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BPI stretches out loan payment programs

/ 07:18 PM May 23, 2020

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Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands has extended its deferred payment programs for consumer and business loans to align with the “Bayanihan We Heal as One” Act and the declaration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over the National Capital Region and other major cities.

Taking into account the wide-scale impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all BPI clients with payments due from March 17 until May 31, 2020 are eligible for the program without qualifications or the need to apply. All auto-debit arrangements have likewise been suspended since April 2, BPI said in a press statement on Saturday.

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The extension of the programs is nationwide, and applies even to those who are not in areas under MECQ. Clients who wish to continue their payments as usual are given the option to do so.

BPI was one of the first banks to announce deferred payment programs for its clients when the ECQ was first declared by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The programs have since been aligned with the terms and requirements of the Bayanihan Act.

Under the programs, credit card clients are given 30 days from their last due date falling within the MECQ period to settle their obligations.

Personal and retail loan clients are given a 30-day extension for every due date that falls within the coverage period, effectively extending the maturity date of their loans.

Business banking clients are given a 90-day extension to settle their payments due during the MECQ.

The programs exempt clients from late payment charges, interest-on-interest, and other penalties.

For BPI credit cardholders who have been paying their bill  in full for the past six months prior to the covered period, finance charges will be waived. Cardholders with outstanding balances prior to March 17 will see a reversal on interest on interest.
 
For retail and personal loan customers, the accrued interest due to the payment deferral is charged to the client on the next amortization after the MECQ is lifted. The unpaid loan principal will continue to earn interest and any remaining amount due resulting from the deferments will be settled when the loan matures.

In the event that the MECQ is extended, the coverage period for all Bayanihan Act-related programs will automatically be adjusted accordingly.

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