NEDA joins International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan(left) signed a memorandum of understanding with International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Executive Director Dr. Emmanuel Jimenez(right), granting the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) membership in the 3ie last September 15, 2015 at the NEDA, Pasig City. As a government agency in a middle income country, NEDA was continue reading : NEDA joins International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

USAID project Chief of Party pays courtesy call on Secretary Balisacan

Mr. Lamar Cravens, Chief of Party to USAID’s new local governance project – Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) in the Philippines paid a courtesy call on Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan last September 17 at the NEDA Director-General’s Office. Secretary Balisacan and Mr. Cravens discussed how the SURGE Project can complement existing continue reading : USAID project Chief of Party pays courtesy call on Secretary Balisacan

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, continue reading : Welcome Remarks of Secretary Balisacan at the AIM’S Towards Zero Poverty Culminating Workshop

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

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 continue reading : NEDA notes encouraging progress in Yolanda recovery

NEDA to discuss impact of climate change on Philippine agriculture, economic growth

MANILA – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will be holding a policy discussion on the effects of climate change on the country’s agriculture sector and its relative impact on economic growth. Organized by NEDA, together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security continue reading : NEDA to discuss impact of climate change on Philippine agriculture, economic growth

Number of unemployed Filipinos down in July 2015

MANILA—The number of unemployed Filipinos went down in July 2015 as the market continues to reflect the continued strength of the economy, but interventions in the agriculture sector must continue to protect El Niño-affected workers, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported today that unemployment rate further continue reading : Number of unemployed Filipinos down in July 2015

APEC 2015 – Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM)

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan chaired the Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM) on September 7 and 8, 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. The SRMM gathered anew the 21 member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to review the progress made five years after the APEC continue reading : APEC 2015 – Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM)

Regional Conference of Services Coalitions

Ways to maximize the full potential of the services sector, as part of the Global Value Chains (GVCs), was discussed during the Regional Conference of Services Coalitions on 7 September 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) officials, business leaders, small enterprises, users of services, and services organizations gathered to continue reading : Regional Conference of Services Coalitions

Pre-SRMM Press Conference

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan highlights Structural Reform as a crucial factor in maintaining the growth momentum of the Philippines in his opening statement at the Pre-Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM) Press Conference on September 6, 2015 at the International Media Center, Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City. “It (Structural Reform) is a long process that continue reading : Pre-SRMM Press Conference

APEC Ministers to tackle Structural Reform in Cebu

MANILA – In a bid to enhance regional economic integration, ministers from twenty-one (21) Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies will meet in Cebu City on September 7 and 8 to review APEC’s structural reform efforts and set the post-2015 agenda of the region. The APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM), to be chaired continue reading : APEC Ministers to tackle Structural Reform in Cebu

NEDA supports USAID’s SURGE Project

Economic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan (2nd from right) and NEDA Directors-General Emmanuel F. Esguerra (left) and Rolando G. Tungpalan (right) expressed their support for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth and Equity (SURGE) project during its launch on August continue reading : NEDA supports USAID’s SURGE Project

New Zealand officials pay courtesy call on Secretary Balisacan

 New Zealand officials led by Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce (right) and Ambassador David Strachan (left) paid a courtesy call on Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan (2nd from left) last August 4 at the NEDA Director-General’s Office. Secretary Balisacan and the New Zealand officials shared perspectives on economic growth prospects continue reading : New Zealand officials pay courtesy call on Secretary Balisacan

Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan joins the Philippine-Australia Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Policy Dialogue

Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan joins the Philippine-Australia Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Policy Dialogue in Mactan-Cebu on 14 August 2015. The PPP Dialogue, according to Balisacan, is a good opportunity for the larger number of government agencies involved in the PPP processes to learn from PPP practitioners and experts from Australia, a continue reading : Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan joins the Philippine-Australia Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Policy Dialogue