PEZA seeks support measures for IT-BPO companies

Published February 10, 2022, 6:45 PM by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat IBPAP hold an Industry Briefing last February 02, 2022 wherein PEZA provided updates on various matters and addressed concerns especially on the WFH arrangements. The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Board has asked the the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) to allow its registered IT-BPO enterprises […]

Amended Public Service Act a significant reform to fuel economic rebound—Trade Secretary

MANILA—Paving the way to attract more investments in the Philippines, the ratification of the amendment to the Public Service Act (PSA) plays a vital role for the country to progress closer to economic recovery, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary and Board of Investments (BOI) Chairman Ramon Lopez said. “This is a monumental […]

EJ Obiena rules Poland meet with season-best 5.81m

By: Mark Giongco – Reporter / / 02:47 PM February 12, 2022 FILE–Philippines’ Ernest John Obiena competes during the indoor men’s pole vault Beijer gala event in Uppsala, Sweden, on February 9, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) MANILA, Philippines—EJ Obiena redeemed himself with his first win of the year, topping the Orlen […]

DOT, TPB make virtual travel to top Philippine destinations possible

By Rosette Adel – February 12, 2022 – 8:33 PM Philippine virtual tours. (Screenshot from Tourism Promotions Board) The Department of Tourism and its attached agency, Tourism Promotions Board, on Wednesday launched virtual destination videos and 360° VR experiential tours that would make virtual travel to the Philippines more fun. These new offerings that seek […]

DOLE urges employers to let workers accompany kids for COVID-19 vaccination February 11, 2022 | 9:00am A performer dressed as superhero character Ironman walks past children waiting for their turn to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 5-11 at a gym in San Juan City, suburban Manila on February 7, 2022. MANILA, Philippines — The labor department urged employers to give paid time […]

PH, 3 other Southeast Asian nations chase first Winter Olympics medal

By: Bong Lozada – Reporter / / 08:54 PM February 10, 2022 Philippines’ flag bearer Asa Miller leads the delegation as they enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Jewel […]

Back to work: Taiwan reopening borders to 40,000 OFWs — DOLE

(AFP) MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has confirmed that Taiwan will lift the suspension of the entry of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) starting February 15, a move that will benefit some 40,000 workers. “We thank Taiwan for welcoming once more our kababayan in their various employment industries starting February 15. […]

DOT says PH ready to welcome fully vaxxed foreign tourists

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora February 2, 2022, 3:42 pm MANILA – The country’s tourism industry is ready to welcome fully vaccinated international travelers on February 10, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the sector had been preparing for this development ever since the borders were closed in 2020. […]

What you need to know about the Chinese New Year

By: Kathleen de Villa – Researcher / @Inq_ResearchersPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 08:38 PM January 28, 2022 —Lad Hara Caingcoy/Unsplash Chinese New Year festivities remain scaled back for the third straight year in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Despite the disruptions, many continue to celebrate the Chinese New Year, observing traditions […]

PH economy grows 7.7% in Q4, 5.6% in 2021

Reference Number: 2022-41 Release Date: 27 January 2022 Souce: Philippine Statistics Authority The Philippine Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted a growth of 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021, resulting in 5.6 percent full-year growth in 2021. The main contributors to the fourth quarter 2021 growth were: Manufacturing, 7.2 percent; Wholesale and retail trade; […]

BIR conducts hearings via video conferencing

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:34 AM January 26, 2022 The Bureau of Internal Revenue main office in Quezon City. (File photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Amid pandemic restrictions. tax officials and employees being investigated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for alleged wrongdoings may opt to attend hearings through video conference. […]

Baguio, Ilagan hailed as 2022 Asean Clean Tourist Cities

MANILA – The cities of Baguio and Ilagan in the provinces of Benguet and Isabela are among this year’s Asean Clean Tourist Cities awardees, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Thursday. Nine other Philippine hotels also bagged various Asean Tourism Awards, reflecting the tourism sector’s commitment to ensuring a high standard of tourism despite the […]

Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal with weightlifting

By Rhea Mogul, CNN Updated 0656 GMT (1456 HKT) July 27, 2021   Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz reacts while competing in the women’s 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (CNN)Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history Monday becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics. The 30-year-old set an Olympic record, […]

DOT reiterates call for safe travel amid stricter quarantine measure

– Saturday, July 24, 2021 The Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterated its call for safe personal travels as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed Metro Manila and other areas under a stricter quarantine measure to prevent local transmission of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat […]

DOT reminds hotels, resorts that room sharing for quarantined families is allowed

– Thursday, July 22, 2021 The Department of Tourism (DOT) on 21 July (Wednesday) reminded accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels to allow room sharing for certain individuals belonging in the same household traveling together, especially families with minors. “We have received reports that some DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels have been […]

Delivery riders protected by labor law, contract – DOLE

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 27, 2021 Delivery riders protected by labor law, contract – DOLE Riders in food delivery and courier activities are covered by either the Labor Code of the Philippines or the contract or agreement with the digital platform company, depending on the existence of an employer-employee relationship. The […]

Bello set to take on ILO challenge

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 18, 2021 Bello set to take on ILO challenge Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday said he is set to take on the challenge of heading a group representing both the powerful and the small governments of the world in the International Labor Organization. “I think […]

DOLE region 2 proud of Bello

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 17, 2021 DOLE region 2 proud of Bello The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in region 2 is proud of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who was recently named the ‘Natatanging Cagayano Award’ for the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano 2021. The ‘Natatanging […]

BOI promotes plant-based foods, gears up local researchers and start-ups for the Big Idea Food Competition

The Board of Investments (BOI), the Philippines’ lead industry promotion agency, recently (06 July 2021) conducted an online information session on the upcoming Big Idea Food Competition (BIFC) 2022 Asia Edition to raise awareness on the potentials of plant-based foods.   The said session is a tie-up with Big Idea Ventures (BIV), the Department of Science […]

Purchasing Managers’ Index breaches 50-point mark, DTI-BOI sees strong second quarter recovery

DTI-BOI reported that the calibrated reopening of the economy has been resulting in improvement in the unemployment rate reported by NEDA at 7.7% in May, from 8.7% in April 2021; and the manufacturing index which climbed to 50.8 in June 2021, from 49.9 in May.   Just last week it was reported that exports performed remarkably, posting […]

Filipino-Chinese groups donate P100M to fight COVID-19

Filipino-Chinese groups donate P100M to fight COVID-19

The Filipino Chinese community on March 12 announced donation of P100 Million Pesos worth of medical supplies for the Department of Health (DOH) to support the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus prevention campaign of the Philippines. The 11 major Filipino Chinese business, civic and cultural organizations—led by Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, […]