PH set for vibrant growth

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

STRONGER government spending is expected to boost Philippine economic growth this year, further bolstered by robust private consumption and a solid outlook for investment and exports, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Gross domestic product is set to pick up by 6.4 percent in 2015 and 6.3 percent in 2016, up from 6.1 percent in 2014, a year that saw restrained government expenditure in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling against certain public funds, according to ADB's annual Asian Development Outlook.

Smart backs Earth Hour 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

WIRELESS leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered anew with WWF-Philippines for the local celebration of the global initiative for the planet, Earth Hour.

Smart will be providing connectivity and is a key partner to this year’s switch-off event to be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday, March 28. It is also supporting the switch-off in Cebu City.

Philippines, Japan sign deals on ODA 6 projects worth P8.4B

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:53 p.m.

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa signed and exchanged notes on four Official Development Assistance (ODA) grant projects amounting to JPY 2.789 billion (approximately P1.195 billion) and two yen loan projects amounting to JPY 19.5 billion (P8.356 billion).

RDC committee supports Northern Mindanao 2016 budget

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

CONGRESSIONAL representatives of Northern Mindanao expressed support to the Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed budget proposals of 24 government agencies and eight state universities and colleges in the region during the RDC-Northern Mindanao Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting held in Cagayan de Oro City last March 23.

Port projects in Northern Mindanao approved

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:25 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao has endorsed major infrastructure projects proposed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for 2016.

Cagayan de Oro VIPs get a taste of exclusive privileges

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:25 p.m.

PRIMAVERA Residences teamed up with Smart Communications in hosting an exclusive event titled "A Privileged Encounter."

Globe rolls out exclusive content

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:24 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom has unveiled its latest offering of broadband plans for new customers.

Exporters urged to tap Swedish food market

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

FILIPINO food manufacturers are being encouraged to export organic food and food products to Sweden.

Youth leadership initiative gets Smart backing

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

SMART Communications Inc. recently supported a leadership initiative that brought together 200 leaders in region 10, to identify and address key social issues through collaboration and proactive solutions.

Globe wins 2015 PR Award for awareness drive

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom bagged the bronze award in Best Crisis Management at this year's PR Awards for leading the industry shift to consumable data plans using an extensive communications campaign which aimed to educate the public and its customers about responsible internet use.

Green market touted as new frontier for Philippine exports

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

THE global green market is seen as a fast emerging area of growth and expansion for Filipino producers and exporters.

Result of lone bid for Customs’ P650M automated system out in April 

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:08 a.m.

THE outcome of the bidding for the system that will replace the Bureau of Custom's (BOC) electronic-to-mobile (e2M) system may be announced in April, according to a Customs official.

Armm introduces app to increase rice production

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:03 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) has introduced a new application that will help increase the yield of rice farmers in the region.

Philippine exports to EU seen to rise over 20%

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

THE Philippines can increase exports to the European Union (EU) by at least 20 percent using the EU's Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus scheme, said a top ranking official of the EU Delegation.

RDC-10 endorses priority programs and projects for 2016

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-10) endorses on March 19 a total of P83.189 billion worth of programs and projects proposed for implementation in FY 2016 by 24 agencies and eight state universities and colleges in the region.

Facebook’s Internet.org app debuts in Southeast Asia

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:50 a.m.

TO help bring the mobile Internet to all Filipinos, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) through its value brand Talk ‘N Text, has partnered with Facebook to introduce the Internet.org app, offering a set of mobile internet services without data charges.

For its initial phase, Internet.org app allows Filipinos to enjoy free access to a buffet of 24 websites featuring informative and practical content including Facebook and Messenger, on their mobile phones.

ARMM pitches for more financing institutions

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:28 a.m.

CAPITALIZING on the renewed interest in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the bright prospects for a Bangsamoro political entity, the Regional Board of Investment (RBOI) is considering granting incentives to banks and non-bank financial institutions that locate in ARMM.

Ishak Mastura, chairman of the RBOI-ARMM, said that in the past two years ARMM has enjoyed record-breaking investments: P1.4 billion in 2013 and P3.8 billion in 2014.

Aboitiz, Davao water agency sign P10-B deal

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:28 a.m.

A JOINT VENTURE company has won a P10-billion contract to build a bulk water supply facility for Davao City.

Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., a company formed by Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) and J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC), has signed an agreement with the Davao City Water District (DCWD) for the construction of the country’s largest private bulk water supply facility along with a fully renewable energy powered water treatment plant.

Efforts to boost free trade pact pushed

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE government must continue its efforts to enhance the utilization of free trade agreements (FTAs) especially by manufacturing and services sector companies, including setting up an FTA portal.

Philippine exports need big push in EU

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

THE Philippines must look beyond the European Union's Generalized System of Preferences+ (EU-GSP+) and explore additional protection and promotion tools for its exports, specifically through the use of Geographical Indications (GIs).

Mommy D

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

SO THIS is it! She finally bagged her first million or so she said.

NGCP achieves 84% overall mark on 2014 Customer Satisfaction survey

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

HENRY Sy Jr., president and CEO of the power grid operator NGCP, sets his message to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) employees to strive to do their best in delivering service to customers.

Instant Cash Global Money Transfer now available across M. Lhuillier network

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

INSTANT Cash Global Money Transfer is now live across the M. Lhuillier network, providing a secure and reliable service through which money may be sent from any Instant Cash location for pick-up by the receiver from any M. Lhuillier branch in the Philippines.

Northern Mindanao products to reach tariff free Europe

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 05:40 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Northern Mindanao and the European Union (EU)–Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) appraised business leaders, media and other stakeholders of the trade and investment potentials of the region in a roundtable discussion in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday.

Philippines urged to take advantage of growing Australia-BIMP Eaga trade

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 05:37 p.m.

THE Philippines can boost exports to Australia by tapping deeper into the country's growing trade with the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP Eaga), according to an Australian port official.

NorMin biz leaders tackle doing business in free trade areas

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

TO ADDRESS the economic situation in northern Mindanao and prepare for its participation in the upcoming integration through the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the Department of Trade and Industry in Northern Mindanao together with the region’s business leaders met and discussed the updates of the country’s strategy in doing business in free trade areas (DBFTA) here last Thursday.

With the coming of AEC, multi-stakeholders like small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local industries in the region are expected to participate in the international market.

Spinnr named best music app on Mobile World Congress

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

SPINNR, a music service introduced by wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), was named the “Best Mobile Music App” by the prestigious GSMA telecoms industry association at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The app, which kick-started the music streaming revolution in the Philippines, won at the GSMA’s 20th Global Mobile Awards which is dubbed the “Oscars” of the mobile industry. SPINNR was recognized among other nominees like Samsung’s Milk Music, Universal Music’s The Kleek, Bharti Airtel’s Wynk, and the Radio Sawa app.

DA implements P500-M projects in NorMin

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:03 p.m.

IN PROMOTING growth and addressing poverty reduction in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office, through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) or the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), implemented 541 projects worth P515,433,727 in the region.

Mary Grace Sta. Elena, DA-RFO Northern Mindanao information officer, said the projects were implemented with the help of the different local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region.

Emperador sales volume to grow by 35% in 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

EMPERADOR Inc. has successfully transformed into a global company after its acquisition of Whyte and Mackay in the United Kingdom and various vineyard and brandy production facilities in Spain.

Now in the best position to continue making Emperador the number one brandy in the world, the company is looking to acquire an additional 1,000 hectares of vineyards in Spain, which will increase its total vineyard property to 2,000 hectares.

2015 winning app enables farmers to sell products online

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:08 p.m.

PEOPLE today can order almost anything online: food, clothes, shoes, bags, books, music, movies, and other novelty items.