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[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest

Foreign direct investments slower by 85% in May 2019

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Foreign direct investments in May hit a 4-year low at just $242 million

Foreign direct investments slump again in April 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

For the 2nd straight month, foreign direct investments in the Philippines are down

BOI-approved pledges only at around 30% of goal in mid-2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:05 PM

But the Board of Investments is confident the P1-trillion target for 2019 will be reached, saying there are big-ticket projects being assessed

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BOI-approved investments jump by 40% in January-May 2019

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Domestic investments take bulk of the overall pledges in the first 5 months of 2019, but foreign investment pledges post the bigger increase

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.

Foreign, local approved investments jump to P274.2 billion in Q1 2019

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The approved investments in the 1st quarter of 2019 could generate 41,837 jobs, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

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Foreign direct investments up by 20% in February 2019

May 10, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Foreign direct investments hit $746 million in February, says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

BOI-approved investments up by 47% in first 4 months of 2019

May 06, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Bulk of the investments in the first four months of 2019 went to power projects

Foreign direct investments plummet by 38.2% in January 2019

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says the decline in foreign direct investments reflects the 65.3% drop in equity capital placements

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BOI-approved investments in Q1 up by 60%

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:05 AM

After hitting a minor bump during the first two months, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Board of Investments is on track to hit the P1 trillion target for 2019

Approved investments down in January-February 2019

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez attributes the decline to a 'timing issue,' saying that some potential investments are still up for evaluation in March

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

China’s 2018 investment pledges to PH grow 20 times

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In total, approved investment pledges from all countries amounted to P179 billion in 2018, beating 2017’s P105.7 billion

Approved investments hit P97.9 billion in January 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Board of Investments is off to a good start in its attempt to hit P1 trillion in approved investments for 2019

Foreign direct investments for January to August 2018 up by 31%

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:05 PM

This is despite a 17.7% dip for the month of August, compared to July

INVESTMENTS. Foreign investments dips in August 2018, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Photo by Ted Aljibe

[ANALYSIS] The real score on foreign direct investments

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Evidence suggests that ours is a generally healthy economy, posting impressive growth, but carrying some structural flaws

Foreign direct investments soar in July 2018 despite economic tensions

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:55 AM

The central bank says the higher foreign direct investment inflows in July reflect the 'continued positive investor sentiment on the Philippine economy'

Foreign investments soar 142.9% in May 2018

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says foreign direct investments in May stood at $1.6 billion

INVESTMENTS. Foreign investors remain optimistic in the Philippine economy. Rappler file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

Foreign direct investments dip by 3.2% in April 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:12 AM

Despite the year-on-year dip, the central bank is optimistic due to 'favorable investor sentiment'

PH starts 2018 with hot money net inflows of $162M

Feb 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The central bank attributes this to investor optimism over the passage of the first phase of the tax reform program, positive corporate earnings, and the expected infrastructure spending this year

First phase of Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open in December

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The first 7 kilometers of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) is set to be opened to motorists by end-2018, ahead of the initial target of February 2019

CALAX. The 1st 7 kilometers (kms) of CALAX is seen to be opened to motorists by December 2018, instead of earlier target of February 2019. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Japanese credit watcher maintains Philippines' investment grade rating

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Tokyo-based R&I is optimistic that the Duterte administration's infrastructure plan will sustain the country's solid economic growth

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

PIFA holds mutual funds conference this month

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The Philippine Investment Funds Association is optimistic about the Philippine GDP's growth momentum for 2017. Learn how to tap into this by attending the Mutual Funds Conference on September 23

SM Prime to open mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Once the mall opens on Friday September 15 it will be competing with Robinsons Place Palawan Chinatown Center Palawan NCCC Mall and LRC 908 Market Mall

ITS FIRST. SM City Puerto Princesa will have 3 levels of retail and dining floors, a supermarket, 3 158-seater SM digital cinemas, and two 48-seater Director's Club cinemas. File photo Rappler

Mall operations continue to drive SM Prime's net income

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The additional 1 1 million square meters of retail space from new malls as well as expansions between 2015 and 2017 drive growth in SM Prime s mall rentals

Metro Pacific clarifies funding amid drop in share price

Mar 23, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Metro Pacific management clarifies that the conglomerate will not conduct a capital raising exercise in the near future

SIGNIFICANT DROP. From P6.90 each at the start of month, share price of Metro Pacific drops to P6 on Wednesday, March 22. Rappler file photo

PCC allows SM Investments to buy dormitory developer

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:45 PM

If pursued this will mark the SM group s entry into the country s rental housing market

HOUSING RENTAL. It was in October last year when SM Investments proposed to buy 61.2% shares in Philippines Urban Living Solutions. Background photo from Wikimedia

Calata partners with investment, gaming firms for P65B casino resort in Cebu

Aug 23, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Expected to be opened in 2020 the Mactan development will have 3 luxury hotels an entertainment complex featuring a full scale casino and retail shopping

GAME-CHANGER. Mactan Leisure City will introduce three luxury hotels, an entertainment complex featuring a full-scale casino and retail shopping. Image from Mactan Leisure City Facebook page

Ex-PSE employee faces estafa charges over 'biggest stock scam'

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Jose Cecilio Jay Peñaflor and 4 others are believed to be behind the biggest scam in the history of the Philippine Stock Exchange

FMIC boosts Philippine GDP growth forecast in 2016

Jul 11, 2016 - 5:22 PM

This is buoyed by strong economic fundamentals heightened election related spending increased domestic demand led by investments and stronger government spending

MORE INFRA. The new admin's higher requirements of infrastructure programs seen to boost government spending. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Real estate firm targets yuppies with 'high-quality' dorms

Apr 25, 2016 - 3:00 PM

PULS aims to revolutionize the property sector by raising the living standards of the young middle class without hurting their wallets

PH to share its 'great economic story' with US investors

Mar 02, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Philippine government and business leaders aim to drum up investor interest and soothe concerns over the elections

SHINING. The government is marketing the Philippine economy as Asia's bright spot in order to entice foreign investments. File image by Rappler

PH 'hot money' net outflow nearly doubles in 2015

Jan 14, 2016 - 6:42 PM

Key factors are China s economic slowdown and the normalization of US interest rates

MPIC borrows P16.5B to fund project

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Its bank loans will be used for investments in several projects and other corporate purposes

BORROWINGS. The Manuel Pangilinan-led conglomerate has earmarked P401-billion ($8.49-billion) spending from 2015 to 2020. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz

Omidyar Network invests in Rappler

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:34 AM

Rappler is breaking new ground in covering news and developing a reader engagement model that is pioneering and meaningful says CV Madhukar Omidyar Network investment partner We are excited to be investing in Rappler

Binay: Aquino years a lost opportunity

Oct 26, 2015 - 7:03 PM

The Vice President renews his pitch for lowering income and corporate taxes while promising to ensure that the government under him shall use taxes properly

PH passport ranks 76, lowest score in a decade

Oct 26, 2015 - 3:01 PM

Study on visa restrictions finds that Filipinos can now travel visa free to 60 destinations

PH balance of payments books biggest deficit

Sep 18, 2015 - 5:17 PM

August s balance of payments at 450 million is the biggest since January 2014 when the country books a deficit of 4 48 billion

EXTERNAL FACTORS. The country’s BOP position in August reflects the decision of the People’s Bank of China to devalue the Chinese yuan on August 11 and the blood bath in the global stock market on August 24. File photo from Agence France-Presse

4th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit Philippines

Sep 04, 2015 - 2:28 PM

This year’s summit gives its guests unparalleled access to business networking opportunities

'Invest in PH now' - Gov't, business make pitch to US investors

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:27 AM

The conference is part of a high level 3 city trade mission aimed at encouraging US investment in the country

Aquino to businessmen: 'You ain’t seen nothing yet'

Mar 24, 2015 - 1:31 PM

President Benigno Aquino III encourages investors to put their money in the Philippines as he vows to sustain the country s economic growth momentum

BRIGHT FUTURE. President Benigno Aquino III says the progress of the Philippine economy so far is just the beginning of more to come. Malacañang Photo Bureau

NEDA prefers ‘cheaper’ BGC route for subway project

Feb 19, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The government is set to shell out P20 billion more if it chooses 32nd Street in Bonifacio Global City as final subway stop

1st PH subway project awaits final green light

Jan 27, 2015 - 6:32 PM

If approved the Mass Transit System Loop project will be the biggest public private partnership under the Aquino administration

NEDA releases revalidated public investment report

Oct 03, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The document also indicates a total estimated investment target of P4 19 trillion where more than half are allocated for infrastructure development

5 highlights of Aquino’s US trip

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM

From his first visit to Boston in 31 years to a stop at a gun shop in San Francisco Rappler lists the top 5 highlights of President Benigno Aquino III s US trip

HOMECOMING. President Benigno Aquino III is warmly welcomed by Filipino Americans in his first return to Boston after 31 years. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH exports to grow 6.8% in 2014 – UN ESCAP

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:37 AM

The UN ESCAP’s 2014 exports and imports projections for the Philippines are some of the highest among selected Asia Pacific economies

PH, France deepen bilateral ties with new agreements

Sep 18, 2014 - 12:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III and French President Francois Hollande discuss a wide range of issues of mutual concern including the rising tension in the South China Sea and climate change

Fil-Ams urged to invest in the Philippines

Jun 01, 2014 - 4:06 PM

A business delegation says Filipino Americans can help maintain the Philippine economy s upward trajectory

BUSINESS FORUM. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and other members of the private-sector delegation from Manila led by noted economist Bernardo Villegas during the business forum of the 3rd Philippine Investment Mission business forum at the UPS auditorium in Atlanta. Photo by Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez/Philippine Embassy