Category : Press Release
Date : October 12, 2021
Agency : Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Title : Monetary Board Approved US$4.66 Billion Foreign Borrowings of the Public Sector in Q3 2021
Article : The Monetary Board (MB) approved a total of US$4.66 billion public sector foreign borrowings in the third quarter of 2021, 18.9 percent higher than the US$3.92 billion approvals in the same period in 2020. These consist of: (a) one (1) bond issuance amounting to US$3 billion; (b) three (3) project loans amounting to US$855.94 million; and (c) two (2) program loans amounting to US$800 million.

These borrowings will fund: (a) the Republic of the Philippines’ general financing requirements (US$3.00 billion); (b) reform programs on youth employment and financial sector (US$800 million); (c) disaster resilience (US$300 million); (d) assistance to the agriculture sector (US$280 million); and (e) emergency response (US$275.94 million).

Under Section 20, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, prior approval of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through the MB, is required for all foreign loans to be contracted or guaranteed by the Republic of the Philippines. Similarly, Letter of Instructions No. 158 dated 21 January 1974 also requires all foreign borrowing proposals by the NG, government agencies and government financial institutions to be submitted for approval-in-principle by the MB before commencement of actual negotiations.