Statements

27 September 2017 – The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, published today, sees the Philippines going up in global competitiveness rankings by 1 notch, from 57th in 2016 to 56th in 2017. However, the country has slid down the ASEAN rankings, now standing at the 7h out of 9 in the region, from 5th in 2016 (as
Myanmar has not been included in the Report since 2016). With this two-point drop in regional standing, the Philippines is now below Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam, which both made large strides in their respective competitiveness rankings

14 September 2017 – The Makati Business Club remains steadfast in its position that an impeachment process is a vital part of the country’s democratic system of checks and balances. However, we are deeply concerned over the unprecedented number of impeachment complaints lodged against high-ranking officials from the President, the Supreme Court Chief Justice, the Ombudsman and the COMELEC.

8 March – Madame Chair, Honorable members of the Senate, our friends and partners in government and the business sector, Good afternoon.

The Makati Business Club would like to thank the Senate Sub-Committee on the Paris Agreement, chaired by Senator Loren Legarda, for inviting us to share with you our thoughts and recommendations relevant to the discussions of this body.

18 January 2017 – The Philippine Business Group and Joint Foreign Chambers, a coalition of local and foreign business groups, support the Department of Finance’s position to fully implement the “Sin Tax Reform Act” or R.A. 10351 passed in 2012. This includes Section 11 of the said Act, which mandates the Congressional Oversight Committee to review the impact of the tax rates beginning the third quarter of calendar year 2016.