Napocor to stop acquiring diesel gensets

MANILA – The National Power Corp. (Napocor) on Friday expressed its support for the energy chief’s directive to stop acquiring diesel generating sets (gensets) to accelerate the renewable energy program in its Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants.In a statement Friday, Napocor... Read More

Fitch: PH’s renewable energy policy reforms gaining ground

MANILA – The Philippine government’s policy reforms and measures in strengthening the renewable energy (RE) sector are gaining ground amid the increased interest from the private sector to invest in RE in the country.In Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research’s recent... Read More

Financial market developments abroad to affect PH hot money flows

MANILA –Developments on United States inflation rate and price movements of oil and other commodities in the global market are seen to contribute to the movements of registered foreign portfolio investments to the Philippines in the coming months.On Friday, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas... Read More

PH residential real estate prices up in Q4 '22

MANILA –Prices of residential real estate in the Philippines registered faster year-on-year growth in the last quarter of 2022 but slower quarter-on-quarter, except for the townhouses outside the National Capital Region (NCR).Residential Real Estate Price Indices (RREPI) data released by the... Read More

BSP eyes March inflation at 7.4% to 8.2%

MANILA– The easing of the prices of domestic petroleum and some food items is seen to contribute to the possible slowdown of the inflation rate in March to between 7.4 percent and 8.2 percent, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.In a statement on Friday, the BSP said the recent rollback... Read More

PSEi up as global banking worries wane; peso almost flat

MANILA – Risk-on sentiments returned to the local bourse as worries about the banking issues overseas waned a bit, resulting in another rise for the main index on Thursday, while the peso ended sideways against the greenback.The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 0.21 percent, or... Read More

Businesses upbeat as economy fully reopens

MANILA – The full reopening of the Philippine economy has lifted investors’ confidence, results of the first quarter 2023 Business Expectations Survey (BES) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) indicate.In a briefing on Thursday, BSP Monetary Policy Sub-Sector officer-in-charge... Read More

Oil prices rise with higher demand in US

ANKARA–Oil prices increased on Thursday amid higher demand for crude in the United States.International benchmark Brent crude traded at USD77.68 per barrel at 9:15 a.m. local time (0615 GMT), a 0.12 percent increase from the closing price of USD77.59 a barrel in the previous trading session.At... Read More

UK offers £8-B British Investment Partnerships funding for PH

MANILA – The United Kingdom (UK) is looking at viable green energy and infrastructure projects in the Philippines where its £8 billion fund from the British Investment Partnerships (BIP) can be invested.UK Minister for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan launched the BIP in the Philippines... Read More

Danish firm investing $5-B for offshore wind projects in PH

MANILA – Danish firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) is investing USD5 billion to develop three offshore wind energy projects in the Philippines with a potential capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW).Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla and CIP associate partner Przemek... Read More

Infra spending, debt issuance to hike nat'l gov’t liabilities

MANILA – The issuance of United States dollar or euro-denominated bonds and the government’s bid to sustain the rise of its infrastructure investments to boost the economy’s expansion are expected to further increase government liabilities, an economist said.In a commentary on... Read More

BSP's TDF rates up anew

MANILA – The rate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) term deposit facility (TDF) rose on Wednesday and demand was strong ahead of the Holy Week holidays.The average rate of the seven-day facility rose to 6.6563 percent from the 6.6152 percent during the auction last March 22, and... Read More

Chemical, food maker posts record-high earnings in 2022

MANILA – Filipino-owned food, chemicals, plastics and consumer product manufacturer D&L Industries has registered record-high earnings in 2022 amid volatilities and challenges in the global economy.In a virtual briefing on Wednesday, president and chief executive officer (CEO) Alvin Lao... Read More

PH stocks up amid US interest rate rise worries; peso ends flat

MANILA – The local stock barometer closed higher Wednesday as investors worry about the impact of higher interest rates on the United States economy, while the peso ended unchanged against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 0.42 percent, or 27.82 points, to... Read More

Meralco rolls out 300-MW emergency power supply deal

MANILA – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Wednesday said it has executed the emergency power supply agreement (EPSA) with South Premiere Power Corp. (SPPC) for a 300-megawatt (MW) baseload supply.In a statement, Meralco said the EPSA is effective from March 26, 2023 to March 25,... Read More

PEZA investment approvals up 54% to P12.5-B in Q1

MANILA – The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has reported that its investment approvals in the first quarter of 2023 amounted to PHP12.54 billion, 54 percent higher compared to the same period a year ago.In a statement Wednesday, PEZA said these pledges came from 42 new and expansion... Read More

Marcos admin pushing for improved connectivity

MANILA – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual on Wednesday underscored the Marcos administration’s push to improve connectivity across the country.During the Urban Land Institute of the Philippines Conference 2023 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig City,... Read More

UK drivers seen to earn £6.5B more by 2035 with high EV rollout

LONDON – United Kingdom (UK) drivers could earn £6.5 billion ($8 billion) more by selling electricity back to the grid from their electric vehicle (EV) batteries during the teatime peak of electricity demand if the government follows a high deployment scenario of an EV rollout, a new... Read More

Oil mixed over growing global economic growth uncertainties

ANKARA – Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday as negative global economic growth forecasts raised demand concerns, while a buyout deal of the defunct Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) allayed investor concerns about the United States banking system.International benchmark Brent crude traded at $77.65 per... Read More

PH stocks up on acquisition of collapsed SVB; peso slips

MANILA – News about an investor buying deposits and loans of collapsed Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) lifted sentiments, resulting in the recovery of the local bourse’s main index on Tuesday, but the peso ended weaker.The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 0.12 percent, or 8.12... Read More