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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

GGG vs PPP

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

Martial Law, Marawi attack, Donald Trump and Pope Francis | Evening wRap

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 www.wikipedia.org

Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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

Metro Pacific pouring P153B into public infrastructure 'til 2018

Apr 04, 2017 - 9:33 AM

The infrastructure conglomerate is set to start construction of the Cavite Laguna Expressway and Cebu Cordova Link Expressway among others in 2017

PRIVATE HANDS. One of Metro Pacific's projects is NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, which will be an elevated roadway connecting Segment 9 at MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City to C-3 Road (5th Avenue) in Caloocan City. Photo from MPIC website

Asia-Pacific seeks to save TPP trade deal without U.S.

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:03 AM

After two days of high level meetings in Chile officials wrap up their talks with no clear plan to replace the defunct deal but a dogged determination not to throw out years of painstaking negotiations

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila.  Jay Directo/AFP

5 regional airport PPP deals attract more honchos

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Companies led by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala Lucio Tan Manuel V Pangilinan Erramon Aboitiz Ramon Ang Andrew Gotianun and Manuel Louie Ferrer are interested

1ST PPP CALL. These 5 airport PPP deals –€“ cumulatively worth some P108.9 billion – were previously rolled out under the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Can bottled water build classrooms for urban poor communities?

Mar 11, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Generation Hope donates 100 of the profits from selling Hope In A Bottle to build public school classrooms all around the Philippines

SOCIAL GOOD. Generation Hope has built 37 classrooms across the country. This one is located in General Santos National High School of Arts and Trade. Photo courtesy of Generation Hope

Metro Pacific's French partner backs out from regional airports PPP

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:05 PM

With Aeroports de Paris backing out Metro Pacific says it will first look for a new foreign partner then evaluate its participation in the regional airport deals

BACKS OUT. Rather than take the risk, Metro Pacific says Aeroports de Paris decides to withdraw from the consortium. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Giving hope for a brighter future to street children

Mar 01, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Since it officially became a registered non profit organization in 1995 ChildHope Asia has helped more than 10 300 street children in Manila get a brighter future

STREET EDUCATION. Childhope Asia brings a mobile classroom to street kids in different areas. Photo courtesy of Childhope Asia

Asia trade talks resume after U.S. exit dashes hopes for TPP deal

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The 5 day Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership RCEP talks in the western Japanese city of Kobe are being attended by senior officials from the 16 countries involved

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila.  Jay Directo/AFP

Senators convinced 'best' location achieved for MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

But the Senate committee wants someone to be held liable for the P200 million naming rights contract of SM Prime which caused the almost 8 year delay of the project

PROBE INTO COMMON STATION. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Committee on Public Services on Monday, February 13, 2017, leads probe into the MRT-LRT Common Station deal. Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the hearing. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo.

WATCH: Teaching urban poor kids the value of education

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:20 PM

From 40 nursery scholars Project PEARLS now supports 500 elementary and high school students from Tondo Manila

TRANSFORMED. Juvi Ann is an example of the impact Project PEARLS has had on the Ulingan community. Photo courtesy of Project PEARLS

Top property, gaming firms interested in New Nayong Pilipino PPP

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Among them are AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation DM Consunji Incorporated DM Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated Filinvest Development Corporation and JG Summit Holdings Incorporated

NEW STRUCTURE. Dubbed as the New Nayong Pilipino, this will be the 2nd public-private partnership (PPP) project to be rolled out under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte

PH's PPP program could see declining investor interest – BMI Research

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The research unit of Fitch Ratings flags the country s struggle with implementing projects on time and generating enough interest in proposed undertakings

LOOKING FOR FASTER ROUTE. The Duterte administration has 'expressed frustration on the prolonged implementation of PPP projects and cast doubt on the appropriateness of PPPs for certain infrastructure projects.' Rappler file photo

In one week, Trump shakes up Washington and the world

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Before his inauguration many asked if the presidency would change Donald Trump or whether Donald Trump would change the presidency Barely 20 minutes into his 4 year term anyone who was listening had their answer

US President Donald Trump during a reception with Congressional leaders on January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Alvarez slams bidding process of 5 PPP regional airport deals

Jan 27, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the operations and maintenance scheme to be implemented for the 5 airports may unnecessarily tie the government s hands

QUESTIONING THE DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues criticizing the moves of the Department of Transportation.

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH-SoKor, hunger, Trump | Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Ana Arceo

1st PPP rolled out under Duterte: 5 regional airports

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:49 PM

Even if these regional airport PPP deals were unbundled they continue to lure big investors

1ST PPP CALL. These 5 airport PPP deals – cumulatively worth some P108.9 billion – were previously rolled out under the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III. Rappler file photo

Australia opens door to China in push to save TPP

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:11 AM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government is in active discussions with other TPP countries including his Japanese New Zealand and Singaporean counterparts on how to salvage the agreement

US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump torpedoes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED After signing an executive order Trump said he would be going back to those countries one on one to find terms more favorable to the United States

TRUMP ON TPP. US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:13 PM

In an early session at the World Economic Forum 2017 DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez says he has observed that the US new economic priorities are aligned with Duterte s thrust to spur economic growth

ALIGNED POLICIES. Photo taken when Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Commercial operations for MRT-LRT Common Station eyed in April 2019

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rarely seen together the country s top businessmen come to agree on the final location of the Metro Rail Transit MRT Light Rail Transit LRT Common Station project

ENDING DEADLOCK. The country's top honchos, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Hans Sy, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, come together to sign a Memorandum of Agreement ending the squabble on the MRT-LRT Common Station deal, Wednesday, January 18, at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Mindanao Railway project approaches rollout

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Another project that could be given the green light to start procurement is the Panay Guimaras Negros bridge that is estimated to cost P21 67 billion

SPUR DEVELOPMENT. A railway in Mindanao and an inter-island bridge connecting Panay, Guimaras, and Negros will be up for NEDA Board approval. Rappler file photo