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President Duterte’s economic team undertook prompt and decisive measures to rein in inflation in 2018, resulting in a marked slowdown that experts say could lead to the domestic economy picking up steam next year. With food supply pressures easing and global crude oil prices falling, financial institutions like S&P Global Ratings and Nomura Global Research Read More

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The Foundation for Economic Freedom has given its full support to the proposed reforms in the property valuation system under the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) as these will help upgrade the financial self-sufficiency of local government units (LGUs). Such reforms, which comprise Package 3 of the CTRP, will help strengthen local autonomy, Read More

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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said agriculture will remain among the top concerns of the Duterte administration for the rest of its term to fulfill its goal of raising farm productivity and rural incomes and avoid a repeat of the supply problems in rice and other major food items that led to the elevated inflation Read More

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More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, mostly representing small and medium enterprises (SMEs), were consulted by the government on how the government can sustain the economy’s high growth and make it more inclusive, during the series of regional “Sulong Pilipinas” workshops held last month, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. DOF Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II Read More

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The Duterte administration’s tax reform package that aims to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and overhaul the country’s “convoluted” fiscal incentives system is projected to generate some 1.4 million jobs, mostly in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), over the next decade and create a business environment conducive to inclusive growth, according to Finance Secretary Read More

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The Department of Finance (DOF) will “try its best” until the last minute to convince the Congress to impose new “sin” tax rates on tobacco products that will make cigarettes pricey enough to further discourage smoking, especially among teenagers. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said increasing the current tobacco excise tax rates to levels that Read More

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DAVAO CITY—A consolidation of the actionable recommendations submitted by the private sector in the four regional “Sulong Pilipinas” workshops conducted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in November yielded proposals ranging from improving agricultural output and simplifying loan requirements for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enhancing peace and order measures, and stricter profiling of the Read More