PSA: PH savings further fell in 2021 amid prolonged pandemic
MANILA, Philippines — Amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic which had been putting pressure on the financial resources of Filipino families and firms, the Philippines’ total savings further fell to P3.88 trillion last year.
The Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) latest consolidated accounts and income and outlay accounts report released on Thursday showed the country’s 2021 gross saving dropped 12.4 percent from P4.43 trillion in 2020.
Gross saving is the difference between gross national disposable income and the total goods and services consumed by the government and households.
Before the pandemic happened, the country’s gross savings amounted to P6.15 trillion in 2019.
The PSA said gross national disposable income last year rose 4.2 percent to P21.51 trillion as the economy recovered from its pandemic-induced slump two years ago.
Business also rebounded from the Philippines’ worst post-war recession in 2020, as non-financial corporations managed to save a combined P3.54 trillion in 2021.
Financial companies recorded P1.46 trillion in savings last year.
However, households badly hit by job losses as well as the government which spent more to fight COVID-19 have yet to save up.
PSA data showed that the government posted a dissaving, or spent more than it earned, amounting to P490 billion in 2021.
As for households, including non-profit institutions serving them, a bigger P620-billion dissaving was recorded last year.
Pantheon Macroeconomics chief emerging Asia economist Miguel Chanco earlier said that following a peak in “revenge” spending during the first quarter, which led to the stronger-than-expected 8.3-percent.
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