Asean enterprises set sights on postpandemic success

The COVID-19 pandemic still has the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia firmly in its grip. But even then, enterprises in the region have begun preparing themselves for postcrisis growth. According to SAP’s regional study “Digital, resilient, and experience-driven: How enterprises in Southeast Asia can prepare for the new economy”, Southeast Asian firms are…

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Small PH enterprises win a lifeline

It may take not just a village but collective institutional action to help local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) overcome unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. One silver lining is the growing digital connectivity that is helping more of these small players adapt to the “next” normal.This is according…

Landbank’s add’l equity to go to MSME loan programs

The additional P27.5-billion equity infused into state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) will be injected into existing and upcoming loan programs for small businesses badly hit by the pandemic-induced recession, an official said. In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Landbank vice president and corporate affairs group head Vivian Cañonero said the Bayanihan to Recover…

SM’s strong recovery and retail growth, key support to MSMEs

SM Investments Corporation’s strong retail-led growth mirrors growing consumer spending despite lingering inflation risks. This growth in spending activity is sparking optimism in the overall economic outlook. Asian Development Bank, in a recent report, raised economic expectations, underpinned by rebounds in investment and household consumption. “Despite rising inflation, we are encouraged to see shoppers’ robust…

Taking the lead in providing quality health care in the Philippines

The country’s leading health maintenance organization (HMO) is ushering in a new era for healthcare delivery in the Philippines. While it has long been making quality healthcare accessible to more Filipinos across the country, MediCard Philippines Inc. has also been, over the last several years, spearheading a new cycle of transformation in its delivery, particularly…