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Teleperformance wins back-to-back awards at the 2024 Transformation Summit

Teleperformance wins back-to-back awards at the 2024 Transformation Summit

Business
As a global leader in digital business services, Teleperformance in the Philippines, was honored with back-to-back awards at the 2024 Transformation Summit. Organized by the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O) at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the company was recognized for its sustained and outstanding contributions to the IT-BPM industry in the region. Teleperformance in the Philippines was distinguished with the Top 3 Trailblazer IT-BPM Award and among Top 10 IT-BPM companies in Cebu for its transformative impact in Cebu’s dynamic business landscape, a press release from the firm said. In 2023, it was also recognized as one of the top ten IT-BPM employers in Cebu , and it has maintained its standing among Cebu’s top companies in the industry for the sixth consecutive year. Inf...
SSS warns members, public on fake text alerts

SSS warns members, public on fake text alerts

Business
The Social Security System (SSS)  Thursday, July 18, warned its members and the public to be wary of text messages sent by unscrupulous individuals pretending to be SSS, promising its recipients an incentive by accessing a link.  SSS Senior Vice President for Member Services and Support Group Normita M. Doctor said that SSS has been receiving reports from members that they have received text alerts about benefit claims, expiring contribution payments, or My.SSS registration urging them to click a link.  “Do not click the link in the message of these fake text alerts. It will lead to a phishing site that will steal personal information such as SS numbers and login credentials from My.SSS account,” Doctor said.  Doctor explained that its members and the publ...
AGI to spend P75B to sustain growth plans

AGI to spend P75B to sustain growth plans

Business
Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), the holding company of tycoon Dr. Andrew L. Tan, is embarking on another heavy capital spending this year as part of its commitment to sustain its recent growth pace. The conglomerate is allocating capital expenditure (CAPEX) this year of P75-billion, an increase of 19 percent from its actual spend of P63-billion in 2023. The budget also reflects an eight-year high since the P77-billion capital investments in 2016, a press release from AGI said. AGI’s planned capital spending is aimed at ensuring its premier positioning across its diversified business segments, affirming AGI’s position as the country’s premium lifestyle conglomerate, it said. “AGI remains steadfast and dedicated to driving growth across all its business segments, mindful of i...
PHINMA investing P12B in new Bacolod township 

PHINMA investing P12B in new Bacolod township 

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PHINMA Senior Vice President Ricardo Hilado and Vice President Paolo Reyes,  Iggy Labiano of  Royal Pineda Plus Architecture Design, PHINMA president and CEO Raphael Felix,  Patricia Jacinto-Golez and Agnes Jacinto-Tinsay (l-r) at the  media roundtable discussion  at Seda Capitol Central.*  PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation (PHINMA Properties) is investing an estimated P12 billion in a 21-hectare township along the Bacolod-Silay Access Road in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, its officials announced on   Thursday, July 18.  The Saludad township is designed to capture and preserve the essence of Bacolod living while incorporating modern conveniences and sustainable practices into its neighborhoods and state-of-the-art amenities, they said.&...
Tansankatutak Na Panalo: San Miguel Beer’s promo 

Tansankatutak Na Panalo: San Miguel Beer’s promo 

Business
San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB) continues to celebrate life’s moments with its lineup of beverage offerings. To serve up even more excitement through its best tasting brews, SMB ups the ante with every bottle by offering high stakes prizes and plenty of giveaways under its crowns, a press release from the firm said  Tuesday, July 16.  Back by popular demand, SMB is set to roll out another thrilling under-the-crown promo, this time with bigger and better prizes up for grabs. Starting this July, the country’s top beer producer takes drinkers on a ride of a lifetime with its San Miguel Beer Tansankatutak Panalo under-the-crown promo.  Drinking San Miguel Beer has never been more enjoyable with up to P100 million worth of prizes to be won including Toyota Zenix Hybrid E...
Decline in blocked spam SMS indicates migration of scammers  

Decline in blocked spam SMS indicates migration of scammers  

Business
Globe has observed a significant decline in blocked spam SMS messages in the second quarter of 2024 compared to the same period last year, revealing a noticeable shift of illegal activities to other channels as scammers adapt to circumvent anti-fraud measures.  In the second quarter of 2024, Globe intercepted a total of 235,998,731 spam SMS messages, a substantial drop from the 1,104,502,921 messages blocked in the same quarter of 2023. This is a substantial 79 percent year-on-year (YOY) decline, a press release from the firm said.   So far blocked spam SMS messages in 2024 have been declining, with a 35 percent  decrease from 362,773,894 messages blocked in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the year’s second quarter.  Further supporting this tren...
SM Prime, DTI Ink MOA to boost micro entrepreneurs’ resilience  

SM Prime, DTI Ink MOA to boost micro entrepreneurs’ resilience  

Business
SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President Royston Cabunag, SM Supermalls Vice President Junias Eusebio, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, DTI Undersecretary Ma. Cristina Roque, and DTI Bureau of Market Development, Promotions and One Town, One Product Philippines (OTOP) Director Marievic Bonoan (l-r)*   To support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) resilience and market reach, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and SM Prime Holdings Inc. entered into a memorandum of agreement on Monday, July ,1 to promote the One Town One Product (OTOP) program.  “We are building a more robust and more resilient business landscape by equipping MSMEs with disaster preparedness knowledge and tools. Aligned with one of our strategic priorities, we are el...
GCash unveils groundbreaking innovations at FutureCast 2024 

GCash unveils groundbreaking innovations at FutureCast 2024 

Business
Oscar Reyes Jr., Paul Albano, Fatima Javellana, Mark Ilao, Michelle Fernandez, Pebbles Sy, Neil Trinidad, Martha Sazon, Winsley Bangit, CJ Alegre, Alex Dizon, Den Ramos and Sarah Venturina (l-r)* GCash, the Philippines' leader in digital financial services, unveiled groundbreaking innovations at this year’s GCash Futurecast, revolutionizing the country's fintech landscape and elevating consumer experience.   Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash, shared, “Today, you can expect innovations that will “Change the Game”. But, the real game-changer is how we can make a meaningful impact on Filipino lives.”  She adds, “to innovate not only to provide access, but to be their partner towards better Financial Health and Wellness.”  State-of-the-Art Security   ...
SSS seeks coverage of 3K graduating students in Negros 

SSS seeks coverage of 3K graduating students in Negros 

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Senior high school students of the Victorias National High School in Negros Occidental learn how to apply for a social security number using the Social Security System Mobile App* The Social Security System (SSS) is encouraging graduating senior high school and college students in Negros Island to become members as they prepare for employment.  The SSS Visayas West 1 Division based in Bacolod  is eyeing the social security coverage of nearly 3,000 students of educational institutions to be visited by branch officers across the island.  In a statement on Tuesday,  July 2, SSS vice president for Visayas West 1 Division Lilani Benedian said graduating students may apply for an SS number and begin paying their monthly contributions as self-employed members once th...
CICC, GCash warn public against fake messages 

CICC, GCash warn public against fake messages 

Business
The country's leading finance app, GCash, in partnership with the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), is warning users against channels on popular social media platforms claiming to be affiliated with the app.   These pages or groups would usually post suspicious links through fake profiles that engage as followers to secure personal information that they use to scam others, often resulting in account takeover or loss of hard-earned money, a press release from GCash said on Monday, June 24.  Many of these fraudulent accounts promote gambling or gaming opportunities with suspicious names like “GCash88 Media”, “GCash Update,"  and other deceptive names that make them seem like they are affiliated with GCash, it said.  “We always adv...
Globe rallies customers behind fair signal distribution 

Globe rallies customers behind fair signal distribution 

Business
Globe has called on its customers to support fair network use as it hopes to combat signal pollution due to the unauthorized use of signal boosters.  Amid its sustained efforts to expand and boost network coverage across the country, Globe underscored the detrimental effects of illegally used signal repeaters, which weakens mobile signal in surrounding areas.   The use of illegally sold signal boosters pollutes the network, causing dropped calls, choppy or garbled lines, robotic voices,  and weak or no signal, Globe said in a press release on  Friday, June 21.  “We understand network challenges that some customers experience in densely populated areas. But we appeal to them to resist resorting to the illegal use of signal repeaters, as this spoil...
Globe earns spot on Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list 

Globe earns spot on Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list 

Business
Globe, a leading telco and expanding technology company in the Philippines, has earned a spot on the inaugural Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list, cementing its stature as one of the largest companies in the region.  Globe ranked 111, with revenues at $3.240 billion and profits of $441 million as of end 2023. It joins 38 companies from the Philippines that made the list, a press release from the firm said Wednesday, June 19.  “Globe’s inclusion on the first ever Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list is an affirmation of our success in serving our customers guided by our purpose, delivering products and services that impact lives and solving the pain points of Filipinos. The company grew serving millions of customers locally and now abroad. Amid the new digital landscape, we env...
GCash pilot partner for ID eVerify platform 

GCash pilot partner for ID eVerify platform 

Business
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) launches the Digital National ID, National ID Check, and National ID eVerify with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).*  The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), has tapped GCash as a pilot testing partner for its National ID eVerify platform.  The initiative, led by the PSA and the DICT, aims to provide a secure and seamless way for government agencies and private sector partners to authenticate their customers’ identities, a press release from GCash said.  For financial institutions like GCash, this platform can facilitate a faster and more secure know-your-customer (KYC) process, as it provides a reliable method ...
MORE Power supports Negros Power preparations 

MORE Power supports Negros Power preparations 

Business
In a strategic collaboration aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and service quality, MORE Power, a sister company of Negros Electric and Power Corp, has stepped in to support Negros Power in its preparations for its upcoming operation in Central Negros.  MORE Power dispatched specialized service vehicles from Iloilo City to Bacolod City to bolster the transportation requirements of Negros Power teams gearing up for operation commencement in the third quarter of this year, a press release from Negros Power said Monday, June 10.  These vehicles, coupled with the proficiency and capabilities of MORE Power, will be instrumental in readying the teams for a seamless transition from Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) to Negros Power, thereby ensuring uninterr...
OTOP lifestyle store launched at mall

OTOP lifestyle store launched at mall

Business
What started out as a store hub at a Bacolod mall for more than just 30 small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) from different localities in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, three years later has evolved into a lifestyle store that sells products   and food made in Negros.  The OTOP Lifestyle store now located at the 2nd Level of Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City was launched on Friday, May 31, a press release said.  Lynna Joy Cardinal, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry, said the OTOP (One Town, One Product) store    is a program of her agency.  It used to be called the OTOP Provincial Trade Fair but has now evolved into OTOP Lifestyle under the management of Negros Export Industry Corporation ...
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