PEZA's De Lima: There's a lot of interest now, including those from European countries. (She names several well known brands.)
Then she pleads: "The perception of corruption in the Philippines is still there. Please do something about it."
De Lima says surveys should ask whether investors EXPERIENCED corruption, not just PERCEIVE it. "It's quite unfair."
QUESTION: What to do to make current good performance sustainable even after Aquino's term?
Budget Secretary ABAD: it is important to create insitutions that work so reforms won't just happen but continue.
He cites the Integrity Summit (starts tomorrow, September 18).
He also says political leadership important. He cites Brazil's Lula and smooth turnover of power.
"Good governance is not purely a function of good government. It's our responsibility too." - National Competitiveness Council co-chair GUILLERMO LUZ
Transportation Undersecretary RENE LIMCAOCO On AIRPORTS: In summary, the first phase of our airport dev't program is off the gates. We have started the re-development of 6 airports located in high-growth tourist areas, such as Puerto Princesa, Mactan, Laguindingan, etc. These have been bidded, under design or submitted to NEDA.
PURISIMA, in his closing remarks, cites Neda's BALISACAN and Tourism's JIMENEZ -- the two newest member of the economic team of the Aquino Cabinet.
And on that note, the 2012 mid-year economic briefing ends.
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ABAD cites BPO industry phenomenon: firms are hiring Filipinos working abroad and encouraging them to come home .
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