China Bank’s newest branch in SM Prime Holdings’ latest high-end lifestyle destination project, SM Aura Premier, began operations on May 17, 2013—same as the mall’s official opening. China Bank SM Aura Premier Branch, headed by Cristina S. Filio, is strategically-located at the lower ground floor and is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It has an ATM and a night depository box for day and night banking service. The opening of SM Aura Premier Branch brings the Bank's nationwide network to 321 nationwide, including the branches of its thrift bank subsidiary, China Bank Savings (CBS).
In the pipeline are five more China Bank branches within the first half of the year, all located in the provinces. The Bank is on track with its expansion plan, opening 23 new branches last year—15 for the main bank and 8 for CBS—and acquiring Unity Bank, a Pampanga-based rural bank, to be merged with CBS by November 2013.
This vast branch network is complement by over 500 China Bank and China Bank Savings ATMs, and electronic banking channels that provide efficient and secure 24/7 service: China Bank TellerPhone (phone banking) and China Bank Online (Internet and mobile banking).
This year, the target is to open a total of 67 branches. China Bank aims to have a combined branch network of 415 by 2014.