With 2015 leaving us, it’s now time to be ready to face the challenges of 2016. To start with, we should start by analyzing the predictions from experts. And although many Filipinos love to rely on Chinese beliefs such as Feng Shui (punsoy) and horoscope, we strongly believe in more logical predictions. With this, we did a thorough research and have asked some experts from different fields to give you the top 10 fearless predictions for the Philippines this 2016.
#10 More Filipinos will think that Facebook is the Internet
With more Filipinos now buying smartphones, it’s very easy to predict that many of them will have their own Facebook account. But with the attractive offer of free data, they will assume that Facebook is the Internet itself. Unfortunately, this is good news for spammers and scammers. As we will know, many Filipinos easily believe what they see on social media, especially on Facebook. Only a few of us know that search engines such as Google exist.
#9 AlDub will continue to change the entertainment world
Apparently, no expert has predicted that the phenomenal AlDub love team will be born. Eat Bulaga, as well as Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza and the entire cast of Kalyeserye cannot explain how it happened. They have changed the entertainment world, and they have the edge to continue what they started. We expect competitors to try some experiments, but showbiz experts suggest that producers should avoid the traditional form of entertainment.
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#8 OFW remittances will be lower
OFW remittances will only have a 4 percent increase as opposed to earlier prediction of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) of 5 percent. According to Diwa C. Guinigundo, Central Bank deputy governor for the Monetary Stability Sector, the decrease is mainly caused by general slowdown in the world economy and the stricter restrictions abroad when it comes to sending money to the Philippines. But still, the OFW consumption expenditure shall remain strong.
#7 Philippine economic growth will increase, but lower than expected
Last October 2015, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, stating that the country’s expected gross domestic product (GDP) growth will be six percent only instead of the 6.2 percent from their earlier forecast. Meanwhile, the World Bank (WB) projected a 6.4-percent growth in the GDP, IN 2016, and is expected to outperform neighboring countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
#6 Unemployment rate expected to decline further
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the unemployment rate in the Philippines dramatically dropped to 5.7 percent in October 2015, a record-low in 10 years. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said that this is due to the faster employment growth in the services and industry sectors. Among the job vacancies in the Philippines that are expected to boost in 2016 include the IT/Software and the BPO industry.
#5 Global warming will be of great concern
According to the latest research by the University of the Philippines, the problem of global warming in the Philippines will be of great concern this 2016. the water levels in the country are expected to rise between 7.6 and 10.2 centimeters every 10 years, or 3 times higher than the global average. In this scenario, more than 167,000 hectares of land in the country may go underwater this year. The Philippine government and NGOs are now addressing this issue.
#4 Massive earthquake at West Valley Fault will remain unpredictable
In May 2015, many Filipinos panicked after learning that there is a chance that a massive earthquake (magnitude 7.2) might happen anytime in Metro Manila and in nearby provinces, particularly in the areas within the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault. But what most people don’t know is that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and and Seismology (Phivolcs) has been studying this potential threat for several years, and still remains very unpredictable.
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#3 Manny Pacquiao will lose on his last fight, but will be elected senator
As recently announced, Manny Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley for the third time on April 9, 2016. According to the Pinoy boxing icon, this will be his last fight. He said he will retire and will instead concentrate on his political career. But because the election will be a month later, he might not be able to focus his mind on the training and may lose. Nevertheless, he has a very good chance to win the 2016 election where he is running for senator, based on surveys.
#2 Many celebrities will still win in the 2016 elections
As expected, celebrities are running for public office next year, especially those will less or no more projects today. Some of them can be considered as veterans, while others will run for a higher position. There are also first-timers, though. But sad to say, recent surveys show that many Filipino are still being fooled and consider the 2016 elections as a popularity contest. It’s either that they have no time or a lazy enough to do some research or they simply don’t care.
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#1 Mayor Rody Duterte will not be elected president
Obviously, Mayor Rody Duterte has become a threat to other presidentiables, especially in social media. As per advised by Duterte himself, many Filipinos are uploading videos campaigning for him, and they are doing it for free. Apparently, political advertisements with celebrities are now not as engaging as before. But still, his unconventional political strategy is not attracting traditional voters, and his opponents will do everything so he won’t be elected as president.
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