Financial education for fisherfolk pushed

    The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), BDO Foundation and the Fish Right Program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a partnership for the financial education of fishers across the country. The collaboration will offer training to fishers on topics such as saving and budgeting, supplementary income sources, and the proper use of micro-loans and micro-insurance to help break the vicious cycle of poverty and natural resource depletion.

    The BSP and BDO Foundation are building on their experience from their previous partnerships with government agencies to promote financial education and consumer protection, as part of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion.

    The Fish Right Program will support the design of the financial education module and its roll-out with fishing communities, drawing from more than two decades of USAID experience in marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management in the Philippines.

    Anchored on DA’s flagship program on accelerating harvest and incomes, the FitLit program will be customized to the fishing sector and incorporate the value of taking care of the sea, saving for the future, and growing income through entrepreneurship.

    The Fish Right Program is implemented by the University of Rhode Island and a consortium of organizations including PATH Foundation Philippines Inc.  and Silliman University.

    Converge rolls out regular antigen testing, sets vaccinations
    for employees, frontliners

    Converge ICT Solutions Inc. continues to ensure the safety of its employees and subscribers as the company provides regular antigen testing for its people, particularly for its customer-facing personnel.

    Converge has also made arrangements for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines for its employees and for donation through partnerships with various institutions.

    Converge has procured its own antigen test kits and analyzer machines and trained its company doctors and nurses for the regular conduct of the COVID-19 testing in its main office in Pasig City, executive offices in Quezon City, and in Clark, Pampanga for its business units in Northern and Central Luzon. Antigen Tests are taken through nasal swabs and detect a part of the coronavirus, making them particularly useful for identifying a person who is at or near peak of infection.

    The company has also engaged the Philippine Red Cross for needed RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests which use swabs for the nose or throat to detect if a person actually has the virus, as well as for the new RT-PCR Saliva Testing.

    Aside from antigen testing and other safety protocols, Converge has committed to purchase a total of 25,000 doses of vaccines once they are made available to ensure that employees of Converge will have protection against COVID-19.

    Uy noted that purchasing the vaccines is part of Converge’s strengthened commitment to provide a safe and healthy working environment for its employees. Part of the order of vaccines of the company will be donated to identified beneficiaries, in partnership with like-minded organizations.

    Dining Under the Stars at The Podium

    Those celebrating the day of the hearts will have that top of the world feeling dining under the stars at The Podium’s roof deck garden this Valentine, with a romantic evening in the cool February air and savoring choices from a special menu by Shanghai Saloon and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. Dining Under the Stars is open February 10-14 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

    Epson launches laser projection TV series 

    Epson recently launched in the Philippines EpiqVision Mini EF-12 and EF-11 laser projection TV. Compact and lightweight, these easy-to-use laser projectors allow users to bring the cinema experience at home at an affordable price without sacrificing on image and sound quality.

    Powered by Epson’s advanced 3LCD Technology, the 1000-lumen EpiqVision Mini EF-12 and EF-11 offer Full HD resolution, ensuring that the projected images are clear and sharp in any environment, even in controlled lighting spaces. With laser as its light source, these models have a longer life cycle of up to 20,000 hours maintenance-free, contributing to greater cost savings and making owning one more economical and reasonable in the long run compared to lamp projectors.

    For the most optimal home viewing experience, the EpiqVision Mini  EF-12 and EF-11 can project up to 150 inches of display size, which is three times larger than a 50-inch TV, allowing users to select the ideal screen size for any room configuration and viewing distance.

    The new laser projectors’ compact design makes them ultra-portable and small enough to fit even in tight home spaces. Designed for fuss-free installation and projection, the EpiqVision Mini EF-12 uses the auto installation feature to adjust the focus and vertical and horizontal keystones automatically, allowing users to enjoy their content in a matter of minutes after setting up. It also comes with the Epson Online Meetings powered by Zoom app that enables users to make Zoom virtual calls without the need of a separate personal computer.

    51Talk  gears  up for  2021

    51Talk recently held a virtual partners’ appreciation and thanksgiving program to recognize its partners for another fruitful year in empowering Filipinos through online livelihood opportunities. With the theme “Creating Opportunities for Filipinos Together,” the annual event also saw partners from the government, the academe, industry and job portals expressing their commitment to continue rolling out programs and projects that will help uplift the lives of Filipinos by maximizing their skills and potentials as digital netizens in the present digital age.

    Participants of the event included partners from the government such as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the city government of Bacoor ; school and university partners National Teachers College, Bulacan State University, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Don Honorio Velez State University and AMA Online Education; and industry partners SMART-PLDT, Philippine Airlines, Bossjob and Mynimo.

    51Talk, being the biggest online English teaching platform with more than 20,000 Filipino home-based teachers,  announced the need for 30,000 more to join the platform. 51Talk’s partners offered its resources, technology and facilities, to reach out to more Filipinos and spread the word about the earning opportunities and benefits of being a home-based online English teacher.

    SeekCap is innovation awards finalist

    UBX’s SeekCap has been selected as a finalist in the Societal and Community Impact Innovation category for the 2020 BAI Global Innovation Awards, a prestigious awards program that recognizes financial services organizations that have gone beyond the conventional to bring creative ideas to life, especially during a time of unprecedented change.

    The 2020 BAI Global Innovation Awards finalists represent the most distinctive, impactful solutions in the global financial services industry, and UBX, the fintech spinoff of Union Bank of the Philippines, was selected from hundreds of nominations submitted.

    UBX’s SeekCap is the Philippine’s first same-day approval loan marketplace for MSMEs in the country.

    Through SeekCap, multiple banks and lending institutions can swiftly create and launch loan products on the marketplace, thereby allowing MSME borrowers to choose what loan product best suits their business needs and apply for loans digitally and seamlessly on a single platform. Loans are approved on the same day, and disbursed within three working days.

    This solution was built by UBX together with OneConnect Financial Technologies to provide an end-to-end digital lending marketplace that allows MSMEs to quickly ‘seek capital’ – search, compare and apply for credit digitally and seamlessly, and enjoy fast approval within a day.

    Mondelez PH offers products to grow food businesses

    To help food businesses meet  rising demand for snacking and online purchase of snacks, Mondelez Philippines offers its well-loved products in food service packs to support the needs of restaurant or home food businesses.

    Mondelez Philippines is the maker of b Eden cheese, Cheez Whiz, Tang, Oreo, Tiger, Chips Ahoy!, Toblerone, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Halls. Aside from being available in retail outlets, the company also has a food service range of products, which are specifically for restaurants and home-based food businesses. Currently, these are available for order from the company’s various distributors located in Luzon and Visayas. Select foodservice products  are also available in retail stores nationwide.

    Kenneth Sambajon, Away from Home Sales head of Mondelez Philippines, said the company sees the growth of snacking continue as the country remains in lockdown.


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