National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia (center) and Commission on Population Undersecretary Juan Antonio A. Perez III (right) update the Filipino community in the U.S. northeast about recent economic developments in the Philippines at a Town Hall Meeting moderated by Philippine Consul General Claro S. Cristobal (left).  (Photo by NYPCG)

The Philippine Consulate General in New York organized a Town Hall Meeting featuring Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia of Socioeconomic Planning and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the Philippine Center in New York on April 3, 2019.

Pernia presented the Philippine economy’s recent performance and prospects for the medium- and long-term period, emphasizing the goals of providing Filipinos with a “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay” (strongly rooted, comfortable and peaceful life).

He cited that the Philippines is among the fastest growing major economies in Asia, with 6.2% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2018.

He likewise discussed the impact of increased public infrastructure spending for 2017-2022, citing that this will have an accumulative effect of a 4.6% increase in GDP and will generate 660,000 additional jobs for Filipinos.

The meeting was attended by members of the Filipino-American community, business groups and Fil-Am media.


Secretary Ernesto Pernia responds to questions raised by members of the Fil-Am community.  (Photo by NYPCG)

The discussion was livestreamed through Facebook.

Viewers from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey participated during the open forum.

Pernia and Undersecretary Juan Antonio A. Perez III of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), who answered questions relating to population, are in New York for the 52nd Session of the Commission Population and Development at the United Nations Headquarters.


Members of the Fil-Am community in New York join Secretary Ernesto Pernia and the officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General after the Town Hall Meeting.  (Photo by NYPCG)

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