DBM: Php160B funds require President’s approval

July 15, 2021

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) stated in a recent interview that P160 Billion in project funds marked “for later release” may only be allocated upon the approval of the Office of the President. DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado stated that the department does not arbitrarily withhold funding. “Hindi naman kami pwedeng mag-ipit ng pondo. Ang trabaho namin mag-release (We are not able to withhold funds. The nature of our work is to release),” he said in a radio interview. There are two categories of funds to be released under the General Appropriations Act (GAA). Funds marked “for comprehensive release” may be disbursed upon the authorization of the departments involved; while funds classified as “for later release” need the President’s approval, according to Avisado. “Kapag 'for later release,' may pondo na. Kaya nga lang, walang kontrol ang DBM at kailangan kong i-forward sa Office of the President (If [a fund has been indicated] ‘for later release’, the fund has already been allocated for. However, the DBM has no control [over the release], and I need to forward such to the Office of the President),” said the DBM Secretary. In September of last year, the Office of the Ombudsman also weighed in on DBM’s actions regarding the non-release of non-pandemic funds, which Senator Paniflo Lacson had at the time warned against “setting a precedent for future issuances by DBM”. Several members of the Legislature have spoken on the issue, as the P160 Billion in question is critical to the success of several pandemic response projects to be enacted by several government bodies. Among those who raised concerns were Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, and Sen. Sonny Angara. Drilon suspected that these funds remain unreleased due to politicking, especially against the backdrop of the incoming 2022 national elections. However, Avisado denied this claim. “Hindi po [ito] nakakabit sa eleksyon dahil ang eleksyon ay next year pa. Ang pondo ay para sa taong ito, 2021, at hindi para sa 2022, (This isn’t connected to the election, because the election takes place next year. The funds in question are for 2021, and not for 2022),” he refuted. Government critics remain skeptical, however, arguing that political campaigning begins far before the “official campaign period” does.

2GO Travel Offers Free Accommodation Upgrade To Fully Vaccinated Passengers

July 9, 2021

MANILA – Present your vaccination card and instantly get an accommodation upgrade up to business class when you sail with 2GO Travel, the largest premier sea travel provider in the Philippines. Free upgrades are offered to passengers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.     2GO Travel has made it easy to avail of the offer in just three steps! First, passengers must have received their jabs more than or equal to two weeks after having received the second dose in a two-dose series or have been inoculated more than or equal to two weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine. Second, passengers just need to present to front desk their vaccination cards with complete details, first and second dosage dates for double dose vaccines, and first dose date for single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson only), including signature/s of the vaccinator. Last but not the least, 2GO Travel’s front office will facilitate and arrange for transfer of passengers in the upgraded accommodations. Upgrade is on a first come, first served basis, and will only be offered if accommodation is available. The free upgrade is applicable to all 2GO Travel destinations from Batangas to Caticlan and Roxas, including Manila to Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Coron, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Butuan, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, and vice versa. This offer is until August 31, 2021. Enjoy fun and safe travels with 2GO’s new ships, upgraded onboard accommodations and amenities as well as strict health and safety protocols from terminal check-in all the way to boarding the vessel and disembarkation. To book your tickets, please call our hotline (02) 8 528 7000, visit 2GO Travel’s Facebook and Instagram, email, or visit any 2GO outlet and SM Business Centers near you!  

Globe Business to Filipino SMEs: Tuloy Tayo!

July 2, 2021

  Empowering businesses to forge ahead fearlessly into the digital future Every business that has survived and beaten the pandemic odds carries an inspiring story of creativity, grit, and resilience worthy of recognition. By capturing and telling these stories, Globe Business honors the local micro, small and medium business owners through this year’s Saludo SMEs campaign, cheering them on with the message “Through The Changing Times, Tuloy Tayo!”, and supporting them as a trusted partner does so that they can confidently move their business forward. The ‘Saludo SMEs’ campaign is Globe Business’ annual initiative to recognize the contribution to sustainable economic development made by micro, small and medium businesses. It was first launched in 2019 to shine a spotlight on SME challenges and successes and inspire other entrepreneurs facing similar struggles to keep going, and coming off a troubled 2020, the campaign message feels more poignant and emotionally-charged than ever. This year’s campaign kicked off with a virtual event featuring special messages from Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu and Ayala Corporation President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala. In their messages, the respected business leaders highlighted how they collaborate to empower MSMEs with the right tools and skills to reinvent their business and own their success.   Cited was the tri-pillar program between Globe Business, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and the Ayala Enterprise Circle (AEC) which helps SMEs retool and shift to digital in order to thrive in the post-pandemic digital era. The three organizations work hand-in-hand to curate services that complement one another to give SME owners a perfect set of tools to confidently navigate the changing business landscape. Globe Business offers an array of digital business solutions to equip MSMEs in their digital journey including products, platforms, learning programs, and technology assistance. BPI SME Loans, on the other hand, has developed Biz Tech, a loan program specifically for Globe Business MSMEs who need a financial boost for their business, while AEC extends exclusive perks and benefits from other Ayala companies to help Globe Business customers save on expenses. “The commitment and the resilience we have witnessed among MSMEs as they navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic inspires us to continue developing innovative ways to support our local entrepreneurs and carve pathways for them to succeed as the backbone of our economy,” said Ayala. For his part, Cu stressed that Globe Telecom remains focused on its role as an enabler of digital transformation for all Filipinos, including businesses, by providing them with technology and agile and affordable solutions. “As businesses begin their journey to economic recovery, we will continue to extend our hand to entrepreneurs to give them meaningful and life-enabling innovations and access to opportunities and growth,” said Cu. Supporting MSMEs in their digital transformation journey with back-to-back activities Among the activities that Globe Business will roll out for SMEs this month is the Digistore, supported by the DTI Negosyo Center and the DTI Bureau of SME Development, which was developed to boost the sales of partner entrepreneurs through cross-selling on Globe’s digital platforms. The Digistore will encourage Filipinos to support local MSME brands by buying from the live-selling activities hosted by Globe Business on its Facebook page. Globe Business is also launching a search for MSMEs that have tapped into the power of digital technology to pivot their operations and survive the pandemic. Five businesses will be chosen by the telco giant from among the stories shared to an SME showcase worth P50,000 to help boost their business and expedite their digital transformation.   Lastly, new and existing Globe Business customers will also benefit from Globe Business Upstart—a loyalty program designed to empower micro, small and medium business owners through three core pillars: digital leadership, business enablement, and exclusive partnerships. Members will have access to this starting July 5 when they register to the program. Owning business success through “Tuloy Tayo!" Globe Business is a staunch supporter of the MSME sector and is committed to be their partner for success in every way possible.

J&T Express to honor riders as modern heroes

June 25, 2021

J&T Express to honor riders as modern heroes  Bayani sa Makabagong Panahon campaign rewards exemplary delivery frontliners   This July, new heroes will be in town.   E-commerce delivery giant J&T Express Philippines will be holding J&T Heroes: Bayani sa Makabagong Panahon to recognize the contributions of its delivery riders, on July 2, 2021 via livestream on their official Facebook page.   Vice President of J&T Express Philippines Zoe Chi said the campaign exemplifies the company’s bayanihan spirt by “honoring our own frontliners who continuously support the company and Filipino community through these challenging times. Through this, we hope that everyone will recognize their dedication and personal sacrifices to provide us with safe, fast, and reliable delivery services so that we can continue on with our lives despite the pandemic.”   Out of hundreds of entries nationwide, only one will be named Hero Rider of the Year and will receive a new motorcycle as the grand prize. Criteria for J&T Heroes include exemplary performance with a 95-100% high success delivery rate; company loyalty with tenure since February 2020; a high degree of professionalism; and service satisfaction backed by testimonials from regular customers.   The virtual event will be livestreamed at 5:00 PM at and will be hosted by one of the famoust actors in the industry Mr. Xian Lim, supported with a performance by singer and former Tawag ng Tanghalan contestant Gigi de Lana. The event is supported by J&T’s brand partners HINO, FOTON, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Realme, Prestone, Clorox, Gcash, and Shopee. Secondary local business sponsors include BELO Intelligent Skincare, Gfoxx International, ELITE Sales, American Authentic Apparel, Tink Custom Print, Seek Shine, Organic Skin, K-Cool, Leupp Watches, Jane Secret, Pocari Sweat and KUMU.   J&T Express strives to empower and prioritize both its customers and employees. Last month, the company released a second tranche of employee “ayuda” in the form of groceries and essentials to augment the daily needs of team members who have been affected by the lockdown. J&T has also extended help through various logistics services for COVID response and immediate disaster relief. The company is also dedicated to helping local online businesses grow by providing quality delivery services.   J&T Express Philippines currently has 600 branches caters to almost every province in the country 365 days a year even on holidays. Customers can easily track their packages real-time via J&T’s service platforms: mobile application, website, hotline, and social media. To know more about the company’s services, visit

2GO Makes Traveling to Cebu Easier, Affordable, And Convenient For Tourists

June 18, 2021

MANILA, 17 June 2021 – The province of Cebu, which is open for travel and tourism, heartily welcomes tourists from the National Capital Region. “The Gateway to a Thousand Journeys” makes it easier,more affordable, and convenient for travelers to set foot in the island once they secure their travelrequirementsin advance, such as their confirmed hotel bookings, S-PaSS registrations, and 2GO Traveltickets. “With Cebu’s less stringent community quarantine, visitors can enjoy luxurious island resorts in Mactan; stroll the unspoiled white sand beach of Bantayan; go on a canyoneering adventure in Kawasan Falls; dive and see the rich marine life in Malapascua; watch dolphins and whale sharks in Oslob; and have a unique sardine run experience in Moalboal. They can book their voyages to Cebu, and immediately start their vacation onboard 2GO Travel,” 2GO Assistant Vice President for Marketing Blessie Cruz said. For as low as ₱399, the Philippines’ premiere sea travel provider, can take their passengers from Manila all the way to the historical Queen City of the South aboard its newest ship, MV 2GO Maligaya. The traveling public can start booking their promo tickets today until June 20, 2021 to travel from July 15 to December 15, 2021. The discounted rate also applies to Cebuanos who are planning to sail from their hometown to the nation’s capital, including passengers from Manila to Bacolod, Coron, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa and vice versa. “It’s fun and it’s safe with 2GO Travel. We amplify the passenger experience by upgrading our fleet, our terminals, and our onboard accommodations and amenities. At 2GO, we strictly implement and comply to health and safety protocols imposed by the government, while aiding our passengers to adhere to travel advisories,” Cruz added. In addition, tourists from Batangas and Caticlan and Roxas (and vice versa) can avail tickets for only ₱299, while routes from Manila to Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga and vice versa are for ₱499. All tickets are inclusive of accommodations and 50 kg baggage allowance, exclusive of meals and other fees, and subject to free unlimited rebooking. To book and rebook your tickets, please visit 2GO Travel’s website,, call our hotline (02) 8 528 7000, email us at, or visit any 2GO outlet, authorized agent, and SM Business Center near you!     ABOUT 2GO TRAVEL 2GO Travel is one of the largest premier sea travel providers in the Philippines. It constantly strives to push boundaries in providing travelers a wide selection of reasonably-priced hotel accommodations, tours, and event packages to make for unforgettable trips. 2GO Travel is backed by over 148 years' worth of combined history in the travel industry, making it a local leader in setting sea travel standards and trends. The company is present in more than 2,000 outlets nationwide, operating in 18 ports of call in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to bring you easy, comfortable, and economical travel-whether you are bound for the sunny beaches of Boracay, the gastronomic wonderland that is Cebu, or the alluring pockets of paradise in Palawan. By integrating its fleet with top-notch tours and accommodations, breathtaking destinations, and warm hospitality from an experienced and dedicated crew, 2GO Travel continues to redefine sea travel in the best ways possible so you can be rest assured that for every trip you plan with us, you are always #Ready2GO. ABOUT 2GO GROUP, INC. 2GO Group, Inc. is the Philippines’ largest integrated transportation and logistics provider, at its core has five business units, namely, 2GO Sea Solutions, 2GO Special Containers, 2GO Logistics, 2GO Distribution, and 2GO Express.  


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