• 30th Sep 15

    Statement of Sec. Balisacan at the Philippine Economic Briefing

    STATEMENT Philippine Economic Briefing Macroeconomic Developments and the Role of Human Capital Development and Infrastructure Arsenio M. Balisacan Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General Philippine International Convention Center 30 September 2015 Good morning to everyone. I am pleased to conduct this briefing on the economy. The prospects for the Philippines look very promising, and for the remainder of my presentation, I will elaborate on my reasons for saying so. Briefly, it has to do with our investments in...

  • 23rd Sep 15

    Imports maintain double-digit growth in July 2015

    MANILA – Philippine merchandise imports posted double-digit growth for the second consecutive month at 16.9 percent in July 2015, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).  Trade data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority today indicate that significant increases in inward shipments from the country’s major trading partners buoyed up merchandise imports to US$6.5 billion in July 2015 from US$5.6 billion in the same month last year. Also for the second consecutive month, the Philippines ranked first...

  • 23rd Sep 15

    Welcome Remarks of Secretary Balisacan at the AIM’S Towards Zero Poverty Culminating Workshop

    WELCOME REMARKS ARSENIO M. BALISACAN Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General CULMINATING POVERTY REDUCTION WORKSHOP “Towards Zero Poverty: Pursuing Inclusive Development and Shared Prosperity” Palawan Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-la 23 September 2015 Distinguished resource speakers and presenters, colleagues in the academe and government, friends from civil society, partners from the international development community, ladies and gentlemen, good morning! I am very pleased to welcome all of you to the culminating event of the poverty reduction workshop series which bears the...

  • 22nd Sep 15

    Keynote speech of Secretary Balisacan during the PIDS’ 2015 Inaugural Public Policy Conference

    KEYNOTE SPEECH ARSENIO M. BALISACAN Socioeconomic Planning Secretary, NEDA Director-General, and Chairperson, PIDS Board of Trustees “Harnessing Institutions and Human Capital for Inclusive Growth” PIDS’ 2015 Inaugural Public Policy Conference Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria 22 September 2015 Dr. Gilbert Llanto, the management and staff of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies or PIDS, colleagues in the academe and government, representatives from civil society and international development community, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. It is my...

  • 21st Sep 15

    NEDA notes encouraging progress in Yolanda recovery

    MANILA – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently noted “encouraging progress” in the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda almost two years ago. “As the visiting UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margaret Wahlstrom, observed, there is encouraging progress in rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts on the ground. I saw this for myself when I visited Yolanda-affected areas in July. Construction work on several resettlement sites in Tacloban City is in...