MANILA – The Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP) and the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) are hosting the first hybrid forum during the pandemic for the Marcos administration’s economic managers.
 
The 2022 EJAP-SMC economic forum, carrying the theme “The Road Ahead: Priorities for the Next 6 Years”, aims to discuss the administration’s near and medium-term economic recovery plans. 
 
The event will be held on Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Ayuntamiento de Manila and via Zoom. It will also be streamlined on EJAP Pilipinas Facebook page.
 
Joining the economic forum are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Felipe Medalla, who will discuss the central bank’s inflation and monetary policy as well as the initiatives for the financial sector; Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno on the fiscal side and taxation measures of the new administration; Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan who will tackle the country’s growth prospect; and Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman to discuss the government’s spending priorities during the term of President Marcos.
 
Executives from the private sector will also be speaking in the forum to give their reactions on the administration’s recovery strategies and offer their insights to the economic managers.
 
Joining the panel discussion are SMC chief finance officer and treasurer Ferdinand Constantino, BPI lead economist Emilio Neri Jr., and Security Bank senior vice president and treasurer Orencio Andre Ibarra III.
 
“We expect this forum to answer many of our questions on what’s in store for the next six years. We hope to discuss the challenges and opportunities as we recover from the pandemic,” EJAP president Cai Ordinario said.
 
EJAP is the country’s premier group of business journalists and is composed of more than 90 members. Business reporters of the Philippine News Agency are part of the organization. (PNA)