September 27, 2022, 9:00 A.M the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as the lead agency for the promotion of sustained growth and full development of the cooperatives in partnership with the RCBC conducted the Webinar on Digital Financial Platform for Cooperatives in Eastern Visayas via zoom platform. The activity was attended by 51 cooperatives with a total of 69 participants. The webinar with the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) aims to promote digital financial inclusion in the country’s cooperative groups. Through this partnership, RCBC will provide financial seminars, workshops and other activities to cooperatives in the current trend of using digital financial platforms such as RCBC’s DiskarTech and ATM Go. The guests and participants were acknowledged by Mr. Rowan L. Delos Santos, Sr. CDS of the Cooperative Project and Development Assistance Section from which the activity was channeled through.
Dir. Venus M. Jornales, in her message greeted the RCBC Partners, its officers and personnel from Head Office and the participating cooperatives, its board of directors, managers and staff who joined the webinar. Dir. Jornales thanked the RCBC Partners for including cooperatives in the RCBC Digital Innovation Program. She shared a brief background on the CDA – RCBC Program dubbed as “Madiskarteng Pilipino, Madiskarteng Kilusang Kooperatibismo which aims to support cooperative members through digital financial inclusion and educate them on personal finance management, insurance, payments, investments and the use of digital finance apps and platforms. The products and services will be of great help to the unbanked and underserved communities. In Region VIII there are still areas that are unbanked and through the cooperatives being the conduit of the government funds in their delivery of services to the community. Through this program members of the cooperatives will also be able to participate on the digitization platform. Dir. Jornales encouraged the cooperatives to adapt, embrace this kind of technology and innovation so as to continue their operation especially in this pandemic.
Mr. Rolex Campos, RCBC expressed his message of gratitude to CDA for accommodating them to share their programs to Region VIII Cooperatives. They have customized packages – an end to end digital ecosystem offered to the cooperatives.
The topic on RCBC digital innovation was discussed by Ms. Alda Lou Cabrera, Senior Relationship Manager of the RCBC Digital Enterprise and Innovation Group Ecosystem Build and Market Activations Division where she presented the different products and services offered like the RCBC’s DiskarTech and ATM Go, RCBC Digital and QRph.
Cooperatives manifested their interest in digitalization through their active participation. The webinar was formally closed by Ms. Maripaz M. Del Pilar , the Acting Assistant Regional Director who extended gratitude to RCBC as the new partner of CDA in promoting digital platforms to cooperatives.