Mindanao exec to address Caraga bizcon

By Roel Catoto of MindaNews SURIGAO CITY – An official of a major mining firm will speak at the 18th Caraga Business Conference scheduled next week at the Hotel Tavern in this city. Takanori Fujima, president of Taganito High-Pressure Acid Leach (THPAL)-Nickel Corp. will give an overview of the company’s single largest investment the country. […]

4 ASEAN members OK to adopt common visa

By Darwin G. Amojelar THE Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia have agreed to develop a common smart visa system to boost tourism across Southeast Asia. During the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, ministers and tourism authorities of the four ASEAN member-states said they will facilitate travel in the region by developing a […]

Philippines, the ‘brightest spark’ in ASEAN – ICAEW report

THE Philippines is growing at a faster pace among the five biggest economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation or ASEAN-5, supported by robust government spending and increased business confidence, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). “The Philippines looks to be doing exceptionally well as the government spends […]

ASEAN BAC launches regional business awards

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN—THE ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) has launched the ASEAN Business Awards in a bid to recognise the most outstanding and successful ASEAN companies contributing to ASEANs economic growth and prosperity. In a statement, ASEAN BAC said it has invited private companies from the region to submit their nominations for the upcoming […]

ASEAN needs to be flexible for 2015

THE Integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015 should not be a blanket initiative; instead governments and practitioners need to take into account the unique characteristics and different growth levels of the countries when planning a regional capital market convergence, according to experts. Whether it is the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard, […]

Rural banking and the qualms on the entry of foreign investors

Will rural banks turn into dummies of foreign investors now that foreign ownership in this sector was allowed at 60 percent? Rural bankers hailed the recent signing into law of the measure allowing foreign investments in rural banks but will it really help the sector maximize its capacity to boost growth in the rural areas? […]

Landbank of the Philippines approves more loans for OFWs

More Overseas Filipino Workers get to start their own businesses through loans from the Land Bank of the Philippines. As of end-April 2013, LANDBANK approved P508.8 million in loans to 709 returning OFWs, generating almost 3,000 jobs. This is part of LANDBANK’s P1-billion commitment to the government’s P2-billion OFW Reintegration Program in partnership with the […]

BSP sets seminar on pawnshops

By JEMIN B. GUILLERMO, Contributor ROXAS CITY, Capiz- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is set to conduct a seminar on the pawnshop business for Capiz and neighboring provinces in Western Visayas. The event is intended for stockholders or proprietors, directors and officers and employees who are directly in-charge of the operation of pawnshops, foreign exchange […]

The Made-Up Life of Inyaki Yuson, Artist

by zola gonzaleZ – MACARAMBON Jim Russel “Inyaki” Yuson is only 27 and already a quadruple threat in the fashion world. As hair, makeup, and fashion designer, his is that elusive combination of drive, talent, intelligence, and work ethic – the stuff of rock stars sans the fast and short expiration dates. Steadily, over the […]

K-Water plans $900-M Pulangui V hydro project

By MYRNA M. VELASCO Contributor KOREA Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) is planning to join any ‘project tender arrangement’ that the Philippine government may set for the proposed $900 million (approximately P38 billion) Pulangui V hydropower project in Mindanao. The proposed capacity of the greenfield hydro plant is 250 to 300 megawatts and it will be […]

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