• 03 May 2015
MANILA, May 3 -- The Palace on Saturday welcomed a US report indicating that the Philippines remains off its list of countries with intellectual property issues.“We got word that the US Trade Representative watch list, ‘yung Special 301 Report that they issue yearly, that the Philippines has stayed off the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) watch list,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview.Valte noted that the Philippines was removed from the watch list last year.“It is good that we are not on the US Trade Representative’s watch list because its sends out a signal to other investors that we have a good business climate,” she told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.This will create the impression that the government takes every measure to protect intellectual property rights in the country, especially when investors do business in the Philippines, she explained.Asked about what the government would do to stay out of the watch list, Valte said it has to continue adopting the best practices when it comes to intellectual property rights, such as the administrative enforcement reforms carried out by the country that have resulted in streamlined procedur ...Read more

Government closely watching restive Mount Bulusan, says Palace

 CENTRAL  03 May 2015
MANILA, May 3 --  Concerned government agencies are closely monitoring Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon province after the volcano spewed steam and ash on Friday, a Palace official has said.“Patuloy tayong nagbabantay dito at nakita nga natin ang report ng NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Manage ...Read more

Govt to continue helping Veloso, family

 CENTRAL  03 May 2015
MANILA, May 3  --Malacañang   assured continued government assistance for Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina sentenced to death in Indonesia for a drug-related case, amid the criticisms from some members of her family. “We will continue to assist Ms. Veloso. We will continue to assist for her cas ...Read more