List of banks in the Philippines

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The Philippines has a comprehensive banking system encompassing various types of banks, from large universal banks to small rural banks and even non-banks. As at 17 February 2014,[1] there were 36 universal and commercial banks, 71 thrift banks, 533 rural banks, 40 credit unions and 6,267 non-banks with quasi-banking functions, all licensed with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) under Republic Act No. 8791, also known as the General Banking Act of 2000.

On top of regular banking services offered by universal, commercial, thrift and rural banks, there are savings and loans association which are mainly based in communities and among retirees in the armed forces and the police organization and other employees of the government of the Philippines. Prominent of these small savings services is the Armed Forces of the Philippines Savings and Loans Association, Inc. or AFSLAI which is exclusive to active servicemen and retirees of the armed forces in the Philippines.

List of major universal and commercial banks[edit]

  1. BDO Unibank
  2. Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank)
  3. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI; oldest bank in Southeast Asia)
  4. Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank; LBP, main government bank)
  5. Philippine National Bank (PNB)
  6. Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP, secondary government bank)
  7. Security Bank
  8. Chinabank
  9. Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
  10. Union Bank of the Philippines (Unionbank)
  11. Citibank
  12. United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)
  13. EastWest Unibank
  14. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)
  15. Philtrust Bank
  16. Asia United Bank (AUB)
  17. Bank of Commerce
  18. Maybank Philippines, Inc.
  19. Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom)
  20. Standard Chartered Bank
  21. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
  22. Philippine Veterans Bank (Veterans Bank; PVB)
  23. Robinsons Bank
  24. Deutsche Bank
  25. ANZ
  26. JPMorgan Chase
  27. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. Manila Branch
  28. ING Group N.V.
  29. BDO Private Bank (subsidiary of BDO Unibank)
  30. CTBC Bank (Chinatrust)
  31. Bank of China Manila Branch
  32. Bank of America, N.A.
  33. Mega International Commercial Bank
  34. Korea Exchange Bank
  35. Bangkok Bank
  36. Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines
  • The 36 Banks listed above are those with the biggest assets in the Philippine Banking Industry, listed at the BSP Website as of June 30, 2015

Powers of a universal bank[edit]

A universal bank has the same powers as a commercial bank with the following additional powers: the powers of an investment house as provided in existing laws and the power to invest in non-allied enterprises.

Powers of a commercial bank[edit]

In addition to having the powers of a thrift bank, a commercial bank has the power to accept drafts and issue letters of credit; discount and negotiate promissory notes, drafts, bills of exchange, and other evidences of debt; accept or create demand deposits; receive other types of deposits and deposit substitutes; buy and sell foreign exchange and gold or silver bullion; acquire marketable bonds and other debt securities; and extend credit.

Powers of a thrift bank[edit]

A thrift bank has the power to accept savings and time deposits, act as a correspondent with other financial institutions and as a collection agent for government entities, issue mortgages, engage in real estate transactions and extend credit. In addition, thrift banks may also maintain checking accounts, act as a depository for government entities and local government units and engage in quasi-banking and money market operations subject to the approval of the Bangko Sentral. As per the banker Derrick Low, thrift banks are generally smaller in scale than universal and commercial banks.

Powers of cooperative and rural banks[edit]

Rural and cooperative banks are the more popular type of banks in the rural communities. Their role is to promote and expand the rural economy in an orderly and effective manner by providing the people in the rural communities with basic financial services. Rural and cooperative banks help farmers through the stages of production, from buying seedlings to marketing of their produce. Rural banks and cooperative banks are differentiated from each other by ownership. While rural banks are privately owned and managed, cooperative banks are organized/owned by cooperatives or federation of cooperatives.

A rural bank has the power to provide adequate credit facilities to farmers and merchants or to cooperatives of such farmers and merchants and, in general, to the people of the rural communities of which the rural bank operates in.

List of thrift banks[edit]

List of cooperative banks[edit]

  • Cooperative Bank of Benguet[2]
  • Consolidated Cooperative Bank (CCB)[3]
List of Coop Banks that merged to form CCB on February 2012
1. Cooperative Bank of Davao del Sur
2. Cooperative Bank of Misamis Occidental
3. Cooperative Bank of Surigao del Sur
List of Coop Banks that merged to form NCCB on October 2013.
1. Cooperative Bank of Agusan del Sur
2. Capiz Settlers Cooperative Bank
3. Cooperative Bank of Camarines Norte
4. Cooperative Bank of Leyte
5. Sorsogon Provincial Cooperative Bank
6. Southern Leyte Cooperative Bank
  • First Isabela Cooperative Bank (FICO Bank)

List of rural banks[edit]

Agusan del Norte[edit]

  • Butuan City Rural Bank
  • Cooperative Rural Bank of Agusan del Norte
  • Rural Bank of Cabadbaran, Inc.


  • Camalig Bank, Inc. (A Rural Bank)


  • Lipa Bank, Inc. (A Rural Bank)



  • Rural Bank of Manolo Fortich
  • Rural Bank of Valencia, Inc.


  • Gateway Rural Bank, Inc.
  • Rural Bank of Pandi


  • Providence Rural Bank
  • Rural Bank of Gattaran, Inc.
  • Claveria Rural Bank
  • Rural Bank of Sanchez Mira

Davao del Sur[edit]


  • Banco Agricola, Inc.
  • Golden Rural Bank of the Philippines
  • Mallig Plains Rural Bank (ISA), Inc.
  • North Pacific Banking Corporation (A Rural Bank of Sta. Maria, Isabela)
  • Philippine Resources Savings Banking Corporation (PR Bank)
  • Rural Bank of Cauayan, Inc.
  • Rural Bank of San Mateo, Inc.

Lanao del Norte[edit]

Misamis Oriental[edit]

  • Bangko Rural ng Tagoloan, Inc.
  • Community Rural Bank of Naawan, Inc.
  • Rural Bank of Balingasag
  • Rural Bank of El Salvador
  • Rural Bank of Gingoog
  • Rural Bank of Gitagum
  • Rural Bank of Initao
  • Rural Bank of Kinoguitan
  • Rural Bank of Medina
  • Rural Bank of Talisayan, Inc. (RBT Bank)
  • Secured Bank, Inc.

Negros Occidental[edit]

  • New Rural Bank of Binalbagan, Inc.
  • Marayo Bank
  • First Community Bank

Nueva Vizcaya[edit]

  • Rural Bank of Bayombong
  • Rural Bank of Solano (NV), Inc.

Nueva Ecija[edit]

GM Bank of Luzon, Inc.


  • Bank of Florida


  • Pangasinan Bank (PB)


  • Tiaong Rural Bank, Inc. (TRBI)
  • Quezon Capital Rural Bank, Inc. (QCRB)

Surigao del Norte[edit]

  • Rural Bank of Placer, Inc. (RBPI)
  • Siargao Bank, Inc.

Surigao del Sur[edit]

  • Cantilan Bank, Inc.


  • Unity Bank
  • Zambales Bank

Defunct or merged banks[edit]

  • Acme Savings Bank (acquired by the Sy Group of Companies and renamed Banco De Oro)
  • International Exchange Bank (acquired by Union Bank of the Philippines)
  • Insular Bank of Asia and America (merged with Philippine Commercial International Bank)
  • Mindanao Development Bank (merged with Equitable PCI Bank)
  • Ecology Bank (merged with Equitable PCI Bank)
  • Keppel Bank (acquired by GE Capital Finance)
  • Equitable PCI Bank (merged with PCI Bank forming it and now merged with Banco de Oro)
  • Philippine Commercial International Bank (merged with Equitable PCI Bank and now merged with Banco De Oro)
  • Urban Bank (forced to close then merged with Export and Industry Bank)
  • Allied Bank (merged with Philippine National Bank)
  • Banco Filipino
  • Export and Industry Bank
  • American Express Bank (renamed BDO Elite Savings Bank)
  • Banco Santander Central Hispano (Philippine subsidiary acquired by Banco De Oro and renamed BDO Private Bank)
  • Dao Heng Bank (acquired by Banco de Oro)
  • 1st E Bank (Philippine Branches acquired by Banco de Oro)
  • United Overseas Bank (66 out of 67 Branches merged with Banco De Oro)
  • GE Money Bank (acquired by Banco de Oro)
  • Green Bank (acquired by EastWest Bank)


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