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From near stagnation to our best hope for economic growth

AMONG the prospective cabinet members of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, former Gov. Manny Piñol of North Cotabato appears to have already started moving so that when the new administration takes over on June 30, the Department of Agriculture will not be wasting any time in getting its programs underway.

THIS may well be the most significant legacy of the outgoing Aquino administration – a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 6.9 percent for the first quarter of 2016. It was better than China’s 6.7 percent, Vietnam’s 5.5 percent, Indonesia’s 4.9 percent, and Malaysia’s 4.2 percent. The Philippines was thus the fastest growing economy in Asia in these first three months of the year.

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The country is now the fastest growing economy in the region following the 6.9 percent growth recorded in the first quarter of the year, Malacañang proudly declared yesterday.

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