Macroeconomic Policy News

Foreign direct investments into PH treble in...

11 January, 2018 at 10:58

A surge of equity capital inflows into the power sector trebled the level of foreign direct investments in the Philippines in October last year, according to the latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Vietnam beats PHL in competitiveness

29 September, 2017 at 15:00

The Philippines climbed a rung in the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness roster this year even as the country’s score slipped, allowing Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam to jump over it.

PH one spot higher in Global Competitiveness...

27 September, 2017 at 10:08

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, published today, sees the Philippines going up in global competitiveness rankings by 1 notch, from 57th in 2016 to 56th in 2017.

Duterte administration needs P10.66 trillon to finance...

16 August, 2017 at 13:49

The Philippine government estimates that it needs to invest around P10 trillion to finance its medium-term goals under the Duterte administration.

[OPINION] Selling to the world

29 May, 2017 at 13:54

I recently wrote of how the products of women home weavers of raffia fiber in Tubigon, Bohol, find their way to buyers across the globe. The fact is, growth possibilities of the smallest of firms can be virtually limitless, as they need not confine their reach to their immediate surroundings.

DTI: Investors warming up to Du30’s tough...

23 December, 2016 at 14:00

The total value of investment pledges approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) this year may have grown by as much as 15 to 20 percent, backed by sustained investor interest despite the controversial rhetorics of President Duterte.

Southeast Asia’s authoritarian drift could weaken its...

4 November, 2016 at 10:12

What is the state of democracy in Southeast Asia? The recent East Asia Summit in Laos between the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and partners such as the U.S., China, Japan and India, highlighted divergent political and strategic trends in the region.

President Duterte’s Confusing Behavior

3 November, 2016 at 13:00

This much we know: President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines dislikes the United States, and is really angry that American officials have criticized his abhorrent extrajudicial killings of drug addicts and drug lords, which have left more than 1,400 people dead.

Philippine minister ‘clarifies’ Duterte comments, says trade...

21 October, 2016 at 15:27

The Philippines will maintain its trade and economic ties with the United States, Trade Minister Ramon Lopez said on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from Washington.


21 October, 2016 at 10:57

This must be the silly season. President Duterte announced in Beijing that he was “separating” from the US militarily and economically, and the Philippines is now aligned in a triumvirate with China and Russia.

Duterte remarks seen a risk to growth

19 October, 2016 at 12:00

The Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda aimed at slashing poverty incidence as well as the move to reform the tax system are seen credit positive by debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service…

Building consensus

11 October, 2016 at 12:00

Today marks the 100th day of the Duterte administration. It is a good time to pause and take stock.

Duterte economic policy direction ‘uncertain’

3 October, 2016 at 15:13

While the World Bank has lauded President Duterte’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, the multilateral lender said it was concerned about “uncertainty” in the direction of economic policies moving forward.

PH PPP framework gains high scores from...

30 September, 2016 at 15:50

The Philippines’ public-private partnership (PPP) framework has gained high scores from the World Bank, especially in preparation and procurement.

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