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Farmers urge ASEAN members to adopt UN Declaration on peasant rights

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:45 PM

'We owe it all to the food producers of Southeast Asia to protect their rights,' says Elvira Baladlad of Paragos-Pilipinas, a member of international movement La Via Campesina

PEASANT RIGHTS. Dubbed as “Salubong and Pakikiisa” (Solidarity Walk), the marchers belonging to the international peasant movement, La Via Campesina, joined more than 300 hundred  representatives from ASEAN civil society, peoples’ organizations, and NGOs gathered at the Commission on Human Rights. Photo from La Via Campesina

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rising migration demands 'roaming' health coverage

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:07 AM

ASEAN can be act as a launching pad for roaming coverage as does the EU which allows roaming health coverage for any EU citizen in any EU country

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Dennis Uy's Chelsea Logistics wants a bigger pie of 2GO

May 18, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Chelsea Logistics which aspires to become the prime mover of goods and passengers in the Philippines plans to raise P8 billion via IPO in July

LOGISTICS CRAZE. Chelsea Logistics locks in a $200-million (P10.96 billion) loan with Bank of China, as 'it works toward a bigger role in the country’s transportation and logistics industry.' Image from

PH to institutionalize business lessons from ASEAN neighbors

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Proposed new laws such as the Ease of Doing Business Act aim to put some of the practices learned from successful neighbors like Singapore into law

Why you should care about ASEAN integration

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:15 AM

From working or studying abroad to traveling more overseas to having a better job these are ways the ASEAN integration can personally affect you

Chelsea Logistics plans to go public to make the most of ASEAN trade

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:03 PM

CLC is the second company under the Udenna Group to go public following the listing of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines in 2007

ASEAN POTENTIAL. Chelsea Logistics chief Dennis Uy says the company's expansion aligns with initiatives to strengthen cooperation and promote trade within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Photo from Udenna Corporation

ASEAN at 50: Golden year or mid-life crisis?

Feb 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Amid hits and misses ASEAN is still necessary as the issues the region is facing are so huge that no single country could deal with them alone

3 reasons for Canada's renewed interest in Southeast Asia

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM

There is geopolitical significance in what happens within the ASEAN The security profile in the region is significant to Canada says Ambassador Maria Louise Hannan first ever Canadian envoy dedicated to ASEAN

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Businessmen hope for simplified processes under Duterte admin

May 18, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Businessmen are counting on president elect Rodrigo Duterte to convince other cities to copy the Davao City model says business leader Donald Dee

How privilege, power in the economy drive extreme inequality in Asia

Jan 22, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Many Asian countries have prospered and created new wealth However this wealth and the prosperity and opportunities that it promises are not being equally shared

INEQUALITY. While the recent boom brings greater prosperity to some people in Asia, an even larger number find themselves struggling under their circumstances

Hadapi MEA, pemerintah latih 700 ribu lebih tenaga kerja

Jan 04, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Pemerintah serius menyiapkan angkatan kerja agar mampu memimpin persaingan di MEA

HADAPI MEA. Pemerintah memberikan berbagai pelatihan dan sertifikasi agar tenaga kerja kita siap menghadapi Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (MEA). Foto oleh Umarul Faruq/Antara

5 keterampilan yang harus kamu miliki di era MEA tahun ini

Jan 03, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Keterampilan dan kemampuan yang harus kami miliki agar sukses bersaing sesama tenaga kerja dari ASEAN di era MEA

Penguasaan keterampilan tertentu bisa memberi dorongan bagi peningkatan karir Anda. Foto oleh liveolive

8 profesi yang akan bersaing di Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (MEA)

Dec 29, 2015 - 6:59 PM

Delapan profesi yang akan terkena dampak kebijakan pasar bebas yang tertuang dalam ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement MRA

Pemerintah menguatkan pengelolaan usaha mikro kecil menengah (UMKM) dengan meningkatkan wawasan pelaku usaha, daya saing dan menyerap pasar produk lokal, serta menciptakan iklim usaha yang kondusif guna menghadapi Masyarakat Ekonomi Asean (MEA). Foto oleh Umarul Faruq/Antara

Business in PH: The winners and losers in 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

With big ticket events like the visit of Pope Francis and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit there were business sectors that gained and lost in 2015

SET TO LEAD. The Philippine economy is ready for take-off and the country needs a leader who continue reforms, implement inclusive growth initiatives and inspire the nation to be united in moving forward

David SyCip: The visionary ideas behind ASEAN integration

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED A look at the ideas that influenced the creation of the ASEAN single market through the thoughts and writings of local visionary David SyCip

VISIONARY. David SyCip, business leader and one of the early proponents of an ASEAN community. Photo courtesy of the SyCip family

ASEAN leaders launch single market community

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:45 PM

ASEAN chairman Malaysian PM Najib Razak says: We now have to ensure that we create a truly single market and production base with freer movement of goods and services

'HISTORIC MILESTONE.' Leaders of the 10-member ASEAN sign the declaration establishing the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.

2016 elections not a 'major' concern among PH CEOs

Nov 16, 2015 - 11:02 PM

While confidence among APEC CEOs in general is at its lowest in 3 years a survey highlights how Filipino CEOs and business leaderss are more optimistic about the growth prospects in the year ahead

SURVEY. PwC officials Mike Davies Alexander Cabrera share the Philippine results of the PwC APEC CEO Survey 2015. Photo from APEC 2015

Confidence among APEC CEOs lowest in 3 years

Nov 16, 2015 - 3:35 PM

Bottom line pressures free trade national growth – these keep CEOs in the Asia Pacific region on their toes PwC survey shows

RESULTS. PwC officials (from left) Mike Davis, Alexander Cabrera, and David Wu, share the results of the 2015 APEC CEO survey on Monday, November 16, 2015, released ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Lynda C. Corpuz/Rappler

How to make a better business community in ASEAN

Oct 27, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The fruits of economic growth need to be shared as widely as possible to stem the tide of rising inequality in the region

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS. More investment is neededin the ASEAN region, but better business is also critical, writes Erinch Sahan of Oxfam GB Asia. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Tang Chhin Sothy

ASEAN integration: PH energy sector OK, sugarcane industry in trouble

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The energy sector stands to benefit from the integration while the sugarcane industry is seen to be adversely affected a former energy undersecretary and lawyer says

LEGAL EAGLES. Experts discuss the legal procedures to merging as well as as the new business environment that regional integration will bring at the Philippine Corporate Mergers: "Developing a scenario for ASEAN entry and competitiveness" forum held at AIM on October 22, 2015 (seated from left: former Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug, PCCI's George Barcelon, and SEC CommissioneManuel Gaite). Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Neighbors catching up with PH as ASEAN integration looms

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Countries like Vietnam are rapidly catching up with the Philippines which needs to strengthen its manufacturing and its banks as competition for investment intensifies

What will sustain PH momentum come ASEAN integration?

Sep 10, 2015 - 6:00 PM

To sustain its economic momentum the Philippines will have to address low productivity a problem that plagues most Southeast Asian countries says McKinsey Company s Oliver Tonby

TIME FOR SHARED PROSPERITY. Despite the Philippines’ status as one of the fastest-growing economies Asia, McKinsey & Company's Oliver Tonby says about a quarter of Filipinos still live in poverty. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Policymakers urged to help SMEs enter global value chains

Sep 04, 2015 - 4:04 PM

The entry of more SMEs into global production chains can help develop competitive sectors throughout ASEAN the Asian Development Bank says

Is the Philippine Competition Act really a game-changer?

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Conclusion: Lawmakers say the competition law is essential for the economy to reach its next level of growth

ASEAN opens up half the world to PH trade

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:11 AM

ASEAN through its Free Trade Agreements with regional powers gives the country the chance to trade to half the world at little to no tariffs

Rappler, AIM team up to raise awareness on ASEAN integration

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Rappler and AIM will work on a series of stories to explain to readers how ASEAN integration will affect them

TEAMING UP. From left to write, AIM's Dr Federico Macaranas and Dr Jikyeong Kang, and Rappler's Maria Ressa and Glenda Gloria sign a Memorandum of Understanding to publish content on ASEAN integration. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Is Nanay Tess' bagoong ready for ASEAN integration?

Jun 14, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Will a borderless economic community by yearend hurt or benefit microenterprises in the Philippines like Nanay Tess bagoong business?

SMELL OF SUCCESS. Teresita Valdez aims to be the country's no.1 bagoong exporter. The photo from Citi Philippines shows Valdez and her husband overlooking the operations of their bagoong factory

Investing in Mindanao 'key to unlocking' PH growth

Jun 12, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo s renews his call for greater investments in Mindanao citing the island s vast and untapped portions of land

TALK. Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo delivers his talk during the 4th Strategic Management Convention at the De La Salle University (DLSU) last June 6. Photo by Faye Sales

Aquino: PH still mulling AIIB invitation

Jun 03, 2015 - 8:24 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the country s bad experience with the Northrail project and its territorial dispute with China have made him think twice about joining the China led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

(TOKYO, Japan) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his keynote speech during the Nikkei 21st International Conference on the Future of Asia – Special Session at the Ascot Hall of the Okura Hotel for his State Visit in Japan on Wednesday (June 03, 2015). With theme: “Asia Beyond 2015: The Quest for Lasting Peace and Prosperity.” (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

AEC 2015: Will PH firms be market disruptors?

May 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Businessmen analysts and senior government officials weigh in on how the Philippines will fare once the ASEAN Economic Community comes into force in December and the challenges it has to address now

READY OR NOT. Is the Philippines ready for the upcoming ASEAN economic community? File photo by Rappler

Is ASEAN meeting targets in services trade liberalization?

May 16, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Given the robust performance of the services sector and its importance to global and regional economies ASEAN needs to continue to facilitate its services trade

Silhouetted image of Filipino workers resting on top of a construction site of a building in Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Inclusive growth: Vital for Asia-Pacific sustainable development

May 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

‘The Asia Pacific region with its strong growth performance and economic dynamism has achieved a remarkable reduction in extreme poverty along with broader development However much work remains ’

Forbes launches Forbes Philippines

May 06, 2015 - 1:40 PM

The local edition aims to use its long working cycles to dig deeper into the entrepreneurial aspect of Philippine business

China's island-building to loom large at SE Asia summit

Apr 25, 2015 - 11:28 AM

ASEAN states Vietnam the Philippines Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the strategic South China Sea but Beijing claims nearly all of it and has moved aggressively to back that up

LATEST PHOTOS: The Philippine military shows photos of China's 'massive reclamation activities' in West Philippine Sea. Rappler

'PH to become a $1 trillion economy by 2029'

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED The IT BPO industry and remittances remain the drivers of growth for the country IHS Asia Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas says

HIGHLIGHTS: World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015

Apr 20, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Jakarta is hosting the 24th World Economic Forum on East Asia with the theme Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s New Regionalism

Indonesian minister: No language test for expats

Apr 20, 2015 - 2:47 PM

It s just discourse that kind of policy will never be implemented

PANEL. Arkady Dvorkovich (R), Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation talks to Sofyan Djalil (L), Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, during a panel session on the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, in Jakarta, on April 20, 2015. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

How should Indonesia face the ASEAN Economic Community?

Apr 20, 2015 - 12:01 PM

It s important for Indonesia to open its economy but it has to develop local talent and supporting infrastructure

CHALLENGES. Indonesia should develop local talent and infrastructure to have a competitive open economy, speakers at the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015 said. File photo by EPA

Challenges to Malaysia's 2015 ASEAN chairmanship

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:07 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Its ability to lead will be tested as it balances to secure the interests of the region along with its national interests

As China slows, try the Philippines?

Apr 09, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Some major businesses are finding it slow going and growing in China today

PH prospects ‘positive’ come ASEAN integration

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Most investors have higher than ‘excellent’ expectations about the country’s economic performance – which overall is still positive

Aquino to businessmen: 'You ain’t seen nothing yet'

Mar 24, 2015 - 1:31 PM

President Benigno Aquino III encourages investors to put their money in the Philippines as he vows to sustain the country s economic growth momentum

BRIGHT FUTURE. President Benigno Aquino III says the progress of the Philippine economy so far is just the beginning of more to come. Malacañang Photo Bureau

ASEAN 2015 'losers': Vulnerable sectors

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Experts say even the ASEAN integration should take the route of inclusive growth or else it will do more damage than good

INCLUSIVE INTEGRATION. Big pharmaceuticals will 'swallow' smaller players in the health sector if the ASEAN economic integration does not take the route of inclusive growth. Sari-sari store file photo by Rappler, factory file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

ASEAN integration and better opportunities in PH

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Will the ASEAN integration and its promise of better opportunities keep highly skilled Filipinos from leaving the Philippines?

BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. Filipinos view job opening advertisements during a job fair, coinciding with the Independence Day celebration at the Rizal park in Manila, Philippines, June 12, 2014. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

N. Mindanao ready to break into int’l trade?

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Opportunities abound in agriculture food processing service related industries and trade infrastructure services

Carmen's Best ice cream ready to go ASEAN

Feb 03, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Founder Paco Magsaysay explains why his ice cream is so good and why he s got big dreams for ASEAN economic integration

Why Indonesia wants expats to speak Indonesian or stay away

Jan 30, 2015 - 10:45 AM

The chief villains being cited by officials are illegal Chinese workers And the onset of the ASEAN Economic Community

Aquino to ASEAN: SMEs key to economic integration

Nov 14, 2014 - 7:00 AM

President Aquino urges the ASEAN Business Advisory Council to guide ASEAN governments in supporting regional small and medium enterprises ahead of 2015

SMEs. President Benigno Aquino III urges ASEAN to focus on supporting SMEs, which he calls the key to success of the ASEAN Economic Community. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Myanmar welcomes world leaders amid reform worries

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:52 AM

Wrangles over the constitution the cramping of media freedom burgeoning Buddhist extremism and anti Muslim violence have taken the sheen off its emergence from isolation

Balloons carry the ASEAN logo stands next to ASEAN members and dialogue partners flags at the main venue of the Myanmar International Convention Center, ahead of the arrival of leaders for the 25th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 11 November 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA