Banks, malls open to provide service

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2012 04:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2012 02:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - SM Malls in Metro Manila are open on Tuesday to cater to the needs of customers amid the massive rains and floods.

SM Supermalls vice president for marketing Millie Dizon said: “We are keeping malls open for those who want to buy emergency goods and as shelter for those stranded.”

Its Event Center in SM Megamall has also been used as a relief drop-off center.

Ayala Malls, on the other hand, allowed its stores to close. It said that its malls, nonetheless, remain open "to provide temporary shelter for those who are stranded."

McDonald's branches have also opened its doors to stranded commuters. "If you need a safe place and clean restroom, many McDonald's stores are open for you," it said in its Twitter account.

Some banks also remain open amid the work suspension ordered by Malacanang.

In a statement, Ayala-led Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) said branches will be open as long as physically possible.

“However, some of our branches may be undermanned and likely operating with skeletal forces as many of our employees are also affected by flooding,” BPI said.

The bank said its ATM network is ready for customer’s transactional needs.

BDO branches in greater Metro Manila, Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan, on the other hand, are closed.

“All other branches shall be open for business as usual,” the Sy-led bank said.

The bank also assure the availability of ATM services, except in areas affected by floods.

Philippine Savings Bank, meanwhile, said branches in the National Capital Region are closed for today. However, its ATM services are working except in areas with no electricity.