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Cebu - Mactan Airport
UK supply chain - airport

UK companies have been successful in the completion of the upgraded MACTAN – CEBU International Airport. The UK has a long track record in the building and fitting out of Airports of all sizes.

Cebu Mactan international airport

Technical innovation is the order of the day with these global UK companies.

Mott Macdonald Technical Advisory Services

ARUP Airport Planning & Engineering Design

Pinsent Masons Legal Services

SSP F& B Operator/Food Hub Curator

GATIC Slotted Drain Covers on Runway

Abacus Leaders in Lighting Airfield Lights

ZOEFTIG Airport Terminal Seating

RL3 Hold Baggage Security Screening


BIRAL Meteorological Sensors – Lightning Storm Detection System

The country’s friendliest resort airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, was recently recognized by two international awards-giving bodies in architecture for the design of Terminal 2, its international terminal. Terminal 2 was designed by renowned architectural firm Integrated Design Associates Hong Kong. Terminal 2 opened in July last year.

“MCIA continues to be recognized globally not only because it embodies our positioning as a Filipino resort airport, but also because its design and quality of engineering allows us to deliver world-class service and operations,” said Louie Ferrer, President GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the airport’s private developer.

Last year, MCIA received three awards, one of which was Asia Pacific Medium Airport of the Year during the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence ceremony, one of the most respected awards in the airport and aviation industry

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Ease of Doing Business and Innovative Startup Act

Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Service Delivery Act of 2018

  • Republic Act 11032 (also referred to as Ease of Doing Business or EODB Law) is part of the continuing effort of the PH government to eliminate red tape and improve the environment for doing business in the PH.  You may recall that Item Number 3 in the President’s 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda is to “Increase competitiveness and the ease of doing business.”  The particular focus of the law is on the accountability and integrity of government service, specifically, ensuring greater efficiency in the delivery of services and preventing graft and corruption. 
  • The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the EODB Act were signed on 17 July 2019 by the Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission, the Director-General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority and the Secretary of Trade and Industry.
  • Businessmen will be pleased to note that the basics such as number of steps, signatories and documents to complete procedures will be addressed, as well as compliance and transaction costs.  For instance, prescribed processing times will be 3 days for simple transactions, 7 days for more complex transactions and 20 days for highly technical transactions.  Failure of agencies to meet such timelines will mean automatic approval of the transaction.  Automation and electronic versions of licenses, permits, certifications and authorizations will be adopted to the extent possible, under the coordination of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).  Equally important is the directive to make clear and transparent all of this information.
  • Whole-of-Government approach in reengineering government services will be adopted to ensure uniform service standards and harmonization of existing and applicable laws and consistent legal interpretations across all agencies.  The end objective is seamless end-to-end processing in the delivery of government services.
  • The monitoring and evaluation of the compliance of all government agencies shall be the responsibility of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), which is under the Office of the President.
  • The Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape Council is established to set policy directions and programs to continuously advance competitiveness and ease of doing business initiatives.  It is chaired by the DTI Secretary and has as its members the ARTA Director General, Secretaries of DICT, DILG, DOF and 2 private sector representatives.    

Innovative Startup Act of 2019

  • Signed by President Duterte in April 2019, Republic Act 11337 (or the Innovative Startup Act) forms part of the government’s policy to foster inclusive growth through innovative economy by streamlining government and nongovernment initiatives, to create new jobs and opportunities, improve production, and advance innovation and trade.
  • The law creates the Philippine Startup Development Program (PSDP), which shall be composed of programs, benefits, and incentives for startups and startup enablers. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are the lead agencies tasked specifically to promulgate the rules and regulations for the efficient registration and assessment of startup enablers to be registered under the PSDP.
  • Other pertinent provisions include the creation of Philippine Startup Ecozones or Special Economic Zones in order to spur the growth and development of startups and startup enablers. The DTI has also been tasked to spearhead initiatives to develop short, medium, and long-term strategies in order to spur investment in startups. Finally, the law introduces the concept of a Startup Visa which shall be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to foreign owners, employees, and investors of startups. These shall have an initial 5-year validity, and its bearers shall be exempt from securing an Alien Employment Permit from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), subject to the implementing rules to be promulgated by the DFA. DOLE, and Bureau of Immigration.
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Philippines Merchandise Trade 2014 – 2018

PH Merchandise Trade (in US$M) 2014-2018 with the UK

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Exports 460.73 499.59 501.06 522.21 534.89
Imports 385.62 398.66 509.18 521.61 685.10
Total Trade 846.35 898.25 1,010.24 1,043.81 1,219.99
Balance of Trade 75.11 100.93 (8.12) 0.60 (150.21)

Sources: DTI-Tradeline Philippines[1]

• The compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of the PH merchandise for the total trade to the UK from 2014 to 2018 is at 9.6%. During the same period, the CAGR for import is 15.5%; whilst for export is at 3.8%.

• The top 5 PH exports over the past five years are: a) electronic products (↑7.6%); b) machinery and transport equipment (↓ 11.1%); c) other manufactures (↑ 9.2%); d) tuna (↑ 12.8%); and e) processed food and beverages (↑ 13.4). 2

• Meanwhile, the top 5 imports in 2018 are: a) optical, photographic, measuring or surgical instruments and apparatus; b) miscellaneous manufactured articles; c) furniture, bedding, mattresses; d) toys, games and sports requisites; and e) commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere.3

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PBBC Meeting September 2019 – EODB

PBBC meeting

The PBBC met in London on 24th September 2019 and amongst other topics they had a presentation on the recently enabled law on the “Ease of Doing Business” in the Philippines.

The presentation was given by Beatriz Alexandra G. Martinez, Third Secretary, Vice Consul, and Administrative Officer, Embassy of the Philippines, London.

The key slides from the presentation are presented below.

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