Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO) Publications
Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assumptions of the Proposed 2017 National Budget
September 2016 (1 MB)
The successful implementation of the budget plan is hinged on a set of macroeconomic assumptions approved by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC). These are indicators by which government determine the viability of the budget -- whether the proposed expenditure program is reasonable and sustainable and whether there are sufficient fiscal resources to fund it.
The President’s 2013 Budget: The Macroeconomic and Fiscal Perspectives
August 2012 (859KB)
A day after his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Benigno S. Aquino III submitted to Congress his proposed PhP2.006-trillion national budget for the fiscal year 2013. Next year’s budget is touted as an “Empowerment Budget” with the overarching theme Paggugol na Matuwid: Atas ng Taumbayan.
Land Use: Policy, Planning, and Administration
October 2015 (753 KB)
Comparison matrix of land use policies/provisions from various existing national laws and issuances
Land is a fundamental material resource and the primary platform for economic and other social activities. The way land is used and how it is intended to be used are integral components of human development.
National Land Use Policy: Enhancing Urban Concentration
December 2015 (1.2 MB)
With the doubling of the population in about 40 years, the most important question to face our nation may well be:
How can we sustainably accommodate 200 million people nationwide, with about 40 million in the Greater Manila Area?
A national land use policy of enhancing urban concentration may be the answer.
National Land Use Policy: Protecting Prime Agricultural Lands
December 2014 (1 MB)
With only less than 10 million hectares of agricultural land
that is threatened by a rapidly urbanizing economy, how would
the Philippines be able to meet its growing demand for food, and
continue providing rural employment to further reduce poverty?
Breaking New Ground: Enacting a National Land Use Policy
January 2013 (815KB)
With only a total land area of 30 million hectares and a population of 92.3 million growing at an average rate of 2.12 percent, how should the Philippines allocate a very scarce and important resource—land—to meet the various needs of Filipinos? The Senate proposes a national land use policy to address this fundamental issue.
2015 Mid-Year Report
The Philippine Economy: Remaining Steadfast
March 2014 (948 KB)
The prospect of hitting the 2015 GDP growth target of 7.0-8.0 percent is quite dim.
Nonetheless, the Philippine economy remains resilient amidst uncertainties particularly in its external environment. With national elections fast approaching, one of the biggest challenges for decision makers is ensuring the continuity of reform efforts.
2014 Full-Year Report
Still Strong But Missing the Target
March 2015 (931 KB)
Despite setbacks in public spending and agricultural production, macroeconomic conditions have been broadly favorable and have helped sustain growth in 2014.
Efforts to introduce structural reforms, difficult as they may be, must be continued.
Increasing the tax base, ensuring fair competition and protecting property rights are imperatives if the country were to realize its full growth potential.
At a Glance
June 2015 (584 KB)
Forests are among the most valuable natural resources in the Philippines. They provide a range of ecosystem services, ranging from the provision of food crops, livestock and fish to providing recreational experiences. In 2013, the forestry sector contributed PhP5.26 billion (0.12%) to the national gross domestic product (GDP) (2014 Philippine Statistical Yearbook).
October 2014 (681 KB)
The tourism industry in the Philippines is an amalgam of services captured in the sectors of hotels and restaurants, transportation, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail trade, among others. An important part of the economy, it is a major contributor in terms of income, employment and foreign exchange earnings.
June 2014 (608 KB)
Renewable Energy or RE is any energy source generated from natural
resources which are naturally regenerative or replenished such as solar,
wind, ocean, geothermal, hydro and biomass.