DTI inks deal with RCBC to bring digital banking to sari-sari stores

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local lender RCBC will bring digital livelihood and virtual banking services to more than 1.3 million sari-sari stores nationwide through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Friday, October 18.

Photo shows (from left): DTI director Emma Asusano, DTI secretary Ramon Lopez, RCBC chairperson Helen Y. Dee, RCBC president and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo, and RCBC chief innovation and inclusion officer Lito Villanueva

Under the MOU, DTI will promote RCBC’s virtual bank-tech app “DiskarTech: Kasosyo sa Asenso” and provide training programs for entrepreneurs. The trainings will roll out before the end of this year in more than 1,000 DTI Negosyo Centers around the country.

DiskarTech offers digital financial services such as micro-insurance, microfinancing, bills payment, and airtime and gaming e-load. The app also enables customers to open RCBC basic deposit accounts, withdraw, deposit, and transfer money without going to a bank branch.

DTI and RCBC are target enterprising Filipinos as users of the app, including sari-sari store and market vendors in over 42,000 barangays in the country.

“DiskarTech is a pioneering initiative that will level up our sari-sari stores and microenterprises with a complete suite of digital financial services,” DTI secretary Ramon Lopez said. “Aside from providing additional income, DiskarTech helps achieve financial inclusion by getting more Filipinos to open bank accounts and be part of the formal financial system.”

Earlier, the Liga ng mga Barangay National Executive Board approved a resolution adopting DiskarTech as a national financial inclusion accelerator in all 42,000 barangays nationwide.

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