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BSP, NPC outline policy roadmap for e-banking
“It’s not just about the BSP, it’s also about collaborating with the industry players, collaborating with other government agencies particularly in digitizing payments of government to people and people to government. It is also about the digital transformation of the BSP. We also need to digitally transform,” he said.
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BSP, NPC outline policy roadmap for e-banking

(The Philippine Star) - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) have outlined the policy roadmap to accelerate e-banking services to help consumers and businesses cope with the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Going digital right now, it’s not just a matter of convenience, it has become a matter of necessity and for the BSP we would like to sustain that momentum that’s why we crafted these digital payments transformation roadmap 2023,” BSP director for technology risk and innovation supervision Melchor Plabasan said in an online forum organized by local think tank Stratbase ADR Institute.

“It’s not just about the BSP, it’s also about collaborating with the industry players, collaborating with other government agencies particularly in digitizing payments of government to people and people to government. It is also about the digital transformation of the BSP. We also need to digitally transform,” he said.

Among the key policy reforms in the BSP roadmap are:

* Technology aided Know-Your-Customer (KYC) that enabled Philippine citizens to open accounts remotely;

* The National Retail Payment System which gave birth to InstaPay and PesoPay;

* The Operator Payment System to oversee payment system operators and designate those considered systematically or prominently important;

* QR code for bank transfers and expansion to merchant payments; and

* Formal guidelines for establishment of digital banks in the Philippines.

“Innovation may prove to be boon and bane for the reason that while progress and development is assured, it likewise presents risks to the freedoms and privacy of the individuals availing of such services when the sale is left unbridled and unchecked,” NPC policy advisor Atty. Anna Benjieline Puzon said.

Puzon advised the banking sector to consider data privacy best practices in fintech (financial technology) that are able to provide the following protection:

* Give timely notification of phishing emails or spoof banking websites to data subjects and to relevant authorities for immediate take down;

* Detect fraud and regularly monitor accounts for suspicious activities by checking if transactions exceed an established threshold; and

* Provide multi-factor authentication to reenforce whatever security measures already established.

Stratbase ADRi president Dindo Manhit also urged the government to support and prioritize digital transformation “by investing in a massive digital infrastructure program that would serve as a foundational long term national asset that empowers a digitized commercial, health, education and government ecosystem.”

“In so far as digitalization has become a reality of our everyday life, and in so far as the prospects of the new normal have changed how we live, the digital push could be reinforced and actualized into public benefits not only through public-private collaboration, but with a participation of the whole population as well,” he said.

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