Date: May 29, 2020
Partner: the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Trade and Training Centre (PTTC)
Overview: More than 200 owners and executives of Philippine Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participated in the webinar session titled, “Digital Payments for SMEs in COVID-19”. Moderated by Elizabeth Magsaysay-Crébassa, Chief Country Representative – ASEAN, Philippines, the US-ASEAN Business Council, the webinar featured Jerry T. Clavesillas, Director Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) at the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry; Dan Wolbert, Country Manager at VISA Philippines and Chavi Jafa, Head of Business Solutions, Asia Pacific at VISA. The webinar was officially opened by Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council. The workshop began with a session from Dir. Jerry who presented the latest Philippines Government’s program and plan to help prepare Philippine SMEs inthe post-COVID-19.It followed by a session from VISA which shared their knowledge and expertise on how going digital can help small business and the benefits from the digital payment system. VISA also invited one of SMEs, Spinkie, to share their digital transformation journey.