JAKARTA, Indonesia

The Philippines’ economy contracted by 11.5% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020.

The decline followed a 16.9% contraction in the second quarter and a 15.2% contraction in the first three months of the year.

The economy contracted by an average of 10% in the first three quarters, beyond the government’s target of 4.5% to 6.6%.

However, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua remained optimistic.

“It indicates that the economy is on the mend. The path is clearer to a strong bounce-back in 2021,” said Karl during a press briefing.

Meanwhile, Kanika Batnagar, an economist at ANZ Bank, said: “While the Philippine GDP rebounded in Q3, the pace was slow, owing to weak private consumption.”

ANZ had projected GDP would shrink 10.2% year-on-year last quarter.

*Writing by Maria Elisa Hospita from Anadolu Agency’s Indonesian language services in Jakarta.

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