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The Philippines signed its first bilateral FTA with Japan in 2006 and is presently party to the ASEAN FTA processes (China, India, Korea, Japan and Australia/New Zealand). The Philippine government has been trying to get Washington to offer an FTA, while those of New Zealand and Chile are apparently in favour of a bilateral deal with Manila. The Philippine government wants to join the TPP, and is engaged in efforts to lay the groundwork for negotiations with the EU for a possible FTA.

last update: May 2012

Robust growth keeps PH on track to AEC 2015
In an interview with Rappler before the October 23 forum on ASEAN 2015, ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Dr. Lim Hong Hin said the Philippines’ progress in meeting the agreements under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has been significant.
EU threatens retaliation over sin tax bill
Philippine House of Representatives Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat warned that the free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union will be jeopardized if Philippine government fails to take a second look at the sin tax bill.
DTI spreads awareness of free trade agreements to increase their usage
The Department of Trade and Industry has intensified its information campaign about the country’s free trade agreements in a bid to increase their utilization rate this year.
Study to consider free trade agreement
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has finished a study that will look into potential industries that will benefit from a potential free trade agreement with Europe and recommend a scope of such an agreement.
Free trade agreements ’more political than economic’
State-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said Free Trade Agreements are only political agreements more than economic.
Impact of EU trade pact studied
The government will soon start consultations to identify sectors that stand to gain or lose from a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), a senior official told reporters on Friday.
EU, PH to engage in fresh FTA talks
The Philippines may start fresh talks with the European Union in the third quarter to iron out a proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), according to the country’s chief trade negotiator.
Sugar quota stays, US assures PHL
The United States has assured the Philippines it will not renegotiate sugar access with countries that have concluded free-trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States. Manila had feared that rival exporters would take advantage of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks to get a bigger slice of the world sugar market.
Gov’t starts efforts to frame trade pact
The Trade department has started efforts to frame a trade pact between the European Union and the Philippines, a Cabinet official yesterday said.
Partnership deal on track; bilateral trade pact next?
The Philippines is not ready to commit to negotiations but is still “very serious” about pursing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, seen as a major export market and investment partner.