Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT Inc. (“PLDT”) (PSE: TEL) (NYSE: PHI) and its digital innovations arm Voyager Innovations (Voyager) together with entrepreneurship advocate Go Negosyo announced today a partnership to help the country’s micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) engage in e-commerce through an end-to-end enablement program that covers all aspects needed to participate in the digital marketplace
The partnership also aims to support the program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to equip more than 100,000 MSMEs with digital solutions by 2020.
To push that agenda, PLDT SME Nation and GoNegosyo will provide the three “M’s”—specialized business training and Mentorship, access to wider Marketplaces through technology and an online selling platform, and finally, Money—access to funding and capital to jumpstart their business.
“We are committed to help SMEs thrive and become more globally competitive through digital services and solutions,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan. “We are confident that this partnership with Go Negosyo will positively contribute to government’s programs to improve the lives of our people by promoting digital entrepreneurship.”
Through more than 750 Negosyo Centers nationwide, local businesses can participate in Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me program which has been expanded to include training in setting up and managing online stores through the Tackthis!, the online store builder of Voyager.
This platform also provides small enterprises with the logistics capability to deliver goods to their online buyers. Once online, MSMEs can reach a wider market nationwide through Takatack (www.takatack.com), Voyager’s virtual marketplace.
Business owners can gain ready access to capital and financial support through Voyager’s digital lending platform Lendr (www.lendr.com.ph), which helps MSMEs apply for various loan offers from participating banks and lending institutions.