By Mahar Mangahas
Berlin, 9/18/2014. By sheer coincidence, some of my SWS colleagues and I have been in this city since last Sunday, just before President Aquino comes for a visit. Then I saw a media item from Manila that claimed that the President would be touting the rapid growth of Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) during his visit. I hope he does not bother to talk about the GDP, because it will not impress the Germans anyway.
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The abnormality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), supposedly crafted as a stimulus to our economy, can best be appraised from the perspective of how other countries managed their economic stimulus to cope with the consequences of the 2008-2009 Great Recession.
The snail-paced and much-delayed rehabilitation work in Eastern Visayas partly took a hit with the slowing down of the Philippine GDP’s (gross domestic product) growth rate, which was recorded at 5.7 percent in the first quarter.
The government’s agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has raised hopes that enduring peace will finally be attained in Mindanao. And beyond this is the tremendous economic impact that the agreement can bring the country.
By Roberto F. de Ocampo
For the third consecutive year, I was honored by an invitation from the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines to be a principal speaker at its annual Forum.