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Standard Format of Date in Writing Checks

As issued by the Philippine Clearing House Corporation (PCHC), effective July 1, 2018, there will be a uniform interpretation of date on checks. Please refer below for standard formats to avoid any inconvenience in your checking transactions:


Dates written in purely numeric form should follow the standard format of Month-Day-Year Sequence, regardless of the form or shape of the partition symbol as per Memo Circular No. 3436.
Acceptable Format Example
Numeric style (with full year) 11032018
Numeric style (with last 2-digit year) 110318
Numeric with '/' partition (full year) 11/03/2018
Numeric with '/' partition (shortened year) 11/03/18
Numeric with '-' partition (full year) 11-03-2018
Numeric with '-' partition (shortened year) 11-03-18
Numeric with '.' partition (full year) 11.03.2018
Numeric with '.' partition (shortened year) 11.03.18


Dates written in alpha numeric format as illustrated below shall continue to be accepted. The Month-Day-Year sequence is only applicable to dates written in purely numeric form, as per Memo Circular No. 3437.
Formats Example
Fully written November 03, 2018
Abbreviated month (first three letters) Nov 3, 2018
Fully written 03 November 2018
Abbreviated month 03 Nov 2018
Shortened 03 Nov 18

All post-dated checks (PDCs) bearing formats other than those illustrated above and which were accepted, stored and duly stamped or marked "Warehoused" prior to July 1, 2018 shall continue to be accepted until paid or negotiated.
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