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SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

DA, BCDA eye PH's first agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The 30-hectare project is targeted to begin construction in 2021

SITE INSPECTION. DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero, and BCDA Vice President Arrey Perez inspect the site of the planned agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City on July 1, 2020.  Photo from the Facebook page of DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero

PEZA to investors: Please don't leave Philippines

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority worries that export companies may close shop in the country and just focus on operations somewhere else

4 MMDA personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will close its Makati City office for disinfection from July 9 to 12

Deadlock? Gov't rejects revisions to NAIA rehab

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The NAIA Consortium says it can only move forward with the project 'under revised conditions' due to the coronavirus pandemic

NAIA REHAB. Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP file photo

Relaxed coronavirus rules push inflation up to 2.5% in June 2020

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) As the economy reopens with limited transportation options and physical distancing rules in place, tricycle fares soar in June

Brussels probes German regulator over Wirecard scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The European Securities and Markets Authority will examine whether Germany's regulatory responses to early signs that Wirecard was in trouble 'were adequate to protect investor confidence in EU securities markets'

MMDA gets boat donation for Pasig River service

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The ferry boat, donated by the RII Group of Companies, can carry 55 passengers per trip

FERRY BOAT. Reghis Romero of the RII Group of Companies donates a ferry boat to the Metro Manila Development Authority to help ease the vehicular traffic in Metro Manila. Photo from RII Group.

SBMA extends locators' business permits for another 30 days

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:27 AM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has given business locators more time to renew their permits in view of the continuing community quarantine in the Subic Bay Freeport

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) manages the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Photo from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Facebook page

Subic firms retrench workers due to coronavirus pandemic losses

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:50 AM

The retrenchment measures affect close to 3,500 workers

Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

MMDA postpones start of modified number coding scheme

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Due to limited public transportation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says the modified number coding scheme will not be implemented yet

EDSA. The MMDA postpones the implementation of its modified number coding scheme. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

P1.3-trillion economic stimulus vs coronavirus 'not fundable,' says NEDA

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Economic managers say the government can only afford P130 billion for spending programs. Lawmaker Stella Quimbo says that is 'a pitiful response to the biggest economic catastrophe since the World War.'

FUNDING. Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH unemployment at all-time high with 7.3 million jobless in April 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' unemployment rate for April surges to 17.7%, the highest ever on record, as the coronavirus pandemic wipes out jobs

Inflation slows to 2.1% in May 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Lower transportation costs and food prices cause the downtrend in the Philippines' inflation rate

SBMA eases gate restrictions but keeps strict health protocols

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:03 PM

More businesses resume operations as Subic Bay Freeport transitions to GCQ

GCQ. Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

'Doing nothing is more fatal': Bike group defends improvised lanes after MMDA takedown

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Advocates call for the continued protection of vulnerable road users, even if it means facing charges from MMDA

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Buses and jeeps banned, modified coding for cars, in pitched Metro Manila GCQ

May 27, 2020 - 2:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council suggests allowing taxis and TNVS, and letting private cars go out on coding day on the condition there are at least two passengers. These are still up for approval.

MOBILITY. Early morning traffic along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City build up with mostly private vehicles as people starts reporting for work on May 18 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 bus changes from North to South NCR under planned single route system

May 27, 2020 - 1:58 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says this will ease traffic and will address concerns over reduced public transportation capacity during the pandemic

EDSA. An electronic billboard along EDSA flashes inspirational messages amid the pandemic and telling commuters to travel only for essential needs as NCR starts on MECQ on May 16, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

LOOK: MMDA's dry run of EDSA bike lane in light of quarantine

May 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The pilot segment of the bike lane is set up in EDSA northbound from White Plains to Boni Serrano

EDSA BIKE LANE. Bicycle riders traverse the newly-created MMDA Bike Lane at the northbound lane of EDSA on May 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TESDA eyes resumption of classes by June

May 21, 2020 - 9:11 PM

If this plan is approved by the COVID-19 inter-agency task force, TESDA will implement part-online, part-face-to-face vocational classes

CLASSES. TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapena says they will propose resumption of vocational classes by June. File photo by Darren Langir/Rappler

Philippines eyes joint ventures, guarantees to save virus-hit businesses

May 15, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The government is looking at liquidity and equity infusions to save the tourism and travel industries. Small lenders will also be given a boost by state-run banks.

NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

May 09, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Manila's international airport will maintain its limit of 400 passengers daily

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MIAA lost P1.8 billion in revenues due to lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:52 PM

Airport chief Ed Monreal says MIAA's year-to-date revenue has gone down by P1.8 billion

LOCKDOWN. A general view of empty airline check-in counters inside the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Negros Occidental asks NFA to augment its rice supply amid shortage fears

May 05, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The province in Western Visayas is also eyeing more rice imports from Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand to address temporary shortage in the months of June and July

From left: Joselito Jaballa, Dr. Renante Decena, Atty. Japhet Masculino, Atty. Maphilindo Polvora, Atty. Goldwyn Nifras, and Bishop Patricio Buzon at the food security forum at the Bishop's House in Bacolod City on Monday, May 4. Photo courtesy of Dr. Renante Decena

Inflation slips to 2.2% in April 2020 as virus freezes economy

May 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' inflation slows down as oil prices plunge, while prices of some food items inch up in April

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

BCDA chief Vince Dizon named coronavirus plan deputy chief implementer

May 01, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The designation adds to Dizon's growing list of titles under the Duterte administration

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing

SOLUTIONS. Retired Supreme Court Justice offers a way to counter China's recent naming of districts and features in the South China Sea. Rappler file photo

Oil price drop during pandemic a win for Philippines – NEDA chief

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua says Filipino consumers will benefit from the drastic drop in oil prices in the world market

Gov't to fast-track national ID system for coronavirus response

Apr 21, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The government says having the national ID system in place would speed up the distribution of aid during the coronavirus pandemic

Chua on Pernia's comments: My track record speaks for itself

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:45 PM

'People see where I came from, the work I've done,' says Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Chua, adding that he did not covet the position

Pernia on Chua's NEDA post: He must not 'just agree to everything'

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Resigned Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the appointment of Karl Chua may lead to less debates in President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team

Malacañang thanks outgoing NEDA chief Pernia for 'valuable contribution' to economy

Apr 18, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Malacañang says it expects acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua to sustain the economy's growth momentum, and cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic

ERNESTO PERNIA. Outgoing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia delivers a speech at a forum in Taguig City. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

TIMELINE: Ernesto Pernia as NEDA secretary

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:20 PM

From forwarding the implementation of reproductive health law to opposing federalism, here’s how Pernia acted as the socioeconomic planning chief since 2016

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Who is Karl Chua, NEDA’s new acting secretary?

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:24 PM

From the poster boy of TRAIN Law, Karl Chua is now tasked to plan how the economy will adjust to the new normal after the coronavirus pandemic

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua is new acting NEDA chief

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia's resignation

NEW LEADER. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua presenting the government's tac calculator. Malacañang file photo

MMDA: Refrigerated vans can be used as morgues if coronavirus deaths spike

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also says that the Department of Health will instruct hospitals to fast-track the release of death certificates for COVID-19 fatalities

CREMATION. Funeral workers in full protective suit carry a corpse of a person who died under investigation for COVID-19 symptoms in a public cemetery in Quezon City on April 7, 2020. According to the Department of Health, the country has 3764 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 177 recorded fatalities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NEDA chief Pernia resigns amid coronavirus crisis

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Albay port congestion worries staff, truckers

Apr 13, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Cargo trucks are piling up at the Pio Duran port in Albay and nearly a hundred drivers and crew are stranded, making physical distancing nearly impossible to implement

Photo from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Pio Duran, Albay Facebook page

PSA workers exempted from lockdown to gather data, do surveys on coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The Philippine government also allows business process outsourcing and export-oriented companies to install the equipment necessary to implement a work from home scheme

LOCKDOWN. Motorists line up to get their temperature checked at a checkpoint along the Batasan Road-San Mateo border on March 16, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

How to make washable face masks: A Tesda guide

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Tesda says some 91,000 of such face masks have been produced and distributed to frontliners as of April 4

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. Commuters hoping to leave Manila flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Coronavirus triggers lower inflation at 2.5% in March 2020

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation slows down in March as economic activity grinds to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic

PH gov't seeks public feedback as it prepares for 'new normal' due to virus

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) A technical working group is conducting online surveys on the effects of the coronavirus on various sectors, as well as an online public consultation on preparing for the 'new normal'

Gov't eyes seizure of abandoned cargo at congested Manila port

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Overstaying cargo would be seized in favor of the government, under a proposed joint memorandum circular

CONGESTED. The Manila International Container Terminal has over 36,000 shipments at the port. Photo from DOTr

Provinces must learn from Metro Manila's virus experience, says NEDA

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority says food supply chain problems, health personnel walking to work, and inadequate facilities can be avoided by planning better

CAAP grounds Lionair fleet after deadly plane crash

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Lionair's entire fleet cannot operate while the probe into the crash is ongoing. Investigators already have the plane's cockpit voice recorder.

GROUNDED. A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Paranaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Singapore eases monetary policy as virus slams economy

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:25 AM

The Monetary Authority of Singapore says 'major uncertainty remains' due to the coronavirus pandemic

This photograph taken on February 18, 2020 shows people buying vegetables at a market in Singapore. - Singapore's central bank eased monetary policy on March 30 as the city-state, seen as a bellwether for the health of global trade, heads for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

8 dead as medical evacuation plane crashes during takeoff at NAIA

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,' says the Manila International Airport Authority

A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Parañaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler