“Cash Agad” Provides Unhindered Access to Money to Filipinos in Distant Communities Amid the Pandemic

Cash Agad is a service that turns community-based shops and similar establishments into a neighborhood ATM. It has been operating in both far-flung and semi-urban communities for the past several years, allowing residents to make cash withdrawals, receive remittances and government cash subsidies,make balance inquiries, and get access to calamity funds and loan releases.

An Access-to-money Story From Mindanao

According to Elsa Pardo, a store owner from Lantapan, a municipality in Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, until today there’s just one single bank operating in their community.

When the bank’s ATM runs out of cash or is in need of repair, people will have to wait and endure a few days without cash. Those who can’t afford to wait would have to go to the nearest urban area which is some 14 kilometers away. Transport fares can get quite expensive.

According to Elsa, sometimes even these other ATMs also run out of cash or go offline. In such cases, people would have to return home and go back the following day. 

How much more when quarantines were imposed due to COVID-19? Can you imagine how difficult their access to funds was? 

Elsa runs her Cash Agad service at her store in their municipality’s public market. When the pandemic hit and community quarantine was declared, she worked with the local government so that Cash Agad transactions could be done safely and in compliance with physical distancing regulations.

“Mahirap dito noong nagka-quarantine.  Hindi makalabas yung mga tao.  Kaya sabi nila, it’s a good thing there’s Cash Agad.  Kasi mas madali na sa kanila mag-withdraw ng pera.  Kung pupunta pa sila sa malayo, madami pang aasikasuhing requirements.  Kailangan pa ng quarantine pass. Travel pass. Very inconvenient. Pag dito sa Cash Agad, malapit lang tapos makukuha pa agad yung pera. Sandali lang ang queueing time,” Elsa explained.

Cash Agad is indeed one example of a bank’s faith in the resilience and resourcefulness of Filipinos in the countryside. Elsa’s story is just one of the pieces of proof that the unhindered access to cash provided by Cash Agad is crucial to people’s life whether or not there is a pandemic.

“Financial inclusion in far-flung communities is a driver for economic growth. Some places are too far away or located in terrain that make it difficult, logistically, to build a bank branch. Take for example some islands or mountainous regions. That’s why innovative services like Cash Agad are a way to bridge the gap. As more spending occurs in a community, the better for residents and businesses,” said Jim Nasol, Head of Agency Banking, BDO.

The service of Cash Agad affects wider than the household of the card holder. In a more expanded horizon, when you give the people in more communities ready access to cash, the spending and capital flow increase. Thus the local economy lives, grows.

*It was BDO Unibank Inc. that first originated the idea of the services offered by Cash Agad.

For more information about Cash Agad and how it benefits Cash Agad partner agents and their communities, visit www.bdo.com.ph/cash-agador email cashagad@bdo.com.ph. ###.

SAMSUNG Galaxy A01 Core at PHP 3,990 | Your most affordable work smartphone yet

Indeed, productivity meets practicality as you own this latest Galaxy device.

“It has an expandable storage of up to 512GB, suitable for storing files, photos, videos, and music.”

The data and storage requirement of the corporate dealings in the “new normal” makes one feel the need to own a work smartphone. With the economical effect of the public health crisis though, the price tag has to be carefully considered. We need to own a budget work smartphone. 

Intended to be the perfect partner for your online appointments and deliverables, SAMSUNG introduces its latest budget smartphone, the Galaxy A01 Core, for only PHP 3,990. 

The Galaxy A01 Core features a 5.3” HD+ Infinity Display with 1480 x 720 px resolution for an easy viewing experience. It is also powered by a Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM, with expandable storage of up to 512GB, suitable for storing files, photos, videos, and music. The Galaxy A01 Core comes with pre-installed Google Apps for easy access to productivity tools. To add more to its cool features, the budget-friendly Galaxy device is packed with an 8MP main camera, 5MP front lens, 3000mAh battery, Android Go, and Travel Adapter for an exciting overall smartphone experience.

Indeed, productivity meets practicality as you own this latest Galaxy device. Do you want a Black or a Red design? The Galaxy A01 Core is now available nationwide. To know more about the Galaxy A01 Core, visit samsung.com/ph/smartphones/galaxy-a01core-a013.  

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Pouvoir 4 with 6000mAh | A Smartphone as Extra-Performing as You

A longer battery life empowers you to achieve more in communication, entertainment and creativity.

A smartphone with longer-than-usual battery life. To be exact, a smartphone with 6000mAh extraordinary battery life. What does that mean to you? 

For some, a longer battery life means more work done or more passion honed. For others, it means more calls heard, more deals closed. It really depends how a smartphone helps you in life. What is for sure is that a longer battery life empowers you as it helps you to achieve more in communication, entertainment and creativity.

True to the meaning of “pouvoir”, a French term for power, Pouvoir 4 comes with a powerful battery life at 6000mAh, capable of powering the smartphone for four days straight with just a single charge. It is the latest addition to the popular Pouvoir series of TECHNO Mobile.

As a synergy with its battery power, the smartphone possesses a storage power of 32GB + 3GB for the Pouvoir 4 and 64GB + 4GB and 128GB + 6GB for the Pouvoir 4 Pro models. It operates on TECNO Mobile’s HiOS 6.0, which is built on Android Q.

Pouvoir 4 is also equipped with a 13 megapixel (MP) artificial intelligence (AI) quad camera, two 2MP cameras and an AI lens at the rear, and an 8MP dual flash camera at the front. Its 7-inch HD+ Drop Display offers the best gaming and video viewing experience.

Pouvoir 4 flaunts a premium glossy and sleek design, and is packed with a range of cool features. This includes Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor for optimized security, and a dedicated button on the side that launches a virtual Google Assistant at any time.

Pouvoir 4 Pro’s premium glossy and sleek design

Power up how your smartphone helps you in getting things done. Own a mobile device that is equally hardworking and performing as you. Be more Pouvoir-ful at Php4590 for the Pouvoir 4, Php5990 and Php6990 for the Pouvoir 4 Pro.

For more information, visit www.tecno-mobile.com/phor visit store http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH. Also follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebookfor exciting updates.

About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. Upholding the brand essence of “Expect More”, TECNO is committed to giving the masses access to latest technology at accessible prices, allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations across a product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. TECNO is a major global player with presence in around 60 emerging markets across the world. It is also the global Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com