JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT

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THE Philippines will operate under a tariff-based restriction to protect local palay farmers once the country’s quantitative restriction (QR) expires in July this year, a Cabinet official said on Wednesday, noting that the tariff range could be at 40-50 percent. Lawyer Maia Chiara Halmen Reina Valdez, Undersecretary for the Office…

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GLOBE Telecom on Monday said that the US Federal Communications Commission (US FCC) approved on January 12 the cable landing license for the state-of-the-art Southeast Asia – U.S. (SEA-US) fiber cable system which is being built by a global consortium of telecommunications companies of which it is a member. In…

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ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Lopez on Thursday said she would soon issue a permit to allow Petron Corp. to transfer an ash stockpile at its Limay, Bataan refinery to a cement plant in the same complex. Following a dialogue with residents near the refinery, Lopez said she would ask Ramon Ang,…

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The government is now studying the early opening of what could possibly be the last private sector importation of rice under the minimum access volume this year, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary said on Thursday. Halmen Valdez, undersecretary for the Office of the Cabinet Assistance System, a unit tasked…

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Telco and digital services provider PLDT and its mobile unit Smart Communications together with broadcast station TV5 will stream the much anticipated Miss Universe 2016 through its fixed line and wireless networks. In partnership with the Miss Universe Organization and Solar Entertainment, the PLDT Group will enable the best viewing…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Tuesday promised livelihood support for fisherfolk if they stopped their illegal fishing activities, but he also called on local government officials to rein in illegal fishing in their areas. Speaking before the fisherfolk of Marinduque, Piñol, who vowed early on to curb illegal and unsustainable…

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