Banks deliver their outward clearing demands to PCHC for processing. PCHC reads the MICR information encoded on the physical documents presented for clearing and reconciles unbalanced batches in order to prove the accuracy of clearing work from the banks.
Banks play a vital role in providing payment services to “close the loop” in any business transaction. Whether it be a trade payment between buyer and seller or a simple transfer instruction to credit a personal account, there has to be a facility to clear payment instructions within a large community of banks.
On the initiative of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) to expedite the clearing of US Dollar Drafts representing dollar remitted by Filipino Overseas Contract Workers (OCW) to local beneficiaries, the FX Clearing and Settlement System was established and began operation on October 1, 1991.
The Authorized Agent Bank (AABs) represented by the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) accepted the obligation of collecting customs duties and taxes and the responsibility to remit accurately and timely to the Government Treasury all such collections.
With no end in sight for the use of the paper check as a payment instrument, banking institutions which are constantly seeking better, speedier, and more cost-effective processes for the delivery of their services to their customers, cannot disregard the benefits that check truncation provides.
The EFTN will operate as a processing and delivery hub for EPCS and PDDTS transactions providing for the distribution and settlement of electronic credits and debits among all participating banks. EFTN will operate in a real-time, batch processing mode. Transaction files are delivered to the BEFTN clearing system via the bank’s Presenting Bank Module (PBM) server.