Linda B. Bolido

Luzviminda Sunit

COVID-19 no match for fighting MSMEs

Determination, perseverance and faith—in divine providence and in their own abilities to overcome obstacles—enabled 10 small entrepreneurs to preserve and grow their enterprises even during a protracted global health crisis. In virtual ceremonies, recipients of the 18th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) were honored for the resilience, courage and fortitude that enabled their enterprises to survive, …

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E-learning here to stay

Electronic- or e-retail is the dominant trend in commerce, and a similar transformation is seen in education, with e-learning or remote or distance learning shaping the Philippine education landscape. The disruption caused by the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which leaves parts of the country under lockdown or quarantine or its many variations, is hastening the evolution …

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Harnessing technology for quality education

PLDT and its subsidiary, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), have a long-standing commitment to support education in the country. This commitment proves invaluable as the companies’ partner schools continue to struggle with the disruption caused, since over a year ago, by the Covid-19 pandemic. While before the pandemic people were hesitant to adopt new technology, the …

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Despite COVID, Toyota remains committed to education

Education has been a major beneficiary of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. On July 24, 1990, TMP established the TMP Foundation (TMPF), a nonstock and nonprofit organization to implement its CSR initiatives under four pillars: health care, education, rnvironment and community service. TMP and TMPF strongly support the national government’s policy …

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Premium ice cream brand brings frozen delights online

Carmen’s Best is riding the digitization wave and going into cyberspace. The premium Filipino ice cream has harnessed digital technology to turn its website, www.carmensbest.com, into a full-fledged electronic store (e-store). Founder and chief executive officer Francisco Magsaysay said, like most businesses, the 10-year-old artisanal ice cream business faced major challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic …

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E-commerce comes of age amid pandemic

Unknown to many, the Philippines pioneered mobile money, adding it to applications for cellular phones. Angelito Villanueva, chair and founder of FinTech Alliance.ph, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. and chief digital transformation officer for the Yuchengco Group of Companies, said Filipinos were introduced to e-money or e-cash as …

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Digital technology offers hope for MSMEs’ recovery

Accounting for the majority of the total businesses in the country and generating more than half of the country’s total employment before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of last year, the health of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is as much a concern for the Philippines as the physical well-being of its population. …

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Small entrepreneurs overcome COVID-19 challenges

The year 2020 brought a double whammy for Keith Varias, Citi’s 2017 Youth Microentrepreneur Award recipient and who, at 20-something, had already set up three internet shops in his home province of Cavite. In January, the small but extremely active Taal Volcano had another “tantrum,” sending residents of nearby towns in Batangas and Cavite scampering …

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Consumers embrace ‘phygital reality’

If blended learning, initially a peripheral concept, is the likely future of education when the COVID-19 pandemic ends, blended retailing may also become the new normal for commercial establishments as physical and digital worlds collide.In its report “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021,” Euromonitor International calls this combination of in-person and online shopping to respond …

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