FINTQ, the financial technology arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations, on Thursday announced a string of new digital partnerships with banks and non-banking institutions for a variety of financial technology products and services, making it the biggest fintech firm operating in the Philippines. Released

FINTQ expands digital partnerships to become biggest fintech firm in Philippines
(Philstar.com) - July 22, 2017 - 7:25am

MANILA, Philippines — FINTQ, the financial technology arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations, on Thursday announced a string of new digital partnerships with banks and non-banking institutions for a variety of financial technology products and services, making it the biggest fintech firm operating in the Philippines today.

Among its newly signed partners for Lendr, its pioneering and award-winning digital lending platform, include the Development Bank of the Philippines, EastWest Bank, the Philippine Bank of Communications, Philippine Veterans Bank, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Insular Bank, Philippine Business Bank, Card Bank Inc., Card SME Bank Inc., Rizal Bank Inc., Radiowealth Finance Company, Asialink Finance Corporation, Filidian Rural Bank, JK Capital, Esquire Financing, Algo Leasing, FINEX, Dun & Bradstreet, Cash Credit, TransUnion, FinScore and PawnHero.

"Revolutionizing the banking and financial industry in the Philippines takes a strong collaboration effort among FinTechs, the traditional banks, and other industry players, and we are glad that our latest partners have come on board to further reach more Filipinos as we strive for true financial inclusion with the help of digital," said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, Smart and Voyager Innovations.

“We thank our partners for going on this voyage with us in pursuit of greater financial inclusion through FINTQ. Through the power of digital via mobile phones, we are helping bring financial products and services closer to Filipinos, literally at their fingertips,” added Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at Voyager.

Across its digital lending platforms–which include Lendr, Mobile Loan Saver (with LANDBANK), and Pera Agad (with Cash Credit)–FINTQ has logged a total of over 135,000 loan applications worth a total of P21 billion since it launched in 2015. Close to 80 percent of these transactions were logged outside of Metro Manila and almost half were done beyond the usual banking hours, proving the financial inclusion effects of digital platforms.

Redefining the landscape

The year 2017 has so far been a banner year for FINTQ not just in the area of partnerships, but in developing and launching breakthrough digital products, platforms and programs as well.

FINTQ’s broadest suite of fintech services are composed of platforms in the areas of digital lending, digital insurance, digital micro-investments, digital banking security and alternative credit scoring facility for the unbanked and underserved segment, among others, that address key customer pain points and promote financial inclusion across the entire country.

“FINTQ now has the most expansive and the most robust financial technology platforms today, offering the widest suite of services that enable our partner institutions to deliver awesome customer experiences to everyone nationwide. This will help bring in more Filipinos into the financial system, and contribute in helping build the country’s emerging digital economy,” said Lito Villanueva, Managing Director at FINTQ.

Lendr has the most extensive digital footprint covering 100% of 81 provinces, 90 percent of 145 cities and 15 percent of 1,490 municipalities. Approximately, 23 percent of them were from low-income areas.

It also introduced ASEAN’s first digital agriculture loan through its Mobile Crop Loan in partnership with Producers Bank. Another innovation was Asia’s first digital medicine loan called TxtMED in partnership with RiteMed, the generics company of Southeast Asia’s largest pharmaceutical company Unilab. The Bicol region was also given the opportunity to experience digital loan application with the commercial rollout of Camalig Bank’s digital salary loan for employees of the Department of Education and key local government units.

Just recently, the company signed a groundbreaking partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas, Bayad Center, and Cignal Digital TV Inc. for its community and income builder program Kasama Ka, which will help fast-track financial inclusion across the country through a robust and mobile-based referral program for Lendr.

FINTQ is also collaborating with Gotuaco, Del Rosario Insurance Brokers Inc. for digital insurance service SureLite, which will provide affordable and flexible insurance options for all Filipinos.

It also recently signed up with Genuisto and Ailleron for local distribution of the Livebank platform enabling local banks and enterprises with virtual branching capabilities. It enables partners to drive sales and after-sales with sophisticated fully digital onboarding process.

Soon, the fintech firm will also be unveiling the country’s first digital micro-investment platform dubbed Investr, in partnership with Seedbox Philippines through ATR Asset Management Inc., a licensed investment company advisor. Through Investr, Filipinos will gain access to micro-investment funds online, starting at just P50.

For more information about FINTQ and all of its financial technology solutions, visit www.fintq.com.

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