Trade Secretary and Board of Investments Chairman Ramon Lopez announced that cumulative approved investments recorded by the BOI from January to April 2019 hit Php286.7 billion, a 46.5 percent jump from the same period last year where it posted Php195.7 billion.
Approved foreign investments continued its tremendous growth through the period with a 2,224 percent surge to Php66.9 billion from just Php2.9 billion in January to April 2018. Meanwhile, investments from domestic sources continued its upward trend with a 14 percent growth to PHp219.7 billion compared to Php192.8 billion a year ago.
Singapore is the biggest foreign investor to date with Php35.4 billion, from just Php38.7 million a year ago. Netherlands placed second with Php9.1 billion, with Thailand coming in third with Php8.5 billion. Japan (Php5.5 billion) and the United States (Php2.2 billion) completed the top five.
“Foreign investors remain confident in the country’s business prospects as foreign capital continue to surge in the country while domestic investors remain upbeat as domestic capital continued its steady growth,” Secretary Lopez said.
He added that “especially with the Philippines’ recent credit rating upgrade from S&P Global, even the Asian Development Bank now foresees that the Philippines has the second fastest-growing economy in South East Asia.” In 2018, the country was the third fastest growing major economy in the region next to China and Vietnam.
Power projects continued their dominance through April with Php185.4 billion in approvals, up 78 percent from Php104.3 billion in the same period last year. Manufacturing is also surging ahead with Php44.6 billion, up 181 percent from just Php15.9 billion in 2018. The information and communication sector posted agrowth of 9,669 percent to Php33.2 billion, from a mere Php340 million a year ago. The accommodation and food service sector also grew to Php8.4 billion, a 733 percent increase from Php1 billion in 2018.
“With the government’s commitment to “clean and green” infrastructure systems, successive renewable power projects were approved by the BOI,” Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Ceferino Rodolfo said.