PH debt breaches P10-T mark in October as COVID-19 related borrowing continues

Saturday, December 5th, 2020. Filed under: News Philippine News

MANILA, Dec 5 (Mabuhay)– The national government’s debt reached P10.03 trillion at the end of October, the Bureau of Treasury said on Friday.

This grew by P658.81 billion or 7.03 percent from last month “primarily due to external and domestic loan availment,” the Treasury said.

Compared to the same month a year ago, the debt swelled by P2.12 trillion or 26.8 percent.

Of the total outstanding debt, 28.4 percent were from foreign sources, while 71.6 percent were from local creditors, the Treasury added.

The government continued to borrow from domestic and foreign institutions to fund its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

From January to October, the country’s domestic debt rose by P1.9 trillion, while foreign debt increased by P346.64 billion.

One major contributor to the higher debt was the country’s P540-billion fresh loans from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas secured within the month. The funds were for the government’s COVID-19 response.

The Philippine economy shrunk 11.5 percent in the third quarter, and is seen to cap the year with up to a 9.5 percent contraction due to slower economic activity from the COVID-19 related community quarantines. (MNS)

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