One of the major concerns by Filipinos during long holidays such as the Lenten Season or Holy Week (a four-day holiday) is banks are closed during these days.
Major banks in the Philippines have issued public advisories of their respective banking hours and schedules of their branches nationwide as Filipinos observe the Holy Week 2013 which begins on Maundy Thursday (March 28) until Easter Sunday (March 31).
The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announces that all of their branches nationwide will be closed on March 28-31. They have, however, assured their clients that their Automated Teller Machines or ATMs can handle the expected surge in the amount of withdrawals for the entire holy week. The bank added that their ATM teams will be on call to respond to the cash needs of their customers during this long holiday.
To escape the long queue in ATMs, BPI also advises its customers to use their BPI ATM Card to pay at supermarkets, drugstores, department stores, etc. Just present your card to the cashier every time you pay. As a holy week promotion, clients will get 3% rebate on a minimum Php 2000 single receipt using their BPI ATM card.
Banco de Oro (BDO) has also announced that their branches, including those in malls, will be closed from March 28-31. They have also stressed out that their ATMs will have sufficient loads for their clients during the four-day holiday.
Metro Bank and PS Bank branches will also close for operations starting Maundy Thursday and will resume regular banking hours on Monday, April 1.