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March 02, 2024

Overseas Filipino remittances grew 2.5 percent in January

Money earned abroad by millions of overseas Filipinos grew 2.5 percent in January this year to $2.895 billion, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said late on Tuesday.

An important source of foreign exchange for the economy, the bulk or $2.668 billion of those earnings were channeled through the banking system and similarly reflected growth averaging 2.5 percent from its year ago level.

“The growth in cash remittances from the United States (US), Japan, and Singapore contributed largely to the increase in remittances in January 2022.

“Meanwhile, in terms of country sources, the US registered the highest share of overall remittances at41.2 percent in January 2022, followed by Singapore, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Taiwan, Qatar, and Malaysia.

“The combined remittances from these top ten countries accounted for 79.6 percent of total cash remittances during the period,” the BSP said.


Security Bank posts net income of PHP9.1 billion in 2023

Security Bank Corporation (PSE: SECB) posted net income of PHP9.1 billion in 2023. Total revenues grew 8% year-on-year to PHP43.0 billion. Net interest income increased 19% to PHP34.7 billion. Net interest margin for the full year was 4.49%, higher compared to 4.23% in 2022. Total non-interest income was at PHP8.2 billion. Service charges, fees and commissions grew 15% to PHP6.1 billion, led by increase in fees from credit cards, remittances (which include Instapay fees) and bancassurance.

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