Connecting the unbanked and underbanked in the Philippines is jointly organized by Kacific Broadband Satellites Group & Eastern Communications to raise the awareness of rural banking and share connectivity solutions to enhance banking networks in remote areas.


TIME Topic Detail Speakers
14:00 – 14:05 Event Welcome
  • Welcome statement by Kacific’s CEO, Christian Patouraux
Christian Patouraux, Chief Executive Officer, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group
14:05 – 14:15 BSP’s Digitalisation Initiatives Towards Financial Inclusion
  • Challenges faced in improving the country’s financial inclusion
  • BSP’s digitalization efforts/ roadmap towards financial inclusion
  • Executive Order No. 127 on “Expanding the Provision of Internet Services through Inclusive Access to Satellite Services”
  • The opportunities in reaching the unserved and underserved
Mhel T. Plabasan, Director - Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department (TRISD), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
14:15 – 14:25 Serving the unbanked & underbanked in Philippines
  • Landscape about unbanked and underbanked
  • Why it is important to connect them and how this can impact them
  • Opportunities in the unbanked and underbanked
Jose Paolo M. Palileo, Vice President of Luzon, Rural Banking Association in Philippines
14:25 - 14:35 Importance of connectivity to bridge the unbanked & underbanked
  • To share the different solutions that Eastern has in terms of connectivity and the trends in the industry
  • To introduce currently how they use Kacific’s Gigstarter as a last mile connectivity solution for the banks
  • How Eastern Communications is providing connectivity solutions and other ICT solution
Edsel Paglinawan, Head of Products, Eastern Communications
14:35 – 14:45 How satellite connectivity can link rural branches in Philippines effectively and securely
  • How Kacific’s solution can help to address the security concerns
  • How Kacific can dedicate a gateway for the rural branches to transfer the signal to HQ without compromise
  • Kacific to also share about Ka-band (only Ka-band in PH), and how this helps to provide speeds and affordability
John Loke, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group
14:45 – 14:55 Executive Q&A
  • To address any questions the audience may have from the past 4 sessions and may have dropped in the chat box
Mhel T. Plabasan, Jose Paolo M. Palileo, Edsel Paglinawan & John Loke
14:55 – 15:00 Closing
  • Closing statement by Eastern Communications’ Head of Sales, Michael Castaneda.
Michael Castaneda, Head of Sales, Eastern Communications


Christian Patouraux


Chief Executive Officer, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group

CEO and Founder at Kacific Broadband Satellites Group.

Christian has 26 years of experience in the satellite industry with previously held senior positions in Engineering and Business Development.

He holds a Master’s in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Brussels, Belgium, a Master in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.


Vice-President for Luzon, Rural Banking Association of the Philippines

Mr. Palileo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from De La Salle University Manila and obtained his masters degree in Entrepreneurship at Asian Institute of Management.

Mr. Palileo worked his way up from being the Microfinance Head in 2002 and later on became the President of Bayanihan Bank, Inc. located in Atimonan, Quezon from 2009 up to present.

He is also a consultant of Kabigkis Mutual Benefit Association from 2017 to present.


Head of Product & Innovation, Eastern Communications

Edsel Paglinawan has been contributing years of highly specialized experience in the Telecommunications Industry, as a Senior Network Operations, Sales & Marketing and Product Management executive, in various organizations where effective, efficient, practical and innovative management is needed.

Currently heading a team of portfolio & product development managers creating solutions towards Eastern Communications’ Intelligent Connectivity: Broadband, Data Center, Cybersecurity, Cloud, Big Data, IOT and AI, and continuously creating product value to the market.


Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group

Deputy CTO at Kacific Broadband Satellites Group. John has more than 25 years of experience in satellite industry and was part of the pioneer TTC team for Singapore ST-1 satellite.

He previously held roles as the VP of Network Engineering and Operation for Malaysia Measat satellite system and was involved in HD and UHD C band regional video contribution, Measat ConnectMe prepaid service operate IPSTAR gateway and its Malaysia payload; and the project lead for Malaysia government Community WIFI (Kampung Tanpa Woyar) project.


Director - Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department (TRISD) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

Regarded as one of the stewards of pioneering and responsive regulatory approach on technology and innovation, Mhel’s career in the BSP spanning decades of supervisory experience, has not only witnessed the dramatic advancement of technology in the Philippine financial sector, but more importantly, has played a key role in reshaping the regulatory mindset towards a more progressive approach on technology risk and innovation supervision. He has taken a highly critical and challenging role in the BSP, as head of the department primarily responsible for supervision of technology and cybersecurity risk, including emerging technologies. He continues to spearhead various cybersecurity reforms aimed at enhancing the BSP’s cybersecurity oversight and supervision, as well as promoting a secure and cyber resilient financial ecosystem through close coordination and partnerships with industry associations, regulatory counterparts, and other relevant stakeholders. As newer technologies continue to revolutionize today’s society, Mhel is yet again at the forefront of regulatory advancements in digital banking supervision and in the key areas of open finance, cloud services, and Regtech/Suptech.