NEDA urges proactive measures against inflationary push

 

By Rose de la Cruz


The government must continue to be proactive in maintaining price stability and cushioning the impact of higher consumer prices on the poor following the uptick in inflation in March 2018, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.

 

The country’s headline inflation reached 4.3 percent – breaching the government’s full-year inflation target of 2.0 to 4.0 percent. This is higher compared to the rates recorded in the previous month and during the same period last year.

 

The higher inflation rate was driven by the continuous acceleration of key commodity…

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​Bulacan airport, Davao Food Complex endorsed to the NEDA Board

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Ramon S. Ang’s proposal to build an airport in Bulacan and the Davao Food Complex is now pending final approval by the board of the National Economic and Development Authority, chaired by President Duterte, after the Investment Coordinating Committee endorsed it.

 

The Bulacan Airport Project is worth P735.63 billion and involves an unsolicited proposal for the construction of a terminal, parallel runway and airport toll road to be able to accommodate 100 million passengers per annum by its opening in 2023.

 

Furthermore, ICC’s approval of the airport project includes recommendation…

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Unilab’s ‘Play It Forward’ program for Mayon children

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Since the eruption of Mayon Volcano in January, which prompted the evacuation of 82,000 individuals (or 21,000 families), the Unilad Foundation provided children- evacuees a stress-coping program called “Play It Forward” to help them heal and recover from the trauma faster.

 

While food, water and shelter are essential, these are not enough, especially for children who are deprived of a fundamental right: the right to play.

 

Studies show that children can use play not only to cope with difficult emotions, but also as a way to accelerate healing and recovery from trauma.…

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Philhealth benefitted poor Filipino children

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Filipino children from poor households who are part of the government’s health insurance program have increased access to health care, both for preventive and curative care.

According to the study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a government think tank, Filipino children who are insured are 8.7 to 12.8 percent more likely to visit a healthcare facility, compared to those who are non-insured. Furthermore, sick children who are insured are more likely to visit a health-care facility by about 18 to 30 percent, while those who…

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Gross National Income exceeds target in 2017

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The National Economic and Development Authority said positive changes are already starting to be felt in the country since the reforms have been initiated in 2017. Such changes include the rise in Gross National Income or GNI per capita of 6.5 percent for 2-17, beyond the target of 4.5 percent for the year.

 

However, data for poverty, rural poverty, and subsistence incidence were not available in 2017. The 2018 poverty data will be released sometime in 2019. After which, the Family Income and Expenditure Survey or FIES will be conducted…

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