A resolution has been filed by the progressive party-list block in Congress
urging the Senate to junk the controversial Japan-Philippine Economic
Partnership Agreement for being ’one-sided, onerous and inimical to national
Most of the bananas from Davao are exported to Japan by Japanese companies such as Sumitomo. These companies and their contract growers or affiliates in Mindanao will benefit from any lowered tariff under JPEPA, not the farmers and plantation workers.
On December 11, 2003, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Japan
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi agreed to formally start negotiations for a comprehensive bilateral agreement called the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she wanted the Philippines to forge a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States by July next year. "I told [business leader] Doris Ho... ‘I got President Bush to say yes to the FTA so you write the draft so that we don’t have to go through the years and years of negotiations,’" she said.
United States President George W. Bush is in favor of continuing the discussions on a possible US-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to further enhance trade relations between the two countries, Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila said today.
While the result of the recent US elections has put on hold the proposed bilateral Philippine-US free trade negotiations, the Philippines should pursue competitiveness efforts in areas that can not benefit from FTA deals like mining, IT, intellectual property rights, call center and business processing outsourcing, according to Matthew Daley, president of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
A senior Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official yesterday admitted that the Philippines may not have considered its national interest during the negotiations of the controversial free trade agreement with Japan signed last September.
The Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), signed on the sidelines of the Helsinki’s ASEAN-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in September this year, sidelines the development needs of the Philippines and further enhances the imbalances in the economic relations between the two countries.
After concluding the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), the government appears to be pursuing a similar bilateral free trade agreement (BFTA) with the United States. But like in the JPEPA, the RP-US trade talks are shrouded in secrecy.
JPEPA’s promise of opening up Japanese borders to Filipino professionals
may not exactly be true and Filipino nurses and health workers
delighted over Malacañang pronouncements may have celebrated too early.
From militants to high society matrons, citizens’ groups have embarked on a joint effort to fight the ratification of a controversial Philippine-Japan economic agreement they fear would turn the country into a “garbage republic” for Japan’s toxic and hazardous waste.
The militant leftist group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) is bringing the struggle against the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) right to the heart of that North Asian country—the Diet—to ask its members to reject the onerous trade pact.
We, at the Fair Trade Alliance (FTA), bewail the lack of transparency in the way the executive branch of the Philippine government is crafting the JPEPA.
The Japanese government will send its big commercial fishing vessels to the Philippines’ most productive fishing grounds in search of yellowfin tuna and skip jack instead of importing it directly from the Philippines under the controversial trade pact between the two countries.
A militant coalition of fishermen groups protested the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) as it will allow Japanese transnational fishing companies to corner the country’s tuna resources.
The Philippines is ready to officially engage the US on a possible sectoral bilateral free trade agreement, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter B. Favila said Thursday.
The Philippines stands to lose more than P9 billion annually in tariff revenues under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Meanwhile, the gains to Philippine exports that government economic managers claim will happen under JPEPA are similarly overstated. Some 80% of Philippine exports to Japan already enter tariff-free and will not be affected by the free trade pact.
Saying Japan’s motives were "highly suspect," an international monitoring group urged the Philippine Senate on Tuesday to reject a controversial economic deal with Japan unless toxic wastes were removed from the list of products that could be brought into the Philippines.
As a bilateral agreement between Japan and Philippines on free trade has been submitted for close scrutiny by Congress over alleged provisions that would allow the dumping of toxic wastes in the country, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila is now negotiating in behalf of the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for a similar trade liberalization deal.
About 20 Filipino farmers picketed outside the Japanese embassy Friday to protest the Japanese-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).