• 02 February 2015
MANILA, Feb, 2 --  The Philippines’ current leadership in the APEC Group on Services can provide a necessary boost to the dynamism of our services sector and the attainment of inclusive growth, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “Services is the largest economic sector and is a major employer in most APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies, including the Philippines. For full-year 2014, it accounted for 56.7 percent of our country’s GDP and 53.6 percent to total employment,” said Deputy Director-General Emmanuel F. Esguerra, who serves as the convenor of the APEC Group on Services (GOS). “This is a manifestation of how big our services sector is. Yet, there are still underlying potentials that must be tapped and developed. The APEC fora provide good venues to pursue these,” he added. For the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) of the GOS, the Philippines, along with other APEC member economies, aims to enhance current initiatives by building on last year’s developments and focusing on the integration of Small and Medium Enterprises into services global value chains (GVCs). Many services are being undertaken in th ...Read more

‘Justice will be served for 44 SAF troopers’ -- Palace 

 CENTRAL  02 February 2015
MANILA, Feb. 2 -- Justice will be served for the slain  44 Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last week, if the country continues to unite and stand to fight terrorism and at the same time support the Mindanao peace initiative, the Palace said on Sunday. "Mabibigyan po natin ...Read more

GPH, MILF committed to pursue peace in the wake of the Mamasapano incident

 CENTRAL  02 February 2015
MANILA, Feb. 2 -- The Government Peace Panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Saturday committed to continue to work for peace in the wake of the tragic Mamasapano incident that killed 44 Special Action Force Commandos on a law enforcement operation. GPH chief negotiator Miriam Coron ...Read more