For better or worse, Filipino culture nowadays is inextricably linked with overseas Filipino workers. Almost everyone has or knows someone who has family and relatives working abroad as their primary source of income, and many young Filipinos today continue to dream of doing the same.
The latest data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed cash remittances sent through banks stood at $2.75 billion in June, the biggest amount since December of last year. The growth in cash remittances was also the fastest in seven months or since the 5.1% rise seen in November 2021.
“The expansion in cash remittances in June 2022 was due to the growth in receipts from land-based and sea-based workers,” the BSP said in a statement.
In June, remittances from land-based workers jumped by 4.9% year on year to $2.23 billion, while money sent by sea-based workers increased by 2.6% to $514 million. For the first six months of 2022, cash remittances rose by 2.9% to $15.35 billion, from $14.91 billion in the comparable period last year.
In a separate discussion paper titled, “Remittances from Overseas Filipinos in the Time of COVID-19: Spillovers and Policy Imperatives”, the BSP re-emphasized the importance of remittances as a driver of growth in the Philippine economy.
“Remittances will continue to be a significant force in the Philippine economy over the medium term. For one, rising incomes in host countries will continue to serve as a magnet to those whose skills are in demand overseas,” the BSP wrote.
The BSP further projected cash remittances to grow 4% this year, after the 5.1% rise to a record $31.418 billion in 2021. This is because the significance of cash remittances will only continue to grow as global demand for overseas workers, particularly medical workers, grow with the reopening of multiple economies worldwide.
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