Thursday, April 11, 2024



As the heat index in the Philippines continues to reach unprecedented levels, SM City Valenzuela has served as a beacon of hope for job seekers. Drawing a substantial crowd in the early hours of the morning, the mall transformed into a bustling sanctuary as eager individuals flocked to its atrium in search of employment. 

2,977 job opportunities were made available to eager applicants, all under one roof. This initiative not only provided relief from the scorching heat but also streamlined the job-hunting process for many individuals. 

"We understand the challenges that job seekers face, especially during these extreme weather conditions," said SM City Valenzuela Assistant Mall Manager Cenen Pamintuan. "By organizing this overseas job fair, we aimed to create a conducive environment where applicants can explore numerous employment opportunities conveniently without having to endure the sweltering heat," Mr. Pamintuan added. 


Employers from overseas employment agencies participated in the event, offering positions in sought-after destinations such as Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, China, and other Asian countries. Representatives from various industries, including healthcare, hospitality, engineering, and information technology, were also on hand to engage with potential candidates.

The event's success not only underscores SM City Valenzuela's dedication to economic development but also highlights its role in providing vital resources to the local workforce, serving as a catalyst for progress in the community.

GCash Lending Arm Fuse Empowers Underbanked Filipinos with P118 Billion Loans Disbursed

GCash Lending Arm Fuse Empowers Underbanked Filipinos with P118 Billion Loans Disbursed

Fuse Lending, Inc., the credit arm of GCash, surpasses the PHP118 billion mark in life-to-date disbursed loans through the country’s number one finance app as of the end of 2023 – putting both institutions well on their way towards their shared mission of financial inclusion.

“By providing non-collateralized and affordable loan products such as GLoan, GCredit, and GGives through the GCash app, Fuse Lending has successfully supported almost  4 million Filipino loan borrowers, helping millions of Filipinos achieve their financial aspirations and goals in a more convenient, easier, and simpler way,” said Tony Isidro, president and CEO of Fuse.

A GCash study found that nine out of 10 Filipinos need to borrow money, but do not have access to formal lending institutions and banks. 

To date, Fuse has given access to fair lending to Filipinos from the grassroots sector such as farmers, sari-sari store owners, public market vendors, and other micro, small, and medium enterprises.

To help more Filipinos unlock their financial goals, Fuse and GCash introduced the latest addition to their lending service offerings – GLoan Sakto, a nano-loan product that can jumpstart Filipinos’ access to formal credit. With this, ordinary Filipinos can borrow as low as PHP100, to accommodate short-term needs or even the smallest-but-urgent expenses – all without requiring users to submit numerous documents and undergo tedious application processes.

With a shared mission to foster financial progress for all, GCash and Fuse recognize that digital financial tools and services that enable enterprises big and small to serve their customers and employees are vital for economic growth. 

GCash has onboarded over 6 million partner merchants, including key partners like Puregold and TikTok Shop. Over 49,000 stores nationwide make it possible to pay for purchases with credit (GCredit) or installment (GGives) with their GCash app. Currently, over 94 million users have tried GCash – making it the country’s biggest digital ecosystem.

Anchoring its shared vision of “Finance for All,"  GCash through Fuse Lending continues to open up a world of opportunities for millions of Filipinos and play a significant role in shaping the country's financial landscape into a more inclusive, and diverse ecosystem. For its part, Fuse has been doubling down to achieve its vision of providing access to fair loans that spark better everydays for all Filipinos through its mission of fintech-enabled lending delivered frictionlessly.

The GCash app is available for free on Google Play and the App Store For more information, please visit

DTI Powers Up Digital Animation and Game Development Talent with LikhaSanay

Embarking on a quest to unlock the potential of Filipino digital animators and game developers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has opened applications for the LikhaSanay: Masterclass Program for the Philippine Creative Industries, an innovative program aiming to elevate the country’s digital animation and game development industries. For 2023, focus is given to the implementation of the Digital Animation and Game Development Masterclasses.

Director Lilian G. Salonga of the DTI-Bureau of Industry Planning and Innovation (BIPI) urges artists, animators, game developers, and freelancers to send their applications on or before 19 April 2024.

“LikhaSanay was derived from the fusion of two profound Filipino words, 'Likha' (Create) and 'Sanay’ (Skill-building towards Mastery). As an initiative under the DTI Malikhaing Pinoy Program, the LikhaSanay Program gives the masterclass participants the opportunity to enhance their skills in creative design and storytelling as well as heighten their competencies in using digital tools and techniques.,” Director Salonga explained.

“The first set of Masterclasses is dedicated for Digital Animation and Game Development sectors and designed to ensure that creatives gain deeper insights on digital animation and game development through the lens of top global players experts and help them be at par with international standards,” the head of DTI-BIPI added.

Featuring six meticulously curated sessions led by industry luminaries, Masterclasses for Digital Animation and Game Development are set to equip 20 chosen scholars per masterclass with latest tools and techniques. In collaboration with Thames International, Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), this masterclass focuses on refining core competencies in key areas such as storyboarding, 3D character rigging, and high-level organic 3D modeling for digital animation; and game engineering and game design for game development. Emerging leaders in both fields will also learn essential management skills and business acumen from the Masterclass.

Through the LikhaSanay Program, DTI-BIPI seeks to buff the nation’s competencies of diverse creative sectors, addressing skills gaps and strengthening the global competitiveness of Filipino talents. This initiative supports DTI’s role as the chair of the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council, under Republic Act No. 11904, steering the nation toward its ambitious goal of becoming Asia's premier creative hub by 2030.

For more information and to submit your application for LikhaSanay, please visit: