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Phase 1 of C5 South Link on track to open in...

THE government expects phase 1 of the C5 South Link Expressway to open by March, three months ahead of the June 2019 schedule.

PCC taps UK firm to keep track of Grab’s ‘voluntary commitments’

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) tapped a United Kingdom-based audit firm to monitor Grab Philippines’ (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) fulfillment of its voluntary commitments in relation to its acquisition of Uber Philippines in March.

PT&T firms up interest in 3rd telco bidding

PHILIPPINE Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) on Wednesday signified its interest in joining the government’s search for a third telecommunications player by purchasing the bid documents.

Velarde firm sues NTC over 3rd telco bidding rules

NOW Telecom Company, Inc. is suing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) over alleged insertions of new requirements in the terms of reference for the new major telecommunications player.

Muted foreign interest in 3rd telco slot

FOUR LOCAL FIRMS and only one foreign company, Norway’s Telenor Group, firmed up their interest in participating in the auction for the country’s third major telecommunications service provider by purchasing the bid documents on Monday -- the first day of its availability.

Chelsea offers to modernize Sasa port

CHELSEA Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) said it submitted a P16-billion unsolicited proposal to the Department of Transportation (DoTr) for the modernization of Sasa port in Davao City.

ICTSI to start MICT expansion next week

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said it has received the green light from the Philippines Ports Authority (PPA) to proceed with its expansion of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).

Internet lobby wants tweaks to rules limiting cell-tower players

INTERNET advocacy group Better Broadband Alliance (BBA) said the draft rules limiting the proposed cell-tower industry to two companies should include performance commitments.

Chelsea Logistics allocates over $100M for fleet expansion

CHELSEA LOGISTICS Holdings Corp. (CLC) is allocating more than $100 million for the expansion of its fleet as it expects six passenger vessels to be delivered in the next three years.

Globe to deploy small cell antennas along major roads

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. is expecting to speed up the roll out of more than 120 cell sites in Metro Manila as it signed an agreement with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to cut the process for securing permits in building telco infrastructure.

Megawide poised to launch Parañaque transport terminal in November

MEGAWIDE CONSTRUCTION Corp. is launching next month the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), a “landport” for passengers from the south going to Metro Manila.

Issues with Dalian trains delaying new MRT-3 maintenance agreement

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said issues with Chinese commuter trains ordered from CRRC Dalian Co trains are delaying the signing of maintenance deal with Sumitomo Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Sumitomo-MHI) for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

DICT to start pilot tests for national broadband plan next month

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that next month it will start the pilot test of its fiber backbone facility that will be used for the implementation of the national broadband plan.

Lazada opens first hub in Davao

E-COMMERCE site Lazada Philippines on Wednesday opened its first warehouse in Davao City — its third warehouse in the country — which is expected to speed up the delivery of items to online customers in the area.

Chelsea Logistics acquires two new vessels

CHELSEA Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) added two new ships to the company’s existing fleet of 83 as part of its expansion program.

PLDT inks deal with foreign firms for Voyager

PLDT, Inc. announced on Thursday it has signed an agreement to sell separately $175 million worth of shares in its digital innovations unit Voyager Innovations, Inc. to a group of foreign investors led by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Twitter launches global in-stream video ads, partners with ABS, GMA

TWITTER, INC. announced on Thursday it is making its in-stream video advertisements available globally and has forged partnerships with local companies ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc.

Work on LRT Cavite extension to start by Q1

LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC) expects to start construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension in the first quarter of next year.

DPWH to open Tacloban bypass road in Q3 2019

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said a bypass road in Tacloban City is now expected to open in August 2019, after delays to its original completion date of April 2017.

Final timetable for 3rd major telco set

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presented on Tuesday the final timetable for selection of the country’s third major telecommunications service provider, with documents available for purchase by interested parties starting Oct. 8, Monday.

AirAsia PHL won’t impose fuel surcharge

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. said it will not impose a fuel surcharge for domestic and international flights despite securing approval from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), in a move aimed at keeping its fares low in a competitive market.

Xurpas forms remittance, VCE subsidiary

XURPAS, Inc. is forming a new subsidiary that will focus on remittances, money transfers and operate as a virtual currency exchange (VCE).

Smartphone shipments in Philippines recover in 1st half — IDC report

SMARTPHONE shipments jumped 5.6% to 7.8 million units in the first half, a reversal of the decline seen in the same period in 2017, according to International Data Corp. (IDC) Philippines.

PT&T appeals ‘erroneous’ fee imposed by NTC

PHILIPPINE Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T) has filed a petition with the Court of Appeals (CA), questioning the “erroneous” and “inaccurate” amount of supervision and regulation fee (SRF) imposed on the company by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

ICTSI subsidiary expands Honduras terminal

A SUBSIDIARY of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently started operations of a new berth in Puerto Cortes in Honduras.

Cebu Pacific to take delivery of its 1st A320neo aircraft by...

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific expects the delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) by November, which will be deployed for international routes before the end of 2018.

Telenor in talks with potential partners to enter PHL market

NORWAY’S Telenor Group said it is in talks with local companies as it eyes participation in the bidding for the third player slot in the Philippine telco industry.

Lockheed Martin makes sales pitch for F-16s, Black Hawks in PHL

US DEFENSE contractor Lockheed Martin is banking on the versatility of its third generation Black Hawks to convince Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte to change his mind, after announcing he rejected an offer from the United States government to procure F-16 fighter jets.

Companies question draft MC on common tower policy

SEVERAL STAKEHOLDERS raised concern over the proposed memorandum circular (MC) of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on common telecommunications infrastructure, particularly a provision that limited to two the initial number of tower companies allowed to operate.

Smart taps Samsung for VoWi-fi launch in Oct.

SMART Communications, Inc. is partially rolling out next month its Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-fi) call over a live network service for users of the latest Samsung devices, it said on Wednesday.

Entry of Indonesia’s Go-Jek on hold, says LTFRB

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Indonesian ride-hailing company Go-Jek filed an application to operate in the Philippines, but it was not entertained as the government issued a moratorium on accrediting transport network company (TNC) last month.

Gov’t support seen needed to help education system adjust to AI,...

DEALING with the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the threat of job losses should be a greater concern for the government in addressing key reforms to the education system, an executive from IBM Philippines, Inc. said.

Airbus flaunts defense aircraft as Philippines plans upgrade

EUROPEAN aircraft manufacturer Airbus is launching new military aircraft and satellite products which it said is fit for the government’s plans to modernize the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

PAL bags four-star rating from US-based APEX

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) said it has been awarded a four-star rating by US-based aviation group Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) for its inflight service, seats and cabin products.

PAL, Cebu Pacific raise fares as fuel cost rises

LOCAL airlines have started imposing higher fares for domestic and international flights after the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) approved a fuel surcharge matrix to address the rising price of jet fuel.

Blockchain firm partners with Grab on rewards

LOCAL blockchain company LoyalCoin said it has partnered with Grab Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) to allow riders to pay for their trips through a crypto digital wallet called LoyalWallet.

PCC study signals interest in reviewing airport landing slot policy

LEGACY airlines enjoy an advantage over their competition because the lack of airport expansion makes their landing slots more valuable over time, researchers commissioned by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said.

DoTr says $12-B Sangley Point international airport proposal ‘still on the...

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is not closing doors on a private consortium’s unsolicited proposal to build a $12-billion international airport in Sangley Point until the local government of Cavite moves forward with its own pitch.

Transport dep’t studying Siargao airport relocation

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is studying relocation of the Siargao Airport in Surigao del Norte because of terrain features like nearby hills that make landings dangerous.

Selection of third major telco by December on track as gov’t...

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) published on Friday the final terms of reference (ToR) outlining the process by which the government will select by December a third major player in the telecommunications industry.

NFA picks groups to bring in 100,000 tons rice for Mindanao

THE NATIONAL FOOD AUTHORITY (NFA) on Thursday chose 21 groups to import a total of 100,000 metric tons of rice for Zamboanga City, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (ZamBaSulTa).

Partial closure of Skyway, SLEx scheduled due to C5 South Link...

A stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented on the Skyway and South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) starting Sept. 29 until Nov. 22 for the construction of Circumferential Road 5 (C5) South Link Expressway, government concessionaire Metro Pacific group said.

Cebu Pacific to open Cebu-Macau route in December

CEBU PACIFIC is launching by the end of the year a new direct flight to Macau for passengers coming from the Visayas and Mindanao.

PT&T plans P7-B fund raising for broadband expansion

PHILIPPINE Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is looking to raise P7 billion for its plan to expand its fixed line coverage throughout the country over the next two years.

More PAL flights in October for ‘winter season’

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is adding more local and international flights from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao as it braces for the coming of the “winter season” next month.