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

Members of Japan House of Representatives pays courtesy call on Sec. Balisacan

Members of the House of Representatives of Japan led by Mikio Shimoji paid a courtesy call on Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan last August 11 at the NEDA Executive Lounge. Balisacan discussed with the six officials, representing Japan Innovation Party, the areas for possible extended cooperation between Philippines and Japan mostly continue reading : Members of Japan House of Representatives pays courtesy call on Sec. Balisacan

PH exports continue to decline in June 2015

MANILA – Philippine exports fell for the third consecutive month despite the recovery of the electronics sector in June 2015, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “Weak external demand continues to affect the country’s external trade performance, particularly for the merchandise exports sector.  Year-to-date outcome, in terms of both value and volume, continue reading : PH exports continue to decline in June 2015

NEDA Urges Leaders to Commit to SDGs

Economic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan called on the government and private sector leaders to commit to the new United Nations (UN) agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during its launching at the Hotel InterContinental, Makati City on August 3. “Political will must be mustered. That’s easier continue reading : NEDA Urges Leaders to Commit to SDGs