The Businessworld published on August 19, 2015 the Global Creativity Index 2015 which compared 139 nations from 2010 to 2014. The Philippines ranked 52nd. This index measures the following: a) technology in terms of R&D effort, share of GDP devoted to R&D, patents; b) talent in terms of creative class share in work force and share of adults with higher education; and c) tolerance which includes factors such as racial, ethnic, and sexuality tolerance.

In the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets had been set to be achieved by 2015 and the Philippines only made some progress.  Poverty has not been ended.  The development agenda called “Sustainable Development Goals” builds on the MDGs.  The proposed framework has 17 goals with 169 targets.  The UN Summit for the adoption of this post-2015 development agenda will be held from September 25 to 27, 2015 to be convened as high level plenary meeting to be attended by countries worldwide.  How far can we go this time?  How can we contribute? Please see attached Businessworld issue of July 22, 2015.

This article published in Businessworld (September 10, 2015) entitled “July 2015 Employment Snapshot” showed labor and employment indicators in 2014 and 2015. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that there was a slight improvement in employment rate from 93.3% to 93.5% (or decrease in unemployment from 6.7% to 6.5%) from 2014 to 2015. However, the slight increase in employment was offset by an increase in underemployment from 18.3% to 21.0%.

This article published in Businessworld (September 11, 2015) refers to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which showed that merchandise exports receipts fell from December 2014 to July 2015 with steepest decline in May 2015 but pulled back in July. In July alone, PSA attributed the decline to shrinking shipments of 8 out of 10 major commodities: machinery and transport equipment, apparel and clothing accessories, metal component, chemicals, coconut oil, ignition wiring sets in vehicles, aircraft and ships and other manufactures.

The article that has been published in the Businessworld (June 22, 2015): Human Capital Index 2015 Rankings, ASEAN measures how nations develop and deploy human capital and tracks progress over time.  It evaluates the levels of education, skills and employment available to people in five age groups, from those under 15 to those over 65.  The index covers 124 economies, representing 92% of the world’s people and 98% of its gross domestic product.  Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most populous region, straddles the middle of the range with an overall average score of 67.83.  You may wish to note that compared to other countries, the Philippines is ranked as 46th with a score of 71.24.