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Philippines’ debt rises to P11.6 trillion in July 2021

Ralf Rivas


Since the start of 2021, the Philippines' total debt has grown 18.5% or by P1.8 trillion

The Philippine government’s debt climbed further to P11.6 trillion as of end-July, as the country borrowed more to fund programs amid falling revenues.

The latest figure reported by the Bureau of the Treasury is 4% higher than the end-June level, mainly due to the peso’s depreciation and both domestic and external debt.

Since the start of 2021, total debt has grown 18.5% or by P1.8 trillion.

External debt increased 8.2% to P263.4 billion, as the government borrowed from foreign sources and issued dollar-denominated bonds. 

Domestic debt amounted to P8.1 trillion, 2.3% more compared to the end-June level, as a result of the government issuing securities.

The Philippines is set to borrow P3.07 trillion in 2021. –

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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.