To further boost its reach and better serve the banking needs of clients across the country, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is set to open 23 new branches and branch-lite units and deploy an additional 190 ATMs this year.
As of February 15, 2021, LANDBANK has the third-largest ATM network in the country among local banks with 2,316 ATMs, which serve 410 municipalities that are classified as unbanked. LANDBANK is also the only bank present in all 81 provinces nationwide.
The 23 additional LANDBANK touchpoints in the pipeline this year are composed of 16 branches and branch-lites, five (5) Agri-Hubs, and two (2) mobile branches. This will grow LANDBANK’s branch network to 500 branches and branch-lite units nationwide by year end.
The additional five (5) Agri-Hubs programmed for the year will raise the total to ten (10) nationwide and will help the Bank reach more farmers and fishers. Located in top rice-producing provinces, LANDBANK Agri-Hubs feature a hybrid of different banking and lending functions to respond to the developing needs of stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
The two (2) new mobile branches will provide uninterrupted banking services in areas hit by calamities and other unexpected events. One (1) LANDBANK mobile branch will support the San Pablo Branch in Laguna to cover affected areas in Luzon, while the other will support the Bajada Branch in Davao del Sur for areas in Mindanao.
LANDBANK will also install 190 new ATMs nationwide—which include 10 mobile ATMs—to provide safe and timely cash withdrawals for Bank clients, notably government personnel, pensioners, and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. LANDBANK’s total ATM network will exceed 2,500 by the end of 2021.
The Bank is also gearing up to open two (2) new lending centers for a total of 57 by year end, designed to provide affordable credit assistance to small farmers and fishers, agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and local government units (LGUs), among others.
“LANDBANK remains aggressive in expanding its extensive network to serve more clients and meet emerging needs. While the usage of our e-banking channels continue to rise under the new normal, our branches and other physical touchpoints remain equally important in servicing our clients, especially those in the countryside,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
Free online fund transfers until March 2021
To provide relief to LANDBANK account holders and encourage online transactions amid the ongoing pandemic, LANDBANK continues to waive fees for online inter-bank fund transfers via instaPay and PESONet until March 31, 2021 when using the LANDBANK Mobile App and iAccess.
From March 18 to December 31, 2020, the Bank has waived fund transfer fees amounting to P50.32 billion for 9,353,938 online transactions, representing forgone income for the Bank totaling P223 million.
LANDBANK’s digital financial services saw increased demand in 2020, as transactions facilitated through its six (6) major electronic channels increased by 21% in volume and 36% in value from 2019. The LANDBANK Mobile Banking App recorded the highest volume of transactions of 71.9 million amounting to P85.12 billion.
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