April 29, 2017, 9:27 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07338 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47153 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03551 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30767 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0267 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03576 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03996 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.62058 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03591 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.97123 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02787 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13766 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06313 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28122 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 400.00001 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03992 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02724 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01979 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.24575 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13775 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.71728 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.01139 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01439 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49203 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.51329 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13587 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94126 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18054 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28573 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36064 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45667 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01826 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04187 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01546 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01544 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08339 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88012 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 183.86813 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14668 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.08292 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1554 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46693 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13577 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.35684 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.7015 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.45355 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07222 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28482 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.5964 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 648.13188 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12587 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.56723 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.22689 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05694 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.34302 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 80.01199 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.22717 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.98202 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.74046 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00607 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01638 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.28332 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.51649 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.09391 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.03696 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81818 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26693 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02813 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.38132 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11848 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.13287 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.19181 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16005 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.13467 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69331 Mauritius Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.38017 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08672 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26573 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.28372 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59521 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17029 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03996 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02907 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00769 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06481 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06333 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09251 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07709 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.06893 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07275 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08271 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1388 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.36144 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07493 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15666 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27063 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13306 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17603 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02788 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01547 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44368 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.85115 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.96903 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 447.57244 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17427 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.28931 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26494 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69131 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04823 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04623 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07099 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13406 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60376 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.53547 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52997 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.76723 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56084 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 73.94606 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19929 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 454.32568 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05182 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.97263 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05395 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17123 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.99201 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26515 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.68632 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.23077 Zimbabwe dollar

2017 VEHICLE FORECAST: More taxes, less vehicle sales, but traffic the same

Vehicles and still more vehicles.

In 2017, the Philippine automotive industry will feed around 500,000 cars  into the already crowded metropolises of the country, with the National Capital Region receiving anywhere from 78 to 82 percent of the new car sales. This figure extrapolates from the combined end-of-year sales estimates of both the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID).

On one hand, CAMPI’s president Rommel Gutierrez said during the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show, that his organization would reach the targeted 370,000 units sales by end of 2016. Final sales reports show the number may actually be exceeded due to aggressive 4th quarter performance.

AVID, on the other hand has already practically delivered on its sales target registering a 103 percent sales increase from its members. By the 3rd quarter of the year the organization reported a 27% growth from the previous quarter with a total of 68,746 vehicles sold. Industry experts are confident the group can exceed the fourth quarter and thus the total annual sales because of the massive financing deals from led by Ford, Suzuki and Hyundai. 

It is thus safe to say that if the sales trend continued at the same momentum as it did towards the end of the 3rd quarter, total industry sales combined, would mean about 450,000 new cars, SUV and commercial vehicles crowding into the already tight city streets, oftentimes with no garages to properly park in.

Combine that number with the expected over 1 million motorcycle sales the top 5 brands comprising the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA)—Honda Philippines Inc., Kawasaki Motors Philippines Inc., Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc., Suzuki Philippines Inc., and Kymco Philippines Inc. expect to achieve this year. In 2015, the MDPPA already sold 850,509 and an estimated 27 percent growth means 1,080,146 sales for 2016.

And the industry is growing and the major players are shifting the playing field. 

The Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program launched towards the end of the Aquino Government is seen by many industry experts as a step that will only boost the competitiveness of the country’s automotive industry by increasing local production volumes.

The updated CARS program now has Toyota Motor Philippines, Inc. (TMPI) joining Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation’s (MMPC) in assembling specific vehicles that will benefit from some P27 billion worth of fiscal and non-fiscal support to both automakers and parts suppliers. 

CARS requires companies who join to produce a total of 200,000 units of a particular vehicle model over a period of six years. Factor in the production volumes by all possible carmakers who apply for the program will mean passenger car production numbers to average 16 to 20 percent over the next five years.

Hyundai Automotive Resources Inc. (HARI) already submitted an application to the Board of Investments (BOI) for a completely knockdown (CKD) kit assembly under the new rules of the Korea and ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (Korea+AFTA) to exported auto components from various sources, including Korea. Sources from HARI have not confirmed the finalization of this assembly but it has already started the prototyping of its vehicle assembly at its Star Motors Manufacturing Corp. plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Malaya Business Insight saw delivery of the popular Eon CKD on the assembly area of Star Motors is owned by Universal Motors Group of which HARI is also part of.  The plant used to assemble Nissan pick-ups and diesel SUVs. 

Insiders at Star Motors have said a totally new line is being installed and the plant has been retooled to put together a yet-to-be confirmed line of Hyundai models beginning with the 800 cc. Eon.

Hyundai Motor, in wire report confirmed HARI’s plan to install a line capable of assembling in between 5,000 and 6,000 vehicle units annually. Experienced engineers from Star Motors will run the assembly that will eventually hit annual production of 40,000 units. It is unclear with HARI will apply for the benefits available in the CARS program. However, if it does increase its production to the 40,000 unit target it can meet the 200,000 volume requirement.

Industry research experts BMI predict that passenger car sales in the will grow an average 24 percent annually throughout the 2017-2020 period. It also expects the local passenger car market to outperform other ASEAN countries over the same period.

Consumer led growth in the Philippines will be supported by subdued inflationary pressures, and attractive borrowing rates and the research firm’s Country Risk team expects inflation to remain within the Central Bank’s 2 to 4 percent target range through to 2020. This boost to consumer spending power also converts to more car sales, with access to cheap credit, with steady interest rates at an average 3 percent over the 2017-2020 period.

But here is where the congestion stops the growth.

Proposals by the Duterte administration to reform the taxes on vehicles will lead to slower car sales after any tax change is made. Carmakers see the proposed auto tax reforms as a downside risk to vehicle sales due to the significant increase in retail prices.

The increased taxes will create an artificial sale increase before any announcement of implementing rules and regulations and car dealers are already making sales preparations and promotions with banks and financing institutions to rush into aggressive sales programs to avert the expected sales slow down. 

This imposition of new excise taxes on brand new vehicle purchases is aimed at raising revenues and to manage vehicle volume on major roads. But the tax would raise costs of up to P400,000 to P600,000.

The Board of Investments (BOI) expects the negative impact on the growth of the country’s booming automotive industry and is studying measures on how to create the necessary balance between the meeting the government’s tax objectives and the progress delivered by automakers.

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu of Batangas’ “Proof of Parking Space Act” is also expected to impact on vehicle sales because of the cost of building a garage for both new and currently owned vehicles. Though the proposal was made to drastically reduce the number of vehicles on the road, the garage law also wants to free roads of obstructions that only cause traffic gridlock. The law is applicable only in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and other highly urbanized cities.
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