(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

Saturday, May 06, 2023

April inflation slows down to 6.6%

The country’s inflation rate, or the pace of increase in the prices of goods and services, further cooled down to 6.6 percent in April this year from a peak of 8.7 percent in January 2023, and 7.6 percent in March.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman welcomed the development, saying that the latest data showed that the country’s inflation rate continues a downward trend.

“PSA’s data goes to show that our projection of a decelerating inflation rate will continue. And hopefully, we will be able to achieve our Medium Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF) target range of 2.0 to 4.0 percent between 2024 and 2028,” the Budget Secretary said.

“Nevertheless, we will remain committed to pushing for the implementation of immediate and medium-term strategies to cushion the impact of inflation on our consumers, including food, transport and energy security,” she added.

In a briefing on 5 May 2023, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported the decline in the inflation rate, from 7.6% in March. The figure is within the average inflation rate assumption of the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) for 2023 at 5.0 to 7.0.

The steady decline in inflation rate in the past three months strongly and clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the whole-of-government approach implemented by the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., in handling inflationary pressures, and mitigating its effects. (DBM/PIA Caraga)