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Friday, April 18, 2014

PHL banks closing down for Holy Week break, assure ATMs to stay well-stocked

Most bank branches in the Philippines will close for the Holy Week break starting Thursday, April 17, but all automated teller machines (ATMs) will be available to accommodate the needs of clients during the long weekend.

The banks said branch operations will resume April 21, Monday.

All branches of Bank of the Philippine Islands and unit BPI Family Savings Bank will be closed, while their ATMs will continue to service clients that include interbank customers.

"We have not scheduled any downtime for them during this time...This is true for both BPI and BPI Family," Teodoro K. Limcaoco, president of the Ayala-led savings bank, told GMA News Online in an e-mail message Wednesday.

"We have actually done extra preparations to ensure our ATMs are up and with cash to service our customers' cash requirements," he added.

Sy-led BDO Unibank Inc. and China Banking Corp. branches will also be closed from April 17 to April 20.

In an e-mail advisory, BDO said its ATMs will continue to handle withdrawals and its online banking channels for other services.

For Chinabank, customers can count on the bank's eBanking channels at over 500 ATMs nationwide, phone banking, internet and mobile banking, and mobile app, marketing services head Ann Ducanes said in a separate text message to GMA News Online.

Philippine Veterans Bank said its ATMs in 50 branches and 84 offsite locations will be available over the long weekend.

It said clients may use the ATMs for their cash needs, and the online banking system via for balance inquiries, bills payments, and money transfers.

The same goes for Philippine Business Bank. All PBB branches will be closed but all ATMs will be online for the holiday break, chairman Alfredo Yao said in another text message.

For Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), more than 500 ATMs nationwide will be online for withdrawals, inquiries and other transactions during the four-day weekend.

“We anticipate the increased need for cash... [by] our kababayans at this time. We have a dedicated team that will continuously monitor all branch and offsite ATMs to ensure that our clients' banking needs are served during the lenten holiday,” PSBank Branch Banking Group Head Francis Llanera said in a statement.

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