Digital PERA Contributors Triple as More Filipinos Set Aside Funds for Retirementby Fintech News Philippines October 5, 2022
The number of Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) contributors almost tripled two years after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched the Digital PERA in September 2020.
The Digital PERA is an online one-stop shop where investors can open an account, browse various PERA products, monitor their accounts, and settle transactions via InstaPay and PESONet.
BSP says PERA contributors increased to 4,892 on September 08 this year, from the 1,684 recorded two years prior.
The number of PERA investors rose along with total PERA funds, as total PERA contributions increased by 106 percent to PHP 289.82 million as of 08 September 2022 from PHP 140.76 million recorded during the same period in 2020.
Contributions from Filipino employees represented 67.43 percent of said PERA contributions or PHP 195.42 million. The remainder of the contributions came from overseas Filipino workers and self-employed individuals.
PERA is a voluntary retirement savings programme that supplements state-based pension plans (i.e., from Social Security System and Government Service Insurance System), and employer-sponsored retirement plans.
The BSP introduced PERA in 2016 with support from the financial industry.
The regulator said in a statement,
“The BSP encourages Filipinos to take full advantage of the benefits offered under PERA, including the exemption of PERA earnings from taxes on final withholding, capital gains, and regular income.
PERA contributors are also entitled to a five percent tax credit on contributions for the year that can be used to pay national income tax liabilities. Moreover, qualified PERA withdrawals are not subject to taxes.”