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Lovelier the Second Time Around

Mike About Town By Mike T. Toledo Published by Manila Standard March 19, 2018 About this time last year, I wrote about the meeting of the Board of Directors of the US-Philippines Society that was held here in the Philippines. In that column piece, I wrote about how the holding …

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Dominguez urges US investors to be part of Philippines’ economic resurgence

Department of Finance Republic of the Philippines February 19, 2018 Manila, Philippines – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has called on American investors to take part in the Philippines’ resurgence as Asia’s next powerhouse as he assured them that the country’s economy continues to “gather steam” and is poised to grow …

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US-Philippines Society Annual Board Meeting

Makati City, Philippines – The February 19 US-Philippines Society Board of Directors meeting reviewed 2017 programs, 2018 plans, finances, and other business matters. The Board passed a resolution supporting a return of the Bells of Balangiga to their church in Eastern Samar. New member Paul Shmotolokha of Alpha Technologies (Washington State) …

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Legislative Dialogue with Senator Gatchalian and Congressman Rodriguez

Makati City, Philippines – In a February 19 panel discussion with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Mindanao Congressman Max Rodriguez, the delegation welcomed assurances of congressional support for the Philippines’ economic reform agenda. Senator Gatchalian engaged directors in company-specific discussions on energy, power and technology. Congressman Rodriguez provided an update on post-Marawi …

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U.S.-Philippines Joint Cyber Security Working Group Briefing

Makati City, Philippines – A February 20 presentation by the Joint Cyber Security Working Group (JCSWG) represented a new US-Philippines Society initiative this year in cooperation with the American Embassy. The briefing by American and Filipino JCSWG members described a growing cyber threat environment and ways companies can cooperate with …

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte welcomed the US-Philippines Society in Manila

Malacañan Palace, Manila – President Rodrigo R. Duterte personally welcomed the Society’s bi-national board, led by Co-chairs Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ambassador John D. Negroponte, during a full, friendly and lively exchange at Malacañan Palace on Tuesday, February 20 that included U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Ambassador Jose …

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Bilateral Trade, Investment, and a “View from Washington”

Makati City, Philippines – A centerpiece of the program was the February 20 Business Forum, which included briefings by Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Lopez, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Diokno and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Managing Director Dakila. Officials projected continued GDP annual growth rates nearing seven percent …

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Marawi City Rebuilding Gets Support from US-Philippines Society

Makati City and Marawi City, Philippines – Focus on the aftermath of the Marawi siege included a presentation for directors in Manila on February 19 and a follow-on visit to Marawi City by Society members on February 21. The Manila session featured Marawi Task Force Undersecretary Falconi Millar, Lanao del …

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U.S. and Philippine companies to push for more collaborations

The Philippine Star Richmond Mercurio February 21, 2018 MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino-American organization co-chaired by business titan Manuel V. Pangilinan is pushing for greater collaboration between US and Philippine firms in key sectors of the economy as part of a “modern, multi-dimensional, 21st century US-Philippines relationship.” The US Philippines …

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DTI sees US Free Trade Deal gaining traction within two years

The Business World Anna Gabriela A. Mogato February 20, 2018 THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects considerable progress within one to two years in the Philippines’ bid to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US. Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez told reporters on Tuesday that while …

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