The Caster Project

Small PH enterprises win a lifeline

It may take not just a village but collective institutional action to help local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) overcome unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. One silver lining is the growing digital connectivity that is helping more of these small players adapt to the “next” normal.This is according…

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PH business owners more upbeat for 2021, BSP survey shows

Filipino business owners are more upbeat about their prospects over the next 12 months as the economy began to adapt to the new economic landscape of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the central bank. In a press briefing on Thursday, officials of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the outlook on the country’s economy…

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RCBC digital banking unit rolls out loan marketplace

Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.’s (RCBC) digital banking platform DiskarTech is rolling out this April a loan marketplace targeting consumers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)—in line with its proposition as a financial inclusion “super app.”DiskarTech—which has registered users, of which about a million had undergone validation as eligible depositors—has also introduced a Visayan…

Landbank’s add’l equity to go to MSME loan programs

The additional P27.5-billion equity infused into state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) will be injected into existing and upcoming loan programs for small businesses badly hit by the pandemic-induced recession, an official said. In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Landbank vice president and corporate affairs group head Vivian Cañonero said the Bayanihan to Recover…

Living with the virus

Chua: The economy needs the young up and about

It is often said—quoting national hero Jose Rizal—that the youth is the hope of the nation. In these difficult times, the country’s recovery from the pandemic-induced recession might as well depend on the young moving about, going shopping and dining out with their families. The country’s chief economist, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua,…