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Philippines leader concerned over peso appreciation

Philippines leader concerned over peso appreciation

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo is examining ways to help the country's export sector which has been battered by the rising peso, her spokesman said yesterday.
Exporters warned the government on Wednesday that targeted revenues of US$50 billion this year will not be met due to the peso's rapid appreciation.
"We share the concern of the export industry over the continued strength of the peso," Arroyo's spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, said in a statement.
"But as a policy, we always leave it to market forces to determine the true value of our currency."
The chairman of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Sergio Ortiz-Luis, told the BusinessWorld newspaper that exporters had pegged their prices at 51-52 pesos to the U.S. dollar.
"With six months' worth of goods to deliver, they're already losing," he told the newspaper. "We were expecting to breach the US$50 billion mark this year but it will not happen."
The peso breached the 50 to the U.S. dollar level for the first time in four years on Monday and has gained 6.15 percent since the start of the year. It was at 50.01 to the U.S. dollar on Wednesday afternoon as investors took profits. Much of the gain has been due to remittances from Filipino overseas workers and improvements in the government's finances.
Inflation eased to its lowest level in 27 months in September at 5.7 percent due mainly to a stronger peso and lower oil prices.
Bunye said Arroyo's economic advisers are considering "concrete measures to assist the export sector, balance out the situation and maintain a business environment that would spur more jobs and better infrastructure." He gave no other details.


Updated : 2021-06-13 14:11 GMT+08:00