Don’t have a banking app yet?! Here are top 5 must-haves of a mobile banking app

Not too long ago, the only way to get hold of a savings account was to physically visit a bank. Today, with lots of technological advancement, opening a savings account with just a couple of clicks on your mobile device is fast becoming the new norm.

Leading the change on this front is PSBank, which recently launched the Online Account Opening feature of its mobile banking app. The bank’s primary reason for this feature is simple — to make banking hassle-free and safe for Filipinos by bringing the first step of digital banking right at their fingertips.

In choosing a banking app, here are the top five must-haves:

ADVANCED/CUTTING-EDGE FEATURES. Suffice it to say, times have changed. With online banking, you get to do a variety of financial transactions while at the safety of your home. What’s cool about the PSBank Mobile app is you can now open a peso savings or prepaid account via the app with just one valid ID and a selfie. It also offers a wealth of built-in money management features and powerful functionalities which lets you do your banking requirements such as pay bills, transfer funds using account number or QR code, monitor your accounts in real-time, P2P payment using PayMe, grow your money through time deposit placement, apply for a loan, even deposit checks 24/7 and a lot more in between watching your favorite shows on Netflix or while sipping a cup of coffee at home.

CONVENIENCE. Let’s face it—who has time to wait in line and accomplish transactions within limited banking hours? There’s a lot you can do with the time you’ll spend visiting a bank. The simple, intuitive design and navigation of the PSBank Mobile app allows you to complete banking tasks with just a few taps on your smartphone and the app wherever you are, whenever you want. Yup, that’s as quick and easy as it gets.

SECURITY. With the rise in cyber fraud and financial scams, you would definitely need assurance that your hard-earned savings or accounts are secure. What’s great about the PSBank Mobile app is you can securely log in to the app using either face or fingerprint ID and transactions are authenticated by an OTP (One-Time Password) sent to your registered mobile phone. Moreover, the app has an ATM Lock feature which allows you to lock/unlock your ATM card account/s to prevent it from unauthorized use.

CONTROL. Nothing beats being able to access, manage, and move money as you see fit – from anywhere at any time. In addition to being able to perform banking tasks, you can also schedule transactions with the all-around PSBank Mobile banking app so you will not fall behind on your bills, forget to send money or reload your mobile phones. It also has and allows you to manage alert notifications for things like loan due date, withdrawal and other debits, and account balances.

24/7 ACCESS TO CUSTOMER SERVICE. Well-designed mobile banking apps make it clear how to get help fast. Assistance via the PSBank Mobile app come with a simple tap and in the form of LiveChat, phone, email or filling out an online form.
The PSBank Mobile banking app truly packed with powerful functionalities and more. It’s one of the most complete, reliable, and user-friendly banking apps in the market today.

“Our commitment to innovation, convenience, and safety is what drives us to keep adding new features in our mobile banking app that we know would be of great help to Filipinos who live in an ever-increasing digital world. And we’re just getting started. There’s so much more to look forward to in the coming months,” said Noel Tuazon, PSBank Senior Vice President & Marketing Group Head.

Download the PSBank app from Apple Store or Google Play Store today. For more information, please visit psbank.com.ph/other-products-and-services/other-products-and-services/product-lists/psbank-online-account-opening/

About PSBank

Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) is an industry trailblazer in innovative and future-ready banking, and is the country’s consumer and retail bank of choice for almost 60 years. Its primary objective of delivering quality customer service, simplified processes, quick credit decisions, and consumer-focused products are underscored by a clear promise: Simple Lang, Maaasahan.
It is the retail banking arm and a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company. To date, PSBank’s nationwide network has already reached 250 branches and 557 in-branch and offsite ATMs – ready to serve its ever-growing client base.

Winning Entries of Ajinomoto’s first-ever ‘Sustainabilidad Challenge’ 10 most creative, inventive and fun!

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) Group recently concluded it’s first-ever #AjinomotoSustainAbilidadChallenge, an initiative that enjoined Filipinos to share their do-it-yourself (DIY) sustainability projects. The online challenge garnered a total of 243 entries. Five Facebook and five Tiktok participants with the most creative application of the 3Rs of conservation—reduce, reuse, recycle—
were hailed as winners.

“Filipinos are resourceful and innovative. This campaign proves just how invested we are when it comes to taking better care of our environment. We hope this campaign further inspires individuals to live a more sustainable lifestyle at home,” said Roann Co, Ajinomoto General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.

Winning DIY Projects to Try at Home

The five winning entries from Facebook include a project that turned used sachets of Ajinomoto products into a beautiful plastic curtain, as well as one that turned what would have been trash into a fully functioning and fashionable apron. Used cartons were also popular among participants, one turned into a doll house and another into a DIY toy kitchen for kids. Meanwhile, tabs collected from soft drink cans were transformed into a soda tabs gown.

Moreover, the entries submitted via Tiktok were equally inventive. One of the winning entries turned an old electronic cartridge into a mini amplifier, while another transformed old throw pillows into new, upcycled ones. On the other hand, those working from home may be inspired by the following DIY office organizers: plastic bottle pencil holders, carton storage box and tissue box turned facemask container.

Each of the 10 winners will receive P2,000 worth of gift certificate and other special items from APC Group. Special awards will also be given to entries that garnered the most number of “likes.”

“It makes me glad and proud to see that the SustainAbilidad Challenge was a success. Seeing all the creative DIY projects is truly inspiring because it shows us how big of an impact small acts can do. It also shows us that environmental sustainability really does begin at home,” said Guia Cebrero, Ajinomoto Brand Manager, one of the contest judges.

The #AjinomotoSustainAbilildadChallenge is part of APC’s Ilabas ang SustainAbilidad environment education campaign that was launched last year to help consumers incorporate sustainable practices in their daily lives.

Moreover, showing its serious commitment to sustainability, APC Group had earlier pledged to reduce its plastic waste to zero by 2030. The organization has already reduced the size and thickness of its packaging that led to lessening its plastic waste by 70-100 tons per year. The company has also made use of waste water treatment facilities and technologies to convert some of its factory materials to reusable fuel.

“The #AjinomotoSustainabilidadChallenge together with our other green initiatives are all part of our company’s commitment to resolving social issues through the Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value (ASV). We aim to contribute greater health and environmental wellness for people around the world.” Co remarked.

Visit COOKMUNITY by Ajinomoto Philippines Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH/ for more SustainAbilidad ideas and inspirations in support of Global Sustainability.

The Ajinomoto Group is a global company with specialties in the business of food and amino acids, guided by our leading-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies.

Based on the corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well.”, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids in supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. We aim for future growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness by creating value through sustainable and innovative solutions for communities and society.

The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. In fiscal 2018, sales were 1.1274 trillion yen (10.1 billion U.S. dollars). To learn more, visit www.ajinomoto.com.

Stay fit and healthy on your way to P2.5 million with Pru Life UK’s raffle draw

Taking care of one’s health by carefully watching food intake, diet, and exercise has become a top priority especially as Filipinos continue to live in the middle of the pandemic and with stricter quarantine protocols being implemented again.

For some, making sure that the body and mind are at their healthiest state at all times can be a challenge. Thankfully with Pulse, an all-in-one AI-powered health monitoring app by leading life insurer Pru Life UK, staying in tip-top shape gets easier and even rewarding. Users can even earn a chance to win exciting weekly prizes such as e-gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos and iPhone 12 mini 64GB, and 2.5 million pesos in the grand raffle this September as the company culminates their 25th anniversary in the Philippines.

“Now more than ever, it is important to put greater importance on health and wellness. This inspires us at Pru Life UK to boost our Pulse app with helpful features and a rewarding user experience, as a way to support Filipinos to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. We continue to motivate them to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they use the app and join the ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

Among Pulse’ primary features is Healthcheck, an AI-driven health assessment powered by Babylon, a healthcare technology and services company based in the United Kingdom. Healthcheck gives users insight on their wellness including a look at risks of developing diseases and how to prevent or postpone them.

For those who actively engage in daily exercises, Pulse also enables users to connect their fitness device and use the Fitness Tracker feature to monitor their body’s activities including the amount of calories burned, steps and distance taken, heart rate, and sleep.

Equally important to people having regular exercise is making sure that the routines they do are correct. The Exercise Buddy feature of Pulse Fit is the perfect companion to ensure that the right posture and movement is implemented to avoid any injuries and that the workout is optimized.

People who are keen on taking their fitness to another level can keep track of their daily calorie intake with My Food Journal and My Meal Planner which recommends recipes, provides detailed nutritional values, and curates meal plans based on their food preferences.

Users also have an unlimited chat access and one video-call consultation with a licensed dietitian through Pulse Gold, a full-suite subscription program which gives subscribers 24/7 access to exclusive AI-powered features of the app.

Pulse’s user-friendly features help people monitor the level of their fitness and nutrition every day, anywhere, and allow them to understand what is needed to further improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information on how you can join the raffle and check if you are one of the lucky winners, visit here.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

About Pulse

Pulse is an all-in-one digital health app and the first of its kind in the region to offer holistic health management to consumers. Using AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information, the app serves as a 24/7 health and wellness partner to users, helping them prevent, postpone, and protect against the onset of diseases. Pulse is part of Prudential’s region-wide strategy to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone across Asia by leveraging digital technologies and best-in-class partnerships.

Following the regional launch of Pulse in Malaysia in August 2019, Pulse is now available in a total of 11 markets in Asia and includes a growing suite of value-add services, such as a symptom checker and health assessment, personal wellness services, and video consultations with certified doctors and specialists.

Since its launch, Pulse has been downloaded more than 26 million times* in Asia. Pulse is currently available on the Apple/Google Play stores in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For more information, and to download Pulse, log onto www.wedopulse.com

It’s Raining Maxime Deals and Discounts this 9.9!

It’s the time of the year when days are filled with rain showers, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. Get ready as Maxime Dog Food also lets it rain discounts and deals for Maxime-mum nutrition and care for your doggos!

The best way we can show our love to our doggos is to provide them with the best nutrition possible. Maxime Dog Food, your partner in pethood, gives value-adding care to your doggo as it is carefully formulated by a team of experts who are equally passionate about dogs. It is enriched with essential nutrients and minerals, such as antioxidants and prebiotics for a stronger immune system and sharper mind, omega 3 & 6 for better nutrient absorption, and a shinier fur and coat. Maxime provides optimum nourishment for your doggo to keep them at their best health from puppy to adult.

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, get ready to add to cart, get big savings, and enjoy up to 40% off Maxime products for your doggos! Save even more when you claim shop vouchers exclusively on Shopee.

Extend the best care to your fur friend with Maxime-mum nutrition and make more memories together, whether rain or shine, and #LiveYourBestLifeTogether.

About Pilmico

Pilmico Foods Corporation & Gold Coin Management Holdings are the integrated agribusiness and food companies of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV). Gold Coin is now fully-managed and owned by Pilmico International and to date, it is the largest investment in the Asia-Pacific region in their shared history.

Pilmico comprises four divisions: Flour, Feeds, Farms, and Trading; enabling growth to its partners through its consistent quality products and unparalleled supporting services. Meanwhile, Gold Coin is a pioneer in animal nutrition and the manufacturing of scientifically-balanced animal feed in Asia.

Pilmico and Gold Coin represent one of the largest privately-owned agribusinesses in the region, with over 2,900 partners throughout the multitude of production facilities across 11 countries in Asia. Armed with the mission of feeding humanity, they aim to take a leadership position in innovating the food value chain in the Asia Pacific.

Know more about Pilmico at pilmico.com/.

About Maxime

As pioneers and experts in animal nutrition, Pilmico and Gold Coin launches its pet food brand, Maxime.

The integrated food and agribusiness company, with a longstanding history of providing scientifically-balanced animal feed, understands the strong bond between pet parent and their dogs. This is why Maxime is formulated with high levels of prebiotics for better absorption of nutrients and DHA for brain development. It is also fortified with omega 3 & 6 for a healthy heart and shinier fur and coat.

Using only high-quality ingredients and nutrients, Maxime ensures that pets maximize their full potential and help them become happy, active, tough, and smart (HATS).

Visit the official Maxime Facebook page at facebook.com/MaximePhilippines to stay updated on Maxime deals and announcements.

Shopee 9.9 kicks off with their latest Brand Endorser

International Superstar, Jackie Chan
With non-stop entertainment and the biggest deals, including free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, Shopee is the only place to be

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the most exciting year-end shopping season starting with its signature 9.9 Super Shopping Day. As part of its biggest and most action-packed shopping season, Shopee also welcomes international superstar Jackie Chan, who will be featured in a range of activities across Shopee’s end of year shopping festivals.

Jackie Chan said, “I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces. It’s exciting to partner with Shopee to celebrate the action-packed year-end festival and bring more joy to my fans and Shopee users. I had a lot of fun working with Shopee and I think people of all ages will enjoy the activities and content that we have prepared together. I hope everyone can join us to make the year-end shopping season a memorable one.”

Shopee pioneered the first 9.9 Super Shopping Day in 2016. Each year, it marks the start of a highly anticipated year-end shopping season across the region. A survey conducted by Shopee revealed that over 90% of users across the region proactively seek out information to make better purchase decisions during the campaigns. The mega shopping season also tends to attract new online shoppers, with 43% of shoppers making their first-ever online purchase during the year-end campaigns.

From now till September 9, Shopee has lined up the best deals and activities. Shoppers can satisfy all their shopping needs, win exciting rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes, and enjoy non-stop entertainment with special appearances by their favorite celebrities.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The pandemic continues to affect both individuals and businesses. As communities continue to live, work, shop, and play from home, we have stepped up our efforts to ensure users have access to their daily essentials through our shopping campaigns. We are also committed to supporting local MSMEs and have launched a series of support initiatives as well as Support Local campaigns to generate greater visibility and enable users to easily identify and support local businesses. We look forward to bringing some joy to our local communities during this year-end season.”

1. Find the biggest deals, all in one place

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, on top of these amazing perks:

Lowest price deals – Users can find the hottest products with the biggest discounts all in one place at Shopee’s special ‘Daily ₱1 Deals’ microsite, which they can easily locate from Shopee’s home page.

Mega Midnight Sale – Following its success during the inaugural 4.4 Mega Shopping Day, Shopee brings back the 2-hour Midnight Mega Sale. Shoppers can grab unbeatable deals on thousands of products, including those from Shopee Mall, from 12AM to 2AM on September 9.

Greater rewards with ShopeePay – As part of Shopee’s commitment to provide a convenient, secure, and rewarding shopping experience, users can enjoy exclusive promotions and deals by using Shopee’s in-app e-wallet, ShopeePay. All users have to do is to use ShopeePay to pay for their purchases, both online and offline, at thousands of branches from participating merchants nationwide. Until September 8, shoppers can Buy Load and get ₱5 mobile data for only ₱1; Pay Bills to enjoy up to 50% cashback when they pay for Meralco, Maynilad, and more; and Scan to Pay to score ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and more.

2. Satisfy all shopping needs

From daily essentials to premium items, Shopee offers a wide assortment of products. With millions of brands and sellers, as well as a wide network of online and offline partners, there is something for everyone at Shopee.

Shopee Mall Big Brand Discounts – In addition to everyday products, users can expect great deals from their favorite brands on Shopee’s dedicated in-app portal for authentic brands. 91% of shoppers say the mega shopping campaigns enabled them to discover and buy brands they never tried before, while 75% indicated they were more likely to continue using these new brands rather than switching back to their usual ones. At the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can expect up to 30% off brand vouchers and up to 90% off on leading brands such as Abbott, Havaianas, Maybelline, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Breyleemall.ph, Del Monte, Unilever Beauty, Adidas, P&G Beauty, Enfagrow, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, Realme, and Xiaomi.

Support Local – Local businesses have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. This shopping season, users can give these local sellers the boost they need to recover and grow. Through the Pili Pinoy campaign, users can help preserve local culture and play their part in supporting the local economy by patronizing shops such as Abubot PH, Joy Marcelo RTW Clothing, Via Christi, Tazanna, and Tala by Kyla.

3. Experience non-stop entertainment with your favorite celebrities, exciting games, and attractive rewards

Shopee’s in-app engagement features continue to entertain and delight users. In the first half of 2021, Shopee recorded over 200% uplift in time spent on Shopee Live year-on-year. This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee will deliver upsized excitement through a line-up of the biggest superstars, exciting games, and attractive rewards.

Jackie Chan to thrill and entertain shoppers – This year, Shopee brings on international superstar Jackie Chan to be a part of its year-end shopping season, sparking tremendous excitement across the region. Users can catch him in exclusive content on Shopee Live and in-app games such as Shopee Spin & Win, Shopee Shake, and the latest Shopee Collectibles.

Big giveaways and performances during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special – Viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this September 9 for a chance to win millions worth of cash prizes and giveaways, including two house and lot packages. Fans can also expect performances from a leading K-Pop group.

Exciting rewards from games on Shopee Prizes – Users can look forward to earning rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes.
A key highlight this year will be Shopee Collectibles, where users stand a chance to win super-sized prizes by collecting a full set of in-game items.
Users can collect items by playing popular games such as Shopee Farm and Shopee Candy, or trading items with their friends.

Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day here: https://shopee.ph/m/99.

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 & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.

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.

Hotel Sogo embracing the new normal: Innovation that lasts

The impact of Covid-19 has slammed businesses and different industries instantly in just a short period of time, despite the efforts made in making the economy move forward, there are still businesses and establishments that feel its continuous effects just like in the hospitality industry.

These affected businesses has doubled its efforts to develop and adapt to the new normal by following heightened safety measures and investing on technological advancement for the protection of all guests and employees, just like the largest and fastest-growing Filipino-owned hotel chain in the country did across all of its branches.
“Here at Hotel Sogo, we are trying on things to help improve the situation in our hotels as early as March 2020 last year. From that point on, we continued to research, invest further and develop innovative ways to upgrade our safety protocols especially in cleanliness and sanitation.” Ms. Sue Geminiano, Hotel Sogo Corporate Marketing Manager said.

Aside from the enhanced new normal protocols such as no contact fixtures and thermal scans, some remarkable changes and innovations that the Hotel Sogo management applied across its branches such as, UVC disinfection in rooms, lobbies, and air-conditioning units, increased ventilation, microbial testing (method to indicate the presence and amount of microorganisms), Covid sniffer dogs, reduced touch points, and application of anti-microbial coatings in frequently touched surfaces.

Through Hotel Sogo’s 11 So Safe Innovations, the safety and wellness of guests as well as its employees are set first.
“This on-going pandemic has helped us to take further steps in giving importance to safety. The innovation that I speak of are the development and improvement of amenities that revolves around the 4 major ways to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our guests like reduction of touch points, improve air quality, disinfection and testing. It is important to test all these protocols to make sure that all these innovation are really effective to keep our guests safe; we want our guests to feel safe and secured whenever they stay at Hotel Sogo. We will continue to protect our guests and develop more upgraded protocols even after the pandemic,” Ms. Geminiano added.

More than just a hotel
Aside from the hotel innovations that has implemented, Hotel Sogo is also ramping up its effort in helping fellow countrymen through its Corporate Social Responsibility program, Sogo Cares. Hotel Sogo is helping indigent communities who are in need of basic necessities, such as food, medicines and water.

“Recently, we donated food packs with linens and towels to the fire victims at Manila. We also donated essential needs such as bottled waters, linens, pillows, surgical masks, pillow cases, and mattresses to the Philippine General Hospital with the help of AFP and we also gave assistance in different community pantries in Bulacan and Quezon City. Our team will definitely help those who are in need in these trying times. Even this time of GCQ, Hotel Sogo is still accepting frontliners, essential, repatriated OFW, seafarers and economic workers across all Hotel Sogo branches. We are also accommodating those who prefer long-term stay for their work purposes,” stated by Ms. Geminiano.

Over the course of six (6) years, starting from 2015, Hotel Sogo through its Corporate Social Responsibility program Sogo Cares has conducted over 400 medical missions with 100,000 plus beneficiaries, led over 600 donations with more than 170,000 beneficiaries.

For more details, visit www.hotelsogo.com or like and follow Hotel Sogo on Facebook (facebook.com/hotelsogo), Twitter (@hotelsogo), and Instagram (@hotelsogo).

Astrotel Donation to Port Area

Astrotel lends a helping hand to the affected families of the fire incident that damaged several houses in the Port Area, Manila.

Nearly a month since the fire incident, life has not yet returned to normal for Barangay 650 Zone 68 Pier 15 Port Area Manila residents. The affected families temporarily stayed in their tent along 11th Street Railroad Drive, located behind the Philippine Red Cross office.

Astrotel Avenida, through Mr. John Henry Lacanilao, Branch Manager, and Mr. Marlon Hermosa, Sector Head, volunteers to donate about 1,000 linens, 150 bottled water, five boxes of clothes, and 1,000 hygiene kits to the affected families.

With the help of Barangay Chairman Salik Arongo and his constituents, the donations became successful last July 9, 2021.

Astrotel is one of the brands under the umbrella of Global Comfort Group Corporation (GCGC). It is a group of companies handling different hotels with advocacy to extend help and provide assistance to our fellow Filipinos who are in need.

Last, ECQ Astrotel opened its doors to healthcare workers and OFW’s. The hotel offered free accommodation for modern heroes to ensure their safety against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Truly, Astrotel is not just a location to unwind and relax. It is your home away from home; with Astrotel, you have your place and your space.

To know more about Astrotel, you can reach them at 0998-510-1000 or visit them on www.astrotel.ph. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @astrotel_ph.

Teleperformance Philippines is certified Great Place to Work® for fourth year in a row

Celebrating 25 years of growth and leadership in the country, Teleperformance Philippines recently earned a re-certification as Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. It is the first and only company in the country to have accomplished this feat.

The Trust Index® Survey had the highest participation rate ever in Teleperformance Philippines’ 45,000 workforce coming from its 22 business sites located across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among those programs is the company’s vibrant Diversity and Inclusion program championed by the executive leadership who actively drive a culture of respect and acceptance. Advocacy is promoted through institutionalized policies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and HIV in the Workplace Policy. Learning and Development is another Teleperformance strength, as it offers its online learning platform called myTP Learning to all employees.

In addition to the comprehensive Great Place to Work® certification process, Teleperformance operations in the Philippines are regularly visited and reviewed by third parties including independent industry analysts. These reviews include in-depth management and client interviews, physical site and facilities tours, operations inspections and employee focus groups among other activities. The findings are frequently cited in industry best practices awards, ratings and studies conducted by business analysts.

The company’s various initiatives are implemented across their business sites nationwide, the most recent being the roll-out of the TPVac vaccination program, in support of the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and aiming to protect Teleperformance employees and the communities where it operates.

Teleperformance Philippines has stood resilient and committed through all the challenges of the global pandemic. The company has provided essential support for both local and global organizations and has kept them connected with their customers through various platforms. One of these is the game-changing Teleperformance Cloud Campus – an innovative solution for enabling the ‘new normal’ work-at-home (WAH) environment. Amidst an unprecedented global crisis, Teleperformance was able to launch Cloud Campus hubs in its sites in Aura, Taguig City and in Fairview, Quezon City to serve as the operational command center of virtual teams. Moreover, Teleperformance opened its 22nd site in Molino, Cavite in October 2020, continuing to generate jobs for more Filipinos.

The Teleperformance Group recently announced the Great Place to Work® certification of subsidiaries in 60 countries, including the Philippines, for 2021. This means that over 90% of Teleperformance employees worldwide now work for a Great Place to Work® company.

The announcement was made by Teleperformance Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Julien who noted that “to have more than 90% of Teleperformance employees, all around the world, working in a subsidiary certified with the Great Place to Work® label is a testimony to Teleperformance’ Passion for People commitment.”

Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operations Officer Joey Marquez underlined the significance of this achievement: “The Teleperformance journey in the Philippines has always been a strong commitment to Filipinos across the nation, for the last 25 years. This certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our team members who work tirelessly to truly create a Great Place to Work® for All”

On its 25th year, Teleperformance Philippines celebrates its four-peat Great Place to Work® certification and looks forward to helping re-energize the industry and country’s growth, being able to advance the position of the country as a safe, secure place for customers, as well as ensuring that they provide a safe place for people to work.

ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: TEPRF.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), a leading global group in digitally integrated business services, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in many industries. It offers a One Office support services model combining three wide, high-value solution families: customer experience management, back-office services and business process knowledge services. These end-to-end digital solutions guarantee successful customer interaction and optimized business processes, anchored in a unique, comprehensive high tech, high touch approach.

The Group’s 383,000 employees, based in 83 countries, support billions of connections every year in over 265 languages and 170 markets, in a shared commitment to excellence as part of the “Simpler, Faster, Safer” process. This mission is supported by the use of reliable, flexible, intelligent technological solutions and compliance with the industry’s highest security and quality standards, based on Corporate Social Responsibility excellence. In 2020, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €5,732 million (US$ 6.5 billion, based on €1 = $1.14) and net profit of €324 million.

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs over 45,000 people in the country and operates over 30,000 workstations in 22 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Cavite, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

From 2012 to 2020, Teleperformance has received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Circle of Excellence at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority.

In 2020, Teleperformance Philippines was again certified as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to receive this certification from the Great Place to Work® Institute for three years in a row. This 2021, Teleperformance celebrates its 25th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the nation’s IT-BPM sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.

For further information, visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph

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Pru Life UK adds two general agency offices in Metro Manila

From left to right) Red Lion Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc. Unit Manager Tine Quijano, General Agency President Marco Quijano, and Unit Manager Felipe Nabong

With the continuing efforts to make life insurance more accessible to Filipinos and bring its comprehensive portfolio of protection and investment-linked products within reach of customers in Metro Manila, leading life insurer Pru Life UK has added two general agency (GA) offices in Makati and Pasig City.

Red Lion Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc., headed by General Agency President Marco Quijano, opens its doors anew for Pru Life UK customers in KDC Plaza, 2212 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy Pio del Pilar, Makati City, while Infinity Ace Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc., headed by General Agency President Joanne Sardona, opens in Unit 2005-06 Pacific Center Building, 33 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City. Both offices are under Alexandrite II District headed by District Manager Jonash Go.

Celebrating its 25th year in the Philippines, Pru Life UK is going from strength to strength as it expands its footprint and opens more general agency offices to fulfill its promise to help more Filipinos live healthier and wealthier lives.

Since its establishment in 1996, the company has expanded its footprint by opening more than 190 branches and general agency offices in the Philippines and has grown its life insurance agency force to become the country’s largest with more than 35,000 agents, emerging as the top life insurer in the country based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent.

About Pru Life UK
Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol launches official Shopee and Lazada stores so you can Be Safe Now

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brings safety right to your doorstep as they launch their new Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.
More than a year in quarantine has made Filipinos anxious to go out, meet up with family and friends, and once again do their favorite recreational activities and hobbies.

As the country continues to roll out its vaccination program, experts continue to remind us of the importance of following health protocols to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

From regular washing of hands, maintaining physical distancing to always disinfecting with at least 70% alcohol solution, proper sanitation remains key to helping us prevent the spread of the virus – and that includes choosing the right rubbing alcohol to keep your hands free from germs, viruses, and bacteria.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM) as it kills 99.9% of germs and starts to kill them on contact, so you can be protected while doing your regular activities even amid the pandemic. It also provides you and your loved ones up to 12 hours of protection with constant use. Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is now available in its online stores in 60 mL, 250 mL, 350mL, 500 mL, 1L, and 3.7 L or 1 GaL bottles.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brand ambassadors, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, who are parents to two boys, Zion and Kai, shared how getting Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol online has been a big help to them.
“Right now, we do most of our shopping online for food, clothes, toys, and a lot more as we really think it’s safer and minimizes risks, not just for us but for our kids as well. That’s why we got excited when we heard that Defensil has launched an online store. It has been such a big help as it allows us to safely and conveniently purchase isopropyl alcohol anytime, especially since we use it a lot even when we’re just at home,” shared Sarah.
Sarah also loves how the alcohol is hypo-allergenic and has moisturizing properties to keep her and her family’s hands from getting dry.

Be Safe Now and visit Defensil’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores for all your isopropyl alcohol needs. For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.

*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans