PLDT, Smart reaffirm support for MSMEs at sustainability summit

The country's largest integrated telco PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc continue to recognize the hard work of local entrepreneurs in helping keep the economy afloat amid the global COVID-19 crisis. .....»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardNov 28th, 2020

Smart champions youth empowerment through the United Nations& rsquo; sustainability goals

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) backs Filipino youth in creating sustainable solutions through digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.  PLDT-Smart have backed Youth Force in the Philippines Inc. (YFPH) in its SDG Bayanihan Summit (SBS) 2020 week-long hackathon anchored on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

PLDT-Smart, SBP boost PH hosting of FIBA Asia qualifiers

PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc., together with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, are proud to support the country’s hosting of the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers on February 18 to 22, 2021......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Cooperation, not competition

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye The Ayala Group is widely recognized in the Philippines and in Asia as a pioneer in ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) with its formal adoption of the Ayala Sustainability Framework. In a recent webcast conversation with ATR Asset Management’s Julian Tarrobago, Jr., Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (JAZA), Chairman and CEO of Ayala, explained the genesis of this corporate philosophy. In a nutshell, this is about using the economic engine and for-profit discipline of enterprises to address social issues – not as a philanthropy but as an integral part of doing business. This is a new philosophy designed to foster an environment where there is inclusive growth. This is achieved by engaging disenfranchised sectors and going beyond just the financials. This is reflected in how Ayala purposively evolved over the years and how it has operated during the crisis. This explains how and why Ayala Land continues to make urban centers more livable and more friendly, why Ayala Land projects aim to become carbon-neutral a few years down the road, why AC Energy continues to improve its mix of energy sources, consistently increasing reliance on renewables, why Ayala has ventured into health and into education, and why BPI has dramatically upsized its microfinance. This explains why during the crisis, Ayala’s first concern was to ensure both the physical and financial well-being of its stakeholders. This includes Ayala’s employees and those of the various eco-systems (read that as 250,000 SMEs) which support Ayala. This meant P10 billion, to date, of foregone revenue, to help in their recovery and fostering sustainable growth beyond the crisis. Finally, JAZA explains why “this is a time for us to learn to cooperate rather than be at odds with each other. Our modern capitalist system is massively integrated in a way that it wasn’t in the past. And because we have an integrated system, we are tied to each other in ways that we either all succeed together, or not. If one component of that system is allowed to fail, then you start to break up what makes modern capitalism so strong. The supply chain, the integration, the way we work off each other, each person providing their own component of the system. If we don’t help each other, particularly in the public-private sector to reenergize and restart that great engine, then we will fail. Perhaps, this is a period in time where cooperation is being demanded more from all of us both in the private sector alone and in the private-public interaction, to see how we can all work together to address the many pain points that we will face as a nation if we are to get out of this pandemic.” Change your passwords often Even prior to the pandemic, incidents of unauthorized ATM withdrawals by third parties have been reported on the rise. It is perhaps opportune to issue this reminder. Essentially, it is about keeping our User IDs and passwords safe. One normally reads this reminder on our bank’s website. This is what the bank usually tells us. The bank will never ask you to provide your User IDs or Passwords through e-mail or SMS so don’t fall for unsolicited messages that your account has been temporarily disconnected and that you have to change your password. Never click on links from suspicious e-mails and SMS. Hackers can gain access to your account, plant malware, and steal your identity. Monitor your accounts regularly and immediately report any discrepancies. If I may just add, don’t ask anybody to withdraw money from the ATM for you. For added protection, you may want to use Code Red, an RFID and NFC Anti-Scanning Card. It is a smart card that provides protection from identity theft by manipulating the radio signals using E-field technology. Simply put it inside your wallet and it will make your personal data invisible to electronic thieves and hackers. (Thanks BPI EVP Mon Jocson for this last tip.) Note: You may wish to share the foregoing article via Facebook, Twitter and/or Linked-In......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Smart champions PH education as sole representative at UN annual ICT summit

For programs aimed at ensuring continuous learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, education initiatives of PLDT wireless unit, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) were recognized at the opening of the Mobile Learning Week (MLW) 2020 of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Smart supports Filipino medical frontliners through various eSports, mobile gaming events

PLDT’s mobile subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. stands with the gaming community by mounting and supporting various eSports events to support the Filipino medical frontliners battling the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

PLDT, Smart make DepEd Commons and other education services free to subscribers

PLDT and Smart recently provided the Department of Education (DepEd) with a package of digital services to help support the academic sector offer continuous learning amid the challenges of the nationwide enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

Smart steps up support for RapidPass system

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. has stepped up its support for the government’s program to decongest quarantine control points......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

House eyes three-pronged strategy to support MSMEs

HOUSE Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the Congress’ lower chamber may consider a three-pronged strategy to provide immediate relief, recovery and sustainability for micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected with the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Cayetano said the strategy will anchor on three components; the effective implementation of Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Smart provides phones, SIM cards to PGH, AFP

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. has extended communications assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital as part of its continuous support for COVID-19 frontliners......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Smart vows free, reliable WiFi for frontliners

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. said free and reliable 24/7 WiFi connectivity has been made available to support frontliners and essential workers responding to the nationwide COVID-19 emergency......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

General Santos enhances COVID-19 online monitoring system

The city government of General Santos has developed an online monitoring system for COVID-19 with the support of ACLC College and PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2020

Taal communities receive aid from Smart

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. extends support to families from communities affected by the Taal Volcano eruption by providing cash-for-work assistance, materials to rebuild homes and early warning tools for selected communities. Smart coordinated with the social welfare office of the Laurel municipality to give cash to select families from Barangay Buso-Buso in exchange […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

PLDT-Smart rewards e-sports victors

As part of its commitment to promote sports and support Filipino athletes, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications recently awarded cash incentives to the 30th Southeast Asian Games eSports gold, silver, and bronze medalists from Team Sibol, the Philippines’ first national eSports team. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

PLDT, Smart advocate it community collaboration at DevCon

More than 500 IT professionals, tech enthusiasts, and students from Mindanao joined the DevCon Summit 2019 held recently at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro.  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Smart, LTO ink deal for free WiFi

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. has signed an agreement with the Land Transportation Office to support government efforts to improve delivery of services......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2019

PLDT unit reinforces support to MSMEs

PLDT Enterprise is reinforcing its support for the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the launch of its enhanced fixed load plan powered by Sun Business......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

PLDT, Smart provide communications support for 2019 elections

PLDT, Smart provide communications support for 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

MVP honored for Philippine return to world stage

MANILA, Philippines – As they celebrated his valuable support to the unifying, inspiring force that is Gilas Pilipinas, Smart-PLDT chairman Manny V......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2016

PLDT building cybersecurity center at Villamor Air Base

PLDT-Smart, the country’s leading telecommunications company, is building a state-of-the-art cybersecurity center at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021