Philippine bank with US affiliate

The US Government deposits my pension every month to my California bank account. I transfer money to my Philippine bank account using Xoom,com. Not only do they charge a fee, they also give an exchange rate of a couple pesos less than the current amount, resulting in a substantial amount every time I transfer.  Is there a Bank in Manila that also has branches in the USA. I believe I could get my pension deposited into that bank and just use ATM for cash with no fees or depreciation of my funds ? ? ?

I think there is PNB or Philippine National Bank in LA just visit link

http://www.pnb.com.ph/losangeles/index. … &Itemid=54

Here is what works well .... Open a US Dollar account at BDO (opening deposit is $200.00 plus you will get an ATM Debit card with a Visa logo just like home). Then you can merely do a wire transfer from you US bank account to your BDO US Dollar account .. It will stay as USD and you can choose when and where you want to do the FOREX for it. Here is the really nice part ... if your bank uses either Chase or Wells Fargo as their foreign transfer bank the transfer happens in a matter of a few hours ... in other words ... if the transfer is done by your bank in the US on a US Monday afternoon before 5pm (depending on time zone roughly 8 or 9am Tuesday here) it will be in your BDO account Tuesday afternoon around 2pm .... can't get much easier and faster than that .... The BDO wire fee for your inbound transfer ... $5.00 ... that's it!
Hope this helps

I suggest using HSBC. You can open a Premier account with them in the US with a minimum deposit of 25,000. After 6 months as a HSBC client, you can either visit your branch or call into their Customer Service and ask to open an account in the Philippines - note that you do not need to deposit any money into the account in the Philippines. However, once you have both accounts set up you can transfer funds between the 2 accounts seamlessly (or so they claim). If you plan on going to the Philippines less than 6 months after opening the US account, go to the Manila branch   with details of your US account and request to setup a new account in the Philippines. Once that account is open you can transfer funds from US to Philippines using their online portal.

I got this info from HSBC in Toronto and they claim the process is the same worldwide.

I tried doing the bdo bank account when I first got here.. but they charge a fee for everything.. even if you try to withdraw money from a bdo they will charge you if its not the bdo you opened your account in. plus the hassle of waiting on line.  for me I use xoom and its only 4.99 cents. they do take a little extra off the top but its not that much.  I love being able to get my money in 30 seconds  if I need it. that's why I use xoom. I never use a bank card here coz theres a lot of fraud going on and expats are a huge target

Hello,

Wells Farge Bank has a contract agreement with BPI here in the Philippines for money transfers. The only hitch is the first has to originate from the USA.  Fees are 5 to 8 dollars for up to $2,500.00 on a transfer.  The exchange rate is in a acceptable range, some others like Zoom give a lower exchange rate.  Check it out and good luck, RAC

Yeah PNB accepts direct deposit from USA. You can have an access account in citibank then open savings account in citibank makati or ortigas then do the citi global transfer at nooo fee..

are you still using xoom to transfer maney from canada? I plan on movfing to philippines in near future.

is there any one know which US bank affiliate with Philippine bank?

very interesting for US citizens ! would anyone know of Aust banks affiliation with any phill banks ? would vert much apprec feedback ! cheers

Wells Fargo I have found is easiest and least cost involved to transfer funds
With a truer exchange rate .

Under Express Send your allowed,to send up to $3000 USD per day and it is transferred
To my BDO Account here , within one hour .. Is extremely efficient and easy to use.
But you must be in the USA to set up the account -  first time to send .

Cost is $ 4 USD

Other major PH Banks can also be used , just check Express Send under Wells Fargo web site for more information,

Kind regards hope this helps
Larry

easyrider :

The US Government deposits my pension every month to my California bank account. I transfer money to my Philippine bank account using Xoom,com. Not only do they charge a fee, they also give an exchange rate of a couple pesos less than the current amount, resulting in a substantial amount every time I transfer.  Is there a Bank in Manila that also has branches in the USA. I believe I could get my pension deposited into that bank and just use ATM for cash with no fees or depreciation of my funds ? ? ?

Hi EasyRider,

Philippine National Bank has branches in the US. We use Metrobank for all our banking needs here in the islands including my US Social Security direct deposits. Metrobank has a large branch in NY City.
What I did when almost ready to start collecting Social Security (at 62yrs old) is contact the US Embassy in Manila for advice. I opened a US dollar account (for Social Security only) at Metrobank here in Central Luzon. My first deposit was right on time and have never had an issue with them since. Years ago I had an account with Philippine National Bank and was the worst mistake I made with banking.

Go to This Page at the US Embassy website for contact information. Call or email them; they are real good at helping to get you set up for direct deposits. There are only a few banks that are approved for direct deposits here so be choosy. Others may have other opinions but I've been with Metrobank for several years now and not ever a problem-not even once.
It should be noted here that if you have your SS deposited to a Philippine bank there is no charge at all for the service, at least at Metrobank. Also, if I use my ATM card at a different bank here such as BPI etc, I pay only P11 peso in service charges. That' far less than even a cup of coffee.

Just remember, if you have it direct deposited here, you and only you will be able to access that account. Must be done each month IN PERSON and no ATM card can be issued on that account per US law.
We opened a peso account with them (including an ATM card(s) and then I just transfer what I want into it each month so my wife and kids have access to finances.

Additionally, if you have SS deposited here and maintain only a Philippine address, you do not have to pay into Obamacare or Medicare part B. That is not usable here anyway.



Navajo52

I have a Wells Fargo account and a BDO USD account.  Wells Fargo refuses to allow any transfers online or by phone unless I physically walk into a branch and set up the process. When I try to use a transfer service they all want a USA phone number to send a SMS code.  When I call and ask why,  their answer is you must be physically in the USA.  Any help?

I receive all of my transfers from. Wells Fargo to BDO here in Davao . It works great and the transfer is here within one hour .

Yes you are correct you must physically be in front of the Wells Fargo banker in USA to open and start this service. Once you do that it works wonderfully.

I think that they do the physical appearance in front of a Wells Fargo banker In USA to stop any type fraud or false internet entry to your account
Security is only thing I would think of why that is.
Kind regards

Also I have Magic Jack on line USA phone number
That rings in USA and I answer here in
Philippines plus it has vm for I think it’s 39 $ usd per year

So they can cAll that number USA number which is local
Call but rings here to you on your mobile nr
For any sms code they send you for verification purposes

I don't understand why they won't let a correspondent bank officiate that. It's pretty lame you can't get at your own money anymore.

I tried behind a VPN but they could tell.

Wells Fargo also has what they call a secur ID RSA that gives you a new pw every 30 to 40 seconds and goes on your key ring . Maybe that can help also with your identity back to them . It costs I believe $ 25 for the id process. You might ask your banker you deal with at Wells Fargo in the USA if that would help. I have one but have never used it. 

Wells Fargo does have a Philippines Customer Service Call Center here in the Philippines. But they report back to the states.

Yes,  I've spoken to the call centre,  useless for anything but a nice chat.  I've even tried to set up a power of attorney but again.  Must walk into a branch. What irks me is I was recently in the USA and the branch manager sent me away with a smile telling me I could organise everything online. Screwed again. It's unbelievable.

I had the same issues you are having
Hot  over here to set it up and then told I have to do back in the USA face/face

Frustrating to say the least.

They have chase bank branch in makati. You might probably wanna open an account with them.

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