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Thawing China-Philippines Ties Fuels Power Generation Imports

14 Dec 2018

With businesses across the Philippines on an avowed mission to build, build, build, Chinese companies have been swift to see the emerging possibility of ramping up exports of mainland-sourced manufact...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Corporation Code Amended in Bid to Boost Global Business Ranking

7 Dec 2018

As part of a series of changes intended to boost the country’s rankings on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, a limited company will be able to establish by just one person, as opposed to ...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: One-Off Personal and Corporate Tax Amnesty Set for Roll-Out

27 Nov 2018

Tax-defaulting individuals and businesses are set to be offered an one-off amnesty at the end of the year, allowing them to settle any outstanding deficits from 2017 (or from any year prior) at a redu...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Daily Minimum Wage Raised to US$10 in Metro Manila

16 Nov 2018

The daily minimum wage for non-agricultural workers in the Metro Manila region is to increase from P512 (US$9.5) to P537 (US$10) by the end of this month....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Financial and Education Sector Opened Up to 100% Overseas Investment

8 Nov 2018

Following a review of the country’s Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL), businesses in a number of additional sectors have been cleared to be 100% overseas-owned, including higher education (with ...Read More

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BRI Funding Sees China and the Philippines Commit to Building Bridges

2 Nov 2018

Bridge-building initiative helps Beijing and Manila get over the troubled waters of the South China Sea dispute....Read More

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Filipino Film Industry Ponders Funding Problems and Cinema Shortfall

24 Sept 2018

Despite making more films than almost any other Southeast Asian nation, the Philippines' movie industry is suffering from dwindling domestic audiences and poor global sales. Can a new government initi...Read More

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The Philippines: Market Profile

12 Sept 2018

The Philippines is one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia and the Pacific region. With increasing urbanisation, a growing middle-income class, and a large and young population, the Philipp...Read More

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Philippines' Hunger for Foreign Food Sees Global Players Set to Serve

11 Sept 2018

With a huge population, a rapidly expanding economy and a distinct willingness to try non-local foods, the Philippines is proving an irresistible market for culinary suppliers and food-equipment manuf...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Tagbilaran Launches Online Tax and Business Permit Payment System

29 Aug 2018

The Tagibilaran local government has launched a new online facility for the payment of business permit fees and taxes....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Zero Levies Re-instated for Approved FDI Imports

20 July 2018

FDI-backed businesses can once again import certain approved capital goods on a duty-free basis. The move sees the revival of an incentive scheme that originally expired in May this year, with eligibl...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: High-Sugar Content Drinks to Carry Mandatory Health Warnings

25 June 2018

The potential health risks of sugar-sweetened/energy drinks are to be highlighted on all relevant product labelling....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Tardy Civil Servants Face Prosecution for Delayed Business Licence Approval

1 June 2018

Government officials who fail to process business licence and permit applications within a specified timeframe may find themselves liable for prosecution under the terms of the recently-enacted Ease o...Read More

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Surge in Funding Boosts Philippines' Educational High-Tech Take-Up

16 May 2018

With 2017 alone seeing educational institutes across the Philippines enjoying a 25% increase in government funding, many of the country's schools and colleges are in the midst of an unprecedented and ...Read More

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BRI Backing Floods in to Boost Philippines' Water-Management Projects

10 May 2018

With Beijing-Manila ties at their most cordial, the Belt and Road Initiative is helping cement the countries' partnership....Read More

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The Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Capitalising on the New Opportunities

23 April 2018

The newly signed FTA and Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN will open up new business opportunities for Hong Kong. This, together with the full investment protection offered to Hong Kong...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Crackdown Initiated Against Illicitly-Employed Temporary Staff

9 April 2018

In a bid to crack down on the illicit use of sub-contracted temporary staff, many businesses in the Philippines are to be subjected to on-site inspections by the Department of Labour and Employment....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: 100% FDI Set to be Permitted in Construction Sector

27 Feb 2018

Foreign direct investment (FDI) of up to 100% is set to be permitted in the country's construction sector for the first time. The change will be facilitated by an amendment to the Foreign Investment N...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: All Field Audits and Ongoing Tax Investigations Suspended

7 Feb 2018

All ongoing cases of tax investigation in the Philippines have now been suspended, with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) withdrawing all mission orders (MOs) issued to tax officials for conducting...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: One-Stop Five-Day Processing Introduced for Construction Permits

22 Jan 2018

Local government bodies across the country are now obliged to process construction permit applications relating to specified project types within five working days....Read More

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