Pag-IBIG Fund income goes up in 1st quarter of 2019
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund has recorded higher earnings in the first three months of the year as demand for loan products surged and collections continue to improve.

For the first quarter of 2019, the Fund’s gross income amounted to P12.69 billion while net income reached P8.96 billion, up by 17 percent and 11 percent, respectively, from its earnings in the same quarter last year.

 “In January, we reported that Pag-IBIG Fund recorded its highest ever income of P33.17 billion in 2018, which is 10 percent better than the previous year. The double digit growth of our income continues in the first quarter of 2019," said Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who heads both the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.

Del Rosario, in a statement, said that Pag-IBIG Fund stands as one of the most profitable government corporations and remains in a strong position to provide social services to more Filipino workers.

He said that this is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive of providing social benefits to Filipinos, especially the low-wage earners.

The statement added that from January to March this year, demand for Pag-IBIG Fund’s loan programs spiked.

 The amount of home loans released surged 22 percent year-on-year to P17.21 billion, while the number of borrowers increased 13 percent to 19,696.

 Short-term loans or cash releases rose eight percent to P12.05 billion as the number of borrowers grew to 593,269, which is 12 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

Collections, on the other hand, amounted to P40.24 billion, an overall increase of 13 percent year-on-year.

  Collected members’ monthly savings jumped 16 percent to P11.15 billion.

Meanwhile, payments for home loans amounted to P15.25 billion and STL payments totaled P13.67 billion, growing 15 percent and eight percent, respectively. 

  "While the first three months of the year are usually slow for most companies, we have once again bucked the trend as we continue to achieve double digit growth," Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti said in the same statement.

  Moti added that the demand for home and cash loan programs exceeded their projections by a considerable margin and marked increases from the same period last year.

As of March, their total assets have reached P552 billion, which is about 12 percent higher than last year’s figures.

 Moti further said that their Q1 financials proved once again how robust the workers’ fund really is.

 "We achieved our best year yet in 2018. If the upward trend continues in the next three quarters, we may well be on the way to achieve another best year in 2019,” said Moti. — MBG (FREEMAN)

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