The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI)
announced that PESONet, the country’s first Automated Clearing House (ACH) under the
National Retail Payments System (NRPS), is now available and accessible in more than 40 banks
This is a welcome development toward the country’s objective towards greater financial
inclusion through an efficient electronic payment system that provides consumers and
businesses more affordable and convenient payment services.
The NRPS is the landmark program of the BSP to create an efficient, safe, reliable and
interoperable electronic payments system in the Philippines. It was launched by the BSP in
2015. In 2017, the payments industry signed the charter creating the country’s payment system
management body. This body was later incorporated into the Philippine Payments
Management Inc. or PPMI. The PPMI is the industry-led self-governing body recognized by the
BSP to help implement and oversee the NRPS principles.
As of end-July 2018, around 58 financial institutions have already signed up with PESONet, with
43 of them already receiving PESONet transactions. For wider usage, 22 institutions have made
PESONet available in both their online and mobile phone channels.
With PESONet, financial institutions such as universal, commercial and thrift banks and soon,
non-bank electronic money issuers (EMIs), can provide individuals and businesses with a
platform where they can conveniently, safely, speedily and affordably pay or transfer funds to
recipients with accounts in other financial institutions. Being digital in nature, transactions can
be done anywhere, using any electronic device such as desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile
phones. And the best part with PESONet is beneficiaries receive payments on the same day
and with no fees nor deductions.
A digital platform like PESONet offers individuals and businesses a variety of benefits. The
Better Than Cash Alliance, in their study “The Future of Supply Chains: Why Companies Are
Digitizing Payments,” said that through digital payments, real benefits are accrued “not just for
companies but also their employees, suppliers, distributors, and the communities they work
in.” These benefits include improved efficiency, increased revenue, greater transparency and
security, plus stronger business relationships. Individuals, on the other hand, will have greater
access to more financial services.
Lazada Philippines, the country’s leading online shopping and selling destination, is one of the
early adopters of PESONet. The company followed developments in PESONet after the NRPS
initiative was announced, and first tested it in December 2017. Jonathan Bates, Vice President
for Finance of Lazada Philippines, said they started using PESONet in January 2018 for
compliant banks that tested it successfully.
“We decided to use PESONet because it’s more efficient than checks or existing bank-to-bank
methods, beneficiaries are not charged any transaction fees and more importantly, we wanted
to help advance PESONet usage in the country by being an early adopter. That way, we can give
feedback directly to the BSP,” Bates explained.
For its part, BTI Payments, a wholly owned subsidiary of Banktech, a leading ATM and payments
technology in Australia that partnered with local billers such as utility, telecommunications
firms and banks, is a PESONet user since June 2018 via Union Bank of the Philippines for same
day crediting of payor remittances to their enrolled billers.
Dan Ibarra, Managing Director of BTI Payments, said they chose to use PESONet because bank
charges are more affordable since they use it twice a day for settlement of transactions. “Aside
from the lower bank charges, we found it to be more secure and safe to use since we use it for
our clients nationwide.”
“Our goal with the introduction of NRPS and PESONet is to enable both businesses and
consumers to make payments and transfer funds electronically from one account to any other
account using any digital device. This interoperable payment system is going to be a platform
for financial technology (fintech) innovations,” says BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr. of this
“This development regarding PESONet shows that many financial institutions have already
realized its benefits not just to them but for their customers as well. In the future, we hope to
see more financial institutions and their customers make PESONet their default platform for
their batch or bulk payment needs,” according to PPMI Chairman Justo A. Ortiz.
PESONet financial institutions who have made enabled services available on their online
channels include ANZ Bank, Bank of America, Bank of China, Citibank, CTBC Bank, Deutsche
Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, Eastwest Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase Bank,
Maybank, MUFG Bank, Ltd, Mizuho Bank, PNB, PSBank, Robinsons Bank, Shinhan Bank,
Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, UCPB, Unionbank and Yuanta
Savings Bank , among others
Another ACH launched this year is “InstaPay,” under the NRPS. “Instapay” handle low-value
funds transfers in real time on a 24/7 basis through the internet or mobile banking channels of
participating financial institutions. InstaPay transactions are limited to P50,000 per transaction
but with no limit on the number of transactions, and received without deductions just like
For more details about PESONet, visit PESONet participating banks’ websites,
www.pesonet.info or visit www.bsp.gov.ph.