Filipino Freelancers receive their salary through online money transfer, and one of the most popular platforms used is PayPal. For almost 20 years since it was launched, PayPal offers a convenient and easy way for freelancers to get paid.
There are more than 30 banks in the Philippines that are affiliated with PayPal. Amongst these banks, many freelancers have put their trust in BDO. With more than 1000 branches and 4000 ATMs nationwide, BDO is a smart choice if you want hassle-free and convenient transactions.
Why Choose BDO?
Surely, you can’t just randomly pick a bank to put your investment on.
You would need to make some research and compare the features each bank offers. We’d like to get the most out of the services that we’re signing up for, and it also goes the same with our savings account.
So why choose BDO amongst other banks?
Below are the reasons why:
BDO is known to be the largest bank in the Philippines, with more than 2 TRILLION pesos in deposits. With this figure in mind, you are confident that you have invested in a company that has built a strong reputation and that your hard-earned money is in good hands.
You can literally see a BDO ATM at any SM branches. This is because the SM Group owns Banco De Oro. Because of its accessibility, you have a peace of mind that you can withdraw your money wherever and whenever you need it.
- Long-term Goal
Establishing a credible savings account in BDO will benefit you long term. Aside from the fact that it serves as a venue to grow your money, it can also help you reach your long term goals. You can apply for a car loan or even a housing loan, and there’s a high likelihood that the bank will approve this since you’ve had established your credibility when it comes to your finances.
Just like with any other services, you may also find some disadvantages when it comes to BDO services. It’s important that you know this before deciding to open an account.
First, you have to know that they offer a lower interest rate compared to other financial products like mutual funds or stocks. There’s also a limit to the amount of money that you can withdraw per transactions. And of course, let’s not forget the charges. There are a P50 deposit fee and Php100 for over-the-counter withdrawal, among other fees.
Regardless of the disadvantages, the pros certainly outweigh the cons. Opening a BDO account is one of the smartest choices that you will make.
How to Open a BDO Account?
When it comes to credit card applications, freelancers are having a hard time getting their application approved.
Most credit card companies would require a certificate of employment, proof of income and income tax return and sad to say, we don’t have these documents in our hand. We don’t have SEC or DTI registration papers either to be considered a reliable business owner.
While other banks offer secured credit card as an alternative for freelancers who want to have a credit card, BDO does not offer this service yet.
So do you just throw the towel and give up?
While it’s nice to have a BDO credit card in your wallet, you really don’t need this if your only purpose of opening a BDO account is to have your PayPal balance transferred there. Your safest bet to get this going is opening a BDO savings account instead.
Unlike credit card application, opening a savings account is not tedious and complicated at all. All you need to do is going to the nearest BDO branches and bring 2 valid IDs and the minimum initial deposit with you.
What Other Documents you may Show to BDO?
According to Dale Basilla, if you have an Upwork account, he suggest to print the “Certificate of Earnings” and show it to the staff to increase the chances of opening an account. Another way, If you have an EON Digital me card and already linked from PayPal, you can request from Union Bank to send you your previous three months of earnings from the client or clients who have hired you. Then show the site of your client and/or provide the name of your client in the form including how many months or years you have worked with your client.
How to Get the Previous Three Months of Earnings from EON Digital Me?
Login from their site eon digital me. Click help to contact their support. You can choose any subject or issue that is almost or near to your question. Then state why you need the three months history of transaction, choose 6 months transaction to be sure. You will then receive a word doc and an excel file which is signed from Union Bank for the said purpose.
Why Open a Savings Account?
Probably one of the most important reasons why people choose a savings account over a current account is the lower initial deposit and maintaining balance that it requires. You still have the privilege of opening a savings account even if you don’t have that huge amount of money.
And with the nature of work that freelancers have, it’s important that we have a trusted bank that can help grow our money. Clients and projects may come and go, so it’s necessary that we have stashed savings in times of rainy days.
Shown below is the step-by-step guide on how to open a BDO Savings account.
- Decide on the type of Savings account that you want
There are about 7 types of savings account BDO offers. Choose the best one that meets your needs. Below are the 3 types that are most suitable for freelancers:
- BDO ATM Savings
This account offers the most convenient way of banking. Because you can carry your ATM card wherever you go, you can easily withdraw your money, pay your bills, receive payments and shop. If you prefer cashless transactions, BDO ATM Savings is your best choice.
- BDO Passbook Savings
You can avail this type of savings with or without an ATM. BDO Passbook Savings is perfect for your short or long-term financial goals. If you want to secure your money and avoid the temptation of spending it on guiltless splurges, I suggest you opt out of the ATM feature.
- BDO Optimum Savings
This one goes to all freelancers who want to get the most out of their savings account. True to its name, BDO Optimum Savings offers the highest interest rate. Aside from the security that your money will grow, you also have the convenience of withdrawing money from your bank for up to three times a month without incurring any charges.
- Prepare the requirements needed for your savings account
Freelancers are one of the busiest people in the world so we can’t afford to waste our time going to the bank only to be told that you have to go back because you did not bring all the necessary requirements.
Make sure that you already have the following requirements before you visit your local BDO bank:
- 2 valid government issued IDs
Here are the most common type of IDs that BDO branches nationwide accept: Driver’s License, SSS ID, Passport, GSIS ID, Philippine Postal ID, Voter’s ID, Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID, and School ID. Make sure that you bring an original copy and that it should be within its period of validity.
- Minimum initial deposit
The table below shows the minimum amount needed to open a savings account.
|Type of Savings Account||Minimum Initial Deposit|
|ATM Savings||Php 2,000.00|
|Passbook Savings||Php 5,000.00|
Php 30,000.00 (Personal)|
Php 50,000.00 (Business)
- Go to the nearest BDO branch
Click here to locate the nearest BDO branch.
Your local BDO bank representative will provide you with the forms that you need to fill up depending on the type of savings account that you want to open. Make sure that you supply all the needed information accurately. You’ll also be required to provide three signature specimens, make sure that these specimens are all identical.
If you want to speed up your application, you can print out and fill up the necessary forms before you visit your BDO branch.
You don’t have to bring an ID picture with you since all of the BDO branches have cameras to capture your image.
While activation of your account is usually completed within 1 or 2 days from your application date, the issuance of your ATM and passbook could take up to 7 banking days.
Once you have already received your ATM card, you must activate it by following these steps:
- Visit any BDO ATM
- Insert your new card and choose “Other Services” from the menu
- Select “PIN CHANGE” and enter the provided 6 digit PIN.
- Enter your desired PIN and validate it by entering it again.
- Wait for the “New PIN has been generated.” message to be prompted.
Important note: Make sure that you don’t forget your selected PIN. Sharing it with someone else is also a big No-no.
Now that you have successfully opened a BDO savings account, you can now link it to your PayPal account and start receiving your well-deserved salary.
How to Link Your BDO Account to Your PayPal Account
You don’t need a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology just to figure out how to link a savings account to your PayPal account.
Just like setting up your PayPal account and opening a savings account, linking your BDO Savings account to your PayPal is pretty simple and straightforward.
Shown below is a detailed step by step guide on how to do so.
- Login to your PayPal account with your email or mobile number and password.
- Click on “Wallet” then Select Link a bank account.
- You’ll then be redirected/routed to a page where you will be prompted to enter your bank details.
Enter Banco De Oro on the Bank Name section. For the Bank Code, enter the BDO bank code which is 010530667. Then enter your 12 digits BDO Account Number. Enter your name as it appears on your bank account. Take the time to review the entered information and once you are satisfied with its accuracy, click “Link Your Bank.”
It is critical that the bank information and the name that you entered on the above section are a perfect match to your bank account. Transactions won’t be successful if any of these bank details are incorrect. If this happens, you will incur a P250 payment return fee.
Once you have received a confirmation email that you have successfully linked your BDO account to your PayPal, you can now start withdrawing your PayPal balance to your BDO account.
Q1: I have already transferred my money from PayPal to BDO then I withdraw my money from the atm. When I check BDO online, my balance was negative?
Answer: Usually it’s the BDO’s fault especially if your account is new, found large transaction or frequent small transfers. They usually do this random check to make sure it’s not money laundering or something. At first, it’s a hassle because you need to call them (customer support) and let them know about it to fix it. Expect to do this a couple of times and after that, it will be okay.
Q2: When I tried to input the account number PayPal asks 16 digit account number and my account number is only 12 digits, what number do I add?
Answer: Input the 12 digits account number and not the 16 digits card number.
Filipino freelancers take pride in their hard work and dedication. With so many payment platforms that have risen, PayPal still remains as one of the most trusted and used mode of payment. And with the help of your BDO savings account, you can now start enjoying your hard-earned money.
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