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Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday delivered a keynote at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

Southeast Asian nations are set to join the fight against rising trade protectionism when the regional bloc comes out with an official communique at the conclusion of the ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila today.

New guidelines on trade of goods are being considered to be put in place within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as member economies are called to significantly slash existing non-tariff measures and barriers to achieve the region’s economic potential.

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This is indeed a very long weekend as the country gives way to the all-important ASEAN Summit. We take this opportunity to welcome all the leaders of our neighboring countries and fervently wish that crucial issues affecting the region will be threshed out productively.

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The Philippines and Brunei have agreed to cooperate in developing their halal industry and explore ways to enhance their collaboration in the energy sector.

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has began operations of a P435-million reservoir that aims to enhance water pressure for its North Caloocan consumers.

Okada Manila, the newest integrated casino resort owned by Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada, is already preparing to expand and is also working on the possibility of doing a backdoor listing.

More trade and economic opportunities are seen arising with the opening of a new trade route linking Mindanao and Sulawesi through the ASEAN Roll-on Roll-off project, the Department of Trade and Industry said.

Subsidies granted to government-owned and -controlled corporations more than doubled in the first three months of the year, with the bulk going to the National Irrigation Administration and the National Food Authority.

 Globe Telecom Inc. scored the highest in terms of Long Term Evolution availability in the country, the telco said.

President Duterte has approved the creation of a task force that will look into the nationwide inventory of rice stocks.

Dutch financial giant ING Bank said the country’s domestic output growth likely eased in the first quarter due to the absence of election-related spending that boosted private consumption last year.

YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

 The Asian Development Bank issued $4 billion worth of bonds, marking its return to the US dollar bond market.

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