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APEC trade ministers to start work on Asia-Pacific free trade pact

By Leslie D. Venzon BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 22 (PNA) — Trade ministers from the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum will start laying the groundwork for…

Armament packages for PHL Navy’s AW-109 up for inspection

By Priam F. Nepomuceno MANILA, May 22 (PNA) — The armament packages for the Philippine Navy’s last two AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” naval helicopters are now being processed and subjected to…

PHL pushes e-commerce platform for MSMEs at APEC trade meeting

By Leslie D. Venzon BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 22 (PNA) — The Philippines will propose an e-commerce platform to be used by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across…

Palace exec says PHL’s stance in disputed waters remains, eyes higher risks of tension

By Joann Santiago MANILA, May 22 (PNA) — A Malacanang official on Friday said the Philippines stance on the South China Sea issue remains even with the heightened tension following…

PHL should improve human capital to be competitive, says official

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 22 (PNA) — The Philippines must develop its human capital by orienting it toward science and technology to enable the country to compete in the global…

PAL, Cebu Pacific considering acquisition of Airbus A350

MANILA, May 22 (PNA) — Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific are currently considering the acquisition of the Airbus’ latest model, Airbus A350-900 XWB (extra wide body), after finally meeting…

Southeast Asian taxi-booking app turns 1-year-old in PHL

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, May 22 (PNA) — GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia’s largest taxi-booking mobile phone app, marked this week its first anniversary of its GrabCar services in the Philippines…

Moody’s Analytics eyes PHL economy to grow 7.3% in Q1 ’15

By Joann Santiago MANILA, May 22 (PNA) — Expected improvement in government spending along with higher infrastructure investment made Moody’s Analytics project a 7.3 percent growth for the Philippine economy…

Mactan airport to give 100 percent discount for airline operators to lure more flights

CEBU CITY, May 22 (PNA) — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) will give incentives of up to 100 percent discount in fees to airlines to attract more flight routes….

Sec. Roxas orders rollout of Oplan Lambat-Sibat in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 22 (PNA) — Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II ordered police units here and other parts of Region 12 to begin the rollout of…

SSS covers 500 MAGROW banana growers in Comval town

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, May 22 (PNA) — Five hundred members of Maragusan Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAGROW) in Maragusan town, Compostela Valley province will soon be covered by the Social…

Poe says ‘honesty’ should also be an issue in 2016 presidential race

By Jelly F. Musico MANILA, May 18 (PNA) -– Senator Grace Poe agreed with Vice President Jejomar Binay that experience and competence should be an issue in 2016 presidential election….

Senate concurs PHL social security deals with Denmark, Portugal

By Jelly F. Musico MANILA, May 18 (PNA) — The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading two resolutions concurring in the ratification of the Agreement on Social…

DENR, LGU strengthen environmental regulations in Batanes amid influx of tourists

By Lilybeth G. Ison BASCO, Batanes, May 18 (PNA) — With the influx of foreign and local tourists in the country’s northernmost islands group, the Department of Environment and Natural…

SOM Chair to APEC economies: Create environment conducive to digital economy or get left behind

By Leslie D. Venzon BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 18 (PNA) — The 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are working to promote a policy and regulatory environment…