MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has warned the public against holiday scams.
The BSP said there are 10 modes of operations that scammers usually do in order to get personal information from their victims:
Credit card and ATM skimming
Several scammers, usually entice victims by telling them that they have won in a raffle or in a lottery.
Mhel Plabasan, Director of BSP’s Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department (TRISD, advises the public to be vigilant and think carefully before falling into scams.
“Immediately, i-report mo doon sa financial institution kung saan ka nagme-maintain ng account. They are in the best position para i-hold or i-block muna iyong account. Tapos, magko-conduct sila ng investigation (You should immediately report it to the financial institution where you maintain your account. They are in the best position to hold or block your account. Then they will conduct an investigation),“ he said.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen. Ildebrandi Usana also advised the public to be careful in making transactions this holiday season.
“We really are appealing doon po sa ating mga mamamayan to be more prudent in dealing with someone na nakikipagkilala at probably nagbibigay ng mga messages appearing to be true pero may kaakibat na mga babayarin without them knowing it. Nagkaroon na po ng mga scams out of these (We are appealing to our citizens to be more prudent in dealing with someone who is making acquaintances and providing messages that are appearing to be true but there is a catch. There have been scams reported that are similar to this),” he said. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday called on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to investigate “erring” banks and ensure compliance with the provisions under two laws passed to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gatchalian made the call as he expressed concern over the reported non-compliance of some banks on the debt moratorium.
He pointed out that as the country’s regulator of the banking industry, the BSP is mandated to ensure that banks and credit card issuers strictly follow the laws and protect the consumers’ interests as provided for in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1) and the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).
The senator said the BSP should exercise its supervisory and regulatory powers over these erring banks by enforcing the provisions of the Bayanihan Laws as he noted the mounting complaints on consumer credit card received by the central bank.
“A kid gloves treatment will do no good at this time. Everyone is having a hard time financially and they should do their share as dictated upon by the law,” he said in a statement.
Last January 14, the BSP issued a circular letter ordering all banks to strictly comply with the prevailing regulations on credit cards and financial consumer protection as well as those under the Bayanihan laws.
Section 4 of the Bayanihan 2 requires banks to implement a non-extendible mandatory one-time 60-day grace period to all loans of individuals and entities that are existing, current and outstanding falling due on or before December 31, 2020.
“We anticipated that some loans would accrue interests because the party concerned has defaulted and that’s precisely the reason why we introduced these provisions in the laws, to protect the consumers amid the global health pandemic,” Gatchalian said.
“Huwag naman po sana tayong maging ganid para lang lumaki ang kita o tubo sa mga pinautang. Hindi tama na manantala sa mga taong gipit na lalo na kung nakasaad na ito sa batas. Dapat pairalin natin ang bayanihan sa gitna ng pandemya,” he added.
He further appealed to banks to instead help in the government’s efforts to recover from the economic slump amid the pandemic.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday assured that its officials who are facing graft complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman will respond in an appropriate forum.
The complaint, filed by Ricardo Fulgencio IV of Stop Corruption Organization of the Philippines, accused BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno and officials of central bank’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of granting P1.75-billion contract to Allcard International sans public bidding for the implementation of the national identification system.
Aside from Diokno, Prudence Angelita Kasala, Rogel Joseph del Rosario, Carl Cesar Bibat, Marianne Santos, Salvador del Mundo, and Giovanni Israel Joson were also named as respondents to the complaint.
“As regards the complaint filed with the Ombudsman relative to the procurement for the printing of cards for the National ID System, rest assured that the BSP officials concerned will respond in the proper forum once required in accordance with applicable rules,” the BSP said in a statement.
Fulgencio said the bidding process for equipment and materials for the Philippine Identification cards was flawed because the BAC of the BSP Security Plant Complex, which is in charge of procuring materials for the cards, required all bidders to procure raw materials, such as diffractive optically variable image device (DOVID) and polycarbonate sheets, from OVD Kinegram.
The complainant said this requirement is prohibited by procurement laws as it shows a specific reference to a brand name.
“[The] respondents’ act of requiring the bidders to procure their raw materials from OVD Kinegram AG effectively gave the latter private party, unwarranted benefits. The respondents’ preference to Kinegram deprived other DOVID suppliers of the opportunity to bid for the project and robbed the government of getting the most advantageous terms for the supply of such raw materials,” the complaint read.
“Clearly, this is a corrupt practice. Henceforth, it is respectfully prayed before this Honorable Office that after the requisite preliminary investigation, criminal information against the herein respondents be filed before the Sandiganbayan,” it added.
Despite the complaint, the BSP said that it supports the rollout of the National ID as it is key to wider financial inclusion that promotes shared economic growth and the financial wellbeing of Filipinos.
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