• 24 May 2015
BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan -- The Philippines has called on other member economies from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to further expand trade and investment which is crucial in supporting inclusive growth and poverty reduction across the region. At the opening Saturday of the two-day APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) meeting here, Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo noted that APEC needs to take significant strides towards achieving this goal being an important regional bloc and a major player in international trade. Domingo identified inequality and poverty as still the biggest challenges to APEC economies. “But over the past 50 years, trade has proven to be a powerful engine of growth. Thus, we need to expand trade and investment and encourage economic dynamism to achieve strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth,” he said.Domingo, also APEC 2015 MRT Chair, said small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in poverty alleviation and for long-term growth of APEC economies and the entire region. SMEs are considered engines of growth and employment in the APEC region. Over 97 percent of businesses in APEC are SMEs, providi ...Read more

DA steps up effort to unify trading center operations

 CENTRAL  24 May 2015
QUEZON CITY, May 24 -- The Department of Agriculture has intensified its consultation activities with Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) stakeholders to come up with a unified set of standards that will govern the operations of APTCs in the country. During the 2nd APTC National Summit held at the Hig ...Read more

ARMM Gov. Hataman urges passage of the BBL

 CENTRAL  24 May 2015
MANILA, May 24 --   Describing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by the House committee as a big leap forward, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman in a statement on Friday urged the Senate to take the  proposed measure into the homestretch of what he said wa ...Read more