ATM Service Fees Cardholders Need to Know

Published: July 20, 2020 | Updated: July 29, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Personal Finance


ATM Service Fees in the Philippines | Moneymax

Every day, millions of Filipinos use an ATM to access their savings and checking accounts. With a debit card, or ATM card as most people call it, account holders can withdraw money, check their account balance, and even transfer money to other bank users. All of these activities can be done in a few clicks, making electronic banking more convenient to the public.

ATM service fees are comparative and vary from bank to bank. Charges also differ for every transaction. Balance inquiries are typically cheaper than withdrawal transactions as they are deemed simpler compared to the latter.

What is an ATM?

An Automated Teller Machine or ATM is an electronic banking outlet that offers quick self-service options to cardholders. Electronic banking allows customers to complete transactions without going to the bank. ATMs are convenient as you don’t have to wait in line at the bank to withdraw funds or know how much money you still have in your account. Today, there are over 3.5 million ATMs in use across the globe [1].

Electronic Banking in the Philippines

ATM Service Fees in the Philippines - Electronic Banking

Before we discuss ATM service fees in the country, let us first identify the networks that provide online facilities to banking corporations and debit cardholders in the Philippines. At present, there are three major bank consortia namely Bancnet, Megalink, and Expressnet.

Bancnet

Bancnet is the largest electronic banking network in the country with 114 members and more than 13,000 ATMs nationwide. Founded in 1990, the company is the exclusive gateway of UnionPay, allowing access to nearly 1 billion ATM cardholders from China. Apart from providing services in the Philippines, Bancnet also links with international card networks like Diners Club, Discover Card, KFTC, Mastercard, and VISA.

Megalink

Before merging with Bancnet in 2015, Megalink was the biggest electronic banking network in the Philippines, handling more than 795,000 transactions per day from over 13 million cardholders. Founded by Equitable Banking Corporation (now BDO) in 1989, Megalink continues to operate as a partner of Bancnet.

Expressnet

Expressnet may not be the largest bank consortium in the country, but it is one of the most accessed thanks to one of its members, BPI Family Savings Bank. Despite its popularity and success, Expressnet merged with Bancnet in 2016, making it the newest partner of the company.

Megalink and Expressnet remain to be separate entities regardless of their partnership with Bancnet. All of these electronic banking networks perform under different agencies, which explains the non-uniform ATM service fees in the country.

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ATM Service Fees in the Philippines

Avoid unwanted charges when using an ATM. Here is a list of local ATM transaction fees and other related service charges in the Philippines.

ATM Balance Inquiry Fees

UnionBank charges the highest for interbank balance inquiry, while BDO, Maybank. PNB, RCBC, UCPB charge PHP 2. Balance inquiries done on each bank’s respective ATMs are free of charge, except for RCBC that charges PHP 1 per transaction.

Bank NameBalance Inquiry Fee
BDOPHP 2
BPIPHP 1.50
China BankPHP 1
Eastwest BankPHP 1
HSBCFree
LandbankPHP 1
MaybankPHP 2
MetrobankPHP 2
PNBPHP 2
PS BankPHP 1
RCBCPHP 1
Security BankPHP 1
UCPBPHP 2
UnionBankPHP 10

ATM Withdrawal Fees (When Using a Different ATM)

Withdrawal transactions done using these banks’ respective ATMs come at no cost except for RCBC, charging PHP 2 per withdrawal. However, when you’re using a different ATM, BPI, Chinabank, and Metrobank charge the highest ATM withdrawal fees.

For EON debit cardholders, UnionBank charges various fees for every account balance and withdrawal transaction.

Bank NameWithdrawal Fee
BDOPHP 11
BPIPHP 15
China BankPHP 15
Eastwest BankPHP 11
HSBCFree
LandbankPHP 11
MaybankPHP 11
MetrobankPHP 15
PNBPHP 11
PS BankPHP 10
RCBCPHP 14
Security BankPHP 10
UCPBPHP 15
UnionBankPHP 12

Intrabank Transfer Fees

Intrabank transfers mean transferring an amount to another person who has an account with the same bank. BDO, China Bank, Maybank, Metrobank, PNB, PS Bank, RCBC, and UnionBank offer this service for free. On the other hand, Eastwest and UCPB charge the highest for ATM transaction fees at PHP 25.

Bank NameIntrabank Transfer Fee
BDOFree
BPIPHP 10
China BankFree
Eastwest BankPHP 25
HSBCFree
LandbankPHP 10
MaybankFree
MetrobankFree
PNBFree
PS BankFree
RCBCFree
Security BankFree
UCPBPHP 25
UnionBankFree

Interbank Transfer Fees

An interbank transfer is done when you transfer money from one bank to another. BDO and China Bank have the highest ATM service fees for interbank transfers, while BPI and UnionBank only charge PHP 10 per transaction.

Bank NameInterbank Transfer Fee
BDOPHP 50
BPIPHP 10
China BankPHP 50
Eastwest BankPHP 25
HSBCPHP 25
LandbankPHP 25
MaybankPHP 25
MetrobankPHP 25
PNBPHP 25
PS BankPHP 25
RCBCPHP 25
Security BankPHP 25
UCPBPHP 25
UnionBankPHP 10

Below Maintaining Balance Charges

Banks in the country may impose a fee on accounts that have fallen below the Required Monthly Average Daily Balance (MADB) for at least two consecutive months. HSBC and UnionBank have the highest monthly penalty fees.

Bank NameBelow Maintaining Balance Charge
BDOPHP 300
BPIPHP 250
China BankPHP 300
Eastwest BankPHP 500
HSBCPHP 1,000
LandbankPHP 200
MaybankPHP 500
MetrobankPHP 300
PNBPHP 300 to PHP 500
PS BankPHP 500
RCBCPHP 500
Security BankPHP 300
UCPBPHP 500
UnionBankPHP 1,000

Dormancy Fees

According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), banks can only charge a dormancy fee of up to PHP 30 per month[3] on deposit accounts that have been inactive for five years. Additionally, banks can only charge this transaction fee if there are no deposits or withdrawals done for five years, or if the account balance is below MADB.

ATM Withdrawal Limit in the Philippines

To provide a more holistic understanding of ATM services in the Philippines, here is a list of ATM withdrawal limits of some of the major banks in the country.

Bank NameATM Withdrawal Limit
BDOPHP 50,000
BPIPHP 20,000
China BankPHP 20,000
Eastwest BankPHP 50,000
HSBCPHP 40,000
LandbankPHP 50,000
MaybankPHP 50,000
MetrobankPHP 50,000
PNBPHP 100,000
PS BankPHP 30,000
RCBCPHP 25,000
Security BankPHP 10,000
UCPBPHP 20,000
UnionBankPHP 20,000

PNB offers the highest daily withdrawal limit in the country at PHP 100,000. Security bank, on the other hand, has the lowest allowed withdrawal limit at PHP 10,000 per day. Take note of these when withdrawing via ATM.

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Final Thoughts

ATM service fees in the Philippines may seem cheap, but multiple interbank transactions can eventually hurt your savings. Be smart when it comes to account balance and withdrawal transactions. If there’s an ATM similar to your bank account, opt for that facility. Other than ensuring the safety of your account, this saves you money as well.

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