Lopez said following a sustained growth in the Philippine manufacturing out in February, according to a survey conducted by IHS Markit.
Another market confidence booster is the rollout of the 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China and frontliners started receiving the jab on March 1.
Other vaccine orders are forthcoming as bulk of the purchased vaccines are expected to arrive this coming second and third quarter. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared that he will further relax the restrictions in the economy once we have started the rollout of the vaccination program.
“The start of the vaccination rollout brought heightened optimism moving forward, as greater immunity of the citizenry leads to much improved business and consumer confidence. This will certainly sustain the gains that we have started to see in several economic indicators, including the PMI,” said Lopez.
He also cited the government’s relentless efforts in implementing our ‘Revitalizing Businesses, Investments, Livelihoods, and Domestic Demand’ (REBUILD) strategy along with other policy programs that will empower sectors back to pre-pandemic levels and taking off from there.
“This optimism should make our initial projection of 6.5 to 7.5 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth this year more doable”, Lopez added.
Moreover, key reforms such as the soon-to-be enacted Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act will reduce corporate income tax and modernize tax incentives that will attract more investments and create more jobs.
CREATE is also expected to strengthen the 2021 target of the BOI’s P1.25-trillion investment approvals, after registering P1.02 trillion in 2020 which is the second-highest ever figure (after 2019’s P1.14 trillion) despite the pandemic.
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