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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Globe raises $600M from equity securities offer

Globe Telecom Inc. has raised from the sale of equity securities abroad $600 million, which it would use to finance network upgrades and to pay off debts. Globe on Wednesday announced its return to the international capital markets after its dual-tranche US dollar-denominated senior notes issuance in 2020. The $600-million fundraising involves five-year dollar-denominated senior…

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Small businesses benefitting from QR payment system, says BSP

Filipino entrepreneurs who have adopted electronic payment systems are now even more productive, efficient and competitive, thanks to the new quick response (QR) code system that makes person-to-merchant transactions easier. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) further urged consumers, payment service providers and merchants, including micro, small and medium enterprises, to avail…

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Surigao del Sur-based bank joins digital service revolution to reach unbanked

The Cantilan Bank (CanBank) is expanding its digital footprint through the launch of its app iCAN targeting unbanked Filipinos. CanBank, established in 1980 in Surigao del Sur, said in a statement iCAN would introduce features such as fund transfer, bills payment, prepaid phone reloading and QR code payment to its customers in over 100 communities.…

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SSS prepares to resume foreign investment plan interrupted by pandemic

The state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) may finally push through with its planned offshore investments next year once it’s no longer pressured to disburse more benefits to members and pensioners badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, we are trying to study the environment. Definitely, we’re looking at global bonds, global equities,…

RE play comes to the stock mar­ket

While the coro­n­avirus pan­demic dragged down the do­mes­tic econ­omy to its worst re­ces­sion in his­tory last year, hurt­ing prof­itabil­ity of many com­pa­nies, there was one com­pany that de­fied grav­ity in the stock mar­ket. The main-share Philip­pine Stock Ex­change in­dex (PSEi) shed 8.64 per­cent last year, but the stock price of this com­pany soared by 304…

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Rivals-turned-partners Pacific Online and PGMC win P5.8-B lotto deal

The joint venture of Pacific Online Systems Corp. and Philippine Gaming Management Corp. (PGMC) bagged a much-coveted nationwide lottery equipment lease deal with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) valued at P5.8 billion. Pacific Online disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday that its joint venture with PGMC has formally received the notice of…

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Davao heading to economic development despite pandemic

DUMAGUETE CITY—Despite the gloom brought about by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, investors remained optimistic about Davao region’s path towards development. Local businessmen recently launched , which seeks to showcase the region’s innovations in learning, real estate, tourism, and agri-business, positioning it as an investment partner for industry leaders in and outside the country. During the…