Saturday, September 19, 2020

ADB: PH GDP Growth To Slide Due To COVID-19

ADB: PH GDP Growth To Slide Due To COVID-19

Spotlight

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

EDC Donates PCR Machines To Enhance Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 Resiliency

Energy Development Corporation donates equipment worth P8.5-million to Negros Oriental.

CeMAP, PISI Express Full Support For Bayanihan To Recover As One Act

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and Philippine Iron and Steel Institute announce full support to the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Globe Gives Back To Loyal Customers With 0917 National G Day Festivities

With lots of games and surprises for loyal Globe users, catch the National G Day starting September 17!

The Philippines’ economic growth will slow significantly this year before a strong rebound in 2021, with expansionary fiscal and monetary policies partly offsetting slower domestic demand and disruptions in tourism, trade, and manufacturing, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released Friday.

In its annual flagship economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020, ADB projects the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 2.0 percent in 2020 following an enhanced community quarantine imposed by the government in March to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country.

But ADB expects a strong recovery to 6.5 percent GDP growth in 2021, assuming that Covid-19 infections in the country are curbed by June this year.

“This unprecedented and extraordinary public health emergency brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic will substantially slow down economic growth this year, with most of the contraction in the economy occurring in the second quarter. We are anticipating a bounce-back starting in the second half of this year, supported by the government’s stimulus spending and easier monetary policies,” ADB Country Director for the Philippines Kelly Bird said in a statement.

Bird said the ADB has been working closely with the Philippine government in its fight to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Filipinos.

“We have provided two grants totaling $8 million to assist the government and we are now in advanced stages of preparing larger and comprehensive assistance to help alleviate the impacts of the pandemic on communities’ well-being and support fiscal stimulus,” he added.

On March 14, ADB approved a $3 million grant to help the government deliver much-needed emergency medical supplies and equipment, including a new laboratory to enhance the country’s capacity to conduct more Covid-19 tests.

This week, ADB launched a $5-million project to provide critical food supplies for poor families in Metro Manila.

The quarantine measures have shut down schools and most government offices and private establishments in Metro Manila and the entire Luzon island, which accounts for over half of the country’s total population and generates more than two-thirds of the country’s overall GDP.

The report says sustained public investment—especially in priority projects under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure development program—and a rebound in private consumption will drive economic growth in 2021.

The economy will also benefit from the government’s large-scale fiscal spending to boost the delivery of relief measures to vulnerable sectors affected by the pandemic.

Inflation is expected to reach 2.2 percent this year and 2.4 percent in 2021, with further downside pressure from lower global oil prices.

With inflation projected to remain within the central bank’s target range of 2.0 percent to 4.0 percent, authorities have room for further monetary policy expansion to cushion any lingering effects of the pandemic on the economy.

Latest News

Epson Launches New High-Speed Inkjet Copiers For Busy Work Environments

Check out the newest sustainable devices of Epson!

Sec. Tugade Suspends 0.75-Meter Physical Distancing

Tugade suspends the implementation of the reduced 0.75-meter physical distancing among passengers while waiting for the decision of PRRD on the matter.

TransUnion Tackles Online Credit Application Dropouts And Rising Fraud

The new Seamless Onboarding service will help financial services industry offer digital access to products for consumers during pandemic and beyond.

Palace On PH Internet Connectivity: ‘We Will Do Better’

Do you think that the internet connection in the Philippines will ever improve?

San Juan Puts Up Bike, Motorcycle Dedicated Lanes

San Juan City dedicates motorcycle and bicycle lanes along Ortigas Avenue. Have you seen it yet?

XTREME Appliances Reveals Exciting Plans For Filipino Consumers

XTREME Appliances announces its upcoming plans and efforts dedicated to the Filipino customers.

Manila Hospitals Get High-Flow Oxygen Devices

The high-flow oxygen therapy will benefit the Ospital ng Sampaloc patients with severe COVID-19 infection and who may have acute respiratory failure.

PH COVID-19 Cases Rise By 3,375; Recoveries Now 208K

DOH reports 3,375 new infections of COVID-19, raising the country’s overall tally to 276,289 with only 63,408 active cases on Thursday.

E. Visayas Records Drop In New COVID-19 Cases

DOH confirms a decrease of new COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas this week.