President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ratified the Public Service Act (PSA) amendment during the ceremonial signing of the law in Malacañang on Monday, 21 March 2022.
This amendment will generate more jobs and lower business costs in the country. The definition of public utilities is limited to industries such as the distribution and transmission of electricity, petroleum and petroleum products, pipeline transmission systems, water pipeline distribution, wastewater pipeline systems, seaports, and public utility vehicles. The above mentioned are the only industries subjected to the 40-percent foreign ownership restriction on public utilities as mandated by the 1987 Constitution.
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The PH export performance continues to grow from the previous year to the early quarter of 2022. January 2022 exports increased by 8.9%, amounting to USD 6.04B from USD 5.55B in January 2021.
Electronics leads the top five export products, which contributed about US$3.50B with a 58 % share of the total goods in January 2022. Followed by other manufactured goods with 7.5%, Cathodes & Sections of Cathodes with 3.8%, Coconut oil with 3.0%, Ignition wiring sets and other wiring sets used in vehicles, aircraft, and ships at 2.9% share.
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ARTA is the government agency mandated to administer, implement, and monitor compliance with the national policy on anti-red tape and the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018”.
The strengthened version of the law aims to facilitate prompt actions or resolutions of all government transactions. It applies to all government offices, agencies, and other government instrumentalities, whether located in the Philippines or abroad.
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The Export Development Council (EDC), together with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) reaffirm call for Congress to approve the Public Service Act (PSA) amendments.
The Export Development Council (EDC) lauds the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for laying out their 10-Point Priority Program for 2022 during the Media Fellowship Meeting on 27 January 2022 at the Port Area, Manila and via Zoom Conference. Such programs are geared towards full automation of Customs procedures to eliminate face to face transactions. More importantly, Import and Export-related programs are also highlighted including the full implementation of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program and enhancement of trade facilitation.
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The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) Electronics Export earmarked the growth of the Electronics Export for the year 2021. Based on the Philippine Import and Export Statistics of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), electronics exports rose to US$45.92 billion in 2021 which is 12.90% higher than the US$ 40.67 billion in 2020. For more information, visit https://www.seipi.org.ph/article/december-2021-philippine-electronics-export-performance/.
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Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union Eduardo José A. de Vega deposited the ATA Carnet Instrument of Accession (IA) to the World Customs Organization (WCO), in the presence of Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, in Brussels on 17 January 2022.
Said IA was originally signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 23 June 2020 and was amended on 28 April 2021, following DOF’s manifested reservations. The Senate concurred through Resolution no. 832 on 23 August 2021.
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The Philippines has started the live exchanges of electronic ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (e-ACDD) with 4 ASEAN Member States (AMS): Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand on 21 January 2022, followed by Malaysia on 25 January.
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China heightened food safety management measures through the issuance of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) Decree nos. 248 and 249. Overseas producers of food exports to China shall abide by these regulations to obtain GACC certification. This means “No GACC certificate, No import to China”. This said policy will be implemented on 01 January 2022.
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The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) conducted an info-session to raise awareness for the existence of JMC 2021-01 or the “Omnibus Guidelines on the Suspension of LGU Imposition and Collection of Illegal Fees and Taxes Relative to the Transport of Goods and Products”. This was due to several reports that some LGUs are still collecting pass-through fees and taxes from vehicles transporting goods despite several directives for its ban.
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