Jica urges Japanese banks to explore transport infrastructure financing in PHL (Business Mirror (Philippines))

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has asked Japan’s so-called megabanks to explore transport infrastructure finance opportunities in the Philippines. Jica Philippines Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa particularly asked Japanese banks that are diversifying and expanding to explore the Philippines because of growth opportunities in the country. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. has just opened its branch here.…

PHL needs to maintain upper third ranking in Global Competitiveness Report (Philippines News Agency)

— Now the Philippines has hit its target of being in the upper third of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), the country should maintain its momentum. World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 show that the Philippines has improved by five notches placing at 47th spot from 52nd in last year’s report. We are very…

Philippines targets leap into top 30 most competitive economics (Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – After moving five notches higher in the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index, the Philippines will now embark on a more ambitious task of breaching the top 30 most competitive economies in the world. National Competitiveness Council (NCC) co-chairman Guillermo Luz said the Philippines is now taking the country’s competitiveness ranking target…

Philracom monitors Hendra virus (Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The risk of horses infected with the Hendra virus being imported from Australia into the Philippines is low, according to an Australian shipping agent familiar with that country’s biosecurity measures. Cameron Croucher said in an email addressed to the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry assistant director veterinarian Victor Atienza that “there…

Dumbing down (Philippine Star)

It’s truly a scandal that some of our young people apparently had no idea Apolinario Mabini was a paralytic. Our educational system is failing our young. The bigger scandal, however, is that our politics has become a means for dumbing down our population. Elections are supposed to be occasions for consolidating public support on one or…

Gleaming NLEX (Philippine Star)

It continues to amaze me this firm called the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC), as well as its gleaming tollway, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) for its consistent record of excellence. No one challenges the fact that NLEX has become the “gold standard” in building and operating expressways in the Philippines and even in Asia. People…