Philippines considers 16.7-billion-USD stimulus package

The Philippine government is eyeing a stimulus package worth 846 billion pesos (16.7 billion USD) to enable a full economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippine government is eyeing a stimulus package worth 846 billion pesos (16.7 billion USD) to enable a full economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

The stimulus package, which is waiting for Congress’ approval, would include a cut in corporate income tax and modernisation of the country’s fiscal incentive systems, Dominguez said.

Local businesses have urged lawmakers to pass these reforms early so that small, medium and large companies can resume their operation and recover from the public health crisis.

The Philippine tax authority said the country’s total tax revenue in the first four months of 2020 dropped sharply to 527.41 billion pesos (22.6 million USD), or 25.4 percent below last year’s collection over the same period.

Despite the decreased revenue, Dominguez said the Philippines remains “financially able” to meet the unexpected challenges of the pandemic.

The country also has practiced fiscal discipline and exercised prudence in state spending, he added./.

 

 

 

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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