In Asia, Trump finds more than ever he’s among friends

Trump's trip comes on the heels of India's election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who has enthusiastically built ties with Washington, won an unexpectedly strong new mandate, as well as Australia's polls, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison stunned pundits by beating back a challenge from the Labor Party, whose promises included a "more considered" approach to China.

Cement over-importation stays despite tariff

May 22, 2019
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has ordered the imposition of a 4-percent provisional tariff amounting to PHP210 per metric ton or PHP8.40 per bag on imported cement, which the TC had validated as local cement manufacturers face serious injury following several "pure" importers' over-importation of sometimes substandard but cheaper cement since 2016.

Passage of tobacco tax hike bill pushed

May 21, 2019
Social Watch Philippines co-convener, Dr. Maria Victoria Raquiza, cited that a funding shortfall of PHP63 billion exists for the first year of UHC, noting that the benefits of the landmark reform may not come to fruition without a significant increase in tobacco taxes.

8-yr global bond float signals return to Euro market

May 15, 2019
The Republic of the Philippines successfully returned to the international capital markets with its offering of EUR750 million of 8-year Global Bonds. The bonds are expected to be rated Baa2 by Moody’s, BBB+ by Standard & Poor’s, and BBB by Fitch. The notes are expected to settle on May 17, 2019.

Jan.-April BoI investments hit P287B, up 46%

May 06, 2019
Trade Secretary and Board of Investments Chairman Ramon Lopez announced that cumulative approved investments recorded by the BOI from January to April 2019 hit Php286.7 billion, a 46.5 percent jump from the same period last year where it posted Php195.7 billion.

Car sales recover in March

April 16, 2019
Sales of car manufacturers bounced back in March, recording a double-digit growth year-on-year, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers Association of the Philippines, Inc. reported on Monday.