PH eyeing more measures vs. global recession

April 01, 2020

The government is readying additional measures to further buoy the domestic economy from economic difficulties, especially now that multilateral lenders have raised the threat of a global recession.

In a Viber message to journalists, Finance Sec.  Carlos Dominguez III said economic managers “are targeting the first draft (of measures) by the end of the week”.

Asked whether the government will tap the $1-trillion loan facility that the International Monetary Fund has allocated for countries affected by coronavirus disease 2019, Dominguez said Finance authorities are awaiting the details of the terms and conditions of the offer.

Bangko Sentral Gov. Benjamin Diokno said monetary officials would discuss additional measures against another global economic crunch during the meeting of the policy-making Monetary Board today.

Over the weekend, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the global economy has entered into a recession as countries face the global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

Georgieva  identified risks to global growth bankruptcies and layoffs that would hamper immediate economic recovery.

He said a rebound is possible next year if governments succeed in containing the virus and its economic impact, adding the lender is ready to deploy about $1 trillion in loans to aid countries hit by the virus.

The World Bank said developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific that are recovering from the trade tensions now face greater problems because of Covid-19 and the possible global financial shock and recession.

In its report titled East Asia and Pacific in the Time of Covid-19, the global lender raised the need for governments to “act quickly, cooperatively, and at scale” to address the impact of the global shock.

It recommended the fine-tuning of health and macroeconomic policies towards addressing the further rise of Covid-19 cases and the improvement of healthcare capacities.

The report also called for fiscal and monetary policies that would  address the pandemic, as well as the provisions for aids in the financial sector to allow households more access to credit.

Trade policies should also remain open, it added, to boost cooperation among the country and the public and private sectors.