TODAY'S BUSINESS HEADLINES

Metro Pacific to take over a second hospital in Mindanao 30-Mar-15, 9:31 PM | InterAksyon.com

Ayala Group eyeing more infrastructure projects in next five years 30-Mar-15, 6:21 PM | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com

Maynilad bringing rate hike standoff to Singapore arbitration panel 30-Mar-15, 3:36 PM | Mitch Orosa Ople, News5

Philippine stock index breaches 8,000-mark 30-Mar-15, 12:32 PM | InterAksyon.com

One Network Bank acquisition to boost BDO presence in Mindanao, Western Visayas 7:36 pm | InterAksyon.com ONB is the only rural bank with a trust license, and has secured regulatory approval to put up 11 more branches.

Money supply growth gathers pace Money supply growth gathers pace 5:32 pm | InterAksyon.com The single-digit increase is partly because of base effects.

DOLE issues pay rules for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday DOLE issues pay rules for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday 4:13 pm | Philippines News Agency The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued pay rules for April 2 (Maundy Thursday) and April 3 (Good Friday), which are regular holidays;…

Online stockbroker COL Financial\ Online stockbroker COL Financial's profit drops 3:28 pm | InterAksyon.com The lower profitability comes even after COL's clientele increased.

Xurpas buys into Singaporean gaming platform developer Xurpas buys into Singaporean gaming platform developer 2:03 pm | InterAksyon.com This is Xurpas' fourth investment since going public last December.

How does Palawan plan to reach its target of 1.4 million tourists in 2015? How does Palawan plan to reach its target of 1.4 million tourists in 2015? 12:51 pm | Veronica Uy, InterAksyon.com International travel magazine Conde Nast named Palawan the Best Island in World last year. This emboldened the provincial government of Palawan to target a 66-percent…

Banks\ Banks' loan quality improves despite higher exposure to property sector 12:28 pm | InterAksyon.com Property loans account for nearly 20 percent of banks' total loans.

Philippine stock index closes first quarter at a fresh record 12:08 pm | InterAksyon.com Philippine stock index closes first quarter at a fresh record(UPDATED 6:21 p.m.) Today marks the PSEi's 23rd record close, and its first finish above 7,900.

Asia up on Wall St. rally and China hopes, euro sags on Greece 11:52 am | Reuters Asia up on Wall St. rally and China hopes, euro sags on GreeceMSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.7 percent.

Business community again seeks deferral of passive income submission to BIR 11:25 am | Chelsea Cruz, InterAksyon.com Business community again seeks deferral of passive income submission to BIRThe information will be contained in the supplemental information return, which would form part of the annual ITR.

Probe BIR on 'flawed' implementation of tax laws - partylist 11:14 am | InterAksyon.com Probe BIR on \Alarmed that investors might pull investments out of the country because of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's "flawed" implementation of tax laws, AAMBIS-Owa Partylist Representative Sharon Garin urged fellow lawmakers to investigate judicial setback of regulations issued by BIR.

New eco-friendly airport to rise in Panglao Island, Bohol by 2017 - DOTC 10:47 am | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency New eco-friendly airport to rise in Panglao Island, Bohol by 2017 - DOTCA new world-class, eco-friendly airport will rise in Panglao Island in Bohol by 2017, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Monday.

Pagcor remits record cash dividend to Treasury 10:41 pm | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com Pagcor remits record cash dividend to TreasuryThis year's dividend wiped out the arrears since 2005.

Banks' branches to go on 4-day break starting Maundy Thursday 10:18 pm | InterAksyon.com Banks\UPDATE 3:05p.m, March 31 - With some exceptions, most banks will suspend operations starting April 2, Thursday, in observance of Holy Week. Banks' online facilities and ATMs, however, will be available throughout the Lenten break.

Metro Pacific to take over a second hospital in Mindanao 9:31 pm | InterAksyon.com Metro Pacific to take over a second hospital in MindanaoThis brings to nine the conglomerate's network of hospitals nationwide.

PH firms to raise pump prices Tuesday amid reports on drop in world oil prices on possible Iran deal 7:24 pm | InterAksyon.com | Reuters PH firms to raise pump prices Tuesday amid reports on drop in world oil prices on possible Iran deal(UPDATED) Beginning Tuesday, as motorists head to provinces for the Holy Week, companies will raise the prices of their gasoline, diesel, and kerosene products. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that oil prices fell on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal.

Drop in revenue pulls down GMA Network's net income in 2014 7:16 pm | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com Drop in revenue pulls down GMA Network\The company blamed the decline on the absence of political ads.

Ayala Group eyeing more infrastructure projects in next five years 6:21 pm | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com Ayala Group eyeing more infrastructure projects in next five yearsThe conglomerate has allotted $1 billion so far for its infrastructure push.

Max's Group to roll out as many as 90 stores across different brands this year 6:01 pm | InterAksyon.com Max\The listed casual dining restaurant operator incurred a loss in 2014.

Maynilad bringing rate hike standoff to Singapore arbitration panel 3:36 pm | Mitch Orosa Ople, News5 Maynilad bringing rate hike standoff to Singapore arbitration panelMaynilad Water Services Inc. is haling the Philipping government to an arbitration panel in Singapore to press its claim for payment of P3.44 billion, besides monthly losses of P208 million that it is incurring on acount of the government's delay in clearing a water rate hike.

Philippine stock index breaches 8,000-mark 12:32 pm | InterAksyon.com Philippine stock index breaches 8,000-mark(UPDATED 4:45 p.m.) The mining and oil and property counters bucked the market's rise.

Drought damages P129.4-M crops, fishery products in Zambo City 12:03 pm | Philippines News Agency Drought damages P129.4-M crops, fishery products in Zambo CityZamboanga Mayor Climaco-Salazar has ordered the Office of the City Agriculture to expedite measures to help farmers affected by drought that has damaged 8,743.9 hectares of land, with the toll estimated at P129 million.

Asia shares sluggish, oil drifts lower 8:47 am | Reuters Asia shares sluggish, oil drifts lowerMSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.2 percent.