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New Zealand—not just a country, but a brand

New Zealand—not just a country, but a brand

For New Zealand, its name is all the guarantee consumers everywhere need that products and services coming from Kiwi land are clean, safe and sustainably sourced. Hernando Banal II, New Zealand tra

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LEDAC lists 13 bills as ‘urgent’

LEDAC lists 13 bills as ‘urgent’

THE CORE committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) has endorsed 13 bills -- including a tariff on rice imports to replace the quota system -- as legislative measu

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BPO firms’ tax perks to stay under tax reform package, says finance exec

BPO firms’ tax perks to stay under tax reform package, says finance exec

The Department of Finance yesterday said business process outsourcing (BPO) companies need not worry about the government’s first tax reform package as they would continue to enjoy a number of fisca

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ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service Announcement

ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service Announcement

The Australian and New Zealand embassies will j

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PCC backs bills lifting foreign equity cap on telco, transport

PCC backs bills lifting foreign equity cap on telco, transport

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said yesterday it was supporting initiatives in Congress to amend certain provisions in the 80-year-old Public Service Act (PSA) such as the lifting of the

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PCC: Open construction business to foreigners

PCC: Open construction business to foreigners

The competition watchdog said P210 billion more would be invested in the private sector if the government changed the licensing rules being followed in the construction industry. In a policy note p

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Twin foreign policy developments seen favoring Philippines

Twin foreign policy developments seen favoring Philippines

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s shift to a “multilateral” foreign policy and the United States’ pullout from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) arrangement that excludes the Philippines ar

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Australian envoy to PH: Fake news ‘a threat to democracy’

Australian envoy to PH: Fake news 'a threat to democracy'

  Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely denounced fake news as "a threat to democracy," as she praised legitimate journalists for "getting to the truth of stories." "I

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PEZA slates ME investment roadshows in Feb.

PEZA slates ME investment roadshows in Feb.

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) will conduct a series of investment roadshows in the Middle East, promoting investments in at least 60 new economic zones  in preparation for the visit o

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[READ] Sen. Grace Poe’s speech at the Women in Business Breakfast Forum last November 25, 2016

[READ] Sen. Grace Poe's speech at the Women in Business Breakfast Forum last November 25, 2016

"Good morning, everyone. Today, you have asked me to share with this select group my thoughts on women in leadership roles and influencing change. It is often said that the 20th century is the "

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Aussie-NZ commerce exec bats Duterte economic plans

Aussie-NZ commerce exec bats Duterte economic plans

  The president of the Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines is optimistic on the capability of the Duterte administration to implement programs that would further boost d

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PEZA investments up as locators expand

PEZA investments up as locators expand

Approved investments by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) have gone up to P78 billion as of the first nine months this year as more economic zones are being developed, existing locators co

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Pernia eyes at least 7% growth for PHL economy in Q3 ’16

Pernia eyes at least 7% growth for PHL economy in Q3 ’16

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia is optimistic on the sustained expansion of the Philippine economy in the third quarter of 2016 as government spending remain high. “We hope

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Mining clampdown worries investors

Mining clampdown worries investors

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is sending the wrong signals to investors with its pronouncements seen harming what should be an attractive Phili

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Philippines GDP grows 7% in Q2 2016

Philippines GDP grows 7% in Q2 2016

Boosted by a strong start to 2016, the Philippine economy grew 7% in the second quarter of the year. The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figure announced by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary

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Philippine mining turmoil drives nickel prices

Philippine mining turmoil drives nickel prices

Philippine mining companies are keenly awaiting the results of a nationwide government audit of their environmental standards, due for completion by the end of August, with some voicing concern th

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New law lifts foreign ownership limit in adjustment companies

New law lifts foreign ownership limit in adjustment companies

  The Insurance Commission (IC) welcomes the passage and implementation this month of a new law lifting foreign ownership limit in adjustment companies noting that this will make the Phili

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Duterte signs order on Freedom of Information

Duterte signs order on Freedom of Information

  President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order mandating full public disclosure of all offices under the executive branch, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced Sund

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Decongest Metro Manila immediately, foreign investors plead

Decongest Metro Manila immediately, foreign investors plead

Transport topped the infrastructure wish list of foreign investors, as they called on the government to immediately work on the decongestion of Metro Manila. In a policy note, the Australia-New Zea

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Everest Group Recognizes Teleperformance as an Overall Global Leader in Contact Center Outsourcing

Everest Group Recognizes Teleperformance as an Overall Global Leader in Contact Center Outsourcing

Teleperformance, the worldwide leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, today announced that its strong scores have positioned it as an overall global Leader on the new Everest

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FULL TEXT: Inaugural address of President Rodrigo Duterte

FULL TEXT: Inaugural address of President Rodrigo Duterte

Inaugural Address of the President of the Philip

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[WATCH HERE] Duterte’s meeting with businessmen sends good signal: Wallace

[WATCH HERE] Duterte's meeting with businessmen sends good signal: Wallace

  Peter Wallace, founder of the Wallace Business

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[WATCH HERE] Duterte’s economic adviser broadens eight-point agenda

[WATCH HERE] Duterte's economic adviser broadens eight-point agenda

Mining, foreign ownership and reproductive health are just

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International SOS Offers Advice for a Healthy Ramadan

International SOS Offers Advice for a Healthy Ramadan

Holy Month falls wholly during the school term in many countries for first time in several years. Those working and studying need to ensure they eat a balanced diet, drink plenty

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DICT law finally signed; DOTC to become simply transportation department

DICT law finally signed; DOTC to become simply transportation department

  President Benigno Aquino III on Monday (May 23) signed into law Republic Act 10844, An Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), one of the most aw

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LIST: Duterte’s 8-point economic agenda

LIST: Duterte's 8-point economic agenda

A former agriculture secretary and close friend of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (May 12) disclosed the 8-point economic agenda of the incoming administration. In a press briefi

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Teleperformance Philippines celebrates 20th Anniversary, opens 17th site in the country

Teleperformance Philippines celebrates 20th Anniversary, opens 17th site in the country

L-R: Chloe Paula Tor (Teleperformance Silver City Site Director), Genny Marcial (IT-Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines Executive Director for External Affairs), Travis

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A Different Voice

A Different Voice

This week I’d like to give way to my daughter. Nikki is an environmental scientist (Master’s degree from University College of London) working on getting us a greener world. She works for Card

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PH competition agency seeks Australian expertise in anti-trust law

PH competition agency seeks Australian expertise in anti-trust law

  Philippine and Australian anti-trust heads pose for a photo following a dialogue held in Australia from March 21-22. (from left) From left to right: Commissioner Menardo Guevarra, Co

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NZ carrier to launch direct Manila-Auckland flights

NZ carrier to launch direct Manila-Auckland flights

New Zealand’s national carrier is set

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[COMPANY NEWS] ANZ Manila Named Best Global In-House Company (GIC) of the Year Anew

[COMPANY NEWS] ANZ Manila Named Best Global In-House Company (GIC) of the Year Anew

[MESSAGE FROM THE ANZ Manila Managing Dir. Mark Woolfrey]   Dear Manila Hub Team, I am very glad to share with you the great news – ANZ Manila Hub was awarded theBest Glob

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[COMPANY NEWS] Teleperformance offers tips on how to be successful in your first job

[COMPANY NEWS] Teleperformance offers tips on how to be successful in your first job

  Leaving the comforts of college campus life could be one of the unsettling experiences for new graduates. Couple that with the fact that there are over 650,000 college graduates who are

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PHL to firm up decision on joining TPP in 2 years

PHL to firm up decision on joining TPP in 2 years

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it could make a “definite” decision on joining the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement

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Online Broadband Policy Brief

Online Broadband Policy Brief

Download the full policy brief here: Online Broadband Policy Brief 

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Elevating Transparency: Philippine Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI)

Elevating Transparency: Philippine Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI)

Download the full agenda here: PH-EITI Results by PWC

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Foreign chambers seek action plans

Foreign chambers seek action plans

Poverty alleviation, infrastructure and economic reforms were the common and resounding advocacies being pushed by representatives of four presidential candidates at the Fifth Arangkada Assessment For

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Business groups urge more reforms to sustain growth

Business groups urge more reforms to sustain growth

The Philippines should pursue key economic reforms to sustain growth, an official of a foreign chamber said. With the Philippines now on the radar of most countries as a strong investment and trade

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Liberalizing Indonesia turns up heat on PHL foreign restrictions

Liberalizing Indonesia turns up heat on PHL foreign restrictions

The Philippines should act faster to further ease business restrictions to attract more foreign investments as other countries in the region are becoming more decisive in th

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Notice to all Registered Aliens re: Annual Report (AR) 2016

Notice to all Registered Aliens re: Annual Report (AR) 2016

Pursuant to Immigration Operations Order No. SBM-2015-041, Annual Report 2016 Guidelines, all registered foreign nationals shall, within the first sixty (60) days of every academic year, report in per

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JFC Holds Fifth Arangkada Philippines Forum for More Inclusive Growth Through Bolder Reforms in the Next Decade

JFC Holds Fifth Arangkada Philippines Forum for More Inclusive Growth Through Bolder Reforms in the Next Decade

  On March 1, 2016, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines will host its Fifth Anniversary Forum with the theme “A Bolder and More Inclusive Decade” at th

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JFC Holds Briefing on Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS)

JFC Holds Briefing on Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS)

Representatives of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) met with Cabinet Secretary Almendras for a briefing on the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) at SMX Convention Center, P

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Australian firms eye PPPs, investments in PH

Australian firms eye PPPs, investments in PH

Many Australian companies expressed interest in investing in the Philippines this year, according to newly appointed Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely. Gorely said these invest

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Address infra, FDIs, jobs (Business to Presidentiables)

Address infra, FDIs, jobs (Business to Presidentiables)

The business community would like to hear from the presidentiables their platforms on infrastructure development, how to attract more foreign direct investments and jobs creation for the masses, as do

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NCC eyes scoring system for policy recommendations

NCC eyes scoring system for policy recommendations

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) plans to come out with a new rating system next year that will measure which among policy recommendations in the country are worth pursuing or not. NCC co

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[REMINDER] 2016 Tax Reminders

[REMINDER] 2016 Tax Reminders

NEW YEAR TAX REMINDERS DUE DATE

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[IN PHOTOS] Farewell calls by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell

[IN PHOTOS] Farewell calls by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell with DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro   Amb. Tweddell with Senate Pres. Franklin Drilon   Amb. Tweddell with

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Cutting Red Tape Down Under

Cutting Red Tape Down Under

By: Cielito F. Habito | 0

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announces appointment of Ms. Amanda Gorely as Australia’s next Ambassador to the Philippines

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announces appointment of Ms. Amanda Gorely as Australia's next Ambassador to the Philippines

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Amanda Gorely as Australia's next Ambassador to the Philippines. The Philippines is an important partner for Australia in Southeast Asia and we cooperate clos

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[COMPANY NEWS] Australian Virtual Talent Company Flat Planet Celebrates Five Years

[COMPANY NEWS] Australian Virtual Talent Company Flat Planet Celebrates Five Years

Flat Planet celebrated its fifth anniversary this November 27. Five years ago, Flat Planet CEO Chris Moriarty and Co-Founder and Managing Director Barlow took a massive leap of faith and establish

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Philippines, New Zealand hope for binding climate agreement

Philippines, New Zealand hope for binding climate agreement

The Philippines and New Zealand look forward to a binding climate deal during the meeting of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change next month in Paris, France. Pr

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Philippines-Australia relations: Reasons to celebrate

Philippines-Australia relations: Reasons to celebrate

  "I am delighted to be in Manila for my first official visit to the Philippines as Prime Minister. My visit has two key aims. First, I am representing Australia at the APEC Economic Le

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ANZCham seeks food, pharma boost from treaty

ANZCham seeks food, pharma boost from treaty

The Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) said a “comprehensive economic partnership” with the Philippines represents opportunities for the food, pharmace

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Giving More Teeth to ASEAN Integration

Giving More Teeth to ASEAN Integration

The Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines, Inc. (ANZCHAM) is pushing for a comprehensive bilateral economic partnership agreement between the Philippines and Australia as an integral

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Australian firms want Canberra to forge bilateral trade deal with Manila

Australian firms want Canberra to forge bilateral trade deal with Manila

The Philippines and Australia should consider forging a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) to enable them to maximize the benefits of the forthcoming Asean economic i

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TMAP, 21 groups back proposal adjusting income tax to inflation

TMAP, 21 groups back proposal adjusting income tax to inflation

The Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TMAP) and 21 foreign business groups, professional organizations, and trade and labor groups on Wednesday asked the leadership of the House of Repres

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[COMPANY NEWS] ANZ Manila recognised as Employer of the Year by the Apolinario Mabini Awards

[COMPANY NEWS] ANZ Manila recognised as Employer of the Year by the Apolinario Mabini Awards

  With the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III (centre) during the Awarding Ceremony in the Malacañang Palace. In the photo from (R-L) Maximino dela Concha – represen

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House on income tax cut: We’re not giving up

House on income tax cut: We’re not giving up

  They’re not picking a fight with President Aquino, but leaders of the House of Representatives are not giving up and will proceed with the process of approving a bill reducing individu

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[NOTICE] Deferment of the November 10 Special Meeting

[NOTICE] Deferment of the November 10 Special Meeting

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[COMPANY NEWS] Flat Planet wins BRW Fast 100 Award 2015

[COMPANY NEWS] Flat Planet wins BRW Fast 100 Award 2015

  Leading Virtual Talent company Flat Planet has been recognised as one of the fastest growing companies in Australia, in the Business Review Weekly ‘BRW Fast 100 2015.’ Flat Planet was ra

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Govt acts to address concerns of foreign businessmen’s group

Govt acts to address concerns of foreign businessmen’s group

Malacanang assured over the weekend it is moving to address key concerns raised by the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) last week over the sharp decline in net foreign direct investment (FDI) flows for t

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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT: ANZCHAM Job Matching Event

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT: ANZCHAM Job Matching Event

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Two Australian Navy ships arrive in Subic for goodwill visit

Two Australian Navy ships arrive in Subic for goodwill visit

  Two Australian Navy ships, His/Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Arunta and HMAS Sirius, arrived in Subic on Wednesday for a five-day goodwill visit.

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Foreign chambers see FDI rising in H2

Foreign chambers see FDI rising in H2

Foreign business groups in the Philippines are optimistic the country’s net foreign direct investments (FDI) will pick up in the second half of the year as investors regain confidence along with

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Apec clears money highway for infra projects

Apec clears money highway for infra projects

With market development being seen as crucial to building more vital infrastructure to support and sustain economic growth, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) is leading the way in making s

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New Zealand, PH ink labor agreement

New Zealand, PH ink labor agreement

The Philippines and New Zealand signed a landmark labor cooperation agreement implementing a zero placement fee, protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) among others, while working in the said

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Business groups press for passage of Customs Modernization Act

Business groups press for passage of Customs Modernization Act

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) has reiterated its recommendation to Senate and House leaders to pass the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). The Senate bill is under deliberation by the

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NEDA chief backs lower income tax, but wants new revenue source

NEDA chief backs lower income tax, but wants new revenue source

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio Balisacan on Monday expressed support for a proposed bill aiming to lower income tax rates, but suggested at the same time to fi

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APEC finance ministers approve Cebu Action Plan

APEC finance ministers approve Cebu Action Plan

Finance ministers from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finally approved the Cebu Action Plan (CAP) on Friday afternoon (September 11). It's a roadmap pointing the way to more inclusive

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Joint Foreign Chambers presses House anew for infotech dep’t

Joint Foreign Chambers presses House anew for infotech dep’t

Foreign Business associations in the Philippines have renewed their push at the House of Representatives for the passage of a law to create a Department of Information and C

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Canberra asks Manila: Please consider the TPP

Canberra asks Manila: Please consider the TPP

Australia is asking the Philippines to reconsider the existing structures on trade and particularly asked policy-makers

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[PRESS RELEASE] ANZCHAM urges government to exercise rule of law in facilitating mining investments

[PRESS RELEASE] ANZCHAM urges government to exercise rule of law in facilitating mining investments

The Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ANZCHAM), the premier business organization supporting Australian and New Zealand trade and business relations with the Philippines is urgin

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Philippine economy picks up speed in second quarter, says IMF

Philippine economy picks up speed in second quarter, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the Philippine economy likely picked up speed in the second quarter of the year after slowing down in the first quarter on weak global demand and lack of gov

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Mining tax rate could top ASEAN

Mining tax rate could top ASEAN

The proposed new mining revenue-sharing scheme awaiting approval at the House of Representatives could raise the government’s take from the industry to as much as 71% -- p

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Business opportunities in South-East Asia

Business opportunities in South-East Asia

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today launched a publication promoting the trade and investment opportunities for Australian business in the ten countries comprising the Association

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Australia turns over 1,533 shelters to Yolanda victims

Australia turns over 1,533 shelters to Yolanda victims

      The Australian government officially handed over housing units to around 8,000 persons or 1,533 families who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda. The housing un

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Philippine Navy gets two heavy landing craft from Australia

Philippine Navy gets two heavy landing craft from Australia

The Philippine Navy has acquired two newly refurbished heavy landing craft donated by the Australian Navy, renamed Barkong Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Ivatan (AT-298) and BRP Batak (AT-299). These

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In latest CNN Money data: Philippines 4th fastest-growing economy in 2015

In latest CNN Money data: Philippines 4th fastest-growing economy in 2015

  Philippine economic growth this year is projected to be the fourth fastest in the world, data compiled by CNN Money showed. The chart showed the country’s gross domestic product (GD

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Australia and the Philippines: A partnership story

Australia and the Philippines: A partnership story

I last wrote in these pages about the long history of cooperation between Australia and the Philippines in March 2014. It is amazing that we will be celebrating the 70th year of our bilateral rela

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ADB increases lending to the Philippines

ADB increases lending to the Philippines

Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) will increase its lending to the Philippines over the next three years to support infrastructure and other development thrusts, the

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PNoy did well despite ‘doing nothing’: Wallace

PNoy did well despite 'doing nothing': Wallace

A business columnist on Monday praised President Aquino for getting the economy moving despite a lack of vision and failure to let more foreign investments come in during his administration. Speaki

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FOI, BBL top Congress agenda after SONA – Drilon

FOI, BBL top Congress agenda after SONA - Drilon

Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Thursday that the Freedom of Information bill and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will top Congress' legislative agenda in the final months of the Aquino

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Aquino signs PH Competition Act, amendment to Cabotage law

Aquino signs PH Competition Act, amendment to Cabotage law

President Benigno Aquino III signs the Philippine Competition Act as witnessed by lawmakers, government officials and businessmen.   President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday sig

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Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Are the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Charter Change (ChaCha), political and institutional reform, and inclusive growth connected to China’s threat to our national sovereignty, and if so, how are

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Into the lion’s den by Peter Wallace

Into the lion’s den by Peter Wallace

  This column is going to support a friend who’s taken on a Herculean task, stepped in where Angels fear to tread as they say. Andy Bautista has agreed to lead COMELEC through the next e

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Navy to commission 2 landing craft heavy ships from Australia

Navy to commission 2 landing craft heavy ships from Australia

The two transport ships to be donated by Australia to the Philippines will be commissioned into service on July 23. Navy chief Vice Adm. Jesus Millan said the two landing craft heavy (LCH) woul

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Lessening the negative: Balancing the nationalist foreign investment policy towards integration

Lessening the negative: Balancing the nationalist foreign investment policy towards integration

Pursuant to the Foreign Investment Act (R.A. 7042, as amended by R.A.8179), the President of the Philippines promulgated the 10th Regular Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) last May 29. The FINL

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Philippines among most restrictive in SEA on FDI

Philippines among most restrictive in SEA on FDI

The Philippines is among the more restrictive economies in the Southeast Asian region when it comes to foreign direct investments (FDIs), a recent study by the Economic Research Institute for Asea

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Can We Expect Action? (First of 2 parts) by Peter Wallace

Can We Expect Action? (First of 2 parts) by Peter Wallace

Peter Perfecto of Makati Business Club (MBC) summarized the business community’s recommendations to President Aquino in his column in the Inquirer on June 6. But let me take it further and go ba

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Fair Competition Act to attract more investments, says Balisacan

Fair Competition Act to attract more investments, says Balisacan

  The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the landmark Fair Competition Act would attract more investments and economic activities into the country and strengthen the f

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Philippines ranks 68th worldwide in financial literacy index

Philippines ranks 68th worldwide in financial literacy index

  The Philippines was ranked 68th globally in terms of financial literacy index, according to a study made by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study on financial education in Asia

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On Quality of Life, Dying Gracefully by Peter Wallace

On Quality of Life, Dying Gracefully by Peter Wallace

My wife’s sister died this week. She had open heart surgery to replace a valve almost two months ago and was confined ever since. Complications ensued due to infections contracted mostly while b

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BOI to Launch One Window Network

BOI to Launch One Window Network

The Board of Investments (BOI) – Investments Assistance Center (IAC) is set to launch the BOI-OWN (One Window Network), a cloud-based web portal and mobile application for online facilitation of

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Senate passes bill on monitoring, evaluating tax incentives granted to private sector

Senate passes bill on monitoring, evaluating tax incentives granted to private sector

      Moving to strengthen the country's investment -related laws, the Senate today passed a measure geared towards promoting greater transparency and accountability in the

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Business groups seek changes to incentives bill

Business groups seek changes to incentives bill

The Philippine Business Groups and Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC) said they submitted letters to lawmakers, suggesting changes to a proposed law imposing a monitoring syst

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Senate ready to work on passage of economic Cha-cha

Senate ready to work on passage of economic Cha-cha

    The Senate is ready to flex its muscles to work for the passage of amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution, barely a year before President Aquino steps d

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Ambassadors join JFC heads in Roundtable Discussion

Ambassadors join JFC heads in Roundtable Discussion

    JFC heads hold Roundtable Discussion with Ambassadors on 25 May 2015. Among the attendees include Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell, New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan,

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House approves cabotage law, competition bill on third reading

House approves cabotage law, competition bill on third reading

The House of Representatives has given its final nod on three economic measures during its plenary session late Tuesday, among them the fair competition policy which has bee

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Speech of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. for the Philippine Bar Association

Speech of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. for the Philippine Bar Association

    To Philippine Bar Association president Emerico de Guzman and to all the officers and members of this illustrious association – the largest of its kind in the country – goo

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Phl-Australia air deal spurs tourism growth

Phl-Australia air deal spurs tourism growth

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the recently improved air agreements between the Philippines and Australia cements a double-digit growth in tourist arrivals. The new air services agreement

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Tolerance by Peter Wallace

Tolerance by Peter Wallace

    I watched a movie, a truly wonderful movie, for the second time. But it’s not the movie, it’s the story. It was a true story, it was the story of a man who saved 14 millio

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‘PH business confidence highest in ASEAN, No. 3 in world’

'PH business confidence highest in ASEAN, No. 3 in world'

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A lifetime of unhappiness

A lifetime of unhappiness

by Peter Wallace   Let me reflect on something very controversial but something that needs to be addressed: Divorce. Something I’d like you to think about with compassion in

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Ambassadors push for business-friendly policies

Ambassadors push for business-friendly policies

  Foreign ambassadors are urging the Philippines to continue implementing business friendly economic policies that will attract greater foreign investments, which are key to cutting pover

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PHL better off enforcing current mining law — ANZCHAM

PHL better off enforcing current mining law -- ANZCHAM

The government should focus on better enforcement of the current Philippine mining law instead of changing the mining revenue regime if it wants to further maximize the benefits from natural resou

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More business groups back proposed ICT department

More business groups back proposed ICT department

More support from business groups has emerged for legislation to create a Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a proposal which has to this point n

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“What has the SC done?” by Peter Wallace

"What has the SC done?" by Peter Wallace

The Supreme Court has disappointed again. It seems to see its role as that of a judge, of a strict interpreter of the word of the law. I see that as the role of lower courts. The Supreme Court stands

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Official List of Nominees for AGM – 10 March 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Official List of Nominees for AGM - 10 March 2015

                                MEMORANDUM  

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Australian Defence Minister announces the gifting of two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) to the Philippines

Australian Defence Minister announces the gifting of two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) to the Philippines

The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews,

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NOTICE: Imee Vilches as new ANZCHAM Treasurer

NOTICE: Imee Vilches as new ANZCHAM Treasurer

              February 10, 2015   Dear Members,   We are pleased to inform you t

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Rebuild the legal system

Rebuild the legal system

I’ve said this before but I must repeat it because it’s affecting all of society. I think one can reasonably say this is a legal system that has failed, when it takes decades to reach a decisio

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Just 2 To Do

Just 2 To Do

As the year began, I suggested a to-do list for President Aquino to consider. But I’d like to focus on just two items on the list: opening up the economy with amendments to the Constitution, and est

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DA to expedite funds release for PH rural dev’t program

DA to expedite funds release for PH rural dev't program

FOR EXPEDITED FUND RELEASE. The World Bank-supported Philippine Rural Development Program temporarily waives a requirement enablin

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Net FDI surges 64% to $5.32 B in Jan-Oct

Net FDI surges 64% to $5.32 B in Jan-Oct

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign direct investments surged by 64 percent in the first 10 months of 2014, driven by rosy prospects for the Philippine economy, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported yest

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NOTICE: 2015 ANZCHAM Updated Annual Membership Dues and Inclusions

NOTICE: 2015 ANZCHAM Updated Annual Membership Dues and Inclusions

Dear Member: Happy New Year! For more than three decades now, the Australian – New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Philippines Inc. (ANZCHAM) has served as the premier business organization suppor

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Gov’t allows mining projects to commence operations

Gov’t allows mining projects to commence operations

MANILA, Philippines - The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) has recommended to President Aquino that mining projects in the advanced predevelopment stage of their contract areas be allowed t

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DOTC allots P781 M for Bicol int’l airport

DOTC allots P781 M for Bicol int’l airport

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has earmarked P781 million to develop the Bicol international airport in Daraga, Albay as the government pursues the de

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List of PH’s priority infra projects readied

List of PH's priority infra projects readied

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and other key government agencies are mapping out priority infrastructure projects over the next 18 months, or until Pr

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Nickel Shortage Propels Philippines Mining Boom: Southeast Asia

Nickel Shortage Propels Philippines Mining Boom: Southeast Asia

Michael Defensor is racing to mine and ship nickel from projects across the Philippines to plug the gap in global supplies left by Indonesia’s

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POEA names authorized New Zealand recruitment agencies

POEA names authorized New Zealand recruitment agencies

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced yesterday the names of the 26 licensed recruitment agencies duly authorized to deploy overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) to New Zealand

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Australia and the Philippines – working together to protect oceans and reefs

Australia and the Philippines - working together to protect oceans and reefs

As island states, Australia and the Philippines understand better than most the value of our oceans. The Pacific Ocean connects us and its health and the services it provides are crucial to both

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To-do list

To-do list

New Year’s Day, no matter how bad things have been in the year past, somehow, always heralds the promise of a better year. It’s a strange human quirk, though a very favorable one be

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It’s all about (power) reserves

It's all about (power) reserves

There seems to be some misunderstanding of the power situation. Let me try to clear it up. First, and most fundamental: This possible power crisis would not have loomed if new power plants had been

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ANZCHAM Appoints New Executive Director

ANZCHAM Appoints New Executive Director

Ryan Patrick Evangelista, ANZCHAM Executive Director Ryan’s career in the chamber movement started 15 years ago when he joined the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PC

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PayPal is now working again!

PayPal is now working again!

Our PayPal account's now working again! We would like to apologize to our members and friends for the inconvenience when you would pay online. Our PayPal account is now ready to accept payments for

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Interruptible Load Program participation of JFC member firms

Interruptible Load Program participation of JFC member firms

To Anzcham members, Blackout seem almost inevitable next year unless something more serious, and urgent is done. We believe blackouts can be avoided by reducing power consumption – if everyone pa

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Committee Updates

Committee Updates

Education, Training and Labor Committee The next meeting is on March 04, 2016 10am at the ANZCHAM Boardroom. To register, email advocacy@anzcham

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Survey – Economic “Game Changers” in ASEAN

Survey - Economic "Game Changers" in ASEAN

Dear members,   The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey&Company, is currently conducting research into economic "game changers" in ASEAN

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Australia Awards Fellowships: Building people-to-people links with Philippines

Australia Awards Fellowships: Building people-to-people links with Philippines

The Australian Government has announced the opening of its competitive grants program, the Australia Awards Fellowships. The application period is from 1 August to 10 September 2014 for Fellowships co

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PAL Promo for ANZCHAM Members

PAL Promo for ANZCHAM Members

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Committee Updates

Committee Updates

Education, Training and Labor Committee The next meeting is on August 5th, 12 nn. Speaker for this meeting is Ms. Love Basillote, Executive Director of Philippine Business for Educ

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JFC Updates

JFC Updates

The JFC held a meeting with Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Sevilla on Wednesday, July 23rd, at the BOC Building in Port Area, Manila. ANZCHAM was represented by Peter Wallace. Among th

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Organization of SME Committee – Request for Issues and Concerns

Organization of SME Committee - Request for Issues and Concerns

Dear Members, We are in the process of organizing a new ANZCHAM Committee for SMEs and this will be taken up in our upcoming BIITC meeting this Thursday. In this regard, may we request our  SME me

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Condolences from The Hon PM Tony Abbot on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Condolences from The Hon PM Tony Abbot on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

The thoughts and prayers of all Australians today are with the families and loved ones of the Australians that have tragically been killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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JFC Announcements

JFC Announcements

The JFC meeting with the President of the Legal Provinces of the Philippines has been postponed. The JFC Heads meeting was held on Thursday, July 10th. ANZCHAM was represented by Externa

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PayPal is currently down

PayPal is currently down

ANZCHAM would like to inform everyone that events payments through PayPal curre

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ANZCHAM Wins 2nd Grant from the Australian Government

ANZCHAM Wins 2nd Grant from the Australian Government

Grants to help Australian businesses expand their links in Asia have been awarded to 18 member-based organisations, under the Asian Business Engagement Plan program.

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Announcement: ANZCham Website Registration

Announcement: ANZCham Website Registration

Dear Members, ANZCham's new website is now live, where you can exclusively access a new host of features, namely: View, register, and pay for events online; A member's area w

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Letter from the President: Search for ANZCHAM Executive Director

Letter from the President: Search for ANZCHAM Executive Director

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: SEARCH FOR ANZCHAM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Members, The Board of Directors has recently accepted the resignation of our Executive Director, Angie Esguerra Petterss

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Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Investment

Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Investment

06 March 2014 The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP Minister for Trade and Investment Department o

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ANZCHAM Letter to the Australian Government Regarding Australia Network

ANZCHAM Letter to the Australian Government Regarding Australia Network

28 March 2014 To Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Trade and Investment

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ANZAC DAY 2014

ANZAC DAY 2014

The Australian and New Zealand Embassies will again jointly host the 99th ANZAC Day dawn service commemoration in Manila. This will be held on Friday 25 April 2014 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (

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