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SSS prepares to resume foreign investment plan interrupted by pandemic

The state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) may finally push through with its planned offshore investments next year once it’s no longer pressured to disburse more benefits to members and pensioners badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, we are trying to study the environment. Definitely, we’re looking at global bonds, global equities,…

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PH seen staying on growth track in Q3 on slowing COVID-19 cases

The Philippines is seen avoiding a slowdown in its economic rebound in the third quarter amid relatively lower COVID-19 infections compared to its neighbors suffering from surges and with mass vaccination picking up, UK-based think tank Pantheon Macroeconomics said. The Philippines would also likely join Indonesia and Thailand in achieving instead of 2023, Pantheon Macroeconomics…

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Gov’t sees green shoots of recovery

High inflation seen persisting throughout the year and vaccine hesitancy may slow the Philippines’ economic recovery, but the government is still confident that rebound from the pandemic-induced recession is just around the corner. In an economic bulletin Monday, Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary and chief economist Gil Beltran noted the 20.7-percent growth in total external…

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Infra projects to create 1.6M more new jobs this year–Villar

The big-ticket infrastructure projects currently rolled out by the government will create an additional 1.6 million jobs this year, President Duterte’s infrastructure managers said on Wednesday. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar told the Asia Infrastructure Forum 2021 the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program had so far created as public infrastructure spending was doubled to 5…

PH recovery starts in Q2, says gov’t economic team

President Duterte’s economic team on Tuesday expressed confidence that the economy will rebound starting the second quarter with mass vaccination in full swing and government spending, especially on infrastructure, remaining strong. During the Economic Journalists’ Association of the Philippines’ (Ejap) midyear forum, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said “we might appear to be behind our…