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Sunday, March 3, 2024

GS1 Activate: Boosting Retail Digital Transformation with Barcodes

10:31:00 PM

GS1 Philippines, the leading authority on local barcode standards, has rolled out GS1 Activate, a user-friendly web service designed to simplify the process of generating barcodes and symbols for businesses. The move aims to transform the retail supply chain landscape through digital innovation.

Unveiled at the GS1 Philippines’ Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting held on January 30, 2024, GS1 Activate promises to streamline barcode number generation and symbol creation, thus digitizing product data and identification. This advancement is poised to enhance the efficiency and transparency of supply and demand chains both locally and globally, across various industries.

Compliant with GS1 standards and services, GS1 Activate empowers businesses to achieve precise product identification using global trade item numbers (GTINs), while facilitating seamless data exchange. This, in turn, elevates customer service standards and operational efficiency. With GS1 Activate, enterprises gain easy access to barcode numbers for their products, facilitating their distribution on a global scale. Moreover, the service offers expert advice on barcode symbol printing and placement to ensure optimal scanning performance. By leveraging GS1 Activate for product data sharing, companies can extend their market presence to retailers and online marketplaces worldwide, thereby boosting the visibility and accessibility of their products on a global platform.

GS1 Philippines has set an ambitious goal to introduce GS1 Activate to more than 30,000 retailers nationwide by the close of 2024, with an existing clientele of over 5,000 retailers already benefiting from their services.

“In an economy where the Philippines’ e-commerce market is estimated to reach $24 billion (approx. Php 1.3 trillion) through 2025, GS1 Activate is a game-changer. This new service revolutionizes business barcode generation, reducing the time required compared to traditional product identification methods and eliminating common errors, saving costs on label reprinting and minimizing the need for extensive personnel training. By dramatically simplifying the process, GS1 Activate also enhances efficient data sharing, crucial for strengthening both local and global trade. This launch is a testament to our dedication to advancing digital integration within the Philippines' supply chain ecosystem, reinforcing our role in the global economy,” GS1 Philippines, and Philippine Retailers Association President Bobby Claudio said.

Aligning with the annual gathering’s theme, “Unified Unlocked: Activating Integrated Digitalization,” GS1 Philippines’ conference marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the barcode system and highlighted GS1’s focus on shifting to the 2D migration of barcodes to QR codes while calling for global retail Point of Sale (POS) scanners to be capable of processing 2D barcodes by 2027.

In his remark, GS1 Philippines Chairman Atty. Pablo Gancayo shared, "We are now focused on evolving the barcode into the next level we call the 2D migration, which is expected to revolutionize further commerce. GS1 will guide the industry towards 2D migration, which it hopes to achieve and implement comprehensively by the year 2027."

The annual gathering hosted insightful discussions, networking, and collaboration opportunities among key government figures, industry players, and GS1 members. Among those present was Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco, who emphasized GS1 standards' pivotal role in enhancing supply chain efficiency and visibility for Philippine industries competing globally. During her talk, she discussed the government agency’s three-year food logistics action agenda aimed to revolutionize the food distribution system by addressing critical supply chain gaps and integrating ICT to enhance logistics performance. Undersecretary Pacheco expressed eagerness for collaborations with GS1 Philippines to achieve these goals.

Other government leaders and industry experts also shared their perspectives on the impact of global standards in the digital age, including Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Enrile Uy; De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Environment and Design faculty member and packaging designer and consultant Prof. Ana Maria Veronica Solano; and CLASSchool Founder and Nutraways Manufacturing Corporation General Manager Love Emmanuel Agudo.

Several executives from both GS1 Philippines and the GS1 Global Office graced the event, namely: GS1 Global Office President and CEO Renaud De Barbuat; GS1 Philippines Trustee and Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr.; and GS1 Global Office GS1 Registry Platform Global Deployment Lead Joe Horwood.

Among the prominent industry groups present at the conference were PHILEXPORT, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (PHILFOODEX), Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Inc. (PCFMI), Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), Philippine Consumer Centric Traders Association (PCCTA), Packaging Institute of the Philippines (PIP), Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines (CCIP), Soap and Detergent Association of the Philippines (SDAP), and the Beverage Industry Association of the Philippines.

Friday, September 22, 2023

The Zen of Minimalist Entrepreneurship: Less Can Indeed Be More

10:10:00 PM

Right now, many entrepreneurs are talking about something called "minimalism." This idea, "less is more," isn't just about design; it's also used in business.

In this blog post, we'll discuss how minimalism can be a crucial ingredient for your success in starting a business.

Essence of Minimalism in Entrepreneurship

In today's fast-moving world, people are showing a lot of interest in the concept of "minimalist entrepreneurship." But what does that really mean?

When we talk about "minimalist entrepreneurship," we're actually talking about a way of running a business that focuses on the most important things. It's not about saving money or being super careful with it; instead, it's about concentrating on the key goals of the business, like paano kumita ng pera and how to improve the lives of the people who want what you offer.

It's like being really efficient in business. It means quality is more important than quantity, and going deep into something is better than trying to do too many different things.

It's no wonder that more and more entrepreneurs are choosing this way of doing business. They know that it's not only good for their businesses but also good for themselves.

Areas where minimalism helps with entrepreneurship


In a world where everything can seem confusing, simplicity is like a breath of fresh air in business. When you simplify processes, products, and services, it becomes easy for your employees and customers to understand what you're offering. You don't need to use fancy words or complicated presentations—just clear, simple, and honest offerings that make sense to the people who want them.


By cutting out unnecessary tasks, you can save a lot of time and resources. Every time you remove a step that doesn't add value, your business becomes more efficient. This means you can make decisions faster and get things done more quickly.


With fewer distractions and less confusion, your goals become clearer. Entrepreneurs who have a clear vision don't waste time trying out different small business ideas that don't work. When everyone on your team knows exactly what they're working toward, it's much easier to track progress and achieve results.


Businesses that embrace minimalism are often more flexible. Since everything is streamlined, it's easier to make changes when you need to. This is really important in today's fast-changing business world.

Personal Well-being:

This part is often forgotten, but it's super important. When you focus on what's really important in your business, you and your team don't get as tired and stressed out. Having less mental and physical clutter in your work and life means you can have a better balance and feel better overall.


The idea of keeping things simple in business isn't just a trend; it's about understanding what's valuable and meaningful. Businesses can work better and be more honest by focusing on what really matters.

The "less is more" way of thinking helps Filipino entrepreneurs face the challenges of business with a clear and strong purpose. It's a reminder to get rid of what's not needed, embrace simplicity, and find success in doing things that truly matter.

So, in the world of business, sometimes the best moves are the ones you decide not to make. This shows that indeed, having less can often mean having so much more.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Starting a Shapewear Business: Essential Information and Tips

7:55:00 AM

If you are wanting to start a business, then we highly recommend you start a shapewear one. Shapewear businesses are highly successful, and its value for 2025 has been estimated to reach 3.8 billion dollars. But as in every business, you need to know everything, so you avoid making some mistakes that won’t be helpful to you and your business.

We want to share with you some essential information and also our best tips, so you can also start and have a very successful shapewear business. We believe we need to start by explaining about what shapewear, so we can help you understand this business model.

What you need to know about shapewear

They are undergarments, actually, foundation ones that have been designed to sculpt the figure. They will help to get a desired appealing figure and look, hence the reason most people wear them as undergarments. Now that we have some information about shapewear is important to know a bit about the business.

Shapewear manufacturers have a big range of products to offer you. And depending on the kind of business you want to start you can either buy your own stock or get dropshipping shapewear. Some of the tips shared here will go for both types. But the idea behind the business is to buy the shapewear at wholesale prices, so you can resell it and make a profit.

While you will buy your own stock and handle everything when you have a drop shipping business, the manufacturer if they offer that service, will handle all the logistics, storage, etc., so you basically have to worry about promoting your business and make sure to keep your clients engaged.

Finding a manufacturer

If you are sure that this is the business you want to start, and have your branding created, then it is time to find a shapewear manufacturer or waist trainer vendors. If you start up, you don’t have to have the biggest budget, so you don’t really buy a lot of stock that might not end up selling. Finding a manufacturer that offers no minimum orders or a low minimum one will be the best.

By starting small, once you start making a profit, you can slowly scale the business. To get the best profit you should also consider wholesale manufacturers. Consider ones that have a wide variety of products, and make sure that they are of the highest quality. Make sure their prices are competitive and most importantly that they can offer you effective and fast shipping strategies and good custom packaging. The best way to find one is by reading the reviews.

Select products, but make sure they are proven ones

Once you find your manufacturer, they will give you their catalog of products, and it will be your work to find and choose the ones you want to sell with your business. Choose the ones that you like and are sure your target client will buy. But it is also important to choose products that you know work. Due diligent research to find what people are buying one.

Order samples

Most manufacturers will offer custom services, which means they can customize their products according to your branding. Now that you know what products you want to get and have discussed your branding, it is important to order samples. This is not only a great way to know if the product works, or feels good and also has the promised quality, but also to make sure the customization looks perfect. If not, you can make changes accordingly to what you want or fix any mistakes that need fixing. It is also a great way to see how fast and efficient your manufacturer is at shipping products.

Creating a storefront

Now that you have your products with you, it is important to find a place where you can sell them. Now, it is important to sell offline as well as online, but lately online has become the best choice. It is up to you, if you want to have a physical store, as it will increase your budget.


No matter if you choose to sell online, offline, or both, it is always important to have photoshoots done of your products. People will need to know how the products look before they actually buy them. The pictures taken can be used on your online store, but you can also use them to create advertising, post on social media, and even print material for your physical store to help your clients have a better choice process.

If it is possible between your budget, and you have chosen to sell inclusive sizes, make sure that you also hire plus size models. This way you are showing all of your clients how your product will look in different body types.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Easy Brand Fair 2023 a venue to grow your F&B Business

7:33:00 PM


Easy Brand Food and Beverage Fair 2023 is an avenue to grow your food and beverage business, and as well to delight your palate, took place yesterday, July 1, 2023, at the prestigious Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall Mandaluyong City. 

It was a busy day not only for Easy Brand but for people participating and coming in to check out the booth with food and beveages in store for them.

This event is perfect for people who dream of starting their own food and beverage business. A day full of learning from speakers representing various food and beverage brands and opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from experts in the industry to make the first steps towards your dream.

But it's not just about learning, it is also having the chance to meet and greet the country's most beloved chef, Chef Boy Logro, in which we didn't get a chance to have a pic with. Anyway we've got a lot of pics during the cooking demo of Chef Logro. During the cooking demo Chey Boy shared some of his experiences and answered some of the questions thrown at by the visitors and expectators.

The fair even have some fair competitions for aspiring Chefs and individuals. During the afternoon they did the cooking competition which was joined by three (3) groups of culinary students. These were the  EasyPro® Culinary Cup, Easy® Beverage Creativity Competition, and Easy® Sparkle Cake Creation Contest Season 2. Not really who won the contest and wasn't able to join the planned beverages mixing and cake creation competition.  During the lunch time we were only able to witness the cooking competition where they show off their cooking skills and compete against other talented individuals for a chance to win prizes and recognition.

Of course, no food and beverage fair would be complete without plenty of tasting opportunities. Exhibitors showcased their products, gave visitors the chance to sample a wide variety of delicious treats and drinks.


The event is co-presented by Baguio Oil, Masflex, La Germania, Tough Mama, and Global Pacific, five trusted names in the food and beverage industry; and in partnership with Let’s Cook, Pare!, Gree, Joe Kuan, Kahero, iMin, Donewell and And the best part? Entrance to the fair is completely free, making it accessible to all SMEs and foodie enthusiasts.

Missed this? That's unfortunate  not learning, tasting, and connecting with other food and beverage enthusiasts. Happened last July 1, 2023, we've witnessed the Easy Brand Food and Beverage Fair. 

For information, ABOUT EASYBRAND Easy® Brand is a Filipino brand which manufactures high-quality ingredients for food and beverage enterprises in the Philippines. They specialized in concentrated flavors, sauces, and mixes for beverage and culinary products. Their most popular offerings are milk tea and frappe mixes, coffee concentrate, flavoured syrups, ready to use sauces and ready-mix powders.

The brand also offer private label service and customized institutional production and have distribution partners throughout the Philippines to better serve its customers. It aims to provide premium ingredients of consistent quality, with the highest yields, which deliver best value for money for multitude of businesses - both big and small - in the restaurant, fast food, and hotels industries.


Easy® Brand products may be ordered through their official website and inquiries may be directed through their Facebook page. The brand is also available through online shopping platforms. For more information and to view the brand catalogue and recipes, visit

#EasyBrandFair2023 #LetsCookPare #LCPxEasyBrand #SalgadoPR #LCPxSalgado

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

SUN LIFE GREPA Connects with PAMPANGA BUSINESS CHAMBER, AimsTo Grow Business Network

8:58:00 PM


Kwento Ni Toto shares news in the business industry.

Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc. (Sun Life Grepa), one of the major life insurers in the country, partners with the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PAMCHAM) as part of expanding its support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Pampanga and other Central Luzon areas for health protection and life insurance needs.

PAMCHAM is tagged as the “voice of business” in Pampanga that supports local businesses and MSMEs through networking, trade and investment development, IT services and other support programs. The chamber also supports wide-range of advocacies for business and community development, education and livelihood and rural development.

“Being part of the PAMCHAM makes it possible for Sun Life Grepa Healthcare to reach more people who can benefit from life insurance protection,” Sun Life Grepa Vice President Peter Miranda said.

“Through our collaboration with PAMCHAM and its MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprise) members, we were able to promote our advocacy of workplace health and protect over 2,000 employees. Most recently, we secured the medical insurance needs of PAMCHAM's own employees under our HIPSTER product – a testament to how serious PAMCHAM is in taking care of not only its members but its employees as well,” Miranda added.

Meanwhile, Sun Life Grepa through its Group Healthcare unit offers MSMEs with three (3) Business Solutions – Accident ProSafe, Smart Care Plus and HIPSTER – that are tailor made to fit their employee benefit needs from wellness, protection and recovery. These are simple, affordable and comprehensive packaged products for MSMEs with 5-200 employees.

For inquiries about the MSME Business Solutions, contact your Sun Life Grepa advisor, visit any Sun Life Grepa branch or email You may also visit the official Sun Life Grepa Healthcare Facebook page at

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Nobi Pro an All-in-One Online Business Solution

7:40:00 AM


The day the pandemic struck, people were confused, scared, and worried. Businesses started shutting down because of the uncertainty of the situation, but some strong-willed entrepreneurs found an opportunity at that time. Though it is a gate of wealth and value, these individuals were still afraid that they might not build up the businesses.

The entertainment industry, one of the many aspects affected by the pandemic. Some actors conquered their fear and made the circumstances an opening to start things other than acting. Actors and performers became entrepreneurs. While others who have been doing business before the pandemic managed to keep their heads up and continue by disrupting their business process.

They managed to adapt to the situation. Food stalls became Facebook pages, and delivery services became the main demand.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs found an interesting source of answers to their growing businesses. Nobi, a product that provides an outstanding advantage in the market in terms of customer care and marketing. A new state of solution to a growing number of entrepreneurs.

A simple process of knowing what their customer needs "Listen – Understand – Satisfied", that's why they are confident in their services.

During the Nobi Media Conference, which was hosted by Dianne Medina, it was explained thoroughly what is Nobi all about.

What is Nobi eCRM?

Nobi eCRM is a comprehensive optimization solution for businesses. An "All in One" solution for online businesses, which includes sales administration, marketing, bill of lading, and CRM. It helps replace all redundant and inefficient employees at the workplace in just one click.

Nobi seamlessly loops all of your operating software systems to ease the process and manage the changes properly. Thus, give business owners a higher rate of success in the delivery of service and minimize the situation of refunds.

Nobi approaches customers through every channel that you have such as facebook, sms, email, call center, app. Users can easily up-sell, cross-sell and take care of customers automatically and personalize according to customer behavior.

Nobi helps your business save manpower, time, and money in placing an order, tracking orders, and checking the warehouse in the most optimal way.

The People Behind Nobi

Nobi is composed of talented young leaders who dedicated their careers to creating an ecosystem connecting to the online business market.

Mr. Nguyen Kim Cuong, Founder and CEO

Mr. Phan Nhu Than, Founder and CTO

Mr. Donnie Chu, Founder and CSO

Here are some of the important highlights about Nobi that you can use to your online business:


The feature helps you to measure the effectiveness of each marketing campaign in detail based on extremely important data such as the number of closed orders and the actual profit after deducting all costs. All sales channels are easily managed on one interface to launch personalized, intensive remarketing programs. 


Integrate Facebook, SMS, Email on the same interface for easy manipulation and management. Show important metrics like the number of messages you sent, the number of views, the 7-day campaign revenue, and the 7-day orders in an intuitive and accurate way. Create a batch of automated message templates for different campaigns.

So, if you're one of the entrepreneurs and business owners who are looking for a good and simple solution for your operating process, Nobi can help your business grow.

Check out their official website via or visit their Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Three Shopee Sellers Gear Up for 9.9 Super Shopping Day to Scale their Business

8:00:00 AM


The current global situation brought about significant lifestyle changes: more people are working from home, consumers are shopping online for their convenience, and business owners are transitioning to online and e-commerce platforms to stay afloat. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, shares three sellers who found success online with Shopee and how they are preparing for the much-anticipated 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

Obra Ni Juan: Supporting Employees and their Families

Obra Ni Juan, a local clothing store, halted their operations inside a leading mall when the pandemic hit. They decided to shift to online selling to continue their business, launching their Shopee store last June 2021. Obra Ni Juan started to make their products available to a bigger and wider audience while continuously generating sales even with their physical stores being closed. “Because of Shopee, our employees are able to continue providing for their families despite these trying times.”

They are content with the Shopee Seller experience as Shopee provided them with an assigned Incubation Manager who guides them through the onboarding process and supports them in maximizing the different tools they can use to increase sales and foot traffic. With 9.9 approaching, Obra Ni Juan says, “We are bolstering our stocks for our existing products and we have been continuously preparing new items and designs to offer to our Shopee customers. We will also utilize other Shopee marketing incentives such as free Shopee Ad Credits; which leads to clicks that are converted to actual sales and continue to utilize the available marketing tools to scale our business.”

Cleanstar: Building Customer Loyalty

Cleanstar is a one-stop shop for all dental floss needs that supplies affordable, innovative, and high-quality dental floss pick products. During the early stages of their business, they saw Shopee as an opportunity to extend their reach. “By regularly attending the online webinars organized by Shopee and accessing helpful resources on educational hubs, we managed to set up our Shopee online store. The key is utilizing everything that Shopee offers and to just be consistent in what you are doing.”

Cleanstar leverages Shopee Live and In-App Business Insights the most. “Through Shopee Live, we can discuss our product line to our customers and also educate people regarding oral health which helped us gain more followers. Through In-app Business Insights, we also get to monitor the overall performance and health of our store through data and inform us on which aspects we can improve on, and allows us to reply to customers’ feedback about our products. It’s really humbling to see the growth in our follower numbers, and how they give feedback every time they order.”

With the number of orders they were receiving, Cleanstar eventually decided to hire a team just for fulfilling Shopee orders. This coming 9.9, Cleanstar is preparing its stocks early to fulfill orders without the hassle. They also put up ads on the site to improve the visibility of the products.

Martipaps Gift Shop: Increased Daily Orders

Martipaps Gift Shop started selling on Shopee in 2016. They sell various kinds of toys from building blocks and toy cars to mini kitchen sets and pop-up tent playhouses. In the past, they used to do meet-ups and pick-ups, but it took up too much time. “The time spent on doing meet-ups was transformed by selling on Shopee because of its free shipping and Shopee guarantee. A door-to-door cash-on-delivery service where buyers can feel at ease with their purchase. Martipaps saw an increase in sales as they managed to save time on doing meet-ups to focus on managing their store on Shopee.”

Ever since joining Shopee, her orders grew from one shipment a day to about 100 packages daily. She encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to try being a Shopee seller. “Start small. Start from the things you love, because if you love what you are doing you will never get tired of it. You will look for more exciting things, improvements, and additions to make your shop better. Utilize all the tools that Shopee offers - they are like helping hands that can support us to succeed in the online selling business.”

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day

The Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day is one of the much-anticipated sales of the year. Aside from cost-saving deals, Filipinos can enjoy added rewards and convenience by going cashless with ShopeePay. It is an all-in-one e-wallet that shoppers can use to Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay at thousands of merchants nationwide. This September 9, users can enjoy exclusive ShopeePay promotions such as up to 50% cashback on bills payment; up to 50% off on mobile load; and ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and many more.

For more deals this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, visit

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TAIWAN Advances It's Potential to Further Motivate the Philippines In Information and Communications Technology

6:57:00 PM

TAIWAN, one of the world's competing country with a strong foundation in development and innovations continue to be a better role model for the Philippines in information and communications technology (ICT).  With its status in the global IT supply chain, Taiwan's almost three decades of existence as one of the player, as well as significant partner for many international brands including Apple, google, and Microsoft, earned them a huge success and source of pride in the ICT sector.

Recently, a press conference was held in Marriott Hotel for Taiwan Excellence, where top Taiwanese brands and IoT Business solutions were showcased in the said event.

It was shared that these different companies from Taiwan hold  a significant market shares in semiconductors, PCs, mobile devices, broadband appliances, and display products and technologies. Taiwan is the world’s largest supplier of these products, collectively contributing to over 16% of Taiwan’s total GDP.

With the rise of AI and IoT, Taiwan is shifting from an economy based on high-tech manufacturing, to an economy driven by intellectual property and innovation. Taiwan’s high-tech competitiveness includes top talent, a well-developed industrial chain, and a formidable entrepreneurial spirit. These elements combined enable Taiwan’s ICT industry to leverage today’s trends and pave the way for the technology of the future.

The ‘Taiwan Excellence’ experience, organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will provide businesses ranging from small to large from the Philippines a platform to offer the latest IoT innovations, directly from leading Taiwanese IoT solutions providers. This is a great opportunity to consider how these solutions can enhance one’s own business offering.

The participating companies in this year’s Asia IoT Business Platform (AIBP) held at the Marriott Hotel, Manila are: Accton Technology Corp., a best practice awardee for manufacturing quality; Apacer Technology Inc., a leading producer of industrial SSDs, digital consumer products, and memory modules; Aver Information, award-winning education and communication innovators; ICP DAS, an industrial automation technology innovator and enhancer; and, IEI Integration Corp., a leading industrial computer provider.

‘Taiwan Excellence’ is confident in the Philippines’ ability to progress in ICT, as indicated by its IT sector’s steady spending.

“We see progress in the Philippines’ ICT sector and Taiwan will be happy to contribute to this growth and help Filipino enterprises further succeed in their operations,” said Wen-Chung Chang, Director of the Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.

Taiwan is determined to advocate for innovation, improve employment and income distribution, and to create more balanced regional development, by leveraging the immense momentum of many markets, at present.

According to Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Taiwan moves up to 16th in global competitiveness, a notch higher from the previous year’s ranking. Furthermore, Taiwan has steadily maintained its place as the 4th most competitive economy in Asia as declared in the 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking. With many software and hardware engineers and technological centers and innovation clusters growing organically throughout major Taiwanese cities, Taiwan is on its way to becoming a major startup hub in Asia, and even internationally.

Just how substantial is the potential global economic impact of IoT?

Citing a research report by McKinsey & Company’s Global Institute, ‘Taiwan Excellence’ said the estimate could range to “$3.9 trillion to $11 trillion a year by 2025”. McKinsey has continued a significant expansion In Taiwan with the recently launched regional industrial IoT hub in Taipei, due to its rapid growth in the past 18 months.

Factories could be the strongest driving force behind IoT’s generated value, followed by cities and health.

Monday, July 15, 2019

PMAP's Stand : on Labor Laws, Other Issues and the 56th PMAP Annual Conference

10:44:00 AM

Earlier this July, People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) held a press conference at Astoria Plaza to share what organization stands for with regards to the work force and labor laws. Present during the press conference are practitioners and experts in the people management industry namely Mr. Efren B. Alberto, Jr., DPM is one of 2019 PMAP Board of Trustee with 45 years of experience in all facets of human resource management and corporate relations; Atty. Rey Destura, is an active Committee Member of PMAP labor Policy reforms and Industrial Relations Committee; Ms. Ellen Fullido is the Vice President for HR & Administrative Services of the FJ Elizalde Group of Companies, for more that 25 years of work experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Office Administration gained from manufacturing, sales and service, pre need, healthcare, real estate, petrochemical and media/entertainment industries; Mr. Jesse Francis Rebustillo is the 2016 PMAP President who have previously served as the AVP for Industrial Relations & Corporate Human Resources Head for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, now a Management & Human Resource Consultant, Seminar Facilitator, and Speaker; Ms Lousa Mila V. Echevarria, FPM, the 2019 PMAP Vice President, a seasoned HR practitioner and consultant with over 35 years of experience in general management and various facets of human resources in different industries particularly in manufacturing; Mr. Leo Gellor, AFPM, 2019 PMAP Board Secretary, is an experienced leader with experience in different industries like food service, media and general management.

Members of the media present during the conference were given bits of information about the current labor laws and policies that affects both the work force and the business. As what was explained it needs to have a balance to make the businesses and employees coexists in the industry. Also, there were issues raised like the endo and contractualization. To find out more about the explanations watch the full coverage of the conference.

As part also of the annual event of PMAP where matters about human resource and people management are discussed and uplifted, the organization will be having its 56th PMAP Annual Conference on July 17-19, 2019 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino where over 1,500 people managers will gather together for this biggest and preeminent HR event in the country.

With organizations facing the challenges of disruption and the 4th industrial revolution, it becomes crucial for people managers to EXCELLERATE. For its 56th annual conference, PMAP pushes innovation one step further by invoking poetic license and creating a new word that captures the twin challenges facing the organization and people management in the country today – driving and inspiring EXCELLENCE in the practice of people management and increasing the degree of ACCELERATION of people programs to become up-to-speed with technology and innovation.

The PMAP 56th Annual puts the spotlight on Filipino People Management, featuring a full learning session on the 2019 PMAP Awards finalists’ best practices and programs. It also seeks to bring people managers up-to-speed with the challenges of a digital and inclusive world through updates on trends and emerging HR technologies through business unusual workshops. Lastly, it will take Filipino people management back to its roots and wings through local studies, theories and applications.

This PMAP annual conference hopes to be a veritable marketplace of ideas, emergent theories, endless solutions best practices, advocacies and state-of-the-art HR technology with an unparalleled roster of speakers with global, regional and national stature. It will be a proactive balance of session topics and learning fora, offering a variety of sessions that target various levels. This conference will feature a dynamic learning design that allows attendees to customize their participation based on their individual agenda. It will be a great showcase of best practices, award-winning programs and cutting-edge resources and technologies, with extraordinary potentials for networking and mentoring.

For more information regarding the 56th PMAP Annual Conference, you may contact the PMAP Secretariat through telephone number 726-1532 or email or

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Shark Tank Airs on Philippine TV

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One of the reality TV show about entrepreneurs and big business owners or what you call the sharks is making their debut on Philippine TV. Yes, if you are into learning how the entrepreneurs and business owners goes around with their investment, well this is a show to catch.

The show will be aired on Sky Cable under TechStorm. If you like business and tech related shows will this one will give you about it. About capital, about equity and shares, and to know if the business will given investment or not it is here, all you need to do is catch it on channel 212.

TechStorm is the World's First Tech & Entrepreneur Channel avaialbe on SKYcable which is about to air on July 15.

Shark Tank is a business-themed show that has become a culturally defining series and inspired a nation to dream bigger. The number one business-themed reality and Emmy Award-Winning series that features multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons known as sharks who give budding entrepreneurs the chance to secure business deals will be available Mondays to Thursdays at 9PM.

The show was launched yesterday, July 11, at co-working space Acceler8 in Rockwell, Makati via a panel discussion on tech start-ups in the country, which featured QBO president Butch Meily, South East Asia tech celebrity influencer Willy Foo, Ideaspace Executive Director Diane Eustaquio, and was moderated by the founder & CEO of TechStorm TV, Debbie Lee.

In line with this major show launch, TechStorm will also be bringing some of the biggest and award winning international Tech & Entrepreneurship shows including Pop Up Start Up, The Gadget Show, Buy It Now and Futuristic China which will be running First & Exclusive only on TechStorm TV.

“Southeast Asia has become a hotspot for tech startups across the globe and is continuously experiencing an unprecedented boom. As a result, we’re seeing markets like Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines emerge to meet the needs of its rapidly growing ecosystem. We are exhilarated to bring Shark Tank on TechStorm to connect with entrepreneurial community eager to see more of the investment action, be entertained while they pick up business pitch tips from the world’s most well-known investor names on the show. We are confident that our fans will love Shark Tank which will have its Philippine premiere on July 15 in addition to a compelling line-up of best in-class, first-run and exclusive entertainment across tech and entrepreneurship theme”, said Debbie Lee*, Founder of TechStorm TV.

“The addition of TechStorm to our line-up is SKY’s way of continuously providing Filipinos the best, not only in entertainment choices, but innovative programming offers as well that support specialized and diverse interests of our market ,” SKY Head of Programming and Airtime Sales James Dumlao said.

In line with this major show launch, TechStorm will also be bringing some of the biggest and award winning international Tech & Entrepreneurship shows including Pop Up Start Up, The Gadget Show, Buy It Now and Futuristic China which will be running First & Exclusive only on TechStorm TV.

TechStorm is available on SKYcable channel 212 via its Select service in Mega Manila. Subscribers can choose to add the channel in their line-up for only P20 a month. Visit or call 418 0000 to subscribe.

Monday, October 22, 2018

FWD and Humanity & Inclusion Partnered Together in Helping People with Disabilities in Asia to Find Employment

5:13:00 PM

One of the things that I learned in my previous job is that there should always be equal opportunity to everyone, no matter what is your race, status, or abilities. Everyone must be given a chance to prove that too can do things for the company and for the community.  That is why I am glad when I was given a chance to be part of the event conducted by FWD Life Insurance, the most exciting insurance brand in the country, and Humanity & Inclusion (this is formerly known as Handicap International), an independent international aid organization, which is the celebration of the beginning of Forward Together project. It aims to help young people with disabilities find employment opportunities in the Philippines and beyond.

It is an event created to help media and bloggers (me included)  understand people with disabilities through an interactive visual language activity, and escape room challenge (which unfortunately I wasn't able to join).

Through the regional partnership initially announced by the insurer in the first half of 2018, both organizations will work towards advocating equal opportunities and empowering people with disabilities in Asia. With FWD Group investing USD 1million, the Forward Together project will train at least 380 youth with disabilities in the Philippines and Indonesia and help them secure sustainable employment or business opportunities.

“FWD Life Philippines aims to end the stigma that disability corresponds to inability,” FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes said. “Through our partnership with Humanity & Inclusion, we hope to provide a platform for people with disabilities to showcase their strengths and abilities. We want to encourage everyone to help create a future with a difference for people with disabilities with opportunities to become valuable and equal contributors to the community.”

“Developing countries are encouraged to invest in youth, but unfortunately, young people with disabilities are usually overlooked in employment and entrepreneurship opportunities,” said Bryan Andrew Marsalis, Humanity & Inclusion Regional Operation Coordinator. “That is why we are very delighted to have such strong support from FWD Group in our advocacy of improving the lives of youth with disabilities. Through this project, we will work with selected employers – including FWD Group – across the two target countries to improve their capacity to employ youth with disabilities.”

“At FWD, we are committed to promoting social inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities, and are very excited to kick start our work with Humanity & Inclusion,” said FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing and Community Care Country Lead Roche Vandenberghe. “With the Forward Together project, we are enabling businesses and organizations such as ours to become catalysts for quality job creation.”

To give you a few information about FWD and Humanity & Inclusion please see below details and how to contact them.

FWD Philippines
FWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. By March 2017, FWD Life is the highest-capitalized life insurer in the Philippines with PhP 2.3 billion in paid-up capitalization.1 Based on premium income data published by the Insurance Commission2, FWD Life now ranks 10th in the insurance industry in terms of weighted new business premiums.3

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, and employee benefits across a number of its markets. Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group. In the Philippines, FWD has 12 business hubs located in key cities nationwide with its headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information, please visit

1> Statistics > 2017 > Based on Paid-Up Capital
2> Statistics > 2017 > Based on Premium Income
3 Weighted New Business Premium Income: 100% of first-year premium on regular-pay plans + 10% of single-pay premiums

About Humanity & Inclusion
Founded in 1982 in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International) is an independent and impartial organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

At present, Humanity & Inclusion works in 59 countries globally, with additional offices in 8 high-income countries. For more information, please visit

Saturday, September 15, 2018

5 Things to Prepare for an Out of Town Conferences

6:20:00 PM

Getting ready and getting excited, perhaps that's what most people feel whenever there's an out of town activity of the company. For Filipino workers, it is always a chance to get out of the office and leave the papers on the desk. Not only that it’s a getaway from our work routine in the office but it is a chance for you to explore, learn, network and enjoy the company of workers in the same industry. No paper works to hunt you for a while, only learning and development, but of course don’t forget the leisure part.

There are things that should be considered when attending an out of town conferences. This will not only keep you organized bu will let you enjoy the benefits of being out of the office. It will also help you in managing your time, resources and schedule. Time should be allotted on this because out of town conferences are not just a ride away from home but sometimes it is a fly away from home. So, if you forgot something it will only ruined opportunity and your fun time afterwards.

To escape the horror of forgetting things for the conferences here are some things to remember in preparing for an out of town conference.

  1. Be sure that you are fully registered in the conference. This will keep you away from the hassle of missing your name on the conference itself. If there are required documents to bring like the print out of the registration, IDs or passport, make sure to prepare and secure them.
  2. Make sure to book your hotel accommodations ahead of time. Prefer hotels that are nearer to the conference venue. Much better if it is within the venue itself but of course if you or your company is trying to cut expenses it would be better to have the average hotels with almost the same amenities and services.
  3. Budget or pocket money is one of the must have and should also be prepared ahead of time. Out of town means expenses. Even though registration fees, accommodations, and some other expenses are shouldered by your company, still, you need to have your own budget to spend for pasalubong and other souvenir gift items. Make sure to save up before the conference date.
  4. Bring the right amount of clothing and appropriate dress for the conference. You don’t have to exhaust yourself in carrying more luggage. Essentials and personals should be considered. For the ladies it’s your privilege.
  5. Gadgets to capture the moment and for your documentation. It is always great to have photos in every conference that you attended, it’s more of a remembering the experience and jotting down the learning.

All these are just suggestions to prepare you for that out of town conference getaway. Just like this coming October 10 to 12, 2018 the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) will be having its 55th Annual Conference at the ASEAN Convention, Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ), Clarkfield, Pampanga. In case you have not registered yet just head on to and sign up.

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