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Foreign investment pledges down 51.8% in 2017

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:55 PM

A significant 82.8% drop is recorded in the 4th quarter of 2017 alone, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority

SAN ANSELMO, CA - AUGUST 29: In this Photo Illustration, One and five dollar bills are displayed on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California. The dollar fell to a two and a half year low to 91.77 Tuesday following the latest missile launch by North Korea. The U.S. dollar index has slipped over 10% since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PH Competition Commission eyes raising threshold for merger review

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The country's antitrust body is reviewing its existing P1-billion threshold, taking into account that inflation hit a 3-year high last January

THRESHOLD. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10667 – also known as the Philippine Competition Act – the antitrust regulator should be notified for M&A deals with transaction values above P1 billion. Photo of Chairman Arsenio Balisacan from Philippine Competition Commission

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and newly-appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Colonel Lope Dagoy witness the program proper during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/ Presidential Photo

7% economic growth 'very achievable' this year – BPI

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Ayala-led bank also predicts the peso will depreciate 3-4% every year until 2021 as the government's infrastructure buildup progresses

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DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

BSP cuts banks' reserve requirement

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The reserve requirement ratio for banks is lowered from 20% to 19%, a move seen to free up liquidity for a growing economy

PH remittances beat gov't target, hit record in 2017

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Cash remittances of overseas Filipinos grow by 4.3% to $28.06 billion, while personal remittances grow by 5.3% to $31.29 billion, surpassing the government target of 4%

Philippines exceeds foreign direct investments target for 2017

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas attributes the strong inflows to the country's sound macroeconomic fundamentals

BSP maintains interest rates, raises inflation forecast for 2018, 2019

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas sees inflation hitting 4.3% in 2018, and 3.5% in 2019

[OPINION] Triple whammy: Why are prices rising so fast?

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

We haven’t yet seen the full effects of TRAIN’s new taxes. Instead, what we saw in January was likely a combination of profiteering, higher world oil prices, and the peso’s depreciation

[OPINION] Economic conditions don’t favor 3rd telco player

Jan 26, 2018 - 4:07 PM

It would take a grind of 3-4 years to settle the corporate and regulatory issues before the third player could operate in the local market, which is being dominated by the duopoly of the PLDT Group and Globe Telecom

Philippine economy returns crown to China

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The Philippine economy lags behind China and Vietnam in 2017, but remains the fastest-growing economy in the ASEAN-5

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Jan 23, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Philippine GDP grows by 6.7% in 2017

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(2nd UPDATE) For the 4th quarter of 2017 alone, the Philippine economy grows by 6.6%. Its 2017 growth places it 3rd in Asia behind China and Vietnam.

Philippines revises Q3 2017 GDP growth upwards to 7%

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The top 3 contributors to the upward revision are manufacturing; trade and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, personal and household goods; as well as mining and quarrying

Philippine remittances for November 2017 grow by only 2%

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The slowdown in growth could be traced to base effects, as the Philippines recorded an 'unusually high' growth in remittances in November 2016

Foreign direct investments in PH hit 16-month high in October 2017

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The October 2017 figure of $2.02 billion is the biggest monthly FDI inflow since April 2016

FLOWING. Actual investments channeled into the Philippines last October is the highest in 16 months. File photo from AFP

[OPINION] Without enough transfers, tax reform law will hurt the poor

Jan 10, 2018 - 5:29 PM

'All in all, the first package of TRAIN was an opportunity to correct many problems that have long ailed our tax system. While a step in the right direction, many of TRAIN’s well-meaning provisions got watered down by politicians.'

ING Bank expects another 1% rise in 2018 inflation amid tax reform

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services in the Philippines is seen to move faster this year than last year, due to the newly-implemented tax reform package

PRICES OF GOODS. Philippine inflation remains steady at 3.3% in December last year, similar with that of November 2017. Stock photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sasagasaan ng TRAIN ang mahirap

Jan 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Maglalaho ang mga ngiti sa ating mga labi kapag nilimas ng price increases ang nadagdag sa paycheck

Steady Philippine inflation of 3.2% in 2017 seen to rise on new tax rates

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services was steady at 3.3% in December, bringing the full-year 2017 rate to 3.2%. But the newly-implemented tax package and higher global oil rates could put pressure on inflation this year.

PRICES OF GOODS. Philippine inflation remains steady at 3.3% in December last year, similar with that of November 2017. Stock photo

Philippines ready to face potential shocks in 2018 – BSP

Jan 04, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The country's central bank says the Philippine economy can withstand any volatility in the global financial markets

Philippine economy to grow fastest in ASEAN-5 in 2018 - First Metro

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Philippine economic growth is seen to be driven by the revival in manufacturing, consumption spending, stable remittances from overseas Filipinos, and tourism boom

Most Filipinos prefer socially responsible brands

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:23 AM

Research shows Filipinos are most likely to believe businesses have a responsibility to ensure their supply chain doesn’t harm the environment

Philippine stocks hit fresh all-time high on 2017's last trading day

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

This is the 14th time the main index closed at an all-time high this 2017. For the year alone, the Philippine Stock Exchange index gained 25.1%.

ALL-TIME HIGH. The executives of Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, December 29 celebrate last trading day of 2017. Photo from PSE Corporate Communications

Philippines sees manageable inflation until 2020

Dec 28, 2017 - 5:52 PM

The Development Budget Coordination Committee still projects consumer price index to be between 2% to 4% until 2020

Philippine peso strongest in 6 months, stocks break 8500 level

Dec 28, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Philippine peso and stocks finish on a strong note two days before trading takes a 4-day New Year break

Bad loans rise at Philippines' big banks in October

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippines' central bank says rate of bad loans remains manageable across economic sectors, like financial and insurance activities

Gov't deficit narrows in November on 16% higher collections

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

This offset the 10% increase in government spending for the month, but the year-to-date deficit is still wider by 4% compared to the same period in 2016

Japanese credit watcher maintains Philippines' investment grade rating

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Tokyo-based R&I is optimistic that the Duterte administration's infrastructure plan will sustain the country's solid economic growth

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

[OPINION] Economic hardship in the time of Duterte: Here’s the data

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

ADB upgrades Philippine GDP growth forecast for 2017, 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The outlook of the Asian Development Bank 'assumes that growth in the government's infrastructure program will accelerate'

Foreign direct investments up 61.8% in September 2017

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data show that FDI hit net inflows of $754 million in September this year, from $466 million recorded in the same month in 2016

Fitch upgrades Philippines' credit rating

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) The upgrade from BBB- to BBB is due to strong economic growth and the tax reform initiative

Inflation slows to 3.3% in November amid lower food prices

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A slowdown is seen in November after 4 straight months of rising prices

[OPINION] Duterte’s ‘twin deficits’: What you need to know

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

One can’t help notice that the Duterte and Marcos economic strategies – a huge infrastructure spending spree financed by deficits – are eerily similar

DA: Q3 growth in palay production 'most notable' for agri sector

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol hopes the 'bountiful harvest' of rice they are expecting for the 4th quarter will boost the agriculture sector's performance by the end of the year

SUPPLY CHECK. Keeping the rice supply in check is crucial because it tames the grain’s retail price in the market. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

BSP remains vigilant over potential economic overheating

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'We do not believe that we are there yet and we remain very vigilant to avoid it,' Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr says on the possibility that the economy might overheat

Philippines' foreign aid disbursements decline in 2016

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Department of Transportation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Land Bank of the Philippines, and National Irrigation Administration are the top 4 agencies that failed to meet disbursement targets for 2016

UNMET TARGETS. The decline in disbursements reflects the planning and implementation capacities of project management offices. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Philippines overtakes China in economic growth again

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, the Philippine economy's 6.9% growth performs better than China and neighboring ASEAN countries

Philippine GDP grows faster than expected by 7% in Q3 2017

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:16 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippines posts a 'spectacular' 7% economic growth in the 3rd quarter despite slower consumption

Remittances drop by 8.3% in September amid Saudi repatriation

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Despite this, total cash remittances for January to September 2017 are still up 3.8% to $20.78 billion

Philippine GDP growth in Q2 2017 raised to 6.7%

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The top 3 contributors to the upward revision are financial intermediation; construction; and real estate, renting, and business activities

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Duterte to pour 'billions of pesos' into funding for MSMEs

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'Maybe P50 billion each is okay?' the Philippine president asks before an audience of diplomats and businessmen from all over Southeast Asia

Which ASEAN economy has the most developed infrastructure?

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Ahead of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Rappler looks at how economies in the region compare in terms of infrastructure development

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

New list of investment areas off-limits to foreigners now on Duterte's desk

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:30 PM

This list – shortened compared to the previous one – is seen to boost foreign direct investments flowing into the Philippines

OPENING UP. The new list is now on President Rodrigo Duterte's desk. Business groups have pointed out that lifting some restrictions on foreign ownership would drive up foreign investment in the country. Presidential photo by Karl Alonzo