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  • Monitoring in emergencies, key to better gov’t crisis response and decision-making – NEDA

    MANILA – Monitoring in emergencies can provide crucial information for the government to improve crisis response and decision-making in the short and long-term, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan made this statement read by NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan during the 4th M&E Network Philippines Forum “Monitoring and Evaluation in Emergencies: Ensuring Accountability to Affected Population” on November 13, 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Pasig City. “In emergencies, providing...

  • Secretary Balisacan’s Statement at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Philippine Economic Society

    MESSAGE SECRETARY ARSENIO M. BALISACAN Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General 52nd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC SOCIETY “Running the Last Mile: Growth and Reforms to 2016” 14 November 2014, 8:00 AM InterContinental Manila, Makati City   A pleasant morning to everyone.  First of all, I would like to thank the organizers for giving me this opportunity to discuss our priorities as we run the last mile. Here we are; 594 days to go.  Knowing that our days are...

  • PH’s 15.7 percent exports growth in September 2014 leads East, Southeast Asian economies anew

    MANILA— Philippine merchandise exports grew by 15.7 percent in September 2014, once again topping trade-oriented economies in East and Southeast Asia since June, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “The country’s export performance for the last two quarters of 2014 culminated remarkably despite slower growth in July (12.4%) and in August (10.5%). From a peak of 21.3 percent in June 2014, the latest merchandise export growth outturn signals the rebound of the exports sector, even surpassing...

  • Message of Secretary Balisacan for the Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro

    OPENING REMARKS by Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan For the Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro November 6, 2014 SMX Convention Center, Davao City, Philippines Colleagues, friends, and partners; ladies and gentlemen, good morning. In behalf of the National Economic and Development Authority, allow me to congratulate the Bangsamoro Development Agency for completing the herculean task of crafting the Bangsamoro Development Plan, which will help bring better opportunities for the Bangsamoro as it moves towards recovery and development during its transition...

  • Inflation slows anew to 4.3 percent in October 2014

    MANILA – Slower price increases of food pulled down inflation rate to 4.3 percent in October 2014, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). For the second consecutive month, price increases for food slowed down. Food inflation recorded a 7.2 percent year-on-year growth in October 2014 compared to the previous month’s 7.8 percent. “Ample supply of meat, fish, and vegetable items in the market and easing of commodity prices helped reduce price pressures,” said Economic Planning Secretary...