Saturday, June 25, 2022

Millions of Small Businesses Get Free Online Store from SME Superapp Enstack




SME superapp Enstack is offering a new sales channel to its merchants in a bid to expand their customer reach online. All verified superapp merchants will have a free, ready-to-use Web Store with integrated payment options including COD and shipping.

This rounds off Enstack’s sales channels as merchants can now sell online via Web Store and Chat Store and offline via its Cashier miniapp. Merchants have the ability to fulfill orders on the superapp’s “All Orders" page while inventory is synced real time.





According to DTI, only 34% of SMEs in the Philippines are online due to lack of knowledge and high costs. One of these SMEs, Wok’s Tapsihan, found setting up an online shop complex and commission fees too costly. Owner Abigail Gondra explored different options, but it was Enstack’s free, no-code Web Store that made it possible to open an online storefront, increase sales, and improve operations. “Opening an online store and reaching more customers used to be just a dream. Now, by just uploading our inventory onto Enstack, we can venture into ecommerce for the first time and are very happy to see new sukis enjoy our tapsilog,” shares Gondra.

Since launching in February, Enstack has helped tens of thousands of underserved MSMEs through its free, easy-to-use superapp that brings together all the tools they need to run their business from their mobile phone. By transforming offline tasks such as managing orders, invoicing, shipping packages, and tracking businesses’ performance, SMEs can keep up with today’s highly digital business landscape.

“At Enstack, finding the right digital tools can be difficult for any business. Frequent and regular dialogues with our SME community allow us to add and improve features to our simple but powerful app that helps solve unique problems faced by small businesses. Our no-code, ready-to-use Web Store fits very well with our overall mission of serving our merchants so they can become fully digital and see their businesses take off,” Macy Castillo, Managing Director of Enstack.

Enstack's free Web Store does not require any coding skills and integrates all Enstack tools and services such as payments and logistics, reducing barriers MSMEs face when starting an ecommerce business. As soon as merchants upload inventory data, their Web Stores are generated and they can share their personalized URL to customers or social media pages to drive traffic and conversion. Merchants can also turn on “Vacation Mode” if they choose to go offline to optimize or take a break. Enstack is available to download free from Google Play and the App Store.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cardinal Santos partners with ADEX, launches new global career development program for nurses




Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) recently signed into a partnership with US-based employment agency ADEX Medical Staffing (ADEX), and launched its latest nursing career development program entitled “Step Up: The Road to Becoming a Globally Competitive Filipino Nurse”, last April 29 via ZOOM and Facebook Livestreaming.

The event was moderated by CSMC’s Director for Nursing, Leona Paula Macalintal. Present as speakers were CSMC’s President and CEO Raul Pagdanganan, Head of Human Resources Maria Louzel Diaz-Tiozon, and ADEX Chairman and CEO Peter Leibowitz. Joining the event were the other members of the Senior Management Committee: CSMC’s Chief Medical Officer
Zenaida Javier-Uy, Chief Financial Officer Marivic Mabuti, Head of Business Planning and Development Dr Shirard Adiviso, Head of Information Technology Cecile Marie Escano, Head of Ancillary Services Dr Monserrat Velasquez, and Head of Facilities Management and Safety Engr Deidre Malapitan. ADEX’s COO Tina Loh was also in attendance.

The “Step Up” Nursing Career Development Program was crafted in line with CSMC’s mission of providing world-class medical training to the medical practitioners within and outside the institution. As Diaz-Tiozon said, “It is our responsibility as a hospital to be better at developing and growing the careers of our nurses. We should be on our toes to make sure that we support their career aspirations, milestones and life stages.” The program’s goal is to support Filipino nurses by opening opportunities to become globally competitive, while ensuring safe, secure, and quality career placements through ADEX’s assistance.

“We are truly elated about having this [partnership] take flight, and we are sincerely looking forward to working with [ADEX] for so many years,” said Pagdanganan. “As our Filipino nurses step up to gain new and specialty training that will prepare them to integrate with ease into the mainstream healthcare industry in the US, [we hope they] grow a successful career as a global Filipino nurse.”

“The ADEX and CSMC partnership represents a new phase in the ongoing evolution of global nursing and patient care through migration,” said Leibowitz. “In the United States, it’s a well- known fact that Filipino nurses are the best. The emissaries that are coming to the States in the healthcare environment are truly giving not only CSMC, but the entire nation of the Philippines, a wonderful reputation. My vision is one day, we hope our clients see ADEX nurses and CSMC nurses as one global network with all of these attributes.”

CSMC also invited Jay Christopher Perez, a former CSMC nurse who migrated to the United States with the help of ADEX, to share his experience with both organizations, and how they helped him elevate his global career as a medical professional.

“Before becoming a Caring Cardinal Nurse, I worked in a secondary hospital in our province. I [made the decision] to work abroad back then, but I realized I needed sufficient experience before I embark upon my journey,” said Perez. “CSMC helped me further hone my nursing knowledge and skills. After a year of experience, I submitted my resume to ADEX. Like CSMC, ADEX has given me not only a career path [in nursing], but also the opportunity to be an immigrant in the United States.”

The event was concluded with an open forum, where questions were directed towards the executives present. Requirements, the application process, and other technical details were discussed during this portion of the session, and the controversial topic of ‘brain drain’ was also addressed.

“I think the world, in many regards, is coming together as one,” said Leibowitz. “The reputation enhancement of the Philippine medical industry is dramatic, and medical tourism is slated to grow by leaps and bounds. People will look to other places for medical care more and more
and where best to [look] than the Philippines?”

“I see this as a good opportunity to share our talent and Filipino compassion globally,” supplied Adiviso. “This is also an opportunity for our healthcare system to innovate more, not only for local but also for international requirements. As we have experienced during this pandemic, there is still a lot we need to do. I see it as a long overdue goal to strengthen our healthcare system, and to create more innovation in both the academe and in practice.”

“We want our nurses to be a part of a certain career planning,” added Pagdanganan. “The good thing about this particular, above-board program, is that right from the very start, we already sort out those nurses who may really want to go abroad, and those nurses who would prefer continuing their career here in the country. For those people going abroad, that means we will train them. At the same token, if we will be able to identify the nurses who will stay, we have continuous programs where we are also honing up their skills to be able to improve their career in the country.”

“It is for this reason that we look at this partnership indeed, as an option - a realistic andpragmatic option of career planning,” he concluded.

For more information about CSMC’s “Step Up” Nursing Career Development Program, you may reach them at 8727 0001 local 3402 or at 0956 970 5891. To get updates, like and follow them at www.facebook.com/CSMCCareers. For other programs and services that CSMC offers, please visit https://cardinalsantos.com.ph/.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

CSMC advocates for self-care and managing burnout in latest webicon

 





Cardinal Santos Medical Center () returns with a new addition to their webicon series, this time in the hopes to educate Filipinos on the importance of self-care and how they can fight the effects of burnout. The webicon, aptly titled “BEAT IT: A Webicon on the Different Self-Care Strategies to Combat Burnout”, was held on April 26 via ZOOM and Facebook livestreaming.

CSMC invited Ma. Araceli Balajadia-Alcala, a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience,to discuss the physical, behavioral, and emotional barriers that lead to burnout, as well as what can be done to address and prevent it. While CSMC’s very own Dr. Maria Naval Rivas, Head of the Mental Health and Wellness Center, served as the moderator of the session.

Balajadia-Alcala spoke about what burnout was, how it has affected many individuals but most especially those who are working in the medical field as frontliners during the pandemic, and what can be done to prevent or treat it.

She cited the World Health Organization’s definition of burnout, which is that it is the result of stress that has not been properly managed or addressed, and noted that the hallmark symptoms of burnout include loss of interest in work and in things one used to enjoy in their personal life. One can also feel physically drained, or they may notice that they have become very sickly, or have developed erratic sleeping patterns.

“Our body’s symptoms and our emotions are very good signals when something is not going right, [and can] usually give us a clue as to what is going on,” she said. “It’s not surprising that this is happening. Our bodies may be reacting negatively to the increased workload or
responsibilities, so the symptoms we may be seeing [are a] result of that.”

Balajadia-Alcala recommended planning and taking time to pause as one of the best remedies for burnout. “A pause is not a full stop, nor is it an afterthought,” she stated. “There is an intentionality to it. Pauses are not just minor players in our daily lives. They are, and should be intentionally placed there, as integral as the work that we do.”

Present also as speakers were Mikaela Joie Pascual, an HR specialist from CSMC’s HR Division, and Ave Kay Balubar, CSMC’s Assistant Manager for Medical Affairs. Pascual talked about the hospital’s psychosocial support programs for their employees to help prevent or manage burnout, while Balubar shared her experience with burnout, and how CSMC’s program helped her deal with her mental health struggles.

“For us to create a safe and comfortable environment for our employees and medical trainees, we needed to build a culture where everyone was accountable for their own health and safety,” Pascual said. “With the help of one of our psychiatrists, Dr. Lourdes Ignacio, we crafted a psychosocial well-being framework, which has served as our anchor in creating holistic programs for our people.”

Balubar, on the other hand, narrated, “I mustered the courage and registered for the hospital’s psychosocial wellness program [after] realizing and admitting to myself I needed help [for my burnout]. What was remarkable with that long session with Dr. Ignacio was how it made me feel unloaded. It made a big difference on how I handled my stresses and my anxieties.”

The webicon was concluded through a Q&A session with all the panelists, where they debunked several misconceptions regarding burnout, and stressed the importance of allowing oneself to feel emotions, normalize that it is okay to not be okay, and learn how to pause, or listen and empathize if someone you know is undergoing burnout.

“My advice is, you really need to [know] your own standard,” Rivas said. “You know how you work, and you know your boundaries. Not saying yes to something that is beyond our boundaries is not an inadequacy. There should be a point where you can say ‘no’.”

As the hospital’s healthcare workers carry on with their mission of healing and saving lives, Cardinal Santos Medical Center pledged the continuity and improvement of their employee psychosocial support programs.

For more information about CSMC’s Mental Health and Wellness Center, as well as other programs and services that CSMC offers, please visit https://cardinalsantos.com.ph/. CSMC is also on Facebook, like and follow them at www.facebook.com/CardinalSantos.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wais negosyo tips: four easy ways to level up your small business




Whether you run an SME as a side hustle or full time, growing a business is not an easy task. In order for your business to thrive, and not just survive, you need a combination of the right strategy and solution like SME superapp Enstack.

Enstack’s Single Sign Up feature makes it easy to access all the tools and services you need to take your
business to the next level. After submitting an ID, a selfie, and Proof of Billing during signup, you can start offering customers important in app services such as digital payments and on-demand shipping while enjoying low rates. Until the end of May you can also enjoy free shipping 1 and zero transaction fees on orders worth ₱500 and above when you use Enstack integrated couriers and digital payment options.

Maging isang madiskarteng business owner and set yourself up for growth with these four tips from Enstack:


Keep your store open 24/7
Missed out on an order dahil hindi ka nakareply? Ensure you have online sales channels open around the clock that show your products, run promos, and engage and attract new and repeat customers. Take orders via phone or in person with Enstack’s Cashier miniapp or online using Chat Store, which automatically takes orders on Facebook Messenger even while you’re asleep.


Bill your customers right away
Matagal at mabagal ba ang bayaran? Send invoices promptly so can you get paid as soon as possible. Enstack lets you manage, ship, and bill for all orders made on Enstack. Send invoices with links that direct customers to a payment portal, making it easy for your business to get paid. With Enstack, madali na maningil.


Accept that ‘cashless’ will be king
Madami bang nagtatanong kung tumatanggap ka ng GCash? While cash on delivery still rules, cashless payments are now more common post-pandemic. Enstack lets you offer a range of cashless options from mobile wallets like GCash, PayMaya and GrabPay to online transfers via BPI and UnionBank direct debit while helping you keep track of payments.


Say goodbye to pen and paper
Nauubos ba ang oras mo sa manual na paglilista at pagcocompute? Paper records of sales, expenses, and inventory are prone to errors and can easily be lost. Switch to Enstack’s digital Accounting tool to track your sales and expenses and generate reports quickly. Then, shift to the Inventory mini app which automatically updates stock levels real-time based on orders made across all Enstack channels including the Cashier miniapp Chat Store. Now your records are always accessible through your phone.


Download Enstack for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Get Long-Lasting Relief from Fever and Pain with Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax)




Our battle with the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over even with the recent shift to alert level 1. Just when we thought we had seen the worst with the Delta outbreak, along came the Omicron variant that set record high COVID cases in the country. Thousands of people particularly from NCR reported flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and body pain, causing general alarm with demands for antigen tests and home care remedies reaching astronomical proportions.

Fortunately, the Omicron variant proved to be more manageable as most people were able to recover at home, but that doesn’t mean that we should let our guard down. Even with the lowering of COVID-19 alert level and lifting of restrictions, it is still best to practice minimum health and safety protocols such as wearing face mask and frequent hand washing or sanitizing.

Health experts also advise taking medications to curb the risk of developing severe illness and avoid hospitalization. Good thing Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) is an over-the-counter medicine that can address flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, and body pain associated with COVID-19 infection.Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that offers relief for fever and pains.

Taking Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) is advisable since its use had been studied and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In a scientific brief released in April 2020, WHO stated that there is no evidence of severe adverse effects on the use of Naproxen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in addressing COVID-19 symptoms.

After the Omicron scare, the public was advised to stock up on medications to immediately address the onset of flu-like symptoms. It’s good to know that Bayer is making Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) readily available for Filipinos.

“We at Bayer are committed to helping everyone to have access to resources and care they need to lead
a healthy life. By making Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) available to consumers, we can assure our

kababayans that we can get through this crisis and be ready to face the new normal,” says Shaina Regina Darmawan, Country Division Head for Consumer Health Bayer Philippines Inc.





Naproxen Sodium (Sarimax) relieves headache and fever as well as general body pains and arthritis. It
provides All Day Strong pain relief with twice daily use. One pill can provide up to 12 hours longer-lasting relief compared to plain ibuprofen and paracetamol. It is now available at leading drug stores and pharmacies nationwide and in Shopee and Lazada for P10 (SRP) for the 275mg variant.

Naproxen Sodium is the generic name of Sarimax, If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

ASC Ref. No. B078P040822SS

Thursday, March 31, 2022

LG Breathes Creativity With BGC Art Mart




Wearable art is all the rage nowadays. From tote bags, tie-dyed shirts, to hand-painted masks, mixing fashion with art is a match made in heaven. BGC Art Center’s flagship program, BGC Art Mart - one of the most popular periodic events in the city, is also the venue for exquisite samples of wearable art. This year, they partnered with LG Philippines to provide impeccable hand-painted LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier (w/ VoiceON™), and clean pure air. Aside from keeping you safe from viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, it helps a lot with allergens. It provides thorough air purification with H13 grade HEPA filters that filter out 99% harmful particles for clean, fresh air. If you want peace of mind with the air you breathe, this is the mask for you. These filters are easily replaceable as well to ensure they’re always clean and allergen-free.

LG’s Wearable Air Purifier offers greater protection than disposable and nylon face masks. With tests done by Environmental Allergens Info and Care Inc., they were able to show that LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier can filter out over 99% of allergy-inducing pollen in just 5 minutes. Whether it’s pollen, pollen allergen, or mite allergen. LG’s PuriCare filters offer far superior filtration efficiency than disposable masks.



For the duration of the event, LG selected ten different artists and gave them an LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier (w/ VoiceON™) to paint and customize as they see fit to create a unique, one-of-a-kind wearable art. The hand-painted works of art were displayed throughout the BGC Art Mart event. The participating artists were Marita de Leon (Handmade Lemonade), Tany Nosce (TG_Artistry), Chelsea Javier (Space of Chelsea), Mycah Santos (Project Lemons), Yana Ofrasio, Kate Bautista, Fchel Estanislao (Glassicology), Patricia de Vera, Kankan Ramos, and Woman Create.


Aside from the masks, LG also donated a unit of LG PuriCare™ 360° Air Purifier to the Bonifacio Arts Center, a project of Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI). This air-purifier is tested and certified by the British Allergy Foundation (BAF), Korea Air Cleaning Association (CA), and Korea Asthma & Allergy Association (KAF). It purifies the air 360ยบ around you, in every direction, no matter where you place it. It has a Clean Booster feature that delivers clean air 24% faster, 7.5m far to every corner of the venue or room. It has a multi-filtration system that captures unwanted particles- bacteria, viruses, dust, allergen and odor components. This system includes a 2x SafePlus Pre-filter and H13 HEPA Filter that eliminates >99% of bacteria, viruses, fine dust and allergens, and a 2x Deodorization Filter that eliminates home odor, harmful gasses and toxic air pollutants. 






Lisa Nicandro, Head of Operations of the BGC Arts Center saw this partnership as an affirmation of synergies, saying, “the industries working with artists make partnerships even more relatable, joyful and delightful.” Seungjae Kim, LG Philippines’ Managing Director, looks forward to a long partnership with the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. “Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. is all about fostering, growing, and cultivating BGC’s artistic community and we are ecstatic to be able to help as well. We at LG hope to collaborate more in order to have stronger ties with the community.”

Friday, March 25, 2022

Globe, UnionBank ink alliance on info sharing to fight online banking fraud

 





Leading Philippine digital technology companies Globe and UnionBank recently inked an agreement to provide mutual support on investigations involving online banking fraud.

The alliance, the first of its kind in the country today, covers information sharing among others.

Under the agreement signed on March 24, Globe will provide UnionBank information about mobile numbers potentially used by fraudsters to help in online banking fraud investigations.

This will help Globe detect illicit activity within its network. UnionBank for its part, will likewise trigger and share relevant information necessary to pursue investigations in accordance with the Data Privacy Act and the aforementioned Data Sharing Agreement.

The pact came as online fraud has become a growing threat, with the rise in digital transactions especially during the pandemic.

“Currently, when it comes to gathering information in relation to fraud investigations, banks and telcos have to go through a tedious process of court orders first. This partnership will make that process a lot faster, and is a step forward in working with the BSP to ensure a safe and secure digital economy for all,” said Joey Rufo, UnionBank Chief Information Security Officer.





“Also, this partnership is the first of its kind in the Philippines between a telco and a bank, which makes it truly a game-changer,” he said.

Globe’s Chief Information Security Officer Anton Bonifacio said the agreement takes the existing collaboration between Globe and the banks a step further. At present, banks report phishing campaigns to Globe, which Globe investigates and blocks accordingly. Globe has also implemented free whitelisting of official aggregators of the banks to prevent spoofing of their official SMS sender names. This sets an example on how private sector initiatives for cooperation could reinforce efforts against cybercrime.

Details on how this initiative was pushed forward were also shared by Globe’s Chief Privacy Officer, Atty. Irish Salandanan-Almeida, “Our agreement with UnionBank is an important step in our shared fight against online banking fraud. We hope that strengthening the bank’s capacity to investigate these cases would lead to the prosecution of fraudsters. This ultimately leads to better protection of our customers.”






Privacy Commissioner Atty. John Henry Naga congratulated the two companies for the groundbreaking partnership as he talked about its importance in the current digital landscape.

“I would like to commend Globe and UnionBank in executing this agreement despite it not being required under the Data Privacy Act. This goes to show our stakeholders; continued efforts in promoting data privacy and protection within their organizations.”

In its Q2 2021 Financial Crime Report, Feedzai, a US-based company specializing in artificial intelligence-driven financial crime solutions, bared that 93 percent of banking fraud committed within the period was online.

Among the many ways online banking fraud is committed is through using mobile numbers in a racket called “SMiShing.” In this attack vector done via SMS, a perpetrator uses an anonymous phone number claiming they are a representative of a reputable company to extract sensitive personal information from unwitting victims, such as one-time passwords (OTPs) and credit
card numbers. This in turn allows them to commit fraudulent financial transactions, usually at the expense 
of the victims.


UnionBank is confident that its partnership with Globe will help facilitate faster data gathering in fraud investigations linked to the use of mobile numbers, as the agreement does away with the need for court orders for such information exchange.

The bank also hopes that the joint effort will help boost consumer confidence and trust in financial institutions, while making it harder for malicious entities to commit online banking fraud.

For its part, Globe has for long been campaigning for a safer cyberspace through its #MakeITSafePH and Alagang Globe programs, which seek to protect customers and businesses from illicit online activity. Globe Business, meanwhile, provides large enterprises and government agencies with cybersecurity tools and solutions, and easy-to-digest information on threats they may face to promote vigilance against cybercriminals.

UnionBank has always advised customers to approach law enforcement agencies such as the NBI and PNP, who can help go after cybercriminals. For more information about how one can keep #CyberSure, please visit unionbankph.com and look for CyberSure.