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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07222 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34334 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0252 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.51721 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13055 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.27237 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.06096 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.42782 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.47748 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12472 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93215 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25679 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26216 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34612 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53196 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01676 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0411 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09043 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92566 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 176.89283 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14439 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01731 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15359 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46264 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12608 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21691 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23442 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.33236 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06904 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28012 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.94985 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 692.86138 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.46903 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01391 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2151 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03441 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37082 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.99705 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.32547 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.69912 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.59685 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00593 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01613 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.50443 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.16618 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.60669 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.02262 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44897 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05995 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0122 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02689 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18578 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34307 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.02635 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.80433 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.94494 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15822 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.90266 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6647 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30619 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.0885 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37348 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08155 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27622 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.00098 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60177 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16317 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02891 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06359 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06374 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06568 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07087 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.87513 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07473 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07785 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16841 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.36755 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07374 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15449 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26735 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13097 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16686 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0267 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4367 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.85251 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.99312 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 410.64307 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17207 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.12743 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27624 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64562 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04905 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04547 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07723 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13037 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59133 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.93314 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51976 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.28811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57699 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.89873 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19617 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 446.39136 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10089 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05108 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98368 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0531 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.988 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98682 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.91504 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.05507 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.11701 Zimbabwe dollar

Views on Investments and Industry Development

By Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr., DTI
 
Investments Outlook for 2015

With a growth forecast of 6.4%, the highest among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-6 (Asean-6) member states, investments in key sectors will continue to flow into the country as the Philippine economy maintains its robust expansion this year.

The country’s performance, buoyed by consistent investment upgrades from five international credit ratings agencies, reaffirmed its status as “Asia’s Bright Spot” or the “New Asian Tiger,” among emerging economies in the region.

International organizations and publications have likewise affirmed the Philippine’s enhanced standing evidenced by their latest rankings.

The latest World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Rankings placed the country at the 52nd spot, an increase which the WEF considered the largest gain over that period among all rated countries.

The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom placed the country at the 89th position, an improvement of 8 points from the previous year.

The World Bank (WB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) affirmed the remarkable improvement on the country’s “Doing Business” scorecard. The Philippines, declared as one of the 10 countries which registered the biggest strides in business regulation, leaped from the 108th in the previous year to 95th place, a notable improvement of 13 notches.

The continuing global investment sentiment for the Philippines will fuel its economy towards an investment-led growth with the manufacturing and services sectors serving as key growth drivers.
 
The Growth of the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing is expected to continue to lead the overall growth in the Industrial sector in 2015 with its share to total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expected to rise steadily. Manufacturing accounted for 23.2 percent of total GDP, the biggest contributor among the industry sub-sectors in the first semester of 2014.

While growth in manufacturing over the last five years has been variable, the surge posted in 2013 was sustained in the first half of 2014, as it grew by 8.8 percent. Drivers of growth were publishing and printing (51.5%), fabricated metal products (49.4%), and machinery and equipment (47.0%)

In 2013, Manufacturing accounted for 3.2 million jobs, an estimated increase of 1.5% from the previous year. Manufacturing maintained this level of growth in job generation in the first semester of 2014.

To sustain this momentum, the Manufacturing Resurgence Program (MRP), a priority undertaking of the present administration, targets a 30% increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) and 15% increase in employment by 2025.

A major component of the MRP is the Manufacturing Industry Roadmap (MIR) developed by the DTI and the Board of Investments (BOI) in collaboration with stakeholders. The MIR identifies the required steps and interventions to address issues to further development. These include: Infrastructure and Logistics; Governance and Regulation; Supply and Value Chain Gaps; Domestic Market Base Expansion; SME Development; Human Resources; and Innovation.

The MIR will support the development of a Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy, the framework that coordinates the country’s efforts at industry upgrading and structural transformation to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

Industry Development Program

Initiated in 2012, the Industry Development Program (IDP) partnered with the private sector to develop sectoral roadmaps. The roadmaps identify relevant laws, regulations and policies that drive the development of the sector or industry, such as government support and incentives, existing programs for sector, latest technologies and trends, as well as relevant global and regional developments that could impact growth. Since then, about 30 industry roadmaps have been integrated into the broader MIR.

Government is an enabler and facilitator, coordinating with interested industry associations, partner agencies, members of the academe, and civil society organizations. The empirical data and the vast experience of stakeholders have helped put together the industry roadmaps. Each sectoral roadmap is different and at varying stages of maturity and as such provide vital inputs in the crafting of investment policies such as the annual Investment Priorities Plan (IPP), the country’s blueprint for investment promotions. Likewise the roadmaps have helped identify value-chain gaps to guide investments promotion and define government positions and strategies for trade and investment negotiations.

Since 2012, some 18 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) have been established and convened. These TWGs identify major policy reform issues, administrative bottlenecks, and concrete projects for implementation. The TWGs are composed of government and private sector stakeholders chaired by BOI sectoral and industry champions.

The Chemicals TWG was able to establish a research and innovation partnership with the UP Engineering Research and Development for Technology to strengthen the synergy between the sector and the academe. The TWG coordinated with the Food and Drugs Administration to streamline procedures for importation of chemical materials and agreed to deregulate bulk industrial chemicals used as raw materials in cosmetics. The chemicals industry association likewise entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with TESDA for skills identification and the development of a TESDA curriculum for the chemicals industry, specifically for laboratory technicians and plant production operators.

Of the 30 industry sectoral roadmaps, 25 have been finalized and 5 are in the draft stage. Some 21 more sectoral roadmaps are being developed and will be completed by early 2015. Completed roadmaps include the following: aerospace, automotive, automotive parts, biodiesel, cement, ceramic tiles, chemicals, copper and copper products, electric vehicles, electronics, furniture, iron and steel, IT-BPM, manufacturing, mass housing, metalcasting, motorcycles, natural health products, petrochemicals, plastics, pulp and paper, rubber products, and tool and die. The roadmaps for  bamboo, coco coir and creative industries are currently in development.
 
The Investments Priorities Plan

The 2014 IPP is a tool for industrial development and economic growth. It aims to attract investments that would fill gaps in the supply or value chain, boost sectors with latent or obvious competitive advantage, and offset market imperfections. Based on industry studies, plans and roadmaps, and after rigorous  analysis and consultations with stakeholders nationwide. The 2014 IPP now identifies specific economic activities which shall receive fiscal and non-fiscal incentives: Income Tax Holiday; Exemption from taxes and duties on imported spare parts; Exemption from wharfage dues and export tax, duty, impost and fees; Reduction of the Rates of Duty on Capital Equipment, Spareparts  and Accessories; Tax exemption on breeding stocks and genetic materials; Tax Credits; Additional deductions from Taxable

Income; Non-Fiscal Incentives; Employment of Foreign Nationals; Simplification of customs procedures; Importation of consigned equipment; Privilege to operate a bonded manufacturing warehouse.

Sources:

1. ADB Outlook 2014 Update, September 2014, Manila

2. BOI 2013 Annual Report

3. DTI Presentation –Mid Year Economic Briefing September 2014 at PICC

4. 2014 Investments Priorities Plan

5. DTI Up Beat September 2014

6  National Competitiveness Council

7. Investphilippines.gov.ph
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