Monetary Board hikes policy rate by 75 basis points

During this morning’s regular meeting, the Monetary Board decided to raise the interest rate on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) overnight reverse repurchase facility by 75 basis points to 3.25 percent, effective today, 14 July 2022.

Accordingly, the interest rates on the overnight deposit and lending facilities were raised to 2.75 percent and 3.75 percent, respectively.

In raising the policy interest rate anew, the Monetary Board recognized that a significant further tightening of monetary policy was warranted by signs of sustained and broadening price pressures amid the ongoing normalization of monetary policy settings.

The Monetary Board noted that favorable conditions arising from the strong rebound in growth thus far in the year suggest that the domestic economy can accommodate a further tightening of monetary policy settings.

By taking urgent action, the Monetary Board aims to anchor inflation expectations further and temper mounting risks to the inflation outlook. In particular, policy action is intended to help manage spillovers from other countries that could potentially disanchor inflation expectations.

At the same time, the Monetary Board continues to urge timely non-monetary government interventions to mitigate the impact of persistent supply-side pressures on commodity prices.

The BSP reassures the public of its unwavering commitment and readiness to take further necessary actions to steer inflation towards a target-consistent path over the medium term in keeping with its price stability mandate.

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