MVP pushes digital payments to fast-track financial inclusion in Philippines

Published July 27, 2015

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Committed to promoting digital financial inclusion: PLDT and Smart chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (10th from left) led a milestone event tagged Partnering Towards Digitizing Payments: A Collaboration Driving Electronic Transactions with partners from government, international development organizations, cooperatives and micro-finance institutions and the private sector hosted by Voyager Innovations and Smart eMoney Inc. Among the special participants were (from left) Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Richard E. Moya, BSP head for inclusive advocacy staff Pia Bernadette Roman-Tayag, Smart eMoney co-COO Paolo Azzola, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. president and CEO Ramon S. Fernandez, PDRF president Butch Meily, Smart eMoney VP Lawrence Ferrer, Voyager Innovations VP and head of Financial Innovations, Digital Inclusion and Alliances Lito Villanueva, Asian Development Bank principal investment specialist Hasib Ahmed, Visa Philippines and Guam head of sales Pia Arellano, Landbank president and CEO Gilda E. Pico, VISA Group country manager for Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines Rajiv Ramanathan, Voyager Innovations and Smart eMoney president and CEO Orlando B. Vea, PLDT and Smart president Napoleon L. Nazareno, Visa country manager for Philippines and Guam Stuart Tomlinson, Meralco CTO Gavin Barfield, CIS Bayad Center president Manuel Lorenzo L. Tuason, Cignal COO Oscar Reyes Jr., Manila North Tollways Corp. president and CEO Rodrigo Franco, Voyager Innovations managing director and Smart eMoney co-COO Benjie S. Fernandez, Maynilad president and CEO Ricky Vargas, and United States Aid for International Development (USAID) ePESO chief of party John Owens.