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Philippines Power Shortfall Remains Despite Completion of BRI Project

15 Aug 2019

Although the China-backed Kauswagan Plant is set to come fully online, the country's energy situation is still critical....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: State Moves to Support Start-Ups and Provide Easier Access for Overseas Investors

26 July 2019

In a bid to promote innovation among its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as well as to ease the entry of foreign investors into the country’s emerging start-up sector, the Innovative Star...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Would-be Overseas Workers Obliged to Secure ‘No Objection’ Certificate

15 July 2019

Prior to applying for the required permits to work and reside in the country, would-be overseas employees now need to secure a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Department of Labor and Employmen...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Manila Economic Zones Put on Hold as Regional Development Gets Priority

4 July 2019

In a bid to drive the development of the Special Economic Zones in the country’s outlying regions, no further applications to establish such zones within the central Metro Manila region are to be acce...Read More

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US-China Trade War Set to Buoy Philippines Semiconductor Sector

2 July 2019

The supply chain disruption caused by the US-China trade dispute may create chances for Philippine semiconductor players to secure new business, according to many exhibitors at the Manila-hosted Semic...Read More

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The Philippines: Market Profile

19 June 2019

The Philippines has one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia and the Pacific region. The Philippines' economic dynamism is rooted in strong consumer demand supported by improving real income...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Companies Obliged to Hire Workers Directly as Intermediaries Face Ban

10 June 2019

Employers are to be obliged to hire workers directly and not through any intermediary agency under the terms of recently-adopted legislation. In more specific terms, it will be illegal for third-party...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Public Service Fees Set to Be Nationally Standardised

5 June 2019

Local government bodies across the country must now ensure that any fees that they charge for public services are both reasonable and business-friendly....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Flexible Work Arrangements Approved for Employees

27 May 2019

Employers and employees in the Philippines will soon be free to adopt mutually agreed flexible work arrangements in place of the standard eight-hour day....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Tighter Regulations Introduced for Temporary Permits for Non-Local Workers

10 May 2019

In a bid to end any abuse of the country’s existing regulatory regime with regard to the provision of temporary work permits for overseas nationals, such Special Work Permits (SWP) will only be issuab...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Shipment Abandonment Order Appeal Procedures Clarified

8 May 2019

The country’s Bureau of Customs (BOC) has clarified the required procedures for appeals relating to official orders for the abandonment of inbound shipments....Read More

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BRI-Backed Projects on Course to Tackle Philippines Energy Shortfall

7 May 2019

State visit by Chinese President proves catalyst for raft of mainland-funded Philippines' oil and gas initiatives....Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Importers Now Subject to Post-Clearance Customs Audit

29 Jan 2019

Importers may now be liable to a separate audit after their goods have been cleared by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Any such importer will also be obliged to provide BOC officials with all relevant im...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: Businesses Exporting to EU Granted Right to Self-Issue Certificates of Origin

15 Jan 2019

Companies exporting from the Philippines to the European Union (EU) under the terms of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme can now self-issue the required Certificates of Origin (COO...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: All VAT Refunds to Be Processed and Paid Within 90 Days

14 Jan 2019

The Bureau of Internal Revenue is now obliged to process and pay all business-related VAT refunds within 90 days of any initial claim....Read More

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Asian Content Goes Global While Pay TV Seeks Out New Business Model

10 Jan 2019

With Asia-sourced video content suddenly surging and winning over English-language viewers, the only cloud on the horizon at the Asia Television Forum was the fact that young audiences are proving hig...Read More

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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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