THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Thursday that the value of transactions via the two main automated clearing houses grew 43 percent in the first seven months of the year.
The combined value of PESONet and InstaPay transactions hit about P5.37 trillion during the first seven months of 2022, a 43 percent increase from the values recorded during the same period last year.
PESONet and InstaPay also recorded more than 348 million transactions in January to July this year, up by 24 percent from the same period in 2021.
PESONet and InstaPay are automated clearing houses launched under the BSP’s National Retail Payment System (NRPS), which promotes a safe, efficient, affordable, inclusive and reliable retail payment system.
PESONet enables high-value transactions and may be considered as an electronic alternative to the paper-based check system. InstaPay is a real-time, low value electronic fund transfer facility for transactions up to P50,000 and is most useful for remittances and e-commerce.
Broken down, the value of PESONet transactions grew to more than P3.46 trillion in the first seven months of 2022, up by 47 percent from the same period in 2021. The volume of PESONet transactions, on the other hand, rose to 48 million transactions, up by 22 percent from the same period last year.
The BSP attributed the increase in PESONet transactions to state-run pension fund disbursements facilitated by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which began in September 2020.
The disbursements were done twice a month with an average disbursement volume of 1.5 million transactions valued at P 6.8 billion from for the period covering January to July 2022.
For InstaPay, the value of transactions grew to around P1.91 trillion in the first seven months of 2022, up by 37 percent from the same period in 2021. The volume of InstaPay transactions, meanwhile, expanded to more than 300 million transactions in the first seven months of the year, a 25 percent increase from the same period last year.
The BSP said that the rise in InstaPay transactions is mainly attributed to the wide use of internet banking and e-money transactions for domestic remittances, e-commerce, bills payment and other immediate low-value payments.