What’s up with the Philippines and Cashless Economy?

The Asian countries have exhibited tremendous economic growth in the past few years. While China and India make the icing on the cake, Philippines is right around the corner. As the country’s economy grows, adoption of latest technology in the economic sector should also grow hand-in-hand. In order to keep up with the technological advancements, while ensuring the benefit of the masses, the country is slowly inching towards a cashless society.

The country’s socio-economic conditions are also paying a huge role in laying out the path for development. For a country that is improving at a rapid pace, it has a large section of the unbanked and underbanked population. These people do not have access to conventional financial services. They may not even know how to operate a bank account, but they have smartphones and they know very well how to use them. This has led to an increased adoption of mobile money as an alternative financial system. With mobile money, people can pay their bills, buy goods from shops and more. Recently, the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue tied up with Globe Telecom, the second largest telecom provider in the country to allow people to pay

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