The Phoenix Block opens
Phoenix Petroeleum has introduced a new retail concept that gathers its businesses in one site.
The Phoenix Block is a multi-purpose retail compound that features a Phoenix gas station, a FamilyMart convenience store, a Phoenix SUPER LPG Hub, an Autoworx Plus automotive care shop, Posible digital payments, and Limitless digital transactions.
The site, located on Sucat Skyway, is also equipped with its own Wendy’s take-out and drive-thru counter, the first of its kind in Asia for the restaurant chain whose local franchise is also under the Phoenix parent company, Udenna.
Spanning more than 3,000 square meters, the Phoenix Block at Sucat Skyway is twice the size of the usual Phoenix station.
One with The Good Guys
Dr. Rogelyn Marcadejas is a general dentist and has been in practice for almost three decades. A primary dental care provider for families in Novaliches, Quezon City, she is a hands-on wife and mom at home, advocating oral health and finding time to volunteer in her community.
Dr. Marcadejas has joined the home of the Good Guys—SMDC, not just as an investor and resident of Trees Residences, but also as a partner in taking care of fellow residents. Last February 19, she volunteered together with the other doctors and nurses in one of the Good Guys programs—the Health and Wellness Caravan hosted by SMDC in partnership with SM Foundation. She gave free consultations to residents so that they, too, will prioritize oral hygiene—which most people often overlook in achieving overall health especially in this time of the pandemic.
The Good Guys is SMDC’s campaign for nurturing happy, healthy, secure, and thriving neighborhoods that support one another with the hopes of building a community of Good Guys. Aside from developing integrated lifestyle districts for work-life balance and well-appointed amenities perfect for co-sharing spaces, the campaign also translates in the form of all-inclusive programs for SMDC residents.
Aboitiz joins the Global Compact Network Philippines Board of Trustees
The Aboitiz Group is set to represent the Philippines and help champion the country’s sustainability initiatives on an international level via the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).
Ana Margarita Hontiveros, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. vice president for Reputation Management, was elected last March 2 to the Board of Trustees of Global Compact Network Philippines (GCNP), the UNGC’s local entity.
Hontiveros is one of two Filipinos elected to the GCNP board, the other being Rondell Torres, Unilever Philippines senior manager for Sustainable Business.
Hontiveros brings to the GCNP Board her expertise and experience in sustainability. She currently oversees the Aboitiz Group’s brand, creatives, corporate communications, and sustainability programs.
The election of a new GCNP Board ensures the continued advancement of a better quality life through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the development of a sustainable Filipino business community.
PLDT Enterprise launches Smart Bro 5G for businesses
PLDT, through PLDT Enterprise and Smart, unveils the Smart Bro 5G Plans for business, equipping more enterprises with the latest in technology, running on the country’s fastest mobile network.
All Smart Bro plans today under PLDT Enterprise are 5G ready, with Smart Bro Plans 1899 and Plan 3500 which include 90GB and 200GB respectively. For a limited time, the group is extending an exclusive offer to include a free Samsung Tab A 8” with every Smart Bro 5G order to those who will pre-order starting March 10. With this introductory bundle, working from anywhere has been made even easier and with faster broadband speeds.
5G technology is the next generation of wireless internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable internet connections than ever before.
There will be three things needed for users to enjoy and experience Smart Bro 5G: a 5G-ready SIM, a Smart-certified 5G enabled device, and be in an area where the Smart 5G network is available.
Teleperformance to offer free COVID vaccinations to its employees
Teleperformance Philippines will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations for its more than 47,000 employees in the country.
This is in line with the global initiative of Teleperformance to provide free access to vaccines for all its employees worldwide.
Teleperformance Philippines is collaborating with government agencies and employers in the country to quickly secure the supply of safe and effective Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines .
The plan will be deployed in accordance with the decisions of the local authorities concerned and in partnership with key private healthcare partners .
Business leaders Merlee Jayme and Kim Lato are being honored in the book Fearless Filipinas: 12 Women Who Dared to Be Different.
Lato and Jayme were chosen as representatives for business for their achievements. Lato founded gadgets store Kimstore and Jayme is chief creative officer of Dentsu Jayme Syfu.
The other women featured in Fearless Filipinas include: Angel Locsin, Elda Rotor, Kaizen Dela Serna, Erika Legara, Stella Abrera, Jessica Cox, Jessie Sincioco, Dzi Gervacio, Asia Jackson and Dr. Reina Reyes.
Universities to hold virtual EU Whiz
Colleges and universities across the Philippines are gearing up for EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture—an annual inter-collegiate competition spearheaded by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines.
The EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture has been expanded to include two more events—the “My Space, My Rights” video competition, and the “Green ECO I See” digital art competition. This year also marks the first time that all events will be held online .
All three competitions are open to bonafide Filipino students currently enrolled in Philippine universities for Academic Year 2021.
Online submission of applications will run until May 1, 2021.
Santé offers business opportunities
Santé, a provider of natural and organic health and wellness products and services, recently announced its partnership program offering business opportunities for Filipinos.
The partnership program offers incentives like bonuses in repeat purchases, infinity bonus, free gadgets, and a car and house incentive with free down payments and monthly amortization.
The program is open to all with or without business experience. Santé provides its partners with daily business training through Santé Engage.
Santé is one of the fastest-growing distribution and direct selling companies globally.
Globe 4G LTE now up in Cavite
Cavite has been added to the growing list of provinces where Globe customers are expected to experience major improvements in their call, SMS and data browsing due to the company’s sustained network builds and modernization.
Globe has expanded its LTE capacity with network migration from 3G to 4G LTE program in Alfonso, Amadeo, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Indang, Magallanes. Maragondon, Mendez-Nunez, Silang, Tagaytay City and Ternate. It has also fully activated its 4G LTE network in Naic, General Trias and Trece Martires.
For customers who wish to benefit from Globe’s updated network, all they need to do is to switch to 5G-ready 4G LTE SIM cards, if they are still using the old 3G SIMs.
Aside from Cavite, Globe is also targeting to complete the upgrade of its network in remaining cities in Cebu, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte before the end of the month.
CIC: Good credit standing to benefit women entrepreneurs
In celebration of the National Women’s Month, Credit Information Corporation (CIC)—the country’s public credit registry and repository of credit information—featured women entrepreneurs who successfully availed of business loans and other financial services from CIC’s accessing entities.
Accessing entities are financial institutions that are using the CIC Credit Report in assessing their borrowers’ creditworthiness.
In partnership with the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF) Regulatory Support Program for National Development (RESPOND), the CIC reached out to women owners of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as part of the webinar on “Ease of Doing Business: Helping Women Entrepreneurs Start and Sustain their Business” held on March 12.
CIC Senior Vice President for Business Development and Communications Atty. Aileen L. Amor-Bautista discussed the government credit registry efforts to provide women entrepreneurs with credit footprint and facilitate their access to credit.
She explained how a woman may be disadvantaged from the credit information perspective since they will most likely lack formal proof of revenue including pay slip or tax identification number (TIN).
According to Gender Specialist Ms. Jeanne Frances Illo women entrepreneurs’ access to larger loans is hampered by several factors: “This includes their lack of property—whether real or personal— that they can use as collateral, and lack of proof of income and government-issued identification.”
The SVP then relayed how the CIC Credit Report helps both the lenders and the women entrepreneurs seeking credit to either start or sustain their business.