Wednesday, March 29, 2023

SSS-BI agreement ensures social security coverage to job order and contract of service worker

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The Social Security System (SSS) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on March 9, 2023 at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila that will provide social security coverage to job order and contract of service workers in the government.

Photo shows SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet (right) and BI Commissioner Norman G. Tansingco (left) during the ceremonial signing that will benefit at least 800 job order and contract of service workers serving in the immigration regulatory body.

Under the MOA, BI’s job order and contract of service workers will get SSS coverage under the KaSSSama sa Coverage Program. Under the program, these BI workers will be classified as self-employed members of SSS.

The agreement also states that BI will act as a Coverage and Collection Partner of SSS. As such, SSS authorized BI to collect and remit the monthly contributions of these workers through a salary-deduction scheme.

“The SSS aims to secure the future of all job order and contract of service workers in government agencies nationwide. Although these employees work in government offices, they are considered private self-employed members and are not covered by the Government Service Insurance System,” Macasaet said.

He explained that as self-employed SSS members, they will be entitled to receive social security benefits such as sickness, maternity, disability, retirement, funeral and death benefits. They will also get additional coverage from the Employees' Compensation Program (ECP) for work-related contingencies. Moreover, they may apply for various member loans offered by SSS such as salary and calamity loans.

Commissioner Tansingco thanked SSS for bringing social security benefits to their job order and contract of service workers which they can rely on during times of contingencies.

Meanwhile, Macasaet visited the KaSSSama sa Coverage Program servicing counter set up for the occasion in the BI head office in Intramuros, Manila. SSS personnel from SSS Manila Branch manned the online and onsite servicing counter to assist BI workers in creating online account with SSS through the My.SSS facility, registration with SSS as self-employed members, generating Payment Reference Number for contribution payment, verification of member's records, and answering inquiries on various SSS benefits and loan programs.

As of December 2022, SSS has partnered with 1,531 local government units (LGUs), 499 national government agencies, 111 state universities and colleges (SUCs), and 68 local water districts covering job order and contract of service workers through the KaSSSama sa Coverage Program with a total collection exceeding P5.5 billion.

Official Statement by DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte on ACT Teachers Partylist

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The Department of Education is not blind to the problems besetting the education system.

We have already laid down solutions to these problems during the Basic Education Report delivered on January 30, 2023.

The hiring of teachers, the hiring of administrative staff, as well as the construction of new classrooms and school buildings are among the solutions identified and being pursued now.

And while these are pursued along with the implementation of other essential reforms, DepEd should not only be limited to dispensing old-fashioned solutions but must also innovate.

The Department will not surrender or fall for the mad ruse of a partylist group that has mastered the art of duplicity.

May I reiterate that ACT Teachers’ suggestions were both unrealistic and impossible — presented to shame the government and deceive the public into believing that the hiring of teachers and increasing the education budget were their ideas.

On this note, may I underscore the urgency and necessity of exposing ACT Teachers as a fake representative of learners and teachers in Congress.

If ACT Teachers stands for the education sector, it would not have ignored the NPA terrorism in Masbate that resulted in the suspension of classes in six towns of the province, affecting more than 55,000 learners and 2,815 personnel — which they claim to represent.

ACT Teachers would have publicly and strongly condemned this act of NPA terrorism, given its blistering impact on the efforts of DepEd and our partners to remedy the education problems.

But the group has masterfully redirected the public's attention from Masbate to its outrageous suggestions for DepEd.

Part of its deceptive tactic when stripped down of its intentions — with its real political agenda exposed to the public — is to conveniently hide under the blanket of red-tagging.

We should only take ACT Teachers seriously if it publicly condemns NPA atrocities in Masbate and all other NPA terroristic activities that hampered the learning of children across the country

ACT Teachers should stop dropping the victim card around the table whenever they are exposed as sympathizers and supporters of the NPA, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The real victims here are the learners, and the Department of Education is pouring in all our efforts to solve the problem.

Thank you.

Sara Z. Duterte

Vice President of the Philippines

Secretary of the Department of Education

Ten women waste workers receive grants on International Women’s Month

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Women waste workers formally accept their new equipment and financial grants to boost their businesses.

Ten women waste workers from the Cities of Pasig, Quezon and Manila celebrated International Women’s Month with new equipment and financial grants to enhance their waste management businesses.

WWF-Philippines hosted a turnover ceremony at the University of the Philippines Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City on March 8, Wednesday, which was also International Women’s Day. The women grantees received their new equipment – side cars, cleaning tools, and safety gear – and signed an agreement, accepting their grants.

One of the grantees was 46-year-old Rosabelle Obusan from Pasig City. Rosabelle has been collecting and selling garbage since she was young. She had always dreamed of having her own junk shop, but lacked the seed money to do so.

“Kaya ngayon makakakuha na ako ng business permit, tsaka mayor’s permit, kaya matutuloy ko na ‘yung pangarap ko. Ito na nga ‘yung hinihintay ko na ang tagal na pagkakataon. Mauumpisahan ko na,” Rosabelle says.

[Translation: Now I can finally get a business permit and a mayor’s permit to fulfill my dream. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I can finally start my business.]

Rosabelle Obusan receives a side car full of cleaning tools and safety gear as well as new signs for the junk shop she plans to open.

The other grantees were May Mabunga, Marissa Gorpido, Michelle Glor, Marife Cabe, Joan Diaz, Rose Anne Salinas, Analyn Gerong, Kuh Restubog, and Margarita Bartolo.

The equipment and grants are part of the Women in Waste Economic Empowerment (WWEE) program of the Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) initiative under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is in partnership with WWF-Philippines and the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI) as well as the Associated Resources for Management and Development, Inc. (ARMDEV) and the EcoWaste Coalition’s Basic Business Empowerment Skills Training (BBEST) that is also funded by CCBO.

“Nakakabilib na ang mga kababaihan ang kasama natin sa pag-ambag sa kalinisan ng ating komunidad. Isang pribilehiyo po para sa amin na makatulong sa inyo at sa inyong pamilya para sa ating misyon na isang mundong maayos at walang nasasayang,” said Cecile Alcantara — Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines President — addressing the women waste workers.

[Translation: It is impressive that women are part of our work to clean communities. It is our privilege to assist you and your families in our mission to achieve a world without waste.]

Prior to receiving the grants, the women underwent empowerment training under BBEST and participated in a mentorship and pitching session to a panel. The grantees were selected based on the clarity, impact, and feasibility of their business idea, and the drive of the women to implement the business model.

Apart from the formal turnover, one of the highlights of the event was a sharing or chikahan session among the new grantees, with some new BBEST training graduates and other women waste workers who had received their grants a few months earlier. The women entrepreneurs shared their experiences, answered questions from the group and also offered inspiring messages to motivate the new graduates to continue pursuing their ambitions for their businesses despite the challenges.

Previous grrantees share their story of how they trained to be entrepreneurs under the WWEE project and what life has been like since receiving their grants.

Analiza Maglasang, 48, was one of the grantees from November who shared her story. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Analiza had to shut down her junk shop and put her plans on hold. When she attended the BBEST training last year, she found the confidence from learning new skills to restart her business.

“Ang isang natutunan ko, mangarap lang ulit,” she says. “Kasi sabi ko pwede kahit hindi na ako maghanapbuhay. Antayin ko na lang sahod ng asawa ko…Nang naka-attend ako nang seminar parang naliwanagan ako ulit.”

[Translation: One of the lessons I learned is to dream again. Because I used to think that I didn’t need to work anymore. I’ll just wait for my husband’s salary…When I attended the seminar I was enlightened.]

May Mabunga, 29, from Pasig City is a door-to-door waste collector and one of the new grantees who also spoke during the session. She shared how she overcame her shyness and learned to be more outspoken during her empowerment training.

“Kahit hindi ka marunong magsulat, magbasa…’Yung hindi marunong magbasa mapaghihinaan kayo ng loob. Kasi ako mahina talaga ‘yung loob ko. Katulad ngayon, mahina ang loob ko, pero nasaan ngayon ako?”

[Translation: Even if you don’t know how to write or read…When you don’t know how to read, you often feel weak-hearted. I also often feel weak-hearted until now, but look how far I’ve come?]

A recent WWF study found that women bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to managing plastic use and waste when compared to men. WWF-Philippines is pushing for gender-inclusive solid waste management systems in homes and communities.

The WWEE partnership is in line with WWF-Philippines’ advocacy to empower women in the waste management sector under its No Plastics in Nature (NPIN) initiative that seeks to stop the flow of plastic waste in nature by 2030.

"WWF believes in empowering the waste sector as we see it important in the plastic value chain. Our studies showed that the informal waste sector mainly contributes to the estimated 9% plastic recycling rate of the country but is not provided with the support they need. Through WWEE, together with our partners, we recognize their contribution and work on supporting them in making their dream businesses a reality,” says Czarina Constantino - Panopio NPIN Program Manager.

Unveil the Magical Charm of Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh, a state situated in the northern region of the Himalayas, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The Manali package provides access to several picturesque towns, such as Manali, located at the northern end of the Kullu valley, is known for its stunning forests of oak, pine, and deodar. You can also visit the Dalhousie, which is spread across five hills and offers magnificent views of the Dhauladhar ranges. Don’t forget to visit the Kasol, also known as the "Amsterdam of India," is a charming hamlet on the banks of the Parvati River. Get a chance to admire the famed Tibetan culture, historic temples, and nature excursions of Mcleodganj, located on the outskirts of Dharamshala. Spiti Valley, which sits at an altitude of 12,500 feet, is a chilly desert surrounded by snow-covered mountains. While exploring the Himachal, you can take a scenic drive to the pass and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.


Manali, a serene hill station nestled in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty. The town boasts of many ancient temples, such as the famous Hadimba Temple and Manu Temple, which provide a glimpse into the history and culture of Manali. For a deeper understanding of Manali's past, head to the Gompa Museum, where you can explore exhibits showcasing the town's unique heritage. While in Manali, don't miss the chance to browse the bustling Manali Bazaar, which offers a wide variety of local handicrafts and souvenirs like shawls, woolen items, and traditional Himachali caps, making it the ideal place to purchase locally-made products. With your Manali package nature enthusiasts can visit the Beas Kund, a high altitude alpine lake located about 18 kilometers from Manali, which is a popular spot for trekking enthusiasts and is believed to have religious significance. The Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its diverse wildlife and stunning scenery, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers. You can witness the magnificent landscapes and spot a wide variety of wildlife here. For breathtaking mountain vistas, take a scenic drive to the Rohtang Pass, a high-altitude mountain pass located near Manali.


Located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a renowned hill station, known for its stunning rich cultural history, and colonial-era architecture. The Mall Road, Shimla's primary shopping destination where you can stroll along the Mall at your leisure, take in the colonial-era architecture, and soak in the local vibe at the diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Don't forget to visit the most popular temples like The Jakhoo Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Hanuman, is situated on a hill near Shimla. For the breathtaking scenery and experience the spiritual aura of the temple by taking a cable car ride or hiking up the hill. The Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, was the official residence of the British viceroy during the colonial era. Explore the lodge's history and architecture on your Shimla tour package, and learn about its role in India's colonial past. For a glimpse into Himachal Pradesh's cultural and natural heritage, head to the Shimla State Museum, located in the heart of the city. The museum's exhibitions and artifacts provide visitors with information about the local history, art, and culture. Take a leisurely stroll along the Ridge and admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys.


The trip becomes a dream holiday with the Shimla tour package as you visit Kufri which is a charming and picturesque hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike, with a host of attractions to explore. The Kufri Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit destination, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including Himalayan tahr, leopards, and red pandas. You can take a guided tour to learn about the local wildlife and see these creatures in their natural habitat. Kufri Fun World is another popular attraction, an amusement park that offers a variety of exciting activities and games for families and children. The Mahasu Peak, Kufri's highest point, is a breathtaking spot that provides stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Trekking to the peak is a popular activity for tourists who want to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Additionally, the small traditional settlements in the Kufri area offer a glimpse into the local culture and way of life, allowing you to learn about local traditions and customs by walking around the villages. Kufri's high snowfall throughout the winter months also makes it a popular winter sports destination, attracting adventure enthusiasts from all over.


The Shimla Tour Package itinerary includes a visit to the charming hamlet of Kasol, located on the banks of the Parvati River. Kasol has become a popular destination for travellers, trekkers, and nature enthusiasts in recent years. It is situated 23 kilometres from Bhuntar and is adjacent to the holy town of Manikaran. Several treks, including those to Kheerganga, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass, begin from Kasol. Manikaran Sahib, located just 15 minutes from Kasol, is a pilgrimage site visited by both Sikhs and Hindus. The Gurudwara is a must-visit, along with the temples dedicated to Lord Ram, Krishna, and Vishnu, all of which offer breathtaking mountain backdrops. Kasol is also known for its hot water springs, which include an Energy Center and an experimental Energy Plant. If you join the trekking excursion to Malana, located 21 kilometres from Kasol, you will drive up to the end of the road and start your trip to the Malana Village.

Spiti Valley

If you're planning a trip to Spiti Valley, it's a good idea to consider taking advantage of the Shimla tour package beforehand. Shimla is located in Himachal Pradesh, and it's the coldest spot in the country, receiving 250 days of sunlight per year at an elevation of 12,500 feet. Spiti Valley is a "trekking mecca and unspoiled paradise" that's located between India and Tibet and is home to many monasteries, including the thousand-year-old Key Monastery. The valley is sparsely populated, making it an ideal destination for adventure seekers who want to explore its various trekking trails and high-altitude mountain passes. Kunzum La is one of the most captivating trekking trails in the area, offering a bird's eye view of the Bara Shigri Glacier, the world's second longest glacier. To see some picturesque views of the villages, head down 1.5 kilometers along the Spiti River from Dhankar Monastery to Dhankar Lake. Additionally, Chandratal Lake is a beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 4300 meters in the tumultuous Himalayas, attracting countless adventure seekers who want to witness the changing colors of the lake from reddish to orange to blue and finally emerald green by the end of the day.


The hidden gem on the list of Manali package is Dalhousie, renowned for its waterfalls, lush forests, and meadows. Founded in 1854, the town was named after Lord Dalhousie, who made it a popular summer vacation spot for the British during colonial times. The town's churches, such as Saint Patrick's Church, St John's Church, and St Francis Church, are well-known for their Scotch and Victorian-era architecture, preserving the town's colonial legacy. You can purchase knitted Himachal shawls and handicrafts as souvenirs at Mall Road, the town's major market. A must visit to Khajjiar, also known as India's "Little Switzerland", it is renowned for its snow-covered mountains and green pastures. Immerse Yourself in the Natural Wonders of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary with Endangered Animals and Majestic Mountain Views. Panchpula, a picnic area in Dalhousie, is surrounded by a canopy of pine and deodar trees and is well-known for its Saptdhara waterfall, serving as the starting point for the Ganji Pahari hike and entertaining activities such as ziplining. Finally, the Samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh, the uncle of Shahid Bhagat Singh, is a tribute to his memory.


Jibhi is a small and charming village nestled in the serene Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is also home to a number of beautiful temples, including the Chaini Kothi, a 400-year-old tower-like structure made entirely of stone and wood. The tower is a remarkable feat of ancient architecture and engineering. For those seeking adventure, the nearby Jalori Pass is a popular destination for trekkers, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys. You can also enjoy camping by the serene Tirthan River and indulge in activities such as fishing, birdwatching, and stargazing. Don't forget to try traditional Himachali dishes such as Madra, Dhaam, and Siddu, all of which are made with locally sourced ingredients and authentic recipes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

DigiCOOP partners with ADVANCE.AI to boost digital and financial inclusion in the Philippines

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DigiCOOP, the largest online platform for cooperatives and labour unions in the Philippines, today announced a partnership with Singapore-based tech startup ADVANCE.AI to power the provision of digital and financial services for its 1.3 million labour union workers and farmers on its platform.

Launched in 2020 during the Philippines’ Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), digiCOOP already has 12 federations and 100+ cooperatives using its digital platform. It has also integrated over 400 brick-and-mortar co-op branches into its web channel. Registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), digiCOOP’s aim is to unite and serve member cooperatives with an ecosystem of digital and financial products and services. Aggregated services offered on its platform include loan application, credit scoring, digital banking, insurance and investment, bill and online payment services as well as e-learning opportunities.

ADVANCE.AI specialises in digital identity verification to power smooth and seamless customer onboarding. In the Philippines for example, it can remotely onboard and verify a real user’s identity by scanning a range of national identity documents, such as the Philippines’ passport, UMID, SSS and TIN, and matching the image with a selfie taken with the phone’s camera. All this can be completed in under 60 seconds. Other services it provides include fraud and risk management, as well as alternative credit scoring services.

Ann Cuisia, CEO of TraXion Tech, the founder and creator of digiCOOP, said, “Our goal is to reduce systemic inefficiency and lack of financial inclusion by increasing the 20% banked Filipino families to at least 50% within five years. Our partnership with ADVANCE.AI and their expertise in digitally onboarding customers through seamless and secure digital identity verification supports our vision of enabling unbanked and underserved Filipino segments of society to build their own wealth, participate in a lively digital and financial ecosystem and pass on the coop legacy to the next tech-adept generation.”

​Michael Calma, Philippines Country Manager of ADVANCE.AI, said, “Economic advancement for the grassroots and union workers can only happen by increasing trust and confidence in the use of digital technology. As a Filipino, I’m very excited about this partnership and advancing digiCOOP’s mission of digital as well as financial accessibility and sustainability for the grassroots. Nowadays, the traditional customer onboarding process is simple, secure and can be completed entirely on their mobile phone. All they need to join the digiCOOP platform is a national identity document and an internet connection.”

WWF-Philippines’ Corporates for a Better Planet Initiative invites private entities to operate more sustainably amidst the climate crisis

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To address the threats of climate change, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines works with the private sector in adopting sustainability in corporate strategy through the Corporates for a Better Planet Initiative (CBPI).

A flagship program of WWF-Philippines, CBPI provides technical support to companies in developing or reviewing their sustainability strategy, using the latest science-backed frameworks aligned with Philippine regulations. The program of activities under CBPI is customized per company, as WWF recognizes different levels and starting points of climate and sustainability commitment that have implications on what a company would need to address and how quickly and intensely if they are to make any claims or sustainability or climate action.

With the Philippines being one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, it is crucial for businesses to address environmental issues and adequately determine their risk and impacts. It is increasingly possible to identify how much of a company’s profits is ‘unsustainable’ after internalizing impacts and costs that were previously not included in company financial reports. Transformation to a green/blue economy needs to happen now, as our country’s peak growth years given our population make up will last for the next 2-3 decades. CBPI takes a holistic, progressive approach and aims to work with large and small companies alike to accelerate transformation in the private sector.

Real-estate development key player NEO is the first private entity to join CBPI, committing to integrate an actionable and more conscious functional framework to address climate-related risks. Through the partnership, WWF-PH provided extensive assistance in the production of the company's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report to assess the organization’s current state regarding sustainability.

NEO’s Chief Executive Officer Raymond Rufino shared that their organization is eager to be a pioneer in building green, healthy, and resilient establishments.

“Through the program, WWF guided us with their bespoke approach to ESG reporting to draft and develop a report that would be relevant, concrete, and impactful while fully compliant with global standards and benchmarks and aligned with WWF best practices for sustainability,” said Rufino. “We are very grateful for the successful partnership with WWF and wholeheartedly encourage other organizations to join the CBPI program! Together we can #ChangeTheEnding.”

In developing a concrete action plan, NEO commits to several focus areas, including Climate Action, Resource Efficiency, and Infrastructure Resilience. These outline the necessary steps that still prioritize economic interests while fostering a greater positive purpose—something many local companies can certainly accomplish too.

NEO has successfully completed the first step of measuring its sustainability level and is currently in its second phase which involves creating a detailed roadmap to achieving its targets. On the other hand, WWF-Philippines is actively engaging other corporations to pave the way toward sustainable development.

By joining the CBPI, businesses, and organizations can make their impact through sustainable visions and roadmaps and contribute to the overall target of the Philippines on the path towards sustainability and resilience. Moreover, the corporate sector can develop and achieve sustainable approaches through the three main processes of the program: Measure, Manage, and Maintain.

Businesses and economies can never thrive on a dying planet—WWF-Philippines welcomes the contributions of technical cooperations in amplifying the efforts and highlighting the shared responsibility across all sectors in working towards a resilient future. Through CBPI, the organization trusts that more corporations will take on the challenge to #ChangeTheEnding for the next generation.

DBM, PIA-NCR link with MM info officers to boost rightsizing, Mandanas-Garcia ruling campaigns

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Philippine Information Agency - National Capital Region (PIA-NCR) is set to convene the members of the Association of Information Officers in Metro Manila (AIMM) on March 29, 2023 in Manila to tackle two critical issues facing the Philippine government - bureaucratic rightsizing and the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court ruling.

Composed by information officers from various government agencies and non-government organizations, AIMM is the biggest information and communication network in the National Capital Region.

DBM Undersecretary and AIMM President Goddes Hope Libiran highlighted the critical role of the communication sector in promoting understanding of the key issues to the public and generate support from the public.

"We recognize the importance of these critical issues and are committed to bring together professionals in this field to exchange ideas and learn from each other's experiences and this assembly provides an opportunity for information officers to share best practices and innovative strategies to help the government address these issues," Usec Libiran said.

The assembly will feature a series of discussions from experts, covering topics such as the impact of bureaucratic rightsizing on government operations, the implications of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling and level of readiness of both national and local government agencies, and effective communication strategies to address these issues.

The administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is keen on implementing a program of bureaucratic rightsizing, which aims to improve efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining government agencies and eliminating redundancies. However, this has raised concerns about job losses and disruptions in government services.

The Mandanas-Garcia ruling, on the other hand, granted local government units a bigger share of national taxes, which has significant implications for their fiscal autonomy and development.

"We understand that these issues are complex and have far-reaching consequences, and we hope that this assembly will help information officers gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and explore new strategies to address them," Usec. Libiran added.

About the AIMM:

The Association of Information Officers in Metro Manila (AIMM) is a professional organization of government information officers dedicated to promoting effective and ethical communication in the government. AIMM was established in 1997 to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members and to help improve the quality of government communication. The Philippine Information Agency-National Capital Region serves as its secretariat and adviser. (PIA-NCR)

cover photo: Philippine Information Agency Director-General Ramon Lee Cualoping III and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora grace the 4th quarter Association of Information Officers in Metro Manila (AIMM) conference and election of officers on December 2, 2022 in San Juan City. (PIA-NCR photo)


Monday, March 27, 2023

Globe launches Gen G movement with world champion Alex Eala In celebration of Gen Zs

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Gen Zs make up the young and energetic generation born between 1997 to 2012. They are known to be deeply passionate, socially aware, surprisingly pragmatic, and determined to fulfill their purpose by pursuing their passions and turning them into reality.

With today’s access to technology, the world, as the saying goes, is Gen Z’s oyster giving them a myriad of opportunities to chase their dreams. And to empower all Filipino Gen Zs to own the world, Globe recently launched a new movement called “Gen G”, which gives them the platform to champion their beliefs and thrive in the areas of health, education, finance, and entertainment.

Gen Gs exemplify a go-getter attitude, commitment to excellence, and eagerness to achieve high aspirations–for a purpose, by their own terms and, based on their values. These characteristics define them as Generation Go, Generation Game, Generation Great–and Generation Globe!

Through a video series called “Gen G Portraits”, Globe will share stories of different Gen Gs to inspire the youth to power through despite the world’s perception about them.

First to be featured on “Gen G Portraits” is Filipino world champion Alex Eala, whose international achievements made the Philippines known in the tennis world and in the bigger sports industry. A role model for championing passion into purpose, Eala has turned something she loves into her defining success, pushing past pressure and the weight of expectations.

“Like any other youth, I am taking every chance to take on the world and seize every opportunity, no matter if it is a hit or miss. I remind myself everyday to just go and get it. And I know that other young Filipinos like me can also do the same,” says Globe Gen G Ambassador, Alex Eala.

“With access to technology, Alex is able to nurture her talents and skills in sports and education–two things she cares deeply about,” says Pia Colby, Chief Marketing Officer of Globe. “This allows her to develop and share her unique points of views that inspire others while bringing Pinoy pride wherever she goes, thus, perfectly embodying what it means to be Gen G and the kind of an empowered individual in this generation.”

Eala’s “Gen G Portraits” debut also coincides with the celebration of International Women’s Month, after all, Gen G stands for Generation Girl, too! With her success, Eala proves she’s among the many girls and women today who continue to reimagine the roles and limits the society perceives about them–and Globe celebrates them for that.

“We want passionate Filipino women to overcome the obstacles of a noisy, overwhelming, and high-pressure world. Through Globe, we can empower them to use the technology available to them so they can shape their future and own their world,” says Colby.

Watch how Globe empowers Alex Eala as a Gen G here. For the latest news about Alex Eala and Globe, visit Globe Newsroom.

The Juans and Matthaios use their PAWER TO EXTEND good vibes to Karaoke-goers

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Now that singing in karaoke bars is allowed again, it’s exciting to belt out those winning notes together with friends and family. But when the waiter says time is up, all we wish is to extend the fun. Good thing, TM Ambassadors, The Juans and Matthaios, used their PAWER TO EXTEND the karaoke sessions of their fans, giving them extended moments of music and good vibes.

It was a lucky day for this barkada karaoke with the TM Extendables, made up of The Juans and Matthaios, who surprised them not only with extended time to sing their hearts out but a rare opportunity to sing along with their favorite artists!

They thought it was only a regular kantahan session, but to their surprise, hugot pop-rock band, The Juans, and one of the hottest rappers of his generation, Matthaios, were their undercover waiters-turned-superheroes just waiting to save the day with the pawer to extend some good vibes.

Watch here[1] to see how the music-loving TM Extendables extended the KTV fun!

Aside from extending the fun and joy through their music, The Juans group members feel strongly about using their pawer to extend in different ways. RJ wants to stretch the affinity they have with all Ka-TMs and their fan group known as Juanistas. Carl wants to extend the reach of their songs to more people. Chael and Japs hope to extend help to their fans in need.

Meanwhile, if he also has the pawer to extend, Matthaios also wishes to extend more years of his life, so he has more time to make music for his fans.


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Similar to The Juans and Matthaios, TM also wants to give its customers the pawer of free extend to enjoy their passion for music, especially to support OPM.

TM's EasySURF 50 Free Extend is a sulit pawer move that gives Ka-TMs the most value out of their data promo by having one more free day to maximize their remaining data for internet to

enjoy activities they are deeply passionate about. This includes streaming their favorite music or watching different dance trends online with their friends and family. With TM, WE GOT DA PAWER!

Ka-TMs can get the best out of this offer until April 30, 2023 by registering to EasySURF 50 and texting “Free Extend” to 8080. This one-day free extend freebie can be claimed once for every active EasySURF 50 registration.

Follow TM Tambayan in all social media channels to catch how the TM Extendables shared good vibes, fun, and diskarte moves to our ka-TMs and to know more about TM’s latest offers.

The Juans at Matthaios ginamit ang PAWER TO EXTEND Karaoke Sessions!

Ngayong bukas na ulit ang mga karaoke bar, pwedeng pwede na ulit bumirit sa kantahan kasama ang pamilya at barkada. Pero minsan nabibitin ang bonding kapag “time’s up” na. Buti na lang ginamit ng TM Ambassadors, The Juans at Matthaios, ang kanilang PAWER TO EXTEND para pahabain ang KTV session ng kanilang mga fans para tuluy-tuloy ang good vibes ng kantahan.

Sinuwerte ang isang barkada dahil na-experience nila ang best karaoke session ever. ‘Di lamang inextend ng TM Extendables, The Juans at Matthaios, ang oras ng kanilang kantahan, nabigyan pa sila ng once-in-a-lifetime experience na maka jamming ang kanilang idols.

Ang akala nilang simpleng pawer kantahan session ay naging surprise concert kasama ang hugot pop-rock band na The Juans at isa sa mahusay na rappers ng kanyang henerasyo na si Matthaios. Ang mga ito ay nag undercover bilang waiters and right on cue, they saved the day gamit ang kanilang pawer to extend for some good vibes.

Panuorin dito[2] kung paano inextend ng music-loving The Extendables ang fun ng karaoke kantahan kasama ang mga Ka-TM.

Maliban sa pag-extend ng good vibes gamit ang kanilang musika, gusto rin gamitin ng The Juans ang kanilang pawer to extend sa iba’t ibang bagay. Gusto ni RJ na mas humaba at gumanda pa ang samahan ng banda nila sa mga Ka-TM at sa mga Juanistas. Si Carl ay gusto naman na mas mapalawak pa ang kayang abutin ng kanilang mga kanta para mas maraming tao pa ang ma-inspire nila. Sina Chael at Japs naman ay gustong i-extend ang kahit anong tulong sa kanilang fans.

Si Matthaios naman ay gustong i-extend pa ang kanyang buhay para tuluy-tuloy pa siyang makagawa ng musika para sa kanyang fans.


Tulad ng The Juans at ni Matthaios, gusto rin ng TM na magamit ng mga Ka-TM ang Pawer ng Free Extend para i-enjoy ang kanilang love for music at suportahan ang OPM.

Ang TM EasySURF 50 Free Extend ay isang sulit pawer move na tinutulungan ang mga Ka-TM na talagang masulit ang kanilang data promo with plus one day free para magamit ang kanilang natitirang data pang-internet sa mga bagay na nae-enjoy nila katulad ng pag-stream ng music at videos online kasama ang pamilya at barkada.

Kayang-kaya i-achieve ng mga Ka-TM ang sulit pawer move na ito! Mag-register lang sa EasySURF 50, tapos i-text ang “Free Extend” sa 8080. Ang freebie na ito ay pwedeng i-claim isang beses bawat EZ50 promo registration hanggang April 30, 2023.

Sundan ang TM Tambayan para mapanuod kung paano nagdala ng good vibes at diskarte moves ang TM Extendables sa mga Ka-TM at patuloy na maging updated tungkol sa mga latest TM offers. Dahil sa TM, #WeGotDaPawer!

On the hiring of 30k public school teachers

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The suggestions of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) for the Department of Education to hire 30,000 public teachers and allocate a budget of P100 billion per year for classrooms are obviously deceptive maneuvers deliberately designed to counter the Marcos administration’s solution to the problems hounding the education sector.

The call could not be coming from a place of genuine concern for the future of our learners and the welfare of our teachers. Instead, it is a call motivated by the group’s fascination for demands and goals that are unrealistic and impossible — placing the government in a precarious situation that will ultimately end in failure.

The timing also betrayed ACT Teachers' true intentions.

The call came at the height of the NPA-initiated violence in six towns of Masbate that affected over 55,199 learners and 2,815 school personnel.

ACT Teachers, while silent about the NPA operations, apparently needed to come up with something outrageous to divert the public's attention away from the damage that the NPA attacks caused to our Masbate learners.

For the information of the public, the Department intends to continue hiring additional teaching and non-teaching personnel this year. DepEd is also set to deploy more administrative officers in schools to complement its workforce and ultimately reduce the administrative tasks of teachers.

Instead of solely focusing on archaic and ineffective solutions, we will also tap into available technology to address current challenges.

These form part of the reforms that we will implement to ensure the effective delivery of basic education to Filipino learners and champion teachers' welfare.

The Marcos administration will not be pressured, hoodwinked, or distracted by groups like ACT Teachers.

Our objective is to eliminate elements that contribute to learning losses, effectively implement reforms, and exercise fiscal responsibility by using resources wisely through innovations and mechanisms that will improve learning.

Nice try, ACT Teachers.


Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines

Secretary of the Department of Education

Transform Your Business with Advanced IoT App Development Services in UAE

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In today's digital era, businesses are constantly seeking innovative technologies to streamline their operations and enhance their efficiency. One such technology that has emerged as a game-changer in recent years is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with sensors, software, and connectivity, which enables them to connect and exchange data.

IoT has the potential to transform businesses across various sectors, and IoT app development services have become increasingly popular in the UAE, especially with the emergence of IoT App Development Company in Dubai. In this article, we will explore the benefits of IoT app development services and how they can transform your business operations.

What is IoT App Development?

IoT app development is the process of creating software applications that enable the communication and control of IoT devices. These applications can be developed for a wide range of devices such as smart homes, wearables, industrial equipment, and vehicles. The IoT app development process involves a range of technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and machine learning.

Benefits of IoT App Development Services

The following are some of the benefits of IoT app development services for businesses:

● Enhanced Efficiency

IoT app development services can significantly enhance the efficiency of businesses by automating various processes. With the help of IoT devices, businesses can automate tasks such as inventory management, production monitoring, and quality control. This automation can reduce manual labor, minimize errors, and increase overall efficiency.

● Improved Customer Experience

IoT app development services can also improve the customer experience by enabling businesses to provide personalized services. For instance, businesses can use IoT devices to track customer preferences and provide customized recommendations. This can enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty.

● Real-time Data Insights

IoT devices generate vast amounts of data that can provide valuable insights into business operations. IoT app development services can enable businesses to analyze this data in real-time and make informed decisions. This can improve business operations, enhance customer satisfaction, and increase profitability.

● Cost Savings

IoT app development services can also lead to cost savings for businesses. By automating various processes, businesses can reduce labor costs, minimize errors, and increase efficiency. Moreover, IoT devices can also help businesses optimize their resource usage, leading to cost savings.

How IoT App Development Services can Transform Your Business in UAE

The following are some of the ways in which IoT app development services can transform your business operations in the UAE:

● Seamless Connectivity

IoT app development services can enable seamless connectivity between various devices, enabling businesses to automate processes and enhance efficiency. With the help of IoT devices, businesses can collect and analyze data in real-time, enabling them to make informed decisions.

● Increased Productivity

IoT app development services can also significantly increase productivity by automating various tasks. With the help of IoT devices, businesses can reduce manual labor, minimize errors, and increase efficiency. This can lead to higher productivity and profitability.

Also Read: Digital Transformation and Broken Promises: How misunderstanding of technology stymies digital competitiveness

● Enhanced Safety and Security

IoT devices can also enhance safety and security in businesses. With the help of IoT devices, businesses can monitor equipment, detect malfunctions, and prevent accidents. Moreover, IoT devices can also help businesses monitor their premises and prevent theft.

● Improved Resource Management

IoT app development services can help businesses optimize their resource usage by enabling them to monitor and control various resources such as energy, water, and raw materials. This can lead to significant cost savings and environmental benefits.

IoT app development services have emerged as a game-changer in today's digital era. Businesses in the UAE can significantly benefit from IoT app development services by enhancing their efficiency, improving customer experience, and optimizing resource usage. With the help of IoT devices, businesses can automate various tasks, monitor operations in real-time, and make informed decisions. IoT app development services can transform businesses in the UAE by providing seamless connectivity, increasing productivity, enhancing safety and security, and improving resource management. Investing in IoT app development services can lead to significant cost savings and improve overall profitability.

● What is IoT app development?

IoT app development is the process of creating software applications that enable the communication and control of IoT devices.

● How can IoT app development services benefit businesses?

IoT app development services can benefit businesses by enhancing efficiency, improving customer experience, providing real-time data insights, and leading to cost savings.

● What are some of the ways in which IoT app development services can transform businesses in the UAE?

IoT app development services can transform businesses in the UAE by providing seamless connectivity, increasing productivity, enhancing safety and security, and improving resource management.

● Can IoT devices improve resource usage in businesses?

Yes, IoT devices can help businesses optimize their resource usage by enabling them to monitor and control various resources such as energy, water, and raw materials.

● What are the cost savings that businesses can achieve with IoT app development services?

By automating various processes and optimizing resource usage, businesses can achieve significant cost savings with IoT app development services.

One MaFIAmily donation drive for the benefit of The Home of the Golden Gays

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Do you wish to join us in making a difference? 🤩

One MaFIAmily has headed a donation drive to help our our community at The Home of the Golden Gays, where all proceeds would go directly to our fellow partner organization. ✨🏳️‍🌈

Come and learn about the struggles and lives of members of the LGBTQ+ Community and watch how diversity can impact people's lives! ☀️🫂

Don't forget to register in advance using the link below and donate to our beloved partner: 

De La Salle University has partnered with Global Giving for its COVID-19 Recovery Project in the Philippines, 🌎 which aims to support Filipinos who are severely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. ⛑️

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Friday, March 24, 2023

FDCP Opens Call for Filipino Audiovisual Companies for Cannes Marché du Film 2023

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is looking for Filipino audiovisual companies involved in production, production-related activities, line production, post-production, and animation to be part of the Philippine delegation to the Marché du Film 2023, the business arm of the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival happening from May 16 to 24 in France.

Companies which will be selected by the FDCP will receive Marché du Film Market Badges which will grant their representatives access to the entirety of Cannes International Film Festival’s program of screenings and exclusive reruns, Marché du Film screenings and online platforms, one (1) year free subscription to Cinando and its professional contact details, and to the thematic speed meetings during the duration of the event.

Interested audiovisual companies must register and submit their applications through this form on or before April 15. Companies must comply with the following requirements:

● Must be a Filipino film company (production, line production, post-production, animation or services)

● Must be registered with the FDCP National Registry

● Must be willing to travel to Cannes, France for Marché du Film 2023

● Must be fully-vaccinated or had a booster shot with any of the four (4)

EU-approved vaccines: Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen

● Must be willing to comply with necessary COVID-19 travel restrictions

The professional contact details of the chosen delegates will also be featured in the Marché du Film publications.

Marché du Film is one of the biggest film markets in the world where more than 12,000 film professionals from all over the world gather to build networks and explore co-production opportunities.

The FDCP will be having a Philippine pavilion, shared with the Singapore Film Commission, to provide a venue to Filipino delegates where they can set up meetings, discuss deals, and further expand their networks with all their foreign counterparts.

FDCP Opens Call for Filipino Producers for Cannes Producers Network 2023

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As the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) gears up for its participation in Marché du Film 2023, the business side of the Cannes Film Festival, the FDCP has officially opened its call for applications for Filipino producers to be part of the country’s delegation to one of the biggest film festivals and film markets in the world.

As part of the Agency’s project and talent development goals to provide opportunities to further expose Filipino talents to international networking platforms, the FDCP will be selecting Filipino producers who will be part of the Producers Network happening from May 17 to 22 in Cannes, France.

The Call for Producers is open to Filipino producers, excluding executive producers, line producers, associate producers, production managers, and production assistants, who qualify to the following criteria:

● Producers whose main activity is production;

● Producers who have produced within the last four (4) years at least one (1) feature-length film commercially released in a theater or commercially distributed on global video streaming platforms. Screenings during festivals will not be accepted as commercial distribution;

● Producers with project/s in development and have plans to pursue international co-production especially Asia-Europe co-production.

Eligible applicants must be registered at the FDCP National Registry and must be able to submit all the required documents and requirements to with the subject “Application for Producers Network 2023 - [SURNAME]” on or before March 31:

● Accomplished application form

● Filmography

● Proof of personal credits as a film producer (films released within the last four years)

● Intention letter

● Company profile

● Dossier of project in current development (must include financial plan)

● Copy of passport (valid for at least six months from May 2022)

● HD profile photo in JPEG format.

Selected producers will receive a Marché du Film and Producers Network accreditation sponsored by the FDCP and a PHP50,000 reimbursable stipend including flight, accommodation, and allowance subject to proper liquidation, auditing, and accounting.

The accreditation also grants selected producers the following:

● Access to Festival's screenings (upon request)

● Access to reruns of films from the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival

● Access to Marché du Film screenings

● Access to screenings at the Marché du Film Online

● Priority badge to Market and Festival screenings

● Access to the exhibitor booths, pavilions, and program areas

● Access to Marché du Film online platform

● Free one (1) year subscription to Cinando, a premiere online network designed
for film professionals

● Access to conferences, panels, and masterclasses

● Access to Producers Network events including Opening and Closing Nights,Breakfast meetings, Co-Production Night, etc. Since 2004, the Producers Network has become a go-to gathering venue for film producers from all over the world, offering a series of meetings and events designed to create opportunities and build networks.

The Producers Network will be held as an in-person event from May 17 to 22, simultaneous with Marché du Film and Cannes International Film Festival.

PH learners receive awards at SEAMEO Science Olympiad

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Filipino learners from two schools bagged awards at the 2nd Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Science Olympiad (SEAOSO) held at the Penang, Malaysia earlier this month.

Competing against at least 26 groups from 11 countries in Southeast Asia, Colegio de San Agustin Makati (CSA-Makati) and Saint Louis University (SLU) from Baguio City won the Secondary School (13-18 years old) and Primary School (7-12 years old) category, respectively.

CSA-Makati was hailed as the Overall Champion and Best Completer Finisher Awardee in their category while the delegation from SLU-Baguio received the Best Completer Finisher Award.

The learners from CSA-Makati were represented by Rafael Felipe Viterbo, Eunyou Park, Lakan Diwa Fuentes, and Jodi Vien Mariano.

Meanwhile, SLU-Baguio delegates were composed of Jamie S. Espejo, Erin Shane D. Gumanlaw, Yuhan Nayri T. Padyosan, Paul Gabriele M. Bautista, Greysean A. Ngolab, Rayne Earl H. Diaron, Lyndsay Avy E. Malibiran, Danille Thereze S. Amansec, and Lara Annika Paula E. Namoca.

The SEASO competition was composed of four levels. The first and second were individual Science and Math written exams. The third was a STEM Challenge, a group practical exam, where they were asked to create a tower that could hold a soda can. Groups were judged with parameters of cost, stability, mobility, time of completion, and height. The final level was an oral presentation of the finished product, wherein each group had to market/sell their work to a panel of judges.

SEAOSO aims to stimulate scientific thinking and knowledge exploration amongst students at secondary school levels by applying knowledge to real-life technological problem-solving skills to address multiple issues, including sustainable development.

Furthermore, it encourages young learners to pursue scientific knowledge and increases their awareness about the relationship between various science fields in their daily lives, while aiming to foster camaraderie and networking among these young learners during the event.

The event has also provided career orientation to the participants, which will encourage the latter in choosing various professions under Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand.

The SEAMEO Science Olympiad (SEASO) 2023 is a unique platform of inspiration and scientific knowledge stimulation for future scientists and science academicians all over Southeast Asia and beyond.

#BiggestHourForEarth at Rizal Park Luneta!

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Join us as we create the #BiggestHourForEarth at Rizal Park Luneta!

You can take part in this global movement for the environment with the activities we have lined up for our parkgoers:

✔️ Visit the Sustainability Fair and shop for vegan and plant-based food and products.

✔️ Get ideas on how to do something positive for our planet through our “Give an Hour for Earth” Exhibit.

✔️ Sing along with our Buskers for Earth.

✔️ Learn how to repurpose and transform things through the “Upcycling Workshop” to be conducted by Mrs. Angel Vic T. Panelo and Mr. Jaymark C. Gloria. 

Lastly, we are encouraging everyone to switch off all non-essential lights and electrical devices on 25 March 2023 (Saturday) from 8:30PM-9:30PM.

Together, let’s make the hours count in saving our planet. 

#MyHourForEarth #EarthHourLuneta

Ang Mga Kahon (2023): Ronaldo Tinio's dystopian world

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Ang Mga Kahon (2023) is an experimental theater experience directed by Kat Batara, under the supervision of Charles Yee. Through auditory and visual immersion, the show invites audiences to be transported from the comfort of the theater into Ronaldo Tinio's dystopian world

Ang Mga Kahon (2023) ay mula sa panunulat ni Rolando Tinio at sa direksyon ni Kat Batara sa paggabay ni Charles Yee.


Sa huwag-sanang-mangyaring bukas, inaalagaan ni Joy si Bernie na parang may inaabangan at pinag-aalinlangan.

Content Warning:

This production is rated PG-13. The play will be handling explicit themes that some may find distressing or disturbing such as graphic violence which is not suitable for children under the age of 13. Viewer discretion is advised.


This production is a standing show. Please expect to stand for the duration of the show, which is around one (1) hour. Seating and accommodation will only be provided to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), or people with conditions that make them unable to stand for long periods of time. Audience members will have limited visual perception during the show. Due to the nature of our set, please expect that your vision will be limited during the show. Rest assured that this will only enhance your play watching experience.

Blank Ticketing:

This means that audience members pay what they can, or what they think the show is worth.

Please reserve your tickets here:

Show Information:

● March 29, 2023 - April 1, 2023

○ 7:30 PM across all show dates with a 3:00 PM show on April 1, 2023

● Black Box Theater, Old Communications Building, Ateneo de Manila University


Artistic Team:

Director – Kat Batara

Production Designer – Tata Tuviera

Sound Designer – Carlos Hombrebueno

Lighting Designer – Luis Antonio Rafael A. Sumilong

Costumes Designers – Raizelle Ledda & Charlize Martinez

Graphic Designer – Diandra Lee

Dramaturg – Mita Davila


Joy – Yani Lopez

Bernie – Lyle Viray

Mandy – Jemuel Dagu-ob

Mama – Coco Pineda

Kargador #1 –Gelo Acosta

Kargador #2 – Harvey Calubaquib

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Top 9 Business Card Organizer Apps For Swift Scanning

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Business card organizers are the must have tools for many individuals who proceed consistently with networking. The great thing is that these applications use mobile’s camera for scanning paper business cards and save the card details into digital form. So, now there’s no need to manually add the business card and other information into your phone, just scan your card with a business card reader and let it quickly store all the data without any disruption.

In this context, we rounded up a few best business card scanning apps that recognize and store all the card data in a matter of seconds.

Did you Know!

Most business card scanner applications are easy to navigate, inexpensive, and even loaded with helpful features like CRM integration. You can find that these scanning apps precisely scan and store paper card information into your phone with no errors. To make an instant business card scanning experience, you could visit that recognizes, scan, and store your business cards detail swiftly.

ABBYY Business Card Reader:

It is referred to as one the tremendous and accurate business card organizing apps available around the market. This handy mobile application designed for professionals to scan visiting cards in 25 different languages. Just a single tap requires to share contact details with this best business card reader.

Why Use?

Provided you with free trial

Works best for integrating with salesforce

Allow you to make cards scanning in 25 languages

Why Don’t?

Loaded with limited export options

Only 10 scans are available for free plans

Hubspot Business Card Scanner:

Get this business card reader and scanner through which scanned contacts are integrated with Hubspot’s CRM. No quality loss and no formatting disruptions take place while scanning your visiting cards. The upside is that this card scanner is 100% free, easy to process, and loaded with a wide array of traits.

Why Use?

Free to use

Simple UI

Free and smart business card scanning with CRM integration

Why Don’t?

Only assists to integrate with Hubspot

Packed with the limited sharing and exporting options

Business Card Scanner/Reader/Organizer:

This business card organizer and reader is the simple and easy to navigate source that lets you scan your paper business card details and store it into your Android and iOS devices. The upside is that it lets you make one or more business cards at once while preserving the original context within the business card.

Now you can make a couple of taps from your phone and let this best business card scanning app do all for you within no time.

Why Use?

Attractive interface

Multi-lingual support

Preserve original context

Why Don’t?

Only limited card scanning allow with free plan


When it comes to collecting a large number of business cards at your networking event, this business card scanner makes conversion within no time. This business card organizer mainly functions to scan business cards and even conference badges. Once you upload your cards, you can quickly export them to a large number of CRM systems.

Why Use?

Comes with free plans

Provided you with a wide array of integrations

Why Don’t?

No CRM integrations for free

Limited card scans with free trial

It is indicated as one of the most efficient business card scanning apps for professional employees. this handy app used by large businesses and corporations to provide instant outcomes. It also allows you to proceed with an unlimited number of cards scanning and loaded with CRM and productivity tool integration and complimentary card design services.

Why Use?

Works best for large organizations

Offers free trial

Packed with CRM and best productivity tool integration

Why Don’t?

Comes with internal company focus

Haystack is another pick that provides you with a free business card organizer for managing business contacts. This app not only assists you for scanning physical business visiting cards and storing digital contacts, but also offers contact-free digital business cards for sharing along with prospects and clients.

Why Use?

Free individual trial

Loaded with productivity and CRM app integrations

Why Don’t?

No CRM integration for individual plan

Also, there’s no analytic available for individual plan


If you are seeking a great and easy to process option for scanning business cards, storing contact data, and taking all notes into your phone, then Evernote is the best option for you. Moreover, this business card organizer assists you to sync and organize documents with no errors swiftly.

Why Use?

Works best for organizing all kinds of digital information

Proceed tremendously for storing contacts

One-stop solution for notes organizing

Why Don’t?

Business card reader only available in paid plan

Provided you with limited CRM integration


ScanContacts is one of the best business contact management apps that does not involve huge manual intervention for managing contacts after canning them. The most appealing parameter is that this tool integrates directly with Hubspot. This means, you can easily upload contacts into Hubspot’s CMS platform and swiftly act on new leads.

Why Use?

Free to process

Users can directly proceed with Hubspot integration

Why Don’t?

Loaded with only a single integration option


Camard functions to serve you greatly with business card scanning experience. When it comes to scanning and organizing business cards and uploading contact data, then this business card organizer does the job to a great extent.

Why Use?

Stunning user experience

Lets you process with salesforce integration

Why Don’t?

Allow unlimited scans (only paid plans)

Free trial loaded with ads
Let’s Sum Up:

Fortunately, you explored the best picks regarding scanning your paper business cards and storing them efficiently into digital form. These handy applications assist you to eliminate the manual intervention for storing contact details. Choose one or any pick right now to digitize your business cards information with no errors.

DepEd launches online portal to strengthen partner-school engagement

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The Department of Education (DepEd), in collaboration with PLDT-Gabay Guro and Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, launched on Thursday the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal (DPAP) to strengthen stakeholder engagement in schools.

“Today marks a significant first step in building better relations between our partners and schools. We hope that through this portal, we will be able to attract more civic-minded partners in the future,” Assistant Secretary for Administration Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco said.

Spearheaded by the External Partnership Services (EPS), the program launched the portal that aims to bridge gaps between companies or organizations who are willing to adopt a school and supply them with their needs.

DPAP is also aligned with the MATATAG Agenda’s digitization program which includes improved partnership processes, accuracy, and transparency of partnership data that can be easily retrieved and accessed by DepEd offices, partners, and stakeholders.

“The DPAP is the result of the hardwork of experts, and of course, the hardworking team who enthusiastically collaborated in a bid to advance education partnerships for DepEd,” EPS Director Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros stated.

Through the system’s features, schools can create their account, post their School Improvement Plan (SIP), and tap partners who seeks to help as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The system highlights several digitized features like the e-appointment that automates appointment setting for both partners and schools, the menu of investment that lists all of the required assistance of schools that partners can fulfill, and the partnership map that showcase the partnerships made across the country.

The launch was attended by Regional Education Support Services Division (ESSD) Chiefs and Regional Partnerships Focal Persons, government agencies, private organizations, and international and development partners, and corporate partners.

Additionally, the DPAP public site will feature stories and articles about partnership triumphs in efforts of acquiring more partners in the future. Meanwhile, EPS revealed that this is only the first phase of the program, and the Service will continue to update the portal.
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