Philippine budget deficit soars in 2009
AFPMANILA -- The Philippines budget deficit soared 17 percent above the official target last year as spending rose to offset the impacts of the global financial crisis, an official said Monday. The deficit hit 293.2 billion pesos (US$6.35 billion) in 2009, equivalent to 3.7 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), a finance department official, who declined to be named, told AFP. This exceeded the government's initial target of a 250-billion-peso deficit, equivalent to 3.2 percent of GDP.
January 26, 2010, 11:12 am TWN
Explaining the deficit, the official cited data showing revenue collection had gone down this year as expenditures soared due to government stimulus efforts to cope with the global financial crisis.