Remittances hit $32.65B in 2022’s first 11 months

MONEY sent home by overseas Filipinos (OFs) grew by 5.8 percent to US$2.93 billion in November 2022 from $2.77 billion recorded in the same month in 2021.

The increase in personal remittances in November 2022 was due to higher remittances sent by land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more and sea- and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year.

Consequently, total personal remittances increased to $32.65 billion, or by 3.4 percent, in the first eleven months of 2022, from $31.59 billion in the comparable period in 2021.

Of the personal remittances from OFs, cash remittances coursed through banks reached $2.64 billion in November 2022, higher by 5.7 percent than the $2.50 billion registered in the same month in 2021. The expansion in cash remittances in November 2022 was due to the growth in receipts from land- and sea-based workers.

On a year-to-date basis, cash remittances coursed through banks in January-November 2022 amounted to $29.38 billion, 3.3 percent higher than the year-ago level of $28.43 billion.

The growth in cash remittances from the United States (US), Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Qatar contributed largely to the increase in remittances in January-November 2022.

Meanwhile, in terms of country sources, the US posted the highest share of overall remittances in the first eleven months of 2022, followed by Singapore and Saudi Arabia. (PR)