The pandemic has forced both consumers and businesses to change how they conduct their transactions. Business owners have had to adapt and innovate their services to cater to the growing needs of the “new normal.” This is why GCash has been committed to improving its digital products to cater to both the needs of Filipino customers and local businesses and enterprises who need future-ready solutions.
The GCash Digital Excellence Awards is an opportunity to highlight real-time and real-life innovation in the Philippine market. GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the country, wants to recognize the institutions that have taken significant steps towards revolutionizing digital solutions and implemented programs that help protect transactions and the delivery of their services.
Beginning last year, GCash has started recognizing partners in the public sector along with key individuals who have made impactful contributions in building a financially inclusive country. This year’s GCash Digital Excellence Awards extended the honors to innovators in the enterprise and MSME sectors for their various programs and initiatives promoting digital excellence.
The GCash Digital Excellence Awards was held last March 31, 2022, through an exclusive virtual event. The evening’s festivities were hosted by Gelli Victor, a seasoned host and fitness enthusiast, and Chito Maniago, VP for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of GCash. Martha Sazon, GCash President and CEO, Winsley Bangit, G-Xchange President and CEO, along with Luigi Reyes, GCash VP & Commercials Sales and Operations Head also graced the occasion and addressed the awardees their special messages. Rico Blanco also dropped by to celebrate the winners with iconic anthems Pinoy Tayo, Antukin, and Your Universe.
Three main awards were given this year to a total of 40 GCash partners. These awards include the Industry Pioneer Award, the Innovation & Growth Award, and the Transformative Ecosystem Award.
The Industry Pioneer Award was given to partners who embraced digitization, and changed the game with GCash in the early stages of its journey. The Industry Pioneers that were acknowledged believed in what GCash could be right from the beginning and have proven to pave the way in democratizing financial services for Filipinos.
Institutions recognized as industry pioneers include Max's Group Inc, Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI), Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc, ACADOPS (Academy of Operations Excellence and Services Inc), National Book Store Inc, Lalamove, Villarica Pawnshop, Inc., NCCC, Mega Q Mart, Farmers Market Araneta City, Puregold Price Club, Inc., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, REGCRIS GROUP OF COMPANIES, Tulay sa Pag-Unlad, Inc (TSPI), and Paynamics Technologies, Inc.
The Innovation & Growth Award recognizes organizations that have established revolutionary programs together with GCash. These programs have successfully delivered best-in-class solutions for GCash users. Companies who were given this award are institutions that have stood strong amidst challenges and continued to contribute to the exponential growth of Filipinos that utilize digital products services.
For this award, McDonald's Philippines (Golden Arches Development Corporation), DMCI Holdings, Inc. (Semirara, DMCI Constructions & DMCI Homes), Robinsons Supermarket Corporation, Nestlé, Philippines Inc., Chris Marr Corporation, Suyen Corporation, Angkas (DBDOYC Inc.), Pay&Go (BTI Payments Philippines, Inc.), New Las Pinas Market (New Las Piñas City Public Market), Ministop, Appboxo Pte Ltd, Concentrix Daksh Services Philippines Corporation, and BDO Unibank Inc. were recognized by GCash because of the specific initiatives and programs they spearheaded that stood the test of time.
Lastly, the prestigious Transformative Ecosystem Award was given to companies who have fully imbibed the digital lifestyle by integrating the various solutions of GCash into their ecosystem. These companies have quickly responded to changing needs of customers and are proven advocates of digital transformation. From MSMEs to Enterprise partners, the Transformative Ecosystem Awardees have revolutionized the way of life for millions of Filipinos together with GCash. Through this award, GCash recognizes the pioneering efforts in the use of digital financial products. Puregold Price Club, Inc., Classic Savory, Ayala Corporation, Unilever Philippines, Inc, Cebu, People's Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CPMPC), The SM Store, foodpanda, Direct Agent 5, Inc (DA5), Star Market, Generika (Actimed Inc), Booky, and ELECTRONIC COMMERCE PAYMENTS (EC PAY) INC. were given the Transformative Ecosystem Award in this year’s GCash Digital Excellence Awards.