Microsoft PH employees to get enhanced leave benefits

Multinational company rolls out new leave policies for parents and family caregivers

Microsoft Philippines has introduced a new suite of enhanced leave benefits for its employees, including a minimum of 20-weeks paid leave for birth mothers and a minimum of six-weeks paid leave for new fathers.

“We believe in fostering a healthy work-life balance. And at times, your personal commitments and responsibilities outside the office deserve all your focus. This is something Microsoft fully understands and supports,”  

described Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director.


The company’s enhanced leave benefits also cover adoptive parents and parents who choose to have a child via surrogacy.

Likewise, the Information Technology leader has leave policies for family caregivers—allowing employees to take a four-week full-paid leave to care for immediate family members with serious health conditions.

“Our employees bring their best to work everyday to support our mission, strategy, and culture. In return, we want to bring the best to them as well by continually providing them world-class benefits to ensure they have the time they need to take care of those that matter the most in their lives,” concluded Ilagan.

Inewvation Soars Higher in 2017

Inewvation International Corporation, the leading digital display and advertising solutions provider in the country,  is set to achieve greater heights this year targeting bigger projects in the international business landscape.

With the opening of its Visayas office by 2nd quarter of the year, Inewvation continues to expand its reach in the country as well as in Asia by launching its office in Singapore last July 2016.

Inewvation is led by company’s head honcho Mr. Jayson So, President and Chief Executive Officer  and Mr. Billy So, Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Jayson said:

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Inewvation President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jayson So (left) with Chief Operating Officer Mr. Billy So (right)

“Last year marks our 5th year in this digital solution business here in the country. I can consider 2016 as a good year, since most of clients are now open to digital age and already appreciated the “quality vs price”, that we have been explaining to them since I started the business. Moving forward, 2017 is promising. Just on our first quarter for this year, we already got so much in our pipeline. This year will also be the year for our expansion of the business. We will officially open Visayas branch and looking forward to reach Mindanao as well. ” 

Its first project outside the country is the biggest indoor LED displays in Shoppes at Parisian Casino, Macau. This pitch 4mm LED screen adds up  to the elegance and sophistication of the Temptations Store as it displays different brands  as well as its promotions.

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Moreover, several projects were done by Inewvation in the past year.

The Iconic Globe Store

Another iconic project has been made as Inewvation installed the first moving outdoor LED with pitch 6.67mm for Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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To date, it has the lowest pitch installed for an outdoor LED using Nichia Japan chip in the Philippines. 

Southern Expansion

Inewvation expanded its lengths further south with a project in Laguna. Not just one, but two Brix Series – Outdoor LED Display.  Carmelray Industrial Park 1 debuted its first pitch 10mm LED screen on March 2016 and was followed by another pitch 8mm display in Carmelray Industrial Park 2.

Entertainment Partner

Inewvation has been the exclusive LED provider of ABS-CBN television and film arms Dreamscape, Star Creatives and Star Cinema in 2016. Among the events that the pitch 4mm Ergo Series was showcased were the press conferences of Everything About Her, Always Be My Maybe, On The Wings Of Love, Vince, Kath and James, Just The Three Of Us among others.

Academic Information Source

Standing in the façade of a premier academe, University of Batangas, is a pitch 12mm SMD Fixed Type Outdoor LED Display. The LED screen has been the source of information among the students and the public regarding school announcements, campus activites and schedules.

Strategic Point

Standing tall in EDSA is pitch 15mm Wind-thru series built for HDI admix. It is perfectly situated in Viron Transit in Cubao  which attracts the riding public and passersby.

For the Country

One of the biggest media conglomerate in the country, TV5 had leverage its election coverage, dubbed as “Bilang Pilipino” through Inewvation’s premier LED. Through the pitch 4mm Ergo Series III, the network’s audience was able to experience 24-hour high technology coverage of the 2016 National Elections.

Creative Juice

Inewvation raised the bar on its creativity as it was able to install a Flex Series LED for B’lue Water. The pitch 6.60mm was magnificently wrapped around a huge bottle of the beverage.

Furthermore, more than selling LED products, Inewvation advocates Filipino patriotism.

Mr. Jayson added:

jayson-so“We are not the only provider of digital display and digital solution in this country. But upon seeing our screens indoor and outdoor, it really shows the quality we are providing, which in return, can add to the pride of this country and as a sign that Philippines is not being left behind in terms of quality Digital / LED video wall. It further strengthen our proof, after we installed projects in Macau, Singapore, and

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Indonesia. All were managed by our own Filipino Engineers and Techical Support Experts, ‘Filipino Pride!’ indeed.”

For Mr. Billy, the company keeps its goal to transform the Philippines and cope up with the digital age to uplift our developing cities. “Inewvation always strives for the best in both quality and after sales service. We are setting ground on being the country, the nation, and hopefully the worlds’ top digital solution provider by keeping our expertise in the industry as sharp as ever and provide more ideas and knowledge to spark more creativity with our partners and clients,” he stated.

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s Bozz Awards I

The digital search for the most creative, most innovative and most successful new breed of small to medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) has come to a close, and PLDT Smart SME Nation finally announced the highly anticipated first batch of winners for the first ever Bozz Awards. Bozz Awards is the first social media crowdsourcing search for the new generation of entrepreneurs who are harnessing digital tools to grow their businesses.

In partnership with Rappler, Voyager, Ideaspace, Bloomberg Philippines, Uber, Takatack and Airbnb, it was established to recognize SMEs who have displayed excellence in technological innovation and digital integration. In the long run, it aims to highlight the crucial role of digital technology in supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses in the country.

“We’re ecstatic at the enthusiastic reception we got from the SME and digital communities,” FVP and PLDT Smart SME Nation Head Kat Luna-Abelarde said. “We exceeded our expected number of nominations by almost 150 percent and we’ve seen some really inspiring stories of digitally powered business success. Digital truly is the future, and this is a resounding testament to that.”

Digital leaders

From hundreds of nominees, the list was down to the top 15, with three nominees for each of the five categories—Boss for Mobile Readiness, Boss for E-commerce, Boss for Social Responsibility, Boss for Social Media and Boss for Customer Service.

The Boss for Mobile Readiness is the one who makes their product or service accessible anytime or anywhere. MobKard’s Carlo Calimon emerged as the winner of this category. MobKard is a mobile application that allows customers to receive exclusive promos in real time as they approach a store or a restaurant. It digitizes and converts traditional plastic privilege cards so merchants can create flash sales in store.

The Boss for E-commerce successfully maximizes the Internet as the world’s largest marketplace and Kimstore’s Kim Lato proved to be the one who best exemplifies this. Kimstore is a name synonymous to online tech and gadget shopping. A pioneer of e-commerce in the Philippines, Kimstore is known for its commitment to safe and trustworthy online shopping of gadgets including notebooks, tablets, PCs, cameras, gaming consoles and of course, mobile phones.

The Boss for Social Responsibility is the one who effectively harnesses the power of technology for a notable cause. The honor of being the first ever Bozz awardee under this category went to Messy Bessy’s Kristine Reyes-Lopez. Messy Bessy Cleaners, Inc. produces and sells cleaning and personal care items made from biodegradable, non-toxic and all-natural materials. They operate with project HOUSE—Helping Ourselves through Sustainable Enterprises—which is a group of enterprises that employs and educates formerly abused, jailed and trafficked young adults.

The Boss for Social Media utilizes social media platforms to create meaningful connections with customers and grow an online community of brand advocates which is what renowned wedding videographer Jason Magbanua has been doing for the past decade. Known as the “holy grail of wedding videographers,” Magbanua is one of the most in-demand wedding videographers in the country. He pioneered the “same-day-edit” videos, and his creations are popular on social media sites.

The Boss for Customer Service uses digital platforms to provide better service and improve their business processes. Under this category, the first ever Bozz is TimeFree Innovations founder Chino Atilano. TimeFree Innovations is a virtual queuing solutions company. It allows users to get an e-ticket through their smartphone. They then receive SMS alerts regarding their position in the queue so users don’t have to waste time waiting in line. This innovation helps companies improve their customer service and build brand loyalty.
In addition to the results of the public voting, each nominee was assessed by a panel of judges based on promising entrepreneurial journey (20%), market/brand affinity (20%), integration of technology to business (30%), and product/service innovation (30%).
The five winners each received a full-powered Smart Enterprise Biz Kit which consists of business-enhancing tools and gadgets, including year-long data subscription, to help keep them always connected to their customers and updated with their operations, even while on the go.

They will also be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world’s melting pot of technology via a Silicon Valley tour. As a final twist, PLDT Smart SME Nation announced that the other 10 finalists will also join the exclusive tour.

According to Abelarde, today’s technology-driven lifestyle demands SMEs to explore mobile and online opportunities to remain relevant to a digitally savvy market. It is PLDT Smart SME Nation’s mission to provide entrepreneurs with tools and solutions to enable them to flourish online and reach markets they wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach offline.

“This is just the beginning of our efforts to help and encourage more Filipino SMEs to embrace digital platforms,” she added. “We hope that this new breed of industry movers and shakers will inspire other SMEs to embrace technology driven platforms and become digital.”

 

GCash

Fund your GCash now at 7-Eleven Stores!

GCash makes it easier for millions of its customers to fund their accounts in over 1,000 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide.

This arrangement was a result of the recent Memorandum of Agreement between G-Xchange, Inc., (GXI) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom and operator of GCash, and Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the local licensee of 7-Eleven.

“We are excited over our partnership with PSC. 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store network in the Philippines.  With its wide reach, GCash customers can now fund their GCash accounts at any 7-Eleven stores as well as enjoy speed, ease, and safety when it comes to money transfer services. Together with 7-Eleven, cash-in transactions will definitely become easier and convenient,” said Xavier Marzan, President and CEO of GXI.

He added: “7-Eleven also boosts the current roster of GCash outlets which would help us provide more accessible and convenient ways for our customers to cash-in at any 7-Eleven branches.”

This partnership makes 7-Eleven one of over 10,000 accredited GCash outlets nationwide which allows GCash customers to fund their accounts through cash-in transactions for free.

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GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micro payment service which transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for safe, secure, and hassle-free mobile money transactions. It can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, online shopping, and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash.

To know more about GCash products and services, visit www.globe.com.ph/gcash.

Smart Enterprise introduces Smart Logistics Solutions

“To stay ahead in today’s competitive business landscape, it is crucial for companies to provide speed and accuracy in delivering their services,” he said. “Through Smart Logistics Solutions, we will empower transport companies to enable prompt service, accurate tracking of assets and access data by automating their business.”

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Wireless service provider for SMEs, Smart Enterprise, launched the Smart Logistics Solutions—a business-to-business (B2B) suite of software and hardware specifically designed to cater to the needs of transportation, logistics and distribution industries.

PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto noted that the launch of Smart Enterprise’s new product suite encourages SMEs to move towards a mobile and digital vision for their businesses.

Venture forward

With Smart Logistics Solutions, SMEs can now say goodbye to manual monitoring of assets, paper-based data gathering, and traditional reports. The suite consists of mobile applications and solutions designed to reduce cost of business operations, improve monitoring efficiency and increase customer satisfaction for SMEs.

Specifically, Smart Logistics Solutions offers SMEs the following mobile applications and solutions: asset tracker-vehicle, fleet management and e-ticketing system for transportation; and, for logistics, the asset tracker vehicle and asset tracker-personnel, as well as proof of delivery (power form). 

Smart Tracker is a solution that utilizes GPS tracking system to enable users to monitor their vehicle or field force personnel’s location in real time. This solution will help businesses increase operational efficiency and ensure asset security. 

Smart E-ticketing handles scheduling and fares for transport companies. It manages and monitors admissions and retail from your head office while tracking sales real-time. 

Smart Fleet is a cloud-based solutions designed to help businesses perform the following operations – vehicle management including maintenance, dispatching and cashiering, driver data and reports.

Smart Form is a digital way of tracking goods’ shipment that leverages the mobile technology and replaces the pen-and-paper system.

PLDT FVP and SME Business Head Kat Luna-Abelarde added, “Speed and accuracy in delivering services give SMEs the edge in today’s fast paced and technology driven business landscape. With Smart Logistics Solutions, it does not have to be a strain on the overhead expenses nor does it have to be complex. To thrive in today’s digitally changing times, SMEs need to be able to harness technology to their advantage, and that’s our mission.”