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Road to self-sustaining economic growth and President Duterte’s lament (continued)

Last week’s essay closed by emphasizing the need to pass the comprehensive tax reform program to provide the proper non-inflationary financing for the 10-year development plan that involves higher infrastructure investments and other public spending program.

Sustaining high growth, domestic push factors and external headwinds

A year-on-year growth rate of 7.1 percent for the third quarter of 2016 assures the Philippine economy is on a high growth path. This, however, is happening during a time when adverse short term developments are enveloping the economy.

The Duterte-Dominguez disconnect: is another golden tide headed for the rocks?

It is said that poverty is more in the mind than in the pocket. Most income-challenged nations are poor not because of scarcity of resources but because of inability to seize the opportunities in fleeting instances of plenty.

6.9% economic growth in an election year is no big deal

The Philippines’ GDP grew by 6.9% in the first quarter of 2016, a presidential election year. That’s nothing to brag about. Strong growth in a presidential election year is not surprising.

The Philippines’ ‘buwaya’ problem

All our candidates in one form or another are of course promising faster growth and improved development outcomes. What has been the Philippine track record on growth?

Economic policies for more inclusive growth

Inclusive economic growth happens best when the macroeconomic environment is stable, with fiscal, monetary and trade policies in relative balance.

Slowing growth, sluggish agricultural sector

In the Philippine setting, the inconvenient truth is that growth can’t be truly inclusive for as long as agriculture and the rural sector are left behind.

External uncertainties, headwinds and push factors in 2016 for the Phl economy

At the start of 2016, external factors produced shock waves to the economy. These were the same factors that bothered us during 2014 and 2015, only this time they produced sharper volatility.

What’s in store for the country in 2016? Rapid, middle-of-the-road, or slow growth?

I forecast that 2016 would be similar to 2015.

Fading into the sunset with unmet economic growth promises

The Philippine economy is closing on a gloomy note. After a totally unexpected 5.6% GDP growth in the first three quarters of 2015, administration officials were hoping for a strong fourth quarter in order to register a respectable 6.0% overall GDP growth rate for the year.

Economic growth didn’t ease poverty

he first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to halve poverty incidence by 2015. Despite the above-normal economic growth during the last four years, the Philippines will miss this goal. By contrast, the same goal has been reached globally in 2000, five years ahead of schedule.

Economic growth didn’t ease poverty

he first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to halve poverty incidence by 2015. Despite the above normal economic growth during the last four years, the Philippines will miss this goal. By contrast, the same goal has been reached globally in 2000, five years ahead of schedule.