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Lapeña: Drug controversy a “stage drama” possibly concocted by drug syndicates

Lapeña: Drug controversy a “stage drama” possibly concocted by drug syndicates

Oct. 23 | Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña at the Oct 23 press conference on the illegal drug controversy. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Customs. Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña pointed to drug syndicates as possibly behind allegations that the Bureau...

BOC rolls out implementing rules for consolidated balikbayan box shipments

BOC rolls out implementing rules for consolidated balikbayan box shipments

Oct. 22 | Just in time for the holidays, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued rules for the simplified customs clearance procedures covering consolidated shipment of balikbayan (personal effects) boxes entered through any port of entry, sent to families or relatives...

Draft PH maritime roadmap identifies priority programs for next 10 years

Draft PH maritime roadmap identifies priority programs for next 10 years

Oct. 22 | The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is finalizing priority programs and projects under its 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP), which aims to transform the Philippines into a major maritime hub. “While it may be true that we [did]...

IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits for tackling maritime emissions

IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits for tackling maritime emissions

Oct. 21 | The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a new set of toolkits for assessing and addressing emissions from ships and ports. The Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime...

3 criminal raps lodged against alleged smugglers, customs personnel

3 criminal raps lodged against alleged smugglers, customs personnel

Oct. 21 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has filed three smuggling cases against importers, customs brokers, and customs personnel for misdeclaration and illegal importation of gun parts and ammunition. The first criminal case was filed before the Department of Justice...

NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 targeted to open by Dec

NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 targeted to open by Dec

Oct. 20 | Image courtesy of mapichai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 is almost finished and could be opened to the public this December following the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) delivery of...

Lapeña still has Duterte’s trust

Lapeña still has Duterte’s trust

Oct. 20 | Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña continues to enjoy the full trust of President Rodrigo Duterte despite the brewing issue of P6.8 billion worth of illegal drugs that allegedly slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BOC), according to presidential spokesperson...

Cavite Gateway Terminal officially opens Nov 5

Cavite Gateway Terminal officially opens Nov 5

Oct. 20 | Cavite Gateway Terminal is 11 kilometers from the Cavite Export Processing Zone Authority, whose users are the facility’s ideal clients. Photo from the Department of Transportation. The Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), the Philippines’ first container...

PH improves in WEF competitiveness ranking but some transport scores slip

PH improves in WEF competitiveness ranking but some transport scores slip

Oct. 19 | The Philippines has improved 12 places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) to 56th place out of 140 economies. The country’s score on airport and liner connectivity, however, slid along with efficiency of clearances....

PAL gears up for nonstop MNL-NYC service starting Oct 29

PAL gears up for nonstop MNL-NYC service starting Oct 29

Oct. 19 | Philippine Airlines (PAL) will mount a direct nonstop service to New York from Manila starting October 29, 2018, making it the first domestic airline with a direct service between the Big Apple and the Philippines. A brand-new PAL Airbus A350-900 will...
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