NPC calls out Baguio college for requiring pregnancy test

MANILA — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has summoned administration officials of Baguio City’s Pines City Colleges to explain why it is requiring its female students to undergo pregnancy testing. In its letter to Pines City Colleges President Rocio Prats-Baltao, Vice President for Administration Regina Prats, and school physician Aurelia Navarro, the commission sought an explanation … Read More

Suspend oil excise tax to tame inflation: PCCI

MANILA — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, on Thursday called for the suspension of excise tax on petroleum products amid the surge in inflation rates posted this year. PCCI President Alegria Sibal-Limjoco told reporters that the business group shared the same sentiment with the Employers Confederation of the … Read More

Yuchengco Group solar project gets BOI nod

MANILA — A unit of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) secured approval from the Board of Investments (BOI) for its solar project in Tarlac City in Central Luzon. On Thursday, BOI said it registered the 20-megawatt Tarlac Solar Power Project-2 (TSPP-2) of PetroSolar Corp, which is owned by YGC unit PetroGreen Energy Corp. BOI said … Read More

PH banana growers want immediate cut in SoKor tariffs

MANILA — Local banana growers urged the government to fast track negotiations with South Korea to immediately lower the tariff on Philippine banana exports, noting that they cannot wait for the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). In a statement Thursday, the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) said that waiting for the … Read More

Tariff reduction may not ease inflation

MANILA — Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez admitted that reducing tariff rates on some imported products may not help in easing price pressures. Lopez said the meeting last week of the Committee on Tariff and Related Matters (CTRM) has concluded that most of the agricultural products imported by the country are sourced from free trade agreement (FTA) … Read More

PH urged to supply more goods, services to UN

MANILA — Philippine exporters are urged to increase their activities of supplying goods and services to the United Nations (UN). The UN Development Program (UNDP) will be on a roadshow in the country to present export opportunities for local enterprises. On the sidelines of the Doing Business with UNDP Seminar Monday, UN Procurement Management Section Chief … Read More

Car sales up 18% in 2017 to over 425K units

MANILA — Sales of automotive vehicle manufacturers in the country rose to 425,673 units in 2017, up  18.4 percent from 359,572 units in 2016, joint report of Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) showed Wednesday. Commercial vehicle buoyed the industry sales last year as it rose 26.4 … Read More

PH targets USD131-B exports by 2022

MANILA — The Philippines targets USD122 billion to USD131 billion revenues from exports of goods and services by the end of the Duterte administration, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Director SenenPerlada said Friday. On the sidelines of the Slingshot ASEAN, Perlada told reporters that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is crafting the Philippine Export … Read More