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    Holcim to roll out 1day road repair concrete in Davao, Baguio

     Holcim Philippines Inc. is planning to make available its one-day concrete SuperFast(SF)Crete outside the National Capita Region to support contractors looking to participate in government road repair projects in other urban areas and help lessen disruption to commuters .

    The company recently held a webinar to promote SFCrete among road contractors in Metro Manila, who expressed strong interest in using the building solution in their projects. The company has plans to offer SFCrete to contractor partners in Davao and Baguio, who are interested in lessening closure time of thoroughfares due to repairs.

    Since its launch in 2016, SFCrete has been used to repair close to 15 kilometers of roads all over Metro Manila.

    SFCrete is only one of the two one-day concrete solutions accredited by Department of Public Works and Highways.

    With SFCrete, roads can be reopened in 24 hours after repairs compared with regular concrete, which needs three to 14 days for curing.


    UnionBank launches SME banking app

    In yet another bid to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) survive and thrive in the age of COVID, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has introduced its SME Banking app where customers can bank on their own terms.

    The UnionBank SME Banking App offers the complete essentials of banking especially for entrepreneurs, including digital account opening, mobile check deposits, issuance of bank certificates, real-time fund transfers to any other local bank, tax payments, and payroll crediting, among others.

    The bank’s SME platforms head Jaypee Soliman cited the app as another proof of UnionBank’s efforts to be at the forefront of digital transformation, enhancing technology for the convenience use of customers.

    “Our customers who have been with us for a long time can attest to the countless changes that our interface has gone through since 1998, when we first introduced online banking. And we still strive to innovate as much as we can, because our realization is that we have to provide the correct facilities and the correct technology so that customers can bank wherever they want to bank,” Soliman said.


    ING extends high interest rate on savings until yearend

    ING recently announced that it will further extend its 4-percent interest promo to end-of-year to help in encouraging a new savings mindset in the long run.

    New customers who open an ING Save account by December 31  will receive the 4 percent per annum (p.a.)  interest rate on their savings for the first four months.

    Existing ING Save customers will enjoy 4 percent interest rate p.a. on the new funds deposited to the account from September 1 to Dec. 31. Both offers are applicable to accounts with available daily balance of up to P20 million, which is double the previous threshold amount of P10 million.


    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2  hits stores 

    Samsung successfully sold out the Galaxy Z Fold2 in its official online store, retail channels, and through telco partners Globe and Smart.

    Those who missed the pre-order of the Galaxy Z Fold2 in the Philippines can still have a chance to get their hands on the most premium device.

    Starting today, September 25, Samsung officially offers the in-foldable smartphone via its online store, Samsung-authorized online partners, and online channels of telecom partners, Globe and Smart.

    By October 2, the Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in select Samsung Experience Stores and Globe and Smart stores.

    Customers  who purchase will enjoy a premium bundle worth P25,100, which includes free Galaxy Buds Live worth P8,990, 12 months of Samsung Care+ worth P14,199, and an e-voucher worth P2,000 that they can use for a Samsung Leather Cover Case. Beginning October 2, the e-voucher can only be availed through Samsung’s online store.

    Customers will also be given various options to avail of the device when they are available in stores on October 2 such as flexible payment terms of up to 36 months at 0 percent interest through participating bank credit cards, the first installment month free through PNB, and the `Trade In, Save Up’ program.


    Radius Telecoms boosts cybersecurity
     

    Multisys Technologies Corp. recently partnered with Radius Telecoms Inc., a subsidiary of Meralco, to expand its cybersecurity products and boost its cloud service security.

    Under the technology partnership, MultiSys can offer the cloud tunneling service of Radius Cloud Express (RCE) in collaboration with NetFoundry, that will enable its clients’ off-site employees to securely access sensitive data and applications, and safely perform high-security transactions.

    RCE is a digital tool designed to keep data and information safe when accessing network resources installed in local data centers or hosted in the cloud.

    The solution provides a secured connection between the user and the targeted network application, the cloud, or a server resource. Apart from being an added layer of security, RCE also optimizes the subscribed bandwidth.


    Payroll, HR solutions in high demand

    Local software company tHRead reports that since they made their Payroll and HR management platform available for a 60-day free trial period in March 2020, they observed a 20 percent increase in the number of businesses that signed up for a paid subscription, compared to the same period during the previous year.

    The platform allows users to seamlessly and easily process payroll, monitor timekeeping, and manage its staff and employees, among other functions, digitally.

    tHRead attributes the uptake in inquiries and signups on their platform in recent months to the current need of businesses to implement remote work options, despite an ease in quarantine protocols issued by the government. As businesses start to realize the immediate need and benefits of digital innovations,  old business rules are now being replaced with digital solutions all to remain competitive and resilient in the face of the current crisis and disruption.

    tHRead offers businesses, particularly MSMEs, tools that optimize business and administrative processes. It replaces several old and manual practices with convenient and digital solutions concerning employee management, HR, and payroll functions.


    Ogilvy backs social enterprises

    Ogilvy BrandCamp Year 3 supports social entrepreneurs as critical agents for community recovery.

    Switching to a virtual platform, the agency’s senior leaders led by Ogilvy Group chief executive officer Elly Puyat, recently ran a two-day workshop, guiding select social-enterprise leads in finetuning their own integrated marketing communications blueprints for these times.

    Among Ogilvy BrandCamp’s participating businesses are AMAMI, which revives Philippine jewelry tradition by empowering local craftsmen and their trade; FHMoms, which enables home-based economic opportunities for mothers; Coffee for Peace, which engages farming communities and links their global-quality coffee to market. PeoplePods is a corporate solution for dignified affordable housing for “Bottom-of-the-Pyramid” workers. Mano Amiga Academy, an accessible K-12 school with international standards, provides scholarships and sustainable livelihood to empower low-income families. Mayani connects local farmers and buyers on a digital agri-supply chain platform. Advocafe showcases products of indigenous peoples that the civil society coalition Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 (ZEP2030) helps toward self-sufficiency.


    Virtual party at Enchanted Kingdom with Eldar the Wizard 

    Everyone’s favorite Eldar The Wizard is celebrating his birthday and Enchanted Kingdom is inviting everyone to join him from the comfort of their homes as Eldar bring the festivities to you with a Magical Birthday Celebration!

    All are invited on September 26, Saturday, 6:00PM-7:00PM for a special virtual party on Pinoy Box Office Channel (PBO), and Enchanted Kingdom’s Official Facebook and YouTube accounts : Facebook: www.facebook.com/enchantedkingdom.ph

    YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/EKMagicVideos

    Gather friends and families for an hour of fun, learning, and special performances from Eldar, Princess Victoria, Princess Madeline and the EK characters, plus a special segment with Jose Mari Chan featuring his Christmas ballads, the perfect way to welcome the holiday season.

    For more information, visit Enchanted Kingdom’s official website and Facebook page at www.enchantedkingdom.ph and www.facebook.com/enchantedkingdom.ph.

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    Beauty pioneer sets new campaign

    Kojiesan recently launched its  “Command Beauty,” campaign to push its  latest kojic acid skin lightening innovation, Zero Pigment Light.

    This new formulation keeps the same benefits of kojic acid  but supercharges its mode of action to zero in on dark spots, age spots, scars, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. Zero Pigment Light has been infused into the brand’s famed Kojiesan Skin Lightening Classic Soap.

    Kojiesan has also infused Zero Pigment Light to its newest variant, Kojiesan Skin Lightening HydroMoist Soap. The new variant also has the addition of the HydroMoist Formula that helps keep skin moisturized and well hydrated for up to 24 hours