Check what we have gathered this February:

Check what we have gathered this February:

Lawmakers ratify entry to world’s largest trade pact

Philippine lawmakers approved Tuesday the country’s entry into the world’s biggest free trade bloc, with supporters arguing it will boost investment and jobs, but detractors warned it could hurt farmers. […] The pact should help reduce costs and make life easier for companies by letting them export products anywhere within the bloc without meeting separate requirements for each country.

Full shift to digital TV standard in 2023 ‘still tentative,’ NTC’s Lopez admits

NTC Commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez said in a chance interview that while the agency targets to meet its deadline for the shutdown of analog television this year, she acknowledged that this would be a moving target.

‘Mega-trade deal’: NEDA says RCEP to bolster Philippines’ position as investment hub

National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Wednesday said the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would bolster the Philippines’ position as an investment hub.

PH to host 3rd leg of APEC Business Advisory Council in July

Headlining the region’s private sector priorities on various concerns, the Philippines will host the third leg of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in July.

[Editorial] Digital innovations, sustainability, and Philippine super cities

The annual report, which used to be called the Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in the World, was started in the late 2000s and is the benchmark used by most BPO companies when they do location studies. When the report was started, there were only four criteria used to assess the readiness of cities worldwide to host BPO operations. Cities then were measured according to their business environment, infrastructure, talent availability, and cost.

Congress delegation in SG to study e-gov through PSAC-organized learning trip

The benchmarking visit was organized following President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s commitment earlier this year to certify the E-Governance Act as urgent. The urgent certification of the Bill was one of the recommendations made by PSAC, led by its Digital Infrastructure Sector, whose representatives have actively participated in the Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings, offering expert recommendations to help shape relevant legislation that will allow the government to best serve the Filipino people in a modern, technology-driven society.

Trade dept counts on European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines’ support for resumption of PHL, EU FTA talks

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hoping that the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), along with European companies, will assist in pushing for the resumption of the Philippines-European Union Free Trade Agreement (PH-EU FTA) negotiations.

[Editorial] Philippine strategic environment for corporate planning

Enhanced connectivity is now more within reach with the opening of the telecom sector to 100% foreign direct investments. There are some megaprojects in the telecom sector, like the submarine cable connecting the US to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte that Amazon and Meta are building that will be a game changer in significantly improving connectivity that can transform a city like Laoag into a major venue for data centers.

House panel OKs bill revising IP Code to fight online piracy

The House of Representatives Committee on Trade and Industry approved on Tuesday the bill providing for the revised Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines to ensure that scientists, inventors, artists, and other gifted citizens are encouraged to continue creating and innovating products.

Puregold becomes first PH retailer to open TikTok shop

Puregold opened a shop in the wildly popular video-sharing platform TikTok, becoming the first Filipino retailer to use the popular platform’s e-commerce feature. It initially offered curated groceries to consumers, which include exclusive and affordable product bundles that range from snack packs and personal care kits to pantry essentials.

ASEAN Digital Ministers adopt Boracay declaration

Ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) who gathered in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan for the 3rd ASEAN Digital Ministers (ADGMIN) Meeting on February 9-10, 2023 collectively adopted the Boracay Digital Declaration that resulted from the gathering. The adoption is in recognition of various issues, concerns and impacts that have affected the communities of the ASEAN Member States, like the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to build a resilient foundation for the region’s growing digital presence.

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