• By The Financial District


Updated: Apr 30, 2021

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., topped the dividend remitters of the government, accounting for half of the P157 billion remittances that were funneled to the government's "ayuda" and other social amelioration programs.

BSP accounted for P40.53 billion in dividend remittances, the PDIC, P17.98 billion and Pagcor P17 billion of the remittances that were mandated under the Dividends Law or RA 7656 which mandates that government owned or controlled corporations should give to the treasury half of their earnings.

A total of P119.1 billion or three-fourths of the P157 billion in cash dividends remitted last year partly funded the social amelioration program (SAP) that the government implemented to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s poorest households and other vulnerable sectors.

The Corporate Affairs Group (CAG) of the Department of Finance (DOF) said the P156.97 billion in dividends remitted last year by 57 GOCCs to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) was the highest amount ever collected since the implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 7656 or the Dividends Law in 1994.

Without dividends foregone, cash remittances is P135.08 billion in 2020, and P52.59 billion in 2019,” the CAG headed by Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko said in a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

Tionko said that P119.1 billion of the GOCCs’ dividend remittances contributed to the government’s unprogrammed revenues.

“These GOCC dividends were primarily utilized for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), which provided emergency assistance to low-income families to help tide them over during the strict lockdowns imposed earlier last year to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Tionko said.

This year, Tionko said the CAG will continue to instill fiscal discipline among GOCCs, especially those with existing arrears, to ensure their compliance with the Dividends Law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

She said the CAG was able to secure an agreement with the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) in 2020 for the transfer of the web-based GOCC Debt Recording and Monitoring System (GDRAMS) to the DOF.

This reporting system aims to streamline the data reporting process and facilitate the timely encoding and submission of the GOCCs of their debt reports, Tionko said.

“GDRAMS will help in the analysis of GOCC debt and better manage the government’s financial exposure and strategy formulation,” Tionko said.

She said the DOF will further enhance the GDRAMS and train GOCCS on the use of the system so that it could be fully implemented this year.

In partnership with the World Bank, the CAG also spearheaded efforts in 2020 to strengthen the government’s capacity to manage its contingent liabilities and evaluate risks from Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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