Bernadette Puyat

Regenerate tourism: Do it like Masungi

MANILA, Philippines — The government aims to attract more tourists in destinations that promote “regenerative tourism,” its tourism chief said, describing that thrust as an endeavor “to leave a destination in a better state than it was before.” Speaking at the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit which ended on Friday, Tourism…

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Philippine property recovery gathers pace

In previous columns, I highlighted how the pandemic affected the Philippine property sector. At the height of this crisis, we saw negative office take up, correction of condominium rents and prices, and decline in mall space rents due to substantial drop in consumer traffic. In the past quarter however, property developers and investors are aggressively…

How consumer behavior has changed during this pandemic

We asked two top market research practitioners—NielsenIQ managing director for Myanmar, Vietnam and Philippines Patrick Cua and Kantar Philippines president Gary de Ocampo—to share about consumer behaviors which they have uncovered in 2021 and their implications in 2022. Here are their views: Q: What key changes in consumer behavior have you decoded during the pandemic…

Building a better and safer PH with drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are evolving beyond military applications to become a mainstay in boosting productivity within industries and organizations. As drones become more technologically sophisticated, this creates new opportunities for drone operators and their technology partners. In the Philippines, we are already seeing drones helping to keep commercial activities going and contain…

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Citi sets record for Asia Pacific sustainable financing and aims to further develop ESG in the Philippines

Citi has raised over for Asia Pacific clients from global and local capital markets year to date, to support their sustainable financing needs. This is an increase of over 500% versus the same period in 2020. In the Philippines, Citi has helped raise over US$1billion in green and sustainable bond financing for local clients over…

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SMC ramps up support for farmers

Agriculture remains one of the hardest-hit sectors since the pandemic struck in March 2020. With usual supply routes cut off due to protocols and mobility restrictions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, most farmers have experienced difficulty moving produce to various markets around the country, including Metro Manila. San Miguel Corp. (SMC), which last year…