BSP: Personal remittances in January-April hit USD10.4-B

MANILA -- Personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos (OFs) increased by 12.9 percent year-on-year to reach USD2.6 billion in April 2018. On a cumulative basis, personal remittances for the first four months of the year totaled USD10.4 billion, four percent higher than the level recorded in the comparable period in 2017, BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. announced Monday.

The continued growth in personal remittances during the first four months of 2018 was driven by steady remittance inflows from land-based OF workers with work contracts of one year or more, which aggregated to USD8.1 billion, and compensation of sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts, which reached USD2.1 billion.

Cash remittances from OFs coursed through banks posted a 12.7 percent year-on-year growth (at USD2.3 billion) in April 2018. Remittances sent by land-based workers (at USD1.8 billion) and sea-based workers (at USD0.5 billion) increased by 15.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, compared to the levels posted in the same month a year ago.

The primary contributors to the growth in remittances during the month are the United States (US) with 4.2 percentage points contribution to the 12.7 aggregated growth, Canada (1.9 percentage points) and Singapore (1.0 percentage points). (BSP/PR)