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Massive infra spending set

PASSENGER TERMINAL INSPECTION  President Aquino boards MV St. Pope John Paul II docked at Manila North Harbor’s North Passenger Terminal Complex in Tondo, Manila, as part of his inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. Behind him are Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. LYN RILLON

With just two years to go before its term ends, the Aquino administration plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to make economic growth inclusive and lift millions out of poverty.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Calamities may push more Filipinos into poverty–Neda

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and other natural calamities that have struck the Philippines may not drag down the country’s overall growth but they could push more households into “transient” poverty, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said Friday.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Neda chief confident of hitting 7% GDP growth

The Philippine economy is expected to have grown by more than 7 percent in the third quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, the government’s chief economist said yesterday. Arsenio Balisacan, director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, told reporters that a combination of higher investments and strong household [...]

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in CDN - Enterprise,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Neda chief skips Brunei

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For being too candid about the government’s failure to make a dent in the country’s poverty incidence, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan may have earned the ire of the Malacañang occupant. He was apparently bumped off from a trip to Brunei, where President Aquino is attending the Asean summit.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

CA confirms Neda chief’s appointment to Cabinet

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Arsenio Balisacan of NEDA. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Days after reporting that the country’s economy grew by 6.6 percent in 2012, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Wednesday got his confirmation by the bicameral Commission on Appointments, something a few other members of President Aquino’s Cabinet have been wanting since 2010.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino extends review of Angara’s pet project

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President Benigno Aquino III has extended for another two or three months a weeklong review of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco), an official of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said on Friday.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Enrile grills Neda chief on population, economics

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Arsenio Balisacan of NEDA. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Director General Arsenio Balisacan of the National Economic Development Authority didn’t know what hit him.

Posted: August 7th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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