PNP taps Grab drivers in war vs riding-in-tandem shooters

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The move comes as the PNP wages a war against riding-in-tandem shooters

ROAD SAFETY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa puts a sticker to a Grab vehicle to certify its driver as a road safety ambassador. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Economists upbeat about FDI prospects for 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the country’s ranking as the top country to invest by media firm US News may be subjective, economists are nonetheless optimistic that last year’s strong foreign investment flows will continue this year

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

Landmark PH, EU agreement enters into force

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM

A top EU official, Director-General Stefano Manservisi, also visits the Philippines for a series of meetings this week

TOP OFFICIALS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen (center) looks on as Director-General Stefano Manservisi engages in a discussion with Special Envoy Edgardo Angara. Photo courtesy of EU Delegation

Megawide, Indian partner to compete with 'super consortium' for NAIA rehab

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

GMR-Megawide's proposal provides a lower project cost and shorter concession period compared to that of the NAIA Consortium, formed by 7 of the country's top conglomerates

HEAD TO HEAD. The public-private partnership (PPP) frontrunner on airport deals will be competing with the consortium of 7 of the country’s top conglomerates for the original proponent status of the NAIA rehab project. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Text of revised Trans-Pacific Partnership released

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says making it public will allow better scrutiny before it is formally signed in Santiago on March 8

TRADING BLOC. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. Na Son Nguyen / Pool / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 8, 2018

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Canada looks to Pacific as NAFTA under threat

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Canada announces it will sign on the Trans Pacific Partnership, moving to diversify its trade relationships as Canadian, US and Mexican negotiators kick off a sixth round of talks NAFTA

JOINING TPP. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, on January 23, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Rappler, IDN Media partner to deliver news to Indonesian millennials, Gen-Z

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The partnership is in line with Rappler’s aim to expand its influence to Indonesia and IDN Media’s goal to grow its news section for millennials and Gen-Z

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

Building projects through ODA not in conflict with PPPs – ADB

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:05 PM

While the Duterte administration favors official development assistance over public-private partnerships, the Asian Development Bank says PPPs 'will continue to be a way of doing business'

PNP partners with NGO in fight vs traffic violations, criminality

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The Philippine National Police signs an agreement with Citizens Crime Watch amid the crackdown against riding-in-tandem gunmen

INKED. The PNP HPG and the CCW present their partnership. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

$60 billion a year needed to address ASEAN infrastructure gap – ADB

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

To fill the region's massive infrastructure gap, some businessmen recommend the public-private partnership (PPP) route

INFRA GAP. Citing an ADB study, ADB's Diwakar Gupta saya a 10% increase in energy distribution would mean 7% increase in exports; while a 10% increase in trasnportation leads to 2% increase in exports. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN, Hong Kong sign deal in 'vote for open trade'

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The signing takes place during the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila

FREE TRADE. Southeast Asian nations and Hong Kong sign an agreement for open trade. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trade tops agenda of ASEAN ministers' meetings

Nov 12, 2017 - 1:18 PM

The 10 member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has set a 3-point agenda on the 1st day of the Manila summit on Sunday, November 12

TRADE TALKS. The trade ministers of the ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN Economic Community council meeting in Manila, November 12, 2017. Framegrab/Pool feed

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

America first? Global trade on the block as Trump heads to APEC

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The future of global trade comes under the microscope this week as Donald Trump addresses Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam

WELCOME TO DANANG. A worker at the international airport walks past a signboard welcoming visitors to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 8, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rappler Talk: Gautam Mishra on the future of news

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:37 AM

In the age of post-truth and fake news, how can journalism stay afloat?

Rappler joins Inkl and world's top news groups in 'Spotify of news'

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Inkl addresses a key problem for news publishers globally: declining advertising revenues with the lion’s share going to tech platforms like Google and Facebook. Inkl allows you to support journalism for a minimal fee.

Alliance Global moves into infrastructure, proposes Skytrain

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Andrew Tan's new infrastructure subsidiary Infracorp Development announces its arrival with an unsolicited bid for a monorail project that would link Guadalupe, Makati to Bonifacio Global City

PNP, LRTA bring free rides for cops, women's desks in stations

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Policemen are now entitled to free rides in any LRT-2 station as long as they are in complete uniform and present their identification cards

COOPERATION. PNP chief Dela Rosa signs a deal with LRTA head Rey Berroya. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

NBI arrests Cebu businessmen for stealing P6M Yolanda aid

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The arrested individuals allegedly hacked into email addresses to direct the deposit of funds into their bank accounts

DESTRUCTION. A 2013 aerial photo of Guiuan, Eastern Samar just after Supertyphoon Yolanda hit the area. Photo from AFP Central Command Facebook Page

Megawide on track to hit income target despite slower revenues

Aug 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Megawide s net income for the 1st half of the year slowed down to P927 million from P985 36 million in the same period a year ago

PH, Australia pilot online cultural exchange course in Makati high school

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The Australian government will also bring the cultural learning program to high schools in Camarines Sur Iloilo City and Bacolod City this year

NEW PARTNERS. Makati High School students, DepEd Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely talk to St Paul's College Kempsey students. Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

At ASEAN anniv, Duterte warns against protectionism

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine President describes the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership as a dream that [is] no longer there under the Trump administration

Macron courts the stars; meets Rihanna on education

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:05 AM

The meeting comes as Macron tries to fend off accusations of sacrificing French students with controversial plans to trim a housing subsidy on which many students rely to pay the rent

WELCOME TO THE ELYSEE. Brigitte Macron (L), wife of the French president, welcomes Barbadian musician and Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education Rihanna at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 26, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

CBS, BBC announce global newsgathering tie-up

Jul 13, 2017 - 10:31 PM

The deal brings together two major television news organizations and comes weeks after US based NBC finalized a deal to take a 25 stake in France based Euronews to boost its global scale

Japan, EU seal landmark trade deal in challenge to Trump

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:38 PM

The breakthrough caps 4 years of talks and comes on the eve of a G20 meeting in Germany at which Trump is expected to defend his protectionist stance on trade

European Council President Donald Tusk (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) during a press conference after an EU-Japan summit at the European Council on July 6, 2017, in Brussels. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top EU officials agreed on July 6 to the broad outline of a landmark trade deal, presented as a direct challenge to protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS


Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

U.S. tech giants join forces against terror content

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:17 PM

We believe that by working together sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online a joint statement on Twitter reads

Megawide group proposes P208-billion Cebu airport expansion

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM

This would make the Cebu airport the only Philippine airport with two independent parallel runways seen to serve annual passenger capacities of up to 50 million

EXPANSION. The group also intends to rehabilitate the airport's existing runway and taxiways, build a 3rd terminal, add a full-length parallel taxiway, as well as construction of more rapid exit taxiways and runway holding positions. Image from GMR-Megawide official Facebook page

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from

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May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Gov't infra push fails to spark economy in Q1

May 22, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Duterte administration s Build Build Build program has yet to break ground and lift the economy leaving the private sector to fill the void

LOOK: Volkswagen PH launches road safety program for kids

May 21, 2017 - 3:12 PM

The campaign aims to help prepare children to become responsible adult road users

CHILDREN SAFETY. Automobile company Volkswagen Philippines launches Child Safety Initiative 2.0 at Robinson's Magnolia in Quezon City. Photo by Basmarie Jane Marin/Rappler

Pacific Rim nations fight to save TPP trade pact

May 21, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED Several countries try to ‘resuscitate’ the massive free trade pact even as the new US trade chief affirms President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw

NEW TRADE BLOC. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. Michael Bradley/AFP

Trump's trade negotiator makes Asia debut at APEC talks

May 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Trump favors bilateral trade deals over the ambitious multilateral pacts of Barack Obama s administration

TRADE. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. Photo by AFP

ADB, region push for more PPPs as Duterte gov't mulls less

May 06, 2017 - 8:56 PM

The Asian Development Bank also launches Public Private Partnership initiatives in an effort to strengthen its bankability and implementation and approves 2 5B in financing support to private sector operations

CRUCIAL PPP'S. Private Sector Operations Director General Michael Barrow expressed hope the Duterte administration would continue with PPP projects. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

DOTr keen on removing Davao airport rehab from PPP pipeline

May 04, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the government is considering funding the rehabilitation of the airport in President Rodrigo Duterte s hometown

AMONG THE BEST. Davao International Airport is among the best 30 airports in Asia, says a survey conducted by a travel website. Photo by Jim de Francia/Google Maps

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.

Addressing myths of PPPs

Apr 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

PPPs offer alternative financing solutions to the country’s massive infrastructure needs But despite the success of PPPs in the Philippines certain misconceptions continue to undermine the PPP program’s accomplishments

RECAP: Declarations and statements at the 30th ASEAN Summit

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Here are the declarations and statements announced at the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila