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BSP opens currency exchange facility for Pinoys from Ukraine

CALOOCAN CITY, (PIA) -- As part of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ initiative to help overseas Filipinos (OFs) affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Monetary Board has approved the opening of a Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) currency exchange facility (CEF).

The facility allows returning OFs from Ukraine and their families to exchange their UAH holdings equivalent to not more than P20,000 per eligible person, except for highly meritorious reasons and subject to approval of the BSP.

To avail of the facility, OFs and their family members shall present documentary proofs of the OFs’ travel from Ukraine, such as original passport or original/certified true copy of the travel document issued by the Philippine Embassy in Poland with exit stamp by Ukrainian authorities and/or authorities from other countries that served as exit points for repatriation.

The exchange may be done through the BSP Greater Manila Regional Office, BSP Regional Offices and branches, as well as authorized agent banks.

The facility is open to returning OFs from 18 February 2022 onwards and will be available for four months starting from the effectivity date of the Circular covering its implementation.

The implementing Circular will take effect five banking days after its publication. (PIA-NCR)

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