Philippine Guidelines for Account Reporting Seen to Help Corporates Optimize Their Finance Operations

SWIFT announces the publication of the Philippines MT940 guidelines, marking a successful completion of the first phase of the Corporate-to-Bank (C2B) initiative.

Announced in January 2016, the initiative aims at aligning the communications standards between corporates and banks in the domestic Filipino market. The guidelines were developed with the support of 25 global and local banks along with 10 corporates including Ayala Land, Globe, and Meralco.

Leveraging international best practices and keeping in mind the Filipino market specific requirements, the initiative will bring greater levels of automation and standardization to multi-banked corporates, enabling improved straight through processing (STP) using MT940 for auto-reconciliation of bank statements and consolidated cash visibility, all on one single platform.

By providing a forum to define enhanced standardization in the Philippines financial community, SWIFT is playing an essential role as it brings the community together to identify and overcome current challenges.

The first phase of the C2B initiative is now completed with the launch of the Account reporting (MT940) guidelines for the Philippines.

The initiative is carrying on with its mission to develop a standard language for Corporate-to-Bank message flow in accordance with global and domestic market practices.

The next phases will see the C2B initiative defining common standards for payment instructions (Phase 2), foreign exchange confirmations, fixed deposits and fixed loans confirmation (Phase 3).

The C2B initiative will bring greater alignment between corporates and banks on financial requirements. SWIFT is committed to enable the PH C2B guidelines and foresees strong adoption by the financial community of these newly developed standards in the coming months.

”It is great to see so many banks and corporates participating to SWIFT's Corporate-To-Bank initiative,” says Lisa O'Connor, Head of Standards, Asia Pacific at SWIFT.

“The launch of the PH MT940 guidelines is a display of the industry's capability in collaborative innovation. We live in a world of speed and interconnectivity.

“When it comes to guidelines, focus on standardization should be a priority with international regulations and making sure auto reconciliation goes smoothly. Our C2B initiative will drive improved communication between corporates and banks following global standards.

“This is a great project for SWIFT and the domestic Filipino community through the drive to improve existing message flow and combine it with well-defined international standards to support the strongly developing Filipino economy. As the community becomes more aware of the value of these guidelines, we expect an increase in adoption."

"This initiative is a further proof of the power of collaboration as the Philippines community and SWIFT came together to align the communication standards between corporates and banks,” says Isabelita M. Papa, Philippines NMG Chairperson and SWIFT User Group Chairperson.

“In the larger context of ASEAN integration, this is a critical step to drive efficiency in the Filipino economy as it aligns closely with AEC 2025 goals and global trends such as ISO 20022 adoption. The Corporates-to-Banks initiative is a fantastic example of the private sector responding to these evolving needs.“