TN 97 (02-18)
GN 02402.401 Coding Philippines Bank Data on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR)
A. Background for coding Philippines bank data
This section describes how to code bank data for international direct deposit (IDD) of Title II benefits to a financial institution (FI) in the Philippines. We store IDD bank data on the MBR in the same fields used for U.S. direct deposit.
Special coding identifies the data as a Philippines direct deposit and allows us to route benefit payments through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in the Philippines to the beneficiary's local FI.
If you receive an IDD request in a U.S. domestic (non-border) field office (FO), forward all appropriate information to the Office of Earnings and International Operations (OEIO), Division of International Operations (DIO) to process.
For more detail on IDD requests and forwarding information, see:
B. How we receive IDD bank data
We receive requests to input bank data by mail, phone, or fax in the form of:
If you receive information with discrepancies, see the following instructions:
C. Multi-country contract
The processing FI for the Philippines has a “70” at the beginning of the Routing Transit Number (RTN).
D. Overview of IDD for the Philippines
IDD payments sent to the Philippines must be in Philippines Peso (PHP) accounts at local FIs. The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) for input. DIO faxes incomplete forms to the FBU that serves the Philippines. The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for the additional information.
E. Description of IDD bank data for the Philippines
The data to code IDD for the Philippines comes from banks determined by the FRBKC. The bank data on the MBR reflects up to 27 characters including the country code of “I” for the Philippines.
F. Policy to code IDD bank data for the Philippines
The FRBKC relies on us to provide the complete bank data to post payments correctly to a customer’s account. If the information is incomplete, the FRBKC rejects the payment and returns the funds to us.
When you establish or change IDD bank data for the Philippines through one of our systems (Modernized Claims System (MCS), Manual Adjustment Credit and Award Data Entry (MACADE), etc.), you must go to ITS.gov to enter:
1. Obtain Swift-BIC code from the FI
The SWIFT code contains a minimum of 8 characters, and a maximum of 11 characters:
first four characters - bank code (only alpha);
next two characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha 2 country code (only alpha);
next two characters - location code (alpha and numeric) (passive participants have a "1" in the second character); and
last three characters - branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) (alpha and numeric).
2. Process initial award
Before you process the initial award, you must update ITS.gov with the bank account information to ensure the beneficiary receives payment. If the complete bank account information is not in ITS.gov when the payment processes, the payment rejects and returns to our agency.
3. Add or update bank data using our systems
When you add or update IDD bank data using one of our systems (Post Entitlement Online System (POS) and MACADE), you must:
update ITS.gov on the same day;
enter all POS direct deposit changes according to normal procedures;
use procedures outlined in the chart in this section when you process the bank data within four business days of the current operational month (COM) cutoff date.
Are you coding an initial claim?
If yes, go to step 3.
If no, go to step 2.
Is the beneficiary's address on the MBR in a foreign country (PCOC = 8)?
If yes, go to step 3.
If no, STOP.
REASON: The MBR will not accept the IDD information.
Is the beneficiary's account a PHP account in the Philippines?
If no, STOP.
REASON: Beneficiaries in the Philippines can only receive IDD payments in PHP accounts.
If yes, go to step 4
The RTN is 700000038 for all IDD to the Philippines. It contains the:
Multi-country prefix for Philippines “70.”
U.S. check digit code of “8” at the end of the RTN for all IDD accounts in Philippines.
No need to obtain the check digit code from Title II Interactive Comps.
Code the account type:
“S” for savings, or
“C” for checking.
If no account indicated, use a “C” for checking account.
To code the Depositor Account Number (DAN) for the Philippines, code:
You must take action on the same business day to enter all the information into ITS.gov listed in the introduction of GN 02402.401F in this section.
You must access ITS.gov, or ask a co-worker to update the required information into ITS.gov.
When information is not available, FRBKC rejects the payment and returns it to our agency.
G. Example of coding direct deposit for the Philippines
The customer provides us with a signup form for the Philippines containing the account number: 12345678901122334455667788990
Code the RTN
The technician enters the information for the RTN.
Code the DAN
The technician codes the DAN:
Technician obtains this information
POS reflects the direct deposit information
DIRECT DEPOSIT ROUTING TRANSIT NUMBER: 700000038
ACCOUNT TYPE (C/S): C
DEPOSITOR ACCOUNT NUMBER: I1234567890112233
CANCEL DIRECT DEPOSIT (Y):
DIRECT EXPRESS (Y):
MBR reflects the direct deposit information