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Positivity All Round as Growing Filipino Employment Rates Uphold Alternative Lending

The latest research of Robocash Group reveals that improvements in the employment rate and the final household consumption volume of the Filipino population will positively affect alternative lending in 2022.

The portfolio quality of alternative lenders has considerably decreased due to the Covid pandemic. While before, the rate of late repayments (i.e. non-performing loans NPL) used to comprise four to five per cent, this number has soared to between 10 to 10.5 per cent since Q3 2020, signifying the borrowers’ growing inability to repay loans.

The population employment rate is one of the indicators of a borrower’s creditworthiness. The wage may grow and diminish, yet it still exists and covers one’s needs. Employment or lack thereof, on the other hand, affects one’s well being in a more significant fashion.

In 2020, the employment rate suffered a sharp decrease, while the NPL share grew, i.e. the portfolio quality worsened. Thus, with a decrease in employment rate comes a rise in non-performing loans, and vice-a-versa.

According to the analysis of Robocash Group, in 2022 in the Philippines, with an increase in employment by at least one per cent, the share of non-performing loans will decrease by 0.33 per cent. It’s also noted that the increase in the volume of final consumption of households has a strong positive impact on the portfolio volumes of non-banking organisations.


The Philippines economy is on its way to recovery

According to the quarterly survey of consumer expectations by The Central Bank of the Philippines, Filipinos now expect the employment rate to grow. The population’s wellbeing and the general state of economy in the country are forecast to improve.

Analysts at Robocash Group comment: “In 2022, Philippine alternative lending will experience growth both in quality of the portfolio and in size. This assessment can be made based on the existing positive effect the employment rate growth has had on the portfolio quality, as well as a positive impact on the market volume due to the increase in consumption volume. The same notion is echoed in third-party forecasts.”


  • Tyler is a fintech journalist with specific interests in online banking and emerging AI technologies. He began his career writing with a plethora of national and international publications.

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