Year-to-date budget gap widens to P1.3 trillion

The National Government’s (NG) budget deficit for November was recorded at P128.7 billion, barely higher than last year’s shortfall by 0.33% as both government revenue and expenditure grew by 15.56% and 10.34%, respectively.

The year-to-date deficit (YTD) rose to P1.3 trillion, surpassing the budget gap registered in the same period last year by 24.63% or P263.2 billion although accounting for just 72% of the P1.9 trillion 2021 revised program[i].


Revenue for November jumped by 15.56% or P38.2 billion year-on-year (YoY) to P284.0 billion resulting from the gradual resumption of economic activities compared to last year.

Tax revenue grew 14.27% YoY and contributed P270.3 billion or 95% to the total while the remaining P13.7 billion was raised through non-tax collections which also registered a 48.70% increase over last year.

The P2.8-trillion cumulative revenues from January to November 2021, equivalent to ninety-six (96%) of the P2.9 trillion revised full-year program, similarly improved by 5.99% or P156.8 billion over similar collections achieved in the 11-month period last year.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collected P210.7 billion (net of P1.1 billion tax refund) for November, up by 9.95% or P19.1 billion from last year’s comparable performance.

BIR’s total collection as of end-November amounted to P1.9 trillion was 7.17% faster than the P1.8 trillion raised in the same period a year ago and comprised 92% of the revised full-year target of P2.1 trillion.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) registered YoY double digit growth of 32.50% or P14.2 billion with November net collections of P57.9 billion[ii].

BOC’s cumulative revenue for the 11-month period of P583.3 billion likewise grew by 18.47% over last year’s comparable outturn and is 95% of the P616.7 billion adjusted program for the year.

The total Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) income for November more than doubled to P6.1 billion from last year mainly driven by the increase in dividend remittances and NG share from PAGCOR income.

On the other hand, YTD income of P120.6 is lower by 42.93% or P90.7 billion over the same period last year, but already exceeded the original full-year program of P74.7 billion by 61.5% or P45.9 billion buoyed by higher dividend remittances, earnings from BSF/SSF holdings, income from deposits with BSP as well as interest on advances from GOCCs.

Revenues from other offices (other non-tax including privatization proceeds and fees and charges) for the month totaled P7.6 billion, 19.28% or P1.2 billion better than 2020 similar collections.

This increased YTD revenue to P137.3 billion, recording YoY growth of 23.65% or P26.3 billion.


NG disbursement for the month of November amounted to P412.7 billion outperforming the previous year’s actual level of P374.1 billion by 10.34% or P38.7 billion.

This is mainly attributed to the higher spending performance by the DPWH, DND, DOH, CHED, and DSWD. As a result, cumulative expenditures as of end-November rose to P4.1 trillion, growing by 11.40% or P420.1 billion YoY, but only accounted for 87% of the P4.7 trillion revised program for the year.

November primary spending (net of interest payment) of P381.5 billion made up 92% of the total disbursements, exceeding the previous year’s outturn by 7.76% or P27.5 billion.

The resulting YTD primary spending likewise rose to P3.7 trillion, P373.0 billion more than last year’s total of P3.3 trillion.

November Interest payments (IP) of P31.2 billion was 55.84% higher than the 2020 comparable level. This led to YTD IP of P402.1 billion, also 13.24% above the prior year’s payment of P355.1 billion.

As a percentage of revenues and expenditures, IP from January to November increased to 14.49% and 9.79% from 13.57% and 9.63% posted last year, respectively.


For the month, NG posted a primary deficit of P97.5 billion, declining from last year’s primary balance of P108.2 billion by 9.94%. On the other hand, YTD primary deficit of P930 billion was 30.29% or P216.2 billion higher from what was registered in the 11- month period a year ago.

[i] Based on the FY 2021 Fiscal Program approved during the 179th DBCC Meeting on May 18, 2021.

[ii] Net of P1.1 billion tax refund; November Gross total BOC collection inclusive of tax refund is P59.1billion.