ZAMBOANGA CITY: Leading banking institutions operating in Sulu have pledged to install more automated teller machines (ATM) in Jolo to better serve their depositors and ease the long queues at ATM terminals especially during paydays.
This developed after Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan held a meeting with bank executives to discuss with them the need for more ATMs in the capital town of Jolo.
He noted that government employees and private citizens withdraw their salaries from ATMs, causing long queues and affecting traffic during payday periods.
Among the major banks that are operating in Sulu are the Development Bank of the Philippines, Amanah Bank, Allied Bank, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank), Philippine National Bank (PNB) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank).
Tan said many people would queue up, rain or shine, outside the banks’ branches during payday just to be able to withdraw money from ATMs.
“We want these banks to put more ATMs so they can accommodate more clients,” he said.
He said the long queues at ATM terminals have been causing traffic problems in Jolo and has affected the commuters and the public in general.
Tan said government agencies in Jolo such as the Department of Education, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines should have ATMs at their provincial headquarters to make it easy for employees and security personnel to get their salaries.
If implemented, it would also lessen the number of people withdrawing money from ATMs in downtown Jolo, he said.
LandBank, Allied Bank and Metrobank assured Tan that more ATMs would be installed in Sulu, including at the Capitol Building, in the months to come to provide the public more efficient banking services.
Tan said the provincial government under Governor Totoh Tan is fully supportive of the banking institutions in Sulu.