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DOTr, LTFRB tap PayMaya for cashless payments, additional livelihood of PUV driverw

May 29, 2020

 The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have tapped digital financial services leader PayMaya to provide additional livelihood opportunities to drivers as well as access to cashless payment options to drivers and operators of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) as quarantine restrictions begin to ease in some parts of the country.  PayMaya is offering various taxi and transport operators and their drivers QR scan-to-pay capabilities via its mobile app, which will also give them access to a digital financial account that they can use for everyday transactions such as bills payments, airtime load reloading, and sending money to friends and family. As transportation services resume in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ),  the LTFRB recently issued guidelines mandating taxis and TNVS to adopt cashless payments such as PayMaya as a measure to help curb the further spread of COVID-19. “Cashless payments particularly in taxis and TNVS vehicles is part of our new norm, and we are glad that our drivers and operators have easy and convenient options such as PayMaya so that they can quickly implement this solution for the safety and benefit of their riders,” added LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III. Soon, drivers and transport operators may also receive contactless payments through credit, debit, and prepaid cards via tap-to-pay technology through the other digital payment solutions of PayMaya. Operators may also utilize PayMaya’s PayOut disbursement solution to easily distribute salaries and other incentives through their drivers’ PayMaya accounts.  In the past, PayMaya has also partnered with bus and taxi companies in Metro Manila and also in other areas such as Baguio and Cebu, such as in enabling transportation facilities such as the Araneta Bus Port in helping them accept cashless payments through credit and debit cards as well as via PayMaya QR.  Alternative livelihood opportunities for faster recovery  On top of helping drivers accept cashless payments, PayMaya will also soon enable them with additional livelihood options–such as offering airtime load purchases, bills payment, and even remittances if they also operate a sari-sari store or any physical store–through other upcoming products and services. “In the ‘new normal’, we must help everyone adapt to new and safer ways to lead our lives, and that includes the transportation industry. PayMaya is proud to support the government and transport operators not just in helping them accept contactless payments, but to chart the path towards their full recovery as well,” said PayMaya Founder and CEO Orlando B. Vea.  As the entire country conforms to the changes caused by the COVID-19 crisis across various sectors aside from transportation, digital and contactless payments will become not just a must but a strategic advantage for businesses in order to quickly recover. To know more about PayMaya's products and services for businesses and merchants, visit http://enterprise.paymaya.com.  PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cuts across consumers, merchants, and government. Aside from providing the payments acceptance for the largest e-Commerce, food, retail and gas merchants in the Philippines, PayMaya is enabling national and social services agencies as well as local government units with digital payments and disbursement services.   Through its PayMaya app and wallet, it is providing 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 agents nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services.

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Globe continues support for frontliners and SMEs in new rollouts of Project HEROES for HEROES

May 28, 2020

Globe myBusiness is shining the spotlight on frontliners working in the service industry with the third and fourth roll outs of its unique collaboration with partner SMEs. The initiative dubbed  “HEROES for HEROES”  aims to extend aid to healthcare frontliners around the country who have been leading the fight against COVID-19, through the distribution of free meal packages produced by partner food SMEs to select partner hospitals. It also seeks to ensure continuity of operations and gains for local food businesses who have been hit the hardest by the onslaught of the pandemic. Under the campaign, Globe myBusiness provided meals for frontliners employed in more than 20 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) specializing in groceries, logistics, and medicines, such as Merry Mart Grocery, Kemp Mart, Unitop Supermarket, Ansaldo Logistics, and Amesco Drugstore. The meals were fully funded by Globe myBusiness and provided by partner restaurants like  121 Restaurant, Northpark Noodles, Bigg’s Diner, Burger Project, and Tuesday Kitchen. “While hospitals are taking care of COVID-19 patients, employees working in supermarkets, groceries, logistic platforms, and drugstores risk their lives daily to serve those under quarantine. We would like to express our gratitude to them by making sure they have the resources they need to stay healthy,” said Celeste Porto, Marketing Head at Globe myBusiness. Additionally, Globe myBusiness recently worked with partner organizations like Let’s Eat Pare Vendors’ Association (LEPA) and the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI).  Together, they brought 1,500 meals prepared by Tita Adah’s Home Kitchen, Tito George’s Food Products, The Sweet Factory, PACE, and Mrs. Cheffy’s Catering to eight testing centers and quarantine facilities accredited by the Department of Health. These included Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, HOPE I and HOPE II - Community Caring Facility, Delpan Quarantine Facility, Dahlia Hotel, Quezon Institute, Makati Friendship Suites, and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (Ninoy Aquino Stadium). Project HEROES for HEROES is part of Globe’s ongoing efforts to support partners and customers in the fight against COVID 19. Learn more about how you can continue to #SupportLocalSMEs and be part of #OneGlobeVSCOVID via https://www.facebook.com/globemybusiness/.    

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Belmont Manila, Savoy Manila, and Diversey Philippines collaborate for #SafeStay Health and Safety Campaigns

May 27, 2020

As we look forward to better days, Belmont Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Manila are getting ready for the “New Normal” as we implement our “#SafeStay… We Care” Health and Safety Campaign.  Caring for the well-being of our guests and team members shall always remain our utmost priority when we open our doors once again.  “Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 health crisis and these unprecedented and uncertain times, the team, through careful planning and coordination, have commenced a series of initiatives to ensure that we shall be ready for the “New Norm” and other Government-mandated protocols once we have resumed normal operations,” according to Savoy Hotel Manila and Belmont Hotel Manila - Area General Manager, Avinash Menon.  “Additionally, we would like to assure all our patrons and stakeholders that both our Hotels have been regularly and thoroughly Sanitized and Disinfected during the Enhanced Community Quarantine period, and shall continue in the same vein well into the foreseeable future.”      Soon, when the time is right, people shall be raring to travel, go out, and enjoy leisure time once again.  In anticipation of this, we are expecting that people shall be more safety-conscious and health is of paramount importance. This is why both Belmont Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Manila commit to adapt to and adopt enhanced cleanliness protocols to ensure a “#SafeStay-cation” for all our guests.  To further heighten our goal of providing a safe and healthy environment for all our guests, we have collaborated with Diversey, our partner for many years now, in cleaning, sanitation, and maintenance products and services.  Diversey represents the implicit belief that cleaning and hygiene are life essentials and “when life is clean, maintained, and hygienic the world works as it should”.  As a highly credible and established supplier, our Hotels have created safer, cleaner, and healthy environment across all facilities from our All-Day Dining, Fitness Center, Pool Area, Guest Rooms, to even our Employee Work Spaces.  Diversey never failed to deliver revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies that provide total confidence to our Hotel guests through the years.  As we welcome our guests back, the following “#SafeStay… We Care” measures will be observed:  ·Safe Welcome: -       Thermal scanning at our Hotel Entrances -       Social distancing during Check in / Check out process -       Luggage sanitation check  ·Safe Space: -       Regular disinfecting schedule of Guest Rooms, Public Areas, and facilities -       Public amenities such as the Gym and Pool areas will remain closed until further notice, in compliance with social distancing -       Meetings and congregations at the Hotel Lobby and other high-traffic areas shall not be allowed nor encouraged -       Guest-accessible sanitation stations are readily available -       Strict social distancing measures shall be observed in guest elevators; allowing only one individual at a time -       24-hour in-house Clinic operations  ·Safe Team: -       Our friendly team members, especially our frontline, will be required to wear PPEs, masks, hand gloves and were trained to observe strict hygienic measures at all times -       We are also ensuring the health and well-being of our guests prior to scheduling our team members on active duty  ·Safe Eats: -       Our Dining outlets shall be serving packed meals until further notice -       Dining operations shall also include Grab ‘n Go concepts and a ‘limited’ in-room dining service -       Contactless service and social distancing shall be strictly observed for In-Room Dining service -       Thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of our Kitchens and food preparation areas continue to be regularly conducted -       Outside food deliveries will be limited as safety precautions  ·Safe Sleep: -       High frequency touchpoints in guest rooms (knobs, light switch, telephones, remote controls, bathrooms) are thoroughly disinfected and sanitized during every cleaning process -       Housekeeping Services shall be minimized to a significant extent (once every 3 days or upon request) -       Room amenities shall include sanitizing kits -       Bed linens and towels are thoroughly disinfected and sanitized during the laundry process -       A “safe stay” clean seal shall be placed in guest rooms to inform guests that their rooms have been disinfected thoroughly and have not been accessed prior to their arrival.  “We shall endeavor to continually update you on forthcoming measures that we intend to implement, with the sole purpose of ensuring our Hotels provide a safe and healthy environment for all our guests”, assured Menon.      Advocating #SafeStay…  because we care! 

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PCSO readies financial assistance to 6,241 Lotto and Keno Agents

May 26, 2020

Mandaluyong City. Good news to the thousands of Lotto and Keno agents.   PCSO Vice Chair and General Manager Royina M. Garma announced on Friday in a press statement that six thousand two hundred and forty-one (6,241) individual Lotto and Keno agents all over the country will receive financial assistance totaling Eighteen Million Seven Hundred Twenty-Three Thousand Pesos (P18,723,000.00). We, at the PCSO Board understand the plight of our individual Lotto and Keno agents.  That’s why, as our partners in raising revenues, we also have to look after their welfare during this global pandemic.  I have instructed our Branch Managers and all other concerned officials to immediately facilitate the release of the assistance, GM Garma added.   The grant of financial assistance was approved through PCSO Board Resolution 109 s. 2020 which was subsequently approved by the Office of the President. The assistance aims to augment and subsidize the needs of these agents and to lessen the burden of stress and anxiety during this difficult time of public quarantine. Qualified Lotto and Keno agents may coordinate with the PCSO Branch Office in their areas for details of the release of the said assistance. It can be recalled that since March 17, 2020, PCSO suspended lotto operations nationwide in order to protect the lotto agents, tellers and the gaming public from the deadly COVID-19 virus.

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DOF, LANDBANK, BMFI extend psycho-social support to Marawi survivors

May 25, 2020

Over 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the five-month-long Marawi siege that transpired exactly three years ago today, May 23, have been given psycho-social support (PSS) under the Gawad Angat BAYan (GABAY) Program, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project of Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), funded by the Department of Finance (DOF) under the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau-Interest Differential Fund (KfW-IDF).      Since the implementation of the program in January 2019, LANDBANK, as Program Manager, has partnered with Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BFMI), as Program Implementer, to conduct various PSS activities that have so far benefited 1,673 internally displaced adults and 455 internally displaced children in ten (10) barangays and transitional shelters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.       The PSS activity, dubbed as Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong (Conversations for Healing), is designed to provide space for community sharing and community-building among IDPs and other individuals affected by violence. It also aimed to identify and prioritize issues within the communities, and come up with common hopes and possible actions to address the identified issues.       “The LANDBANK GABAY Program embodies the Bank’s commitment to help communities grow and recover. Since the implementation of the program in 2019, we were able to give hope to many of our brothers and sisters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, helping them rebuild their communities from the catastrophic impact brought about by the five-month-long siege in 2017,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said.      To continue the conversations with internally displaced adults, LANDBANK facilitated post-PSS activities, such as the Mashwara Corners, in partner-communities where participants shared their personal journeys since completing the Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong activities. Meanwhile, for the internally displaced children, the Bank conducted a series of Children’s Festival which included games, storytelling and learning sessions.      A unique feature of the PSS program is the incorporation of eco-therapy where LANDBANK mounted various workshops and hands-on trainings on natural farming to share and emphasize its importance as an introduction to a sustainable way of living and healing.       As part of the main components of the GABAY Program, LANDBANK also held a series of trainings of trainers on PSS, with a total of 101 graduates. They eventually served as facilitators in the conduct of PSS activities and other interventions for the conflict-torn communities.

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Ford Launches the New Everest Sport

May 25, 2020

Ford Philippines recently held the digital launch of the new Ford Everest Sport as it continues to expand its SUV portfolio with the addition of a new variant in its Ford Everest line-up. The new Everest Sport features an enhanced design and a host of driver-assist technologies that will help widen the appeal of the Ford Everest among customers who appreciate the vehicle’s versatility, safety, and capability. “The new Everest Sport supports the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the market today,” shares PK Umashankar, managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the new Ford Everest Sport will set another standard for mid-size SUVs in the market with its design and technology that match various needs and lifestyles.” The new Everest Sport is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine which offers 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque and is matched with Ford’s latest 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift™ – helping to deliver better acceleration, fuel efficiency, and smoothness across on-road and off-road environments.  The latest Everest variant is a standout on the road with unique black body exterior accents such as a new mesh grille design, an embossed EVEREST hood badge at the front, gloss black painted wheels and exterior mirrors on the side, black tailgate applique in the rear and a‘SPORT’ decal on the liftgate. LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights and 20-inch alloy wheels also come standard in the new Everest Sport. Inside its spacious cabin, the new Everest Sport features a unique blue stitching accent around the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, center, console, and door trims delivering a sporty premium feel. Adding value to the Sport is a standard leather seat with 8-way power driver seat function, smart keyless entry with push button start, and a power liftgate with hands-freefunction. For entertainment and connectivity, it is equipped with an 8-inch LCD Touchscreen, Sync® 3with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Connectivity, two USB ports, and 10 speakers.  The new Everest Sport also boasts of segment-leading features for optimal driver comfort, convenience, and safety which include Cruise Control, Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Sensors, and Electronic Stability Control with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Roll StabilityControl. Adding to all these are seven (7) airbags including side, curtain, and driver knee airbags. The new Everest Sport is available at a starting retail price of P1,868,000 and will be available in all Ford dealerships nationwide starting May 22, 2020. Customers who will reserve the new Everest Sport on or before May 31, 2020 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan. It comes in four (4) colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport. Ford also introduced new feature upgrades to its Everest Titanium series to make the driving experience safer and more convenient for its customers. The Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT and Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium 4×2 AT now come with LED projector headlamps, with the addition of high-mount USB feature for the 4×4 variant with no price increase.

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