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Gabay Guro ties up with PayMaya to provide financial account for teachers

September 2, 2020

Teachers all around the country will soon have easier access to a financial account and learning resources in one app as Gabay Guro, the flagship advocacy program for teachers of the PLDT-Smart Foundation, partners with PayMaya for its super app for teachers. Through the Gabay Guro app, teachers can soon easily sign up for a PayMaya account which they can use for various digital financial transactions such as paying for online and in-store purchases, sending money, paying bills, buying load, and paying government fees, among others. This will complement the existing features of the app, which provides them access to research materials, community-wide articles, rewards, as well as online lessons to help improve their teaching skills in the new normal. “Providing teachers a PayMaya account within the Gabay Guro app will help enrich the resources available to them, especially as they adapt to our new normal which is increasingly digital. Combined with various learning and other resources available within the app, we are confident that this new platform can help improve their day-to-day teaching lives," said Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla.  On top of these features, the app will also offer other capabilities such as the ability to receive badges that can be converted into MVP Rewards, availing of promos and training sessions from Gabay Guro partners and mentors, and access to livelihood programs.   Soon, they can also receive cash assistance, incentives, and loans designed for educators and even get additional livelihood opportunities in the e-commerce space through their PayMaya account within the Gabay Guro app. For his part, PayMaya Founder and CEO Orlando Vea said: “Having a digital financial account will help complement the wealth of resources for teachers that will be available in the app. As we all transition to digital, it’s important that we empower our teachers with the right tools and resources so that they are able carry out their work well, for the sake of all Filipino youth everywhere” added Mr. Vea.    "The Department of Education has always acknowledged the Gabay Guro program and the PLDT Group as an important partner of the education sector. We’re happy that the Gabay Guro app, together with PayMaya, will provide our teachers with a holistic platform that will empower and help them thrive in the new normal,” added Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali.  Digital financial services for education  Enabling teachers with digital financial accounts and capabilities is just the latest way that PayMaya is empowering the education sector. To date, it has enabled over 50 educational institutions all over the country with cashless payments acceptance, allowing schools to conveniently accept tuition payments from parents at the comfort of their homes. At the same time, this mode of payment helps keep school personnel safe by eliminating risks of cash handling in light of the current public health situation.   These efforts are in response to the Department of Education’s directive to implement blended learning that utilizes both online and in-person modalities for education, where students are encouraged to utilize online classes, printed modules, and educational TV and radio broadcast as main learning channels this school year.   Schools enabled by PayMaya with end-to-end digital payment solutions such as PayMaya Checkout online payment gateway and the PayMaya One all-in-one Point of Sale (POS) device include major learning institutions such as the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU), La Salle Green Hills, Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati Inc. (DBTI-MAKATI), Nord Anglia International School Manila (NAIS Manila), Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM), and University of Immaculate Conception (UIC), among others.   Aside from these digital payment innovations, PayMaya has also rolled out cashless payment ecosystems starting with the PayMaya-powered student ID card in schools including University of the Philippines-Diliman, LPU-Batangas, La Salle Green Hills, and STI, among many others. Students can easily link the PayMaya-powered student ID card to their PayMaya account and maximize for payment transactions even outside the campus at Bancnet-powered payment terminals and ATMs nationwide.   PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines, with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, and government. Aside from providing payments acceptance for the largest e-Commerce, food, retail and gas merchants in the Philippines, PayMaya enables national and social services agencies, as well as local government units, with digital payments and disbursement services.  Through its app and wallet, PayMaya  provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Gabay Guro is spearheaded by the PLDT-Smart Foundation and PLDT Managers Club, Inc. The 12-year old program empowers teachers across the country though initiatives in seven key pillars. This includes scholarships, teachers’ trainings, classroom donations, livelihood programs, connectivity & computerization, teachers’ tribute and digital innovations.

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PCCI Mindanao officers designated ARTA Champions

September 2, 2020

PCCI, Anti-Red Tape Authority MOA to implement Ease of Doing Business Act   The affiliate chambers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mindanao have hailed the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between PCCI and the Anti-Red Tape Authority. “This will considerably lighten the burden of businessmen who have to deal with the maze of documentary and other requirements when dealing with government,” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, PCCI Area Vice President for Mindanao. “PCCI Mindanao also welcomes this opportunity to be arbiters in helping our members expedite transactions with local and national government.” The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) signed on August 27 an agreement designating PCCI and its local chapters nationwide to receive complaints from the business sector against violation of Republic Act No. 11032(Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Delivery Act of 2018). Signing the agreement were PCCI President Benedicto V. Yujuico and ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica. The signing was held at the conclusion of the 29th Visayas Area Business Conference held virtually on August 27-28, 2020 and hosted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Yujuico welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which he describes as putting premium on the role of PCCI as partner of government in ensuring transparency, accountability, and efficient delivery of services in government. “I truly welcome this opportunity to work and partner with ARTA to ensure that the law is implemented and observed by the local government units and other agencies concerned in the delivery of services, especially in applying for business permits and clearances,” Yujuico said. RA 11032  (Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018) seeks to establish effective practices, aimed at attaining an efficient turnaround of the delivery of government services, the prevention of graft and corruption in government, to promote transparency, reduce red tape and expedite business and non-business related transactions in government. Among the initiatives of ARTA that PCCI welcomed are the enforcement of the 3-7-20 day rule on the automatic approval of applications; the Citizen’s Charter which outlines the list of services offered by the frontline agencies including the steps, documents, fees, and a feedback mechanism; and the establishment of the National Business One-Stop Shop to co-locate, unify and automate the functions of these agencies. Yujuico said that common concerns of business are the delay in the processing of business permits and clearances which usually take longer than one month. With this law, applications with LGUs and national government agencies which are not processed within the 3-7-20 (working)-day rule are "automatically approved by operation of law." “We would not be able to attract new business or investors if we will not correct this systemic process, which actually gives undue burden to our businesses. It should have been addressed long time ago. Nonetheless, we are here to help ARTA successfully implement the law,” Yujuico said. Under the agreement, PCCI’s Area Vice Presidents and Regional Governors are deputized as “ARTA Champions”. Its local chambers are authorized to receive complaints and conduct review before endorsing to ARTA for appropriate action. PCCI has 42 affiliate Local Chambers of Commerce in Mindanao headed by PCCI Mindanao Area Vice President Maria Teresa R. Alegrio, and PCCI Regional Governors Arturo Milan (South Eastern Mindanao), Roderico R. Bioco (Northern Mindanao), Paul Gudmalin (Western Mindanao), Pete Marquez (Central Mindanao), Aldrin Ibbo (BARMM), Julie Senense (Eastern (CARAGA) Mindanao) and Loreta Sy (South Western Mindanao). PCCI shall also conduct seminars and information sessions to generate public awareness. ARTA, on the other hand, shall ensure that complaints endorsed by PCCI are acted upon and promptly, and will provide PCCI the information materials to educate its businesses on the provisions of the law. Likewise, ARTA shall seek the recommendations of PCCI on matters relative to the improvement of regulatory systems, policies, and procedures of various NGAs and LGUs. (PCCI Mindanao)

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PROMO ALERT: ONLY THE FINEST FOR OUR HEROES

August 29, 2020

Celebrate empowering everyday heroes this long weekend with Yellow Cab’s Only The Finest For Our Heroes promo!  Get a FREE regular Charlie Chan or 4 pieces of original Hot Chix for every order of 12-inch New York’s Finest pizza, starting at just P735.   Promo runs from August 27 to October 31, 2020. This limited time offer is available in participating Yellow Cab stores nationwide for dine-in, Curbside® pick-up, take-out, or delivery. Also available via GrabFood, FoodPanda, and LalaFood.    All Yellow Cab stores comply with proper operating guidelines to ensure you get our signature products as safely as possible. Stay safe!  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/YellowCabPizzaOfficial.

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WHAT MOMS LOOK FOR IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT GROWING-UP MILK FOR THEIR KIDS

August 28, 2020

Every mom’s goal is to support their kids with good health, proper growth, and mental development. It’s hard do it alone but with the right growing-up formula milk—the goal is attainable. Wyeth Nutrition™, manufacturer of PROMIL® FOUR, partnered with the world’s biggest e-community of shoppers – the Home Tester Club (HTC) - to find out what moms look for in choosing the right growing-up milk for their kids. Home Tester Club strongly advocates helping people make informed purchases by sharing real product experiences. It promotes responsible and sensible shopping through shared conversations and reviews among its members, which consists of shoppers across all ages and product categories. Last November 2019 to January 2020, HTC conducted a survey among 335 moms (from 20-45 years old, with kids 3 to 7 years old located in Metro Manila) to compare PROMIL® FOUR with other milk brands in a ‘blind’ test and taste engagement.  Results reveal that 9 out of 10 Home Tester Club moms would switch to PROMIL® FOUR after trial for its taste. Rina, a mom from Makati City, shares that PROMIL® FOUR’s right amount of sweetness is what her kid loves the most. “As compared to other brands, it provides the exact amount of taste for my kid without needing to add sugar. I have tried other brands of growing-up milk and I didn’t like how they were very sweet”. Melody, mom to Ava, echoes the concern of most moms about sugar content. “We’ve been looking for a milk formula with less sugar. From my observation, the used glass of [PROMIL® FOUR] milk didn’t attract ants. It also tastes healthier, so I decided that this is the milk that I will give my daughter.” Maylene couldn’t be happier that Thea, her daughter, finds PROMIL® FOUR not too sweet and really has the milky taste that is just right for the taste buds of kids. Aside from the taste, mommy respondents agree that another important factor for them in choosing the right milk is the nutrients found in the product. Jenny shared that her daughter Sherra usually drinks a glass of milk when she gets home from school. At first, her daughter was not enthusiastic when she tasted PROMIL® FOUR. However, it changed after a few more tries, and now her daughter loves it. According to Jenny, “It’s a good transition for me because PROMIL® FOUR offers more nutrients than the other milk brand we’ve been using. We’re sticking with it from now on.” Another mom named Carla was surprised upon discovery of the nutrient content of PROMIL® FOUR. ”Actually, it’s only now that I learned the kind of nutrients of this product. Wow, there’s a lot! I’m really going to give this milk to [my daughter] Crystal”. PROMIL® FOUR is scientifically designed with important and essential nutrients to support a child’s proper growth and mental development to help nurture the gift. In the PROMIL® FOUR Test and Taste challenge, HTC validated the survey with actual reviews of moms who participated in the activity. The result: 9 out 10 Home Tester Club moms in Metro Manila would switch to PROMIL® FOUR after trial.  What about you, moms? Test and taste your child’s milk to experience the difference yourself.

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A Delicious Return

August 28, 2020

Make your next celebration fluffy, creamy and, yummy with Goldilocks’ famous Brazo De Mercedes, now back by popular demand! Enjoy the long-awaited return of this crowd favorite which now has even more luscious and creamy yema filling! And as a special promo, every order of Goldilocks' Brazo De Mercedes cake, will come with 3 FREE packs of Caramel Popcorn (small) as a thank you for patiently awaiting its' return. Grab this special promo from August 24 -31, 2020 at select Goldilocks Bakeshops Within Luzon! For more information, you may follow @GoldilocksPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph.

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Sun Life Foundation responds to pandemic challenges with Rise Brigher PH

August 27, 2020

Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Sun Life Foundation), the philanthropy arm of Sun Life Philippines, is responding to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic with a program that promotes financial security and health.   Dubbed “Rise Brighter PH,” the program will consist of Sun Pera-Aralan 2020, a financial management program specifically created for public school teachers, and Sun Life Barangay Health Stations which will serve as accessible sources of primary healthcare to be built in poor and distant municipalities. Each program aims to touch 125,000 lives in the next five years.   “As Sun Life Philippines marks its 125th anniversary this year, Rise Brighter PH is our way of honoring our lifetime partnership with the Filipino people and letting them know that we remain at their side in these trying times,” said Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison who is also Chairman of the Sun Life Foundation. “We have seen Filipinos rise above trials many times over, and we are confident that together, we will prevail.”   Sun Pera-Aralan 2020   Sun Pera-Aralan 2020 is a behavior-based financial management program which makes use of the Peso Sobre tool in helping public school teachers manage their budget, extend their salary until the next pay day, and eventually lessen indebtedness. The program also provides access to volunteer Sun Life advisors whom they can consult for free, as well as a Facebook community where they can share experiences and find inspiration in their fellow teachers.    Initially mounted last year, Sun Pera-Aralan has proven effective in helping public school teachers handle their finances. Reports gathered from the initial batch consisting of 10,224 public school teachers showed that they were not only able to budget better, but even had surplus funds at their discretion when the lockdown was implemented early this year.   This 2020, Sun Pera-Aralan will be implemented in public schools in (areas) with the help of AHA Behavioral Design, Inc. and in coordination with the Department of Education.   Sun Life Barangay Health Stations   Meanwhile, with the importance of health care coming to light amid the pandemic, Sun Life Foundation, in partnership with Health Futures Foundation, Inc., will also endeavor to provide basic services to the poorer sectors of society through the Sun Life Barangay Health Stations.   A total of eight Sun Life Barangay Health Stations will be constructed throughout Batangas within the year. Each will provide curative services, as well as preventive and promotive initiatives such as immunizations, consultations, follow-ups and health lectures. A community-based health and wellness program will also be established, while local health personnel like barangay health workers and health cluster leaders will be provided relevant training so they can efficiently sustain the barangay health station.   “The Sun Life Foundation’s projects are anchored on our company’s purpose, which is to help Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. We earnestly hope that helping fulfill these needs, Rise Brighter PH will empower beneficiaries in their journey towards recovery,” said Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. and Sun Life Foundation President Alex Narciso. “Moreover, may it give them hope that despite the challenges we’re currently facing, a brighter future is still in the horizon.”

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