Philippine economy has 'safety valve' vs US-China trade war effects: Pernia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2019 10:22 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2019 12:13 PM

Metro Manila skyline as seen from the Manila Bay. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA – The Philippine economy is somehow insulated from the on-going US-China trade war as it is not too dependent on export but rather on internal demand and consumption, a Cabinet official said Friday.

Philippine exports benefit from the trade row, as the country supplies goods to both China and the US, socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia told ANC.

“Because we are not so dependent on export, we are more dependent on internal demand, internal consumption, that is a safety valve as far as this ongoing trade war is concerned,” Pernia said.

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“Other products that we have exporting to China and the US will be ramped up and exporting to other countries as well,” he added.

But the trade war, expected to “dampen” the global economy’s growth, may also have an impact on Philippine exports, Pernia said.

Pernia said the G20 Summit happening in Osaka, Japan is going to be an important forum for the world economy.