Philippines: Central Bank keeps rates unchanged at its November meeting
November 10, 2016
At its meeting on 10 November, the Central Bank of the Philippines decided to leave the Overnight Reverse Repurchase facility (RRP) unchanged at 3.00% as the markets had expected. In November, the Central Bank also kept the Overnight Lending Facility (OLF) and the Overnight Deposit Facility (ODF) unchanged at 3.50% and 2.50%, respectively. The ODF establishes the floor and the OLF the ceiling of the interest rate corridor system. Likewise, the Bank kept the reserve requirement ratio unchanged.
The Central Bank explained that it held rates, “based on its assessment that the inflation environment remains manageable.” On the whole, the Bank expects inflation to stay slightly below its target range of 3.0% plus/minus 1.0 percentage points this year and to rise towards the mid-point of the range next year and in 2018. Moreover, the Bank sees inflation expectations broadly in line with the inflation target. As for the Philippine economy, the monetary authorities expect that economic growth will remain firm, supported by strong private consumption and investment, adequate liquidity, buoyant business and consumer sentiment, and higher public spending. Lastly, the Bank assessed that the risks to the inflation outlook remain tilted to the upside, because of potential upward adjustments in electricity rates along with the proposed tax policy reform program. The next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for 22 December.