The fact that you are about to receive money is a pleasurable thing, especially when that cash is a gift or a collection of your hard worked income or earnings. In the past few months, I was receiving a few dollars from Google for being a publisher of Adsense. Before, Google pays its publishers in the Philippines by sending checks which can take longer period of time to receive. Well, I never had an experience receiving any Google check since I never earned from them during that time. When Google announced that they can already send earnings through Western Union, it was a good news to hear since receiving through WU is faster and more convenient. Now, if someone has send you money through Western Union, who maybe your family or relative, your client like Google, a buyer of your goods or services, or just a friend who wants to help you financially, the following are tips and steps on how to receive or pick up your money from Western Union in the Philippines.
Confirm that the money is already for pick up
Before you visit any Western Union Agent location, make sure that the money is ready to be collected. You can confirm the status of your money transfer by contacting / calling your sender or the Philippines Customer Hotline at 02 888-1200 (for calls within Metro Manila) or 1-800-1-888-1200 (toll-free nationwide via PLDT Lines), 1-800-9-888-1200 (toll-free nationwide via Globe Lines) or +632 888-1200 (for calls from overseas).
In the case where money is sent to the Receiver’s (or beneficiary’s) bank account at any of the following Philippine Banks, the money can be withdrawn from the bank account directly:
- Banco de Oro (BDO)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
- Philippine National Bank (PNB)
- Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank)
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
- Allied Bank
- Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)
If you are receiving money from Google Adsense, you can confirm if the money is already ready for pickup by going to your “My Account” / Payment History, and then check if there is already a payment issued. Your payment is available for pick-up the day after the payment date shown in the Payment Details.
Locate the nearest Western Union Agent near you.
Once you have confirmed that your money is ready to be picked up, locate the nearest Western Union Agent in your area. You can check Western Union’s agent locator here. There are thousands of Western Union Agents across the country. You can found WU agents in pawnshops, banks, business service centers, mall, et cetera.
Visit the Agent Location of your choice
After locating the WU Agent location, prepare to bring the following:
- The 10-digit Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN);
- The Sender’s full name (the first, middle and last names as signed on the ‘To Send Money’ form);
- The City and Country where the money was sent from;
- The Expected Amount of the money transfer;
- Your original valid photo identification / government issued ID (Passport, Driver’s Licence, National ID, etc).
For Google Adsense payments, you can check and copy the information (MTCN, Sender’s name and address, and expected amount of money transferred) by going to your “My Account” / Payment History / Payment Details.
Complete the ‘To Receive Money’ form
Once you arrive at the Western Union Agent location, ask or get a “to Receive Money” form. Just fill out the form and provide the Agent the MTCN and present your original valid photo ID.
Review and sign the receipt
You will be given a receipt. Review it thoroughly and sign the receipt if all the details are already accurate. If the money sent to you where in US dollar currency, you can also receive it in US dollars. The agent will ask you whether you want the money to be released in Philippine pesos or in US dollar. Some receivers prefer to receive their money in dollars and exchange them in other money changer shops who exchange it for higher rate than the agent. But if you want to spend the money right away and you don’t have the time to do the Math, you can receive the amount in our local currency.
Receive your money
This is it! The agent will hand you the money together with the receipt. The money will be now in your hands; keep it secure and safe.
Source: Western Union