December 13, 2017, 4:59 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07286 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2371 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34185 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02619 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03968 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.64127 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0329 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.73174 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0268 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13611 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06556 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27679 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20509 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.22221 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03964 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02545 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.01091 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13129 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.76786 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15079 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85774 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43159 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50853 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12539 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95833 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2829 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26354 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35337 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53936 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01684 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04169 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08926 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93552 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 178.63095 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14558 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.02202 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1549 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46552 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12694 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24167 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.29563 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.1865 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07009 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27806 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.49306 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 705.13886 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06944 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47282 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01405 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25091 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04067 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38333 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.98016 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.15476 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.85714 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.5879 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01627 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64028 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.68253 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.98016 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0371 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48373 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26984 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06049 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01231 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02708 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18758 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34038 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03175 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.00397 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.25754 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15954 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97619 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67083 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30893 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.20853 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37825 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08082 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06349 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60937 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16524 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0454 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02854 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06416 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06375 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16171 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07086 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.49603 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07805 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16704 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.57698 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0744 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15376 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26488 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13228 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16689 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02681 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4406 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.38888 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.05159 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 412.7976 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17361 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.21786 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64663 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0499 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04555 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07593 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13154 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59567 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30555 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53914 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.66666 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57401 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.53571 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19792 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.57538 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11786 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05142 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.04186 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05357 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51528 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99881 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.95933 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26986 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.96627 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18056 Zimbabwe dollar

Current account remains in surplus

For the 14th consecutive year, the country’s current account recorded a surplus, bringing the balance of payments position for full year 2016 to a deficit of $420 million, a reversal of the $2.6 billion surplus registered in 2015.

The $601 million current account surplus in 2016, representing 0.2 percent of GDP, however, was 91.7 percent lower than the $7.3 billion or 2.5 percent of GDP surplus in 2015. 

The decline in the current account surplus was due primarily to the widening deficit in the trade-in-goods account.

The trade-in-goods deficit for full year 2016 widened to $34.1 billion. 

This was 46.2 percent higher than the $23.3 billion deficit in 2015. 

Imports recorded double-digit growth at 16.6 percent while exports grew marginally by 0.6 percent. 

Exports of goods totaled $43.4 billion, a modest increase from the $43.2 billion recorded in 2015. 

This developed as the decline in shipments of manufactured goods and mineral products negated the growth in exports of sugar products, fruits and vegetables and coconut products. 

Imports of goods increased to $77.5 billion in 2016 from the year-ago level of $66.5 billion. 

The expansion in total imports was driven mainly by increases in purchases of capital goods by 41.6 percent and raw materials and intermediate goods by 16.8 percent. 

These accounted for 15.5 percentage points of the 16.6 percent aggregate growth in imports, pointing to the continued expansion in the domestic economy’s capital formation and production.

Net receipts in the trade-in-services account grew by 30.6 percent to $7.1 billion in 2016, compared to the $5.5 billion net receipts recorded in 2015. 

Higher net receipts were posted in computer, and technical, trade-related and other business services, which more than offset the higher net payments for insurance and pension, transport, financial, and government goods and services. 

Export earnings in business process outsourcing services amounted to $20.2 billion in 2016, higher by 12.8 percent than the $17.9 billion recorded in 2015.

The primary income account registered net receipts of $2.6 billion, higher than the $1.9 billion net receipts posted in 2015. 

The 39.7 percent increment stemmed from reduced net payments of investment income by 17.8 percent, notably dividend payments to foreign direct and portfolio investors on their equity and investment fund shares in resident enterprises by 15.6 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively.

Residents’ interest payments on foreign portfolio investments also declined, particularly on bonds held by non-residents which were issued by the local corporates by 23.2 percent and the NG by 7.7 percent. 

Interest receipts on reserve assets which rose by 21.5 percent, also contributed to the upturn in primary income net receipts.

Net receipts in the secondary income account rose by 7.3 percent to $25 billion, boosted mainly by the 7.6 percent increase in remittances by non-resident OF workers amounting to $23.2 billion.

The country’s balance of payments position registered a deficit of $2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, a reversal of the $809 million surplus posted in the same period the previous year.

This developed as the current account reversed to a deficit during the quarter even as the financial account registered lower net outflows or net lending by residents to the rest of the world. 

The deficit in the current account was due mainly to the higher deficit in trade-in-goods, combined with lower net receipts of services and primary income. 

Meanwhile, the reduced net outflows in the financial account was a result of the substantial increase in net inflows of direct investments as well as the reversal of portfolio investments to net inflows from net outflows, which more than compensated for the higher net outflows in the other investment account. 

Economic recovery in China remained subdued and growth prospects for Asean countries weakened due to slower manufacturing activity across the region. 

Economic activity in the US and euro area remained steady and favorable business sentiment supported the continued improvement of the Japanese economy. 

Lingering uncertainties arising from the uneven pace of economic growth continued to factor into the country’s external transactions, particularly the trade-in-goods account.

With the deficit recorded in the Philippine balance of payments, the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) reached $80.7 billion as of end-December 2016, significantly lower than the $86.1 billion level as of end-September 2016, but slightly higher than the end-December 2015 level. 

At this level, reserves can sufficiently cover 8.9 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income. It is also equivalent to 5.6 times the country’s short-term external debt based on original maturity and 4 times based on residual maturity.

Cumulative net receipts in the capital account reached $102 million in 2016. This was 21.4 percent higher than the $84 million posted in 2015 due to the increase in capital transfers to financial and nonfinancial corporations, households, non-profit institutions serving households  and the NG.

The financial account registered net outflows of $949 million in 2016, a decline of 58.8 percent from the $2.3 billion net outflows in 2015.  

This was on account of lower net outflows of portfolio investments and higher net inflows of direct investments during the year. These more than compensated for the reversal of other investments account to net outflows from net inflows in the previous year.

Net inflows of direct investments increased markedly to $4.2 billion in 2016 from $100 million in 2015. 

The higher FDI, coupled with lower net acquisition of financial assets by residents, contributed to higher net inflows during the period. 

In particular, net FDI posted a 40.7 percent growth to reach $7.9 billion, buoyed by the 68.6 percent rise in non-residents’ placements in debt instruments issued by local subsidiaries/affiliates which amounted to $5.2 billion. 

Similarly, net investments in equity capital grew by 12.1 percent to $2 billion, with gross placements coming mostly from Japan, Singapore, US, and Taiwan. 

These capital placements were channeled to the following sectors: financial and insurance; arts, entertainment and recreation; manufacturing; and construction.

The portfolio investment account yielded net outflows of $1.4 billion in 2016, significantly lower than $5.5 billion in the previous year. 

This was brought about by the 66.5 percent decline in residents’ net acquisition of financial assets to $1.1 billion combined with the 87.6 percent decline in their net repayment of liabilities to $264 million. 
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