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SIMMERING trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China, will weigh on global economic prospects, the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Wednesday -- a factor that led Fitch Solutions Macro Research to slash its own gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection for the Philippines in particular for this year.
SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said donor countries like China are likely to resist hiring mostly Filipinos in any projects funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA), after Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian filed a bill calling for priority hiring.
THE Philippines will model parts of tax reform on a South Korean (SoKor) digital invoicing program, the Department of Finance (DoF) said.
THE COUNTRY’s balance of payments (BoP) -- a summary of the Philippines’ economic transactions with the rest of the world for a given period -- registered a surplus for the sixth month in a row in April due to inflows from the central bank’s foreign exchange operations and income from its investments abroad that were partially offset by state foreign debt payments, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday.
FINANCE SECRETARY Carlos G. Dominguez said that he will pursue the closure of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) companies employing foreign nationals without work permits, after learning that 12,000 foreigners are currently in the country without the proper authorization.
FRESH from slashing benchmark interest rates just a week ago by 25 basis points in the face of easing inflation and slowing economic growth, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday fired off a 200-basis-point (bp) phased reduction in big banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR).
THE Department of Budget and management (DBM) said it released P1.323 trillion in the four months to April while the government was operating mostly under a re-enacted 2018 budget, including a record unprogrammed release for transportation projects.
REMITTANCES from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) surged in March after a low base from a year earlier, when money sent home was dampened by the government-imposed ban on deployment to Kuwait.
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) needs to issue a circular for the next budget in order immediately to get the ball rolling on government programs that were stalled by the delays in Congress passing the 2019 budget, the Department of Finance (DoF) said Wednesday.
THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it is expecting more than the authorized P10 billion total to be collected from rice import tariffs under the Rice Tariffication Law, with the excess to be used to help farmers diversify into other crops.
THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) remitted a record dividend of P16.17 billion to the National Treasury on Tuesday.
PHILIPPINE gross domestic product (GDP) expansion should pick up this year despite disappointing first-quarter growth, Moody’s Analytics said over the weekend, citing a boost from continued monetary policy loosening that can be expected from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as inflation eases further.
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is hopeful the easing of bank secrecy laws, which was lacking in the provisions of the partly vetoed Tax Amnesty Act signed earlier this year, will be implemented within 2019.
THE PHILIPPINE financial system sustained its growth in the second half of 2018 on the back of the banking industry’s expansion, ending the year with an uptrend in assets, loans, deposits, and capital, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
THE COUNTRY’S economic outlook and the peso’s stability will be the key deciding factors for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in further cutting its policy rates and reducing banks’ reserve requirement, think tank Fitch Solutions said in an analysis.
THE CENTRAL BANK’s Monetary Board (MB) on Thursday cut benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points (bps) in its third policy review for the year, hours after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the economy grew at the slowest clip in four years last quarter and two days after the PSA said inflation eased to the slowest pace in 16 months in April.
TAXPAYERS saved about P111.7 billion in 2018 after the reduction in personal income due to the implementation of the tax reform law, the Department of Finance (DoF) said Thursday.
THE EXECUTIVE is aiming for the country to bag another credit upgrade within two years by enacting remaining tax reforms, the Finance chief said on Monday, but the Senate president said he could commit approval of only the corporate tax component of that program within that period.
THE GOVERNMENT is currently implementing a number of disaster resiliency initiatives to prepare the country for future calamities, with the help of funding from foreign governments.
INFLATION likely slowed in April as food prices continued to drop, analysts said, even as they were divided on the central bank’s next policy move, with some expecting a steady stance despite room to ease and a cut in banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) instead.
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collections have grown sharply in the first two full years of the Duterte administration, while remaining just a few percentage points below target in each of the two years.
MANUFACTURERS in the Philippines marked the smallest improvement in business conditions in nine months as the second quarter began as output growth dropped to a 19-month low, according to the latest monthly survey IHS Markit conducted for Nikkei, Inc. that also showed new orders rose at the weakest rate in nine months and a “sustained fall” in orders from abroad that was “notably faster than that seen in March.”
MONEY SUPPLY growth further eased in March to post the slowest pace in over six years, with demand for loans also slowing following the central bank’s tighter monetary policy, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported late Tuesday.
THE PHILIPPINES will remain “resilient” with the rest of Southeast Asia and the region’s three major neighbors in the north, “heightened global risks and stronger external headwinds” notwithstanding, with the country’s economic growth picking up this year and the next, according to latest assessments the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) released early this morning.
THE OVERALL INCREASE in prices of widely used goods could have eased for the sixth straight month to a 20-month low in April as a continued decline in rice prices and the peso’s appreciation offset upward pressures from higher fuel and electricity costs, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Department of Economic Research (DER) said in a statement to journalists on Tuesday.
THE PHILIPPINES will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May to participate in the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF), joining five other fellow ASEAN members and Japan.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has been advanced P5 billion from the re-enacted 2018 Budget pending the generation of revenue to finance the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF), with another P5 billion from the RCEF proper expected by the third quarter, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said Monday.
THE World Bank Group is now working with a coordinated country program to help eliminate project redundancies with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), according to the Department of Finance (DoF) on Monday.
THE budget deficit narrowed by 47.23% year-on-year in March after a strong revenue performance, while spending was dampened by the delay in the passage of the 2019 Budget, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.
KEEPING monetary policy tight in anticipation of higher commodity prices due to El Niño and rising crude oil costs may no longer be appropriate, according to economists.