Friday, February 15, 2013

2012 OFW remittances reach US$23.8 Billion

Personal remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in December 2012 expanded by 9.7 percent year-on-year, the highest monthly growth registered in 2012, to reach  US$2.2 billion, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced today.

This positive development brought the full-year personal remittances to  US$23.8 billion, higher by 6.4 percent compared to the level recorded in the same period of the previous year.  Growth in remittances was driven by higher personal transfers from land-based Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with work contracts of one year or more (by 13.3 percent), as well as sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts (by 11.6 percent).

Meanwhile, cash remittances from overseas Filipinos coursed through banks reached   US$21.4 billion for the full year 2012, posting an annual growth of 6.3 percent and exceeding the BSP’s full-year growth projection of 5 percent.  In particular, remittances from both sea-based (US$4.8 billion) and land-based workers (US$16.6 billion) grew by  11.4 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

Primary sources of remittances were:
U.S. (42.6 percent of total cash remittances)
Canada (9.2 percent)
Saudi Arabia (8.1 percent)
United Kingdom (5 percent)
Japan (4.7 percent)
United Arab Emirates (4.5 percent)
Singapore (4.1 percent).

The resilience of overseas Filipino remittances continues to support the country’s economic growth and development.

In 2012, cash remittances from overseas Filipinos coursed through banks represent about 6.5 percent of the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) and 8.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Remittances continue to draw strength from the increasing demand for a wider range of skilled Filipino workers abroad, mostly in the Middle East. In particular, preliminary reports by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) indicated that a total of 13,485 approved job orders for January 2013, that were mostly for service, production, and professional, technical and related workers, were processed in response to the manpower requirements in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Qatar, and Kuwait.

The POEA also reported that workers with processed contracts and those awaiting deployment reached 1,737,087 for the first ten months of 2012, higher by about 8.6 percent than the level recorded in the same period last year.

Source: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

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