DiskarTech Signs Deal with Asialink for Loans Marketplace

By TET Business Tribune

Lending institution Asialink Finance Corporation (AFC) is now the pioneer partner of the DiskarTech financial super app for the Philippines’ first loans marketplace offered by a local universal bank.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with AFC, one of the country’s premier lenders, to forge this historic loan service partnership.

“Asialink Finance Corporation is here to provide its expertise on financing solutions for the mobile Filipino entrepreneurs and individuals who need assistance in achieving their dreams during these uncertain times through RCBC’s DiskarTech app,” Robert B. Jordan, AFC Chief Executive Officer, said.

He added DiskarTech’s financial inclusion thrust is compatible with their company’s vision of making loans accessible even to low-income, unbanked, and underserved Filipinos. For DiskarTech, the partnership offers another opportunity for Filipinos to cope with the pandemic.

“We welcome Asialink joining forces with DiskarTech in providing valuable loan services in our super app. With the uncertainty of the pandemic weighing on Filipinos, RCBC is a reliable partner in providing users tools they can depend on in these trying times,” said Eugene Acevedo, President and Chief Executive Officer of RCBC.

Difficult times usually push low-income families to borrow from loan sharks and informal lenders with high interest rates. The DiskarTech loans marketplace provides an opportunity for its users to take loans online and with the security provided by established financial institutions. Through a more convenient loan system, DiskarTech hopes to encourage the underbanked and the underserved to participate in the formal financial system.

Some of the loans offered by DiskarTech loan market are:

  • Doctor’s loan
  • Car loan
  • Truck loan
  • Motorcycle loan
  • Secondhand car loan
  • Secondhand truck loan
  • PUV/taxi loan
  • Multicab loan
  • Multicab refinancing
  • Tricycle loan
  • Housing loan
  • OFW loan
  • Seafarer’s loan

“Asialink and RCBC, both proudly Filipino-owned companies, have been serving the financing needs of our country for years. Thus, getting into this partnership comes with ease and gratitude. Through this innovation, the RCBC DiskarTech app, we can both expand our mission digitally to assist more families and communities,” said Ruben Y. Lugtu II, Chairman and President of AFC.

Established in 1997, Asialink Finance Corporation has been providing Filipinos with convenient lending options for more than 20 years. Coupled with RCBC’s widest reach—the only local universal bank to register customers across all 81 provinces in the Philippines via the DiskarTech app—the partnership promises to aid more Filipinos through digital, contactless loan services.

With RCBC’s engagement with Credit Information Corp., borrowers will be able to create a credit profile which will enable the lending institution to provide them a much higher loanable amount at a much lower interest rate.

“Individual and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) taking loans from DiskarTech don’t only benefit from the transaction because of the loaned amount. The transaction also helps them improve their credit ratings. This, in turn, helps them become credible borrowers which will entitle them to more loan opportunities in the future. So, it’s not a one-time thing. We really want them to get used to this and enable them to borrow responsibly,” said Lito Villanueva, RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer

Asialink Finance Corporation’s General Manager Eillen B. Mangubat adds, “Our nationwide team at Asialink Finance Corporation values the importance of providing our services to Filipinos in need of business and personal financing during this pandemic. That is why we are prepared to extend our expertise as one of the first exclusive partners of RCBC’s DiskarTech app.”

RCBC is one of the leading universal banks accelerating digital transformation in the Philippines. It was judged in 2020 as the Philippines’ best digital bank by the Asiamoney and the Alpha Southeast Asia, among other global and regional recognitions. It is also the first local universal bank to have the most extensive reach with registered customers from across all 81 provinces nationwide through its mobile apps RCBC Mobile and DiskarTech. Its digital products include RCBC mobile and online banking, handheld ATM Go mobile point-of-sale terminals, and DiskarTech, among others. DiskarTech was recognized as the 2020 breakout finance app in the country by App Annie, a global data analytics firm covering all mobile applications worldwide.

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