ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES

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International cooperation is needed to address challenges posed by new technologies, European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said recently. In his speech at the recent Digital Disruption Forum in Makati City, Jessen said the rapid emergence of the internet, mobile and not, have allowed people to experience…

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HomeJobs Philippines, an Australian-led job search firm, will soon launch in the Philippines to provide a free platform for job searchers who are looking to find home-based work. Jeremy Raymond, co-founder of HomeJobs, said his company would formally launch HomeJobs.Ph — which has reportedly signed up more than 55,000 Filipinos…

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will provide alternative employment to workers who will be affected by the six-month closure of Boracay island, its chief said on Friday. In an interview, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the move was needed and his department was developing safety nets, adding that…

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The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will focus on inclusive growth and prioritize adopting the digital economy this year, the organization said on Wednesday. In a statement, ABAC said sharing the benefits of growth and embracing the digital economy were key issues for senior Asia-Pacific business leaders during their meeting…

Antitrust body launches motu propio investigation

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Antitrust authorities have initiated a review of Grab’s purchase of Uber’s Southeast Asian operations, noting that the deal “may likely lessen, prevent or restrict competition substantially.” In a decision issued on Tuesday, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) directed its Mergers and Acquisitions Office (MAO) to launch a motu propio investigation…

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is encouraging more companies from Switzerland to invest in the Philippines and take advantage of its “liberalized trade and investment flows.” In the Philippine-Swiss Business Forum held at the Swiss city of Zurich on March 28, Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said the country…

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Poor Filipino children under the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) and health care programs now have better acess to health care, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said. In a study, the state think tank said the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) had a positive impact on these children,…

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Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian operation will require an extensive review given its “far reaching impact”, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said. “As such, the PCC is looking at the deal closely with the end view of potentially reviewing it for competition concerns, as a notified transaction, or by…

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THE Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea-based Fairbridge Construction Corp. for the expansion of Port Irene in Cagayan to provide wider accommodation for large cruise and cargo vessels. “We have a memorandum of understanding already signed and they are going to conduct the pre-feasibility and…

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is asking for P1 billion for its Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asesnso (P3) program to help entrepreneurs have better access to financing. Zenaida Maglaya, Trade undersecretary for the Regional Operations Group, told The Manila Times the amount would be added to the P2…

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