Where did OFWs’ remittances go in 2Q?

Published by rudy Date posted on June 17, 2013

MANILA – Where do the remittances of overseas Filipinos go when these reach their loved ones back home?

Of the 525 households polled by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), 95.4 percent said they used the remittances for food, 67 percent for education, 54.9 percent for medical payments and 42.1 percent for debt payments.

Those who said they used the remittances for savings declined to 39.4 percent from 42.1 percent in the first quarter. Respondents who said they put away the remittances in investments such as business capital or in stocks went down, as well as those who said they bought consumer durables, motor vehicles and real property.

Repondents in the National Capital Region (NCR) followed the national trend while those outside NCR said more OFW housholds used the remittances to pay down their debts and for savings. –Likha Cuevas-Miel, InterAksyon.com

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