The Philippine central bank continue to has plenty of room to maneuver as the economic climate faces a downturn in the confront of the coronavirus pandemic, in accordance to the institution’s main.Central bank governor Benjamin Diokno told BuddyMantra’s “Avenue Indicators” on Monday: “We still have a lot of policy place, as opposed to other nations around the world wherever they are now in the adverse territory.”Diokno’s feedback followed the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) decision past week to cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.25%, an unexpected shift as most economists in a Reuters study experienced anticipated the central bank to stay on maintain. It came after the Philippines’ Advancement Finances Coordination Committee in May projected an financial contraction by 2% to 3.4% in 2020.We however have a lot of ammunition … should things get worse.Benjamin DioknoGovernor, Bangko Sentral ng PilipinasDiokno claimed the rate cut arrived soon after the IMF downgraded its forecasts for the worldwide economic system. Coupled with calculations from the central bank that showed inflation would be “benign, not only for this calendar year but for the following a few many years,” the BSP chief claimed the bank was “prompted” to make a preemptive transfer as a end result.”Monetary policy works with a lag, so we do not have to wait for … following thirty day period or following quarter to make the policy decision,” Diokno stated. He also explained its reserve prerequisite ratio for financial institutions continue to sits at the “double digit stage.””We still have a lot of ammunition … ought to matters get even worse,” Diokno explained.Peso heading ‘quite strong’Asked if he was involved above a potential flight to basic safety strengthening the dollar and bringing a lot more volatility to the Philippine peso, Diokno said his country’s currency is heading “pretty powerful” at the instant.The peso is supported by a “hefty” amount of money of gross intercontinental reserves, Diokno reported, incorporating there is “robust confidence in the currency.”The Philippine peso was trading at 49.789 for each dollar as of Tuesday afternoon Singapore time. The currency has appreciated more than 1.5% towards the greenback so far this yr.Diokno cited an “unprecedented” move by the Japan Credit Rating Agency to upgrade the Philippines to A- from BBB+ at a time not long ago.In mild of a “wave of credit rating downgrades” in other places, he reported the go represented a “strong vote of self-confidence” in the Philippine economy’s capacity to bounce back, as nicely as for the strength of the peso.