Security Bank Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Vohra is optimistic optimism the Philippine economy will hit a 6 percent growth rate this year, with recovery expected in the second half of the year.
In a briefing Thursday, Vohra said economic prospects were “brighter” amid slower inflation rate and cuts in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key policy rates and banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR).
He said the drop in domestic interest rates and slower inflation rates were seen as pluses on domestic spending, which also boost domestic growth.
“Clearly, it’s likely to be better, slightly better than where we were. And I think our projections are, there’s a strong likelihood that we might hit 6 percent overall, for 2019,” he said.
The country’s gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of economic growth, averaged 5.5 percent in the first half of the year, lower than the government’s full year target of between 6 percent and 7 percent. (PNA)