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Philippines, Indonesia improve cooperation vs smuggling

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Indonesia have agreed to strengthen their cooperation against smuggling, a move seen to pave the way toward improved regional efforts against illicit cross-border trade, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). In a letter, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said they are both open to work with their countries’ respective customs […]

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Philippines: Tobacco farmers oppose tax hike

MANILA, Philippines — A group of local tobacco farmers has appealed to the government to reconsider the proposal to increase anew excise taxes on tobacco products. In a letter to the Department of Finance (DOF), Senate, and House of Representatives, the PhilTobacco Growers Association Inc. (PTGA) expressed its opposition against the proposed excise tax hike […]

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Thai company to buy sorghum from Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A Thai agro-industrial conglomerate has committed to buy sweet sorghum, a grain crop used as raw material for feeds, from the country as the Department of Agriculture (DA) starts the propagation of the commodity amid tight supply of corn for the growing livestock industry. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Thai-based Charoen Pokphand […]

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