Gov’t improves market access for Filipino MSMEs

MANILA, July 25 (Mabuhay)– The government, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has launched different programs to improve market access to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the Duterte administration. In its technical report to the Office...

‘Online barter’ for personal transaction not illegal — DTI chief

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has clarified his recent statement that ‘online barter’ is illegal, saying exchanges of goods for personal transactions, not as business, is allowed. In a text message Wednesday, Lopez said barter trade is only allowed in...

No credentials for a business loan? PHL proposes use of utility bills for MSME financing

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines is looking at starting an initiative that would allow micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to apply for financing using their record in paying monthly electricity and water dues as credentials. Department of Trade and Industry Nora...

Domingo to stay as DTI chief until November

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo has decided to delay his resignation until November, Malacanang said Friday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abgail Valte said Domingo will stay until after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Aquino: Govt eyeing odd-even scheme to decongest Metro Manila traffic

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday revealed that the government is planning to implement an odd-even scheme on vehicles to decongest traffic in Metro Manila. In a speech in Mandaluyong City, Aquino said this scheme will be part of a traffic management...

Customs most corrupt gov’t agency — SWS

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) ranked as the most corrupt among the government agencies in a poll conducted among executives of companies according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday. The survey involved face-to-face interview of...

Villar welcomes signing of EOs on coco levy funds

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday welcomed the approval of two executive orders that will govern the disposition and use of the coconut levy assets. Executive Order 179 signed by President Aquino on March 18, provides the guidelines that will govern the inventory,...

TUCP seeks P136 minimum wage hike

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP) and the Trade Union Congress Party-list is seeking an P136 increase to the current P466 minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila. TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the current minimum wage can no...

DA heightens alert on contaminated apples

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has heightened its measures to prevent the entry of apples from the US that are contaminated with Listerosis bacteria after a shipment originating from an American company was recalled. According to the DA’s Bureau of Plant...

Alcala says he won’t go on leave over alleged garlic cartel

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala shrugged off calls to take a leave of absence, while the National Bureau of Investigation completes its probe into his alleged links to a garlic and onion cartel. Alcala denies allegations he has ever given his blessing for...