Note: I noticed that UnionBank made some changes for the application of EON card. Thus this article was updated to reflect those changes.
Last week, I tried to purchase a book using my Paypal account. The problem is that I can't purchase the book because Paypal is preventing me because I haven't linked my account yet to any credit or debit card. I tried, in vain, to use my BPI ATM Card as a debit card so that I can finally verify my Paypal account. Even though my BPI ATM Card a VISA logo on the back, Paypal can't accept it for verifying my account.
I called BPI customer service and they said that they don't have special arrangement with Paypal so my BPI ATM Card can't be used to verify my account.
I discovered that only Unionbank is the only bank in the Philippines that has special arrangements with Paypal. In the Philippines, only Unionbank's EON Card is accepted by Paypal as a debit card that can be used to verify Paypal accounts. Because of this, I was forced to apply for Unionbank EON Card.
Requirements for Unionbank EON Card Application
Here are the requirements for Unionbank EON Card according to Unionbank's website:
1. Unionbank EON Card Application form – This can be downloaded from Unionbank's website. This is also available from any Unionbank branch and you can fill it up when you apply for Unionbank EON Card.
2. One photo-bearing valid ID. You can see the list of valid IDs this page of UnionBank's website.
3. 350 Pesos – This is the fee that you have to pay when applying for Unionbank EON Card.
How I Applied for Unionbank EON Card
I went to the Unionbank branch near my office. I told the Unionbank teller that I am applying for a Unionbank EON Card. I was given an application form, which I filled up. Also, the Unionbank teller will ask for my IDs, which she photocopied. The application for the Unionbank EON Card is done after filling up the application form. I did not paid the application fee yet. I paid the application fee after I got my Unionbank EON Card three days later.
Applying for Unionbank EON Card is easy and I got my EON Card within the week. According to the teller, the waiting time for the Unionbank EON Card depends on the number of people applying for Uninonbank EON Card. It is good that only few people are applying for Unionbank EON Card that's why I got my card after three days.
Now, I am ready to verify my Paypal account and buy that book.