Lockdown restrictions ease in time for Independence Day in The Philippines

11 Jun 2020 - Category: Blog /
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For those planning to send money to The Philippines in time for 12 June’s Independence Day, the great news is that more cash pick-up locations will be open for your beneficiaries now that restrictions are easing.

The country is allowing businesses to reopen and get ready for the next phase, which has been labeled as the “new normal”.

From 1 June, many districts moved from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) protocol to the more lenient General Community Quarantine (GCQ).Districts adopting this new status include Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Zamboanga City, Davao City, Cebu City and Mandaue City.

How are restrictions easing and what does this mean for money transfer to The Philippines?

The GOVPH website contains the guidelines for areas now classified as GCQ. Though some banks and money transfer services have remained open with safety measures in place, the important message for Small World customers who send money to The Philippines is that more of the country is now covered with open cash pick-up locations, making money far easier to collect.

The lead up to Independence Day is traditionally one of the busier times to transfer money to The Philippines. It also means that both digital and non-digital money transfer options are available to senders and beneficiaries.

Here are just two of the options available during this important time:

Sending money via Bank Deposit to The Philippines

Bank deposit remains a safe and efficient way to send money, allowing you to transfer Philippine Pesos or USD directly to a bank account in minutes.

This can be done in a few easy steps in person at one of our agents, online (read more) or through the Small World app. If you’d like to find out more about using the app for the first time we have a useful guide on the Small World website.

Sending money via Cash Pick-up to The Philippines

Small World has over 12,076 cash collection locations for customers to use in The Philippines and we recommend you check they are open first. Something else to consider when sending money is that local authorities have been given the power to place specific areas under stricter levels of quarantine, so it is vital that you check the information from those authorities and are aware of the most up-to-date information.

You can find the latest information about pick-up locations in The Philippines on the “Covid-19 Small World status update” .

We appreciate that travelling to cities and towns to find banks can be difficult so our pick-up network connects more of the remote people within The Philippines to their money faster.

Other options include:

New cash card – send a new cash card to a home address

Cash card reload – top-up a prepaid card

Home delivery – your transfer is delivered straight to a home address

What happens during GCQ?

Some of the key differences for those now under GCQ, include:

  • Reopening of many businesses, including non-essential manufacturing and retail
  • 100% stay at home restriction is eased, excluding senior citizens, under-21, pregnant women, anyone with health risk to stay home
  • Gatherings are restricted to ten people
  • Public transport open with safe distancing, and inter-island flights (GCQ to GCQ) with safety measures in place
  • Schools open with minimal staff

There is no doubt that, with a cautious approach, restrictions are easing in The Philippines and also across the world. It has been a particularly challenging time for those collecting money sent from overseas, but now that the methods and collection points are opening up once again, we are starting to see a level of normality return.

Of course, Independence Day celebrations in The Philippines will be impacted by Covid-19, but it still represents an opportunity for the country to mark 122 years since the declaration of independence from Spain in 1898.

Ways to send money to The Philippines:

  • Bank deposit
  • Cash pick-up
  • New cash card
  • Cash card reload
  • Home delivery

Our main partners in The Philippines are BDO, BPI, Filremit, Metrobank, PNB, LANDBANK, EastWest 

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