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February OFW Remittances Up 5.8% at $1.59B
Remittances grew at a slightly faster pace in February as global demand for Filipino workers remained robust, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported Monday.
Money sent home by Filipinos based offshore amounted to $1.59 billion in February, up 5.8 percent from $1.5 billion in the same month last year, documents from the BSP showed.
The year-on-year increase in remittances in February accelerated from the 5.4 percent recorded in January.
Remittances in February brought the total for the first two months of the year to $3.14 billion, up 5.6 percent from $2.98 billion in the same period last year.
“The continued inflow of remittances is supported by the sustained demand for Filipino manpower in various foreign labor markets,” BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said in a statement.
The BSP said the top 10 sources of remittances for February were the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Germany and Hong Kong.
Citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), job orders for Filipino professional, technical, service and production workers reached 200,010 in the first quarter of this year, up year on year by 24.6 percent.
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