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E-recruitment in PH remains stable, HR talent most in-demand

June 4, 2019

MANILA--E-recruitment in the Philippines witnessed positive year-on-year growth of 11% between April 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI). The Consumer Goods/FMCG industry led the demand with a 22% annual rise in April. This was closely followed by the Hospitality industry, which recorded a 21% year-on-year growth. The IT, Telecom/ISP industry ranked among top growth industries for the first time in 2019, experiencing year-on-year growth of 14%. Other industries monitored by the index recorded significant positive growth as well, with the exception being the Education sector, which saw a 6% decline between April 2018 and April 2019. The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a gauge of online job posting activity compiled monthly by Monster.com. It records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity locally. When looking at specific job roles, all 10 of the occupations monitored by the Index recorded positive growth in April. HR & Admin professionals received the highest spike in demand with the double-digit 19% year-on-year growth for the month of April, followed by Finance & Accounts talent with a 18% growth in yearly demand. “The job market reported a stable momentum despite the 5.6% growth in the 1st quarter of 2019, and with the ongoing trade war and other economic headwinds businesses will remain cautiously optimistic,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of Monster.com – APAC and Middle East. “As traditional roles continue to evolve, digital competency remains high in demand. In fact, employers have a huge responsibility to empower employees with the right set of skills development initiatives. Organisations creating personalised learning paths to upskill employees in their current and future roles command a huge competitive advantage.” “More importantly, to attract top talent in a competitive labor market like the Philippines, it is crucial for organizations to cultivate a strong employer brand by clearly articulating why their company  is a great workplace.” The Monster Employment Index is a monthly look at online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry. PR

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SWU PHINMA Invests P800M to upgrade, renovate school facilities

May 3, 2019

Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA has allocated P800 million for the overall improvement of the campus and facilities. In 2018, the upgrade efforts saw the completion of the renovated School of Medicine building (formerly MHAM, now PHINMA Hall) and Phase 1 of the Southwestern University Medical Center. For 2019, SWU PHINMA is spending P460 million for school facilities that will be built or upgraded between summer and August. Construction will include the second phase of the Main Campus, the Dentistry Building, the School of Health and Allied Health Sciences (SHAHS) Mock Hospital and Nursing Arts Laboratory, and the K-12 Library. The university is also developing other campus facilities including the flooring and ventilation of the University Coliseum, Main Campus’ Dietary, School of Design + Communication’s Tech Hub, and the foreign students’ lounge. “We want to do more in providing our students with the best facilities. The P800-million budget we are spending is partly a manifestation of our belief that education is a passport to a better life and that quality education is one that leads to good jobs that can improve the lives of our students and their families,” said SWU PHINMA Chief Operating Officer Albert Gamboa. The SWU community also recently inaugurated the new seven-floor Dentistry Building slated to be called the SWU Villa. Last year, SWU PHINMA completed the construction of the PHINMA Hall and the first phase of the SWU Medical Center through a budget of P150 million and P185 million, respectively, still taken from the P800-million budget SWU PHINMA had put in to enhance their students’ overall learning environment. “The ongoing construction and facilities upgrades are part of SWU PHINMA’s thrust to provide high-quality hands-on learning experience for our serious and driven students. With the new building and facilities, the students’ learning experience within the university will be significantly enhanced, and will help them achieve their goals of becoming the best that they can be,” Gamboa added. The university improvements is also an integral part of a long-term plan of developing the university town with the university as the focal point in the neighborhood. The integrated community master plan for the SWU Town is a result of the collaboration of Barangays Sambag I and II and SWU PHINMA.  It will also feature a P200-million socialized housing project that will house more than 145 informal-settler families, service centers, and commercial spaces. For more information about SWU PHINMA’s academic programs and admission processes, contact +63 (32) 415 5555 or visit www.swu.edu.ph.

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Nominations for the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards Now Open

May 3, 2019

Nominations for the 3rd Philippine Sports Tourism Awards are now open to all sports and tourism-related associations, event organizers, companies and local government units that have excelled in supporting, organizing and managing sports events to attract visitors to their destinations. The prestigious awards will from this year be given annually to the various categories in the private and government sectors for domestic or international events. Introduced by Selrahco Management, a marketing and promotions company focusing on destination and sports marketing, the PSTA is a spin-off of the Sports Tourism Forum which was formed in 2004. PSTA is now managed by Selrahco-Primetime. Previous honorees include Sunrise Events, Inc (2015-2017) as private event organizers, Dumaguete City (2017) and Municipality of Lubao, Pampanga (2017) as government event organizers; Tabuelan 111(2015) and Visit Davao Summer Festival (2017) as domestic event of the year; Ironman 70.3 Cebu (2015) and Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship (2017) as event of the year;  Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (2015) and Philippine Football Federation (2017) as national sports association of the year; Province of Cebu (2015) and Cebu Pacific Air (2017) for destination marketing; Resorts World Manila Masters (2015) and Century Tuna Ironman (2017) for event sponsorship of the year; Fat Boy 10s Rugby (2015) and Fundlife International (2017) were named charity events of the year, Philippine Airlines was named 2017 airline of the year while Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa romped away with the hotel of the year 2017 award. The prestigious award of destination of the year was won by Clark Freezone in 2015 and Subic Bay in 2017.   Nominations for events held only in 2018 will be considered. The categories are: Destination of the Year, Organizer of the Year (LGU), Organizer of the Year (Private), Event of the Year (Domestic), Event of the Year (International), Destination Marketing of the Year, NSA of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Event Sponsorship of the Year, Airline of the Year, Charity Event of the Year Four new categories are added for this year - Tour Operator of the Year, Sports Venue of the Year, Sports MICE event of the Year, and Media Coverage of Year. Deadline for nominations will be on June 30, 2019. Nomination forms are available online on the PSTA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePSTAwards/. There is no fee in nominating an entry. Only shortlisted nominations will be announced. For more information, call Mr. Gabe Tomboc at +639064067051   or email gabe.selrahco@gmail.com

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Whirlpool launches new products for the Philippine market

May 1, 2019

Whirlpool and Excellence Appliance Technologies, Inc. (Exatech) recently introduced three new products in the Philippines.      For twenty-seven years, Whirlpool and Exatech have joined together to bring quality US appliances to Filipino consumers. Coming from a humble beginning as a local appliance retailer, Exatech has grown into an international distributor after its partnership with Whirlpool in 1992.      Now, three new products were launched at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Hotel ballroom. Special guests included Mr. Blanco Wong, Managing Director of Whirlpool Southeast Asia, and Mr. Rodrigo Salamoni, Marketing Director of Whirlpool Southeast Asia. Hosted by Ms. Donita Rose, the program consisted of demonstrating the unique product features to the audience.      The first product to be revealed was the MWP 305 ES Vancouver microwave oven. Built with an integrated handle and touch-screen design, this model is perfect even for first-time users. The 30-liter capacity including the grill and steam function also makes it flexible for all kinds of cooking needs.      The next product was the new and improved Bloomwash Inverter Plus washing machine. The Zen Direct Drive Inverter Technology allows a quiet yet high wash performance and ensures high energy savings. Its Hot Wash feature heats up the water up to 45°C to remove different types of stubborn stains and allergens. This was further supported by the lab test done by FAST Lab that showed the low bacterial count after just one wash cycle.      The final product to be launched was the revolutionary Quattro French Door Refrigerator. Equipped with Whirlpool’s patented 6th Sense Technology, it is able to maintain the optimal environment of your food. The Fresh Lock automatically adjusts the temperature to maintain the freshness of fruits and vegetables while the Freeze Lock reduces freezer burns. Meanwhile, its FlexiFreeze compartment allows you to choose three different temperature levels depending on what food you are storing.       Mr. Blanco Wong said, “We are happy to see that Whirlpool is always warmly welcomed here in the Philippines. The products we present today are meant to increase the comfort and security of every Filipino. It’s our goal to provide energy efficiency along with the high quality performance that Whirlpool has been known for for over 100 years. Our future plans will definitely include innovative features and better quality suited for the different needs in the Filipino market. With the support of Exatech, Whirlpool will surely continue to bring delight to our consumers in the years to come.”      The latest Whirlpool Vancouver Microwave Oven, BloomWash Inverter Plus Washing Machine, and Quattro French Door Refrigerator is now available to the public through all leading appliance stores nationwide.  You may check their website at www.whirlpool.com.ph for more information.

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Vivo V15 Pro helps you shoot professional-grade looking images

May 1, 2019

Mobile photography is no longer limited to food shots and selfies. These days, even professional photographers rely heavily on their smartphones when capturing images that evoke a lot of emotions. A photo is a great way to communicate a message or even just to update loved ones of a recent trip. It may seem such a waste when an extraordinary location is not properly photographed. It's almost an injustice if the colors of a beautiful garden are either too bright or overexposed. One doesn't have to break the bank to get professional-grade images. The Vivo V15 Pro's 48MP Triple Rear Camera addresses photography issues such as exposure, lowlight conditions, and sharpness, among others. The camera’s AI (artificial intelligence) component elevates mobile photography experience to the next level with its 12MP standard + 8MP super wide-angle + 5MP depth-sensing camera setup. With its 48 Million Quad Pixel Sensor, the Vivo V15 Pro offers photography enthusiasts more than just stunning photos. It is almost certain that the photograph will have a crispier and more natural-looking image compared to those taken with lower megapixels. In travel photography, landscape photos are a must. No portfolio is complete without a shot of the horizon or breathtaking flower fields. Mobile photographers can rely on Vivo V15 Pro's 8MP AI Super Wide-Angle Camera to do the job. Users don't have to change lenses depending on the need of the shot. Just press on the feature and it's ready to immortalize an image. The AI Super Wide-Angle Camera can expand up to 120 degrees, capturing more people and fuller landscape shots. The 5MP Depth Depth-Sensing Camera will add more drama and effects on the captured image. To deliver high-quality 12MP images, the Vivo V15 Pro's main rear camera has a 4-in-1 pixel technology. It means that one large pixel is combined with four pixels so that even in low light or even dark conditions, the images will still come out better. With its Professional Mode feature,the Vivo V15 Pro can pretty much do the work of DSLR cameras. Users who want to learn photography can practice by enabling the smartphone's Pro Mode capabilities. Adjust the aperture when taking a photo in dark or confined spaces such as hotels or function rooms. Test how the shutter speed works by adjusting it when taking a photograph of a race or moving vehicles. One can also play with the Manual Feature when taking photos of a city skyline — at night. However, there is Vivo V15 Pro's AI Super Night Mode that can take multiple photos at different exposures. The finished product is a stunning combination of these shots. Night scenes are difficult to shoot, but through this feature, anyone can achieve a clear and beautiful night scene. This enables images taken with the Vivo V15 Pro to be used in other platforms and not only for social media posts. Still, for Instagrammers who like sharing their photographs to family and friends and feel limited by the available editing features, the Vivo V15 Pro's Editing Features can help them achieve just the right amount of brightness, contrast, or even saturation in their images. Limited time offer Those who want to get the Vivo V15 Pro for its AI camera technology are in for a treat as Vivo is also giving away a set of exclusive perks for those who make advance orders of its latest flagship smartphone. Customers who pre-order the V15 Pro online until April 11 can score a JBL Clip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, an extended 6 months phone warranty and can also avail of a screen protection warranty, wherein they will only need to pay P500 to have their damaged or broken screens replaced within 6 months from receiving their pre-ordered units. To pre-order the Vivo V15 Pro today, visit https://vivoglobal.ph/v15preorder/. The V15 Pro will be available in the local market starting April 12. Vivo will offer the smartphoneat 0% interest, thru 6-9 months installment payments using major credit cards and Home Credit, at all participating stores nationwide. ### About Vivo Vivo is a leading global technology company committed to creating trendsetting smart mobile innovations and services. Vivo is devoted to forming a vibrant mobile internet ecosystem, and currently owns and operates an extensive network of research operations, with R&D centers focusing on the development of cutting-edge consumer technologies including 5G, AI, mobile photography and next-generation smartphone design. In recent years, Vivo has taken frequent efforts in the sports field and is committed to promoting the mutual penetration of the brand’s diverse fields and diversifying its brand image. Vivo Philippines announced its partnership with the NBA by the end of 2018. Currently, Vivo has over two hundred million users enjoying its mobile products and services around the world. Vivo is present in 18 markets globally and features offline retail stores in over 1,000 cities worldwide. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

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BPI announces full digitalization of transactions for better service

May 1, 2019

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) expects to  increase its  revenues by 20 percent over  its projections by 2023 when it fully digitalizes its system.      The move is BPI’s aim to better serve its clients and the public according to Cezar P. Cosing, BPI president of chief executive officer,.      Phase 1 digitalization cost more than Php11 million and . One third of the Php 11 million was spent for laying  the foundation of the digital infrastructure which included a state-of-the-art cybersecurity operations center.      From P6.25 billion in the same period last year, BPI posted P6.72 billion in net income in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, increasing its Operating expenses  by 7.6%, a BPI press release said.      Cosing said in his ASM address that the digitalization journey may inconvenience clients, like what happened during the deposits systems upgrade, “but digitalization is the future and we will stay the course.”      “Digitalization has to serve the businesses, and we want to make sure our technology investment is in support of three areas--SME loans, consumer loans and microfinance,” he said.      It did this on phase one by launching the Business Bank, reengineered housing and auto loan processes and opened 100 more branches.      “Our goal is to see that our SME loans, consumer loans, and microfinance loans, will over time account for a larger percentage of our loan book, which is predominantly corporate in nature,” he said. “This will translate into higher loan yields and better net interest margins for the loan portfolio as a whole.”      “We believe we are the Philippine bank with the highest digital adoption rate in terms of number of users. Digitalization is about enhancing the client experience with our bank,” Cosing said.      Phase two of the digitalization journey will be focused on establishing a baseline that will allow clients to engage more, be empowered and experience everyday, Cosing said.      “Digitalization will allow us to become more financially inclusive by increasing engagement with small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and the lower-middle and lower income customer segments,” he said.      One way to do is through open banking, which makes the bank’s services available as application programming interfaces (APIs) to fintech and e-commerce companies such as G-Cash and Lazada.      Another is the BPI Direct BanKo, a “reincarnated platform” that makes loans to self-employed micro-entrepreneurs.      In three years, BanKo has made over P4 billion in loans to almost 60,000 entrepreneurs.      Although banks, with current cost restrictions, tend to give more attention to larger corporates and mid-upper income tier customers, “SMEs and the lower-middle to lower-income consumer segments are growing at a very fast rate,” Cosing said.      “Digitalization will reduce our cost to serve and will therefore permit a much higher level of engagement with these segments,” the BPI CEO said.      It will make “financial inclusion truly sustainable,” Cosing said. “(It) is about enhancing the client experience with our bank,” he said.      “Digitalization will empower our clients as they will be able to bank with us at any time wherever they may be and in a manner that is responsive to their particular requirements,” he said.      In closing, Cosing rallied stockholders to confidence, saying, “We are BPI--ready today, ready tomorrow.” (MPS)

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