The country’s outstanding microfinance institutions (MFIs) and microentrepreneurs were once again recognized for their achievements in digitalization at the 2nd Digital Financial Inclusion Awards (DFIA).The DFIA is a financial inclusion program funded by Citi Foundation, in partnership with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) and supported by the Bangko ng Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The program focuses on acknowledging outstanding microentrepreneurs as well as MFIs that have successfully adopted digital solutions in their operations and an awareness and readiness campaign on the digitalization of MFIs. The awarding ceremony was led by BSP Governor Eli M. Remolona, Jr., Citi Philippines CEO Paul Favila, and the MCPI.
Twenty (20) microentrepreneurs were recognized and awarded with cash prizes and laptops. The twenty winners who were awarded with PHP100,000 are: Shirley Aguinaldo, Rhodora Angeles, Joseph Arriesgado, Normanita Banagudos, Anabelle Banquero, Salome Barile, Rhea Fhene Barte, Ryme Janelle Besonaya, Cecilia Jarilla, Nurfaida Jupakkal, Joy Maniaol, Marissa Palcat, Arlene Panit, Arlene Passion, Connie Rivera, Catherine Rugnao, Floricel Sanorjo, Fely Suarez, Estrelita Tuan, and Marites Zulueta. The businesses of this year’s awardees ranged from food production and processing, poultry, organic products to handicrafts, weaving and printing.
“The BSP lauds our awardees for embracing the transformative power of digital technologies. We hope your continuing work will serve as a model for your peers to follow,” Governor Eli M. Remolona, Jr. said. “The BSP will continue to foster an enabling regulatory environment so that more MSMEs benefit from digital financial innovation.”
Citi Philippines CEO Paul Favila hopes the DFIA awards program will continue to inspire and recognize the efforts of MFIs and microentrepreneurs for decades to come. The program reflects Citi’s continuous support in strengthening financial inclusion in the country.
Through the 2nd DFIA, microentrepreneurs and MFIs will ultimately be motivated and inspired to adopt digital solutions that will expand digitalization in businesses and empower local communities for the country’s economic growth.
The DFIA program is an evolution of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards that enables Citi Foundation and MCPI to continue raising awareness about the importance of microentrepreneurship and microfinance in supporting financial inclusion and economic empowerment of low-income individuals.