BSP releases 1st tranche of National Payment Systems Act IRR

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released the draft circular providing for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11127 or the National Payment Systems Act (NPSA), a landmark legislation that supports the BSP’s mandate relating to the third pillar of central banking — the maintenance of a safe, efficient, and reliable payment system. 

As the first comprehensive legal and regulatory framework governing the payment systems in the Philippines, the NPSA can well support the twin objectives of maintaining a payment system that is necessary to control systemic risk and providing an environment conducive to the sustainable growth of the economy, the BSP said in a statement on Wednesday.

Through a safe, efficient, and reliable payment system through which funds are transferred among banks and other institutions to discharge payment obligations arising from economic and financial transactions across the entire economy, the cost of exchanging goods and services is reduced.

It is likewise an essential tool for the effective implementation of monetary policy, and the smooth functioning of money and capital markets.

Considering that usage of payment systems is not necessarily limited to banks and nonbank financial institutions, the scope of the regulatory powers of the Bangko Sentral are likewise expanded under the NPSA to cover non-financial institutions such as operators, their service providers, among others.

The draft circular is part of the first phase of the phased-in implementation of the NPSA, which prioritizes the creation of a baseline inventory of all operators of payment systems (OPS). This is required under Section 10 of the NPSA which provides that all OPS shall register with the Bangko Sentral.

This inventory will also be used as inputs to the specific criteria for designating payment systems, as well as the oversight rules to be applied to such systems and the participants.

In addition, the draft circular provides descriptive examples — albeit not exhaustive — of activities to sufficiently guide the stakeholders on which persons are required to register with the Bangko Sentral as an OPS under the NPSA.

In keeping with the thrust of the Bangko Sentral to promote efficiency and ease of doing business, said draft circular contains a simplified registration process and streamlined documentary requirements. (BSP PR)