Unilab taps PayMaya for employees’ cards

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PLDT, Inc.’s mobile wallet arm PayMaya Philippines, Inc. has forged a partnership with United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab) to provide co-branded prepaid cards to health care firm’s employees.

In a statement Monday, PayMaya said the new cards which will be distributed to more than 3,000 Unilab employees may be used for in-office cafeteria merchants and any other establishment that accepts the digital payment system.

“With a growing millennial and Gen-Z workforce, it is imperative for us to adopt emerging technologies. We are excited to have an upgraded payment experience in our cafeteria through the help of PayMaya, and we are looking forward to utilize this technology in other areas as well,” Unilab Senior Vice-President Lawrence L. Ong was quoted in the statement as saying.

PayMaya said having companies such as Unilab tap its mobile wallet system on a wide-scale basis is a win for the industry, as it increases the users of technology for financial transactions.

“…[I]t takes a village — or an entire ecosystem — to push for adoption of cashless payment technologies in the Philippines, and we are glad that Unilab is one of the frontrunners in this space,” PayMaya Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Paolo Azzola said in the statement.

Aside from using the prepaid cards in buying food, the PayMaya cards may also be used to send money, shop online, pay bills and withdraw funds through an automated teller machine.

Meanwhile, Globe Telecom, Inc. said its enterprise arm Globe Business has renewed its partnership with Unilab to provide 8,000 customizable postpaid lines to the pharmaceutical firm.

“Globe Business and Unilab’s strong collaboration through the years greatly manifests in this renewal of partnership,” Peter D. Maquera, Globe senior vice-president for Enterprise Group, was quoted in a Monday statement as saying.

“As Unilab’s trusted business advisor, we will continue to offer unparalleled service delivery, cost-efficient mobile packages, and dedicated account management while enabling Unilab to provide high-quality healthcare for the country,” he added.

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