Partial closure of China port to affect Philippines

Further setbacks face the country’s shipments as peak holiday season draws near following the partial closure of China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port, the world’s third busiest cargo port......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarAug 15th, 2021

Exporters raise concerns over closure of China port

The country’s exports could take a hit from the expected hike in container shipping rates and supply chain disruptions due to the partial closure of a major port in China, the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Philippines receives 739,200 Sinopharm jabs donated by China

The delivery is in partial fulfillment of a total one million Sinopharm doses donated by China to the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Port of Cebu condemns smuggled, counterfeit cigarettes worth over P90M

MANDAUE CITY, CEBU – The Bureau of Customs Port of Cebu destroyed over P90 million worth of smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes that were shipped to Cebu from China last month. The 1,804 master cases of cigarettes were destroyed on Wednesday, July 7, at the Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) facility in San Fernando town. TCPI’s […] The post Port of Cebu condemns smuggled, counterfeit cigarettes worth over P90M appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2021

Damage caused by China in West Philippine Sea could affect food security — scientists

The warning comes as hundreds of ships suspected to be part of China's maritime militia continue to swarm reefs and artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, the part of the South China Sea within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2021

China’s actions seen to weigh heavily on Philippines infrastructure deals

China’s actions and ambitions may affect the corporate infrastructure deals of state-owned firms in the Philippines, with the recent cancellation of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. airport deal with the local government of Cavite just a start of potentially more that could follow, according to aviation think tank CAPA-Center for Aviation......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

Diplomatic protest vs China coast guard law won t affect vax procurement — Palace

The Philippines' diplomatic protest against a law that allows the Chinese coast guard to fire on foreign vessels won't affect the purchase of China-made COVID-19 vaccines, Malacañang said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

BOC Port of Cebu intercepts cigarette smuggling attempt

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu intercepted once again two containers of smuggled cigarettes with an estimated street value of P88.1 million. The smuggled cigarettes from China arrived at the port on August 8 and 13, 2020, transported in separate shipments declared to contain umbrellas and pieces of various […] The post BOC Port of Cebu intercepts cigarette smuggling attempt appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2020

Cebu customs intercepts smuggled cigarettes from China worth P92M

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Port of Cebu (BOC-Cebu) intercepted once again shipments of smuggled cigarettes from China last Wednesday, August 19, 2020. In a statement released on Tuesday, August 25, BOC-Cebu said that the smuggled cigarettes arrived the Port of Cebu from two separate shipments consigned to GRR Trading. The value […] The post Cebu customs intercepts smuggled cigarettes from China worth P92M appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

Retired US Navy officer proposes ship repair facilities in Subic

A decorated former United States Navy admiral has discounted the possibility of the reported plan to re-establish an American military base in the Philippines like the facility they used to share in Subic Bay.In an open letter to President Duterte, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. instead suggests it would be a “good business” for the Philippines to embrace the idea of bringing shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay. McKinnon was reacting to the statement made by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address last week where the latter flatly rejected the reported US plan to return to its former naval base in the Philippines. “I saw in the press that in your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) you voiced concern about the United States Navy returning to establish a base in the Philippines, like the remarkable joint security facility we used to share in Subic. I believe I can assure you it will never happen,” the retired US naval officer said in his letter dated July 29, 2020.McKinnon, who was stationed at the former US base in Subic, said what can happen is that the US Navy can help re-establish a viable “commercial” ship overhaul and voyage repair, or even ship construction industry on historic Subic Bay. “And why not? It is neither war provocation nor threatening to the Philippine people,” the retired US Navy officer said.If approached to bring shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay under a public-private partnership, the Philippine government should embrace the idea, noting that the Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago straddling a major artery of world commerce. “Repairing ships transiting that artery is only good business,” he said. He explained that the US Navy, and every sea power, commercial or naval, needs voyage repair.  For decades the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) on the deep-water port of Subic Bay, and a similar facility in the port of Yokosuka in Japan, helped sustain the upkeep of ships far from home. He recalled having attended the opening of Philseco, a commercial ship repair facility at Subic City in 1981. The US bases, however, were closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of its tenure.  The facility later became Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a commercial bulk cargo ship construction on the Redondo peninsula across the City of Olongapo. “It became of national importance, providing employment to the many skilled Philippine shipyard workers displaced when the US Navy SRF at Olongapo closed in 1992. It was sad to see Hanjin go into bankruptcy and the effect it had on Philippine families,” McKinnon said. In his open letter, McKinnon remembered back in 1968 when his naval ship was undergoing repair in Subic. “I and my friends became tourists. It was wonderful to attend a concert of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, visit the historic island of Corregidor, and learn to love ‘pancit’, both ‘canton’ and ‘bihon’. Doctors loved going into the small communities on Luzon providing family health care. Ships, both commercial and military, need voyage repair. Sailors go ashore, become tourists, and make friends.” Upon the closure of the SRF in Subic, the US Navy workload moved to countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, among others. When the first United States military command was established in Singapore in 1991, it became a regional contracting center, not a base.  “It was all about the conduct of business in Asia,” he said. While in Subic Bay, McKinnon was assigned as Director, Shipbuilding and Overhaul Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command and Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot.  He co-founded an organization that provides vocational training to unemployed young men, co-founded a foundation that supported the City of Olongapo hospital and orphanage, and later becoming an honorary citizen of the city.In his military career, McKinnon was a recipient of two Legions of Merit and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of the US Department of Defense. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Vietnam, Philippines criticise Chinese military drills in South China Sea

Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised Chinas holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, warning it could create tension in the region and affect Beijings relati.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Cebu customs seize P76 million of ‘fake cigarettes’ from China

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Customs officials in Cebu seized at least 1,522 boxes of suspected fake cigarettes shipped from China, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) here announced. In a statement on Facebook on Thursday, June 11, 2020, BOC – Cebu Port announced that the value of the alleged fake cigarettes amounted to P76 million. The […] The post Cebu customs seize P76 million of ‘fake cigarettes’ from China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

AgotoZ Tech taps PLDT Global Enterprise for expansion in Philippines

The international arm of PLDT Enterprise has been tapped by one of the leading ICT solutions providers in China for its expansion in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

1.2 million doses of Chinese vaccines arrive in Philippines

The Philippines received Saturday 1.2 million doses of China-made COVID-19 vaccines, consisting of one million doses of Sinovac’s shot and 260,800 doses of Sinopharm’s jab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Duterte thanks Xi anew for jabs, vows ‘neutral’ PH

President Duterte on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines would remain “neutral” on geopolitical issues, as he thanked Beijing for its latest donation of COVID-19 vaccines. Mr. Duterte welcomed the arrival of 739,000 Sinopharm doses that were part of the 1 million doses of that brand that China had pledged to the […] The post Duterte thanks Xi anew for jabs, vows ‘neutral’ PH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Tropical depression Isang enters Philippines

Tropical Depression Isang entered the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday but will not affect current weather systems in the country, the state weather bureau reported......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

China to donate 1 million Sinopharm doses to Philippines

Ambassador Huang Xilian said the additional supply of the Chinese-made jabs would arrive either on Friday or Saturday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

US Navy warship arrives in Manila

A United States Navy warship is in the Philippines for a “contactless” routine port visit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

‘No strings attached to China jabs, except…’

There are no strings attached to China’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, “except that their boats are there,” President Duterte has said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

ASEAN, EU urged: Reaffirm freedom of navigation in South China Sea

With the Philippines assuming the role of European Union-Association of Southeast Asian Nations dialogue coordinator, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the two regional blocs should continue to reaffirm the importance of maintaining peace as well as freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Phl-China WPS exploration still hangs

Almost a year after the resumption of oil exploration activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), the Philippines and China have yet to reach a substantial agreement on the proposed commercial joint development in the resource-rich area. But regardless of the outcome of the negotiation, Department of Energy (DoE) chief Alfonso G. Cusi said the […] The post Phl-China WPS exploration still hangs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021