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Philippine economy grows
“I hope (it’s above six percent) growth,” Paderanga said.
In the fourth quarter of last year, GDP grew by 7.1 percent.
Farm output expanded by 4.1 percent in the first three months of the year, the fastest first quarter growth in seven years because of bumper rice harvests, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture officials have said that farm output for 2011 would likely grow anywhere from 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent.
The strong farm output is expected to support overall economic growth which is projected to hit seven percent to eight percent this year.
The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) is expected to release economic growth data for March on May 30.
Paderanga also said that the latest tightening by the Bangko Sentral ng PIlipinas (BSP) is not likely to impact negatively on growth because rates before have been low.
“The interest rates before were really quite low,” he said.
Last week, the BSP raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.50 percent from 4.25 percent previously on the back of rising inflation.
Inflation in April hit a 12-month high of 4.5 percent, according to the latest data from the National Statistics Office.
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