Wanted in the 2016 polls: A leader for sustained and inclusive growth - Eaglewatch by Dr. Fernando Aldaba, PhD

November 21, 2014

There is now a consensus among Filipino and foreign economists that the Philippines has shifted to a higher growth level of 6 percent to 6.5 percent. Ceteris paribus, or all other things being equal, we expect this trend path of the economy to continue for the next six to eight years, encompassing the period of the next administration. The chart below shows this trajectory to a higher level of growth for the Philippine economy. While we experienced a moderate economic expansion of 4.63 percent during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it was only recently (2010 to 2013) that the country experienced an average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.12 percent.

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