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OFW remittances hit new high in 2022 amid surging inflation

Ralf Rivas

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OFW remittances hit new high in 2022 amid surging inflation

OFWS. Overseas Filipino workers start arriving for the holiday season, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on December 1, 2021.


ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Mapa says OFW remittances 'help offset what is now turning into a cost-of-living crisis in the Philippines'

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino remittances hit a new all-time high in 2022 as families back in the Philippines struggled with rising prices.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday, February 15, said personal cash remittances grew 3.6% to $36.14 billion in 2022. This accounted for 8.9% of the Philippines’ gross domestic product.

“The robust inward remittances reflected the increasing demand for foreign workers amid the reopening of economies,” the BSP said.

Of the personal remittances, cash remittances coursed through banks reached $32.5 billion, a 3.6% increase.

Growth in cash remittances from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar, and the United Kingdom contributed largely to the increase. The US posted the highest share of overall remittances at 41.2%, followed by Singapore (7%) and Saudi Arabia (6%).

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation chief economist Michael Ricafort noted that the higher growth was also partly due to the stronger dollar. In end-December 2022, the peso traded at P55.75 against the dollar, 9.3% higher from 2021.

Meanwhile, inflation in December 2022 climbed to 8.1%.


ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Mapa said Filipinos abroad sent home funds to help shoulder fixed peso purchases, which were mostly food and basic needs.

“This year, we can expect remittances to sustain growth as overseas Filipinos help offset what is now turning into a cost-of-living crisis in the Philippines, although gains could be capped as growth is expected to slow in the developed world,” Mapa said.

Ricafort also noted that the risk of recession in the United States might reduce overseas Filipinos’ income.

Ricafort added that a recession in the US could slow down global growth, trade, investments, and jobs. – Rappler.com

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.