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      Opening a Bank Account in The Philippines

      Bank account assistance for expats

      FilePino makes it easy for expats and foreign companies who are doing business in the Philippines open a personal or corporate bank account. Our consultants will help you identify a trustworthy bank with great client service, allowing you to have hassle-free bank transactions.

      Opening a Bank Account in The Philippines

      Opening a bank account in the Philippines, while certainly not impossible, can seem like a tedious process for foreign nationals and expats. It doesn’t have to be. Whether you intend to open an individual or corporate account, we’re here to help ensure that you’ll have a great business relationship with your Philippine bank.

      Individual and corporate accounts

      The requirements for opening an account here will vary from bank to bank. In general though, it has gotten relatively easier for foreign nationals to open an account – an individual one at least – but you should definitely consult with local legal and finance experts when you’re setting up a company.

      Individual Bank Accounts

      If you plan on opening an individual bank account, it’s best to call the particular bank first or check their website to find out what their specific requirements are. Generally, these will be:

      • 2 Valid IDs. These can be your passport, driver’s license from your home country, locally issued IDs, and other IDs that have your picture, signature and address on them, including your ACR I-Card (Alien Certificate of Registration Card) if you have one.

      • ID pictures (1×1 or 2×2)

      Corporate Bank Accounts

      The requirements for opening a corporate account are understandably more extensive. When you’re in the process of setting up a company, you will need to open a treasurerin-trust-for account, which is temporary and non-transactional, but is convertible to a commercial account once your company’s incorporation has pushed through. Expect to provide:

      • Valid identification documents of the treasurer-in-trust/authorized signatory

      • Proposed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws

      • Notarized Treasurer’s Affidavit

      Once your company is registered with the SEC, typical requirements for corporate accounts are:

      • Articles of Incorporation

      • By-Laws

      • SEC certificate

      • A notarized Board Resolution naming the signatories and providing authorization to open an account in a particular bank

      • Proof of listed status in a Recognized Stock Exchange (RSE), if applicable

      The Philippine Banking System

      The banking system in the Philippines is robust and well capitalized, with a non-performing loans (NPL) ratio in the single digits and strong and continuously improving prudential regulation and supervisory systems. The vast majority of the banking system’s assets are held by universal and commercial banks, with thrift banks and rural banks making up the rest of the market. The country’s central bank is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

      The system features an ever expanding range of banking services and financial products and several foreign banks have branches here. Offshore banking units (OBUs) and foreign currency deposit units (FCDUs) make up the country’s offshore banking system.

      Opening Offshore Corporate Bank Accounts

      If you’re planning on establishing an offshore company in the Philippines, then you’ll probably want to open an offshore corporate bank account as well. Like many of its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand), the Philippines has developed into an offshore financial center (OFC) and there are quite a few offshore banking units (OBUs) here. It should be noted that the country is on the white list of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

      Our Services

      At FilePino, we make it easier for you to open an offshore corporate bank account in the Philippines. If you cannot be here in person, we will act as your representative and will submit applications, develop a business plan, be present at interviews, and handle all communications with the bank on your behalf.

      Features and Types

      There are different kinds of offshore accounts available and you will first need to determine what your main business goals and requirements are in order for you to make the right choice. These include cash management, financing, foreign exchange and treasury services, and international trade services.

      Procedure and Requirements

      When opening an offshore account, banks will typically want proof of identities of all the parties involved, information on banking and business activities, plus documentation of source of funds. They will also perform a risk assessment. We will handle the bulk of this for you, but know that the process will take a certain amount of time and banks also need at least a few weeks for review and approval.


      An offshore bank account provides myriad advantages, chief among which are flexibility, convenience and tax efficiency. For those involved in international commercial activities or who have assets in different countries, having an international account allows for multicurrency investments, greater privacy, significant cost savings in fees, and access to better interest rates, among other things.

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