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Lockdowns vs coronavirus must be data-driven – businessman

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Talks of extended, localized lockdowns surface, but PCCI president George Barcelon says the government must have the numbers to assure Filipinos of a proper approach to the outbreak

A team from the Quezon City police manning a checkpoint along Aurora Boulevard on March 31, 2020, hold placards stating "We Stayed at Work, Please Stay At Home For Us". Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Leaked notes from gov't-businessmen video call 'not policy' – PCCI president

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Billionaires and government officials discuss the impact of an extended coronavirus lockdown and where to source funding. A businessman tells Rappler they were simply 'brainstorming.'

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

Consumer, gov't spending to lift PH economy in 2019 – PCCI

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Philippines' largest business group is optimistic that the country's 'resilient' economy will continue to grow in 2019

'RESILIENT' ECONOMY. The Philippines will continue to enjoy a high growth rate in 2019, according to the PCCI. File photo

Businessmen see upside in federalism, but wary of pesky politics

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Lemuel Magracia, former president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Rizal says strengthening local governments will encourage good business competition among provinces

SC stops DOE, ERC from limiting major power consumers' supply choices

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court says there appears to be no basis for the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to require major power consumers to source their electricity only from certain suppliers

PCCI: Investors may dump PH over cancelled mining agreements

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:16 PM

How can a company risk stockholders money in projects if the investment rules are unclear and uncertain? says the president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, in a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017, said their agency is gearing towards the establishment of ‘E3 zone’ or the ecological, economical and educational programs in areas where mining firms will be closed. Malacañang Photo

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Baguio students create biofuel from wild ‘gabi’ plant

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Dubbed as Bio Gab the group’s biofuel invention converts wild taro which is hazardous to humans and animals into a bioethanol that can fuel cars

YOUNG SCIENTISTS. Student inventors from St Louis University show their Business and Idea Development Award for inventing "Bio-Gab." Photo courtesy of John Cyril Paco

Makati Business Club denounces Marcos burial

Nov 21, 2016 - 5:50 PM

This event will make it difficult to impart the right lessons to future generations regarding a dark period in our history says one of the country s largest business groups

COMPLIED. The Armed Forces of the Philippines succeeds in giving the Marcos family a peaceful ceremony away from protesters. Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

PH, China businessmen to sign MOUs during Duterte's Beijing visit

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Around 400 Filipino businessmen are set to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to China

Former PCCI, ECOP head Miguel Valera dies, 76

Aug 24, 2016 - 7:55 PM

ADVISORY: Varela is survived by his wife Cecil 4 daughters 4 grandchildren sisters Dulce and Cori and younger brother Jesus and his 95 year old mother

Photo from the NEDA website

Breed okra, capture $100M Japanese market

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Market for okra and edamame soybean is expanding overseas

HEALTHY INVESTMENT. The planned breeding of high value crops— okra and edamame – for the Japanese market is the top priority of the PCCI-IPB partnership

2005 ConCom members back federalism shift under Duterte

Jun 10, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Former members of the 2005 consultative commission that studied proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution back the revived calls for a shift to federalism

BACKING FEDERALISM. Former members of the 2005 consultative commission to amend the 1987 Constitution back the proposal to shift to federalism under president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Marcos legacy, income tax, US violent arrest | 12PM wRap

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:43 PM

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Last-minute changes, surprises at PCCI presidential 'debate'

Oct 27, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago fields questions Vice President Jejomar Binay asks for a change in format LP standard bearer Mar Roxas insists on taking questions from the audience Senator Grace Poe makes a last minute appearance

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

What businessmen want to hear from Aquino's final SONA

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Business leaders weigh in on what they consider the biggest success and failure of the Aquino administration with less than a year to go before a new leadership steps in

SPELL OUT PLANS. Businessmen would rather hear President Benigno Aquino III’s future plans during his last SONA rather than his achievements. Illustration from Shutterstock

PH should boost R and D sector – economist

Jul 16, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The Philippines needs to build more farm to market roads and boost the research and development sector to sustain or even improve its economic growth says an economist

LIBERALIZATION. If the Philippines wants to make the most of ASEAN integration, the country must introduce essential reforms including the liberalization of key sectors of the economy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

Business groups seek approval of road linking port of Manila to Skyway

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Half the current number of delivery trucks from the Port of Manila would use proposed elevated link to the Skyway stage 3 the PCCI says

Oxford Business Group: PH has exciting growth story

May 07, 2015 - 6:52 PM

OBG says investors are increasingly attracted to the Philippines and ASEAN and push regional finance structures to further growth

Zest-O juice drinks to appear in the US soon

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:54 PM

A local beverage firm is drawing closer to acquiring a Texas factory to produce Zest O in the US

Zesto juice drinks are set to arrive in the US

Less tax breaks to drive away carmakers – Japanese investors

Feb 10, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Japanese investors are also hoping that tax credits and common testing facilities will be included as incentives in the roadmap

The 'top 5' wishes of PH business for 2015

Jan 08, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Philippine business movers and shakers wish for peace risk mitigation rise of e commerce energy solutions and non politicized government decisions for 2015

LEADING THE COUNTRY. Business leaders share their wishes to improve the country's economic standing this year and even after President Benigno S. Aquino III's term ends in 2016.File photo from Malacanang Photo Bureau

Cavite-Laguna expressway rebidding floor price: P20.1B

Dec 03, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The rebidding of the controversial public private partnership project is scheduled in May 2015

Malacañang orders rebid of Cavite-Laguna expressway project

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Ayala’s AC infrastructure Holdings Inc which won the bid with Aboitiz Land reiterates its position that it will not take any legal action upon the rebidding of the P35 4 billion PPP project

NO LEGAL PROTEST. The Ayala group will take legal actions against the government's plan to rebid a big-ticket project which is seen to decongest traffic along Laguna and Cavite roads, particularly on Sta. Rosa-Aguinaldo Highway. Photo from the PPP Center

Israeli firms explore opportunities in PH agri, water services

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:44 PM

Israeli businesses recognize agriculture’s potential as a driver of the Philippine economy

Aquino still inclined to rebid Cavite-Laguna expressway project

Nov 12, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Despite mixed reactions President Benigno Aquino III insists that rebidding the P35 4 billion PPP project is meant to get the best deal for our people

PCCI favors rebidding of Cavite-Laguna expressway project

Nov 04, 2014 - 5:54 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry favors a rebid of the P35 4 billion CALAX to ‘maximize economic benefits’

New methodology in WB 'Doing Business' report draws flak

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:57 AM

The National Competitiveness Council says it will put in writing its complaint against the new methodology applied in the 2014 report which made it appear that the Philippines has slid in its ranking

Business groups urge Aquino to act on 8-point economic reform

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry asks Aquino to focus on pressing matters like the 2015 energy crisis port congestion and ASEAN integration

Business groups to participate in energy reserve program

Sep 14, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Senator Serge Osmeña says the President may no longer need emergency powers to solve the looming power crisis if the Interruptible Load Program becomes successful

POWER SUPPLY. A service vehicle drives past the head office of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), 14 January 2003 in Manila, the flagship of the business group of the influential Lopez family in the Philippines. Meralco is marking its centennial this year but the Lopez group of companies, which include light, water and entertainment firms, is still trying to recover from the effects of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. AFP PHOTO/Romeo GACAD

No need to declare power sector emergency – PCCI

Aug 07, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Temporary measures to mitigate the looming power crisis in Luzon are fine for as long they are acceptable to all the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry says

PH businessmen seek suspension of new rules on colorum operators

Jun 21, 2014 - 7:05 PM

The businessmen fear that higher fines against colorum operators at this time would lead to a truck shortage and hamper the delivery of perishable goods and raw materials

Post-WEF, PH, Malaysian firms identify specific growth areas

Jun 03, 2014 - 12:53 PM

The peace agreement in Mindanao and the BIMP EAGA also boosted the opportunities for increased trade in the East Asian economic growth area

Business groups press RH law implementation

Mar 25, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Business groups reaffirm their support for the immediate implementation of the RH law as the SC prepares to rule on it

Ban cuts 20% of plastic industry jobs

Jun 18, 2013 - 2:08 PM

The plastic ban that local governments have imposed in their cities resulted in slashing 20% of the local plastics industry workforce

AFFECTED. The banning of plastic bags in different local government units has already affected 20% of the local plastics industry. Photo by AFP

German firms in Manila to seek bioenergy deals

Jan 24, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Eight German companies engaged in renewable energy industry are in the Manila to seek partnerships with local companies for the establishment of bioenergy production facilities

Stand for the environment

Mar 05, 2012 - 11:36 AM

I am not saying ALL mining is bad Yes it has a role to play in our society But the current mining situation in the Philippines cannot continue as it is

ABS-CBN Foundation's Gina Lopez