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Cavite, Batangas, Nueva Ecija lead 72% spike in requests for BSP loan approvals

By: - Reporter / @daxinq
/ 04:06 AM May 26, 2021

The provinces of Cavite, Batangas and Nueva Ecija led the surge in local governments seeking the green light from the central bank to take on more loans during the second half of last year, according to the monetary regulator.

Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed that Cavite submitted for clearance two loans totaling P4.6 billion that will be used to finance the construction of a government complex as well as a provincial Wi-Fi project including the procurement of bandwidth for it.

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Batangas, on the other hand, wants to take out a P4-billion loan that will be used to fund COVID-19-related projects including service vehicles and heavy equipment, health facilities, and computer software.

Meanwhile, Nueva Ecija submitted for the approval of the central bank’s Monetary Board two loans with a combined value of P3 billion for its rice production support program, and the construction of commercial complex that will host shopping malls and other developments.

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All told, for the second semester of 2020, the BSP processed 160 local government requests for Monetary Board approval with total proposed loans of P42.8 billion. The number of requests during this period was higher by 72 percent than the 93 requests processed in the first half of last year.

Requests

The requests for central bank approval processed in the second half of 2020 came from 17 provinces with a total proposed loan value of P18.9 billion, 21 cities wanting to borrow P9.2 billion, 120 municipalities with P14.6 billion in proposed loans, and two barangays wanting to take out P4.2 billion in loans.

Of the total number of local government requests, 140 requests or 87.5 percent were approved by the Monetary Board, with a total loan amount of P38.2 billion. The processing of the remaining 20 requests were deferred due to incomplete documents or information submitted.

Among the 17 Philippine regions, the largest number of local government requests that were approved came from Central Luzon at 10.7 percent, with loan purposes that are mostly intended for infrastructure projects and acquisition of heavy equipment.

Prior opinion

There were also some proposed loans that were intended to fund measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, such as for the acquisition of health service vehicles, construction of isolation/quarantine facilities, procurement of personal protective equipment, hospital equipment, medicines, reagents and testing kits, as well as provision of food assistance and relief goods.

The prior opinion of the Monetary Board on the proposed borrowings of government entities, including local governments, is mandated under the New Central Bank Act of 1993. This law requires the government, its political subdivisions or instrumentalities, to request the central bank to render its opinion on the monetary and external sector implications of their proposed loans prior to undertaking any credit operation. INQ

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