MVP shares insights on doing business

    MVP Group of Companies chairman and chief executive officer  Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) recently spoke before the distinguished members of the Penn-Wharton Club of the Philippines to share his insights on leadership in the time of crisis.

    Among Pangilinan’s lessons on crisis leadership and how he reflects them in the MVP Group of Companies are: Be adaptable to change– He described a crisis as something unforseen but impactful on people and business. It is also something highly probable but mostly ignored. Lead with a “people-first” mindset – According to Pangilinan  companies should start future-proofing their organization while leading with a “people-first” mindset. Effective communication is key – Pangilinan said that to be an effective leader in times of crises, one must be clear and transparent about the reality of the situation. “ He  also emphasized the need to be calm amid the storm. Keep the value system clear – and stick to it -Pangilinan said leading bravely and being comfortable with discomfort will help us get through. He added the “what” and the “how” may not be recognizable in this time of crisis, but the “who” and “why” of an organization must remain rock solid, above all.

    The MVP Group chairman said there is no playbook for a crisis, especially for the one we are in now. “Having a clear value system to guide our decisions and actions is more crucial than ever.  We see the power of this approach from leaders who are showing up with their values in ways that clarify, comfort and inspire,” he said.

    Knowledge Channel ready to work with gov’t in distance learning

    As the government shifts to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Knowledge Channel is ready to share its video lessons that could reach a many as 7.6 million students, a huge portion of the 27 million expected to enroll this school year.

    “Knowledge Channel is prepared to work with the government. We have created and acquired more than a thousand video lessons, all based on the K – 12 curriculum of the Department of Education and these are ready for use,” Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) director for operations Edric Calma said.

    For 21 years, KCFI has developed and acquired multimedia educational materials that public schools nationwide, especially in remote regions used to enhance teaching and learning. They are aired over Knowledge Channel and used for instruction by KCFI-trained teachers and are also designed for home-based learning. Before ABS-CBN went off the air on May 5, Knowledge Channel aired over SKYcable, SKYdirect, ABS-CBN TVplus, and other cable and direct to home satellite TV providers, reaching millions of students.

    According to Calma, KCFI has developed into video format 50 percent of the most essential learning competencies (MELC) that DepEd requires, and that KCFI can easily develop the remaining 50 percent.

    Calma said that Knowledge Channel’s multimedia resources also teach kids critical thinking.

    Globe, Virtualahan help recovering drug dependents to start anew

    Project New Life, a joint digital training initiative of Globe Telecom and Davao-based social enterprise Virtualahan, continues to provide aftercare and reintegration support to recovering or former drug dependents in Cebu City by equipping them with skills and mindset to become competitive employees and entrepreneurs using the equalizing power of technology.

    Globe and Virtualahan started working on the project together last year to help drug dependents who were brought to the New Life Center, the first-of-its-kind drug rehabilitation and treatment center in Pinamungajan, Cebu which Globe constructed and turned over to the Cebu provincial government in June 2019.  The facility was in support of the national agenda to help former victims of drug abuse recover from addiction and become productive members of society again.

    Under the set-up, Virtualahan provides the training and employment support while Globe takes care of the digital tools, specifically, the internet connectivity for online learning.

    Virtualahan has been operational since 2015, training over 450 scholars with a 78 percent overall employment rate to date.

    For Project New Life, Globe and Virtualahan have successfully trained 30 former drug dependents, 12 are now fully employed.

    Buyanihan launches campaigns

    Buyanihan, the “buy local” advocacy to help small businesses led by a multisectoral group was formally launched to the public last July 10.

    Led by the Association of the Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Go Negosyo, SM Foundation, Security Bank, and Union Bank, Buyahinan campaigns include a music video featuring Garcy Valenciano, a health app, virtual expo, partnership packages with banks and major retailers, mentorship  with big businesses and participation in DTI Diskwento Caravans.

    These campaigns aim to reach out to the public of the importance of patronizing local products and services and help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

    FedEx hosts e-commerce Webinar Series

    FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.  will launch a series of free webinars for the benefit of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

    The sessions will focus on how Philippine importers and exporters can leverage the growing digital economy in Asia Pacific.

    “At FedEx, we are committed to helping local businesses bounce back from the effects caused by COVID-19 on their operations and supply chains,” said John Peterson, Managing Director of FedEx Express Philippines.

    The learning series includes unique content reflective of FedEx specializations, such as leveraging international logistics and e-commerce under the new normal, shipping dangerous goods and importation.

    The courses include Online Tipanan: How E-commerce Enables You to Reach the Global MarketOnline Tipanan: Embracing the New Normal via Ecommerce,

    Master Class Online: How to Ship Dangerous Goods, and Master Class Online: Tips and Guides to Make Your Importation Easy.

    The Online Tipanan sessions will also be streamed in the official DTI Ecommerce Facebook Page.

    Epson no.1 ink tank vendor in PH, S.E. Asia

    Epson is the number one ink tank vendor in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, according to global market intelligence provider, IDC, which demonstrates Epson’s continued market leadership and superior innovation in the inkjet industry.

    With the unique value proposition and multiple customer benefits of its EcoTank printing solution, Epson maintained its ink tank market leadership in 2019 with a 68 percent market share in Southeast Asia.

    The latest findings from IDC indicate that Epson continues to dominate the Philippine market as the number one ink tank vendor, with a remarkable 74 percent market share recorded in 2019.

    Ink tank printers gained a stronger hold in Southeast Asia with an increasing contribution ratio of 49 percent, compared to other technologies like ink cartridges (29 percent) and laser (21 percent), according to the same IDC report1.

    With regard to the total printer market in the region, according to IDC1, Epson reached a milestone as it secured the number one position for the first time with 34 percent market share, beating its rivals in the inkjet and laser printer categories.

    7-Eleven now offers TendoPay’s installment plan

    TendoPay recently launched its partnership with 7-Eleven .

    With TendoPay, customers can conveniently pay for their purchases from 7-Eleven’s chain of convenience stores in the Philippines, over several months.

    TendoPay is a digital installment plan solution that gives its customers the convenience to buy now and pay later for their online purchases in 15 days up to 24 months installments.

    After applying via customers can buy 7-Eleven vouchers on installments on the TendoPay website and load their 7-Eleven CLiQQ wallet, they can then use said wallet at any 7-Eleven store to pay for their purchases.


    TendoPay also has an Employee Benefit program, which is a packaged product where employees are offered their TendoPay via their employer. With this package, employees will gain access to a relatively large credit limit and low-interest rates.

    How 10 Filipino brands expanded internationally

    Sherill Ramos Quintana, founder of Oryspa Spa Solutions, has released the book YES, THE FILIPINO BRAND CAN!®where she shares the mindset  and strategies of successful Filipino entrepreneurs and brand builders.

    The book features 11 of the country’s most popular brands that represent the Filipino culture: Bench, Bibingkinitan, BInalot, Jollibee, Karimadon, Malagos Chocolate, Mama Sita’s, Max’s, Philippine brand dried mangoes, RFM Corp. and Quintana’s own Oryspa.

    The book presents how these brands succeeded so that other Filipino brands may learn. It also seeks to encourage the government and more Filipinos to focus and invest on local brands.

    4 in 5 women in SEA aspire to be entrepreneurs

    Four in five women (81 percent) in Southeast Asia aspire to be entrepreneurs, higher than the global average of 72 percent, with the desire to become entrepreneurs being most pronounced among the generation Z and millennials aged 18 to 39, results of the Herbalife Nutrition Global Entrepreneurship Survey 2020 showed.

    Conducted by OnePoll in March and April, the survey polled 29,000 women, including 2,000 women from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore on their attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Beyond uncovering the entrepreneurial ambitions of women in Southeast Asia, the survey found that practical reasons took precedence as the top motivators for entrepreneurship during this time.

    When asked about their motivations for starting their own business, the need to support their family (56 percent), the desire to become their own boss (54 percent) and the desire for a career change (53 percent) emerged tops, ahead of other reasons such as wanting more flexibility in their job (45 percent) and following their passion (41 percent).

    While the survey revealed that four in five women (81 percent) in Southeast Asia aspire to be entrepreneurs, only three in five women (59 percent) have taken actual steps to start their own business. Key barriers that prevent them from doing so include:  the initial cost to open a business (58 percent) and the lack of financing and market knowledge support (46 percent).

    Despite these concerns, the potential to grow their income was the top benefit associated with entrepreneurship by 63 percent of women in Southeast Asia, followed by the ability to better support their family (51 percent) and the potential to earn what they believe they are worth (49 percent).

    DDB Group’s Norbert bags award

    DDB Group Philippines chief culture officer Anna Chua-Norbert is the first Filipino to be named “Diversity Champion” by Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Women Leading Change Awards (WLCA), which recently announced its winners this year.

    Now in its fourth year, WLCA recognizes women in Asia for their outstanding leadership, achievement and innovation in the media and marketing industry.

    At DDB Group, Chua-Norbert leads the talent management and corporate communication department dubbed The Culture Hub.

    Chua-Norbert is also part of 4As Philippines’ Board of Trustees and the Advertising Standards Council’s Board of Directors, which she uses as platforms to promote industry best practices as well as her advocacies.

    Delta CEO addresses customers

    As quarantine protocols ease and the world prepares to move forward with the new normal, Delta Air Lines reassures all customers of their commitment to a safe travel experience.

    Delta chief executive officer Ed Bastian in his email message to customers early July said the airline, in addition to the layers of protection, has tapped  Mayo Clinic to advise it on safety and care standards.

    Bastian also said wearing of face mask is a requirement.

    Delta also urged passengers to stay informed by accessing the  Delta website. Passengers can book trips with peace-of-mind as change fees have now been waived for flights purchased through July 31.

    Bastian assured better service even as flight schedules continue to change. He said many of the airline’s specialists are returning from voluntary leaves of absence. Delta is enhancing self-service options on and the Fly Delta app

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