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Property row to test JPEPA
A major labor group on Thursday called on the Japanese government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, to step into a row between two Japanese groups in the development of a property in Japan owned by the Philippine government.
Our health care workers are not for sale - Junk JPEPA now!
Instead of addressing the longstanding issues of health workers such as inadequate pay, poor working conditions and lack of opportunities in the Philippines, the JPEPA will only give another reason for the government to push with its labor export policy as a measure to boost the economy through strong remittance flows.
The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA): Surrendering sovereignty and development
JPEPA is undoubtedly beneficial — for big Japanese corporations and elite corporate interests in the Philippines, not for the Filipino people.
Arroyo trade-pact pitch with Japan nixed
Independent think-tank group IBON Foundation scoffed at President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s call for the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conclude a regional free-trade agreement with Japan despite strong protests against the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
Philippines-Japan trade deal opposed
A multi-sectoral group has renewed its opposition to a bilateral trade agreement between the Philippines and Japan by calling on the Philippine Senate not to ratify the deal when it opens session on Monday.
Faeldon wants to sue officials responsible for JPEPA
A Philippine Marine captain on trial for the failed 2003 Oakwood mutiny wants to file graft charges against officials involved in the forging of the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
Norkis stops assembling Yamaha motorbikes
The Norkis Trading Co. has filed a notice to cease its production and assembly operations of Yamaha motorcycles in the Philippines due to the zero-tariff policies of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement. Hundreds of highly-paid workers will lose their jobs.
Commentary: RP-Lao bilateral agreement a milestone in ASEAN accord
The signing of bilateral agreement early evening of June 8 between two ASEAN member nations, the Philippines and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is not only a milestone in the more than 50 years of friendly relations between said countries, it is also a landmark in the ASEAN accord.
Trade accord with Laos signed
The Philippines and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed yesterday an agreement on the promotion and protection of investments to increase bilateral trade that has remained low between the two members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Philippines needs safety nets in trade pact with Japan
A senior senator in the Philippines on Wednesday said the Philippine government must impose safety nets to safeguard the jobs of thousands of Filipino workers particularly in the garments, electric appliances, and automobile assembly sectors, who stand to lose their jobs if the trade deal with Japan goes through.
Gloria pushes free trade between Asean, Europe
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has expressed confidence that the long-awaited Free Trade Agreement between the economic power bloc of the European Union and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations can be concluded in November.
Controversial Philippine-Japan free trade deal not to be approved in 13th Congress
The controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, the free trade deal signed between Manila and Tokyo, will have to wait for the next Congress for ratification, as the document is not included in agenda in the last three plenary sessions of the 13th Congress of the Philippines this week.
Philippines Pushing For EU-ASEAN Free Trade
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed confidence that the long-awaited Free Trade Agreement between the economic power bloc of the European Union and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations can be concluded during the Asean Summit in November.
Controversial Philippine-Japan Free Trade Deal Not To Be Approved In 13th Congress
The controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, the free trade deal signed between Manila and Tokyo, will have to wait for the next Congress for ratification, as the document is not included in agenda in the last three plenary sessions of the 13th Congress of the Philippines this week.
JPEPA: Fair trade?
New RP-Japan trade pact may just spell false hopes for Filipino health care workers.
Manila militants urge incoming senators to reject Philippine-Japan trade pact
Manila-based militant group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakay ng Pilipinas on Tuesday urged incoming senators to reject the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, which they described as the "second Japanese occupation of the Philippines."
JPEPA to cost RP P4B in foregone revenues
The Philippines’ Finance department expects its most recent trade agreement with Japan to cost P4 billion a year in lost duties from Japanese imports.
Philippines: ’Diplomatic exchange’ on JPEPA toxic provisions not enough, Greenpeace says
The diplomatic notes state that "Japan would not be exporting toxic waste to the Philippines as defined and prohibited under the laws of the Philippines and Japan, in accordance with the Basel Convention." This is where the loophole and ambiguity lies.
Side deal on toxic wastes won’t wash, says lawyer
A proposed side agreement to the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement aimed at ensuring that no toxic wastes will be exported to the Philippines will not not solve the deeper, more substantive problems of the JPEPA.
RP-Japan pact won’t allow toxic dumping
Japan will give formal assurance to Philippine senators that it will not dump toxic and hazardous waste on the Philippines in an attempt to convince them to ratify the controversial Japan- Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).