JPEPA Signed in Finland to Show Both Pro and Con

Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) which was signed by President Arroyo and Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on September 9, 2006, in Helsinki, Finland, in aid of legislation, into “the framework, terms and conditions of its advantages and disadvantages to the Philippines, and its possible economic impact on the Filipino people, particularly the workers, peasants and fisher folks and professionals” must be conducted by the joint investigation of the upper and lower chambers, reported on August 28, 2007 by Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran together with his colleagues from the progressive bloc as trying to resolve the issue.
The Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) among mayors of the 1,510-strong League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and governors in the League of Philippine Provinces (LPP) has a strong support for JPEPA. However, this can not ignore the fact that there are militant lawmakers who have actively opposed the JPEPA since negotiations began. These cities’ and provinces’ delegates to the House of Representatives are mostly also for JPEPA. Some have been urging the Senate to ratify it.

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