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Philippines: Central Bank Emphasizes Digitalization in Rural Bank Operations

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, highlighted the importance of digitalization in enhancing rural bank operations during the Rural Bank Strengthening Program (RBSP) Technology and Innovation Forum. BSP Governor Eli M. Remolona, Jr. said the forum aimed to address… Read More

Philippines: Bank Lending Accelerates, Driven by Major Industries and Consumer Credit

Philippine bank lending in January 2024 surged by 7.8 percent compared to the same month the previous year, signaling a robust acceleration from the 7.1 percent growth recorded in December 2023, according to preliminary data released on March 8, 2024. This increase in lending by… Read More

Philippines: Digital Banking Sector Eyes Growth Through Central Bank Collaboration

Digital banks are now seeking to engage with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, to establish multilateral relationships and foster an open banking ecosystem. This initiative aims to attract more borrowers and support the operation of digital banks in… Read More

Philippine Bank Lending Grows 7.7% Year-on-Year in July

Recent preliminary data reveals that in July, outstanding loans of universal and commercial banks (U/KBs), excluding reverse repurchase (RRP) placements with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), witnessed a 7.7% year-on-year growth, a slight decrease from the 7.8% reported in June. When assessed on a… Read More

Philippines: Personal Remittances Reach $2.8B in May 2023; YTD Growth at 3.1%

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reports that personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos (OFs) reportedly “reached US$2.78 billion in May 2023, higher by 2.9 percent than the $2.70 billion registered in the same month last year.” The increase in personal remittances in May 2023 was “due… Read More

Card Payments in Philippines to Increase by 10.1% in 2023, Report Reveals

Card payments in the Philippines are set to “grow by 10.1% in 2023 to reach PHP2.5 trillion ($45.3 billion) in 2023,” forecasts GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s Payment Cards Analytics reveal “that the card payments market in the Philippines registered a growth of… Read More

Central Bank of Philippines and Local Payments Sector Introduce Digitalization, Financial Inclusion Initiatives

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, and the payment systems sector are preparing to introduce various initiatives that are set to promote payments digitalization and financial inclusion in the Southeast Asian nation. Benjamin E. Diokni, BSP Governor, stated (during… Read More

Digital Banking: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Awards Virtual Bank License to Voyager Innovations

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, awarded the sixth virtual banking permit to Voyager Innovations via its Fintech division PayMaya Philippines. PayMaya had acquired $167 million in capital from Philippines-based telecom firms PLDT, international investment company KKR, Chinese technology company… Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines and French Development Agency to Support Financial Inclusion Initiatives

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French Development Agency, have committed to a grant facility agreement of 700,000 Euros (appr. PHP 41.3 million) in order to support the Philippines’ financial inclusion efforts,… Read More

Digital Banking Platform Tonik Introduces Physical Debit Cards for Consumers in the Philippines

Philippines-based Tonik, a virtual banking platform that was recently awarded an operational license by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), has introduced a physical debit cards for its customers. Tonik bank clients are now able to order physical debit cards via an easy-to-use app, and… Read More

Philippines Reserve Bank Will No Longer Accept Digital Banking Applications from September 1, 2021

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, recently confirmed  that it will no longer be accepting applications for new virtual banks including firms seeking to  convert their current status, starting from September 1, 2021. Virtual banking applications sent to the nation’s… Read More

Digital Assets: Union Bank of Philippines Partners with Hex Trust to Offer Crypto-Asset Custody Services

The Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has teamed up with crypto-asset custodian Hex Trust in order to test out its digital asset custody services – which are compliant with the guidelines provided by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the nation’s reserve bank. Through… Read More

Digital Banking: GOtyme Acquires Virtual Bank License to Offer Financial Services in the Philippines

GOtyme, which is a joint initiative between Philippines-based conglomerate Gokongwei Group and Singapore’s virtual banking group Tyme, has reportedly acquired the fifth digital banking permit from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the nation’s central bank. GOtyme is set to introduce its services during Q2… Read More

Digital Banking: Union Bank of Philippines to Launch Fourth Virtual Bank in Southeast Asian Nation

The Union Bank of the Philippines, which is part of a conglomerate that is led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, will be launching the fourth all-digital banking platform in the Southeast Asian country. This, according to a Philstar Global report. The UnionBank’s virtual bank application has… Read More

Regulators in Philippines Concerned about Virtual Currency Investment Risks, but Local Stock Exchange Wants to Offer Crypto Trading

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is currently seeking regulatory approval to begin offering cryptocurrency trading, PSE President and CEO Ramon Monzon thinks that the bourse can offer an ideal platform for facilitating digital currency trading because of its robust trading infrastructure and established customer safeguard… Read More

Digital Banking: Philippines based OFBank Acquires the Country’s First Virtual Bank License

Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), has managed to acquire an operational license following the introduction of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) updated virtual banking guidelines. OFBank was reportedly provided a digital banking… Read More

Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission Introduces Digital Payments Portal for Securely Paying Registration Fees

The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has introduced its online payment system for firms so they can easily pay their registration fees. The new SEC Payment Portal is a web-based system that can accept payment for registrations, transaction fees, and penalties by simply using… Read More

New Digital Banking Framework Approved by Regulators in the Philippines

​The Monetary Board in the Philippines has reportedly approved the recognition of digital banking platforms as a new bank category that’s separate and distinct from the traditional bank classifications. Regulators in the country have defined digital banks as an institution or entity that provides financial… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan and the Central Bank in the Philippines Continue to Conduct Research to Determine Feasibility of Digital Currencies

The Bank of Japan or BOJ (JASDAQ: 8301), the nation’s central bank that’s headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo, has reportedly appointed Kazushige Kamiyama, a prominent economist, as its head of a department that’s tasked with conducting research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Reuters reports that… Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines is Working on Digital Banking Guidelines including Minimal Capital Requirements

The BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), the central bank of the Philippines, is working on a new set of guidelines for digital banks that plan on establishing operations in the country. The BSP confirmed that foreign individuals or business entities will be able to own… Read More

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