What may be Affected in Philippines turning away from US-USA Inquirer & Wikipedia


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Trade and investment

Two-way U.S. merchandise trade with the Philippines amounted to $17.3 billion in 2006 (U.S. Department of Commerce data). According to Philippine Government data, 16% of the Philippines' imports in 2006 came from the U.S., and about 18% of its exports were bound for America. The Philippines ranks as the 26th-largest export market and the 30th-largest supplier of the United States. Key exports to the U.S. are semiconductor devices and computer peripherals, automobile parts, electric machinery, textiles and garments, wheat and animal feeds, and coconut oil. In addition to other goods, the Philippines imports raw and semi-processed materials for the manufacture of semiconductors, electronics and electrical machinery, transport equipment, and cereals and cereal preparations.The U.S. traditionally has been the Philippines' largest foreign investor, with about $6.6 billion in estimated investment as of end-2005 (U.S. Department of Commerce data). Since the late 1980s, the Philippines has committed itself to reforms that encourage foreign investment as a basis for economic development, subject to certain guidelines and restrictions in specified areas. Under President Ramos, the Philippines expanded reforms, opening the power generation and telecommunications sectors to foreign investment, as well as securing ratification of the Uruguay Round agreement and membership in the World Trade Organization. As noted earlier, President Arroyo's administration has generally continued such reforms despite opposition from vested interests and "nationalist" blocs. A major obstacle has been and will continue to be constitutional restrictions on, among others, foreign ownership of land and public utilities, which limits maximum ownership to 40%.Over the last two decades, the relatively closed Philippine economy has been opened significantly by foreign exchange deregulation, foreign investment and banking liberalization, tariff and market barrier reduction, and foreign entry into the retail trade sector. The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 opened opportunities for U.S. firms to participate in the power industry in the Philippines. Information and communications technologies, backroom operations such as call centers, and regional facilities or shared-service centers are likewise leading investment opportunities.During the visit by President Benigno Aquino III to Washington DC, on July 7, 2012, the US-Philippine Society was launched. It is a non-profit independent organisation tasked for generating awareness about the Philippines in the US. The last board meeting was conducted by the society on January 24, 2013.[19]In its 2013 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representatives wrote "The United States looks to the Philippines to take important steps to address piracy over the internet, in particular with respect to notorious online markets".[20] It is speculated that pressure from the United States contributed to the complaint filed by Philippine Association of the Record Industry against the torrent website KickassTorrents, resulting in its seizure by Philippine authorities on June 13, 2013.[21]

Security

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell said in January 2011 that the United States will help boost the capacity of the Philippines to patrol their own waters, including the Spratly islands.[22]The 1951 mutual-defense treaty was reaffirmed with the November 2011 Manila Declaration.[23][24] United States Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert suggested that LCS or surveillance aircraft may be deployed to the Philippines.[25] And the Philippines is considering the proposal.[26] These "rotational deployments" will help replace some of the American presence in the area that was given up when the permanent American bases in the Philippines were closed under President Bush.[27]In 2012 the Philippines and the United States conducted joint military exercises.[28] As of 2012, a U.S. military contingent of 600, including Navy Seals and Seabees are stationed "indefinitely" in the Southern Philippines, in a declared non-combatant role to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines in operations against the al-Quaida-linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group primarily on the island of Basilan in western Mindanao and the Sulu islands, in particular Jolo, a long-time stronghold of Abu Sayyaf.[29]The Scarborough Shoal standoff with China and the ongoing Spratly islands dispute has caused the Philippines to consider stronger military ties with the United States. In 2012, a senior Philippine defense official said that as long as they have prior clearance from the Philippine government, American troops, warships and aircraft could once again use their former naval and air facilities of Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Base.[30] In 2013, Foreign Secretary, Albert del Rosario clarified that, due to constitutional constraints, establishment of a US military facility could only be allowed if it would be under the control of the Philippine military.[31] The deal will reportedly include shared access to Philippines military but not civilian facilities.[32]During a 2013 visit to the Philippines, Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter said that the main security issues that the USA was working with the Philippines were:Maritime domain awareness,building up the capacities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,and counter terrorism.[33]In April 2014, a ten-year pact (EDCA – Enhanced Defence Co-operation Agreement)[34] was signed between the U.S. President, Barack Obama and the Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III, allowing United States to increase military presence in the Philippines.[35][36][37][38]The Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) handed over weapons to the Philippine Marine Corps. The equipment includes 300 M4 carbines, 200 Glock 21 pistols, 4 M134D Gatling-style machine guns, and 100 M203 grenade launchers, the US embassy in Manila said in a 5 June statement. The JUSMAG also delivered 25 new Combat Rubber Raiding Craft with outboard motors to PMC headquarters in Taguig, where PMC commandant Major General Emmanuel Salamat formally accepted delivery of the weapons during a transfer ceremony on 5 June. The equipment was delivered amidst the Marawi Crisis.[39]In February 2019, US Secretary of State Pompeo affirmed US commitments under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) during a meeting with counterparts in the Philippines. Pompeo in a speech added, "as the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels will trigger mutual defense obligations".[40] The US assured that they will "back the Philippines" if confrontation between the Philippines and China occurs in the South China Sea.[41] The move came after years of American reluctance to affirm commitments, which led to numerous Filipino politicians to push for review of the 68-year-old security pact between the Philippines and the US. The Filipino foreign affairs secretary welcomed the US commitment, adding that there is "no need to review" the pact anymore. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines%E2%80%93United_States_relations

BPO setups (captive markets and offshoring/third party outsourcing)

Government support was key to the growth of the business processing outsource industry. To promote increased investment in the industry, the Omnibus Investment Act was amended to include ICT in the investment priority plan. Incentives, tax holidays, PEZA accreditation were given to the firms providing ICT services.With the Philippines being the 39th largest economy in the world, the country continues to be a promising prospect for the BPO Industry. Just in August 2014, the Philippines hit an all-time high for employment in the BPO industry. From 101,000 workers in 2004, the labor force in the industry has grown to over 930,000 in just the first quarter of 2014.[6]Growth in the BPO industry continues to show significant improvements with an average annual expansion rate of 20%. Figures have shown that from $1.3 Billion in 2004, export revenues from BPO has increased to over $13.1 Billion in 2013. The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) also projects that the sector will have an expected total revenue of $25 Billion in 2016.[6]This growth in the industry is further promoted by the Philippine government. BPO is highlighted by the Philippines Development Plan as among the 10 high potential and priority development areas. To further entice investors, government programs include different incentives such as tax holidays, tax exemptions, and simplified export and import procedures. Additionally, training is also available for BPO applicants. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_process_outsourcing_in_the_Philippines

American Companies Hiring Filipinos in the Philippines

American Riggers Inc. Info Email Web Phone Manila 710 S. Myrtle Ave.Other Vehicle Tools Other Manufacturing & Processing Machinery Vehicle Tools Manufacturing & Processing Machinery Automobiles & Motorcycles Advantage Scrap, Inc. Info Phone Angeles City 33 Irving Street East Tapinac Olongapo Zambales 2200 PhillippinesCosmetic Raw Materials Brokerage, Intermediary Service Bamboo Raw Materials Detergent Raw Materials Chemicals for Daily Use Ethos Corporation Info Email Web Phone Training Center: C/o Bible Study Center 951 South Road Basak San...Advertising Education & Training Business Services Guard-all Electronic Security Systems, Inc. Info Email Web Phone Manila 708 Cattleya Bldg. 235 Salcedo St. Legaspi Village Makati City 1229Alarm Access Control System CCTV System Access Control Systems & Products CCTV Products Pilipina Marine Aquatics Info Phone Manila 2359 Concha St Sta Ana Sta Andres Bukid Nanika Metro Manila...Tanning Lotion Payment Kiosks Financial Equipment Skin Care Service EquipmentCmc Bar and Grill / Double Suds Car Wash Info Email Web Phone Pinamalayan Provincial Road PundaquitAdvertising Travel & Tourism Business Services Paynamics Technologies Inc. Info Email Web Phone Manila Unit 1911 Cityland 10 Tower I h.v. Dela Costa Street Salcedo Village...Advertising Software Development Data Processing Internet Service Computer & Information Technology Services Monark Equipment Air Compressor Info Email Web Phone Manila 13 Economica St. Bagumbayan Quezon City Metro Manila Quezon City...Air-Compressors General Industrial Equipment Ocs Silica Island Mining Info Email Web Phone # 204 Tupas Street Cebu City Cebu 6000Silica Non-Metallic Mineral Deposit Minerals & Metallurgy Fourth Street Kitchen (fs.k) Info Email Web Phone No. 90 4th Street New Manila Quezon City 1112Advertising Design Beer Alcohol Advertising Food & Beverage Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants, Dr. Ned... Info Email Web Phone 11757 Katy Freeway Suite 960Ambulatory Product Health & Medical Healthforce Training Center Philippines Info Email Web Phone Atu Plaza Building Governor Duterte Street Poblacion District Davao...Ambulatory Product Health & Medical Vector Bpo Info Email Web Phone 72 N Escario St 8th Floor Cebu City Cebu 6000Advertising Design Other Business Services Advertising Business Services Tri-ex Tower Co. Inc. (Steel Fabrication/ Hot Dip... Info Email Web Phone 75 Gen. Ordonez. St. Marikina Heights Marikina City Manila 1810Aluminum Composite Panels Antennas for Communications Antenna Construction & Real Estate Telecommunications Printing Images Ctc Inc. Info Email Web Phone Pictc Commercial Complex Dewey Avenue Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222Other Computer Products Blank Disks Cartridge Chip Printer Supplies Office & School Supplies Sembawang Trading Info Phone # 37 Karpa Street NovalichesApples Agricultural Greenhouses Bananas Fruit Agriculture Source: https://companylist.org/Philippines/Keywords/american/

US Embassy reminds Duterte: We give $250M a year in military, education aid

An official of the United States Embassy in the Philippines said on Thursday that about $250 million worth of assistance is regularly given to the country in areas of security, military equipment, and exchange programs.John C. Law, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in the Philippines, said aside from the security and military assistance, which are already here, “the US government is also providing the Philippines some $60 to $70 million a year mainly for the conduct of exchange programs”.Speaking in a forum attended by the faculty and students of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in this city, Law said that “sometimes the figure would increase depending on the need of the Philippine government”. Last year, the US government gave $110 million to the country for the procurement of US military equipment, the biggest financial assistance that the US government has provided to an Indo-Pacific region country.“For development-type programs, financial assistance was mostly associated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), such as the aquatic resources research that amounts to $100 million a year, plus those activities which are in line with disaster relief and humanitarian assistance,” Law said.The US official said that after the infamous Marawi City siege, the USAID provided $59 million to help the displaced families with their basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. “Another financial assistance that is given yearly is intended for law enforcement activities of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which are in line in fighting illegal drugs, smuggling, and strengthening the judicial sector,” Law said.“For these activities, the US government is giving (more or less) $250 million a year,” he added.Law said there are also investments coming here from the US private sector that will likely benefit the natural resources sectors. One of these is the plan to put up a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port facility to bring in liquefied natural gas into the country.LNG is the liquefied form of natural gas, which has a much smaller volume than natural gas in its gaseous form. This liquefied condition is used to facilitate the carriage of natural gas over long distances, often by sea, in specialized tanks.“American companies were very excited about the possibility of putting up an LNG port terminals in the Philippines because a lot of them (US companies) have vast experiences building such facilities,” Law said.LNG port terminals are purpose-built terminals designed to accommodate large LNG carrier ships designed to load, carry and unload LNG.These LNG terminals are located adjacent to a gas liquefaction and storage plant, or to a gas re-gasification and storage plant), which are connected to gas pipelines connected to on-shore or off-shore gas fields or to storage and distribution plants. (PNA) https://politics.com.ph/us-embassy-reminds-duterte-we-give-250m-a-year-in-military-education-aid/

4 Million Filipinos in United States

California: 1,651,933Hawaii: 367,364Texas: 194,427Washington: 178,300Nevada: 169,462Illinois: 159,385New York: 144,436Florida: 143,481New Jersey: 129,514Virginia: 108,128Maryland: 71,858Arizona: 70,333According to the data, there are an estimated 21,646,070 Asian Americans in the United States, and Filipino Americans make up the third largest Asian American subgroup behind Chinese (5,219,184) and Indian (4,402,362) Americans. The full data can be viewed by using the American FactFinder tool.“The newest data from the American Community Survey reaffirms what we already knew: Filipino Americans are an emerging population not just within the Asian American community, but throughout America as a whole,” said NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores.“However, while we continue to grow in numbers, we have hard work to do in terms of civic engagement and representation. NaFFAA’s commitment has always been, and will continue to be, harnessing the energy and passion of the more than four million Filipinos who call America home, and uniting us with one strong, clear voice.”

Source: https://usa.inquirer.net/15493/new-census-data-4-million-filipinos-us



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