In the heart of Cebu, a transformational story unfolds, led by a man known as the Mango King. Justin Uy, the President of Profood International Corp., embodies the quintessence of a successful businessman who hasn’t forgotten his roots. His journey from a small-scale entrepreneur to the helm of several companies offers a compelling tale of resilience, digital innovation, and community commitment.
Justin Uy’s path to becoming a revered entrepreneur wasn’t smooth. Encountering three failed ventures in his youth, he saw these as stepping stones rather than setbacks. But the true test came with the COVID-19 pandemic, which he describes as the worst crisis he’s ever faced. This period brought unprecedented challenges to his businesses, especially in the dried fruit and tourism sectors.
Rising Through Challenges
Despite these hardships, Uy’s resolve remained unshaken, driven by a deep concern for his employees and their livelihoods. He recalls, “We never shut down our food and hotel business… Who will answer for the farmers? Who will answer for the thousands of workers?”. This decision, to keep his businesses running while adhering to health protocols, ensured that his employees’ needs were sustained.
Embracing Digitalization for Growth
Recognizing the evolving landscape of business, Uy steered Profood International towards digitalization. He understood the critical role of modern technology in expanding to broader markets. “As of today, we cannot live without it,” Uy admits, highlighting the indispensable nature of digital tools in today’s business world.
Connectivity emerged as a key factor for Profood’s operations, particularly as the pandemic shifted business processes online. Uy praises Converge ICT Solutions Inc. for providing robust internet services, enabling efficient communication and decision-making, essential for his frequent travels and remote management needs.
Strengthening Connectivity, Empowering Communities
In a move that showcases his dedication to his community, Uy partnered with Converge in 2021 to enhance internet connectivity in Cebu. As Chairman of JFiber, he echoes the vision of Converge founders Dennis and Grace Uy: “Internet access should not be a privilege of a few, but a right of every Filipino.”
This partnership led to the opening of a new Converge business center in Cebu City in September 2022, marking a commitment to better customer service and expanded internet access in the region. These centers provide a wide range of services, from plan upgrades to technical support, symbolizing a step forward in digital accessibility for Cebuanos.
About Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.
Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the fastest-growing fixed broadband service provider in the Philippines. It is the first to run an end-to-end pure fiber internet network in the country, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable connectivity. Aside from broadband services, Converge also offers integrated data center and network solutions services.
With over 614,000 kilometers of fiber optic assets nationwide, it has one of the most extensive fiber networks in the Philippines.
With this fiber-powered network, Converge provides premium world-class digital experience for residential, enterprise, and wholesale customers. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified.
Go to CONVERGE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, INC. for more information.
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