(TOP) The Pure Bites in Ayala Center Cebu is a social enterprise established by entrepreneurs who are passionate about providing healthier food choices. (BOTTOM) Bukid ni Bogs in Glorietta promotes the work of women farmers from Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. Alagang AyalaLand

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has worked to assist vulnerable sectors of society through the company’s Alagang AyalaLand program.

ALI is allocating rent-free spaces in its malls and estates to jumpstart the growth of these small businesses.

ALI head of Alagang AyalaLand Council Manny Blas said the company’s business units – from the estates, residential and commercial groups —will collectively support the goal of nurturing at least 300 social enterprises in its malls and properties by December of this year. There are now a total of 289 social enterprises primarily set up in Ayala Malls nationwide.

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MakatiMed expands drive-thru services

Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) has expanded its drive-thru services to offer patients more ways to look after their health.

MakatiMed has opened a new drive-thru site for non-COVID adult vaccination requirements on Amorsolo street in Legazpi Village, Makati City. The service is available for adult patients who want to get immunized with pneumococcal and flu vaccines from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hospital has also extended the operations of its COVID-19 swabbing facilities at Convergys Parking and MakatiMed Dela Rosa Driveway, which are now open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Convergys drive-thru and MakatiMed Dela Rosa swabbing sites offer COVID-19 RT-PCR Molecular Test and COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening.

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SM Deal s for great finds

SM DEALS, the one-stop source for all shopping and dining discounts, promos and coupons available only at SM, offers so much more with just one click.

There are exciting fashion and beauty discounts on major brands, as well as treats from your favorite restaurants. Techies will love HALO’s Buy One, Take One offer on laptop bags and sleeves, as well as Huawei’s special of up to 50% on spare parts when you get your gadget repaired. Riders will hit the road in style with P1,000 worth of accessories for every purchase of Moto’s shifter helmet.

Some deals are even unexpected, but nevertheless delightful.

China Bank credit card may be used for a minimum single receipt installment of P25,000, and with a free shopping code of P1,000 which one can redeem at The SM Store, Power Mac, S & R, and the Bistro Group.You can get 5 hours of driving lessons for free when you enroll in select Smart Driving courses.

Even completing a product presentation of Cocolife gives you a chance to win up to P20,000, care packages and Share Treats rewards.

SM Deals offer a wide array of options when availing of the discounts. At the website(www.smdeals.com), customers may present the vouchers when they visit the participating store at their selected SM Mall. Selected stores also offer curbside pick-up, where they can directly order from viber.

SM Deals can also be availed through SM Malls Online. Simply download the SM Malls Online app at the App Store or Google Play store then create an account and register.

SM Deals is one of the many exciting shopping promos at SM. Shop, save, and be thrilled — #ItsADealAtSM!

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Bank of China promotes PH at CIFIT

Bank of China joined the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Board of Investments (BOI) as a strategic partner in promoting the Philippines and the many investment opportunities during this year’s China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) from Sept. 8 to 10, 2021.

As strategic partner, Bank of China brought in over 250 of its clients to participate in the Philippine’s promotional events at CIFIT 2021, including the Philippine Investment Forum, the Philippine Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities Investment Forum, and many other fora online and onsite. Key sectors of interest for participants include hyperscalers, manufacturing, infrastructure, innovation and digital technology, and renewable energy.

The fora at CIFIT 2021 are part of the DTI’s strategic partnership with the Bank to promote the investment and trade projects in the Philippines to the Chinese market.

Deng Jun, country head of Bank of China Manila, said the bank is well-positioned to help investors through its accumulated expertise and knowledge on the Philippine and Chinese markets.

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1Export raises US$800k

1Export, a tech-enabled exporting company based in the Philippines, has raised a US$800,000 seed round to scale their technology and expand to Indonesia.

The funding was led by Foxmont Capital Partners—a Philippine venture capital that invests in Filipino-focused or Filipino-founded early stage technology startups—and included participation of a consortium from the Manila Angel Investors Network and Kerubin Capital, IdeaSpace Foundation, Singapore based Iterative and other private investors.

With the new investments, 1Export aims to develop and improve its order handling capabilities, marketing services, financing, and other third party integrations within its platform. Its lifetime revenue of $1.5 Million and service availability in 23 countries warranted interest from the investors.

The latest seed round will help 1Export scale up its tech platform and services to ultimately support Filipinos MSMEs

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Globe, Pinas Forward educate students on cybersafety

Globe partnered with social movement Pinas Forward (PF) to guide students around the country on ways to protect themselves from numerous threats posed by the Internet.

Just this past month, over 2,000 students joined Pinas Forward’s free webinar E-ligtas: Blocking The Dangers of the Online World. It is part of Pinas Forward’s goal of building a nation led by a new generation of leaders who are inspiring, intelligent, digitally aware, and driven towards positive change.

The webinar aimed to help the youth recognize potentially unsafe online situations and behaviors and equip them with the knowledge they need to combat these threats.

It also tackled teenage pregnancy encouraged by online activities and irresponsible or uninformed dating app usage, cyberbullying, dealing with poser accounts, and catfishing.

Through its #makeITsafePH campaign, Globe aims to help the public remain safe from cybersecurity threats that put multi-million-peso businesses at risk and cyber attacks on individual accounts such as identity theft, fraud and hacking, among others.

Through workshops and e-modules under its Digital Thumbprint Program, Globe educates teachers, parents, and students about digital citizenship and responsibility. Key topics include online safety and security, etiquette and responsibility, critical thinking, and digital empowerment.

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PEZA launches online payment

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority has partnered with MyEG Philippines Inc. for the implementation of its new and improved online payment service.

PEZA director-general Charito Plaza signed the memorandum of agreement with MyEG PH chief executive officer Ann Margaret Saldaña in February 2021.

Through this partnership, PEZA is now able to provide its members a safe and efficient online payment facility to conveniently settle and pay various fees online with numerous payment options available such as credit/debit card, GCash, PayMaya, bank transfer, or via 80,000+ cash payment counters nationwide.

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How UnionBank accelerated transformation

Union Bank of the Philippines’s migration to the cloud has helped the Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic and what others can do to ensure its proper implementation in their respective organizations.

Henry Aguda, Unionbank senior executive vice president said at RadioFinance’ s recently concluded virtual roundtable titled “Scaling digital transformation amid strong regulatory impetus in the Philippines” said the migration to the cloud which began in 2016 has helped the bank with its work-from-home arrangements during the pandemic, as it allowed employees to connect their current broadband services from home directly to the cloud instead of going to the bank’s data centers, which also helped conserve the bank’s bandwidth.

For UnionBank, Aguda said the reason why it is now going toward being cloud-only is that it is the safer choice, especially amid the pandemic. “Imagine, how many banks have we heard having problems because they had to man their on-premise data center? During the pandemic, since most of our processing packages are in the cloud, we didn’t have to worry about infection rates and our people risking their lives going to the data center.”