The national government, spearheaded by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), has launched the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) as a digital-only, first branchless Philippine government bank that allows clients to complete banking transactions anytime and anywhere across the globe.
The OFBank virtual launch today (June 29) was streamed live on the Facebook Pages of OFBank (@OFBank), and its parent bank, LANDBANK (@landbankofficial), and the LANDBANK YouTube Channel (/landbankofficial). The event was hosted online by TV personality Gretchen Ho.
The virtual launch was made possible with the support of officials led by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, OFBank Chair and LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, OFBank President and CEO Leila C. Martin, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam Dan Wolbert, and the respective Board of Directors of OFBank and LANDBANK.
“Despite the global health crisis besetting the country today, our government remains true to its commitment of upholding the welfare of all Filipinos abroad and their families. The launch of OFBank today as a digital-only, first branchless Philippine bank is a testament to this,” OFBank Chair Borromeo said.
As a digital-only facility, the OFBank, a fully-owned subsidiary of LANDBANK, now utilizes Digital Onboarding System with Artificial Intelligence (DOBSAI) to facilitate real-time account opening via the OFBank’s Mobile Banking Application. The new digital account opening platform allows overseas Filipinos (OFs), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their beneficiaries to securely and conveniently submit all requirements online.
Opening an account using DOBSAI via the OFBank Mobile Banking App is safe and secure. The applicant will only need to take a “selfie” and the system will compare this photo with the photo in the valid identification (ID) card uploaded by the client. The app likewise has advanced encryption and security technology that protects sensitive information.
There are three types of accounts available in OFBANK’s DOBSAI: the OFBank Visa Debit Card for OFs and OFWs, the OFBank Visa Debit Card for beneficiaries, and the OFBank Debit Card for beneficiaries below 18 years old. These are interest-bearing peso savings accounts with no minimum initial deposit and monthly average daily balance (ADB), as well as dormancy fee. To earn interest, the accounts need to have a daily balance of P500.00.
The OFBank Visa Debit Card allows cardholders, specifically the beneficiaries of OFs and OFWs, to receive secure and convenient real-time fund transfers using Visa Direct, Visa’s real time payment solution through the 16-digit card number.
“We’re extremely pleased to join our valued partner, OFBank in this launch to support OFWs, OFs and their beneficiaries. The reintroduction of OFBank as a digital-only, branchless Philippine bank is extremely timely when Filipinos are becoming more digital, and our research also shows that close to 80% of Filipinos are interested to use services from a digi-bank. We are glad to show our support to this community by enabling beneficiaries of OFWs and OFs to receive money in real-time by seamlessly and securely using the 16-digit OFBank Visa debit card, which they can also use to make face-to-face and online payments wherever Visa is accepted.” said Dan Wolbert, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam.
OFBank account holders can use OFBank’s mobile facility to transfer funds to their beneficiaries’ OFBank and LANDBANK accounts, free of charge. Interbank fund transfers, on the other hand, are subject to a service fee of P25.00 per transaction via InstaPay and P15.00 per transaction via PesoNet.
OFBank Online Channels
The OFBank is also increasing its presence online to reach more Filipinos worldwide. In the virtual event today, the Bank likewise introduced its modified website – www.ofbank.com.ph. The newly redesigned site contains key information about OFBank, list of products and services, and answers on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the banking public, among others.
As part of its efforts to be of greater service to its customers, the Bank also launched its official Facebook page – @OFBank. The OFBank believes that this is an effective tool to inform the public about the Bank’s latest developments and offerings since Facebook is one of the most used social media platforms by Filipinos across the world. The page will also be an additional channel through which client queries will be addressed.
“As the OFBank becomes fully digital, we aim to better serve the banking and financing requirements of our kababayans abroad, as well as their families here in our country. Rest assured that OFBank will continuously work on providing safe, reliable and secure digital banking,” OFBank President and CEO Martin said.
LANDBANK, LGUs tie up for economic recovery loan program vs pandemic
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), together with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), are working together to ensure extensive dissemination and coordination for the availment of the newly launched RISE UP LGUs (Restoration and Invigoration package for a Self-sufficient Economy towards UPgrowth for LGUs) lending program for eligible Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country. LANDBANK allotted an initial P10 billion for this program, which offers credit assistance to provincial, city, and municipal governments to finance developments and innovative programs in their localities. The RISE UP LGUs Lending Program is being offered by LANDBANK to support LGUs in the implementation of economic recovery plans aimed at reviving the local economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership was formalized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a virtual launch event during a special meeting of ULAP member-leagues and officers on July 29, 2020. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and ULAP National President and Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua led the virtual signing, together with LPP National President and Marinduque Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., and LCP Secretary General and Calapan Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan. Also present during the event was League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) National President and Narvacan Mayor Luis C. Singson who expressed his support to the provisions provided in the MOU. Under the MOU, ULAP, LPP, LCP and LMP will disseminate information on the RISE UP LGUs Lending Program to its member-LGUs. LANDBANK, for its part, will provide reference and information materials, and quickly respond to queries, as well as attend invitations of LGUs to discuss RISE UP LGUs and other available lending programs. “Through the RISE UP LGUs Lending Program, our aim is to help you revitalize struggling businesses, restore investor-confidence in your respective localities, and promote local development. LANDBANK is here to help you grow into more sustainable and self-sufficient communities that can withstand the impact of future crises,” LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo said in her message. ULAP National President Governor Cua said the RISE UP LGUs is “a lending program conceptualized to complement economic stimulus packages that may be developed by the National Government for LGUs.” “With LGUs feeling the adverse economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this loan program is a way we can help LGUs improve their capacity to provide basic services for their constituents as they respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as fund support services for local enterprises to stimulate local economies. With the country expected to experience its first economic recession in two decades, interventions are needed to help prop local businesses and create alternative economic opportunities. RISE UP LGUs should help capacitate LGUs to do just that,” Governor Cua said. Under the RISE UP LGUs Lending Program, eligible LGUs can borrow a loan amount depending on their project requirements, provided that the total loan exposure (including the proposed loan under the program) is not more than its Net Borrowing Capacity per Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) computation/certification. Interested LGUs may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.LEARN MORE
LANDBANK rolls out new P10B loan program to help LGUs recover from the COVID-19 crises
As the country takes recovery measures, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is offering a new lending program to finance development and innovative projects of Local Government Units (LGUs) to help rebuild their communities. LANDBANK has earmarked P10 billion for the RISE UP LGUs Lending Program available for provincial, city and municipal LGUs. RISE UP LGUs stands for Restoration and Invigoration package for a Self-sufficient Economy towards UPgrowth for LGUs. The program was virtually launched Wednesday (July 29) during the regular meeting of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the umbrella organization of all leagues of LGUs and locally elected government officials in the country. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and ULAP National President Government Dakila Carlo E. Cua led the virtual program launch, and participated in by ULAP member-Leagues and officers including, among others, League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) National President Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) National President Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) National President Mayor Luis C. Singson. “The ongoing public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role of LGUs in managing the effects of unforeseen catastrophes. We hope that the LANDBANK RISE UP LGUs Program will help them better serve their constituents and communities, while developing a stronger local economy that can withstand future crises,” President Borromeo said. The LANDBANK RISE UP LGUs Program will be made available to eligible LGUs at a loan amount depending on their project requirements, provided that the total loan exposure (including the proposed loan under the program) should not be more than its Net Borrowing Capacity per Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) computation/certification. The loan shall bear an affordable interest rate of 4.5% per annum fixed for the first year, and subject to annual repricing thereafter based on Bank’s prevailing interest rate The loan may be used for the purchase of agricultural produce, acquisition of equipment, and construction of facilities for linking of products to the market such as the market infrastructure development and/or improvement, mobile palengke, collection and buying stations, and related facilities. The LGU may also use the loan to fund programs and projects that will provide its constituents with basic and support services, social welfare and healthcare, and other infrastructure activities that aim to bring back confidence of the people and spur the local economic activities/businesses after a crisis or pandemic. For permanent working capital, the LANDBANK RISE UP LGUs Lending Program offers a loan tenor of three years. Meanwhile, tenor for term loan is up to 10 years. A grace period of up to one year on principal payment for both credit facilities may also be granted. To ensure an extensive information dissemination and coordination for the loan availment of the Lending Program by eligible LGUs, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also virtually signed between LANDBANK, ULAP, LPP, LCP and LMP during the webinar, which was streamed live over the Facebook pages of ULAP (fb.com/ulap.net.ph) and LANDBANK (fb.com/landbankofficial). Interested borrowers may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.LEARN MORE
LANDBANK, STI ink P250M agreement to fund ‘study now, pay later’ scheme
(Clockwise, from upper left) Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo leads the virtual signing of a P250-million loan agreement with STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI-ESGI) Executive Committee Chairman Dr. Eusebio H. Tanco and STI-ESGI Chief Executive Officer Monico V. Jacob for the LANDBANK ACADEME Lending Program to finance STI’s ‘study now, pay later’ program for its students in the coming school year 2020-2021. Signing as witnesses are STI-ESGI Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer Yolanda M. Bautista, and LANDBANK Agricultural and Development Lending Sector Officer-In-Charge Senior Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos. The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI-ESGI) signed a P250-million Term Loan Rediscounting Line agreement under the ACADEME (ACcess to Academic Development to Empower the Masses towards Endless Opportunities) Lending Program to finance the institution’s ‘study now, pay later’ program for its students amid the financial difficulties facing families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, STI-ESGI Executive Committee Chairman Dr. Eusebio H. Tanco and STI-ESGI Chief Executive Officer Monico V. Jacob led the virtual signing, held on July 24, 2020. The event was witnessed by STI-ESGI Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer Yolanda M. Bautista, and LANDBANK Agricultural and Development Lending Sector Officer-In-Charge Senior Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos. The STI-ESGI, which is the largest subsidiary of STI Holdings, is the first academic institution that availed of the ACADEME Lending Program. The institution offers secondary and tertiary programs, as well as post-graduate and associate programs. “We would like to thank Chairman Tanco and the rest of STI-ESGI management team for putting faith in LANDBANK and our ACADEME Program to finance and ensure the enrollment of around 15,000 to 25,000 students in STI colleges and academic centers this upcoming school year,” LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo said in her message. Other academic institutions which also availed of the LANDBANK ACADEME Lending Program include Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines, Inc. (MCNP) and the International School of Asia and Pacific, Inc. (ISAP) in the province of Cagayan. And at least 80 more private educational institutions have expressed interest in accessing the credit facility. “Almost 70% of our students are supported by overseas workers, who are being repatriated during this pandemic. This LANDBANK facility provides the much needed relief. STI has also agreed not to pass on the 3% interest of this facility. We will absorb this cost, and we thank LANDBANK for being the first bank to offer a study now, pay later plan. We are committed to the education of our youth, and we are happy to work with LANDBANK to make sure their future will continue to be bright and hopeful,” STI-ESGI CEO Jacob said in his response. Launched in May 2020, the LANDBANK ACADEME Lending Program aims to provide credit support to private high schools, private technical and vocational education training institutions, as well as Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) such as colleges and universities, in providing continuing education to their students, through their parents or benefactors, under a ‘study now, pay later’ program. LANDBANK allotted P3 billion for the Program, which offers refinancing or rediscounting of promissory notes issued by the parents or benefactors of students for school loans. Eligible schools can borrow up to 70% of the sub-promissory notes on a per semester basis, and subject further to a maximum amount based on the school’s net borrowing capacity, with a very low fixed interest rate of 3% per annum, payable based on the maturity of the sub-promissory notes, but not to exceed three (3) years. For more details about the Program’s features and application requirements, interested borrowers may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.LEARN MORE