PH remittances reach record $US3.49B in December 

Manila, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced on Wednesday that personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos (OF) have reached a new record-high of US$3.49 in December 2022.

This was up by 5.7 percent from previous year’s US$3.30 billion. BSP attributed the increase in personal remittances in December 2022 to higher remittances sent by land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more and sea- and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year.

Consequently, the full-year 2022 personal remittances also reached an all-time high of US$36.14 billion.

“This level was 3.6 percent higher than the US$34.88 billion remittance flows in 2021. The robust inward remittances reflected the increasing demand for foreign workers amid the reopening of economies. The full-year 2022 level accounted for 8.9 percent and 8.4 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product  and Gross National Income, respectively,” the central bank added.

Of the personal remittances from OFs, cash remittances coursed through banks grew by 5.8 percent to US$3.16 billion in December 2022, from US$2.99 billion registered in the same month in 2021. Likewise, the expansion in cash remittances in December 2022 was due to the growth in receipts from land- and sea-based workers.

Meanwhile on a year-to-date basis, full-year 2022 cash remittances coursed through banks reached US$32.54 billion, up by 3.6 percent from the US$31.42 billion recorded in 2021.

Aside from this, BSP said that the growth in cash remittances from the United States (U.S.), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar, and United Kingdom contributed largely to the increase in remittances in January-December 2022. In terms of country sources, the U.S. posted the highest share of overall remittances in 2022, followed by Singapore and Saudi Arabia.