• 21 December 2014
MANILA, Dec. 21 -- Malacañang welcomed on Saturday the Philippines’ recent inclusion to the European Union’s (EU) Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+), which would allow the country to export about 6,274 tariff lines under zero duties at least by Christmas Day. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said this development would further open up trade between Philippine and European companies thereby allowing more investment opportunities both ways. “We certainly welcome (it) and we thank the EU for allowing us to have a greater opportunity for trade and exchange with them. And we see this as a positive development and, again, an affirmation of the changes that have been happening in the country,” he said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan. Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, who announced the news in a press briefing last Friday, considered it a “very good Christmas gift” by the EU to the Philippines. “At the very least, we stand to potentially gain an added 611.8 million euros in exports to the EU during the first year that this arrangement will take effect," Domingo was quoted saying in a report. The scheme could reportedly create over 200,000 ...Read more

DOH leadership in status quo as President Aquino looks for Ona’s replacement

 CENTRAL  21 December 2014
MANILA, Dec, 21 --  The leadership situation at the Department of Health (DOH) has been put in ‘status quo’ as President Benigno S. Aquino III looks for someone to succeed Health Secretary Enrique Ona who resigned from his post.Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told Radyo ng Bayan in an int ...Read more

Canada and Philippines sign agreement on education collaboration

 CENTRAL  21 December 2014
MAKATI CITY, Dec 21 -- The Embassy of Canada has welcomed new academic partnerships between Canadian and Philippine post-secondary institutions that will promote research, student and faculty exchange, curriculum enhancement and faculty development. The Canadian Bureau for International Education ...Read more