Investing in government securities has been made available online, as state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) offers online channels to allow the general public to safely and conveniently invest in the recently launched one-year peso-dominated “Premyo Bonds Para Sa Bayan 2” (Premyo Bonds 2) of the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
The event launch and investors’ briefing last November 11 was led by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and National Treasurer Rosalia V. De Leon. They were joined by top executives from partner banks and institutions in both private and public sectors, including LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, and OFBank President and CEO Leila C. Martin.
“We have seen a growing public interest for the Premyo Bonds, and by making available online channels, more Filipinos both here and abroad will be able invest in government securities. While they earn from their investments, they will also have the chance to win prizes during the quarterly draws,” said LANDBANK President Borromeo.
Aside from over-the-counter placements at all LANDBANK branches, interested Premyo Bonds 2 investors may access the BTr’s Online Ordering System at www.treasury.gov.ph, and settle the payment via LANDBANK’s online payment facility, Link.BizPortal, free of charge.
LANDBANK is also giving Filipinos abroad a platform to participate in Premyo Bonds 2 offering through the mobile banking application of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), the Bank’s digital-only branchless bank subsidiary.
Through the OFBank Mobile Banking App (MBA), Filipinos across the world may invest in Premyo Bonds 2 in as fast as five minutes or less through their smartphones. The use of the App, which can be accessed 24/7, is also free of charge.
The OFBank MBA accepts placements of up to P500,000 per transaction. For investments more than this amount, investors may do multiple transactions as long as each transaction is up to P500,000 only.
Similar to those issued last year, Premyo Bonds 2 are sold at only P500 each. These low-risk government securities have an interest rate of 1.25% per annum, subject to a 20% final tax.
The offer period for Premyo Bonds 2 will run until December 11, 2020, with settlement on December 16. Proceeds from the issuance will be used to fund government programs on the response for the COVID-19 crisis, education and healthcare, among others.
On top of quarterly interest payments, investors of Premyo Bonds 2 will have the chance to win cash rewards of over P1 million, as well as brand new cars during the quarterly rewards draws. Each P500 investment entitles the eligible bondholder one bond unit with Electronic Rewards Number (eRN), which will serve as one entry in the quarterly draws.
National Treasurer De Leon said that the Premyo Bonds issuance aims to familiarize more Filipinos with government securities, while getting them into the habit of investing and helping the government expand its financing footprint in the retail sector. She added that investors with P20,000 or below will be qualified for a special rewards draw with 20 winners of P50,000 each per quarter.
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