

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The partnership aims to expand connectivity to attract investors for the new financial technology hub

Duterte signs law creating 2 new Isabela districts

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs a proclamation creating a special economic zone near the Mactan International Airport in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel on the sidelines of the send-off ceremony for the 250 transport vehicle units of the BJMP at Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna on September 26, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Foreign chambers on Trabaho bill: 'Leave PEZA alone'

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We are advocating for the continued operation of PEZA as it is now. And also making sure that rationalizing our incentives [that] it is still competitive with the rest of the region,' a business group executive says

INVESTMENTS. Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines cautions the government from the current version of the Trabaho bill. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Arroyo meets with Chinese businessmen who want to invest in Clark

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Among the Chinese traders that Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met with is Chuanjian Feng, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

MEETING WITH THE CHINESE. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo poses for a picture with Chinese businessmen and officials of Clark Development Corporation. All photos from Arroyo's office

COA: PEZA, 3 other economic zones must pay back P664 million in illegal perks

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:41 PM

COA says only the Department of Budget and Management 'has the mandate to classify positions, determine the appropriate salaries for specific positions, and review the compensation benefits or programs of agencies'

PEZA, Board of Investments challenge 2nd TRAIN package

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The agencies warn that the 2nd tranche of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law might spook investors and may even be unconstitutional

Labor dispute resolved at Cavite electronics firm

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Lakepower Converter Incorporated agrees to reinstate 64 employees, after the Department of Labor and Employment intervened to settle their dispute

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Mar 06, 2018 - 11:02 PM

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Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Carpio disputes Roque claim on joint exploration in EEZ

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on joint exploration within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

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Mar 01, 2018 - 12:43 PM

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Foreign investment pledges down 51.8% in 2017

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:55 PM

A significant 82.8% drop is recorded in the 4th quarter of 2017 alone, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority

SAN ANSELMO, CA - AUGUST 29: In this Photo Illustration, One and five dollar bills are displayed on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California. The dollar fell to a two and a half year low to 91.77 Tuesday following the latest missile launch by North Korea. The U.S. dollar index has slipped over 10% since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

North Korea trade sanctions bite on borders with China, Russia

Nov 30, 2017 - 2:04 PM

With the North possibly facing further sanctions following its ICBM missile test November 29, things are unlikely to get any easier for traders involved with the country's Rason Special Economic Zone

GATEWAY. In a photo taken on November 21, 2017, a truck entering the Rason Special Economic Zone makes its way across a bridge over the Tumen river marking the border between North Korea (bottom) and China (top). Ed Jones/AFP

Philippines aims to identify 300 new eco zones in January 2018

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:30 PM

These would include mega economic zones, spanning 1,000 to 4,000 hectares

ECO ZONES. Location of some of the Philippines' economic zones, according to PEZA. Image grabbed from PEZA website

Cavite workers seek gov’t intervention on temporary factory shutdown

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Labor unions claim this is a form of ‘union busting’ since companies do not have sufficient reason for shutdown

STRIKE. Workers from the Cavite Export Processing Zone slam the alleged scheme of factories to use temporary shutdowns. Photo from Partido Manggagawa

Lilia de Lima's 21-year work of fighting corruption

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Her two golden rules in PEZA were to be incorruptible and to be efficient It was not an easy feat to lead the agency says De Lima but she kept focusing on her goals

DEDICATED LEADER. Ex-PEZA director-general Lilia de Lima holds her plaque as one of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

22 more towns may be added to Cagayan economic zone

Sep 04, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We are anticipating a lot of economic activity says CEO of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority as the reason for the expansion

Work in gov’t with ‘absolute honesty and utmost service’ – Magsaysay Awardee Lilia de Lima

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Lilia de Lima survived 4 presidents with different political persuasions and management styles as director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

DEDICATED LEADER. Ex-PEZA director-general Lilia de Lima holds her plaque as one of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CEZA derived 80% of income from 'illegal' operations – Lambino

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

In a press briefing on Wednesday August 2 Cagayan Economic Zone Authority CEO and administrator Raul Lambino says these were revenues from online and offshore gaming licensees operating outside the jurisdiction of CEZA

PETA, PH's Lilia de Lima among 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:40 PM

To also receive Asia s equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Yoshiaki Ishizawa Japan Abdon Nababan Indonesia Gethsie Shanmugam Sri Lanka Tony Tay Singapore

AWARDEES. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announces the 59th batch of awardees on Thurday, July 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cagayan airport to launch international flights in August

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:39 PM

The airport in Lal lo town will initially cater to two flights to and from Macau and China on a daily basis

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. The Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA) is set to launch its maiden international flight on August 23. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Arroyo lawyer Lambino is new CEZA chief

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Raul Lambino will replace Jose Mari Ponce CEZA administrator since 2004

NEW CEZA CHIEF. Lawyer Raul Lambino joins the Duterte administration as administrator of CEZA. Photo from Raul Lambino's Facebook page

Aguirre reverses De Lima, lets BFP enforce fire laws in ecozones

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Aguirre says they will investigate the supposed lack of signages near the room where Resorts World guests and employees died due to suffocation

De Lima to Aguirre on casino attack: 'Stop blaming me' for everything

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:42 PM

After some time your own excuses of blaming me for every catastrophe that befalls this administration just won t wash with the public anymore Senator Leila de Lima tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

DOJ: De Lima could be liable for PEZA regulation of casino fire safety

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Secretary Aguirre is inclined to reverse his predecessor s legal opinion in 2014 which took away from the Bureau of Fire Protection the regulation over casinos

FIRE IN CASINO. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOLE contradicts PEZA: Company in Cavite fire violated standards

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says House Technology Industries violated labor and safety standards contrary to the findings of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

HTI. Portion of the burned building of the House Technology Industries in the Cavite Export Processing Zone. Rappler file photo

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo