Tugade’s sales pitch in London

By Chito Junia

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade made sure that every centavo spent by the government during their recent visit in London would count by making a great sales pitch to European investors for the Philippines’ high impact projects especially the BuildBuildBuild! program. 

 Tugade made the presentation during the Philippine Economic Briefing, highlighting the profitable opportunities the Philippines are offering to investors.

The BuildBuildBuild! program is seen to strengthen the country's economy, increase incomes, and improve the nation’s investment climate that will lead to more jobs for Filipinos.



The secretary explained that for an archipelago like the Philippines,…

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Net FDI leaps to $914 M in July



By Rose de la Cruz


Inflows of foreign direct investments (FDIs) leapt to $914 million in July 2018, more than double its level for the same period last year of $344 million, reflecting the continued positive investor sentiment on the Philippine economy from strong macroeconomic fundamentals and growth prospects.


Over 60 percent of FDI net inflows during the month were in the form of non-residents' investments in debt instruments issued by local affiliates (intercompany borrowings), which expanded to $584 million from $136 million in July 2017.


Net equity capital investments grew by 90.2 percent reaching…

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NEDA seeks better ways of measuring poverty



By Rose de la Cruz


The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it would begin next year using the multidimensional poverty index (MPI) to have a better and more accurate reportage on the poverty situation in the country.


At the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, NEDA Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Rosemarie Edillon expressed her support for better poverty data, saying despite government statistics showing real increase in income and decline in poverty rate, there remains discontentment and some people even challenging the integrity of poverty data.


“My own…

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Exports maintain growth, but more needs to be done to sustain it


By Rose de la Cruz


Exports continued its growth for the third straight month despite global challenges but the National Economic and Development Authority says more needs to be done to sustain such growth.


The Philippine Statistics Authority said total trade grew for the fifth consecutive month in August 2018 by 7.8 percent, reaching $15.8 billion. Imports and exports grew by 11 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.


“In order to sustain the country’s trade growth, targeted interventions that aim to mitigate vulnerabilities, increase production capacities, and level up coping strategies to global market…

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Empowering MSMEs in Dinagat Island province


By Rose de la Cruz


Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is soon signing a memorandum of agreement with the local officials of the island province of Dinagat to establish the Dinagat Island Credit Surety Fund that would finance cooperatives, capital-short businessmen and micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).


BSP Monetary Board member Bruce Tolentino is flying to Dinagat to sign the MOA with Provincial Gov. Glenda Ecleo in the presence of stakeholders at the Provincial Guest Center, Capito Compound, Cuarinta, San Jose, Dinagat.


Initiated by BSP in August 2008, the Credit Surety Fund Program is a credit…

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