United Coconut Planters Bank
|Founded||Manila, Philippines (1963)|
|Key people||Menardo R. Jimenez, Chairman
Jeronimo U. Kilayko, President and CEO
|Net income||P3.73 billion PHP () (2012) |
The United Coconut Planters Bank, more popularly known by its initials, UCPB, or by its old name, Cocobank, is one of the largest banks in the Philippines, ranking within the top twenty banks in the Philippines in terms of assets. The bank, owing to its name, caters heavily to coconut farmers, but also serves a wide-ranging clientele. It is one of two universal banks not listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, the other being Allied Bank.
UCPB's origin can be found in Presidential Decree 775 (or P.D. 775) where President Ferdinand Marcos in July 29, 1975, instructed the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to "formulate and recommend for adoption credit policies affecting production, marketing and processing of coconut and other palm oils" and to "to provide readily available credit facilities to the coconut farmers at preferential rates." The PCA, headed by Juan Ponce Enrile, then purchased the 72.2 percent of First United Bank owned by Jose Cojuangco.
Cocobank was the official short bank name in the 1980s and the early 1990s.
In 1990, UCPB, along with Equitable Banking Corporation (now Banco de Oro Universal Bank), Philippine National Bank and the Far East Bank and Trust Company (now the Bank of the Philippine Islands), formed MegaLink, one of the three main interbank networks in the Philippines. However, UCPB's ATM services date back to the 1980s, when it was one of the first financial institutions to offer ATM services. It established its pre-need services arm, Cocoplans, in 1993.
The bank is also heavily involved in social development projects and other charity works. Today, UCPB is one of the largest Philippine banks, with 188 branches and 279 ATMs nationwide. It is also the only universal bank to have a rural banking subsidiary, although this has since been merged into its thrift banking operations since late 2005.
Subsidiaries and affiliates
Subsidiaries of UCPB are the following:
- UCPB Leasing and Finance Corporation
- UCPB Savings Bank
- UCPB Securities, Inc.
- Panesa, Edmer F. "Cojuangco loses claim to UCPB block". Manila Bulletin. MB.com.ph. Retrieved 2007-12-04.