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Smart Padala offers entrepreneurial opportunities to Cebuanos

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Smart Padala, the country’s leading remittance network, is calling on Cebuanos to seize entrepreneurial opportunities in the province and the whole of the Visayas region.

“We believe that entrepreneurship is a great equalizer. Having a negosyo, no matter how simple, enables families and communities to achieve an improved quality of life. With Smart Padala which is practical and profitable to run, it’s easy to start your own business in your community today,” said Lawrence Ferrer, Vice President and Head of Domestic Business at PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications.

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Based on data from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region 7, the 8.1 percent gross  regional domestic product (GRDP) average growth rate in the last six years for the whole of Visayas is the highest recorded and surpasses the national average of 6.2 percent.

Ferrer underscored the need to meet the ever-changing financial services needs of the regions that comes with growing economies. “We continue to strengthen our commitment in the Visayas regions by providing services to consumers as well as opportunities to partner entrepreneurs,” said Ferrer.

Ka-partner with Smart Padala

In line with this thrust of promoting entrepreneurship, Ferrer calls on entrepreneurial-minded Cebuanos to become a Smart Padala Ka-partner by setting up their own Smart Padala centers in their communities.

“Having a Smart Padala center is a good source of income. The requirements are simple and there is no processing or application fee. With complete requirements, you can be a Smart Padala Center business owner and our ka-partner in less than a week,” Ferrer said.

Aside from revenues from facilitating remittance services, Smart Padala Ka-partners can also earn from offering complementary services such as selling telco load, loading up of PayMaya and Smart Money accounts, and facilitating bills payment.

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Smart Padala Ka-partners enjoy support in running their business. This includes 24/7 customer care service, store merchandising, operations support, regular promos and incentives, and a tight community of Ka-partners.

“Before, may-ari ako ng sari-sari store. Since high school, nagsimula ako sa pagtitinda ng load hanggang sa nakita ko ‘yong Smart Padala. Nag-inquire ako kung paano magbukas nito at naka-qualify ang sari-sari store namin. Pinaikot ko ‘yong income ko mula sa Smart Padala hanggang sa nakaipion ako at nakapagtayo ng travel agency,” John Lois Inoc, running a Smart Padala Center for six years, and owner of Jicon Travel and Tours agency. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa Smart Padala dahil dito, nagka-diskarte ako sa negosyo. Dahil sa Smart Padala, nagkaroon ako ng ideya kung paano magtayo ng negosyo at natuto ako paano mag-handle ng business at pera.”

He added, “Malaki ang naitutulong ng Smart Padala sa amin dito sa Pooc, Talisay. Hindi na kailangang pumunta sa bayan o ibang city para lang magpadala o tumanggap ng pera. Madaling makuha ang perang padala dahil instant ang confirmation nito.”

“To be a successful entrepreneur, you do not need to have a large sum of starting capital. All you need to have is a keen eye to spot opportunities and the grit and determination to turn them into negosyo ideas. Smart Padala is a simple negosyo with high potential that anyone can set up and sustain,” said entrepreneur Carlo Calimon. Calimon, a Go Negosyo Angelpreneur and a PLDT SME Be The Boss Awardee, is a founder of various ventures including a startup that won in the 1st IdeaSpace Startup competition.

Pamaskong Padalow with Smart Padala

To help both Ka-partners and consumers alike,  Smart Padala is introducing an early Christmas treat to Filipino families and hardworking breadwinners in the Visayas regions. Dubbed “Pamaskong Padalow”, the promo allows consumers in the Visayas to enjoy lower remittance fees until December 30, 2016.

For the Visayas regions, Smart Padala further reduced fees, starting with an 80 percent discount or P5 fee for transactions worth P500 and below. For transaction amounts from P501 to P1,000, the fee is only P10. For transaction amounts P5,001 and above, customers just need to add P5 for every additional P500 sent.

“The Pamaskong Padalow promo is not just an early holiday treat but a demonstration of our commitment and gratitude to our customers and partners in the region. We are thankful for the continuous support that we are enjoying here in Cebu and the whole Visayas region,” said Ferrer.

Padalapit lang with Smart Padala

Earlier this year, Smart Padala launched a new campaign with Angel Locsin as it further strengthens its leadership in the remittance service industry. The new campaign underscores the “Padalapit” message of Smart Padala – accessibility and convenience.

With more 15,000 Smart Padala centers nationwide, there is a Smart Padala center in almost every municipality so Filipinos can save on time and money. These centers include the recently launched Smart Padala International flagship stores that enable consumers to receive money from abroad.

To sign up to become a Smart Padala Ka-partner, call 845 7777 or 15177 using your Smart number, or email For the complete list of the Pamaskong PadaLow fees, visit: Stay updated on Smart Padala at

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