Ernesto Pernia

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Ernesto Pernia said : “He’s a very able economist but I hope he will have an independent mind and also not just agree on anything,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Fourteen percent by 2022 is still achievable given the swift reduction from 2015 to 2018," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It is understandable that there would be differences in national development philosophy, given that different people have different educational and disciplinal backgrounds,” “So yes, there are indeed difference in approaches and in such a critical time for the country, it is best that the government doesn’t get bogged down internally,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia expressed : “He’s a very able economist, but I hope he will have an independent mind and also not just agree on anything,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I guess [the economic team head] wants smoother…less of a debate, disagreements and differences when Karl Chua, who is from the Department of Finance, will be in NEDA because, naturally, that would be the logical sequence of having him there,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Chua and I go a long way [back] too because we worked together when he was doing his PhD dissertation at UP, and I was back on the faculty after some absence. He assisted me on some projects,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The differences I was talking about was more general in nature, regarding development policy, development philosophy. That’s what I said,” “It was not directly related to the COVID crisis. In fact, it is still more general” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:18:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

680news Friday, April 17, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

ABCnews Friday, April 17, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning,” External link

manilatimes Friday, April 17, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 17, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, April 17, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members," External link

startribune Friday, April 17, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, April 17, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning," "This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, April 17, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Parang calibrated opening siguro of malls and other areas where we can still have the necessary safeguards against contracting the disease," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The country’s experience in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the crucial importance of synergy of efforts of the government, private sector and citizens. Such cooperation in making limited resources work should be part of the new normal that will emerge after this pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need a regular review of rules or limitations imposed due to the health crisis. It is crucial to avoid delimiting production and distribution capacity. This is to ensure that there is enough supply of food and other essentials since these are vital for the communities affected by COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also expect that the global supply chain disruptions brought by the pandemic will have a negative effect on the manufacturing and merchandise exports,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy should be able to quickly adapt to and thrive under the new normal. Utilizing digital platforms is crucial in optimizing production and distribution of goods and services. Business continuity plans must also be formulated, particularly for the most vulnerable micro, small and medium enterprises,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We need to ramp up agricultural supply. Manufacturing industries need to come back to life," "Restrictions on movement of people are still tight. We can loosen some of that," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But we still hope to recover by fourth quarter this year,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As this pandemic affects various sectors, it is important for us to be able to characterize what this new normal would mean to each and every segment of the population. We are currently crowdsourcing for inputs on how the whole of government can address the challenges the country is facing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The whole of government will also be ready to adjust plans and implement the necessary interventions as the air of uncertainty is expected to remain with us for some time. We aim for these strategies to cover the most pressing issues and build from there with forward planning as our lens,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Although we can expect some negative growth perhaps the second quarter, probably moving to the third quarter but those will be transitory. We should be able to resuscitate the economy to a positive growth rate by the 4th quarter or later in the year," "We hope it's not going to be negative even in the third quarter if we do something about the enhanced community quarantine before the third quarter," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:09:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This law enables the government to act swiftly in identifying programs and targeted measures, together with sources of funds that can be quickly disbursed,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about National Health ) : “As part of the Inter-agency Task Force, we are hoping to contribute substantially to the National Action Plan,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Related to work suspension to reduce possible disease transmission, the government recognizes that the poor and marginalized are the ones most affected by this crisis. The Bayanihan Act enables the government to provide emergency subsidy to around 18 million low-income households for two months to help address the impact of loss of income and employment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “NEDA will continue to monitor the situation. Once the spread of the disease is contained and it becomes safe to resume operations, an economic recovery plan must be quickly set in motion. Through joint efforts, we will define a new normal state of the economic activity that is more prepared and resilient not only to this kind of pandemic but also to climate change,” “Accordingly, we will update our development plans and investment programs to be responsive to the needs of the country and its people, both in the short term and in the medium to long term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Fourteen percent by 2022 is still achievable given the swift reduction from 2015 to 2018," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Under these extraordinary times, we need special powers. We don't have an alternative," "To begin with, I think it's good enough," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In consultation with the private sector, the government should ease [the] implementation of some regulations that will allow firms to manage costs and provide financing or loan restructuring to micro and small enterprises, whose operations may have already been affected,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In the longer term, emphasis must be placed on developing backward and forward linkages that will encourage production of raw materials and intermediate inputs — as well as onward processing to finished products — in the domestic market to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In the longer term, emphasis must be placed on developing backward and forward linkages that will encourage the production of raw materials and intermediate inputs as well onward processing to finished products in the domestic market to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With a slowdown in economic activities, there will be a concomitant reduction in employment of around 30,000 to 60,000 jobs in the travel and tourism sector,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Intensifying government’s actions to monitor and implement mitigating measures will temper the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 on the manufacturing industry,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, March 6, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “These efforts will further improve the country’s labor market in the short run and assist in the attainment of the long-term vision of the Filipinos such as having their own businesses, as stated in AmBisyon Natin 2040,” External link

pna Friday, March 6, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of Covid-19 on production,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of COVID-19 on production,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We call on our colleagues in the government, both in the national and local levels, to stand ready in effectively managing the demand and supply of key agricultural commodities, which will possibly be affected by these risks,” External link

pna Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of COVID-19 on production," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "relevant government agencies need to swiftly implement measures that would streamline processes, facilitate trade, and reduce transactions costs" External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “this will help Filipinos achieve the quality of life that they deserve by discouraging and reducing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, lowering their risk for non-communicable and deadly diseases” External link

pna Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "As an academic and economist, I think it will have some adverse effects on investments. There will be some discouragement," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 24, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "As an academic and economist, I think it will have some adverse effects on investments. There will be some discouragement," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 19, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Proposed legislations have been filed in Congress to strengthen NEDA with a bigger role in the implementation of long-term, continuing, integrated and coordinated programs and policies for national development,” External link

pna Monday, February 17, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the Philippines is actively paving the way toward its next stages of economic development, and the gains should be acknowledged by credit rating agencies like Fitch” External link

manilatimes Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:31:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If the coronavirus lasts for one month, the effect will be 0.06 percent of the GDP. If it is up to June, it will be around 0.3 percent and if it up to December… it will be about 0.7 percent impact on GDP growth,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, February 8, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We remain attentive to the recent developments abroad which could affect domestic pump prices. Over the medium- to long-term, it is essential for the country to explore alternative and cheaper energy from local sources to become less import-dependent” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : "We encourage industries to capitalize on innovation to reach their growth potential in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To this end, the government needs to formulate and implement policies and programs to stimulate innovation in the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "This will attract foreign companies to locate sensitive technologies and product operations in the country. These will also allow the country to expand from the production of basic products and commodities to higher value intermediate and specialty products for domestic and export purposes," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippines also needs to improve its reputation concerning intellectual property protection. This will attract foreign companies to locate sensitive technologies and product operations in the country,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s likely to have just a short term effect, because given that there’s a lot of measures being done to minimize Filipinos incurring the coronavirus. It shouldn’t take long for that to have an effect on the economy,” “Internal travel will probably pick up and also the business of selling masks will go up, soap and water,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "A full percentage point was lost because of the delay in the passage of budget. We could have grown close to if not right smack 7%," External link

4-traders Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Our estimate was a full percentage point was lost with the delay in the passage of the 2019 budget,” “We could have hit close to, if not right smack, 7% GDP growth this year” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But note that in any disaster like typhoons, in the aftermath of typhoons and volcanic eruptions, it’s going to be a lot of economic activities in terms of reconstruction and rehabilitation, and it is going to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Government spending will be substantial, so that will stimulate the economy and the multiplier effects at least partly compensate for the foregone income,” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This would be the first time in history that the poverty rate will be halved in just six years, a significant contribution and achievement of this administration,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Inclusive, job-generating growth and better-targeted programs helped increase the incomes of the poor. For those in the bottom 30 percent of the population, mean per capita income increased by 31.9 percent, outpacing the income growth of those in the top 20 percent of households,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This would be the first time in history that the poverty rate will be halved in just six years, a significant contribution and achievement of this administration," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must unite and work even harder in the next three years as we aim to lift even more Filipinos out of poverty and make good of our promise to leave no one behind," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “In the long term, strengthening the capability of the country to provide alternative fuels and tapping new and advanced energy technologies are effective steps to diversify and manage the country’s utilization of energy sources, as well as insulate the domestic economy from potential supply shocks that would have far reaching ramifications,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “However, looking at the structure and pattern of imports of crude petroleum to the Philippines indicate that the country has diversified its source of crude petroleum in recent years, such that the level of vulnerability to supply shocks has been slightly reduced,” “In the long term, strengthening the capability of the country to provide alternative fuels and tapping new and advanced energy technologies are effective steps to diversify and manage the country’s utilization of energy sources, as well as insulate the domestic economy from potential supply shocks that would have far reaching ramifications,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The country ended last year with steady inflation but the government must remain vigilant and proactive in managing the impact of potential sources of price pressures this year such as typhoons, the continuing presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the country, and the heightened conflict in the Middle East," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Over the medium to long-term, the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sector must increasingly adopt climate and disaster-resilient technologies and best practices. Climate and disaster risks should also be considered in the program and project designs in the sector," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "One of the major factors that contributed to this feat is our sustained economic growth which generated jobs for the poor and reduced income inequality across regions," External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy has continued to grow this year despite its initial slowdown in the first two quarters and the obstacles that were thrown its way -- from the El Niño phenomenon that resulted in water shortages, the delay in the passage of the 2019 budget, to the US-China trade war, among other things,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The main advantages there would be the budget would have been passed by then before the end of the year so there will be no reenactment of the budget for 2020. So that would already be a good start for the year and in the home stretch, government spending on infrastructure will increase further because we want to finish as many infrastructures as possible,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Looking at these milestones in our journey, we see a stable economic performance for 2019, even as we remain vigilant and prepared to face risks such as the possible water shortages in 2020, weak global growth and stagnating world trade, disruptive technologies, and the volatility of oil prices,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “And the other thing that will be welcome also is the news about poverty reduction, which has been quite substantial,” External link

inquirer Friday, December 20, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We see a stable economic performance for 2019, even as we remain vigilant and prepared to face risks such as the possible water shortages in 2020, weak global growth and stagnating world trade, disruptive technologies, and the volatility of oil prices," External link

nampa Wednesday, December 18, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia explains : “In our list of 100 flagship projects, there are about 26, about one-fourth of that list are PPPs. New Clark City is also a combination of ODA (Official Development Assistance), government money, and private sector participation. I think the blending of these three sources is just right because of its strengths. Eventually, it’s the people who will be benefitting,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 13, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "No. The President will not allow that," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "I was comparing the cases of the Philippines, which did not sustain the family planning program since the late 70s, whereas Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia just continued on with their family planning program without disruption. And there's a big difference in terms of poverty incidence," "So that is the kind of difference our non-continuation of our family planning program, [which] started in 1969, has been a costly failure on our part," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "So with family planning services, the wanted number of children is being made possible now for couples and for women, especially those coming from the poor sector. It is also an important instrument in bringing down poverty," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As long as we are implementing correct, fair policies that should lure investors. We have had so many policy reforms that are really attracting investors. This is just a little blip (on the radar),” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The concession agreement is unconstitutional. Essentially, the government is surrendering its power to regulate. It’s a sovereign surrender,” “Everybody will understand why the government is revising the concession agreement,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Concessionaires should have some conscience. If the contract is onerous on government, it becomes onerous on the people because the water rates are pinapasa din yan sa mga tao e (being passed on to the people),” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The concession agreement is unconstitutional eh kasi essentially, the government is surrendering its power to regulate,” “If contracts are defective, unconstitutional, they have to be revised,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Possible downside risks, particularly the lingering vulnerabilities and spillovers associated with the trade tensions, need to be managed," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “for the remainder of the year, the government must speed up the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, as only 11 of 38 NEDA Board-approved project proposals out of the 75 infrastructure flagship projects are in the construction phase” External link

bworldcom Friday, December 6, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “I think there’s too many handlers, too many middleman involved in the process,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The much bigger majority are benefitting,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Commission ) : “The Philippine Competition Commission has also been brought in to look into possible anti-competitive practices, which is clearly illegal and even unconscionable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “for the remainder of the year, the government must speed up the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, as only 11 of 38 NEDA Board-approved project proposals out of the 75 infrastructure flagship projects are in the construction phase” External link

bworldcom Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are glad to share that after two quarters of deceleration, the growth of the Philippine economy surged to 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The stronger growth in public spending in the third quarter contributed significantly to our Q3 (third quarter) performance. Some may be quick to say that the private sector is a timid participant in our economic growth. Nothing can be farther from the truth. We know that the private sector is the main driver of the economy, with the government providing an enabling policy environment and infrastructure. That is why we need to address infrastructure, logistics and regulatory bottlenecks,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full-year target of 6.0 to 7.0 percent for 2019 - a challenge that we are confidently taking on," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "We know that the private sector is the main driver of the economy, with the government providing an enabling policy environment and infrastructure. That is why we need to address infrastructure, logistics and regulatory bottlenecks," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we can see, the Philippine economy has been steadily growing for the past three years," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The stronger growth in public spending in the third quarter contributed significantly to our third-quarter performance,” “Government is committed to speeding up the implementation of its programs and projects that were affected by the budget impasse and the election ban earlier this year” External link

pna Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full-year target of 6.0-7.0 percent for 2019 --a challenge that we are confidently taking on,” External link

pna Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full year target of 6.0-7.0 percent for 2019—a challenge that we are confidently taking on,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Moreover, the government must sustain faster infrastructure spending in the fourth quarter to achieve the target disbursement performance for the year. The push for high impact and implementable infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program is expected to improve transport and logistics, which are crucial in supporting the growth of exports,” External link

pna Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “half of the 100 will be either completed or started, that is for sure,” External link

arabnews Friday, October 25, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia admitted : “there was some hesitancy to PPP projects before but overtime minds tend to adjust to reality and I think this is what's happening” “And also my philosophy, which I have already mentioned in a meeting, is that we should look at the bigger picture. Let’s not be too obsessed about little gains to be made by the private sector proponent or a little lost on the part of the government,” External link

pna Friday, October 25, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "half of the 100 will be either completed or started, that is for sure," External link

news-yahoo Friday, October 25, 2019 2:46:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "And so we arrived at agreements on how to speed up the processing approval and implementation of projects on the ground," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The data centers should already be in place right now, if not, at least by December so they are usable in early January 2020. We need to act more swiftly and ensure that we will have no delays in the implementation of the National ID. We want to complete the entire process on schedule, i.e., by mid-2022,” External link

pna Monday, October 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We know that budget is limited and that government procedures, rules, and regulations can be very restrictive. But it is incumbent upon us to find new ways of doing things for all of us to be efficient and to make transactions hassle-free for citizens,” External link

pna Monday, October 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The survey results provide insights on specific Filipino cultural values that have potential effect on national development and the role they play in shaping public policy,” External link

manilatimes Monday, October 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to initiate cultural change and promote those positive values that will allow us to achieve our goals and realize our AmBisyon of creating a highly-innovative and high-trust society,” External link

manilatimes Monday, October 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We see the rice tariffication law continuing to help pull down overall inflation in the near term as it continues to help improve rice stock inventory of the country," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, October 14, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Legislations such as the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Public Serve Act, and Trade Liberalization Act would go a long way in improving competitiveness through much needed foreign direct investments and innovation,” External link

pna Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “More than the passage of the Ease of Doing Business Law, it has been government agencies themselves that made the difference in complying with these measures to make their services efficient,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government will address shortcomings in other governance indicators by expanding inter-agency initiatives and engaging citizens to reduce corruption. Also, strengthening local development councils to ensure participation of civil society organizations, and addressing fragmentation in the justice system to ensure the swift and fair administration of justice,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This issue affects the heart of the development of our country as the state of our young people today affects the state of our country's future," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We are also on the lookout for upside risks to inflation that may emanate from the reported cases of African swine fever in the country and volatility in international oil prices poses,” External link

pna Friday, October 4, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The completion of infrastructure projects will improve transport and logistics, crucial in supporting the manufacturing sector," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Domestic demand is seen to be more favorable in the third quarter of 2019, with production of consumer goods such as food and beverages, tobacco, footwear and wearing apparel, and furniture and fixtures are expected to increase," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “That’s kind of normal for projects especially unsolicited PPP projects. It’s not unusual that there’s back and forth couple of times or 3 times before a solicited proposal is approved,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “One important thing about PPP project is that we don’t want the government to have to provide direct subsidy, warranty or any guarantee of any kind, direct guarantee....You know the concession agreement has to be perfected before it can pass the hurdle,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That’s still reachable because household consumption spending. Inflation as you know is still on a downtrend, so it’s not unthinkable that we will reach 6 percent or more,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Chicken is okay. People are able to substitute chicken for pork. Inflation is not going to spike for sure,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “By next year, I think they will try to hit about 40 million (enrolment) because the exponential ramp-up will be June next year but the real massive registration will be in 2021,” External link

pna Monday, September 9, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia pointed out : “Our growth regressed. We could have achieved 6.5 percent but we only did 5.5 percent (in second quarter). That’s a full percentage point regression in economic growth,” “That’s why we’re praying, ee’re hoping that it (the budget delay) is not going to happen again,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need at least 6.4 percent of economic growth in the second half of the year to meet our (economic growth) target of 6 percent in 2019. That is why we are hoping for a timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is possible since the majority of the waste we produce is biodegradable at around 52 percent and recyclable at 28 percent. With the right push, the country can still further reduce the amount of solid waste it generates,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We will have a regressing economic growth performance of probably below 5 percent or [somewhere near that figure],” External link

manilatimes Monday, September 2, 2019 9:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With the Philippines growing steadily over the past five years, the demand for energy has also been rising rapidly,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:19:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "With the Philippines growing steadily over the past five years, the demand for energy has also been rising rapidly," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, August 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we must meet the power demand to sustain our economic growth, we must also find a way to grow without compromising our environment and draining our natural resources," "The government has been working earnestly to preserve the country's environment and natural resources," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, August 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "the rising teenage pregnancy rate in the Philippines has contributed to the country's population crisis" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 29, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s too many buildings in Metro Manila. They should go to the regions because the infrastructure in the regions are being improved,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are going to start doing the pilot test on September 2, and the pilot test will cover a not so big number of registrants,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia explained : “This will facilitate transactions between citizens and government, between citizens and the private sector, and between government and the private sector,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Having one national ID will strengthen financial inclusion by reducing the cost of transactions through easier authentication procedures. This way, the marginalized will have easier, faster access to public programs,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “By the end of the administration, we would have covered virtually all Filipinos including OFW (overseas Filipino workers),” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s too many buildings in Metro Manila. They should go to the regions because the infrastructure in the regions are being improved,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We still have to improve our infrastructure, reduce our red tape and other conveniences for foreign investors. China is also more open than the Philippines. Foreign universities can set up there. Professionals can practice their profession in China,” “This protectionism of the Philippine economy, this closeness, is a carryover from the [1940s and 1950s]. They were very protectionist. So up to now we still have this mindset and our legislators…have not really outgrown this mindset,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Some can be eased by legislation. We have already eased the FINL (foreign investment negative list), but there is still much more that needs to be done,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “we need to have Constitutional change on economic provisions, some can be eased by legislation” External link

pna Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia pointed out : “Our growth regressed. We could have achieved 6.5 percent but we only did 5.5 percent (in second quarter). That’s a full percentage point regression in economic growth,” “That’s why we’re praying, ee’re hoping that it (the budget delay) is not going to happen again,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 23, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need at least 6.4 percent of economic growth in the second half of the year to meet our (economic growth) target of 6 percent in 2019. That is why we are hoping for a timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 23, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We will have a regressing economic growth performance of probably below 5 percent or [somewhere near that figure],” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That is why we are hoping for the timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That is why we are hoping for timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

pna Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The ongoing transition holds promise for the region’s broad-based and sustainable development. Apart from the power and authority granted over certain sectors and activities to create its own sources of revenue and advance the region’s economic development, the increased budgetary support to the BARMM will likely result in more economic activities and socioeconomic interventions beneficial to BARMM,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Ahead of us are gargantuan yet surmountable tasks for the region to catch up, starting with the creation of the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council, which will serve as the planning, monitoring, and coordinating agency for all development plans, programs, and projects of the Bangsamoro government,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While most programs will be financed through national government funds, non-government sources have also been identified. Among the biggest nongovernment projects implemented is the construction of 3,500 permanent housing units by San Miguel Corporation and UN Habitat with an estimated cost of P1.93 billion,” “We assure you that the government is committed to meeting the overall goal of the Bangon Marawi. Our aim is for Marawi City and surrounding communities to co-exist in peace and become vibrant, productive, and resilient to risks of conflict and other disasters, with culture integrated into the country’s socioeconomic development,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We as a community need to exchange notes on best practices in data collection, management, and reporting. We need to be familiar with technologies that can enable us to produce high-quality and timely statistics,” External link

pna Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The imposition of additional requirements without due cause restricts the entry of market players or businesses in any industry. Our role in government is to simplify and streamline processes to create an enabling environment that would be beneficial to all in the long term,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “just to be realistic about what we expect this year” External link

taipeitimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As we have anticipated, these have been challenging times. The past year, we had enumerated the major ones that we thought would impact our economic performance, namely the El Niño phenomenon, the increasing protectionism in advanced economies and the election ban on construction activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I’m sure the BSP will do something. Diokno knows it by now. He is a pro-growth central bank governor...I’m quite optimistic he will do the right thing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The weak economic performance in the second quarter is a continuing impact of the election ban and delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget. Public construction dropped by 27.2 percent in the second quarter and offset the growth of private construction,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets," External link

afp-en Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Ben is a pro-growth central bank governor and he will take the cue in terms of how to stimulate the economy with monetary policy. I'm quite optimistic that he will do the right thing," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 7:47:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “just to be realistic about what we expect this year” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:20:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “However, considering the less optimistic global trade prospects, it is necessary to diversify markets and boost domestic demand to compensate for the weakness of external trade,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In light of the current trade spat between Korea and Japan, we need to complete the negotiations for the free trade agreement with South Korea and review the decade-old Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement to further expand the country’s exports in both markets,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Importantly, the government has been fast-tracking the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program to enhance trade facilitation and provide logistical support to manufacturers and exporters,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The concerned authorities should intensify its market surveillance to ensure the compliance of importers and retailers with the government’s directive. The government should also ensure that there is sufficient production of pork and other meat products locally as the threat of the epidemic is seen to continue in the near term,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 6, 2019 3:53:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The National Land Use Act was identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the priority legislative measures in his State of Nation Addresses (SONA) since 2017. In his fourth SONA last week, the President appealed again to all legislators to immediately pass the NaLUA to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land and our physical resources,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to plan our physical space well. Land use policies must be clear on where and how much space to allocate for agricultural production to ensure we have enough food; where and how much space for settlements development to meet housing demand; where to encourage growth of industries to boost the economy and create jobs; and which areas should be protected for environmental sustainability,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are well-aligned and overarching, and we need to ensure that government actions are strategic, coherent, and evidence-based,” “We need a strong institution that oversees and coordinates with all other agencies to help us overcome silo mentality and short-sightedness in government,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The rating is a testament to the improved confidence in NEDA’s performance in the past years. This further motivates us to excel in our role of leading the country towards its goals and aspirations through seamless, participatory, evidence-based, and proactive planning,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the legislation should be something that will benefit not only employers, but also the workers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There will be [fewer] job opportunities,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We are also going to look at what are the infrastructure projects that need to be pushed harder to be accelerated so that as many as possible these infra projects will be completed by the end of the term of the president or well underway in terms of getting them started so that the succeeding admin can complete them on time,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippines’ second VNR emphasizes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. We all should do our share to make sure that no one is left behind and to realize the aspiration of Filipinos for a life that is comfortable, peaceful and secure,” External link

manilatimes Monday, July 22, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We just have to accelerate, redouble, triple, or even quadruple our efforts. It’s really a catch-up plan," External link

manilametro Monday, July 15, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We just have to accelerate, redouble, triple, or even quadruple our efforts. It’s really a catch-up plan," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Strategies under the PEDP must be implemented in harmony with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 to boost merchandise trade growth,” “The Philippines should likewise continue to aggressively pursue regional integration and cooperation to dampen the effects of increasing trade tensions,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We reiterate our call to beef up production support and farm recovery programs in areas affected by El Niño. We also pitch for an assessment on the vulnerability and sustainability of farm areas to ensure that farming activities are adaptive to the environment and resilient to weather disturbances,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Despite these negative figures, we note a positive development for this month’s manufacturing performance upon seeing that the number of gainers in both indices has outpaced the losers. For one, 14 subsectors trended upwards trend compared to last month’s 10 subsectors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “More importantly, we need measures to boost the productivity of agriculture and strengthen supply chain linkages between local and foreign producers of raw food products and food manufacturers to increase food production. Food products, the largest subsector, has a significant impact on the overall performance of the manufacturing sector,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “So the legislature really should pass many of these bills such as the foreign investment act, retail trade act, and the public service act, and with those three acts passed and liberalizing the economy, we could really expect much more foreign investment, tripling or quadrupling what we have already achieved,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:38:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Because we are not so dependent on export, we are more dependent on internal demand, internal consumption, that is a safety valve as far as this ongoing trade war is concerned,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 28, 2019 6:27:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “I would say 6.5 percent is attainable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This Act champions the promotion of technological advancement so as to enhance the competitiveness of our Filipino MSMEs,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “will be a landmark legislation because we believe that innovation is an important driver of long-term growth, and that science and technology is key to making the Philippines a more competitive player in the global knowledge arena,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This is why government is directing investments to not just physical infrastructure, but also human capital formation through quality health, nutrition, and education,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While the law’s passage was mostly the doing of government, we are counting on the private sector to implement non-discrimination laws such as this, to ensure that women receive equal opportunities in the workplace (if not at home),” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “What we have to do now is to prioritize projects, such that those that are more costly than others….. The more costly ones — we want them to move faster than the [less] costly ones,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “big infrastructure projects…aim to make the Philippines reach upper middle-income status by the end of 2019 or in 2020,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "So we would be on a non-STEP funding," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The enactment of the UHC law is a defining moment for the Philippine health system. We, at NEDA, are optimistic that its implementation will open the doors for more reforms that will improve the health of Filipino people,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “High out-of-pocket medical expenses push more people into poverty. When households spend more on hospital bills and medical treatments, they are forced to spend less on other basic necessities like food, housing, and education,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "With the passage of these reforms, we can leverage the Philippines' attractiveness to both foreign and local investors. These investments can help our industry to improve production efficiency and product diversification," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The expansion may be attributed to increased business activities in line with the campaign period for the Philippine midterm elections. Adding to this is the increase in consumer demand during summer and harvest seasons," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government may need to revisit existing interventions to ensure that they are designed to be responsive to the needs and actual behavior of farmers, fisher folks and processors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It must be ensured that all food products, both for domestic market consumption and for export, are aligned with Good Agricultural Practices or Good Manufacturing Practices,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the enactment of this proposed legislation will give NEDA the teeth and strategic vision in planning and implementing reform initiatives that will be sustained beyond an administration’s term” “At its core, the measure seeks to address fragmented, uncoordinated, and even often interrupted planning, policy-making, programming, and budgeting process of the government. There will be continuity of plans, programs, and policies that should outlive a President’s term for them to become effective,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jumpstart and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 13, 2019 3:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jump-start and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jump-start and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we had forewarned repeatedly, the reenacted budget would sharply slow the pace of economic growth," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We estimate that we should have grown by as much as 6.6 percent this first quarter, if we were operating under the 2019 fiscal program," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jumpstart and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Fortunately, foreign investments will also be encouraged with our country's international credit rating upgrade to BBB+, historically the highest for the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we had forewarned repeatedly, the reenacted budget would sharply slow the pace of economic growth," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Recently, the Philippines has also secured a commitment from the UK on continuing the same level of market access to UK post-Brexit, similar to the EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences,” “To put the Philippines in a more competitive stance, it is crucial to open up domestic sectors to foreign participation through the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Retail Trade Act, and Public Services Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 8, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "To put the Philippines in a more competitive stance, it is crucial to open up domestic sectors to foreign participation through the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Retail Trade Act, and Public Services Act," "This will help attract multinational firms to invest and set up their manufacturing operations in the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The recent inflation reading validates our efforts towards stabilizing inflation so that the country’s buoyant economic growth, along with key reforms, remains unimpeded,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The continued low inflation of rice can be attributed to the stable rice supply in the country, with more imported rice expected to arrive in the country as the Rice Liberalization Act takes effect,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The recent inflation reading validates our efforts towards stabilizing inflation so that the country’s buoyant economic growth, along with key reforms, remains unimpeded,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The continued low inflation of rice can be attributed to the stable rice supply in the country, with more imported rice expected to arrive in the country as the Rice Liberalization Act takes effect,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "An immediate implementation of a catch-up plan after the passage of the 2019 budget must be pursued to regain the government's spending momentum. This should, at the same time, counter the impact of the temporary interruption in the implementation of new and on-going projects as well as funding for social services," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We encourage producers of special varieties of rice, such as heirloom, organic, and aromatic long-grain rice, to continue striving to be competitive and to increase their export volume capabilities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “These kinds of rice command higher premium, thus resulting in higher earnings for farmers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Over the course of three years, we can see that poverty decreased substantiallydown by 6.6 percentage points...,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “For one, growth in the construction and manufacturing sectors created more employment opportunities for Filipinos. Second, we like to highlight the increase in income of Filipino households, as well as employment shifts to the industry and service sectors from agriculture,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We note that the top contributor to the strong income growth for the poorest 30 percent of households was an increase in wage and salary incomes. A far second and third were domestic cash receipts/support (including from government) and entrepreneurial activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While these initial results are encouraging, we have yet to wait for full-year results of the FIES, as targets in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 are based on full-year estimates,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think we can be confident that we will stay within the target range of 2-4 percent. If there’s some impact, then inflation will still be within the target,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We cannot stop El Niño but we can make swift and effective moves to soften its impact on the lives of our countrymen and the economy,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “NEDA is ready to take a lead role in mitigating the effects of El Niño,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There is a need for an apex body that will oversee the overall planning, programming, and policy formulation based on sound data,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We will continue to provide assistance to our friends in the Asean and the larger Asia Pacific region. Moving forward, we will also enhance engagements with Latin America and Africa as much as our resources allow,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Four decades ago, our countries gathered here in Buenos Aires to affirm the value of mutual help and self-reliance. It was an outstanding triumph of solidarity over narrow self-interest in an environment then rife with ideological conflict. Today we look back to celebrate our successes even as we set a new direction for South-South cooperation,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We rededicate ourselves to the principles of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. Let us work together to build our human capital and institutional capabilities, and continue to share our knowledge, expertise, and technology. Let us also defend an open and rules-based global order that allows us to do all these from which we benefit,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Having one national ID will strengthen financial inclusion by reducing the cost of transactions through easier authentication procedures. This way, the marginalized will have easier, fasteraccess to public programs,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 15, 2019 12:48:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “On the other hand, if the budget is passed in August, expect growth to be around only 4.9 to 5.1 percent. Worse, with a full-year reenacted budget, growth can go as low as 4.2 to 4.9 percent,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also considered the onset of El Niño phenomenon, although we expect a mild one,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “On the other hand, if the budget is passed in August, expect growth to be around only 4.9 to 5.1 percent. Worse, with a full-year reenacted budget, growth can go as low as 4.2 to 4.9 percent,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Even with this, the economy has been steadily growing by at least 6.0 percent for seven consecutive years. Also, in the first ten quarters of the administration, the economy has been growing at an average of 6.5 percent. We need to sustain this momentum, or even accelerate it, now with inflation rate down and within our target range,” “Thus, we call for the immediate passage of the 2019 budget. The longer we wait, the more adverse the effect will be,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We need to sustain this momentum, or even accelerate it, now with inflation rate down and within our target range," "Thus we call for the immediate passage of the 2019 budget. The longer we wait, the more adverse the effect will be," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The importation of raw materials is likely to be affected by the holdback in the implementation of numerous projects under government’s ‘Build Build Build’ program,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Also, the likely conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement this year will be a welcome development," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : "The RCEP would significantly benefit exporters considering that its member economies, which include the 10 ASEAN countries, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, constitute a third of global output and more than a quarter of the world's population," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The importation of raw materials is likely to be affected by the holdback in the implementation of numerous projects under government's 'Build, Build, Build' program," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The prevalence of low-productivity jobs in the agriculture sector remains a challenge. Sustainable solutions such as shifting rice farmers to high-value crops, promoting crop diversification, accelerating development of local infrastructure, and training for farmers on technological advances are critical to raising productivity in agriculture,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The overall improvements in the proportion of remunerative work, and full-time employment, as well as the decline in underemployment and vulnerable employment, indicate that the quality of work in the country is continuously progressing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Manufacturing growth outturn in January 2019 showed a moderate improvement coming from December 2018. Nevertheless, with our recent progress in agricultural policy, we can expect manufacturing to recover further,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The proposed amendment on the Foreign Investments Act of 1991 could be another boost to the manufacturing sector. Considered as a priority bill, it is expected to lower the employment threshold from 50 to 15 direct employees for foreigners investing $100,000 in SMEs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the price of rice will probably be at least 50 percent cheaper over time when things (have) stabilized or normalized” External link

pna Friday, March 1, 2019 4:30:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This should improve investments in the manufacturing sector, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:33:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The role of the government is just to make sure that these are legitimate, credible companies and companies with integrity," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “He was an exemplar of a dedicated public servant with high competence and integrity. A big loss to the BSP and the country. He’ll be missed,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With improved manpower of PCC and other government agencies, through exposure to different fields, including competition economics, competition policy, and data science, we can expect market competition in the economy to be enhanced,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 18, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Policy uncertainty remains a threat to global trade, investment, and output, especially as US-China trade tensions continue. To mitigate this impact, the national government should continue to work on legislative reforms that will open up sectors for foreign investment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We should encourage foreign firms to transfer their manufacturing facilities to the Philippines and to take advantage of the growing domestic market," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Cordillera is a star. It achieved a growth rate that was nearly double than the Philippine economic growth rate, which was at 6.7 percent,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue this year. We have a strong domestic demand. Household consumption is seen to pick up in the next quarters as inflation is expected to ease this year,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We expect this move to provide a strong foundation for growth this year,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Chapter five of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 details strategies to ensure clean and efficient governance. Guided by this, the Philippine government will be advancing its anti-corruption initiatives in terms of scale, technology use, and citizen participation,” External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With the declining inflation, domestic demand will strengthen,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, January 28, 2019 8:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “During our last economic cluster meeting, we talked about sugar to be liberalized. It could be similar to rice, there will be tariffication,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think I had used the word aspiration,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:09:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : “We had high inflation rates last year especially in the third quarter and the first two months of the fourth quarter. Inflation affects consumer spending and government spending,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Several factors behind the slowdown, but I would highlight the performance of agriculture. The drop from 4 percent last year to 0.8 percent is a major debacle for the sector,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This was the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than 6 percent,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This steady performance, the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its more than 6 percent growth, brings our full-year economic growth for 2018 to 6.2 percent," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The numbers today clearly make the case for removing of policy uncertainties in the economic sector by introducing the next wave of reforms" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine economy grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 [bringing] a 6.2 percent growth for full year of 2018,” “This is the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than six percent,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The numbers today clearly make the case for removing of policy uncertainties in the economic sector by introducing the next wave of reforms" External link

4-traders Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BAR, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:29:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BAR, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BARMM, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Connectivity and social infrastructure should be the primary concern of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and the new leaders of the BARMM to address pressing issues, most importantly access to basic services," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Simplifying loan processes, provision of financial literacy trainings, and facilitation of linkages between MSMEs and large corporations are some ways to spur the internationalization of MSMEs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “A widening current account balance due to rising capital goods imports and anemic exports growth is a cause for concern. The widening gap emphasizes the need to reform legislation to allow foreign investments in firms catering to the domestic market, in addition to expanding their exporting activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also expect that election-related spending will drive up manufacturing, particularly production of food, beverage, tobacco, printing and paper products,” External link

sunstar Friday, January 4, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In addition to the massive investments in infrastructure, these amendments will help attract foreign investments in manufacturing,” External link

sunstar Friday, January 4, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “You know there will always be more than two sides in a story. One group will view the glass as half empty, while the others half full. We choose to be on the latter’s side. But our hope and optimism is strengthened by grounded objectivity and unstoppable determination and hard work,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Despite external and domestic headwinds in 2018, the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are optimistic that increases in consumer prices have already peaked and we expect inflation to normalize in the medium term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Liberalizing more sectors for foreign investment in the country will open the country for new technology and innovation,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But the resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue over the medium term. With key reforms scored this year, we expect the performance of the economy to be robust despite domestic and external risks. This will be supported by the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program gaining steam expected next year,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is a tall order, but the government remains committed to reaching the revised growth target for the year, which 6.4 to 6.9 percent,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are optimistic that increases in consumer prices have already peaked and we expect inflation to normalize in the medium term,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In terms of project timelines, we expect 31 projects to be completed by 2022. The remaining 44 projects will be completed beyond this administration’s term but may commence implementation during this administration,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Not true at all. Not for us to do that!” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 22, 2018 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We will certainly step up the implementation of the RPRH Law, which will benefit all Filipino families,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia saying : “We need this to make sure that we are on track of meeting our development targets” External link

manilatimes Friday, December 14, 2018 9:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The import of raw materials and intermediate goods could also indicate the vibrancy of the manufacturing sector as it is expected to sustain its positive growth in the remaining months of the 2018,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 10, 2018 3:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to encourage more women to join the workforce, considering that our country has a high proportion of well-educated women,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This signals that the quality of work is improving even outside the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila). We attribute this to expanding employment opportunities and the approval of nominal increases in regional wages supported by labour productivity improvements,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “To meet our targets, we need to fast-track strategic efforts to achieve all of our end-of-plan targets towards full and inclusive employment. There is a need to improve social protection programs for workers while providing flexibility for firms to adjust to changing market conditions. This should be complemented with the provision of unemployment insurance to support the income of displaced workers who will be negatively affected by economic disruptions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to encourage more women to join the workforce, considering that our country has a high proportion of well-educated women. The recently passed Telecommuting Act will help ensure that both men and women can better share responsibilities at home, while still being productively engaged at work,” “Likewise, faster implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law will also help women pursue continuing education and careers in the marketplace,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Our central bank is doing a great job in managing the currency and managing the sharp fluctuations,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

ibtimes Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This demonstrates the recovery of our agricultural sector from the effects of the El Niño. It also indicates the positive contributions of mining and petroleum to the economy. This implies that we will have to find a wholesome balance between mining development and environmental protection,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 10, 2017 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If we want to continue being in the forefront, we need to create policies that enhance and expand opportunities for industries, expand our infrastructure, and shift to a knowledge-based economy. We also need to push for reforms that will sustain growth such as the comprehensive tax reform package, which could provide additional impetus to consumption and investment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 10, 2017 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We recognize that college education is important for Filipinos, based on the results of the focus group discussions and survey on AmBisyon Natin 2040,” “Many employers also prefer college graduates. However, we need to carefully study our options for helping people achieve their aspirations for higher education, considering other needs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:48:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Chinese tourists are going to be coming in droves,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Hence, an ambitious program focusing on infrastructure is necessary not only to raise the government’s contribution to investments, but also to fill the country’s massive infrastructure backlog that has been inherited from past governments,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, January 15, 2017 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Asean is looked up as an important regional economic grouping,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:41:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment," External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

voanews Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “All women of reproductive age should be able to achieve their desired family size, their desired number of children rather than having more children than they can provide for adequately,” “That is exactly the essence of the... Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:01:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

therepublic Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "You don't want women to have unwanted babies because then, they would have difficulty raising their babies to their full potential," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "A year and a half is too long a wait... It (EO) is just telling the public, including the Supreme Court, that the government cannot continue to tolerate the delay in judgment," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "modern family planning services and modern contraceptives be adopted by women of reproductive age," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The EO is really for modern family planning services, contraceptives to be adopted by women in order for them to achieve their desired number of children," "If we don't implement the RP-RH Law fully, then we're unable to meet the poverty reduction target," External link

sunstar Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This growth was supported by local demand for vehicles such as passenger cars, light trucks and buses,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Lastly, we must make sure that the technical skills of our labor force are in line with industry needs, and that opportunities to enhance technical competencies are available to people in the low-income and far-flung areas of our country,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreements and continue to push for reforms. This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreement and continue to push for reforms," "This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors" External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must continue to develop our infrastructure and encourage product differentiation and quality upgrading to prepare our micro, small, and medium enterprises, for the upcoming increase in demand from our new trading partners," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreement and continue to push for reforms," "This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors" External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must continue to develop our infrastructure and encourage product differentiation and quality upgrading to prepare our micro, small, and medium enterprises, for the upcoming increase in demand from our new trading partners," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The higher prices in transport commodity reflected the hike in international oil prices caused by oil-producing countries’ decision to cut oil production by almost 1.8 million barrels per day,” External link

sunstar Thursday, January 5, 2017 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We are carrying on with the macro-economic policies of the previous administration but ramping up infrastructure spending, promoting regional and rural development and investing heavily in human capital development, which includes health and education and nutrition,” External link

voanews Friday, December 30, 2016 11:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “PIDP also supports the attainment of NIA’s performance targets thru project financing that need urgent confirmation,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s not a terrible dampener to economic growth,” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin E Diokno ) : “We wrote a dissenting paper. We drafted the paper signed by Dominguez, [Budget Secretary Benjamin E.] Diokno, [Trade Secretary Ramon] Mon [M.] Lopez and Vice-President Robredo. Five of us signed it,” “It was listened to, because they had to revise the EO [executive order]” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin E Diokno ) : “The three of us are solid: Dominguez, Diokno and myself,” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Given the amount of investments that many countries are interested in putting in, I would not lose sleep over that,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 16, 2016 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The AIIB president was here the other day. He was trying to sell assistance,” External link

iran-daily Friday, December 16, 2016 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The AIIB president was here the other day. He was trying to sell assistance," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 16, 2016 4:49:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “All things considered, our economy’s continuing strong growth, decreasing poverty, lower unemployment rates, and new foreign investments this year are all good signs of things to come,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That, hopefully, can be surmounted with the strong hand of the President and his popularity,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Well, I am not really worried What is the MCC? In terms of value, it’s $430 million,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s really more symbolic in terms of the confidence of those behind the MCC, rather than... having real impact on the economy. And [with] the amounts of investments that many countries are interested in putting in, I wouldn’t lose sleep over that,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "An exchange rate of P50-P52 is still manageable," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We must help our rice farmers prepare for this and help them transition to higher value crops as we ensure food security and make basic prices more affordable to the poor,” “Overall, we expect the full-year inflation for 2016 to be well within the government’s inflation target band of 2 percent to 4 percent. The overall balance of risks is tilted on the upside, with supply-side factors as the main contributor to price adjustments,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:29:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We have a safety net which was foreseen by (Duterte). He foresaw, he’s a clairvoyant. He decided to pivot to China. Instead of depending on the U.S., to a great extent, we are now diversifying our friends. So you don’t crash when the country you depend on is in trouble,” External link

voanews Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Not in the long run. Maybe in the short run, there'll be some hiccups, but those hiccups will be temporary," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Donald Trump ) : "He (Trump) cannot dictate private citizens or private residents na huwag na kayong magpadala ng remittance," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This was backed by the increasing demand for construction-related materials, strong consumer confidence, and high importation of raw materials,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While this growth is a boon, it is important to note that the average capacity utilization of manufacturing firms barely moved since 2012. This may hamper the sector’s growth in the long-run as it may end up struggling to keep up with the increasing domestic demand,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Recent developments in China and Japan, which are the Philippine’s largest trading partners in Asia, provide good prospects for merchandise trade. The steady growth of China’s economy is a welcome development, and the Japanese government also appears to be on track to reviving its economy,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Amid these mixed developments and with risks mostly on the downside, the Philippines will continue to focus on bringing Philippine exports to more diverse markets,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We have a safety net which was foreseen by the president. [Duterte] foresaw, he’s a clairvoyant,” External link

dailycaller Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "Hastening the building of infrastructure cannot be done without emergency powers," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : “The EO is being modified now to take into account our contributions in terms of the impact of the land conversion on infrastructure development which will require converting certain lands for infrastructure as well as for housing and non-agricultural enterprises,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "We are moving projects very rapidly," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told ( about Hillary Rodham Clinton ) : "I think Clinton is better. More continuity from Obama, because Obama has been campaigning with her," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Given the larger possibility of more frequent and stronger rains, the agriculture sector needs to implement adaptation measures to protect the income of farmers and keep food price inflation at bay," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, November 4, 2016 9:26:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "We are putting up safeguards na hindi maulit yung NBN-ZTE debacle, at saka yung Northrail," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This can be sustained only if underlying infrastructure support is provided,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This can be sustained only if underlying infrastructure support is provided," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we are one with DAR in finding ways to address the country’s food security concern, food security has to be met through some other means,” External link

sunstar Sunday, October 16, 2016 3:41:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “That’s not going to pass. We already talked with Secretary Bello, and he agrees with our position,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If we cannot implement the RH law fully, that will be problematic because to be able to achieve the 17-percent poverty incidence by the end of the term of this President, it will have to be a combination of strong economic growth, lots of jobs, complemented by the full implementation of the RH law so that the poor are able to limit or space their child bearing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is the problem with our judiciary, they take our sweet time,” “They dont realize how serious it is to have a TRO like this because 11 woman die of pregnancy and birth-related causes [daily]. And this could have been prevented if the TRO were not in effect” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If you remember, the Philippine Development Plan 2010-2016 included a multidimensional poverty index or MPI. We definitely want to continue this initiative and develop a multidimensional and trans-disciplinary approach in addressing the multiple facets of poverty,” “Note that the Duterte administration aims to reduce the poverty incidence in the country to as low as 17 percent by the end of his term. That will require a lot of effort from the economy side and the population side” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “These projects will ensure the realization of the Duterte administration’s goals to reduce poverty and inequality by focusing on regional, rural and agricultural development,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think 6.5 percent should be achievable for the full year,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:38:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services,” External link

sunstar Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s hard to extend it because we have been given extensions already,” “I’m sure some people like it extended but in the opinion of the economic team, we prefer to just let it go” External link

bworldcom Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:10:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia asked : “If I were to decide, bakit (why) rice subsidy, why not outright cash, para (so) they have the freedom to do whatever they want to do with the cash?” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 29, 2016 8:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Food price, particularly rice, rose and poverty line increased by almost 30 percent during the period 2009 to 2015,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 28, 2016 8:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That would be an additional bridge to add to what we have now on the east side of Metro Manila,” “We need another one to add road space for those traveling between the two parts of Pasig, the two parts of Metro Manila that is cut by the Pasig River” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s also a need to reinforce the Guadalupe Bridge,” “So when work on the bridge starts, one lane will be closed, so we need an additional bridge” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That prison in Fort Magsaysay should decongest our overcrowded jails and prisons,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “because we are not really secure in terms of our water needs,” “You know, there are many areas that are waterless,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We [can] draw in the justices and the well, especially the Supreme Court,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "What we intend to do is to focus now on the sub-national and regional economies, including rural areas and agriculture in order to disperse development away from mega urban industrial regions," External link

reuters Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We should also try to get the view of others who approve of what’s happening and see it as maybe a necessary evil that has to happen in the pursuit of the greater good, I’d put it that way,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "poverty reduction has been exceedingly slow," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 22, 2016 10:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This, as what President Duterte said, is his big ticket, priority infrastructure project that he will push under his leadership,” External link

sunstar Friday, August 19, 2016 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The previous administration gave us a strong and stable economy that we can build on further by maintaining the sound macroeconomic, fiscal, and monetary policies already in place. It is also encouraging to note that the growth has been investment-driven,” “The challenge is to make this growth inclusive so that more people contribute to, and benefit from it. For this, we must improve the competitiveness of our markets and business climate to take advantage of the new surge of investments in the region. Importantly, we must look at the sectors and geographic areas that have been lagging behind and determine how to improve their access to these opportunities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This highlights the urgency of crafting holistic agriculture development policies that include disaster resiliency. This will benefit workers from the sector, which employs the biggest chunk of our labor force,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we discuss these economic numbers, it is important to recognize that these should be treated as means to an end. What really matters is that welfare especially of the least among us is improved,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy will need to grow by at least 5.1 percent in the second half of the year to attain at least the low-end of the growth target,” External link

sunstar Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The campaign of the peace and order will help by itself lure and boost investors outside Manila especially in Mindanao,” External link

sunstar Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "In terms of completing that railway system, the entire thing, it's probably going to be beyond the administration of President Duterte," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "And the next set will be about 500,000 tons to be really secure about rice (supply) over the next year," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "I think our rice on stock will be sufficient for the rest of the year but then we need to import right now to prepare for the deficiency," "Otherwise we will experience what happened in 2013 when rice prices spiked" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “So we’re really serious about the full implementation of the RH [law],” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That’s great. Along with investment in human capital and job creation, that would help reduce poverty faster,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is the problem with our judiciary, they take [their] sweet time. They don’t realize how serious it is to have a TRO like this because everyone knows by now, 11 woman die of pregnancy and birth-related causes. And this could have been prevented if the TRO were not in effect,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT



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general2.50%EN08/27/201727/08/2017
development authority director general1.80%EN08/27/201727/08/2017
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planning minister0.55%EN05/18/201718/05/2017
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Ernesto Pernia said : “He’s a very able economist but I hope he will have an independent mind and also not just agree on anything,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Fourteen percent by 2022 is still achievable given the swift reduction from 2015 to 2018," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It is understandable that there would be differences in national development philosophy, given that different people have different educational and disciplinal backgrounds,” “So yes, there are indeed difference in approaches and in such a critical time for the country, it is best that the government doesn’t get bogged down internally,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia expressed : “He’s a very able economist, but I hope he will have an independent mind and also not just agree on anything,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I guess [the economic team head] wants smoother…less of a debate, disagreements and differences when Karl Chua, who is from the Department of Finance, will be in NEDA because, naturally, that would be the logical sequence of having him there,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Chua and I go a long way [back] too because we worked together when he was doing his PhD dissertation at UP, and I was back on the faculty after some absence. He assisted me on some projects,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The differences I was talking about was more general in nature, regarding development policy, development philosophy. That’s what I said,” “It was not directly related to the COVID crisis. In fact, it is still more general” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:18:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

680news Friday, April 17, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

ABCnews Friday, April 17, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning,” External link

manilatimes Friday, April 17, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 17, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, April 17, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members," External link

startribune Friday, April 17, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, April 17, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "After reflection during Holy Week, and consultations with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to resign from my post as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning," "This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, April 17, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Parang calibrated opening siguro of malls and other areas where we can still have the necessary safeguards against contracting the disease," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The country’s experience in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the crucial importance of synergy of efforts of the government, private sector and citizens. Such cooperation in making limited resources work should be part of the new normal that will emerge after this pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need a regular review of rules or limitations imposed due to the health crisis. It is crucial to avoid delimiting production and distribution capacity. This is to ensure that there is enough supply of food and other essentials since these are vital for the communities affected by COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also expect that the global supply chain disruptions brought by the pandemic will have a negative effect on the manufacturing and merchandise exports,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy should be able to quickly adapt to and thrive under the new normal. Utilizing digital platforms is crucial in optimizing production and distribution of goods and services. Business continuity plans must also be formulated, particularly for the most vulnerable micro, small and medium enterprises,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We need to ramp up agricultural supply. Manufacturing industries need to come back to life," "Restrictions on movement of people are still tight. We can loosen some of that," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But we still hope to recover by fourth quarter this year,” External link

bworldcom Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As this pandemic affects various sectors, it is important for us to be able to characterize what this new normal would mean to each and every segment of the population. We are currently crowdsourcing for inputs on how the whole of government can address the challenges the country is facing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The whole of government will also be ready to adjust plans and implement the necessary interventions as the air of uncertainty is expected to remain with us for some time. We aim for these strategies to cover the most pressing issues and build from there with forward planning as our lens,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Although we can expect some negative growth perhaps the second quarter, probably moving to the third quarter but those will be transitory. We should be able to resuscitate the economy to a positive growth rate by the 4th quarter or later in the year," "We hope it's not going to be negative even in the third quarter if we do something about the enhanced community quarantine before the third quarter," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:09:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This law enables the government to act swiftly in identifying programs and targeted measures, together with sources of funds that can be quickly disbursed,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about National Health ) : “As part of the Inter-agency Task Force, we are hoping to contribute substantially to the National Action Plan,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Related to work suspension to reduce possible disease transmission, the government recognizes that the poor and marginalized are the ones most affected by this crisis. The Bayanihan Act enables the government to provide emergency subsidy to around 18 million low-income households for two months to help address the impact of loss of income and employment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “NEDA will continue to monitor the situation. Once the spread of the disease is contained and it becomes safe to resume operations, an economic recovery plan must be quickly set in motion. Through joint efforts, we will define a new normal state of the economic activity that is more prepared and resilient not only to this kind of pandemic but also to climate change,” “Accordingly, we will update our development plans and investment programs to be responsive to the needs of the country and its people, both in the short term and in the medium to long term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Fourteen percent by 2022 is still achievable given the swift reduction from 2015 to 2018," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Under these extraordinary times, we need special powers. We don't have an alternative," "To begin with, I think it's good enough," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In consultation with the private sector, the government should ease [the] implementation of some regulations that will allow firms to manage costs and provide financing or loan restructuring to micro and small enterprises, whose operations may have already been affected,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In the longer term, emphasis must be placed on developing backward and forward linkages that will encourage production of raw materials and intermediate inputs — as well as onward processing to finished products — in the domestic market to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In the longer term, emphasis must be placed on developing backward and forward linkages that will encourage the production of raw materials and intermediate inputs as well onward processing to finished products in the domestic market to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With a slowdown in economic activities, there will be a concomitant reduction in employment of around 30,000 to 60,000 jobs in the travel and tourism sector,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Intensifying government’s actions to monitor and implement mitigating measures will temper the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 on the manufacturing industry,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, March 6, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “These efforts will further improve the country’s labor market in the short run and assist in the attainment of the long-term vision of the Filipinos such as having their own businesses, as stated in AmBisyon Natin 2040,” External link

pna Friday, March 6, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of Covid-19 on production,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of COVID-19 on production,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We call on our colleagues in the government, both in the national and local levels, to stand ready in effectively managing the demand and supply of key agricultural commodities, which will possibly be affected by these risks,” External link

pna Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Government needs to work closely with the industry in crafting and implementing strategies to effectively mitigate the possible impacts of COVID-19 on production," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "relevant government agencies need to swiftly implement measures that would streamline processes, facilitate trade, and reduce transactions costs" External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “this will help Filipinos achieve the quality of life that they deserve by discouraging and reducing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, lowering their risk for non-communicable and deadly diseases” External link

pna Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "As an academic and economist, I think it will have some adverse effects on investments. There will be some discouragement," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 24, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "As an academic and economist, I think it will have some adverse effects on investments. There will be some discouragement," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 19, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Proposed legislations have been filed in Congress to strengthen NEDA with a bigger role in the implementation of long-term, continuing, integrated and coordinated programs and policies for national development,” External link

pna Monday, February 17, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the Philippines is actively paving the way toward its next stages of economic development, and the gains should be acknowledged by credit rating agencies like Fitch” External link

manilatimes Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:31:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If the coronavirus lasts for one month, the effect will be 0.06 percent of the GDP. If it is up to June, it will be around 0.3 percent and if it up to December… it will be about 0.7 percent impact on GDP growth,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, February 8, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We remain attentive to the recent developments abroad which could affect domestic pump prices. Over the medium- to long-term, it is essential for the country to explore alternative and cheaper energy from local sources to become less import-dependent” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : "We encourage industries to capitalize on innovation to reach their growth potential in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To this end, the government needs to formulate and implement policies and programs to stimulate innovation in the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "This will attract foreign companies to locate sensitive technologies and product operations in the country. These will also allow the country to expand from the production of basic products and commodities to higher value intermediate and specialty products for domestic and export purposes," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippines also needs to improve its reputation concerning intellectual property protection. This will attract foreign companies to locate sensitive technologies and product operations in the country,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s likely to have just a short term effect, because given that there’s a lot of measures being done to minimize Filipinos incurring the coronavirus. It shouldn’t take long for that to have an effect on the economy,” “Internal travel will probably pick up and also the business of selling masks will go up, soap and water,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "A full percentage point was lost because of the delay in the passage of budget. We could have grown close to if not right smack 7%," External link

4-traders Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Our estimate was a full percentage point was lost with the delay in the passage of the 2019 budget,” “We could have hit close to, if not right smack, 7% GDP growth this year” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But note that in any disaster like typhoons, in the aftermath of typhoons and volcanic eruptions, it’s going to be a lot of economic activities in terms of reconstruction and rehabilitation, and it is going to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Government spending will be substantial, so that will stimulate the economy and the multiplier effects at least partly compensate for the foregone income,” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This would be the first time in history that the poverty rate will be halved in just six years, a significant contribution and achievement of this administration,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Inclusive, job-generating growth and better-targeted programs helped increase the incomes of the poor. For those in the bottom 30 percent of the population, mean per capita income increased by 31.9 percent, outpacing the income growth of those in the top 20 percent of households,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This would be the first time in history that the poverty rate will be halved in just six years, a significant contribution and achievement of this administration," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must unite and work even harder in the next three years as we aim to lift even more Filipinos out of poverty and make good of our promise to leave no one behind," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “In the long term, strengthening the capability of the country to provide alternative fuels and tapping new and advanced energy technologies are effective steps to diversify and manage the country’s utilization of energy sources, as well as insulate the domestic economy from potential supply shocks that would have far reaching ramifications,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “However, looking at the structure and pattern of imports of crude petroleum to the Philippines indicate that the country has diversified its source of crude petroleum in recent years, such that the level of vulnerability to supply shocks has been slightly reduced,” “In the long term, strengthening the capability of the country to provide alternative fuels and tapping new and advanced energy technologies are effective steps to diversify and manage the country’s utilization of energy sources, as well as insulate the domestic economy from potential supply shocks that would have far reaching ramifications,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The country ended last year with steady inflation but the government must remain vigilant and proactive in managing the impact of potential sources of price pressures this year such as typhoons, the continuing presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the country, and the heightened conflict in the Middle East," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Over the medium to long-term, the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sector must increasingly adopt climate and disaster-resilient technologies and best practices. Climate and disaster risks should also be considered in the program and project designs in the sector," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "One of the major factors that contributed to this feat is our sustained economic growth which generated jobs for the poor and reduced income inequality across regions," External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy has continued to grow this year despite its initial slowdown in the first two quarters and the obstacles that were thrown its way -- from the El Niño phenomenon that resulted in water shortages, the delay in the passage of the 2019 budget, to the US-China trade war, among other things,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The main advantages there would be the budget would have been passed by then before the end of the year so there will be no reenactment of the budget for 2020. So that would already be a good start for the year and in the home stretch, government spending on infrastructure will increase further because we want to finish as many infrastructures as possible,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Looking at these milestones in our journey, we see a stable economic performance for 2019, even as we remain vigilant and prepared to face risks such as the possible water shortages in 2020, weak global growth and stagnating world trade, disruptive technologies, and the volatility of oil prices,” External link

pna Monday, December 30, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “And the other thing that will be welcome also is the news about poverty reduction, which has been quite substantial,” External link

inquirer Friday, December 20, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We see a stable economic performance for 2019, even as we remain vigilant and prepared to face risks such as the possible water shortages in 2020, weak global growth and stagnating world trade, disruptive technologies, and the volatility of oil prices," External link

nampa Wednesday, December 18, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia explains : “In our list of 100 flagship projects, there are about 26, about one-fourth of that list are PPPs. New Clark City is also a combination of ODA (Official Development Assistance), government money, and private sector participation. I think the blending of these three sources is just right because of its strengths. Eventually, it’s the people who will be benefitting,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 13, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "No. The President will not allow that," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "I was comparing the cases of the Philippines, which did not sustain the family planning program since the late 70s, whereas Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia just continued on with their family planning program without disruption. And there's a big difference in terms of poverty incidence," "So that is the kind of difference our non-continuation of our family planning program, [which] started in 1969, has been a costly failure on our part," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "So with family planning services, the wanted number of children is being made possible now for couples and for women, especially those coming from the poor sector. It is also an important instrument in bringing down poverty," External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As long as we are implementing correct, fair policies that should lure investors. We have had so many policy reforms that are really attracting investors. This is just a little blip (on the radar),” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The concession agreement is unconstitutional. Essentially, the government is surrendering its power to regulate. It’s a sovereign surrender,” “Everybody will understand why the government is revising the concession agreement,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Concessionaires should have some conscience. If the contract is onerous on government, it becomes onerous on the people because the water rates are pinapasa din yan sa mga tao e (being passed on to the people),” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The concession agreement is unconstitutional eh kasi essentially, the government is surrendering its power to regulate,” “If contracts are defective, unconstitutional, they have to be revised,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Possible downside risks, particularly the lingering vulnerabilities and spillovers associated with the trade tensions, need to be managed," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “for the remainder of the year, the government must speed up the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, as only 11 of 38 NEDA Board-approved project proposals out of the 75 infrastructure flagship projects are in the construction phase” External link

bworldcom Friday, December 6, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “I think there’s too many handlers, too many middleman involved in the process,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The much bigger majority are benefitting,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Commission ) : “The Philippine Competition Commission has also been brought in to look into possible anti-competitive practices, which is clearly illegal and even unconscionable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “for the remainder of the year, the government must speed up the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, as only 11 of 38 NEDA Board-approved project proposals out of the 75 infrastructure flagship projects are in the construction phase” External link

bworldcom Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are glad to share that after two quarters of deceleration, the growth of the Philippine economy surged to 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The stronger growth in public spending in the third quarter contributed significantly to our Q3 (third quarter) performance. Some may be quick to say that the private sector is a timid participant in our economic growth. Nothing can be farther from the truth. We know that the private sector is the main driver of the economy, with the government providing an enabling policy environment and infrastructure. That is why we need to address infrastructure, logistics and regulatory bottlenecks,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full-year target of 6.0 to 7.0 percent for 2019 - a challenge that we are confidently taking on," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "We know that the private sector is the main driver of the economy, with the government providing an enabling policy environment and infrastructure. That is why we need to address infrastructure, logistics and regulatory bottlenecks," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we can see, the Philippine economy has been steadily growing for the past three years," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The stronger growth in public spending in the third quarter contributed significantly to our third-quarter performance,” “Government is committed to speeding up the implementation of its programs and projects that were affected by the budget impasse and the election ban earlier this year” External link

pna Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full-year target of 6.0-7.0 percent for 2019 --a challenge that we are confidently taking on,” External link

pna Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7 percent in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full year target of 6.0-7.0 percent for 2019—a challenge that we are confidently taking on,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Moreover, the government must sustain faster infrastructure spending in the fourth quarter to achieve the target disbursement performance for the year. The push for high impact and implementable infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program is expected to improve transport and logistics, which are crucial in supporting the growth of exports,” External link

pna Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “half of the 100 will be either completed or started, that is for sure,” External link

arabnews Friday, October 25, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia admitted : “there was some hesitancy to PPP projects before but overtime minds tend to adjust to reality and I think this is what's happening” “And also my philosophy, which I have already mentioned in a meeting, is that we should look at the bigger picture. Let’s not be too obsessed about little gains to be made by the private sector proponent or a little lost on the part of the government,” External link

pna Friday, October 25, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "half of the 100 will be either completed or started, that is for sure," External link

news-yahoo Friday, October 25, 2019 2:46:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "And so we arrived at agreements on how to speed up the processing approval and implementation of projects on the ground," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The data centers should already be in place right now, if not, at least by December so they are usable in early January 2020. We need to act more swiftly and ensure that we will have no delays in the implementation of the National ID. We want to complete the entire process on schedule, i.e., by mid-2022,” External link

pna Monday, October 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We know that budget is limited and that government procedures, rules, and regulations can be very restrictive. But it is incumbent upon us to find new ways of doing things for all of us to be efficient and to make transactions hassle-free for citizens,” External link

pna Monday, October 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The survey results provide insights on specific Filipino cultural values that have potential effect on national development and the role they play in shaping public policy,” External link

manilatimes Monday, October 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to initiate cultural change and promote those positive values that will allow us to achieve our goals and realize our AmBisyon of creating a highly-innovative and high-trust society,” External link

manilatimes Monday, October 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We see the rice tariffication law continuing to help pull down overall inflation in the near term as it continues to help improve rice stock inventory of the country," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, October 14, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Legislations such as the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Public Serve Act, and Trade Liberalization Act would go a long way in improving competitiveness through much needed foreign direct investments and innovation,” External link

pna Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “More than the passage of the Ease of Doing Business Law, it has been government agencies themselves that made the difference in complying with these measures to make their services efficient,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government will address shortcomings in other governance indicators by expanding inter-agency initiatives and engaging citizens to reduce corruption. Also, strengthening local development councils to ensure participation of civil society organizations, and addressing fragmentation in the justice system to ensure the swift and fair administration of justice,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This issue affects the heart of the development of our country as the state of our young people today affects the state of our country's future," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We are also on the lookout for upside risks to inflation that may emanate from the reported cases of African swine fever in the country and volatility in international oil prices poses,” External link

pna Friday, October 4, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The completion of infrastructure projects will improve transport and logistics, crucial in supporting the manufacturing sector," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Domestic demand is seen to be more favorable in the third quarter of 2019, with production of consumer goods such as food and beverages, tobacco, footwear and wearing apparel, and furniture and fixtures are expected to increase," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “That’s kind of normal for projects especially unsolicited PPP projects. It’s not unusual that there’s back and forth couple of times or 3 times before a solicited proposal is approved,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “One important thing about PPP project is that we don’t want the government to have to provide direct subsidy, warranty or any guarantee of any kind, direct guarantee....You know the concession agreement has to be perfected before it can pass the hurdle,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That’s still reachable because household consumption spending. Inflation as you know is still on a downtrend, so it’s not unthinkable that we will reach 6 percent or more,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 27, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Chicken is okay. People are able to substitute chicken for pork. Inflation is not going to spike for sure,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “By next year, I think they will try to hit about 40 million (enrolment) because the exponential ramp-up will be June next year but the real massive registration will be in 2021,” External link

pna Monday, September 9, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia pointed out : “Our growth regressed. We could have achieved 6.5 percent but we only did 5.5 percent (in second quarter). That’s a full percentage point regression in economic growth,” “That’s why we’re praying, ee’re hoping that it (the budget delay) is not going to happen again,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need at least 6.4 percent of economic growth in the second half of the year to meet our (economic growth) target of 6 percent in 2019. That is why we are hoping for a timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is possible since the majority of the waste we produce is biodegradable at around 52 percent and recyclable at 28 percent. With the right push, the country can still further reduce the amount of solid waste it generates,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We will have a regressing economic growth performance of probably below 5 percent or [somewhere near that figure],” External link

manilatimes Monday, September 2, 2019 9:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With the Philippines growing steadily over the past five years, the demand for energy has also been rising rapidly,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:19:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "With the Philippines growing steadily over the past five years, the demand for energy has also been rising rapidly," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, August 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we must meet the power demand to sustain our economic growth, we must also find a way to grow without compromising our environment and draining our natural resources," "The government has been working earnestly to preserve the country's environment and natural resources," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, August 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "the rising teenage pregnancy rate in the Philippines has contributed to the country's population crisis" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 29, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s too many buildings in Metro Manila. They should go to the regions because the infrastructure in the regions are being improved,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are going to start doing the pilot test on September 2, and the pilot test will cover a not so big number of registrants,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia explained : “This will facilitate transactions between citizens and government, between citizens and the private sector, and between government and the private sector,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Having one national ID will strengthen financial inclusion by reducing the cost of transactions through easier authentication procedures. This way, the marginalized will have easier, faster access to public programs,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “By the end of the administration, we would have covered virtually all Filipinos including OFW (overseas Filipino workers),” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s too many buildings in Metro Manila. They should go to the regions because the infrastructure in the regions are being improved,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We still have to improve our infrastructure, reduce our red tape and other conveniences for foreign investors. China is also more open than the Philippines. Foreign universities can set up there. Professionals can practice their profession in China,” “This protectionism of the Philippine economy, this closeness, is a carryover from the [1940s and 1950s]. They were very protectionist. So up to now we still have this mindset and our legislators…have not really outgrown this mindset,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Some can be eased by legislation. We have already eased the FINL (foreign investment negative list), but there is still much more that needs to be done,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “we need to have Constitutional change on economic provisions, some can be eased by legislation” External link

pna Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia pointed out : “Our growth regressed. We could have achieved 6.5 percent but we only did 5.5 percent (in second quarter). That’s a full percentage point regression in economic growth,” “That’s why we’re praying, ee’re hoping that it (the budget delay) is not going to happen again,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 23, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need at least 6.4 percent of economic growth in the second half of the year to meet our (economic growth) target of 6 percent in 2019. That is why we are hoping for a timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 23, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We will have a regressing economic growth performance of probably below 5 percent or [somewhere near that figure],” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That is why we are hoping for the timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That is why we are hoping for timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” External link

pna Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The ongoing transition holds promise for the region’s broad-based and sustainable development. Apart from the power and authority granted over certain sectors and activities to create its own sources of revenue and advance the region’s economic development, the increased budgetary support to the BARMM will likely result in more economic activities and socioeconomic interventions beneficial to BARMM,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Ahead of us are gargantuan yet surmountable tasks for the region to catch up, starting with the creation of the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council, which will serve as the planning, monitoring, and coordinating agency for all development plans, programs, and projects of the Bangsamoro government,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While most programs will be financed through national government funds, non-government sources have also been identified. Among the biggest nongovernment projects implemented is the construction of 3,500 permanent housing units by San Miguel Corporation and UN Habitat with an estimated cost of P1.93 billion,” “We assure you that the government is committed to meeting the overall goal of the Bangon Marawi. Our aim is for Marawi City and surrounding communities to co-exist in peace and become vibrant, productive, and resilient to risks of conflict and other disasters, with culture integrated into the country’s socioeconomic development,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 19, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We as a community need to exchange notes on best practices in data collection, management, and reporting. We need to be familiar with technologies that can enable us to produce high-quality and timely statistics,” External link

pna Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The imposition of additional requirements without due cause restricts the entry of market players or businesses in any industry. Our role in government is to simplify and streamline processes to create an enabling environment that would be beneficial to all in the long term,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “just to be realistic about what we expect this year” External link

taipeitimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “As we have anticipated, these have been challenging times. The past year, we had enumerated the major ones that we thought would impact our economic performance, namely the El Niño phenomenon, the increasing protectionism in advanced economies and the election ban on construction activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I’m sure the BSP will do something. Diokno knows it by now. He is a pro-growth central bank governor...I’m quite optimistic he will do the right thing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The weak economic performance in the second quarter is a continuing impact of the election ban and delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget. Public construction dropped by 27.2 percent in the second quarter and offset the growth of private construction,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "It is essential for the country to diversify its products and markets," External link

afp-en Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Ben is a pro-growth central bank governor and he will take the cue in terms of how to stimulate the economy with monetary policy. I'm quite optimistic that he will do the right thing," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 7:47:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “just to be realistic about what we expect this year” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:20:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “However, considering the less optimistic global trade prospects, it is necessary to diversify markets and boost domestic demand to compensate for the weakness of external trade,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In light of the current trade spat between Korea and Japan, we need to complete the negotiations for the free trade agreement with South Korea and review the decade-old Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement to further expand the country’s exports in both markets,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Importantly, the government has been fast-tracking the implementation of infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program to enhance trade facilitation and provide logistical support to manufacturers and exporters,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “The concerned authorities should intensify its market surveillance to ensure the compliance of importers and retailers with the government’s directive. The government should also ensure that there is sufficient production of pork and other meat products locally as the threat of the epidemic is seen to continue in the near term,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 6, 2019 3:53:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The National Land Use Act was identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the priority legislative measures in his State of Nation Addresses (SONA) since 2017. In his fourth SONA last week, the President appealed again to all legislators to immediately pass the NaLUA to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land and our physical resources,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to plan our physical space well. Land use policies must be clear on where and how much space to allocate for agricultural production to ensure we have enough food; where and how much space for settlements development to meet housing demand; where to encourage growth of industries to boost the economy and create jobs; and which areas should be protected for environmental sustainability,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are well-aligned and overarching, and we need to ensure that government actions are strategic, coherent, and evidence-based,” “We need a strong institution that oversees and coordinates with all other agencies to help us overcome silo mentality and short-sightedness in government,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The rating is a testament to the improved confidence in NEDA’s performance in the past years. This further motivates us to excel in our role of leading the country towards its goals and aspirations through seamless, participatory, evidence-based, and proactive planning,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:38:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the legislation should be something that will benefit not only employers, but also the workers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There will be [fewer] job opportunities,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “We are also going to look at what are the infrastructure projects that need to be pushed harder to be accelerated so that as many as possible these infra projects will be completed by the end of the term of the president or well underway in terms of getting them started so that the succeeding admin can complete them on time,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippines’ second VNR emphasizes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. We all should do our share to make sure that no one is left behind and to realize the aspiration of Filipinos for a life that is comfortable, peaceful and secure,” External link

manilatimes Monday, July 22, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We just have to accelerate, redouble, triple, or even quadruple our efforts. It’s really a catch-up plan," External link

manilametro Monday, July 15, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We just have to accelerate, redouble, triple, or even quadruple our efforts. It’s really a catch-up plan," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Strategies under the PEDP must be implemented in harmony with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 to boost merchandise trade growth,” “The Philippines should likewise continue to aggressively pursue regional integration and cooperation to dampen the effects of increasing trade tensions,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We reiterate our call to beef up production support and farm recovery programs in areas affected by El Niño. We also pitch for an assessment on the vulnerability and sustainability of farm areas to ensure that farming activities are adaptive to the environment and resilient to weather disturbances,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Despite these negative figures, we note a positive development for this month’s manufacturing performance upon seeing that the number of gainers in both indices has outpaced the losers. For one, 14 subsectors trended upwards trend compared to last month’s 10 subsectors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “More importantly, we need measures to boost the productivity of agriculture and strengthen supply chain linkages between local and foreign producers of raw food products and food manufacturers to increase food production. Food products, the largest subsector, has a significant impact on the overall performance of the manufacturing sector,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “So the legislature really should pass many of these bills such as the foreign investment act, retail trade act, and the public service act, and with those three acts passed and liberalizing the economy, we could really expect much more foreign investment, tripling or quadrupling what we have already achieved,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:38:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Because we are not so dependent on export, we are more dependent on internal demand, internal consumption, that is a safety valve as far as this ongoing trade war is concerned,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 28, 2019 6:27:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “I would say 6.5 percent is attainable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This Act champions the promotion of technological advancement so as to enhance the competitiveness of our Filipino MSMEs,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “will be a landmark legislation because we believe that innovation is an important driver of long-term growth, and that science and technology is key to making the Philippines a more competitive player in the global knowledge arena,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This is why government is directing investments to not just physical infrastructure, but also human capital formation through quality health, nutrition, and education,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While the law’s passage was mostly the doing of government, we are counting on the private sector to implement non-discrimination laws such as this, to ensure that women receive equal opportunities in the workplace (if not at home),” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “What we have to do now is to prioritize projects, such that those that are more costly than others….. The more costly ones — we want them to move faster than the [less] costly ones,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “big infrastructure projects…aim to make the Philippines reach upper middle-income status by the end of 2019 or in 2020,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "So we would be on a non-STEP funding," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The enactment of the UHC law is a defining moment for the Philippine health system. We, at NEDA, are optimistic that its implementation will open the doors for more reforms that will improve the health of Filipino people,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “High out-of-pocket medical expenses push more people into poverty. When households spend more on hospital bills and medical treatments, they are forced to spend less on other basic necessities like food, housing, and education,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "With the passage of these reforms, we can leverage the Philippines' attractiveness to both foreign and local investors. These investments can help our industry to improve production efficiency and product diversification," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The expansion may be attributed to increased business activities in line with the campaign period for the Philippine midterm elections. Adding to this is the increase in consumer demand during summer and harvest seasons," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government may need to revisit existing interventions to ensure that they are designed to be responsive to the needs and actual behavior of farmers, fisher folks and processors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It must be ensured that all food products, both for domestic market consumption and for export, are aligned with Good Agricultural Practices or Good Manufacturing Practices,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the enactment of this proposed legislation will give NEDA the teeth and strategic vision in planning and implementing reform initiatives that will be sustained beyond an administration’s term” “At its core, the measure seeks to address fragmented, uncoordinated, and even often interrupted planning, policy-making, programming, and budgeting process of the government. There will be continuity of plans, programs, and policies that should outlive a President’s term for them to become effective,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jumpstart and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 13, 2019 3:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jump-start and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jump-start and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we had forewarned repeatedly, the reenacted budget would sharply slow the pace of economic growth," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We estimate that we should have grown by as much as 6.6 percent this first quarter, if we were operating under the 2019 fiscal program," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This is still achievable given the current performance of the private sector and if the government sector is able to jumpstart and speed up the implementation of its new programs and projects," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Fortunately, foreign investments will also be encouraged with our country's international credit rating upgrade to BBB+, historically the highest for the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "As we had forewarned repeatedly, the reenacted budget would sharply slow the pace of economic growth," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Recently, the Philippines has also secured a commitment from the UK on continuing the same level of market access to UK post-Brexit, similar to the EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences,” “To put the Philippines in a more competitive stance, it is crucial to open up domestic sectors to foreign participation through the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Retail Trade Act, and Public Services Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 8, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "To put the Philippines in a more competitive stance, it is crucial to open up domestic sectors to foreign participation through the proposed amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Retail Trade Act, and Public Services Act," "This will help attract multinational firms to invest and set up their manufacturing operations in the country," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The recent inflation reading validates our efforts towards stabilizing inflation so that the country’s buoyant economic growth, along with key reforms, remains unimpeded,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The continued low inflation of rice can be attributed to the stable rice supply in the country, with more imported rice expected to arrive in the country as the Rice Liberalization Act takes effect,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The recent inflation reading validates our efforts towards stabilizing inflation so that the country’s buoyant economic growth, along with key reforms, remains unimpeded,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The continued low inflation of rice can be attributed to the stable rice supply in the country, with more imported rice expected to arrive in the country as the Rice Liberalization Act takes effect,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "An immediate implementation of a catch-up plan after the passage of the 2019 budget must be pursued to regain the government's spending momentum. This should, at the same time, counter the impact of the temporary interruption in the implementation of new and on-going projects as well as funding for social services," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We encourage producers of special varieties of rice, such as heirloom, organic, and aromatic long-grain rice, to continue striving to be competitive and to increase their export volume capabilities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “These kinds of rice command higher premium, thus resulting in higher earnings for farmers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Over the course of three years, we can see that poverty decreased substantiallydown by 6.6 percentage points...,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “For one, growth in the construction and manufacturing sectors created more employment opportunities for Filipinos. Second, we like to highlight the increase in income of Filipino households, as well as employment shifts to the industry and service sectors from agriculture,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We note that the top contributor to the strong income growth for the poorest 30 percent of households was an increase in wage and salary incomes. A far second and third were domestic cash receipts/support (including from government) and entrepreneurial activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While these initial results are encouraging, we have yet to wait for full-year results of the FIES, as targets in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 are based on full-year estimates,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think we can be confident that we will stay within the target range of 2-4 percent. If there’s some impact, then inflation will still be within the target,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We cannot stop El Niño but we can make swift and effective moves to soften its impact on the lives of our countrymen and the economy,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “NEDA is ready to take a lead role in mitigating the effects of El Niño,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There is a need for an apex body that will oversee the overall planning, programming, and policy formulation based on sound data,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 29, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We will continue to provide assistance to our friends in the Asean and the larger Asia Pacific region. Moving forward, we will also enhance engagements with Latin America and Africa as much as our resources allow,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Four decades ago, our countries gathered here in Buenos Aires to affirm the value of mutual help and self-reliance. It was an outstanding triumph of solidarity over narrow self-interest in an environment then rife with ideological conflict. Today we look back to celebrate our successes even as we set a new direction for South-South cooperation,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We rededicate ourselves to the principles of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. Let us work together to build our human capital and institutional capabilities, and continue to share our knowledge, expertise, and technology. Let us also defend an open and rules-based global order that allows us to do all these from which we benefit,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 22, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Having one national ID will strengthen financial inclusion by reducing the cost of transactions through easier authentication procedures. This way, the marginalized will have easier, fasteraccess to public programs,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 15, 2019 12:48:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “On the other hand, if the budget is passed in August, expect growth to be around only 4.9 to 5.1 percent. Worse, with a full-year reenacted budget, growth can go as low as 4.2 to 4.9 percent,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also considered the onset of El Niño phenomenon, although we expect a mild one,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “On the other hand, if the budget is passed in August, expect growth to be around only 4.9 to 5.1 percent. Worse, with a full-year reenacted budget, growth can go as low as 4.2 to 4.9 percent,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Even with this, the economy has been steadily growing by at least 6.0 percent for seven consecutive years. Also, in the first ten quarters of the administration, the economy has been growing at an average of 6.5 percent. We need to sustain this momentum, or even accelerate it, now with inflation rate down and within our target range,” “Thus, we call for the immediate passage of the 2019 budget. The longer we wait, the more adverse the effect will be,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We need to sustain this momentum, or even accelerate it, now with inflation rate down and within our target range," "Thus we call for the immediate passage of the 2019 budget. The longer we wait, the more adverse the effect will be," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The importation of raw materials is likely to be affected by the holdback in the implementation of numerous projects under government’s ‘Build Build Build’ program,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Also, the likely conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement this year will be a welcome development," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : "The RCEP would significantly benefit exporters considering that its member economies, which include the 10 ASEAN countries, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, constitute a third of global output and more than a quarter of the world's population," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The importation of raw materials is likely to be affected by the holdback in the implementation of numerous projects under government's 'Build, Build, Build' program," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The prevalence of low-productivity jobs in the agriculture sector remains a challenge. Sustainable solutions such as shifting rice farmers to high-value crops, promoting crop diversification, accelerating development of local infrastructure, and training for farmers on technological advances are critical to raising productivity in agriculture,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The overall improvements in the proportion of remunerative work, and full-time employment, as well as the decline in underemployment and vulnerable employment, indicate that the quality of work in the country is continuously progressing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Manufacturing growth outturn in January 2019 showed a moderate improvement coming from December 2018. Nevertheless, with our recent progress in agricultural policy, we can expect manufacturing to recover further,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The proposed amendment on the Foreign Investments Act of 1991 could be another boost to the manufacturing sector. Considered as a priority bill, it is expected to lower the employment threshold from 50 to 15 direct employees for foreigners investing $100,000 in SMEs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “the price of rice will probably be at least 50 percent cheaper over time when things (have) stabilized or normalized” External link

pna Friday, March 1, 2019 4:30:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This should improve investments in the manufacturing sector, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:33:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The role of the government is just to make sure that these are legitimate, credible companies and companies with integrity," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “He was an exemplar of a dedicated public servant with high competence and integrity. A big loss to the BSP and the country. He’ll be missed,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With improved manpower of PCC and other government agencies, through exposure to different fields, including competition economics, competition policy, and data science, we can expect market competition in the economy to be enhanced,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 18, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Policy uncertainty remains a threat to global trade, investment, and output, especially as US-China trade tensions continue. To mitigate this impact, the national government should continue to work on legislative reforms that will open up sectors for foreign investment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We should encourage foreign firms to transfer their manufacturing facilities to the Philippines and to take advantage of the growing domestic market," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:52:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Cordillera is a star. It achieved a growth rate that was nearly double than the Philippine economic growth rate, which was at 6.7 percent,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue this year. We have a strong domestic demand. Household consumption is seen to pick up in the next quarters as inflation is expected to ease this year,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We expect this move to provide a strong foundation for growth this year,” External link

pna Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Chapter five of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 details strategies to ensure clean and efficient governance. Guided by this, the Philippine government will be advancing its anti-corruption initiatives in terms of scale, technology use, and citizen participation,” External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “With the declining inflation, domestic demand will strengthen,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, January 28, 2019 8:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “During our last economic cluster meeting, we talked about sugar to be liberalized. It could be similar to rice, there will be tariffication,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think I had used the word aspiration,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:09:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : “We had high inflation rates last year especially in the third quarter and the first two months of the fourth quarter. Inflation affects consumer spending and government spending,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Several factors behind the slowdown, but I would highlight the performance of agriculture. The drop from 4 percent last year to 0.8 percent is a major debacle for the sector,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “This was the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than 6 percent,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This steady performance, the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its more than 6 percent growth, brings our full-year economic growth for 2018 to 6.2 percent," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The numbers today clearly make the case for removing of policy uncertainties in the economic sector by introducing the next wave of reforms" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The Philippine economy grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 [bringing] a 6.2 percent growth for full year of 2018,” “This is the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than six percent,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The numbers today clearly make the case for removing of policy uncertainties in the economic sector by introducing the next wave of reforms" External link

4-traders Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BAR, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:29:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BAR, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Given that the BOL provides a lot of opportunities to increase the budget for BARMM, we expect to see more programs and infrastructure projects in the region," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : "Connectivity and social infrastructure should be the primary concern of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and the new leaders of the BARMM to address pressing issues, most importantly access to basic services," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Simplifying loan processes, provision of financial literacy trainings, and facilitation of linkages between MSMEs and large corporations are some ways to spur the internationalization of MSMEs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “A widening current account balance due to rising capital goods imports and anemic exports growth is a cause for concern. The widening gap emphasizes the need to reform legislation to allow foreign investments in firms catering to the domestic market, in addition to expanding their exporting activities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We also expect that election-related spending will drive up manufacturing, particularly production of food, beverage, tobacco, printing and paper products,” External link

sunstar Friday, January 4, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In addition to the massive investments in infrastructure, these amendments will help attract foreign investments in manufacturing,” External link

sunstar Friday, January 4, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “You know there will always be more than two sides in a story. One group will view the glass as half empty, while the others half full. We choose to be on the latter’s side. But our hope and optimism is strengthened by grounded objectivity and unstoppable determination and hard work,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Despite external and domestic headwinds in 2018, the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are optimistic that increases in consumer prices have already peaked and we expect inflation to normalize in the medium term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Liberalizing more sectors for foreign investment in the country will open the country for new technology and innovation,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “But the resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue over the medium term. With key reforms scored this year, we expect the performance of the economy to be robust despite domestic and external risks. This will be supported by the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program gaining steam expected next year,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is a tall order, but the government remains committed to reaching the revised growth target for the year, which 6.4 to 6.9 percent,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We are optimistic that increases in consumer prices have already peaked and we expect inflation to normalize in the medium term,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “In terms of project timelines, we expect 31 projects to be completed by 2022. The remaining 44 projects will be completed beyond this administration’s term but may commence implementation during this administration,” External link

pna Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:01:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Not true at all. Not for us to do that!” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, December 22, 2018 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We will certainly step up the implementation of the RPRH Law, which will benefit all Filipino families,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia saying : “We need this to make sure that we are on track of meeting our development targets” External link

manilatimes Friday, December 14, 2018 9:09:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The import of raw materials and intermediate goods could also indicate the vibrancy of the manufacturing sector as it is expected to sustain its positive growth in the remaining months of the 2018,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 10, 2018 3:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to encourage more women to join the workforce, considering that our country has a high proportion of well-educated women,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This signals that the quality of work is improving even outside the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila). We attribute this to expanding employment opportunities and the approval of nominal increases in regional wages supported by labour productivity improvements,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “To meet our targets, we need to fast-track strategic efforts to achieve all of our end-of-plan targets towards full and inclusive employment. There is a need to improve social protection programs for workers while providing flexibility for firms to adjust to changing market conditions. This should be complemented with the provision of unemployment insurance to support the income of displaced workers who will be negatively affected by economic disruptions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We need to encourage more women to join the workforce, considering that our country has a high proportion of well-educated women. The recently passed Telecommuting Act will help ensure that both men and women can better share responsibilities at home, while still being productively engaged at work,” “Likewise, faster implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law will also help women pursue continuing education and careers in the marketplace,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Our central bank is doing a great job in managing the currency and managing the sharp fluctuations,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

ibtimes Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This demonstrates the recovery of our agricultural sector from the effects of the El Niño. It also indicates the positive contributions of mining and petroleum to the economy. This implies that we will have to find a wholesome balance between mining development and environmental protection,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 10, 2017 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If we want to continue being in the forefront, we need to create policies that enhance and expand opportunities for industries, expand our infrastructure, and shift to a knowledge-based economy. We also need to push for reforms that will sustain growth such as the comprehensive tax reform package, which could provide additional impetus to consumption and investment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 10, 2017 8:56:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We recognize that college education is important for Filipinos, based on the results of the focus group discussions and survey on AmBisyon Natin 2040,” “Many employers also prefer college graduates. However, we need to carefully study our options for helping people achieve their aspirations for higher education, considering other needs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:48:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Chinese tourists are going to be coming in droves,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Hence, an ambitious program focusing on infrastructure is necessary not only to raise the government’s contribution to investments, but also to fill the country’s massive infrastructure backlog that has been inherited from past governments,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, January 15, 2017 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Asean is looked up as an important regional economic grouping,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:41:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment," External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

voanews Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “All women of reproductive age should be able to achieve their desired family size, their desired number of children rather than having more children than they can provide for adequately,” “That is exactly the essence of the... Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:01:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned,” External link

therepublic Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:04:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "You don't want women to have unwanted babies because then, they would have difficulty raising their babies to their full potential," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "A year and a half is too long a wait... It (EO) is just telling the public, including the Supreme Court, that the government cannot continue to tolerate the delay in judgment," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "modern family planning services and modern contraceptives be adopted by women of reproductive age," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The EO is really for modern family planning services, contraceptives to be adopted by women in order for them to achieve their desired number of children," "If we don't implement the RP-RH Law fully, then we're unable to meet the poverty reduction target," External link

sunstar Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:34:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This growth was supported by local demand for vehicles such as passenger cars, light trucks and buses,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Lastly, we must make sure that the technical skills of our labor force are in line with industry needs, and that opportunities to enhance technical competencies are available to people in the low-income and far-flung areas of our country,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreements and continue to push for reforms. This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreement and continue to push for reforms," "This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors" External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must continue to develop our infrastructure and encourage product differentiation and quality upgrading to prepare our micro, small, and medium enterprises, for the upcoming increase in demand from our new trading partners," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "While we are expanding our trade relations with potential markets, we need to further harness our existing free trade agreement and continue to push for reforms," "This will improve our business environment and increase our attractiveness to foreign investors" External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "We must continue to develop our infrastructure and encourage product differentiation and quality upgrading to prepare our micro, small, and medium enterprises, for the upcoming increase in demand from our new trading partners," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The higher prices in transport commodity reflected the hike in international oil prices caused by oil-producing countries’ decision to cut oil production by almost 1.8 million barrels per day,” External link

sunstar Thursday, January 5, 2017 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We are carrying on with the macro-economic policies of the previous administration but ramping up infrastructure spending, promoting regional and rural development and investing heavily in human capital development, which includes health and education and nutrition,” External link

voanews Friday, December 30, 2016 11:17:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “PIDP also supports the attainment of NIA’s performance targets thru project financing that need urgent confirmation,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s not a terrible dampener to economic growth,” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin E Diokno ) : “We wrote a dissenting paper. We drafted the paper signed by Dominguez, [Budget Secretary Benjamin E.] Diokno, [Trade Secretary Ramon] Mon [M.] Lopez and Vice-President Robredo. Five of us signed it,” “It was listened to, because they had to revise the EO [executive order]” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin E Diokno ) : “The three of us are solid: Dominguez, Diokno and myself,” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia added : “Given the amount of investments that many countries are interested in putting in, I would not lose sleep over that,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 16, 2016 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The AIIB president was here the other day. He was trying to sell assistance,” External link

iran-daily Friday, December 16, 2016 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "The AIIB president was here the other day. He was trying to sell assistance," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 16, 2016 4:49:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “All things considered, our economy’s continuing strong growth, decreasing poverty, lower unemployment rates, and new foreign investments this year are all good signs of things to come,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That, hopefully, can be surmounted with the strong hand of the President and his popularity,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:28:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Well, I am not really worried What is the MCC? In terms of value, it’s $430 million,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s really more symbolic in terms of the confidence of those behind the MCC, rather than... having real impact on the economy. And [with] the amounts of investments that many countries are interested in putting in, I wouldn’t lose sleep over that,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "An exchange rate of P50-P52 is still manageable," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We must help our rice farmers prepare for this and help them transition to higher value crops as we ensure food security and make basic prices more affordable to the poor,” “Overall, we expect the full-year inflation for 2016 to be well within the government’s inflation target band of 2 percent to 4 percent. The overall balance of risks is tilted on the upside, with supply-side factors as the main contributor to price adjustments,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:29:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We have a safety net which was foreseen by (Duterte). He foresaw, he’s a clairvoyant. He decided to pivot to China. Instead of depending on the U.S., to a great extent, we are now diversifying our friends. So you don’t crash when the country you depend on is in trouble,” External link

voanews Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:29:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Not in the long run. Maybe in the short run, there'll be some hiccups, but those hiccups will be temporary," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Donald Trump ) : "He (Trump) cannot dictate private citizens or private residents na huwag na kayong magpadala ng remittance," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This was backed by the increasing demand for construction-related materials, strong consumer confidence, and high importation of raw materials,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While this growth is a boon, it is important to note that the average capacity utilization of manufacturing firms barely moved since 2012. This may hamper the sector’s growth in the long-run as it may end up struggling to keep up with the increasing domestic demand,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Recent developments in China and Japan, which are the Philippine’s largest trading partners in Asia, provide good prospects for merchandise trade. The steady growth of China’s economy is a welcome development, and the Japanese government also appears to be on track to reviving its economy,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Amid these mixed developments and with risks mostly on the downside, the Philippines will continue to focus on bringing Philippine exports to more diverse markets,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We have a safety net which was foreseen by the president. [Duterte] foresaw, he’s a clairvoyant,” External link

dailycaller Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "Hastening the building of infrastructure cannot be done without emergency powers," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia noted : “The EO is being modified now to take into account our contributions in terms of the impact of the land conversion on infrastructure development which will require converting certain lands for infrastructure as well as for housing and non-agricultural enterprises,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:23:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "We are moving projects very rapidly," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told ( about Hillary Rodham Clinton ) : "I think Clinton is better. More continuity from Obama, because Obama has been campaigning with her," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:45:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Given the larger possibility of more frequent and stronger rains, the agriculture sector needs to implement adaptation measures to protect the income of farmers and keep food price inflation at bay," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, November 4, 2016 9:26:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "We are putting up safeguards na hindi maulit yung NBN-ZTE debacle, at saka yung Northrail," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This can be sustained only if underlying infrastructure support is provided,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "This can be sustained only if underlying infrastructure support is provided," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we are one with DAR in finding ways to address the country’s food security concern, food security has to be met through some other means,” External link

sunstar Sunday, October 16, 2016 3:41:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “That’s not going to pass. We already talked with Secretary Bello, and he agrees with our position,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:17:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If we cannot implement the RH law fully, that will be problematic because to be able to achieve the 17-percent poverty incidence by the end of the term of this President, it will have to be a combination of strong economic growth, lots of jobs, complemented by the full implementation of the RH law so that the poor are able to limit or space their child bearing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is the problem with our judiciary, they take our sweet time,” “They dont realize how serious it is to have a TRO like this because 11 woman die of pregnancy and birth-related causes [daily]. And this could have been prevented if the TRO were not in effect” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “If you remember, the Philippine Development Plan 2010-2016 included a multidimensional poverty index or MPI. We definitely want to continue this initiative and develop a multidimensional and trans-disciplinary approach in addressing the multiple facets of poverty,” “Note that the Duterte administration aims to reduce the poverty incidence in the country to as low as 17 percent by the end of his term. That will require a lot of effort from the economy side and the population side” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “These projects will ensure the realization of the Duterte administration’s goals to reduce poverty and inequality by focusing on regional, rural and agricultural development,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:34:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “I think 6.5 percent should be achievable for the full year,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:38:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services,” External link

sunstar Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:39:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “It’s hard to extend it because we have been given extensions already,” “I’m sure some people like it extended but in the opinion of the economic team, we prefer to just let it go” External link

bworldcom Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:10:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia asked : “If I were to decide, bakit (why) rice subsidy, why not outright cash, para (so) they have the freedom to do whatever they want to do with the cash?” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 29, 2016 8:03:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “Food price, particularly rice, rose and poverty line increased by almost 30 percent during the period 2009 to 2015,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 28, 2016 8:42:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That would be an additional bridge to add to what we have now on the east side of Metro Manila,” “We need another one to add road space for those traveling between the two parts of Pasig, the two parts of Metro Manila that is cut by the Pasig River” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “There’s also a need to reinforce the Guadalupe Bridge,” “So when work on the bridge starts, one lane will be closed, so we need an additional bridge” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That prison in Fort Magsaysay should decongest our overcrowded jails and prisons,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “because we are not really secure in terms of our water needs,” “You know, there are many areas that are waterless,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “We [can] draw in the justices and the well, especially the Supreme Court,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "What we intend to do is to focus now on the sub-national and regional economies, including rural areas and agriculture in order to disperse development away from mega urban industrial regions," External link

reuters Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : “We should also try to get the view of others who approve of what’s happening and see it as maybe a necessary evil that has to happen in the pursuit of the greater good, I’d put it that way,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:55:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "poverty reduction has been exceedingly slow," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 22, 2016 10:43:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This, as what President Duterte said, is his big ticket, priority infrastructure project that he will push under his leadership,” External link

sunstar Friday, August 19, 2016 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The previous administration gave us a strong and stable economy that we can build on further by maintaining the sound macroeconomic, fiscal, and monetary policies already in place. It is also encouraging to note that the growth has been investment-driven,” “The challenge is to make this growth inclusive so that more people contribute to, and benefit from it. For this, we must improve the competitiveness of our markets and business climate to take advantage of the new surge of investments in the region. Importantly, we must look at the sectors and geographic areas that have been lagging behind and determine how to improve their access to these opportunities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This highlights the urgency of crafting holistic agriculture development policies that include disaster resiliency. This will benefit workers from the sector, which employs the biggest chunk of our labor force,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “While we discuss these economic numbers, it is important to recognize that these should be treated as means to an end. What really matters is that welfare especially of the least among us is improved,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The economy will need to grow by at least 5.1 percent in the second half of the year to attain at least the low-end of the growth target,” External link

sunstar Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “The campaign of the peace and order will help by itself lure and boost investors outside Manila especially in Mindanao,” External link

sunstar Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:59:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "In terms of completing that railway system, the entire thing, it's probably going to be beyond the administration of President Duterte," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia told : "And the next set will be about 500,000 tons to be really secure about rice (supply) over the next year," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : "I think our rice on stock will be sufficient for the rest of the year but then we need to import right now to prepare for the deficiency," "Otherwise we will experience what happened in 2013 when rice prices spiked" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “So we’re really serious about the full implementation of the RH [law],” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “That’s great. Along with investment in human capital and job creation, that would help reduce poverty faster,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Ernesto Pernia said : “This is the problem with our judiciary, they take [their] sweet time. They don’t realize how serious it is to have a TRO like this because everyone knows by now, 11 woman die of pregnancy and birth-related causes. And this could have been prevented if the TRO were not in effect,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary57.98%EN09/28/201728/09/2017
planning secretary28.43%EN09/28/201728/09/2017
general2.50%EN08/27/201727/08/2017
development authority director general1.80%EN08/27/201727/08/2017
economic development authority director general0.42%EN08/27/201727/08/2017
development authority secretary0.83%EN08/05/201705/08/2017
chief0.83%EN07/21/201721/07/2017
finance secretary0.55%EN07/14/201714/07/2017
development authority chief0.14%EN07/12/201712/07/2017
director-general2.36%EN06/09/201709/06/2017
development authority director-general0.97%EN05/18/201718/05/2017
planning minister0.55%EN05/18/201718/05/2017
planning chief0.55%EN05/18/201718/05/2017
minister0.42%EN05/18/201718/05/2017
economic development authority chief0.14%EN04/18/201718/04/2017
director0.83%EN02/01/201701/02/2017
secretary-general0.14%EN01/11/201711/01/2017
development authority secretary-general0.14%EN01/11/201711/01/2017
national security adviser0.14%EN11/20/201620/11/2016
economics professor0.28%EN06/01/201601/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Ernesto PerniaEN98.30%
Ernesto PerniaPT1.02%
Ernesto PerniaES0.34%
Ernesto PerniaFR0.34%


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