Central bank 'actively managing' peso-dollar exchange: Espenilla

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2017 10:26 AM

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is "actively managing excessive volatility" in the currency market, Governor Nestor Espenilla said Thursday, as the peso hovered at its weakest level against the dollar in a decade.

The peso's weakness was due to the normalization of ultra-easy monetary policy in the US and rising borrowing costs in Europe and Japan, Espenilla said in a statement.

"The latest peso movements broadly reflect prevailing market conditions and underlying economic fundamentals, in line with the BSP exchange rate policy," Espenilla said.

"BSP is nevertheless actively managing excessive volatility. This is business as usual," he said.

The peso opened at P50.53 against the dollar on Thursday from P50.60 on Wednesday.