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    Digital govt takes off with PayMaya’s cashless platform

    Over 60 government agencies and units at both national and local levels – including the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Securities and Exchange Commission, Land Transportation Office), Bureau of Customs  and the Department of Foreign Affairs – have chosen PayMaya’s platform to provide citizens and businesses with a safer and better way to pay taxes and fees.

    With PayMaya enabling cashless acceptance for the government, Filipinos can enjoy a more inclusive way to pay via any credit, debit, prepaid card, or PayMaya QR — whether through physical locations or online. Those who choose to pay via PayMaya’s platforms also get to enjoy more rewards such as cashback each time they pay for government transactions.

    The government also has tapped PayMaya to deliver financial aid to millions of unbanked Filipinos. To date, the digital financial services leader was able to distribute over P4.5 billion in assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development , SSS, DTI, Department of Agriculture, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, among other agencies, directly to the PayMaya accounts of beneficiaries.

    Through PayMaya Checkout, One by PayMaya, and PayMaya QR to the government agencies, PayMaya has also become the government’s disbursement channel for Social Amelioration Program, Small Business Wage Subsidy, and LTFRB’s assistance to affected drivers, among other programs.

    Constituents of the cities of Batangas, Davao, Manila, Marikina, Paranaque, Ormoc, Taguig, and Valenzuela can now pay their local governments via card or QR through PayMaya’s cashless facilities. Various provinces, cities, and municipalities like Bataan Province, Caloocan City, Manila City, Mandaluyong City, Pasig City, Tarlac, and Quezon City are utilizing PayMaya’s disbursement platform for their citizen assistance programs.

    Maynilad connects waterless community to network

    West Zone concessionaire, Maynilad Water Services Inc.  recently connected Purok Biyaya in Barangay 167 of Caloocan City to its water network, giving some 141 urban poor families access to safe and affordable water supply.

    For almost 24 years, Purok Biyaya residents relied on expensive deliveries of deep well water from private water truck operators, as issues with land ownership and right-of-way clearance prevented Maynilad from connecting their community to its network.

    Families in Purok Biyaya typically consume around 48 drums per month (or 10 cubic meters), so they used to spend around P1,920 a month just to have water for their household needs. Now that they have a Maynilad connection, their monthly spending for potable water has dropped to only P130 for the same volume of water.

    Residents of Purok Biyaya like Ederlina dela Cruz expressed their happiness for what they consider a huge blessing to their community.

    TFS offers Balloon Payment Plus

    Toyota Financial Services Philippines Corp. is offering Balloon Payment Plus, a finance lease product that makes purchase of a Toyota vehicle affordable with low monthly payments.

    This product is also top quality as it comes with built-in periodic maintenance throughout the finance term, and with convenient end of term options.

    Buyers can repurchase a new vehicle by trading in their current car on the program. The guaranteed future value of their current car can be the  lump sum payment. The remaining portion can apply on the next brand new car.

    Balloon Payment Plus also offers low monthly payments with periodic maintenance.

    BDO Capital earns consistent honors from IHAP

    BDO Capital & Investment Corp. (BDO Capital), the investment banking arm of BDO Unibank, garnered top honors at last year’s virtual ceremony of the Investment House Association of the Philippines (IHAP) Awards.

    Awards received were: Investment House of the Year (four years in a row); Best Equity House (three years in a row); Best Fixed Income House (five years in a row); Best Project Finance House (three years in a row); Best Advisory House; Best Equity Deal (Small-Mid Cap)-Fruitas Holdings Inc. P1.011-billion initial public offering.

    IHAP is a non-stock, non-profit organization established on July 19, 1974 to promote better understanding of the roles and functions of the country’s investment houses, as well as enhance the contribution of investment houses in the growth of Philippine businesses and the economy through the development of the capital markets.

    Five years ago, the IHAP Awards was instituted to recognize the outstanding performances of Philippine investment houses in terms of league table ranking, innovativeness and expertise in structuring, distribution and execution of capital market deals, as well as the ability of the investment house to generate value for the market and its clients.

    Participants were evaluated by IHAP members and a third-party panel of judges composed of representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Dealing Systems Group, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Fund Managers Association of the Philippines, Shareholders Association of the Philippines, and CFA Society Philippines.

    FWD Insurance launches app

    FWD Insurance  launched a digital ecosystem that shares financial life skills and helps bridge the protection gap in the country.

    A first in the market, the  FWD Affiliate Program allows anyone to be an affiliate by  downloading the mobile app and completing the registration process for free.

    The app offers shareable financial knowledge, tools and solutions while also creating employment, with an aim to start a virtuous cycle that directly empowers people and impacts enhances protection inclusion

    Through the app,  FWD financial advisors can spread financial knowledge and awareness in a trust-based environment to help others upskill their financial management and start futureproofing with investments and life insurance.

    According to FWD Insurance president and chief executive officer Li Hao Zhuang, the Affiliate Program can help democratize financial education and protection and make it rewarding for everyone.

    Fujitsu GDH PH recognized

    Fujitsu’s Global Delivery Center (GDC) in the Philippines bagged the Outstanding Community Projects Award from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

    The award was conferred at PEZA’s 25th Anniversary and Investors’ Day on Dec. 10, 2020  in Pasay City.

    The PEZA Outstanding Community Projects Award recognizes a PEZA-located company for notable efforts toward undertaking social welfare programs that benefit the Filipino community.

    In the Philippines, Fujitsu’s GDC is committed to making the world sustainable by building trust in society through innovation and supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Employees at the Philippines GDC initiated community activities under Fujitsu’s Global Delivery Responsible Business Program (known as GRiP) Community Pillar, which aims to empower, engage, and enable communities.

    In 2019, Fujitsu GDC employees in the Philippines dedicated some 1,400 hours to volunteering. An education-focused program reached more than 650 people. “Adopt-a-School” was among the notable initiatives.

    PCPPI’s business process fully digital

    Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.,  the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—has strengthened its digital transformation journey by implementing the advanced SAP Enterprise Management System.

    With SAP Enterprise Management, PCPPI now has an end-to-end, up-to-date, single data platform to process information. It is now more efficient as data is translated into real-time insights and analytics.

    Along the process, PCPPI integrated eight core business procedures and existing systems to create an end-to-end enterprise management tool.

    Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, the company was able to complete its nationwide rollout last November, covering 18 Business Units in more than 100 locations. This implementation project was made possible with the help of Fasttrack Solutions, platinum partner of SAP in the Philippines.

    To formally close the SAP integration project, PCPPI, together with Fasttrack Solutions and SAP Philippines, held a virtual closing ceremony on December 17, 2020.

    PCPPI hopes to expand its digital footprint into other aspects of the business for increased stakeholder collaboration and employee engagement.