Switzerland wants direct flights to PHL

WITH the lack of direct flights bridging Switzerland and the Philippines, the Swiss Embassy said there will be limited growth in two-way tourism between the two countries, which is absolutely true.

Deputy Head of Mission Raoul Imbach said despite their embassy noting a 20-percent increase in arrivals, the country remains a distant option for Swiss tourists.

“The Philippines is gaining. At the top is Thailand in Asia because, basically, they get very good deals for flights, they have direct flights. So it is just a matter of convenience. Also the price quality in Thailand is still better than here. Also,…

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Polish firm taps PHL for $2-million plant
Jerzy Pietrucha

CITING the growing infrastructure sector and its strategic location in the Asean region, Poland-based Pietrucha Group opted to choose the Philippines over neighbor Malaysia where it will open a $2-million production plant, marking its first green field investment in the country.

The plant would serve as a pilot project to manufacture vinyl sheet piling -- an advanced alternative to the traditional materials such as steel, concrete or wood.

Pietrucha Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. (PMPI), a joint venture with infrastructure engineering company Design Science, Inc., is located in the Freeport Area of Bataan. 

Jerzy Pietrucha, chief executive officer of…

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Saudi King helps displaced OFWs
Saudi Ambassador Dr. Abdullah N.A. Al Bussairy

ALL is not lost for displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has vowed to assist them find new jobs.

Saudi Ambassador Dr. Abdullah N.A. Al Bussairy said that finding new employment will be the priority among the number of assistance they are providing for displaced OFWs.

“The KSA continues to help OFWs who have lost their jobs and the King has ordered free tickets for those wanting to go home.  The King also ordered the companies where they used to work to help them look for…

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British envoy foresees PHL 10% GDP growth
British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad

DESPITE concerns by some foreign investors on President Rodrigo Duterte’s reputation for unpredictability, a European envoy is confident the country could register 10-percent growth this year.

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad said that a 10-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth is “genuinely possible here, if all the right things happen, I see the economic growth here actually in double digits”.

“Now, anybody would say that is superlative, if you can really get that, but this is a society that has a lot of investment to do, just imagine you built on OFWs…

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EU envoy lauds Duterte’s enthusiasm

EUROPEAN Union (EU) Ambassador Franz Jessen has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte administration for his enthusiasm and tireless efforts to bring about concrete and sustainable changes in the country as he looks for deeper cooperation between EU and the Philippines.

“One area that looks particularly promising for deeper cooperation is for the EU to assist in the implementation of a possible peace agreement between the government and the various groups in Mindanao,” he said.

Jessen’s statement came on the heels of recent controversial remarks made by President Duterte while reacting to a plan by EU to look the human rights situation…

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