March 25, 2017, 6:01 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07295 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48788 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03556 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3095 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02607 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03556 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03973 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59217 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03602 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00747 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.62574 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01986 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02782 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13667 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06237 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01986 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30066 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20198 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.69567 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03968 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02656 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.15634 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13692 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 57.86254 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.93802 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01986 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03496 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49851 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.5151 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13724 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93127 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1644 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28863 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35856 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45093 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01845 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04108 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01589 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01592 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08837 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.86869 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 183.55185 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1458 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.10191 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1543 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46583 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13612 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.34644 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.70143 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.73977 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07242 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29991 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.46047 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 644.02066 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20501 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.54927 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01405 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21154 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04112 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37288 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.68693 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.14978 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.87843 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.29479 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00604 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01629 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.28526 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.01152 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.90465 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.01549 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78784 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24851 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06056 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01233 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02811 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19785 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38468 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.12515 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.19507 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.70878 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15892 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.09178 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69785 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30671 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.24096 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3761 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08802 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24708 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25745 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58244 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16898 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0729 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02831 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00765 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01986 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06437 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06286 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08244 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0787 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.14024 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07233 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08402 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13951 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.2352 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07449 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15454 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26917 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13244 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17566 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02783 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0159 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44112 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 142.70957 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.90584 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 452.14739 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17327 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.23004 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24791 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.68872 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04503 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04577 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0722 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13328 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60552 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.25904 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53754 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.25546 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01986 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55781 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 70.42114 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19815 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 451.90703 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11462 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05075 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 12.09416 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05364 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12.176 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18852 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.96524 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24804 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.08899 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18911 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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