PhilHealth seals partnership with AMLC

     The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have recently formalized a joint undertaking to “promote and encourage cooperation and coordination to effectively prevent, control, detect, investigate and prosecute unlawful and money laundering activities as well as terrorism financing.”

    The partnership also “endeavors to cooperate in the areas of information exchange in accordance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and capacity building measures to enhance the capability of both parties in addressing money laundering, terrorism financing and unlawful activities in the country.”

    The said agreement will help the state health insurer to obtain needed “financial information in relation to any violation of laws that the PhilHealth is tasked to  implement which would give rise to the commission of any unlawful activity under Section 3(i) of the Anti- Money Laundering Act of 2001, as amended, and money laundering activities…”

    The pact was signed by PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Dante A. Gierran (In photo, 2nd from left) and AMLC Executive Director Atty. Mel Georgie B. Racela in a simple ceremony held in Pasig City. Also in present were PhilHealth Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nerissa R. Santiago and AMLC Deputy Director Atty. Alvin L. Bermido.  

    Araneta City, PRC launch drive-thru COVID-19 saliva test site

    The City of Firsts has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in opening an accessible drive-thru saliva collection center for COVID-19 testing in Metro Manila.

    A memorandum of agreement was signed on  Feb. 17, 2021 by Araneta City denior management consultant J. Rowell Recinto and senior vice president for operations Antonio Mardo, and PRC chairperson Richard Gordon and secretary-general Elizabeth Zaballa.

    Under the agreement, the Araneta City Bus Port (located on Gen. Romulo avenue, in front of Ali Mall) is the designated drive-thru saliva collection site. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  until August 2021.

    Business opportunities from Mekeni

    Mekeni Food Corp. ’s Mekeni Home2Home Partner Program reaches out to Filipino micropreneurs to kickstart their business ventures at home.

    With the program, Mekeni is not only able to tap external distributors to expand their reach, but the company is also able to provide income-generating opportunities for starting micropreneurs.

    For as low as P1,500, Mekeni Home2Home partners can avail of the basic package. Their packages are customizable and can include some of Mekeni’s best-selling products  and even street food. Mekeni is also boosting micropreneurs through online and offline tools that they can use to promote their budding business.

    Mekeni provides  a free business starter kit and promotional materials such as ready-to-post social media cards and ready-to-print tarpaulin layout.

    STI Holdings brings data science to mainstream  education

    STI Holdings announced its network of schools began offering programs related to the much sought-after field of study nationwide in school year (SY) 2020-21.

    STI Education Services Group (STI ESG), the company’s biggest subsidiary, and STI WNU are offering programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Technology and Consumer Science and a two-year Associate degree in Retail Technology.

    Under the programs, students are expected to apply data science and business analytics to drive understanding of the changing market and consumer behavior, as well as to employ disruptive technologies. They will likewise be trained to utilize omnichannel retail marketing strategies to satisfy the changing consumer demands and varying purchasing habits.

    Upon graduation, students of the said programs will be ready for the future of work with specialized skills in the areas of Retail Marketing, Consumer Psychology, Information Technology and Data Science. Graduates may become business analytics professionals, big data analysts, consumer analysts, consumer scientists, data scientists, digital marketing e-commerce specialists, and e-business data managers, among others.

    iACADEMY now offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, major in Data Science and major in Cloud Computing, respectively.

     Shopee Launches #TatakPinoy virtual trade fair

    Shopee is holding #TatakPinoy, a virtual trade fair geared towards supporting homegrown Filipino brands and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    Shopee supported over 1,000 sellers transitioning online through Shopee’s Seller Masterclasses and its partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and local government units.

    Shopee and DTI are set to launch the very first #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, a campaign that aims to promote products from Filipino brands and local MSMEs.

    From February 19 to 21, shoppers can discover local delicacies and pasalubong items, particularly those from Regions XII and IV-A, on Shopee.

    Aklanon wins at PayMaya/Smart Padala promo

    Johndel F. Olid,  a 24-year old employee from Kalibo City, Aklan won the P500,000 grand prize from PayMaya and Smart Padala’s Add Money to Get Lucky Promo.

    Smart Padala’s network of 37,000 agents nationwide serve as the most accessible Add Money touchpoints for their PayMaya accounts. Every Smart Padala transaction also helps the local community as neighborhood branch agents are micro entrepreneurs. Fees are also competitive. Utilizing PayMaya for everyday transactions is not just convenient, it’s also safer as paying contactless, whether online or via QR lessens the risk of virus transmission often associated with cash handling.

    BlastAsia introduces Steer

    BlastAsia, a  software product engineering company, recently announced a  new platform called Steer which enables companies to build apps for customers to order/check status using their smart phones, as well as for internal teams to manage workflows and records using their phones, tablets, or laptops.

    These apps are fully integrated to back-end processes and systems and are built in a short time – with no coding skills needed.

    Steer is the company’s response and solution to help businesses “uberize” their business model. Uberize  as defined is “to change the market for a service by introducing a different way of buying or using it, especially using mobile technology.”

    BlastAsia hopes to democratize digitization across businesses both big and small. It designed Steer to let non-programmers easily build customer self-service apps without paying high costs and investing too much time.

    BlastAsia is confident that they will be able to help a larger number of companies with Steer and aims to help about 2,000 companies to go digital by the end of next year.

    Medgate named one of top telehealth providers

    Medgate Philippines was recently hailed as one of the top 10 companies at the forefront of telehealth solutions in Asia Pacific.

    The recognition was given by Healthcare Tech Outlook, an international publication that highlights key healthcare technologies. Healthcare Tech Outlook is committed to shining a spotlight on how healthcare can be brought to new heights through technology and innovation. Healthcare Tech Outlook singled out Medgate as an important player in the industry.

    Since their launch in 2016, Medgate Philippines has served over 1.5 million patients, with a roster of doctors in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and OB Gynecology among other specialties – allowing for patients to get a holistic form of care.

    Medgate Philippines is also one of the official telemedicine partners of the Department of Health (DOH). The partnership was forged during enhanced community quarantine and Medgate handled nearly 70,000 calls from patients all over the nation, at no cost to either the caller or the DOH.


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