Manufacturing kept growth for 11 months in 2018



By Rose de la Cruz


The manufacturing output sustained its growth in 11 consecutive months of 2018, rising by 1 percent in volume and 2.1 percent in value.


The National Economic and Development Authority said manufacturing output was supported by production increases in beverages, tobacco, petroleum, electrical machinery, textile, paper products, and miscellaneous manufactures.


“While the November outturn of sustained positive growth for manufacturing, indices showed a declining trend starting on the second half of 2018,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.


He also noted that factory output may be dampened by…

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 How to sustain declining inflation


By Rose de la Cruz


To sustain the gains made towards the yearend of 2018 against inflation, Rep. Michael Romero, 1-PACMAN partylist, proposed the immediate implementation of the Revised Agricultural Tarriffication Act, taming the rental rates on housing units for the poor, middle class and business spaces for small entrepreneurs and more social safety nets to be put in place.


He said the combined impact of the increase in fuel excise taxes, lingering effects of Usman, Ompong, and Rosita on regions worst-hit by floods and landslides and the reenacted budget will dampen economic growth figures for the…

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 NEDA pushes for bolder support for export


By Rose de la Cruz


Encouraged by the increased trade in October of 14 percent, reaching $17.2 billion, the National Economic and Development Authority is asking government to stay the course and be bolder in supporting the country’s key emerging export sectors to boost overall trade growth.


The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that exports climbed for a fifth consecutive month in October 2018 amid positive performances of manufactures and forest products.


"With export growth unlikely to pick up pace in the near term and imports to continue to expand, stronger support must be given…

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On December 28, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas economic research projected that December inflation will settle at a range of 5.2 to 6 percent.


The sustained slowdown of inflation during the month is seen to be driven mainly by the continued decline in petroleum and rice prices, the rollback in minimum jeepney fare, and the slight appreciation of the peso.


However, these factors could be offset in part by higher electricity rates in Meralco-serviced areas. Moving forward, the BSP will continue to closely monitor evolving price trends and domestic demand condition to help ensure that the inflation target is achieved.”

Read more: Inflation to settle at 5.2 to 6 percent range in December

NEDA sees sustained manufacturing growth in Q4



By Rose de la Cruz



With a strong consumer demand and an optimistic business outlook, the growth of factory output will be sustained for the rest of December, the National Economic and Development Authority said.


The Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) of the Philippine Statistics Authority for October 2018 reported that manufacturing’s Volume of Production Index (VoPI) rose by3.9 percent while the Value of Production Index (VaPI) climbedby 3.3 percent.


Both VoPI and VaPI have been on positive territory for 10 consecutive months since January 2018.


Increases in the production of petroleum, export-oriented products and non-metallic mineral products drove the expansion of manufacturing output in October.


NEDA expects that manufacturing of construction-related products, such as…

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