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Rappler Talk: How girl scouts contribute to nation-building

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Who run the world? Girl Scouts.

PH's EU-GSP+ preferential status 'stays' – Malacañang

Jan 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The European Union's annual report notes progress in labor rights, environmental protection, and good governance, but a decline in human rights in the Philippines

RETAINED. The EU retains its Generalized Scheme Preference Plus status for the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Lopez optimistic PH will keep EU-GSP+ preferential status

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The European Union will assess whether or not to continue giving the Philippines privileges under the GSP+ program which allows a country's products to be exported to the EU duty-free

PH wants free trade agreement with U.S.

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:01 PM

At the bilateral meeting between Trump and Duterte, the Philippine side says it's about time a free trade agreement is sealed between the two allies

Senators urge Duterte to 'think over' policy on EU aid

May 19, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the EU aid conditions only require Philippine adherence to international treaties that the country has already ratified

CONCERNS OVER NEW PH POLICY ON EU AID. Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says the new Philippine policy on aid from the European Union may hurt the country's trade ties with EU member countries. Photo by Joseph Vida/Senate PRIB

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Apr 03, 2017 - 11:11 AM

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Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:46 AM

3rd UPDATE It s not 27 [human rights] conventions that we are imposing on you It s 27 conventions that you already signed up for in the UN system EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says

HUMAN RIGHTS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen denies that the EU is 'imposing' human rights conventions on the Philippines. File photo courtesy from the EU Delegation to the Philippines' Facebook page

Villarin: PH to lose $12.8B in EU trade if death penalty returns

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says one of the considerations for countries to continue having tariff free trading with the European Union is the non imposition of the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin is one of the lawmakers opposing the return of the capital punishment. Screengrab from

Drilon: Constant insults vs allies could put $3-B aid in jeopardy

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

In response Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says I am not the foreign affairs minister but I would say that yes there is some logic to what you re saying

Duterte's tough talk and what it could mean for US, EU investments

Oct 08, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A look at the extent of US and EU business ties with the Philippines

Del Rosario: Count economic cost of shift in foreign policy

Sep 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

In foreign affairs you try to get as many friends as possible You don t get one friend at the expense of another friend says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

PH, Italy discuss trade boost via EU's zero-tariff scheme

Dec 03, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The European Union scheme grants PH exporters zero tariff for at least 6 274 products

BILATERAL MEETING. President Benigno S. Aquino III and Italian Republic Prime Minister Matteo Renzi troop the line for the arrival honors at the courtyard of the Palazzo Chigi for the bilateral meeting during his official visit on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

APEC 2015: Where PH stands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Interest in the TPP has surged on the eve of the APEC summit but it will take awhile to come into force say experts

JOINING THE CLUB. The 12 member TPP currently encompasses the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

'Invest in PH now' - Gov't, business make pitch to US investors

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:27 AM

The conference is part of a high level 3 city trade mission aimed at encouraging US investment in the country

EU business leaders present ‘wish list’ to PH gov’t

May 12, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The European Union releases its first industry driven advocacy paper addressing specific regulatory issues that hamper a more favorable market environment The Philippine government vows to heed the appeal

PH should push 'unique' products for EU exports

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The country can earn EU€1 2B by following the geographical indication model of selling specialized products unique to its areas

Fisheries code amendments oppressive, says fishing group

Mar 09, 2015 - 10:33 PM

The amendments to the Fisheries Code lapsed into law on February 27 without the President’s signature

PH to miss full benefits of EU zero tariffs

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:20 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry wants to be allowed to temporarily export to the European Union duty free while it builds the country’s textile industry

EU doubles PH aid to 325M euros

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The European Union hikes its official development assistance to the country following the trade bloc s zero tariff grant to more Philippine export items

Zero-tariff exports to EU a Christmas gift for PH traders

Dec 21, 2014 - 8:02 PM

The Philippines inclusion to the EU s zero tariff trading scheme which starts December 25 is seen to rake 600 million euros worth of exports plus 267 000 new jobs

EU grants PH zero tariff on strategic exports

Dec 19, 2014 - 2:11 PM

The country’s GSP inclusion provides duty free entry to the EU for some of the most important Philippine exports

EU to decide Dec 18 on PH bid for zero duty export

Dec 12, 2014 - 4:19 PM

If approved the inclusion of the Philippines in the EU s GSP would generate hundreds of thousands of jobs mostly in rural areas says the Department of Trade and Industry

PH sees EU approval of zero duty export

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:41 AM

If approved by end 2014 the Philippines will become the sole beneficiary in ASEAN of a trade scheme allowing zero duty exports for more than 6000 products

GSP takes time off octagon indefinitely

Dec 14, 2013 - 1:34 PM

I need a break if I want to keep mental stability before it s too late said the UFC fighter

STILL ON TOP. Georges St. Pierre proved he is still the best welterweight fighter in the world after defeating Carlos Condit. Photo from GSP's Facebook fan page.

GSP representatives unite at 1st national gathering

Dec 14, 2013 - 11:36 AM

143 cadet and senior girl scouts from 57 councils participate in GSP’s 1st National Gathering of Girl Representatives

Anatomy of a pork barrel case

Aug 25, 2013 - 8:37 PM

A former lawmaker tells the anti-graft court she merely identified her pork barrel beneficiaries and is not liable for its misuse

PH may lose GSP eligibility in US

Apr 12, 2013 - 1:35 PM

Due to complaints on labor rights the country may lose the preferential entry of 1 billion worth of exports from the Philippines to the US

DRIED MANGOES. An entire rack devoted to selling dried Philippine mangoes in one of the shops on Waikiki in Honolulu. Hawaii. Photo by Cai Ordinario

GSP proves he is the best welterweight fighter ever

Nov 18, 2012 - 9:23 PM

Georges St Pierre defeated Carlos Condit by unanimous decision in a bloody contest at UFC 154 despite a one year hiatus from the Octagon

STILL ON TOP. Georges St. Pierre proved he is still the best welterweight fighter in the world after defeating Carlos Condit. Photo from GSP's Facebook fan page.