Updated ATM charges per transaction in the Philippines (as of April 2013):
Balance Inquiry Transaction Fee:
Interbank (switched by BancNet: P1
Megalink: P1 (see note below)
Banks who charge P2 balance inquiry fee: PNB, UnionBank, Bank of Commerce, One Network Bank, Equitable Savings Bank, LBC Bank
ATM Cash Withdrawal Transaction Fee
Interbank (BancNet, Megalink, Expressnet): P8 to P12.50
Banks with highest charges: OK Bank (P12.50), UnionBank (P12), UCPB (P11), Bank of Commerce (P11), PNB (P11), UCPB (P11)
Banks with no charge: Citibank, Citibank Savings, HSBC
(these rates apply also to ATM transactions abroad)
ENCASH ATM Cash Withdrawal: add P25 or P45 convenience fees on top of normal transaction charge (there is a warning screen for this)
Nationlink ATM Cash Withdrawal: add P20 convenience fees on top of normal transaction charge (there is a warning screen for this)
Note there is a maximum amount per withdrawal for switched transactions of P10,000.00 via BancNet or Megalink. BPI recently lowered this to P5,000.00. For on-us/proprietary transactions, the issuing bank's set amount is applied.
Fund Transfers via ATM Fee
On-us/Proprietary (if available): Free
Interbank (BancNet) : P25 (real time credit)
Interbank (Megalink): P25 (next day credit)
* called IBFT by BancNet, short for Inter Bank Funds Transfer
Bills Payment via ATM Fee
This service is free to all cardholders. It's the biller institution who pays the processor the fees per transaction.
Cash Advance Fees
Using credit cards to withdraw cash on ATMs (funds subject also to interest rates)
VISA, Mastercard: P300 or 3% of amount whichever is higher
American Express (AMEX): 5% of cash advance or P500 whichever is higher
Diner's Club: 5% of cash advance amount or P250 whichever is higher
Note: an access fee of P200.00 shall be charged on top of regular VISA/MASTERCARD/JCB/CUP transaction fees.
Many ATMs in the Philippines eg.g BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands), Metrobank and PSBank accept VISA/VISA Electron/Plus, Mastercard/Cirrus/Maestro where their logos are displayed
American Express is accepted at BPI ATMs
China Union Pay (CUP) cardholders can inquire balance and withdraw funds from BancNet ATMs plus shop using BancNet Point-of-Sale (POS) which is similar to BPI EPS and ECN. No information yet on the charges.
Japan's JCB cardholders can now also perform credit card cash advance transactions.
Cirrus and Maestro are affiliated with MasterCard; Plus is a VISA affiliate.
Using your Philippine-issued ATM card abroad is only possible for Cirrus, Maestro, and Plus affiliated banks (e.g. BPI International for Cirrus/Maestro). Inquire at your own bank for details.
How to avoid ATM transaction Charges in the Philippines:
1. Transact only at your own bank's ATMs
2. Open an account at Citibank, Citibank Savings or other banks that do not charge ATM withdrawals and account balance inquiries to their cardholders.
3. Open an account at a bank with an ATM near your place.
4. Do not put your money in the bank, invest it some place else :P
Note that transaction charges can be thought of as convenience fees; you pay the charges instead of wasting your time and spending money on fares/gas going to your own bank's ATMs.
ExpressNet Member Banks:
Effective April 1, 2013, BPI is part of BancNet
BancNet Member Banks:
Allied Bank, Allied Savings Bank, Asia United Bank (AUB), Banco San Juan, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Bank of Commerce (BOC), Bangko Mabuhay, BPI Family Savings Bank, CARD Bank (San Pablo City, Laguna), Centennial Savings Bank, China Banking Corporation (Chinabank), Chinabank Savings, Chinatrust Bank, Citibank, N.A., Citibank Savings Bank, Citystate Savings Bank, eCTK, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Dungganon Bank, East West Bank, Equicom Savings Bank, Export and Industry Bank (Exportbank), Green Bank of Caraga (Butuan), Hong Kong Shanghai Bank (HSBC), HSBC Savings, Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank, LBP), Malayan Bank, Maybank, Metrobank, OK Bank (Iloilo City), Philtrust Bank, Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCOM), Philippine National Bank (PNB), Postal Bank, Producers Bank, Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), Quezon Capital Rural Bank (QCRB), The Real Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), RCBC Savings Bank, Robinsons Savings Bank, Security Bank, Security Bank Savings, Standard Chartered Bank, Sterling Bank of Asia, Tong Yang Savings Bank, Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB), UCPB Savings Bank, World Partners Bank, Wealth Bank (Cebu City), Zambales Bank (Zambank)
Nationlink Subscribers (A member of BancNet):
Cantilan Bank, Kaunlaran Bank, Rural Bank of Manaoag, Coop Bank of Benguet, Coop Bank of Nueva Vizcaya, Optimum Development Bank, Rural Bank of Malasiqui, Community Rural Bank of Dapitan, Metro Ormoc Community Cooperative (OCCCI), Perpetual Help Credit Cooperative
Megalink Member Banks:
Banco de Oro (BDO), Pacific Ace Bank, MASS-SPEC, National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), One Network Bank, Queen City Development Bank, Union Bank of the Philippines (Unionbank), United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB), Pacific Ace Savings Bank
ENCASH Member Banks(A member of Megalink):
Rural Bank of FloridaBlanca, GM Bank, Bangko Kabayan, Rural Bank of Tiaong, Progressive Rural Bank, Rural Bank of Puerto Galera, First Valley Bank, Rural Bank of Calasiao, Balai Isabel, GM Bank, Jose Panganiban Rural Bank, Rural Bank of Nabua, G7 Bank
You may visit your bank's website for ATM locator service to know where to find ATMs in the Philippines. For example, in Boracay, there are ATMs by Metrobank, Allied Bank and BPI.
Updated: April 2013