GlobeTel president & CEO, Ernest Cu (2nd from right) recently met with Cagayan de Oro media to promote the GCash system. He was with BWM-MDN president & CEO Dante Sudaria (2nd from left, Ms. Danica Sudaria (leftmost) and MDN Editor in Chief & BWM VP Allan M. Mediante (right).
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The GCash Scan to Pay service is marking another milestone as it continue to expand its consumer and user reach in the Mindanao region. In this city, three more partnerships have inked to make it easier for customers to use the cashless payment system.
Homegrown businesses – Bigby’s Restaurant, Panagatan Seafoods Restaurant, and Odyssey Airport Express – of this city, have all adopted GCash as a payment option for their customers. The Philippines’ top mobile e-payment scheme, GCash Scan to Pay , facilitates faster user transactions without the use of money and without needing change.
Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu, in a press conference the other day at Bigby’s Centrio, told media: “As we aggressively expand to reach more customers, we are glad to be able to provide this service in the southern region of the Philippines. We expect that with more stores going cashless, more Filipinos will be able to experience the convenience of having everything on their device.”
Shiela Baat of Panagatan Seafood Restaurant states: “The convenience that GCash will offer to our customers as a payment option and the promos we will have with them will definitely be a big advantage.”
For Bigby’s general manager Sonjie Ang, the restaurant has always strived to innovate. “Partnering with GCash is a great innovation which will offer our customers, convenience and savings through their special promos. Imagine by simply scanning the GCash QR code, placing the amount and in seconds, payment will be made.”
As part of their expansion to serve their customers better, Cielito Christine Almirante, corporate secretary for Odyssey Airport Express, said, “Our customer base are people on-the-go. What they need and what we want to offer is the convenience of cashless transactions – practically a first in this line of business here in Cagayan de Oro. And I believe that partnering with GCash can make it happen.”
On the other hand, Ernest Cu says these partnerships bring the company closer to its goal to promote a cashless ecosystem, using the smartphone as a tool for transactions aside from just connecting to the internet.
Currently, 50% of the Philippine population is using a smartphone. Also over 70% of the 60 million globe customers are using smartphone. With the massive share in users and customer base, GCash is poised to be the future of payment in the Philippines and is working on its mass adoption.
With GoPay QR, consumers don’t even need to bring cash when they go shopping or when they eat out. It is the best option for people who do not want to use credit cards but are either wary of having cash with them due to safety reasons or just want the convenience that mobile money offers.”
To use GoPay, a customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone just needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund his GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. Once done, he has to open the GCash App and swipe left on the page. The GCash App will bring up the phone’s camera, at which point he has to “scan” a partner store’s QR code and enter the amount to be paid.
GCash is operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom.