Friday, April 12, 2024

GCash Lending Arm Fuse Empowers Underbanked Filipinos With P118 Billion Loans Disbursed

Fuse Lending, Inc., the credit arm of GCash, surpasses the PHP118 billion mark in life-to-date disbursed loans through the country’s number one finance app as of the end of 2023 – putting both institutions well on their way towards their shared mission of financial inclusion.

“By providing non-collateralized and affordable loan products such as GLoan, GCredit, and GGives through the GCash app, Fuse Lending has successfully supported almost 4 million Filipino loan borrowers, helping millions of Filipinos achieve their financial aspirations and goals in a more convenient, easier, and simpler way,” said Tony Isidro, president and CEO of Fuse.

A GCash study found that nine out of 10 Filipinos need to borrow money, but do not have access to formal lending institutions and banks.

To date, Fuse has given access to fair lending to Filipinos from the grassroots sector such as farmers, sari-sari store owners, public market vendors, and other micro, small, and medium enterprises.

To help more Filipinos unlock their financial goals, Fuse and GCash introduced the latest addition to their lending service offerings – GLoan Sakto, a nano-loan product that can jumpstart Filipinos’ access to formal credit. With this, ordinary Filipinos can borrow as low as PHP100, to accommodate short-term needs or even the smallest-but-urgent expenses – all without requiring users to submit numerous documents and undergo tedious application processes.

With a shared mission to foster financial progress for all, GCash and Fuse recognize that digital financial tools and services that enable enterprises big and small to serve their customers and employees are vital for economic growth.

GCash has onboarded over 6 million partner merchants, including key partners like Puregold and TikTok Shop. Over 49,000 stores nationwide make it possible to pay for purchases with credit (GCredit) or installment (GGives) with their GCash app. Currently, over 94 million users have tried GCash – making it the country’s biggest digital ecosystem.

Anchoring its shared vision of “Finance for All," GCash through Fuse Lending continues to open up a world of opportunities for millions of Filipinos and significantly shape the country's financial landscape into a more inclusive, diverse ecosystem. For its part, Fuse has been doubling down to achieve its vision of providing access to fair loans that spark better every day for all Filipinos through its mission of fintech-enabled lending delivered frictionlessly.

The GCash app is available for free on Google Play and the App Store For more information, please visit https://www.gcash.com

Thursday, April 11, 2024

PLDT, Smart Back Government ‘eLGU’ Push

Leading integrated telco network PLDT Inc (PLDT) and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have reiterated their support for the government's push to help more local government units digitalize and streamline their processes.

At a recent kickoff of the eLGU Caravan led by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), mayors from all over the country pledged their support for this endeavor through the improvement of bureaucratic efficiency and adoption of innovative solutions toward effective public service delivery.

“We welcome and support the Government's efforts to promote ease of doing business by streamlining its processes, especially as it rolls out the red carpet to its partners in the private sector, instead of red tape,” said Atty. Pamela B. Felizarta, Head of Joint Strategic Operations at Smart.

PLDT is also set to turn over refurbished desktop computers to boost the nationwide rollout of the eLGU program, which seeks to automate the processing of business permits, related clearances, and licenses in all cities and municipalities.

“PLDT and Smart are always ready to work hand-in-hand with the Government to deliver leveled-up services to Filipinos across the country,” said Cathy Yang, First Vice President and Head of Group Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart.

This support is aligned with PLDT and Smart's longstanding partnership with the Government as a whole to narrow the digital divide, bringing the benefits of the internet closer to more Filipinos across the country.

This includes PLDT and Smart's support for ARTA's telco workshops, and the Group's participation in the crafting of Executive Order No. 32, streamlining the permitting process for the construction, installation, repair, operation, and maintenance of telecommunications and Internet infrastructure in the country, which was signed by President Marcos Jr in July 2023.

These initiatives also underscore the PLDT group’s commitment to helping the country contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), particularly on SDG No. 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Top 5 Must-Have Tech Gadgets for Beach Fun This Summer!

Since the summer of 2024 is here, it's time to gear up for beach adventures with the latest technology gadgets that promise to enhance your seaside experience. From capturing stunning underwater photos to staying entertained under the sun, here are the top five must-have tech gadgets for the beach this summer.

1. Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers:

No beach day is complete without some tunes to set the mood. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are essential for bringing your favorite music to the shore without worrying about water damage. With durable designs and excellent sound quality, these speakers allow you to enjoy your favorite playlists while soaking up the sun and surf.

2. Action Cameras:

Capture every thrilling moment of your beach escapades with a high-quality action camera. Whether you're surfing the waves, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, or building sandcastles with the family, an action camera lets you document your adventures in stunning detail. Look for models with waterproof and shockproof features for added durability.

3. Portable Solar Chargers:

Stay connected while enjoying the great outdoors with portable solar chargers. These eco-friendly devices harness the power of the sun to keep your smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets charged throughout the day. With built-in USB ports and lightweight designs, portable solar chargers are perfect for beachgoers who want to minimize their environmental footprint while staying powered up.

4. Beach-Friendly Smartphone Cases:

Protect your smartphone from sand, water, and accidental drops with a beach-friendly smartphone case. Designed to withstand the rigors of beach activities, these cases offer waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof features to keep your device safe and secure. Plus, many cases come with built-in screen protectors and floatation capabilities, ensuring your smartphone stays intact, even if it takes an unexpected plunge into the waves.

5. UV Monitoring Wearables:

Stay sun-safe during your beach outings with UV monitoring wearables. These innovative devices track your sun exposure in real time, alerting you when it's time to seek shade or reapply sunscreen. With features like UV index readings, skin type analysis, and hydration reminders, UV monitoring wearables help you maintain healthy sun habits while enjoying the beach to the fullest.

These five tech gadgets are essential companions for anyone planning beach adventures in the summer of 2024. Whether you're a sunseeker, water sports enthusiast, or simply looking to unwind by the shore, these innovative gadgets promise to elevate your beach experience with convenience, entertainment, and peace of mind. So pack your beach bag, charge up your devices, and get ready for a summer filled with sun, sand, and technology!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Confirmed: Vivo Y100 Officially Arrives to the Philippines This April 27

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Global smartphone brand, Vivo, has officially announced the arrival of its latest addition to the Y Series lineup - the Vivo Y100. Packed with cutting-edge features, this device boasts the fastest charging capability ever seen in the Y Series.

Scheduled for release on April 27, 2024, the Vivo Y100 comes equipped with an 80W charger featuring a Super Charge Pump, ensuring lightning-fast charging times. Complementing this impressive charging speed is a sizable 5000mAh battery, providing users with long-lasting power to keep up with their busy lifestyles.

Photography enthusiasts will be delighted to discover Vivo Y100's exceptional imaging system. The device features a versatile camera setup, including a 50MP main camera, a 2MP bokeh, and an 8MP selfie camera, allowing users to capture stunning photos and videos with ease.

In terms of performance, the Vivo Y100 doesn't disappoint. Boasting 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB, this smartphone offers ample space for storing your favorite apps, photos, videos, and more.

Available in two stylish colors - the eye-catching photochromic Breeze Green and the timeless Crystal Black - the Vivo Y100 is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

For those eager to get their hands on the Vivo Y100 ahead of its official release date, the smartphone is currently available for purchase on Shopee for Php 13,499. Be sure to mark your calendars for April 27, 2024, when the official price will be announced.

Stay updated on the latest news and updates about Vivo Y100 by visiting the official vivo website and following the brand on social media platforms such as Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Monday, April 8, 2024

PLDT, Smart Step-up Cloud Strategy, Establish Cloud Center of Excellence

Ramping up their cloud initiatives to the next level, the Philippines’ leading integrated telco network PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have established the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCOE), paving the way for a stronger, more customer-focused, future-proof, and cloud-confident workforce. 

“Our multi-year cloud journey has helped propel the PLDT group to its leadership position. Now, we are raising the level of our commitment to our cloud initiatives, to prepare the company and the workforce for future growth. Establishing the CCOE is a vital element in this broad roadmap. PLDT and Smart’s cloud initiatives go beyond the enterprise infrastructure perspective, as they also involve utilizing the cloud as a platform by maximizing the advanced features that are available in the cloud – boosting workforce agility, raising operational excellence, and enabling the organization to roll out innovative products and services faster and more efficiently,” said Robin R. Ramos, FVP and Information Technology officer-in-charge at PLDT and Smart.

“This new journey also means solidifying our commitment to elevate customer experience, as the cloud can further strengthen our stability and efficiency with less disruption to our services. Strategically investing in the cloud also allows us to become more responsive to market forces and enhances our competitiveness,” said Gilbert O. Gaw, FVP and Transformation Office officer-in-charge at PLDT and Smart.

 

Anchored on the PLDT Group’s purpose, mission, vision, and values of creating a happy space and using technology to build and empower bridges of collaboration, the CCOE will pave the way for a much higher level of cloud expertise and a much stronger sense of customer focus among the PLDT and Smart workforce.

 

This latest initiative is well supported by the group’s ICT subsidiary, ePLDT, which is one of the country’s top providers of secure multi-cloud solutions. It stands ready to provide the necessary cloud infrastructure and capabilities required to drive quicker outcomes and achieve the group’s objectives. 

  

This digital transformation initiative underscores PLDT’s commitment to supporting the Philippine government's overall digitalization thrust, as well as the country's attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) particularly on SDG No. 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.