Philippines: UnionBank Live on METACO Harmonize to Launch Crypto Services

METACO, the provider of digital asset management technology to complex, global financial institutions, announced that Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), one of the largest universal banks in the Philippines, has “gone live on METACO’s flagship platform, Harmonize™, to pilot the launch of crypto services for its clients.”

UnionBank is one of “a select cohort of institutions granted a crypto license under the supervision of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).”

UnionBank launched “a pilot program for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) custody and trading services for select retail customers, a major step forward in the bank’s exploration of blockchain technology, which follows other similar digital asset initiatives, such as launching its own stable coin for remittance payments, or launching its presence in the Metaverse economy.”

The president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr, “heralded the importance of blockchain and digital asset technologies at the recent opening of UnionBank’s Innovation Campus, outlining the power of the technology in furthering financial inclusion in the Philippines.”

UnionBank “leverages Harmonize, METACO’s digital asset custody and orchestration platform, as a fully managed service deployed in the cloud, enabling it to manage governance and operations for the pilot.”

Working closely with the financial regulators and other industry participants, the bank “aims to expand the service and create a safe and compliant environment for millions of Filipinos to custody and exchange digital currencies such as Bitcoin, straight from their existing mobile banking app, without the need to open or manage separate wallet services.”

Harmonize will “act as the foundational orchestration platform to support UnionBank as it readies itself for wider rollouts of its digital asset services, serving the growing needs of its customers, while future-proofing its business model.”

Henry Aguda, Chief Technology & Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Officer at UnionBank, commented,

“UnionBank’s collaboration with its strategic partner METACO has been critical in the bank’s pursuit of realizing its vision of delivering superior, customer-centric services to the Philippine market. We are proud to continue UnionBank’s series of industry firsts, this time being the first regulated bank in the country allowing digital currency exchange feature for clients.”

Seamus Donoghue, Chief Growth Officer at METACO commented:

“As a key strategic partner, we are proud to see METACO Harmonize going live in six months since the project effectively commenced, and now supporting the launch of UnionBank’s digital asset pilot with select customers. Our bank-grade digital asset orchestration platform, Harmonize, provides UnionBank with the optionality to securely explore a range of retail and institutional digital asset use-cases, from crypto custody, investment and trading, to the fast-growing Metaverse economy in the Philippines.”

METACO claims it is “a leading technology provider to financial institutions and corporations in the digital asset ecosystem with significant Tier 1 and Tier 2 bank implementations in various regulatory jurisdictions, including Switzerland, Germany, France, United Kingdom, United States, Turkey, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.”

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