Online Banking System Can Help You A Lot

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secured_encrypted_pageThis post is applicable to Filipino community in Saudi Arabia, so if ever you have a Filipino friend it is good to share this with them.

A friend of mine ask me the cheapest way to send money to his relatives in Philippines, in addition he want me to teach him the most effective way to send and control the money that he is sending. The common problem among Filipinos is that they send their money immediately upon receiving their salary in which most of the time those money being sent to the Philippines does not go to proper budgeting and normally result to insufficient family budget before the end of the month.

Here is my solution:

I told him that we can save with Telemoney/Al Rajhi/Enjaz fee if we can send it only to one Philippine account and distribute the money electronically via online banking.

Most of the Philippines banks is now engage in online banking, so we as an OFW needs to maximize the use of online banking.

The first thing to do of an Overseas Filipino Worker is to open an account in Philippines or even here in Saudi Arabia through Philippine bank representative in any “Padala Center”. Let your relatives open an account in the same bank for easy and smooth transfer. I personally tried RCBC and Metrobank and both bank transfer smoothly from bank to bank. There are times that I am being charged of 25 pesos per transaction, I think this is because one of my account is being transferred in the province.

In Metrobank, you can only add beneficiary in the local bank, so you need to be present in the Philippines in order to add a recipient. Or you may want to ask your relative to open an account and get the online details from them so do have control of the in and out of the money going into that account.

In RCBC, you can easily transfer from one account to another.

But there is a cache, in Saudi Arabia there is limit in sending money,limit is based on Iqama profession, but if your Iqama profession is professional, I don’t think there will be problem.

If you have an online account you can actually control the spending of your family by sending them on a weekly basis via online transfer.

You can even pay the Meralco Bill and other bill through online transaction, through this you are helping your family in Philippines to budget even you are in Saudi Arabia.

Online transaction is safe don’t worry. I have been doing online banking for the last 10 years. They are constantly increasing the security feature form time to time. You just have to make sure that the url you are using has https:// the “s” means secured site.

I hope this small suggestion can help my fellow Filipino residing abroad. If you have some question you may write it down in comment section below so I can respond.

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10 Responses

  1. I need to check my balance in my atm metrobank

  2. Medel says:

    Hi Guys,

    I am using the SABB Transfer and I need to fill in the beneficiary details. My question is, from the drop-down list of city I chose Makati since the main office of BPI is in makati. Is it ok to put the select the main branch? Because if I choose other city I need to fill in manually the bank address and name. While in the drop-down I could choose the Bank (BPI).

    Thanks for the help.

    Best regards,


  3. marge isidro says:

    Thank you very much for the information and concern on how to send money to the Philippines easily.

  4. Rain says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for the information about this online banking.
    Anyways, lets just say that we have a RCBC account here in KSA, and my family in the PH, as well. How can I transfer my money from SABB(payroll account)to my RCBC(KSA)? Or do I have to go “Padala Center” like Enjaz/Speedcash/Al Rajhi to transfer it before moving to the next procedure that you suggest (RCBC to RCBC online transfer)?

    Best Regards

    • @Rain,

      Thanks for the comments Rain, As far as I know, every bank here in Saudi Arabia has the capability of transferring money from Saudi Account to Philipines Account, but the thing is that it is very costly. Like in SHB, if I am going to transfer from Hollandi Bank directly to Philippines I need to pay 60 Riyals compared to 20 Riyals in Padala Center. So it is wise to send it via padala Centers. If you don’t want to fall in line try to inquire in Telemoney they have representative whom can get your money in your office. It is like a mobile padala center.

  5. Don says:

    Sir, dis you try opening an account and activated the online banking system here in Riyadh?The last time I checked in Enjaz with BPI representative, online banking system shall be done in Philippines only because the atm card will be activated only in atm machine after registering online.At the same time, Metrobank does not accept applicants for new atm account.
    If you have any other information that accept new account application with online banking or maybe an updated information that mine, that would be much appreciated.
    I am using BDO online banking system but I want to add another with a different bank.Thanks in advance.

    • @Don,

      My Metrobank account was opened in Philippines. I agree with you that BPI needs top be made in Philippines. I have tried opening at RCBC and online system works fine. RCBC can be made thru Telemoney.

      • JC says:

        Hi! i applied rcbc here in question is how many days will it be activated? is it true that i need to wait for 1 month for the activation?

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