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Coming Soon: A Single Number for Your Business' SEC, SSS, BIR and Other Registrations

DTI's Project One hopes to promote the ease of doing business in the Philippines by streamlining the registration process

In a panel moderated by RJ Ledesma (left) at DigiCon 2018, Denise Haak (center) and Guillermo Luz (right) discussed the Philippine Business Number, which is part of the DTI's Project One initiativeLast May, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 10, 2018 10:00:00
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Did You Know It Only Takes Minutes Now to Register Your Small Business with DTI? Here's How

The advent of online application and payments is a big relief for single proprietors

When President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act into law in May 2018, many welcomed its bold promise. The new law set a deadline for government to act on applications: three to five days ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 30, 2018 09:00:00
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Gov't, Investors Mull Plan to Pick and Support 20 PH Startups with Potential to Become Unicorns

DTI, DOST and DICT want to work with private sector to identify high-value startups by 2020

Officials and participants of Techtonic 2018 pledged to help local startups during the Summit held at the SMX Convention Center last June 22-23Apart from a promise among the speakers and participants to see each other again in a future summit, seldom does ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | June 26, 2018 12:00:00
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Who Are the Top 50 Revenue-Generating Startups in the Philippines?

Entrepreneur Philippines releases a first-ever online ranking of the country’s leading startups by revenue

Exactly how large the startup ecosystem is in the Philippines has yet to be fully measured, but many experts and key industry players have said that it has grown rapidly in the past few years.Perhaps the most comprehensive recent mapping of the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido and Roel Landingin  | June 22, 2018 07:00:00
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Do You Run a Creative Hub or Enterprise? This UK-Funded Fellowship May Be For You

The one-year program aims to develop leaders who will help the country harness the creative industries for economic growth

The Creative Innovators Fellowship is a one-year program for managers of creative hubs in the Philippines organized by the British Council in partnership with the Department of Trade and IndustryIf you’ve been to the art spaces of Cubao X (Cubao Expo) or ...

by Roel Landingin  | June 18, 2018 05:00:00
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Bagnet from Ilocos, Durian Ice Cream from Davao: PLDT Ties up with LGUs to Give Local Producers Free Access to its E-Commerce Platform

Project will initially target five but eventually cover all 81 provinces in the country

Micro, small and medium enterprises based in the provinces may soon be able to tap into a wider market online as telecom giant PLDT Inc. offers its e-commerce solutions platform, TackThis, for free for a year to 81 provinces across the country.“We ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | February 12, 2018 06:00:00
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Gov’t Wants to Tap PLDT’s Online Loans Platform to Boost Micro Lending Program to Fight ‘5-6’ Loan Sharks

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez wants the partnership with Lendr to be formalized as soon as possible

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking into partnering with Lendr, the digital loans platform of telecommunications firm PLDT Inc., to improve its Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3 Program, which aims to provide affordable and accessible loans to ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | January 04, 2018 09:00:00
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Which of PH’s Biggest Holiday Food Manufacturers are Making the Most Money?

Majority of the most popular food items during Christmas are now made by local food companies

Majority of the companies that manufacture the popular food items that Filipinos traditionally consume during the holiday season are local companies. Out of the 24 manufacturers of Noche Buena goods whose prices are closely monitored by the Department of Trade and Industry ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | December 31, 2017 09:00:00
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Who Makes the Most Popular Noche Buena Food Items in PH?

Many of the delectable goods for Filipino families’ Christmas eve meal are now made by local firms

Each year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) releases a list of the suggested retail prices of the most popular brands and variants covering the 11 food items that are served or used to prepare dishes for the noche buena, the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | December 24, 2017 09:00:00
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Waiting for More Affordable Mirage and Vios Units Under Govt’s CARS Program? Forget It If Senate’s TRAIN Version Prevails

Government economists estimate that retail prices of the two car models would rise by 4-7.8%, potentially cutting demand by 10-24%

When the Philippine government rolled out a Php27-billion six-year program to boost domestic car production called Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program in 2016, one of the promises made to the public was that it would eventually bring down retail prices of ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | December 07, 2017 02:00:00
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Coming Soon: Special Fiscal Incentives Exclusively for PH Startups

The government is preparing a package of tax perks for innovative businesses, says DTI Sec Ramon Lopez

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently mulling various options to expand support for the country’s Philippine startup system, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed.At the Slingshot ASEAN Startup and Innovation Summit last October 20, Lopez said that the DTI is ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 23, 2017 11:00:00
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Property Tycoon Urges Php200-300 Hike in Daily Wages for Construction Workers

A boon for labor, the proposal could be tough for small construction firms that cannot absorb the extra cost

Calls for higher wages are rather commonplace, especially from the country’s leftist labor unions.But a proposal to increase the daily pay of construction workers by Php200-300 is not coming from the usual quarters but from the head of one of the country’s ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 17, 2017 11:00:00
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PH to Put Up SME Academy, Innovation Hubs to Produce ‘Smarter’ Entrepreneurs

DTI wants to reduce large footprint of retailing, which accounts for half of small enterprises

Almost half of the country’s almost 900,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are engaged in wholesale and retail trade, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is not entirely happy with the situation.“[What we usually have] are sari-sari stores, simple ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 18, 2017 05:00:00