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Gov’t to borrow P200B from domestic market

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THE NATIONAL government (NG) plans to borrow P200 billion from the domestic market in February, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said on Tuesday.

The BTr released its borrowing plan for February, which is unchanged from this month’s program. The government raised P212.4 billion from domestic borrowings this month, higher than the programmed P200 billion. 

The BTr said it will borrow P60 billion in Treasury bills (T-bills) and P140 billion in Treasury bonds (T-bonds) next month.

The Treasury will offer P5 billion worth of 91-day, 182-day, and 364-day T-bills on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20.

For the long-term tenors, the BTr is looking to raise P35 billion from 13-year T-bonds on Jan. 31, and P35 billion from five-year T-bonds on Feb. 7. It is also eyeing to generate P35 billion from three-year instruments on Feb. 14; and P35 billion in 10-year bonds on Feb. 21.

“The P200-billion (government securities) auctions for February 2023 (are the) same as the target for January 2023 but the National Government’s borrowing costs would be lower in view of increased bids/demand recently,” Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Chief Economist Michael L. Ricafort said in a Viber message.

A trader said the borrowing mix was expected as “the demand in recent auctions and drastic drop in rates allows BTr to take advantage by lengthening the maturity of their borrowings.”

Mr. Ricafort noted some of the T-bond auctions in February could be canceled if the government pushes through with a retail Treasury bond (RTB) offering.

In a financial literacy session before Filipino migrants in Frankfurt on Jan. 22, National Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon said the government is planning to launch the country’s second retail dollar bond offering. No other details were available.

For this year, the gross domestic borrowing program is set at P1.654 trillion, composed of P54.1 billion in T-bills and P1.6 trillion in fixed-rate T-bonds.

The government borrows from local and external sources to help fund a budget deficit capped at 6.1% of GDP this year. — Aaron Michael C. Sy

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