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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07373 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.57378 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03554 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31799 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02683 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03594 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04015 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59024 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03683 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.69343 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02866 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13752 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06466 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3697 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 401.92732 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03975 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02636 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.25216 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13857 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.08452 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.94158 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08352 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51054 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.5802 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14047 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93074 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20173 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29553 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37844 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45091 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01889 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04186 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01668 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01668 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08489 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88376 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 186.70949 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15123 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.106 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15569 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45774 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14162 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28749 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.79984 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.35595 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07659 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3682 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.7101 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 649.86949 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28267 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.57599 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01421 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28719 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08292 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.39468 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 80.11845 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.27525 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.06866 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 23.72214 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00613 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01646 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.68681 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.9229 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.21682 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.01144 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.82694 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27103 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06121 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01246 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02868 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20159 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.40323 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.15559 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.06284 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 49.94981 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16036 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.12387 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.72014 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30797 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.38807 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43213 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08957 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27209 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.32403 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58975 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17069 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1843 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02826 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00773 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06745 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06333 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10359 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08276 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 116.05701 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0731 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08481 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19264 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.31379 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07528 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15698 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26272 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12864 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17904 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02867 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01668 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44581 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.29592 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.96165 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 462.93516 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17511 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.33889 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27216 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.7113 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04658 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04632 Tonga Pa'ang
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07556 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1345 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63521 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.48906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5529 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.37502 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57519 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 64.9468 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20026 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 453.06163 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15479 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05167 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 12.38747 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05421 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12.49508 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24312 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.01706 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27219 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.1859 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.26561 Zimbabwe dollar

Jobs, poverty biggest problems

The Philippine economy was able to post growth rates of seven percent for the past five consecutive quarters despite the weak global environment outperforming more advanced economies in Asia.
 
This strong economic expansion of the Philippines however has yet to make a significant impact on the country’s poverty and employment picture. Critics have dubbed this as a “jobless growth.”
 
“The strong macroeconomic fundamentals did not remain unnoticed. As a result, the country has managed to increase its competitiveness rankings and receive investment grade status from credit-rating agencies,” National Economic and Development Authority director general Arsenio Balisacan said during his year-end briefing for 2013.
 
“However, our experience of rapid growth is still short. The challenge is to sustain it and improve the economy’s capacity to generate remunerative jobs,” he admitted.
 
The full-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2013 has yet to be announced. But as of the first three quarters of the previous year, the Philippine economy already expanded by 7.4 percent, faster than the 6.7 percent increase in the same period in 2012.
 
“Taking into consideration developments in the Philippine economy, including those on the external, monetary, and fiscal fronts, we expect GDP growth to hit the upper limit of our growth target (of 6 percent to 7 percent) for 2013,” Balisacan said.
 
“Without all these crises, we could have achieved 7.3 percent to 7.5 percent growth (in 2013),” he added, referring to calamities that hit the country in the previous year such as super typhoon Yolanda.
 
JOBS AND POVERTY CHALLENGE
 
According to the latest report of the National Statistics Office, the number of jobless Filipinos actually declined in October despite the occurrence of several natural calamities in the second half of 2013.
 
The October round of the Labor Force Survey showed, the country’s unemployment rate improved to 6.5 percent from the 6.8 percent registered a year ago.
 
In absolute terms, the number of unemployed persons fell to 2.602 million from the 2.763 million jobless Filipinos in October last year.
 
The employment picture improved even as typhoon Santi hit Central Luzon and several areas in the island and as a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit parts of Central Visayas.
 
“The latest round of Labor Force Survey shows that although employment figures improved a bit in October, there is still a need to sustain efforts that facilitate the substantial creation of decent and quality employment,” Balisacan said.
 
“Also, the recent disasters experienced in Visayas confirm that we need to have a strong disaster risk-management program to mitigate the impact of weather disturbances on employment, particularly in agriculture where almost a third of our workers are,” he added.
 
The NEDA chief said the problem of quality employment is closely linked with the country’s longstanding problem of high poverty incidence.
 
The National Statistical Coordination Board announced late last year that a quarter of the country’s population still suffered from poverty in 2012 despite the 6.8 percent economic growth registered during the said year.
 
According to the 2012 Full Year Official Poverty Statistics, the country’s poverty incidence in 2012 was 25.2 percent, slightly lower than the 26.3 percent poverty rate in 2009.
 
However, due to the increase in the country’s population, the magnitude of the poor increased in 2012 and is estimated at 23.75 million, up from the 23.3 million in 2009.
 
“These twin problems of poverty and unemployment require more than just five quarters of impressive economic growth,” Balisacan said.
 
“Structural transformation is necessary, that is, to maneuver  the economy from one that is household consumption-driven, fuelled by remittances, to one that is increasingly investment-led and employment-oriented,” he added.
 
The NEDA chief said the revival of manufacturing and the creation of new drivers of growth must be coupled with investment in human capital and innovations and the development of logistics and infrastructure.
 
“These will not only drive us to a higher growth trajectory but will also create high-quality employment opportunities and substantially reduce poverty,” he said.
 
2014 OUTLOOK
 
Public construction is expected to significantly contribute to the country’s economic growth this year as the government works on the immediate- and short-term needs in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
 
The Aquino administration expects the economy to expand by 6.5 to 7.5 percent for 2014, higher than the growth target of 6 to 7 percent last year.
 
“Although losses in agriculture resulting from Yolanda devastation is expected to reduce growth in the first quarter, reconstruction efforts are presumed to contribute to growth, particularly the rebuilding of shelter and other public and private infrastructure in the affected areas,” Balisacan said.
 
Cid Terosa, economist at the University of Asia and the Pacific, said that for 2014, he expects that the Philippine economy will expand between 6.8 percent to 7.3 percent.
 
His forecast is well within the government’s full-year target range.
 
“The main drivers will be domestic consumption demand, investment spending particularly by government spending on infrastructure and rehabilitation of areas hit by calamities, and exports due to the weakening of the peso,” Terosa said.
 
Terosa said the downside risks include higher inflation rates, interest rates, and budget deficit.
 
“Developments abroad will figure prominently, particularly the economic recovery of the USA, China, and Euro zone countries,” Terosa said.
 
Meanwhile, UP economist Benjamin Diokno said he expects the expansion of the Philippine economy to slow down this year from his forecast of 6.9 percent growth for the full-year of 2013.
 
“Even before the recent natural calamities, the Philippine economy has shown signs of slowing down,” Diokno said.
 
“For this year, GDP growth will be in the neighborhood of six percent, with public construction as the major source of growth,” he added.
 
The former budget secretary said the mining sector has great potential, if all existing uncertainties are removed.
 
“The world economy will remain weak, though the US will register stronger recovery,” Diokno said.
 
“A weak peso (and) a strong US dollar will be good for the domestic economy. It will result in higher household consumption, due to higher peso value of OFW remittances,” he added.
 
As for the country’s jobs picture, Diokno said the unemployment rate in the country will remain above seven percent this year.
 
“With slower growth, rapid population expansion, and the continuing impact of the 2013 calamities, poverty will deepen,” Diokno said.
 
In its 2013 Year-end Update, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) said it expects the Philippine economy to expand by 6.7 percent in 2014.
 
The regional development arm of the UN said the prospects in the Philippines are positive in 2014, despite the losses as result of super typhoon Yolanda.
 
However, the agency said the Philippines’ economic growth rate could be cut by as much as 1.3 percentage points this year due to the effects of the tapering of the quantitative easing program of the US Fed.
 
“Due to the importance of the United States economy for the region, there will be significant implications of the major policy developments there in 2014 of ‘tapering’ and budget cuts,” the ESCAP report said.
 
“ESCAP analysis suggests that under a worst-case scenario, the effects of capital volatility due to “tapering” could cut GDP growth in the most affected countries in the region — Malaysia, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, and Thailand — by up to 1.2 to 1.3 percentage points in 2014,” it added.
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