August remittance up 11.1%


MANILA, Philippines—Remittance accelerated to a double-digit pace of growth in August amid sustained rise in demand for Filipino workers, fueling hopes this could push consumption and overall expansion of the economy in the remainder of the year following a slowdown in the first half.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Monday reported that remittances in August amounted to $1.67 billion, up by 11.1 percent from $1.502 billion in the same month last year. This was the fastest pace of growth registered in about one-and-a-half years.

In January to August, total remittances reached $13.02 billion, rising by 6.9 percent from $12.18 billion in the same period last year.

The accelerated increase in remittances in August and the favorable outlook through the rest of the year would help total remittances for the year to still hit the 7-percent growth projection, according to the BSP.

“Notwithstanding lingering global economic uncertainties, the cumulative stream of remittances from overseas Filipinos continued to be solid and resilient, supported by the sustained demand for Filipino skills abroad,” BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said in a statement.

Remittances in August mostly came from Filipinos based in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy, Germany and Norway. Combined remittances from Filipinos based in these countries accounted for nearly 85 percent of the total money sent home by Filipinos offshore.

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.

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