Material innovations center opens

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

TO HELP players in the creative sector in their research and development (R&D), the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) opened the Materials Innovation Center (Matic) in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) complex in Banilad, Cebu City.

The program is in line with the chamber’s Materials R+D Program, which is envisioned to promote creativity and competitiveness in the design industries through the manipulation of new materials, reinvention of designs, innovation of indigenous materials and the use of efficient technology.

Tax Notes: Penalties for failure to file using eFPS and eBIRForms

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:15 p.m.

IN line with the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) program to transition from manual to electronic system, it recently issued Revenue Regulation (RR) No. 5-2015 clarifying the requirement on Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) and Electronic BIR Forms (eBIRForms).

Bohol launches new eco-tours

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

BOHOL is an ideal destination for people looking for eco-tourism experiences, its officials said.

Recently, the province launched its ecotourism program to re-introduce Bohol as a prime mover in ecotourism development.

BPI wins 11th Best Retail Bank recognition in Asian Banker awards

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

MAKATI City— Bank of the Philippine Islands was named 2015 Best Retail Bank in the Philippines by The Asian Banker. This is the 11th time BPI was awarded since the publication and its International Panel of Advisors started the awards program in 2002.

The Best Retail Bank award highlights BPI’s strong leadership in retail banking through its commitment to sustainability, profitability and providing best-in-class technology and distribution channels, the bank said in a press statement.

Soriano: Daughters are underutilized resources in family businesses

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

IN my column last week, I talked about women having particular qualities that can be vital to the survival and success of a family business. I also highlighted successful 2nd generation women leaders led by Tessie Sy Coson, Josephine Yap and Vivian Que Azcona making their mark in the world of business.

We have also heard of single mothers rearing their children while they pursue on growing their careers at the same time. In my coaching work, I have advised women founders and visionaries who are strong willed and are very good with owning businesses. It is amazing how they do it!

Germany ‘needs 250,000 nurses’

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

ABOUT 250,000 nurses are needed in Germany in the next five years but Filipino nurses could miss the opportunity without the participation of recruitment agencies, an official said.

Deca Homes developer installs fiber to the home infra

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:34 p.m.

FOR officials of 8990 Holdings Inc., developers of economy housing projects Deca Homes, affordable does not have to mean lousy. To be sure the residents of their new community in Tipolo, Mandaue City get their money’s worth, they have partnered with an IT solutions company to install fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure that would allow faster Internet connectivity, landline telephone services and cable TV.

‘Reasonable’ pay hike won’t impact BPO growth: Romulo

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

REASONABLE pay increases will not dampen the rapid expansion of the country’s labor-intensive information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said Sunday.

“We do not see the P15-inrcease in the daily minimum wage (for private sector workers in Metro Manila) influencing the decision of BPO players to either step up, or slow down hiring,” said Romulo, a key industry backer.

Camella to launch new Mactan project

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

IN anticipation of a rise in demand for homes in Lapu Lapu City, Camella is set to launch its newest community development in Mactan Island - the La Brisa.

Spanning 24 hectares in within Barangay Suba-Basbas, Lapu-Lapu City, La Brisa is eyed to meet the demand for more quality yet affordable homes as Mactan Island braces itself for faster growth.

AppleOne partners with PNB on overseas roadshows

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

FOR its upcoming roadshows in Dubai, AppleOne Properties, Inc. (API) has partnered with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) in bringing additional support to Filipinos overseas who are interested in buying and investing in AppleOne units.

In the roadshows, PNB will provide assistance to fast-track processing of loan applications to buyers. This eases up the investment and sales process for overseas workers.

Keep it real, developers

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:40 p.m.

REAL ESTATE owners and developers will be compelled to reexamine their advertisements with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board’s (HLURB) new guidelines on advertisements.

The HLURB, in Resolution 921, revised its implementing rules on advertising subdivision and condominium projects. The practice is governed by Presidential Decree 957, as well as the “2014 Guidelines on Advertisements” recently issued by the agency.

Organizers fuse 2 festivals to draw crowds this summer

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

LOCAL festivals can be a vehicle for promoting tourism and boosting the economy.

PLDT offers iGate for companies that demand reliable connections

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

WITH 33 million Filipinos now using the Internet, even small businesses have had to adjust to the changing demands of their customers. As more people find uses for the Internet, the quality of connections is bound to be affected.

A subsidiary of a telecommunications company aims to provide a solution for small businesses to ensure their connections are reliable, fast and stable.

Cheap fuel revs up confidence index

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

EXPECTATIONS of lower oil prices and a stronger peso helped lift consumer confidence in the first quarter of the year, a survey by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

The BSP reported on its website yesterday that the overall confidence index (CI) improved to -10 percent from -21.8 percent in the last three months of 2014.

Almirante: Accrued wages

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:34 p.m.

IN A decision dated May 31, 2005, the Labor Arbiter (LA) found the petitioners Froilan M. Bergonio Jr. and nine others illegally dismissed and ordered respondents South East Asian Airlines and Irene Dornier, among others, to immediately reinstate the petitioners with full back wages. For failure of respondents to reinstate petitioners despite respondents’ manifestation to reinstate them in the payroll, the petitioners filed before the LA a manifestation for their immediate reinstatement. On Oct. 3, 2005, respondents filed an opposition to the motion. On Jan.

Batuhan: I can’t stand the sight of him

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

I WAS reading a piece of news on the UK’s Mail Online, when a link I happened to click took me to one of their articles on love-hate relationships. It was from there that I took the quote above. What strikes me about it is that it seems not only to apply to relationships, but with how we feel about our political leaders as well. In fact, when I read it, it suddenly dawned on me that this was exactly what I was feeling about P-Noy of late.

Cebu hotels, resorts offer discounted room rates on Lenten

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

CITY hotels are now offering discounted “stay-cation” packages, as they expect low occupancy during the Holy Week.

Ng: Free nationwide Wi-Fi

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

INFORMATION technology has always been somewhat adrift in government bureaucracy. Maybe this is because it encompasses a lot of industries. It used to belong to the Department of Trade and Industry and then parts of it were controlled by the Department of Transportation and Communication. Later, bills to create a Department of Information and Communications Technology was shelved, and now it is part of Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Listening more difficult in today’s workplace: poll

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

MANILA – New research from Accenture reports that while 96 percent of global professionals consider themselves to be good listeners, the vast majority at 98 percent spend part of their workday multitasking. In fact, 64 percent say that listening has become significantly more difficult in today’s digital workplace.

OLX aiming to be ‘more mobile’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

WITH 50 percent of their traffic generated by mobile users, online classifieds website OLX Philippines is aiming at becoming a more mobile company, its Philippine founder said.

Megaworld net income in 2014 up 139% to P21.6B

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

MANILA–Megaworld, the country’s leading integrated urban township developer and biggest office developer and landlord, posted a net income of P21.6-billion (inclusive of a P12.1-billion non-recurring gain) in 2014, 139 percent higher than in 2013. Without the non-recurring gain, net income went up by 14 percent to P9.4-billion last year – reflecting an 18 percent annual growth since 2009, when net income was P4-billion, or more than double in five years.

Montebello renovates facility

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

MONTEBELLO Villa Hotel is aiming to hit 65 percent occupancy this year, confident that the market will continue to patronize its facility despite the opening of new accommodations in the city.

Lazada marks 3rd year with sale

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

MANILA – Lazada Philippines, a part of Lazada Group which operates Southeast Asia’s top online shopping and selling destination, is celebrating its third anniversary this month with three days of sales from March 24 to 26.

Lazada Group has seen rapid growth since its launch in March 2012. The company now has over 4,000 employees across the region and has raised about 520 million euros in funding from leading sector specialists and investors including Temasek, Tesco, JP Morgan, Kinnevik and Rocket Internet, among others.

Villarosa to move up as chairman of Security Bank

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

ALBERTO S. Villarosa will be nominated chairman of the Security Bank Corp. during the organizational board meeting scheduled on April 28, according to a disclosure filed by the bank with regulators.

The bank informed the Philippine Stock Exchange that Frederick Y. Dy will be nominated for election as chairman emeritus. Director Eduardo I. Plana also signified his desire not to seek re-election.

Student team builds app that lets teachers use mobile phones to check test papers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

A TEAM of Electronics and Communications Engineering students from Bulacan State University (BSU) developed a mobile application that allows the hassle-free checking of test papers.

The Smart Image (Instant Multiple-option Assessor for General Examinations) won 2nd place at the 11th Sweep Innovation and Excellence Awards organized by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), a competition designed to encourage students to think outside the box and use web and mobile technologies to address problems in their communities.

Sun Gold owner ventures into real estate business

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

ENTREPRENEUR Ferdinand Tio, the owner of Sun Gold Home and Furnishings, is venturing into the thriving real estate industry with his new venture, SunKai Land.

Tio, who holds a majority share of SunKai Land, is eyeing at least six projects in Cebu and one in a neighboring island in the next three to five years, SunKai project development manager Michael Estomata said in an interview yesterday.

Grand Land launches 5 projects in 3 years

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:17 p.m.

IN LESS than three years since the Gaisano Grand Group’s real estate arm was established, Grand Land Inc. has already launched five projects with 4,300 houses and condominium units combined upon completion.

This include its flagship project Grand Residences in Banilad in Cebu City, Amani Grand Mactan in Lapu Lapu City, and City Homes Mactan, Mandaue, and Minglanilla.

SMEs paired with potential buyers in DTI’s speed matching event

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

NINE small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from food and non-food sectors were recently matched with EchoStore Cebu through the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) speed matching activity.

On top of helping small entrepreneurs improve their products, Elias Tecson, chief trade and industry specialist for business development of the DTI Cebu Provincial Office, said the agency is aggressively looking for potential markets to help SMEs here expand their customer base.

Soriano: Most powerful women leaders running family businesses

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

“STUDIES have shown that women-owned firms outperformed the male-owned firms on many levels, including return on investment.”

Globe unveils plans for entrepreneurs

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:47 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom’s SME arm, Globe myBusiness, is eyeing to grow its customer base composed of small and medium enterprises with the launching of a new customizable suite of postpaid plans for entrepreneurs.

In a press conference with Globe officials, the Ayala-led telco recently introduced to the market Plan299, which allows business owners to get a free Duo landline with unlimited calls to local landline and Duo customers nationwide.