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DTI, SM launch Christmas bazaar for MSMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry and SM Supermalls have launched a Christmas bazaar to help micro, small and medium enterprises affected by the pandemic by providing free spaces in malls......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 20th, 2020

Daryl Ong joins Viva, plans to launch international career

Singer and songwriter Daryl Ong has officially joined Viva Records after testing the waters with the label the past few months when he collaborated with powerhouse singer Katrina Velarde for the original tracks “Love Me Now” and their Christmas single “‘Tis The Season” (alongside other remarkable singers) in late 2020. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ 5G Launch: Prices, Specifications, and Other Insider Information Revealed

The mega Oppo launch of 2020 has been teased by the company, stating that the Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ 5G will launch on Christmas Eve. In a recent post, the company claimed that the launch date has been confirmed, further stating that a separate launch even will be conducted solely for this purpose. The event ... Read more The post The Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ 5G Launch: Prices, Specifications, and Other Insider Information Revealed appeared first on Mindanao Times......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaotimesRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020

Lalamove looks back on 2020, keeps things moving this Christmas

On-demand delivery platform Lalamove embraced its role as an essential logistics provider by promoting mobility when the world was at a standstill. With micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) being the backbone of the country’s economy, it makes sure to support and lift the entrepreneurial spirit by keeping things going in businesses’ day to day […] The post Lalamove looks back on 2020, keeps things moving this Christmas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Manila opens Christmas bazaar to help COVID-19 affected traders

The Manila city government on Tuesday opened the Christmas bazaar in Mehan Garden to help local businesses earn during the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2020

Stars headline Noel Bazaar 2020, longest-running bazaar goes online

GMA Network stars Andrea Torres, Benjamin Alves, Mike Tan, Martin del Rosario, Vaness del Moral, and Ai Ai delas Alas make holiday shopping even more colorful as they banner Noel Bazaar 2020’s official launch of its online shopping platform www.noelbazaar.ph on Monday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

& lsquo;Wonder Woman& rsquo; sequel to launch on HBO Max streaming, theaters

The much-delayed Warner Bros. superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously from Christmas Day in the United States, the studio announced Wednesday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Save the Children launches fund-raising drive Sunday

Believing that education will empower children, especially those who are in need, to look forward to a better future, a child rights group will launch “eSave Natin ang Pasko,” an online fund-raising campaign to support their learning needs Sunday. “This online fundraising campaign encourages everyone to unite in saving the Christmas spirit through a series of joyous and meaningful activities to provide joy and hope to children,” the group said. “Even if classes are conducted through distance learning or will resume via face-to-face, millions of children will still need our support as they continue to be deprived of their right to education since their families do not have the means to support their learning needs,” said SCP Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot. Muyot, a former Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary, said that education empowers children, especially those in dire situations. “Supporting their learning needs will save their lives and their future,” he added. When classes formally opened last Oct. 5 amid the COVID-19 situation in the country, SCP said that millions of students, especially in public schools, have been experiencing major challenges such as the lack of access to learning materials and Internet connection. To help the students who struggle to learn from home, SCP said that the proceeds of the Christmas fundraising campaign will support the learning needs of children in poor households in Metro Manila, typhoon-stricken places in Eastern Visayas, and the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. “It will also support children with disabilities, those from indigenous communities and from hard to reach areas,” SCP added. SCP said that e-Save Natin ang Pasko also promotes the importance of a nurturing home through the “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” advocacy where every member of the family, especially children, receives the support they need so they learn, survive, and are protected. The “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” emphasizes the critical role of parents, guardians, and caregivers in the continued learning of children and aims to provide them the knowledge and skills to facilitate their children’s learning......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

PlayStation 5 launch sets up Xbox head-to-head

Sony’s eagerly awaited PlayStation 5 will launch in November, setting up a holiday-season battle with rival console Xbox Series X as the gaming industry thrives during the pandemic. The competing consoles will be released within two days of each other ahead of the Christmas rush, both aiming to capitalize on a rare bright spot in […] The post PlayStation 5 launch sets up Xbox head-to-head appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

LG Shares the Good Life with Shelter of Hope

During the holidays late last year, LG, together with Netflix, held an intimate launch event for their Christmas animated feature film Klaus......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

RCBC, fintechs launch P100 billion fund for MSMEs

Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. has partnered with financial technology firms led by Acudeen Technologies Inc. to launch a P100-billion fund for micro, small and medium enterprises......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

& lsquo;Malvar& rsquo; set for grand launch

Lawyer Jose Malvar Villegas, Jr.,  founder-chairman emeritus of the two million strong Citizen Crime Watch (CCW) and the grandson of national hero Gen. Miguel Malvar, said during the Christmas party of the CCW at Max’s Restaurant Ermita, Manila that he has decided to be the producer of the all-star cast movie Malvar because the idea of doing it 20 years ago did not materialize. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2019

Duterte tops Reds & lsquo;hit list& rsquo;& mdash;PSG

President Rodrigo Duterte is included in the “hit list” of the New People’s Army, which was reportedly ready to launch attacks this Christmas season, his top security aide said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2019

Government urged to declare 2-day Christmas ceasefire with CPP-NPA

The Christmas ceasefire has been a customary move by both sides since the launch of formal talks in the late 1980s......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

Bigger, better Christmas with LG, Netflix

With the goal of providing a Bigger & Better Christmas for all, LG combined Filipinos’ love for the holidays with the brand’s mission of always giving back to the community. In a media launch event recently held in One Canvas Events Place in Pasong Tamo, Makati, LG Philippines outlined the various initiatives they have lined up for the holiday season. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Bazaar City in Cainta opens for Christmas shoppers


Everyone wants a bargain and most of the time, one goes through the pain of commuting, finding parking and getting past hordes of people with the same objective in mind — to shop. The malls might be a good idea but if one is on a very tight budget, one goes to where one can […] The post Bazaar City in Cainta opens for Christmas shoppers
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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

PLDT unit reinforces support to MSMEs

PLDT Enterprise is reinforcing its support for the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the launch of its enhanced fixed load plan powered by Sun Business......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

RAPID Growth Project to Transform Agri-based PH Enterprises for Global Markets

Farmers and micro-, small- and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines can expect more marketing and business support from the government with the launch of the Rural Agro-enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project. RAPID Growth is a 4.7-billion-peso value chain-based and market-driven business development initiative that aims to achieve inclusive and sustainable […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

PH Navy Gets Early Christmas Gift with Launch of BRP Jose Rizal

Christmas Day came seven months early for the Philippine Navy as its latest ship, the missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will be formally launched in this city on Thursday morning, marking the fulfillment of the dream of generations of seagoing officers – who have pushed and fought for the acquisition of modern combat units for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Jordan tops Clippers' hot shooting in win over Lakers

em>By Beth Harris, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- DeAndre Jordan scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Los Angeles Clippers shot 52 percent to cruise past the Lakers 113-97 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and improve to 6-0 in 2017. Jordan had 21 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 20 points and 13 assists for the Clippers, off to their best start since going 7-0 to begin 1974 when the franchise was located in Buffalo. Their streak is the longest active one in the NBA. The Clippers shot 52 percent and are 15-0 when they do so. Led by Jordan, they had a season-high 56 points in the paint. Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points for the Lakers, who never led in losing their third in a row and seventh in 10 games. Jordan's shooting was nearly perfect; he tipped in his lone miss with 4:41 remaining in the game. The big man put on a dunk clinic with eight, including a two-handed jam on the game's opening possession. The Lakers, who shot 44 percent, never made a run in the fourth. The Lakers cut their deficit from 19 points to 10 in the third. After an unsportsmanlike technical for hanging on the rim, Timofey Mozgov dunked to launch a 9-2 run that included consecutive three-pointers by Brandon Ingram and Nick Young and got the Lakers to 69-59. The Clippers closed with a 15-9 spurt that sent them into the fourth leading 84-68. Jordan had two more dunks, both one-handers in the quarter. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Starting F Luol Deng sat out to rest after playing 19 minutes in Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) loss to the Spurs, well under his 27-minute average. He missed his first game of the season on Jan. 5 (Jan. 6, PHL time) at Portland. G Lou Williams, the team's leading scorer, made his first start of the season. It was the Lakers' 14th different starting lineup. They were averaging 10.1 turnovers (71 total) over the previous seven games and had 15 against the Clippers. em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em> They had eight turnovers, one off their season low. They lost to the host Lakers on Christmas, snapping their 11-game winning streak in the series. The Clippers have won nine in a row at home against the Lakers. strong>CHANGING THINGS UP /strong> For just the third time in the 17-year history of Staples Center, all three tenants were playing at home on the same day. The Kings were set to host the Jets in the evening. It takes a 45-person crew nearly two hours to convert the arena from basketball to hockey. The three teams previously played on the same day in 2006 and 2008. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Host Detroit on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>Host Oklahoma City on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017