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Engaged private sector crucial in present times – Amb. Cuisia

PH Amb. to US Joey Cuisia

11 April 2014 – With days to go before the anticipated visit of United States President Barrack Obama to the Philippines, Philippine Ambassador to the US Joey Cuisia called on the business community to be more active in strengthening Philippines-United States relations. The call was made to members of the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines at a joint membership meeting at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

“The government cannot do it alone. We really need to see more engagement from the private sector to promote themselves and in so doing, promote the Philippines,” he said. Amb. Cuisia then identified three areas where the business community can be more involved. Read more »

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MBC praises the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the RH Law

8 April 2014 – The Makati Business Club commends the Supreme Court for upholding the constitutionality of RA 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act. After 14 years of meticulous debates and amendments in Congress, and now with the unanimous recognition by the High Court of the law’s legality, save for particular provisions, the task of improving the country’s maternal and child healthcare can now go at full steam. With this process, involving all major branches of government, as well as with widespread public participation, we believe that this decision truly reflects the people’s overwhelming sentiments on responsible parenthood and reproductive health.

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Philippines places 64th in World Economic Forum’s Enabling Trade Index

1 April 2014 – The Philippines advanced eight places in the Enabling Trade Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF), now ranking 64th out of 138 economies, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released today. Since 2010, the Philippines has risen 28 places in the index, ranking 92nd out of 125 economies in 2010 and 72nd out of 132 economies in 2012.

The Enabling Trade Index “assesses the extent to which economies have in place institutions, policies, infrastructures and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destination.”  These trade-enabling factors are classified under four categories: market access, border administration, infrastructure, and operating environment.  Under these four subindexes are seven pillars which measure critical aspects of enabling trade: domestic market access, foreign market access, efficiency and transparency of border administration, availability and quality of transport infrastructure, availability and quality of transport services, availability and use of ICTs, and operating environment. Read more »

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MBC lauds the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

27 March 2014 – The Makati Business Club is one with the Filipino people in hailing the successful signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. MBC believes that the process that led to this final peace accord was conducted with utmost respect for the principles of fairness, transparency, and inclusivity. We greatly commend the government’s peace panel led by Sec. Teresita Deles and chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, and the MILF panel led by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and head of the MILF peace panel Mohagher Iqbal, who have seen this process through, amidst all the challenges during the entire stretch of the negotiations. We also extend our warmest thanks and congratulations to the various local and international organizations, and foreign governments, particularly the government of Malaysia, who have all been instrumental in the forging of the agreement. Read more »