Bangsamoro law to address financing of priority social, infrastructure investments

The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is seen to address the issue of delivery and, most importantly, financing of priority investments identified in the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP). Among the priority programs in the BDP during the next two years are the provision of water and sanitation services; improvement of access to health continue reading : Bangsamoro law to address financing of priority social, infrastructure investments

Inclusive participation needed in Bangsamoro Development Plan, from national government down to Muslim Ulamas

Development planning will be one of the crucial powers to be exercised by the proposed Bangsamoro government, and experts agree that the implementation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) should involve different stakeholders, from the national government agencies down to local Muslim religious leaders. While the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still being reviewed by continue reading : Inclusive participation needed in Bangsamoro Development Plan, from national government down to Muslim Ulamas

Potential impacts of the creation of Bangsamoro on Mindanao regions

With the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) currently undergoing congressional review and scrutiny, it is apt to ask about the socioeconomic implications of the creation of the Bangsamoro on the other Mindanao regions.  Essentially, the expected benefits for Mindanao will primarily be on improved security, thus motivating more economic activities and harnessing the full economic potentials of Mindanao regions towards overall Philippine growth continue reading : Potential impacts of the creation of Bangsamoro on Mindanao regions

‘Just economy’ and inclusive growth in an autonomous Bangsamoro

Almost half a century of armed conflict has painted a portrait of socioeconomic disproportion in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Here, the indicators of economy and poverty are glaring. In 2012, when the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent, which was one of the fastest worldwide, ARMM’s gross regional domestic product grew by only 1.1 percent continue reading : ‘Just economy’ and inclusive growth in an autonomous Bangsamoro

Vol. 18 Issue 1: ‘Just economy’ and inclusive growth in an autonomous Bangsamoro

This DevPulse issue focuses on the economic potentials and imperatives of an autonomous Bangsamoro. The main article answers a very basic question that people in Mindanao often ask: How will the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro government affect our lives? The other articles discuss two important roles of the new Bangsamoro government in a region continue reading : Vol. 18 Issue 1: ‘Just economy’ and inclusive growth in an autonomous Bangsamoro

Vol.17 Issue No.1: Demystifying ASEAN integration and the Philippine labor market

This DevPulse issue tackles policy imperatives to improve the country’s labor situation in order to take better advantage of the opportunities in AEC, as recommended by experts who include an economics professor and former Cabinet official, researchers from the government’s think tank, and a labor department official. The first article discusses policies addressing the “skills continue reading : Vol.17 Issue No.1: Demystifying ASEAN integration and the Philippine labor market

Notes from the Editors: Demystifying ASEAN integration and the Philippine labor market

“There is nothing mystical about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), because the way to succeed there, internationally, is to do the things that we need to do anyway as a nation.” This was the synthesis of Emmanuel Esguerra, NEDA Deputy Director-General for Policy and Planning, in a forum that gathered labor and regional integration experts continue reading : Notes from the Editors: Demystifying ASEAN integration and the Philippine labor market

“Skills challenge” seen with free flow of ASEAN professionals

Beginning 2016, professionals from ASEAN countries will have greater mobility to work within the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While experts do not foresee massive displacement of Filipino workers, they warn of a “skills challenge” that needs to be addressed through a strengthened educational system and professional regulation. The Philippines as labor recipient The entry of continue reading : “Skills challenge” seen with free flow of ASEAN professionals

We could have attracted investments if only Philippines is more open

Filipinos are strongly positioned to benefit from job opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). But the Philippines has to do more in terms of opening up to foreign investors and enabling an environment for fair competition. Former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cielito Habito, who is Chief of Party of the USAID Trade- Related Assistance for continue reading : We could have attracted investments if only Philippines is more open

Equity limits, agri policies among the remaining issues on free ASEAN trade

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) envisions the region to become a significant player in global trade by having a single production and market base within the ASEAN. This means that firms and individuals can freely transact business across countries within the region without being subjected to too many country rules, procedures, and duties. Regional economic continue reading : Equity limits, agri policies among the remaining issues on free ASEAN trade