November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Voyager unveils Silicon Valley-inspired HQ

VOYAGER Innovations, Inc., the digital innovations unit of PLDT, Inc., last week unveiled its new Silicon Valley-inspired headquarters in Mandaluyong City.

Located at the Launchpad Building, Voyager’s new headquarters is patterned after offices of tech giants and start-ups in Silicon Valley.

“This is like a Silicon Valley campus for emerging markets. We have designed our headquarters to be an attractive and agile space for creative innovation to thrive,” Voyager President and CEO Orlando B. Vea was quoted as saying in a statement.

With no cubicles and dividers that separate employees from different units and brands, Voyager promotes a relaxed and collaborative working environment for its mostly millennial work force. It also provides nap rooms and a fitness facility for its workers.

“Digital transformation has helped equalize opportunities for the common folk, in a very profound way, and we are proud that Voyager is behind innovations that push boundaries and tear down walls for the benefit of all,” PLDT and Smart Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan was quoted as saying in a statement.

First established four and a half years ago, Voyager has released breakthrough digital products and platforms aimed at digital transformation of individuals, businesses, and institutions.

PayMaya, a digital payment service platform that allows users to make payments without using credit cards, now has the largest prepaid wallet base in the country.

FINTQ, through its digital loan platform Lendr, now has the most extensive digital lending footprint in the country, with 90% of cities and 8% of municipalities covered and partnerships with over 40 banks and nonbank entities.

On the other hand, Voyager’s digital customer engagement platforms such as freenet and hatch allow businesses to reach further to their audiences through free data access to various apps and sites and robust SMS marketing campaigns.

Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls.

PLDT shares on Friday added P20 or 1.18% to close at P1,720 apiece. -- PPM