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Philippines pushes for single e-commerce platform within ASEAN

MANILA, March 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday that it will propose a single e-commerce platform for micro, small and medium enterprises…

BSP cuts ’15, ’16 inflation projection

By Joann Santiago MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — Lower-than-forecast hike in minimum wage in the National Capital Region (NCR) was attributed as among the reasons for the drop in the…

Solon says President Aquino’s speech at PNPA graduation rites should be the last on Mamasapano

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — House Committee on Labor Chairman and Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles said on Thursday that President Benigno S. Aquino III has already spoken his…

Sandiganbayan clears former DAR Secretary Pagdanganan from graft

By Sammy F. Martin MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — The anti-graft court on Thursday dismissed the malversation and graft charges against former Agrarian Reform Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan in connection with…

Japan provides over Php9-B aid to fund five PHL development projects

By Michaela del Callar MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — Japan has provided the Philippines over Php9 billion worth of assistance to fund five development projects with a specific focus on…

PHL stocks hit 20th record high for 2015

By Leslie D. Venzon MANILA, March 26 (PNA) –- The local stock market surged near 7,900 on Thursday, its 20th record for this year, as the status quo on monetary…

Central Luzon ready for ASEAN integration, agri execs say

By Marilyn E. Galang CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, March 26 (PNA) –The rice sector of Central Luzon is prepared for the ASEAN integration in light of a high 5.25 metric…

Dry spell destroys Php25.7-M worth of crops in GenSan

By Allen Sam V. Estabillo GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 26 (PNA) — Around Php25.7 million worth of agricultural crops here have been devastated due to the impact of the continuing…

UN chief calls for protection of children caught in armed conflicts

UNITED NATIONS, March 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on the international community to act collectively to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed…

San Miguel posts 244% growth in recurring net income

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) posted a whopping 244-percent surge in profit in 2014 on the back of significant growth across its traditional and…

Globe extends Free Facebook offer until May 15

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — After inking an agreement with the leading social media app to make internet.org available to its customers, Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) on Thursday announced that…

Opposition to New Zealand’s ‘undemocratic’ foreign trade pacts mounts

WELLINGTON, March 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — Opposition to the New Zealand government’s trade policies mounted Thursday as critics claimed new international agreements were undermining the country’s democracy and sovereignty. The focus…

Robinsons same-store sales growth projection remains at 2-3%

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI), the country’s second largest multi-format retailer, expects same-store sales growth this year at 2.0 to 3.0 percent — similar to…

Robinsons Retail to hit 1M loyalty card membership in 2015

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI), the country’s second largest multi-format retailer, targets to end this year with one million memberships in its loyalty card —…

EPI completes test drill on 40-MW geothermal project in Oriental Mindoro

GUIMARAS, March 26 (PNA) — Emerging Power Inc. (EPI) has completed the test drill for its 40-Megawatt (MW) Montelago geothermal project in Oriental Mindoro. ”EPI has conducted a successful exploration…