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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

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

May 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right

HITTING CHINA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (3rd from right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (1st) both criticize China for threatening war against the Philippines. In this photo, Carpio and del Rosario unveil the 'Mother of All Philippine Maps' during the launch of Carpio's e-book on May 4, 2017. Photo courtesy of IMOA

Excitement over troubled waters

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:09 PM

There is no reason for the hair tearing and the insane frenzy that followed the sighting of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Benham Rise

After HTI fire, labor dep't wants safety inspection task back

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla say the safety provisions of the law that created the Philippine Economic Zone Authority should be reviewed

REVIEW PEZA LAW. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that there is a need to review the law that created special economic zones in a press conference on the preliminary report on the fire that broke at a House Technology Industry (HTI) facility in the Cavite export processing zone.

Duterte signs EO 13 to 'intensify' fight vs illegal gambling

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders law enforcement agencies PAGCOR and freeport authorities to report on the progress of the fight against illegal gambling every 6 months

WORKING PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte reads documents during the 12th Cabinet meeting at the Palace. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

PEZA to Duterte: We're not engaged in online gaming

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:41 PM

PEZA chief Charito Plaza reacts to the President s allegation that the one who gets appointed to PEZA he gets about P300 billion selling the umbrella type of license

SOLE AUTHORITY. Only state-owned and -controlled Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has the authority to grant e-gaming franchises. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Bloomberry's Jeju casino sale collapses

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:17 PM

We had a sale already done but it fell through Enrique Razon Jr says

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The pitfalls of Special Economic Zones

Nov 10, 2016 - 4:35 PM

While SEZs generate foreign investment and employment they also deprive farmers of their land and distort the economy

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Oct 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the surprise guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the last war games between the Philippine and US militaries

BOUNDARIES. Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, addresses Filipino and American marines at the closing ceremony on October 11, 2016, of what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be the 'last' war games between the longtime allies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Hilbay, Jardeleza opposed inclusion of Itu Aba in PH case

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:18 PM

In former Solicitor General Hilbay s view it was better for Recto Bank to remain a disputed area even with the presence of the Chinese Navy as long as the Philippines claim stands

#CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Shortly after the ruling spread on the Internet CHexit – short for China exit – starts to climb as a top trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter

DFA chief clarifies statement on China, again

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Hit for a blunder Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr explains his statement that the Philippines can share resources in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

'WILLING TO SHARE.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr on July 8, 2016, says the Philippines is willing to share natural resources with China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bloomberry to sell Jeju casino property

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The purchase price is 102 29 million

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Nasdaq expands in PH, opens new BGC headquarters

May 04, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The operator of the world s second largest stock exchange is looking at hiring nearly 160 more IT employees by next year

PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that had never been part of our needs says President Benigno Aquino III explaining how Philippine policies have been affected by the row with China

CHINA DISPUTE. President Benigno S. Aquino lll keynotes the opening ceremony of Publish Asia 2016 Conference at the Manila Hotel on March 30, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Duterte open to joint exploration with China in West PH Sea

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:00 PM

If the arbitration case on the maritime dispute drags on for too long Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to discuss sharing natural resources with China

TALKING FOREIGN POLICY. Rodrigo Duterte takes questions about his take on international affairs during a Go Negosyo elections forum on February 4, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Dec 28, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Foreign investments jump 165% in Q3

Dec 18, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The amount approved stood at P48 6 billion a significant increase from the P18 3 billion recorded in the same period last year

INVESTMENT PLEDGES. Manufacturing came in second with investment pledges valued at P7.9 billion ($166.36 million) or 16.2%, followed by administrative and support service activities at P3.6 billion ($75.81 million) or 7.4% share. File photo by Romeo Gacad / Agence France-Presse

3 years after 352-km march, Casiguran farmers still fighting APECO

Dec 17, 2015 - 5:13 PM

People affected by APECO troops to the Ateneo de Manila University to commemorate the third anniversary of the march and to continue their protest

FIGHT CONTINUES. Locals from Casiguran gather at the Ateneo de Manila University to remember their march three years ago and to demand an end to APECO. Photo by Amyl de Gala

PH's economic zones yet to benefit from spillover – ADB

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The success in ASEAN is also limited largely due to lack of linkages to the wider economy

SPILLOVERS. While the Philippines has been able to attract foreign direct investments in its zones, it "still needs to enhance benefits of technological spillovers and agglomeration – especially since enacting its more comprehensive 1995 Special Economic Zone policy," the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says. Image from ADB's website

Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours not China’s’

‘GIANT SLAYER.’ The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, argues before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of PCA

Japan’s Citizen Finedevice to invest P1.73B in Batangas

Nov 22, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The investment is expected to create 530 jobs and produce 12 3 million P577 8 million worth of exports

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The Supreme Court justice says the UN backed tribunal did not consider the 9 dash line which China uses to claim almost the entire South China Sea

'NO EFFECT.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China's 9-dash line has no effect on the tribunal's initial ruling on Manila's South China Sea case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

APECO housing project declared illegal by gov't

Nov 03, 2015 - 9:49 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform issues a cease and desist order preventing APECO management from continuing its housing project in Casiguran Aurora

HOUSING PROJECT. An APECO housing project stands on land that was once rice fields tilled by Casiguran farmers. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler