WORLD Philippines posts 1.4 bln USD BOP deficit in May


Philippines posts 1.4 bln USD BOP deficit in May


19:29, June 23, 2021

MANILA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines' overall balance of payments (BOP) position posted a 1.4 billion U.S. dollar deficit in May, a reversal from the 2.43 billion U.S. dollar BOP surplus recorded a year earlier, the Philippine central bank said Wednesday.

People wearing protective masks are seen as they unload vegetables in Manila, the Philippines, March 20, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) attributed the deficit to outflows arising from the foreign currency withdrawals by the national government from its deposits with the BSP as the government settled its foreign currency debt obligations and paid for various expenditures.

However, the BSP said these outflows were partly offset by the inflows from its foreign exchange operations and the government's external borrowings deposited with the BSP.

The cumulative BOP position for January-May registered a deficit of 1.63 billion U.S. dollars, a reversal of the 4.03 billion U.S. dollar surplus recorded in the same period of last year.

The BSP partly blamed the cumulative BOP deficit on a wider merchandise trade deficit and net outflows of foreign portfolio investments based on preliminary data.

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