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GCash to make e-wallet service available in the US

Mobile wallet GCash on Friday announced it was expanding its international footprint by making its services available in the United States.

Less than a month after it secured the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) approval for the beta launch of GCash Overseas with an initial rollout in Japan, Australia, and Italy, the Ayala-backed mobile wallet said it will allow at least the first 1,000 Filipinos in the US to sign up and use GCash using their American SIMs. 

“Now that we have activated GCash outside of the Philippines, we are now working towards making it available in more countries. This time, we are adding the US to our list to be able to service over 4 million of our kababayans residing there,” said Martha Sazon, president and CEO of GCash.

“With strong support from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), we are able to make significant headway in scaling our services, aligned with our vision of ‘Finance for All’,” said Sazon.

GCash said Filipinos in the US and the initial three countries can soon begin using the mobile wallet by downloading the app from Google Play Store for Android, the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, or the Huawei Gallery and select their country and input their details.

To verify their account, they just need to scan their Philippine passport or other valid IDs and take a selfie, it said.

GCash said fully verified users can then cash in via Remitly to start sending money, paying bills, and buying load wherever they are, with just a few taps on the app.

Aside from GCash Overseas, the mobile wallet said it can now be used to pay in select merchants across countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Qatar as well as top European destinations like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. — DVM, GMA Integrated News