PayMaya, Oxfam team up to restore typhoon Lawin-affected communities

Mar 18, 2017

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – PayMaya Philippines, the pioneer and leader in digital financial services, has collaborated with international aid organization Oxfam to help provide disaster relief assistance to communities affected by typhoon Lawin (Haima) through a financial inclusion program.
The program deals with the rapid disbursement of financial assistance through PayMaya accounts with reloadable payment cards to more than 2,000 farmers and other citizens affected by typhoon Lawin. They can use these PayMaya cards to pay for basic needs such as food and medicine from groceries and other physical stores that accept card payments.
For added convenience, they can also download the PayMaya app and link it to their cards to monitor their balance and transactions. Once they have the app, the can transfer money to other PayMaya users and access more services such as bills payment. They can also directly buy prepaid load and data within the app, which is more affordable than the regular retail price.
Beneficiaries can also reload their PayMaya at any of the more than 15,000 stations nationwide including Smart Padala Centers, 7-11 with Cliqq Kiosks, Ministop with Touchpay Kiosks, 2Go outlets, SM Business Centers, Shopwise, Wellcome, Robinsons Departments Stores, Union Bank ATMs, and online banking via BDO.
“The power of digital payments is not just for commerce, but more importantly for making a difference in the lives of Filipinos. We, at PayMaya, take a deep sense of fulfillment in bridging Oxfam to its beneficiaries in Cagayan, Isabela, and Apayao, so that help gets faster where it is most needed,” said Orlando B.Vea, President and CEO of Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines.
The project is in partnership with People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network (PDRRN) of Cagayan, Citizen’s Disaster Response Centre (CDRC) of Apayao, and Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation (CONCERN) of Isabela.
“As disasters become stronger and more frequent due to climate change, we hope that this digital platform will encourage families to access financial services and save money as a means of preparing for future disasters,” said Oxfam Country Director Richard Mawer.
Typhoon Lawin, internationally known as Haima, destroyed P2.5 billion worth of infrastructure and crops when it struck northern Luzon in October 2016. It was the strongest typhoon to hit the country last year, leaving 14 people dead and 10,000 homeless.
Enterprises such as Unilever and LGUs including the cities of Balanga and Muntinlupa are joining the cash-lite future with PayMaya. These entities are using the platform and services of PayMaya to disburse financial support and grants to their employees, partners, students and other beneficiaries.
To know more on how PayMaya can help your organization or business facilitate digital fund disbursements, go to www.voyagerinnovation.com. Engage with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @PayMayaOfficial. PR / ABN

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