Philippines: Micro-finance Sector Issues P161 Billion (3.3 USD billion) in Loans...

Jul 2009
Manilia, Philippines, July, 06 2009 - Heeding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's call in 2004 for more aggressive micro-finance lending nationwide, the government, in partnership with private micro-finance institutions, had extended more than P161 billion in loans to some 5.8 million Filipino micro-finance clients and entrepreneurs from July 2004 to April this year, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) revealed.

“The loans helped micro-entrepreneurs establish new business endeavors. These enterprises, in turn, created 2.7 million new jobs for impoverished Filipino workers nationwide during the same period,” Panganiban said during a special celebration marking the 11th founding anniversary of NAPC.

He noted the steady increase in micro-finance loans since President Arroyo’s 2004 SONA.

“I think it is by now clear that the recent growth of the Filipino micro-finance sector is due mainly to the leadership and vision of President Arroyo,” Panganiban said.

He said the Filipino micro-finance sector had issued loans amounting to some P60.94 billion from July 2004 to December 2006.

“The sector released loans worth around P25.9 billion in 2007. The total amount released last year came to about P64.8 billion,” Panganiban said.

He said that from January to April this year alone, the government and its partner micro-finance institutions already extended loans estimated to have reached P9.7 billion.

Panganiban said NAPC and the People’s Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC) manage the People’s Development Trust Fund (PDTF), which was established in 1998 to finance the development of micro-finance institutions nationwide.

“The development of the micro-finance sector is meanwhile overseen by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under the able leadership of Secretary Peter Favila, the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises czar,” Panganiban added.


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