Bank deposits up by 7%

Growth indicates public confidence in banking system


Deposits placed in the country’s banking system rose in 2012 as growing incomes allowed individuals and enterprises to set aside their excess money liquidity.

Rising deposits were credited for helping boost the total resources of banks, which allowed them to lend more.

Data from the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) showed that total deposits in the banking sector reached P5.75 trillion as of the end of 2012, up by 7 percent from P5.37 trillion a year ago.

Of the amount, the bulk of P4.7 trillion was accounted for by peso-denominated deposits while the balance represented the share of placements in foreign currency deposit units (FCDUs) of banks.

Saving deposits accounted for P2.56 trillion and of the P5.75 billion, P2.56 trillion represents savings deposits, while demand deposits amount to P1.337 trillion. Time deposits account for the balance.

The growth in deposits came along the expansion of the economy. Monetary officials said that as the economy grew, people saved more and with the rise in deposits, banks were able to lend more to individuals and businesses, resulting in further expansion of the economy.

Last year, the Philippine economy grew by 6.6 percent year on year, registering one of the fastest growth rates in Asia during the period. It beat the government’s target of 5 to 6 percent.

According to PDIC, rising deposits is a reflection of public confidence in the banking sector.

PDIC officials said that keeping the public’s trust in the banking sector was the primary objective of the state-owned deposit insurer. This is why, according to officials, PDIC has been ensuring the prompt payment of deposit insurance claims in the event of bank closures.

But more important than the prompt servicing of deposit insurance claims, officials said, was the implementation of measures to strengthen the banking sector to prevent closures.

This is the reason PDIC and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas have been implementing an incentives program for mergers. The program is meant to encourage strong banks to acquire weak rural banks so that bank closures can be avoided or reduced.

In 2012, there were 24 banks with a combination of 97 branches that closed, most of which were rural banks. These figures were lower than the 29 closed banks with 125 branches that closed in 2011.

The state-owned insurer paid P3.76 billion in deposit insurance claims last year. This was lower by nearly 70 percent than the P12.36 billion paid in the previous year.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • joboni96

    nakangisi ang mga intsik switik banks
    bdo metrobank pnb chinabank rcbc etc

    1% interest sa ating mga pilipino
    5% sa intsik switik mula sa bonds ng gobyernong pilipino

    owned by pilipinos only

    2. direct retail sale of government bonds
    to pilipinos only

    3. retire all government foreign loans
    using government foreign reserves
    replenished by $20 billion by pilipinos every year

    4. expanded government bonds bought by pilipinos
    to fund mega projects
    no foreign loans, no foreign ownership

    5. anti trust law
    bumiputra law

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos