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Philippines: Lenders, e-money issuers set up InstaPay platform

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter BANKS and e-money issuers have set up a new clearing house for real-time fund transfers yesterday, with seven lenders now able to process interbank transactions in a matter of seconds. Industry players unveiled the InstaPay platform on Monday, which serves as an automated clearing house to process payments across accounts […]

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Philippines: Q1 budget deficit higher at P162.2B

Government spending surged in March, a Cabinet official said on Monday, resulting in a substantially higher first quarter budget deficit. Quoting a preliminary Bureau of the Treasury report, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd told reporters that the January-March shortfall had reached P162.2 billion. “[It] is P57.8 billion lower than program with good revenue performance,” he […]

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Top 10 e-commerce sites in the Philippines 2018

With a dynamic economy and a large population proficient with digital technologies, the Philippines is a fast-growing market for e-commerce in Southeast Asia. Several websites and digital applications are already fighting for market share, with global, regional and national players trying to come up to the leader. The growing connectivity of the Philippines, rapidly overcoming the country’s infrastructure difficulties, […]

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Philippines: Hot money inflow hits 3-year high in March

Foreign portfolio investments swung to a net inflow of $1.13 billion in March, the highest in more than three years, after the government successfully raised P12 billion ($230 million) from the maiden issuance of Panda bonds, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported yesterday. The latest figure was the highest since the country registered a […]

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