December 19, 2017, 4:31 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07288 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24593 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34712 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0397 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63815 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03288 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.75546 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13617 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06539 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2763 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20411 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.3799 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03965 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02552 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.62406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13118 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.40849 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.184 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.86245 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43364 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50992 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12575 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94204 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28011 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26427 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35252 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5391 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01689 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04119 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01488 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0149 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93628 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.61016 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14561 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01171 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15502 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46602 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24851 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.30468 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.45216 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0697 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27173 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.50139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 706.60975 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09111 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47122 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01404 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23456 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04347 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38392 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.89281 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.1582 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.86423 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.58495 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01628 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65919 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.78761 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88289 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0389 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48432 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26141 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06051 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01232 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02704 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1878 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33869 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03414 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.03454 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.15403 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15967 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.9869 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67209 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30905 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.16276 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37963 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08094 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2608 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.10599 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60838 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03573 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02839 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00762 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06535 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06434 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17745 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07099 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.57205 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07225 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07797 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1679 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.58892 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15358 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26852 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13219 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16899 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01489 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44077 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.44898 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.09567 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 413.80507 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17368 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.22191 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26054 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6449 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04961 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04557 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07666 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13159 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5944 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30329 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54875 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.55617 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57046 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.57959 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.198 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.55577 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09845 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05144 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.07165 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05359 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.49782 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00337 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.96129 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26079 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.00714 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18341 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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