Thursday, July 9, 2020

Empowering Pinay Entrepreneurs through Digitalization

Pinay Entrepreneurs

Transforming Filipina entrepreneurs into digital-savvy and active e-commerce practitioners, as they adapt to the new normal, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Facebook Philippines, Shopee and Lazada launched a milestone project entitled Connecting Women Entrepreneurs to the Digital Economy.

The project aims to equip and expand market of Filipina entrepreneurs through an integrated digital marketing training on online storefronts, implementing digital marketing promotions, and leveraging digital payments to become effective online sellers.

Women entrepreneurs struggle as they encounter barriers in their entrepreneurial journey that limit their access and productivity as they balance their roles of managing household and caring for children while contributing to family income. Today, digital technology bridges home and marketplace most efficiently, expanding access to information, markets, finance, and networks. When women have access to this technology, they are better positioned to reach their full economic potential.

In 2019, data from DTI shows that 64% of their MSMEs assisted by Negosyo Centers were women. Similarly, 64% of the 5.8M individual members of the coops in NATCCO are women. In a survey conducted by DTI from June 4-17, it was found that when community quarantines were imposed, 26% of over 2000 MSME respondents ceased operations, 52% went on partial operations, and only 22% remained in full operation. Meanwhile, 91% reported a decline in sales and 74% reported a decline in the workforce.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has noted the significance of empowering Pinay MSMEs, through e-commerce, to the nation’s job generation and inclusive growth.

“This presents the biggest opportunity we can harness in building back our communities during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Women entrepreneurs—as agents of innovation and change—will help our country bring us towards digital connectivity as we re-open the economy, we want to see not only a new normal, but a better normal. This will create more jobs and employment for our people,” said trade chief who led the virtual ceremonial signing.

The Connecting Women to the Digital Economy program is one of the many initiatives USAID has launched to help women entrepreneurs and enterprises bounce back fast.

“USAID is pleased to collaborate as we pursue a future where digital technology spurs robust inclusive growth, fosters resilient societies, and empowers all, including women”, said USAID Deputy Chief of Office of the Economic Development and Governance Jenna Diallo.

A Digital Readiness Study that was recently conducted shows that digital women entrepreneurs are motivated to grow their business for the family and community. However, though most have started their digital journey through popular social media sites like Facebook, women entrepreneurs need more knowledge and skills to optimize the digital platform and convert engagement to sales.

Through this project, 400 women entrepreneurs nationwide with online ready products are nominated to undergo a tailor-fit and intensive capacity building program on digital marketing & promotions, online selling on popular e-commerce sites & digital payments aimed to expand market reach and grow revenues within six months.

To complement and sustain the program, 150 DTI and NATCCO personnel will undergo a mentorship program to guide mentees and ensure immediate course corrective measures for troubleshooting. Through this program, Filipina entrepreneurs will be connected and build a digital community that will bolster economic growth and job creation as they become equipped in technology to grow their business further and contribute sustainably to the Philippines digital economy.

Lazada Chief Operating Officer Carlos Barrera stated, “Through this partnership, we will arm them with the resources to strengthen and future proof their businesses for the journey ahead.

“We have long recognized the immense potential of Filipina Entrepreneurs to succeed and innovate, and we want to help them connect meaningfully with their communities so they can grow their business further and contribute to the Philippines digital economy,” said Facebook Philippines Head of Policy Clare Amador.

Shopee Associate Director Martin Yu also expressed support to the initiative, “This partnership reflects our commitment and continued efforts to empower local entrepreneurs to succeed online and setting them up for sustainability and long-term growth.”

To close the program, Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona and Gender and Development Point Person of the Department extends the excitement of the 16 regions and Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (DTI- BSMED) in charge of implementing programs for MSMEs on the ground to start the series of training.

“We are ready to take this event and drumbeat the MSME week to transform our women entrepreneurs from brick-to-mortar marketers to effective online sellers,” Underscretary Lantoyana said.

Vivo Revives Friday Night, Party Night with Kat DJ on July 10

Kat DJ

Miss partying? Dig up your favorite party clothes, shake up your favorite drinks, and ‘Revive your night’ at home with vivo’s live, online party this Friday, July 10, at 7pm.

The online rave, which will be streamed through vivo’s official Facebook page, will feature live beats from Kat DJ, one of Manila’s hottest DJs, and an exclusive look at the all new vivo V19 Neo—a party must-have if you want to capture unforgettable nights clearly.

Lucky virtual ravers will also get a chance to win 5 premium party kits from vivo, to be given away by Kat DJ during her live set.

With its high quality Quad Camera setup consisting of 48MP main, 8MP wide, 2MP Bokeh, and 2MP Macro lenses, and a 32MP selfie camera, all bundled with a super night mode that allows users to capture stunning images in low-light, the vivo V19 Neo is the perfect phone for millennials who explore their late night passions.

The midrange smartphone also has a dual-engine fast-charging 4500mAh battery which is more than enough for all-nighters.

Empower your nights in the safety of your homes with the vivo V19 Neo, available in Crystal White and Admiral Blue colorways for only P17,999 at authorized vivo stores nationwide. To know more about the vivo V19 Neo and the upcoming online party, visit the vivo Facebook page at

About Vivo

vivo is a leading global technology company that is product-driven with core businesses including smart terminals and intelligent services. vivo is committed to connecting users to the digital world by designing exciting and trendsetting smart mobile products and services which integrate technology and fashion in unique and creative ways. Adhering to its core values, which include "Benfen”, “innovation” and “consumer orientation”, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy to achieve its vision of becoming a leading, long-lasting, world-class enterprise.

vivo’s headquarters is located in Dongguan, China, with 9 R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and San Diego. These centers focus on the development of cutting-edge consumer technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence, photography, design and other emerging fields. vivo has also set up five production hubs across China, South Asia and Southeast Asia, which manufacture over 200 million smartphones every year. As of 2019, vivo has developed its sales network across more than 30 countries and regions, attracting more than 300 million ac

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Philippine IT-BPM Sector to Expand Delivery of Services to US Clients post COVID-19

DTI Delivery

Manila, Philippines — DTI Undersecretary and Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head, Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, and key officials of the Philippine IT and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry reached out Wednesday, 01 July 2020, to stakeholders in the Americas region, highlighting projected growth and expanded opportunities, and citing the industry’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the webinar organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City, jointly with the Manila-based Foreign Trade Service Corps, the Export Marketing Bureau and the Board of Investments, Undersecretary Rodolfo and the private sector representatives tackled how the Philippine IT-BPM industry, capably continued supporting the IT-enabled back-office requirements of overseas businesses in North America. During the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the country, the IT-BPM sector provided virtually uninterrupted support to global clients, especially those in the healthcare sector, which operated at a 90% capacity.

Undersecretary Rodolfo credited the Philippines’ solid economic fundamentals for cushioning the impact of the pandemic on the country’s recovery efforts. He shared that the Philippines recorded strong pre-Covid economic growth performance averaging at 6.6 percent and posted a relatively low average inflation rate of 3 percent from 2016 to 2019, and a strong fiscal position with a highest revenue-to-GDP ratio revenue (16.1 percent) and lowest debt-to-GDP ratio of (39.6 percent) since 1997 for 2019. The prospects for Philippine growth show a sharp V-shaped recovery by 2021, with a growth range of 7.1 to 8.1 percent and expanded opportunities for the IT-BPM sector.


“Our registered approved investments have actually risen. In the first half of 2020, our record shows that we are 112% higher in terms of approved investments compared to the same period last year. Most of these investments have gone to infrastructure, energy, and transport—very important sectors when you look at the modernization of the Philippine economy,” Undersecretary Rodolfo said.

Undersecretary Rodolfo cited the 60,000-kilometer nationwide fiber optic network nationwide, manufacturing support facilities, a third a telecom player, and satellite-based connectivity solutions with high-degree local manufactured content as strategic projects that will support the projected rebound in 2021.

IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) President and CEO Rey Untal highlighted that 2019 was a strong year for the IT-BPM industry, growing by 5.8 percent in Full-time Equivalent (FTE) headcount and 7.1 percent in revenues, despite the challenges brought about by geo-political developments and disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence/Intelligent Automation.

“Growth in 2019 was driven, in part, by incumbent third-party operators that continued to expand. We saw a bit of expansion in healthcare,” he added. “Likewise, we saw a number of multinational global in-house centers (GICs) investing and/or expanding in the Philippines. Lastly, if we look at the creative sectors, specifically animation and gaming, they’ve had their fair share of growth as well.”

Mr. Untal credited the government, including the DTI, BOI, and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), for including the BPO sector as among those recognized by the government’s COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force as essential businesses that were allowed exemptions during the ECQ period. “That allowed us to operationalize two work streams: the on-site skeletal model, as well as the work-from-home capability,” he said.

Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP) President Rogelio Salazar Jr. shared that 80 percent of HIMS businesses achieved on-site productivity levels, with GICs achieving 80-90 percent productivity and quality levels within three to four weeks from the start of the ECQ period.

Mr. Salazar also said that the HIMS (health information management services) segment of the IT-BPM industry is expected to post the highest revenue and FTE headcount growth range for 2019 to 2022, showing its strength as a high-value contributor to the national economy. “Over the next few years, we foresee the HIMS sector in the Philippines continuing to grow at a much faster rate than the IT-BPM industry as a whole. That growth will primarily be led not only by third-party players but also more GICs looking at the Philippines for redundancy, scalability and adaptability in their operations,” he added.

Jessica Shields, head of International Business Operations of Dexcom Philippines, Inc., cited talent availability, labor arbitrage, and cultural fit as factors in Dexcoms’s decision to establish operations in the Philippines. She also highlighted the strategic partnership between industry and the government, enabling the sector to thrive even during the pandemic. Dexcom, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, invested in GIC operations in Taguig in January 2019, and is one of the world leaders in diabetes care technology.

Ninety-five participants from North America and other parts of the world attended the webinar, while the Facebook Live video garnered almost 5,000 views as of this writing.

ONE Championship and Microsoft Partner to Further Accelerate and Reinvent the Digital Fan Experience

ONE Championship

7 July 2020 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) today announced a strategic partnership to harness the Microsoft cloud, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, to transform digital fan experiences and enhance collaboration for employees. Microsoft is now ONE’s preferred cloud and data services provider, powering its digital transformation and accelerating innovation across all touchpoints.


Microsoft and ONE, through this alliance, are co-investing in digital fan experience transformation. The partnership is set to further enhance ONE’s position as a leading global sports media property and further execute its vision to engage fans through its unique brand of Asian values, world-class athletes and global appeal. As ONE accelerates its digital journey, the company will leverage the power of the cloud and data to build new capabilities and deliver cutting-edge digital experiences for its millions of fans around the world.


Empowering and enriching fan experiences


ONE will further enhance its over-the-top platform by leveraging Azure to accelerate its world-class streaming services and personalized content offers for fans around the world. AI-powered recommendation engines and analytics on fan behavior and viewing habits will allow ONE to better engage fans across all touchpoints and provide them with reimagined, tailor-made experiences.


Through Azure AI, machine learning and data analytics, ONE will expand its core data capabilities and transform its direct-to-consumer digital experiences. To further delight fans, ONE will provide them with unique sets of data and statistics to better understand the strength of a kick or a punch. Ultimately, the fans will be able to enjoy a more immersive experience when watching live events.


The collaboration between Microsoft and ONE will also allow fans to experience events remotely with the flexibility and scalability needed to address increasing demand from end users – especially during this unprecedented time when sports entertainment shifts to digital. In the future, the partnership will also enable ONE to explore other innovations such as the use of holographic computing in injury prevention; as well as the ability to improve athletic performance through AI and machine learning.


Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship has officially partnered with Microsoft to deliver fans the absolute best in data-driven digital experiences. ONE Championship is a global leader in live sports, and through the Microsoft cloud, we can accelerate our capabilities and digital presence.”


Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, stated: “Demand for digital experiences has never been higher and our partnership with ONE Championship – a leader in sports entertainment with the largest and most rapidly growing millennial fan base – will enable them to deliver on this opportunity in innovative new ways and enhance the services they provide for supporters, athletes and employees. We’re looking forward to working with ONE to help accelerate its digital transformation for the benefit of millions of sports fans around the world.”


Expanded Productivity and Content Ecosystem

As part of its push towards digital transformation, ONE will roll out Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams, as the primary productivity platform for ONE employees worldwide, helping to ensure seamless collaboration in a new remote work reality.


In addition, to provide fans with a one-stop source of digital content, ONE has also partnered with Microsoft to bring its exclusive content stacks to the Microsoft News ecosystem, which reaches more than 500 million people in 180 countries every month through personalized news feeds on MSN, Bing and Microsoft Edge, as well as through dozens of global syndication partners.


World-class Global Sports Thought Leadership


ONE and Microsoft will also leverage the Global Sports Innovation Centre (GSIC)1, a collaborative initiative between private, public and academic partners powered by Microsoft, to support innovation in the sports industry around the world. ONE is a powerhouse of innovation and thought leadership in sports, and through its involvement in GSIC activities, initiatives and open innovation projects, ONE will connect with industry stakeholders in other continents, exchange experiences, learn and add value to the sports tech ecosystem of start-ups, companies, organizations, universities and research groups.

1The Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC) is a collaborative initiative between private, public, and academic partners to support innovation in the sports industry across the world, as a driver of job creation and economic growth. Its goal is to improve the value chain of the Sports Industry by leveraging the most advanced technologies, and enabling business connections among startups, sports organizations, educational institutions, and enterprise organizations. With over 170 members located in 20 countries all around the world, the GSIC has become a worldwide reference for the sports industry.


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About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.7 billion potential viewers across 150+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.

Monday, July 6, 2020

DTI Grants Negosyo Kits to Pandemic-Affected Families in La Union

DTI Negosyo

The Department of Trade and Industry Region (DTI) through has awarded Negosyo Starter Kits to 20 identified beneficiaries as part of the agency’s Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program.

Each of the beneficiaries received Php10,000 worth of Negosyo Starter Kit that varies from sari-sari store, bigasan (rice retail), frozen foods and tools and equipment for food processing during the awarding program last June 29 at the Bauang, La Union Municipal Hall. The program was led by Regional Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan, Provincial Director Merlie Membrere and Bauang Mayor Menchie De Guzman.

DTI’s PBG programs aims to provide support to individuals and micro-enterprises affected by man-made and natural calamities, including the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19).

DTI support

Norma Libatique, 65 years old, received the Bigasan Negosyo starter kit. She emotionally recalled how it has been hard for their family to earn a living during this crisis time. She used to work as a manicure/pedicure technician.

“Ngayong panahon ng pandemya, kung saan stay at home tayong lahat, napakaganda itong pagkakataon na nabigyan kami ng negosyo ng DTI. Maraming salamat po.” Norma added.

Prior to the awarding of business starter kits, a training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship was provided to the beneficiaries to further capacitate them in their new endeavors.

RD Baluyan encouraged the recipients to make the most of what they received to help others as well. "We will be happier if you make your businesses successful. We want you to grow not only for yourself and family but for the community too." she added.

Mayor De Guzman thanked DTI for the continuous programs and support that their town has been receiving. “As we continue to fight our unseen enemy (COVID-19), we know that DTI will be here to help us.” she added.



Coca Cola quarantine

MANILA, July 6, 2020
– Health experts reveal that it is not enough that the water you drink looks clean to the naked eye. Your water should also be proven clean through lab tests, to avoid common water bourne diseases, such as cholera, dysentery, and gastroenteritis. Unfiltered water also has many potential contaminants, such as chlorine, heavy metals and allergens, as well as parasites.

Despite this, keep in mind that water is also important in everyday hydration. A document released by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition cites hydration as a key to supporting the body’s ability to fight the COVID-19 virus and support the immune system, recommending 2-4 ounces of clear liquid beverages every 15 minutes.

“Keeping properly hydrated at a time like this refreshes our bodies and keeps the virus away,” said Dr. Sybil R. Bravo, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and a member of the Blood-Bourne Infectious Diseases Core Team.

Health experts around the world continue to stress the need for proper hydration, along with getting enough sleep and proper handwashing, as the best ways to ward off the COVID-19 virus. However, access to safe and clean water continues to be a challenge. There are many harmful substances and minerals in unpurified water, and not all bottled water in the market is the same

Finding clean water that undergoes stringent purification processes to filter harmful substances and minerals means checking the purification process of which it undergoes. Some follow stricter and more stringent global processes to ensure that they are truly clean. Wilkins Pure, one of the water brands of The Coca-Cola Company, is certain to be clean and pure. With international certifications under its belt, Wilkins Pure goes through an advanced, seven-step purification process, which help assure that the water you drink purifies the body of toxins.

Learn more about the Wilkins via its official Facebook page or

About Coca-Cola in the Philippines

Coca-Cola has been refreshing Filipinos and making a difference in the Philippines for 108 years. The Philippines was Coca-Cola’s first market in Asia to begin local bottling operations. Today, the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines has evolved into a total beverage company, offering 19 brands in its beverage portfolio and employing over 10,000 Filipinos in over 19 manufacturing facilities and more than 60 distribution centers nationwide. As part of its long-standing commitment to the country, Coca-Cola continues to #GOBEYONDGOOD as a business by continuously supporting safe water access programs in over 200 communities, empowering over 200,000 women entrepreneurs through training and peer mentoring, and accelerating packaging collection and recycling under its global World Without Waste initiative.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Catch the Shopee 7.7 Shake and Win TV Special on GMA’s Wowowin and Eat Bulaga to Win Over ₱2 Million Worth in Prizes

Shopee Sale

MANILA, JULY 3, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will celebrate the peak of 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta with TV Specials in partnership with Wowowin and Eat Bulaga, screened exclusively on Shopee Live and GMA. On July 7, users can tune into Shake & Win at 11:30 AM on Shopee Live; 12 NN at Eat Bulaga GMA and Shake & Win TV Special from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wowowin GMA for a chance to win a total of ₱1.9 million in cash prizes. In addition, users can also win up to over ₱1.8 million Shopee coins, non-stop prizes and giveaways, low-priced deals, and up to 90% off on leading brands.

Joining Wowowin host Willie Revillame are Kapuso stars Gabbi Garcia, Rita Daniela, and Julie Anne San Jose. Users can also catch top celebrities Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza on Shake & Win TV Special on Eat Bulaga.

Shopee Shake

Key highlights of Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta

On July 7, consumers can expect fun games, amazing promotions, and big cash prizes. Key highlights include:
  • All-day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend
  • Shopee Shake: Users can win a total of ₱1.2 million cash prizes during the Shopee Shake segment on Eat Bulaga and Wowowin.
  • Salamat Shopee Suki: One lucky winner will win either ₱50,000 or ₱100,000 via lucky draw. To join, users have to register on the Watch and Win microsite from July 1 to 6.
  • Shopee Quiz: Participants of the game can win a total of ₱250,000. There will be five questions, and players advance to the next round when they answer correctly.
  • Watch & Win: To participate, users have to register on the Watch and Win microsite before July 7. Seven lucky winners will take home ₱50,000 in cash and a Shopee grocery cart worth ₱10,000. Users can register at
  • 90% off on selected items: Get amazing deals across different categories. Users can enjoy exciting discounts up to 90% for items, including Knight Black WaterProof Sport Watch, Transcend SD Card with 128GB of memory, JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and 33 cm-Inflatable two-ring swimming pool.
  • Exclusive promos from leading brands: Users can look out for exclusive offers and up to 90% off on products from leading brands such as Globe, Pampers, Nestle, Unilever, Maybelline, Wyeth, and The SM Store.
Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to team up with Wowowin and Eat Bulaga to bring greater fun and bigger rewards to all Filipinos across the country. As people adapt to the new normal, Shopee is redoubling our efforts to connect and engage consumers better via our platform while they shop from home. We are excited to partner with popular programs such as Eat Bulaga and Wowowin to deliver on this commitment to each of our users. We want to invite all Filipinos to join us at the peak of 7.7 Shopping Fiesta on July 7.”

To find out more about the Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta, head over to

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.