Ateneo ‘Eagle Watch’ mid-year briefing assesses Aquino administration

August 11, 2015

With President Benigno C. Aquino III’s term ending in less than a year, economists from the Ateneo Eagle Watch held a mid-year briefing assessing the accomplishments of the Ateneo administration.

The event, held on August 6,2015 at the Ateneo Professional Schools, was attended by students, economists, political and business leaders.

Economics Professors Joseph Lim and Alvin Ang with Ms. Marites Vitug.

Ateneo Economics Professor Joseph Lim, PhD said the economy’s gross domestic growth is on an “upward slope”— crediting this to higher investor confidence and fiscal balances.  However, Lim said performance-based governance is not enough; it needs to have a heart.

Aquino’s ‘Daang Matuwid’ catch phrase will not survive long, Lim said.  “Even a straight road can be a dead end.”

Alvin Ang, also an Economics professor and Eagle Watch senior fellow, talked about market forecast and expectations.  While the economy is stable, Ang cautioned that the country may  not perform well internationally

The last speaker, seasoned journalist Marites Vitug addressed the issues leading to the 2016 election.  She also evaluated the challenges surrounding presidential candidates including Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, and Rodrigo Duterte.

It’s critical that the next president possesses certain qualities to be able to address these difficult challenges,” she said. 

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