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Drivers and dampeners

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What propelled the economy in 2013? What hampered it? What will drive the economy in 2014, and what will dampen it? What do these imply, especially on how the benefits from economic growth are felt all around?

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good starting point

THE GOVERNMENT’S announcement last week that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), expanded by 7.1 percent in the third quarter was indeed a pleasant surprise. The expectation of local and foreign economists and analysts was actually lower: anywhere between 3.9 and 5.4 percent.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Opportunity to prosper

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Aquino deserves praise for the credit-rating upgrade by Moody’s Investor Service, which brought the Philippines’ ratings from all three major international credit watchdogs to just a notch below investment grade. (Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s raised their own ratings for the Philippines earlier this year, citing encouraging economic developments.)

Posted: November 5th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

President must go beyond his anticorruption drive

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report cited in the news item titled “PH poverty reduction remains dismal, says UN” (Inquirer, 10/29/12) stated that “Of the seven MDGs, the country got failing grades in four—eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality and sustaining maternal health. . . On the other hand, it received favorable scores in gender equality, reducing tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS prevalence, and ensuring environmental sustainability.”

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Quest for inclusive growth

The economic growth figures released by the government last week validated the resilience of the Philippine economy in the face of global uncertainties.

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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