May 29, 2017, 6:30 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07372 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.41289 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03568 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32234 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02694 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03594 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04014 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.61883 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03501 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00757 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.21016 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02775 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1385 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06559 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29566 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20514 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 401.84665 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0401 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02701 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01958 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.41871 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13757 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.49057 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.65616 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98153 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47496 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.56443 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13368 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94018 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17375 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28102 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3623 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45965 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01796 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04169 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01563 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01565 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08608 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90225 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.35648 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14716 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.09595 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15642 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46989 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13267 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33601 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.51927 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.16178 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29566 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.70534 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 651.18426 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.60177 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01422 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23294 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06945 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36341 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.17021 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.03573 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.06503 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.47491 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00608 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01646 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.21999 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.1108 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.22079 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.06604 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.82658 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25943 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06119 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01246 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19607 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36395 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.10036 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.19791 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.1935 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16111 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18587 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6951 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31052 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.40426 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37051 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08565 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25809 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4432 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6002 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16848 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07648 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02843 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00773 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06543 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06377 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10277 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0752 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.54155 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07308 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08182 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13952 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.44902 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07527 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15837 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26825 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13368 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17472 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02777 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01563 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44572 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.54195 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.01967 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 440.26096 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17507 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.33681 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25802 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.68306 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04816 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04615 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07172 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13487 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60472 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.74107 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5289 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.26014 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56624 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 76.29466 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20022 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 456.12204 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15295 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05162 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.77599 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0542 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.81574 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13228 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.01706 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25808 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.16499 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.26415 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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