Smart Padala, the number one domestic remittance service in the Philippines, is giving Filipino consumers even more options than ever before for both sending and receiving money via Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere.
The latest innovation from digital financial services leader Smart eMoney, Inc. now allows consumers to send remittances via Smart Padala to any mobile phone number, no matter the mobile telecom provider.
The sender just needs to fill out the transaction slip, including the recipient’s mobile phone number along with a nominal service fee and proof of identification, and hand it to the Smart Padala agent. After the money is sent, the recipient will receive a text notification with the reference number of the Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere transaction.
Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere touch points
He can then present the reference number, along with a valid ID, to any Smart Padala agent. As an added security feature, the recipient will then be sent a onetime verification pin that will allow him to receive the money, a new innovation in the mobile money space.
Previously, recipients picked up their remittances from preselected Smart Padala centers. But now with Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere, they can send or claim their remittance from any Smart Padala center in the Philippines.
Smart Padala already has over 15,000 agents and centers, more touch points than Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), bank branches and pawnshops in the country combined. This will provide Filipinos with an unprecedented level of convenience.
Now that anyone can send money to any mobile phone number and claim the remittance from any Smart Padala center, Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere is extending financial inclusion to more Filipinos.
“When you’re sending money to someone who needs it, you want to ensure that they can receive it immediately and conveniently. By enhancing our Smart Padala service with Pick-Up Anywhere, we are enabling millions of more Filipinos to experience the benefits of financial technology when they need it the most, wherever they may be,” said Lawrence Ferrer, Vice President at Smart eMoney, Inc. (SMI).
Based on data from the first National Baseline Survey on Financial Inclusion released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas this year, it takes Filipinos an average of 22 minutes to reach the nearest financial services provider. In terms of cost, the average roundtrip fare to reach a financial access point is P43.
Ferrer said this hyperlocality that Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere provides will ultimately benefit the Filipino consumer.
Improve standard of living
“While most people will look at Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere as an added convenience, we look it as a tangible way to help improve the standard of living for millions of Filipinos. They no longer have to brave a commute, or even a long walk, to get the money that they need, when they need it. That’s the power of financial technology,” said Ferrer.
According to the survey from the BSP, 44% of Filipino adults had remittance transactions in the past six months and for those on the sending side, 91% sent to their families while 6% sent to their friends. On the other hand, for those who received remittances, 90% received from their families while 7% received from friends. Top line items for purposes of remittances received is for food (71%), education (39%), medical expenses (28%) and emergencies (22%).
Smart eMoney, Inc. is the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. A global pioneer in mobile banking, mobile money and mobile wallet services with over 15 years in the industry, Smart eMoney’s proprietary innovations span products and services across market segments, catering to the financial transaction requirements of the banked and unbanked. It recently launched PayMaya, a digital payments innovation for online transactions. (Press Release)