A Chatbot Application and Complaints Management System for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). R2A Project Retrospective and Lessons Learned

18 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2020

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Simone di Castri

Cambridge SupTech Lab - University of Cambridge; University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Matt Grasser

Cambridge SupTech Lab - University of Cambridge; BFA; University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Arend Kulenkampff

Independent

Date Written: May 8, 2020

Abstract

The consumer complaints system at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippines Central Bank, hereafter BSP) was limited by outdated communication channels, an incomplete database of customer complaints, reliance on manual processing, few analytics tools, low visibility outside of the Metro Manila area, and little consideration for the customer experience. This was leaving BSP staff overburdened. BSP requested a solution from the RegTech for Regulators (R2A) to protect financial consumers’ interests, empower financial consumers, and facilitate the development and enforcement of a client-focused financial sector.

Working with R2A and Sinitic, the BSP rolled out a chatbot solution that allows Filipinos to file complaints through their mobile handsets via an app or via SMS, as well as as a processing utility to generates insights from all complaints that BSP receives. This enables BSP to i) Address queries and complaints through the chatbot. ii) Manage the structure and flow of automated conversations based on expertise and historical data. iii) Use data and insights gathered through the chatbot and other channels for oversight and policy development.

The solution reduce employee workload and response time by delegating routine tasks to the chatbot, saving human labor for more complex or nuanced tasks. Moreover, it amplifies the voice of consumers generating new insights about the customer journey and experience, and allows BSP supervisors to detect market misconduct.

By improving data quality and access and developing new tools for data visualization and analysis, the prototype will support BSP’s efforts to provide all Philippine financial consumers with effective access to a complaint system.

Suggested Citation

di Castri, Simone and Grasser, Matt and Kulenkampff, Arend, A Chatbot Application and Complaints Management System for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). R2A Project Retrospective and Lessons Learned (May 8, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596268 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3596268

Simone Di Castri (Contact Author)

Cambridge SupTech Lab - University of Cambridge ( email )

NY
United Kingdom

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance ( email )

Matt Grasser

Cambridge SupTech Lab - University of Cambridge ( email )

NYC
United Kingdom

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BFA ( email )

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United States

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance ( email )

Arend Kulenkampff

Independent ( email )

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