Address of the NEDA Deputy Director at the COFILCO summit

As you are aware, the COFILCO is the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB)-accredited umbrella organization of Filipino consultants. In various ways, we have been partners in nation-building, and through this summit, we, in government, look forward to stronger partnerships as we embark on a journey to a better future for our country.

Message of Secretary Balisacan at the National Productivity Convention, October 16, 2014

We acknowledge that there is still much to be done but I am certain that the plans can be executed well if both the public and private sectors work together. With this, I encourage all of you to create a working environment that cultivates creativity, supports research and development, and promotes lifelong learning. Let us also strengthen linkages among educational institutions, labor organizations, and trade agencies to ensure supply of competent workers. As we work together, let this thought rise in our consciousness, that the development of our human capital will drive productivity and economic growth, and significantly contribute to the betterment of our people’s lives.

NEDA: Equal access to opportunities, crucial to poverty reduction in PH and East Asia

Success in reducing inequality and poverty in the Philippines and other East Asian countries hinges on providing the poor and the vulnerable with equal access to economic opportunities and basic services such as health and education, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Secretary Balisacan’s speeches at the PH Economic Briefing in Japan

Sec. Balisacan: The Philippine economy has been performing quite well recently, both relative to our economic targets and historical performance. In 1991-2001 for instance, the economy grew an average of 2.9 percent which increased to 4.8 percent during the 2001-2010 period. Presently, under the Aquino administration, we witnessed an even higher average growth rate at 6.3 percent, indicating that we are heading towards a higher and more sustainable growth path. In fact, despite the series of natural disasters that hit in the latter part of 2013, the Philippine economy expanded by 7.2 percent, even faster than the 6.8 percent growth that was achieved in 2012.

Statement: The Socioeconomic Planning Secretary on accelerating infrastructure development

Secretary Balisacan: As we accelerate infrastructure development, the government shall continue implementing strategies to improve the country’s business climate and encourage private sector participation through good governance, vital infrastructure support, and policy reforms to facilitate doing business in the country.