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Kick start your day, July 15: Musician RJ Jacinto now Duterte’s adviser

Also a businessman, Jacinto is named presidential economic and ICT adviser. Plus, BIR cuts red tape on tax clearances issuance.

RJ Jacinto is Duterte’s newest adviserSeventy-year-old Ramon “RJ” Jacinto, who used to campaign for President Rodrigo R. Duterte in the 2016 elections, is now named presidential adviser on economic affairs and information technology communications, Malacañang announced on Thursday, July 14.An economics graduate ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 15, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 14: Duterte starts presidency with excellent trust rating

Filipinos have ”?"excellent” trust on President Rodrigo Duterte, as the latest SWS survey showed from its poll in June.

Filipinos have “excellent” trust on President Rodrigo Duterte, as the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed from its poll in June.Related: Duterte’s economic team adjusts 2016, 2017 GDP growth forecastThe survey, released on Wednesday, July 13 by BusinessWorld, showed that 84% of ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 14, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 13: China rejects tribunal ruling over West Philippine Sea

While the Duterte administration reiterates its promise to ease doing business in the country.

While the international tribunal in The Hague favored the claims of the Philippines over strategic reefs and atolls at the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea as referred to internationally), Chinese President Xi Jinping, through state media said China’s “territorial sovereignty ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 13, 2016 11:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 12: Smart to spend P1B for WiFi hotspot upgrades

Better connectivity while at airports or terminals? And Splash Corporation delists from the local bourse.

Expect faster internet connection in major terminals across the country, as Smart Communications upgrades its WiFi services."Over the past months, we have aggressively broadened the Smart WiFi footprint through our key partnerships with government institutions and business establishments, consequently improving internet access ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 12, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 7: Duterte admin eyes subway to ease metro traffic

Plus, PH inflation in June hits 14-month high.

SubwayTransportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar on Wednesday, July 6 said they have submitted an "ambitious plan" to Secretary Arthur Tugade to have rail transport as the alternative to cars.The traffic congestion in Metro Manila is the result of the country's failure to invest ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 07, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 5: DOF eyes to slap higher soft drinks tax

Plus, analyst says Duterte administration is off to a good start.

Higher tax Raising the taxes slapped on sweetened beverages would be raised Tuesday, July 5, in a Cabinet-level, inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) meeting.The Department of Finance (DOF) would put forward the proposal to slap higher taxes on beverages such as ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 05, 2016 09:00:00
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Kick start your day, July 1: Duterte buckles down to work as 16th PH president

He has a laundry list of tasks for his Cabinet members to accomplish ASAP.

The 71-year-old Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines in a simple ceremony held at Malacañang Palace high noon, Thursday, June 30.Related: Duterte's priorities: Agriculture, education, health, MSMEsFollowing the military honors and toned down reception, Duterte ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | July 01, 2016 10:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 30: Poor infrastructure cripples PH ranking in logistics competence survey

And 93% of PH may have free WiFi service by year-end.

PH ranking drops in trade logistics surveyThe Philippines dropped to 71st in trade logistics competence ranking worldwide, due to poor infrastructure and customs performance, a World Bank report revealed on June 28.The report titled “Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 30, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 29: 1st PH technopreneurship school to rise in Cavite

Manny Villar’s Vista Land signs deal with UP to help spur more opportunities for PH startups to flourish.

The University of the Philippines (UP) and Vista Land & Landscapes, Inc of former Senate President Manuel “Manny” Villar signed a deal to build the 5-hectare first School of Technopreneurship in the country.Villar’s wife, Senator Cynthia announced the deal on her Facebook ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 29, 2016 10:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 24: Dell exec says PH gov’t needs to boost MSMEs’ growth

And BIR falls short of revenue target for May.

Safety firstBusiness leaders are in a wait and see mode on how the incoming Duterte administration will handle the economy.For a Dell Inc executive, “keeping the country safe” will boost the micro, small, and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs), and propel the economy ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 24, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 23: Who is the richest Aquino Cabinet member?

Plus, know about the former Globe executive named as first DICT head.

Richest, poorestOutgoing Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is the richest member of the Aquino cabinet, the latest report of Malacañang Records Office revealed on Wednesday, June 22.The 2015 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of the incumbent Cabinet members showed that ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 23, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 21: Duterte admin vows sharp drop in poverty rate by 2022

The incoming administration aims to reduce the country’s poverty rate to 16% by the end of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s term, his team reported.

The incoming administration aims to reduce the country’s poverty rate to 16% by the end of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s term, his team reported on Monday, June 20.“It’s not ambitious; we’re just achieving what the other guys did not,” incoming Finance Secretary Carlos ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 21, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, June 17: After years of waiting, PLDT and Globe finally signed deal on IP peering

And Impact Hub, WWF, PEF launched energy solutions fellowship.

The trend of providing smart energy solutions—may it be renewable energy or simplifiers to basic electricity problems—is catching up in the Philippines and local incubators are taking notice.Impact Hub Manila launched on Thursday, June 16, its second fellowship program, this time, focused ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | June 17, 2016 08:00:00
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