PiTiK-testing the economy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/15/2022

Last week brought welcome news on the economy, as the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that our gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter grew by 7.6 percent over the same quarter last year. Many argue that…

President Marcos urged: Improve public health system, economy, agri sector

Mary Rose Sagarino 10/10/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Members of some progressive groups want President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to improve the public health system, economy and the country’s agriculture sector. On Monday, Oct. 10, members of BAYAN Central Visayas and…

Budget’s role in growth and governance

Dindo Manhit - @inquirerdotnet 09/17/2022

The National Expenditure Program (NEP) is now being reviewed by the House committee on appropriations. Themed as the “Agenda for Prosperity: Economic Transformation Towards Inclusivity and Sustainability,” the NEP for fiscal year 2023 is the first full-year…

Cebu biz leaders on PBBM’s SONA: Straightforward, packed with plans for economic recovery

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/26/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Straightforward yet packed with comprehensive plans for the country’s economy. This was how leaders of Cebu’s business community described the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.…

Marcos’ first Sona: ‘The state of the nation is sound’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona), giving a glimpse of his first few days in office and his plans for the next six years. Unlike his…

Dela Rosa, Escudero hope Bongbong Marcos’ Sona will touch on drugs, economy

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines —  Two senators on Saturday said they hope to hear President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. tackle the issues of illegal drugs, crime, terrorism, and economic recovery in his first State of the Nation Address (Sona). Senator Ronald…

Revisiting health, economy, and people

Ernesto M. Pernia - @inquirerdotnet 07/04/2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought health and economy to the fore, assuming paramount attention from the public. However, the concern seems less about the number of people and their social status. Yet, the Philippines has had the…

Bouncing back

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/24/2022

Now that the first-quarter growth figures are out, I thought I’d take a closer look at how the economy is growing. The report was a surprise to many, as most analysts had expected the gross domestic product…

CV economy up by 5.4% in 2021 — PSA-7

Mary Rose Sagarino 04/28/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The economy of Central Visayas has grown by 5.4 percent in 2021 compared to a  -9.5% in 2020. The region’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) was measured at P1.20 trillion, higher than 2020’s…

A changed economy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/08/2022

Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have fundamentally changed our economy. I came to see the extent of the change upon poring over the latest economic data much more closely than usual. Understanding these changes could help…

The Marcos years: Not gold, but dust

Tony S. Bergonia - @inquirerdotnet 09/25/2021

The Cambridge online dictionary defines kleptocracy as “a state of unrestrained political corruption, literally meaning rule by thieves.” The world is replete with cases of kleptocracy as defined by Cambridge. In the Philippines, one case cited by…

Sen. Gatchalian wants to know how Duterte will revive economy during SONA

Futch Anthony Inso 07/23/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian wants President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss his strategies in reviving the country’s economy during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26, 2021. Gatchalian said that…

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