Attention, ATM cardholders: starting April 7, cash withdrawal fees will be more expensive when you use an automated teller machine (ATM) that is not from your debit card’s issuing bank.
The increase in interbank ATM fees, also called acquirer-based charges for ATM transactions, will vary, as it is up to each bank to decide how much of a price hike they will impose on non-clients.
The Bank of the Philippine Islands, for instance, will charge ₱18 from its current ₱15 for withdrawals. Metrobank will also charge this higher amount. BDO Unibank, UnionBank, and Security Bank will charge ₱11, ₱12, and ₱10 respectively. Many banks will also increase balance inquiry fees to ₱2.
In 2019, to allow competitiveness among banks, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas lifted a moratorium that mandated banks to have a uniform interbank withdrawal fee. To help cardholders make a choice, the central bank has also directed banks to clearly display on ATM locations how much they’ll charge on withdrawals and balance inquiries.
In most cases, ATM cardholders need not worry about any withdrawal fees if they stick to their banks’ ATMs.