Personal Remittances Up by 3.0 Percent YoY to Reach US$17.6 Billion in the First Half of 2023

Personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos (OFs) increased by 2.2 percent to  US$3.13 billion in June 2023 from US$3.06 billion registered in the same month last year.

The rise in personal remittances in June 2023 was due to higher remittances sent by 1) land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more and 2) sea- and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year.

Similarly, cumulative personal remittances grew by  3.0 percent to US$17.59 billion in the first half of 2023 from US$17.09 billion recorded in the comparable period in 2022.

Of the personal remittances from OFs, cash remittances coursed through banks reached US$2.81 billion in June 2023, 2.1 percent higher than the US$2.75 billion posted in the same month last year.

The expansion in cash remittances in June 2023 was due to the growth in receipts from land- and sea-based workers.

On a year-to-date basis, cash remittances grew by 2.9 percent to US$15.79 billion from US$15.35 billion registered in the same period last year.

The growth in cash remittances from the United States (U.S.), Singapore, and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) contributed mainly to the increase in remittances in the first half of 2023. Meanwhile, in terms of country sources, the U.S. posted the highest share of overall remittances during the period, followed by Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.[1]

[1] There are some limitations on the remittance data by source. A common practice of remittance centers in various cities abroad is to course remittances through correspondent banks, most of which are located in the U.S. Also, remittances coursed through money couriers cannot be disaggregated by actual country source and are lodged under the country where the main offices are located, which, in many cases, is in the U.S. Therefore, the U.S. would appear to be the main source of OF remittances because banks attribute the origin of funds to the most immediate source. The countries are listed in order of their share of cash remittances, i.e., from highest to lowest.