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By Neil Jerome Morales and Mikhail Flores

MANILA (ShahBlogger) -The Philippine economic system rebounded strongly within the third quarter, supported by a restoration in authorities spending, however larger rates of interest and weak world development may make it tough to maintain the momentum.

Gross home product (GDP) grew by 5.9% within the September quarter from final yr, surpassing the 4.7% forecast in a ShahBlogger ballot, helped by a turnaround in authorities spending offsetting a slowdown in family consumption.

Like many international locations, the Philippines has been grappling with hovering inflation that has dampened demand and has compelled the central financial institution to aggressively elevate rates of interest on the expense of development.

With inflation nonetheless a serious problem, the central financial institution stated on Thursday that coverage must stay “tighter for longer”, to anchor inflation expectations and reiterated it was able to proceed mountaineering charges if wanted.

Annual inflation slowed for the primary time in three months in October, to 4.9% from 6.1% the earlier month, however the central financial institution stated dangers to the inflation outlook had been leaning closely to the upside.

“The BSP (central financial institution) is ready for observe via actions as essential to carry inflation again to a target-consistent path consistent with its value stability mandate,” Romeo Bernardo, a member of the central financial institution’s financial board instructed an financial discussion board.

The central financial institution resumed mountaineering charges final month, delivering an off-cycle 25 foundation level hike on Oct. 26 after retaining charges regular at its final 4 scheduled rate-setting conferences to forestall inflation from getting out of hand. It subsequent meets on Nov. 16.

Regardless of the economic system’s faster-than-expected enlargement within the third quarter, Bernardo stated the central financial institution anticipated a moderation in development within the subsequent few quarters attributable to weak world development and tighter monetary situations.

He added the expansion affect of upper rates of interest would probably peak within the second half of 2024.

Earlier than Bernardo spoke on Thursday, the nation’s financial planning secretary stated he was upbeat concerning the economic system’s prospects, saying this yr’s 6%-7% development goal was “doable” so long as the federal government sustained strong spending and inflation continues to development decrease.

Authorities spending within the third quarter grew 6.7%, reversing the earlier quarter’s annual decline of 0.7%, outweighing weak point in family spending which grew at a slower tempo of 5.0%, the weakest in two years and down from 5.5% within the second quarter.

On a quarter-on-quarter foundation, GDP expanded 3.3%, beating economists’ expectations for two.0% development and the earlier quarter’s 0.9% contraction.

Following the Philippines’ higher than anticipated third quarter, Capital Economics revised its full-year development forecast this yr to five.0% from 4.0% beforehand, nevertheless it didn’t share Baliscan’s optimism.

“With the drag from larger rates of interest but to filter via the economic system in its entirety and world demand more likely to weaken, we count on beneath development and beneath consensus development within the coming quarters,” Capital Economics stated in a be aware.

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