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The Philippines Readies Public Services for 100 Percent Foreign Ownership
December 29, 2021

The Philippines Readies Public Services for 100 Percent Foreign Ownership

By James Guild
The Philippines has long led its Southeast Asian neighbors in the privatization of public services.

The Philippines’ 2022 Budget Is Not Afraid of Debt
November 17, 2021

The Philippines’ 2022 Budget Is Not Afraid of Debt

By James Guild
The Duterte government is going to try to spend its way out of any lingering economic headwinds from the pandemic, and it is not afraid to run deficits to do so.
Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act
August 25, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act

By James Guild
While trade is important as countries seek to bounce back from COVID-19, you need to poke a little deeper to get a full picture of the current account.

A Long Road Ahead for the Philippine Economy
June 11, 2021

A Long Road Ahead for the Philippine Economy

By Nick Aspinwall
The World Bank slashed its growth projection for this year, indicating an economic recovery may take longer than expected.

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2
February 03, 2021

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2

By James Guild
In addition to supporting healthcare and low-income households, Manila has focused on propping up its agricultural sector, which employs nearly a quarter of Filipinos.

How a Digital Economy Can Save The Philippines from Recession
November 26, 2020

How a Digital Economy Can Save The Philippines from Recession

By Pierrepont Johnson
An improved digital economy would aid social distancing measures and help promote the country’s long-term economic growth.

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19
September 29, 2020

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
A new World Bank report predicts sharp economic contractions that could produce a wave of "new COVID poor."
Jeepney Drivers Face Charges Amid Heightened Protest Crackdown in the Philippines
June 12, 2020

Jeepney Drivers Face Charges Amid Heightened Protest Crackdown in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
6 jeepney drivers were arrested last week and subsequently released on bail for protesting lost wages during the coronavirus lockdown.

A Better Credit Rating Alone Can’t Overcome the Philippines’ Foreign Investment Woes
February 22, 2020

A Better Credit Rating Alone Can’t Overcome the Philippines’ Foreign Investment Woes

By Ronald U. Mendoza
Serious concerns about corruption, ease of doing business, and political interference scare foreign investors away regardless of credit rating scores.

What Does an Improved Credit Rating Actually Mean for the Philippines?
February 20, 2020

What Does an Improved Credit Rating Actually Mean for the Philippines?

By Ronald U. Mendoza
The first article in a two-part series explains why credit ratings make the rich richer but matter less to most Filipinos.

Myth-Busting Chinese FDI in the Philippines
July 19, 2018

Myth-Busting Chinese FDI in the Philippines

By Alvin A. Camba
Public imagination has a distorted picture of what Chinese FDI looks like. It’s much more than the “Belt and Road.”
Investors Fret as Duterte’s Popularity Slumps
July 17, 2018

Investors Fret as Duterte’s Popularity Slumps

By Anthony Fensom
Will Duterte's crass and unpredictable style impact the Philippine economy?

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