You can be the next Prime Mom Club Ambassador

Calling all savvy homemakers!

You can be the next big online ambassador when you join the search for the next Prime Mom Club Ambassador.

Mega Prime is looking for a new online ambassador to represent the Prime Mom Club, an online community where moms can connect to share tips and tricks on how to be the best homemakers.

Since its launch in 2018, The Prime Mom Club has been an avenue for moms to improve their parenting and cooking skills through informative and engaging events and workshops.

Through the club, moms are given exclusive access to enriching activities featuring experts and celebrities to guide them.

Aside from the fresh content accessible online, exclusive perks, privileges, points and rewards are given to members exclusively.

Through the Search for the Next Prime Mom, every mom has a chance to win 100,000 in cash and a year’s supply of Mega prime products and more importantly, to be the face of the Prime Mom Club!

Below are the detailed mechanics:

  • Step 1: Record a 1 min creative video. Be sure to include an introduction of yourself (name, age, city). Proceed with cooking your very own Mega Prime recipe and stating your chosen charity to help.
  • Step 2: Upload your video entry on Youtube.
  • Step 3: Fill out the entry submission form and include the Youtube link of your video entry!

The contest is open for everyone – you can check out the full mechanics by visiting www.primemomclub.com.

Home Credit, CIC push for financial inclusion in the new normal

When it comes to financial literacy, Filipinos have much yet to learn. Before the pandemic, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) conducted its 2019 Financial Inclusion Survey (FIS), which revealed that Filipino adults could only answer 1 out of 3 financial literacy questions correctly. Only a small number of respondents (8%) got all three questions correctly, while almost one-fourth (24%) obtained a zero score. 

With the challenging times we are facing today, the need for financial education and digital tools make accessing financial services faster, safer, and more convenient have become more apparent.

In a recent Virtual Media Forum organized by Home Credit, Sheila Paul, Home Credit Philippines’ chief marketing officer, shared how technology plays a key role in serving its customers as well as enabling financial education and literacy. “Digital is the new normal—and financial institutions like Home Credit are fully and quickly embracing digital technologies to reach more people and cater to the public’s ever-changing needs,” said Paul. 

The Prague-based company, now with 7 million customers and 2.2 million active monthly users of its mobile app in the Philippines, arrived in the country in 2013 to pioneer in-store financing of mobile phones and other gadgets and commodities, with minimal requirements and loan approval in as fast as one minute. It has since expanded its services from being mainly in malls to now being also heavily present online, with its My Home Credit app offering a slew of features and services.

“The pandemic has intensified the demand for online and mobile financial solutions, and we don’t see this slowing down anytime soon,” Paul added. “This is why on top of allowing our customers to get started on their Home Credit loan applications and check their account status right there in the app, we also developed safer, contactless payment options for our customers such as our QR-enabled credit card and online payment channels, and even our very own Marketplace where customers can shop for different commodities through our mobile platform.”

Credit score access goes digital

With more and more Filipinos turning to technology to help speed up their access to loans, there is also an increasing need to safely access their information, especially credit reports, credit scores, and other information that can help financial institutions approve loan applications.

This is where the Credit Information Corporation (CIC), a public credit registry, comes in, as it is responsible for gathering Filipinos’ comprehensive credit information—be it from loan payment histories or even records of credit facilities— and facilitating its access. 

Prior to the pandemic, accessing one’s credit information from the CIC was quick and convenient, but also manual and paper-based, requiring consumers to be physically present at CIC premises for the know-your-customer purposes. But now, just like Home Credit, the CIC has undergone a digital transformation of its own.

At a fireside chat during the Virtual Media Forum, Atty. Aileen L. Amor-Bautista, the CIC’s OIC, President and CEO, talked about how CIC addressed this issue and enabled secure, remote access to individual credit reports and credit scores in the new normal. “Due to increased borrowing caused by COVID-19, we decided to digitize our services, where individual borrowers get to access their own credit information using their mobile devices through one of our accredited credit bureaus, CIBI with its CIBIApp,” said Atty. Amor-Bautista. “With this app, identity verification is done online to help secure the process, especially since travel is restricted and everyone is advised to do social distancing.”

Financial and digital education more crucial than ever

Leveraging on Filipinos’ increased use of mobile phones and the internet especially in the new normal, Home Credit and CIC aims to address the big gaps in terms of how these same technologies are trusted by consumers especially for financial services. Thus, according to Ms. Paul and Atty. Bautista, education is more crucial than ever in order to build trust—and in this new normal, the education must be done digitally.

“With lockdowns and social distancing accelerating the use of digital services, we had to come up with creative, educational, and engaging financial literacy content to reach millions of people,” Ms. Paul added. “Whereas before, our flagship ‘Juan Two Three’ campaign would visit barangays across the country to teach financial literacy, we are now doing it digitally through social media, our website as well as our mobile app, and in the process we are teaching Filipinos how to use these new technologies. Which is why this next phase of our campaign is fittingly called “Digital na si Juan.”

Atty. Amor-Bautista also touched on CIC’s efforts in ensuring consumer rights protection and gauging creditworthiness amidst the pandemic. “We want Filipinos to know that despite the challenges of this pandemic, their credit information remains not only secure, but also more accessible than ever, which can help them get approved for loans and other financial tools,” she noted. “And with additional support measures such as the Bayanihan To Recover as One Act, we are also making sure that those that have good records who decide to avail of grace periods for loans will continue to have a positive record.”

Working together for financial inclusion

Since 2017, Home Credit and CIC have been conducting joint activities to promote the importance of good credit standing among borrowers, in what both institutions hope to be a long-term partnership in championing financial inclusion and literacy.

“From our financial literacy program to our digitized products and services, we hope to continue remaining sustainable in serving more Filipinos,” said Ms. Paul. “Home Credit upholds its commitment to support BSP and CIC in promoting financial inclusion through education and technology, especially in this new normal.”

Be a Beauty-preneur with NiXY

The pandemic may have thrown us off with our plans for career and personal success, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t find the silver lining on these gloomy times.

The opportunity for you to rise up and be more is here is everywhere. You just need to open your eyes and mind to new ideas that may come.

Designed to help you welcome brighter days ahead is NiXY, a platform that changes the game of direct selling through industry innovations made young and fresh.

Founded by stylist-turned-entrepreneur John Lozano, NiXY primarily aims to provide livelihood amid these tough times. “We welcome empowered individuals who want to take charge of their lives,” adding that NiXY represents the go-getting and the game-changing, as well as the sweet, the serious, the unlimited.

Unlike other direct selling companies that is limited to one brand, NiXY is a multi-brand group that offers the world-class beauty products of iFace Inc.

The distributor of the best names in beauty around the globe brings to the Philippines acclaimed brands like Korean skincare line Deoproce, Australian cosmetics company BYS, and Greek fragrance group STR8, among others.

NIXY reinvigorates what is deemed as an old business practice with creative zing, as the young brand simplifies and modernizes direct selling in a number of ways.

NiXY’s business structure only has two levels: franchisees and business partners. The world-class products move from the NiXY headquarters to the former, who then handles the orders of the latter for selling to customers. 

NiXY also incorporates technology to direct selling like never before. While partners will be given the option to practice traditional direct selling, the brand’s operations are set to go mostly digital with its own app and website.

The new platforms aim to streamline orders and make it more convenient for the younger members of the NiXY family, the millennials, to go about their businesses.

Another innovative technological feature of the brand is drop shipping, where orders are delivered only as needed. This eliminates the old problem for direct sellers of having orders stockpiled in their homes. 

“The goal is to try to change things up,” Lozano said. “We want to make direct selling fun again, to make it cool again. Aside from these offerings, it’s going to be a process of adding things that we feel are different and unique to NiXY.”

Lozano stated that NiXY stands as one of the best business ventures to take at this time with its promise of fast returns. Whereas a franchise investment with other companies can reach a year or more to reach ROI, he said a NiXY partner can break even in just a month.

What’s more, NiXY gives franchisees the privilege of exclusive territory. They can also earn either by catering wholesale to business partners or dealing retail with customers.

“What we sell isn’t really the beauty products per se, but the opportunity to have your own business,” he said. “I think that’s the best commodity that everyone needs right now.”

For more information, visit https://www.nixy.ph, https://www.instagram.com/nixyph/ and https://www.facebook.com/nixyph/

Tang and Edukasyon.PH team up to make distance learning fun for kids

The new school year is goind to be a whole lot different from the previous years because of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be less fun and exciting as it used to be.

Learning from home is an entirely new experience from the traditional classroom setup. Apart from missing the opportunities to learn from social interactions, more distractions can be found at home such as computers, TVs, and many other external factors that may disrupt the learning process.

With the setup of distance learning being a new experience, many parents are looking for guidance on how to make the best out of their children’s learning experience at home.

To help moms bridge the gaps of distance learning and turn the home into a conducive learning environment, TANG, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, launches Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning. 

This free online learning platform gives moms, dads, and guardians insights about distance learning and how they can play a more active role in their child’s education.

The platform will provide useful tips and simple steps to enhance their child’s learning experience at home, such as:

  • Providing motivation when child feels bored or tired during lessons;
  • Setting up a comfortable study space;
  • Getting creative with new educational activities; and most important,
  • Ensuring proper nutrition and fortification including the importance of Vitamin C

Enriching advice and tips will come from the expertise and real-life experiences of fellow moms and experts such as homeschooling advocate Tina Rodriguez, mom and daughter Mikaela Martinez-Lagdameo and Noelle, and LEGO senior concept artist, Ian Sta Maria. 

“It has always been TANG’s mission to be every Filipino mom’s partner in preparing their children for a bright future. And this partnership is even more important as moms face the new normal of distance learning.” says Miguel Reyes, Brand Manager of TANG Philippines. “With TANG, moms can ensure that their children will have refreshing breaks that help make for a better learning experience. This is just the first step of many as we at TANG continue to be every mom’s partner in guiding their children towards what lies ahead.” 

Join a fun and enriching merienda break with your kids on August 8, 2020, 3PM, as the free platform launches through a Facebook Live session on www.facebook.com/TANGPhilippines/.

Get your kids ready for a brighter future, prepared with TANG. 

iFuel kick starts flagship Tanza station

A new petroleum hub is set to rise in Tanza, Cavite in the coming weeks.

iFUEL, the petroleum business of iFRANCHISE, has kick started its flagship station under the co-ownership program with the groundbreaking of its iFUEL Tanza, Cavite station during the second quarter of this year.

iFUEL brand ambassadors Daniel Matsunaga and Ejay Falcon, together with iFRANCHISE President and CEO Krizzia Ann Loyang Tanabe, led the ceremony and awarding of certificates to the co-owners. 

It was only last year when iFRANCHISE launched iFUEL to the market. Since then, it has already built stations in Nueva Ecija and Marawi City, which the company considers as an epic development because of its participation in the re-development of the city, representing hope for the people who were scarred and devastated by the siege in 2017.

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, iFRANCHISE continues to position itself as a global franchising powerhouse with the goal of reaching more and more Filipinos worldwide. The co-ownership platform of iFUEL has made it possible for investors who would like to venture into a business with reasonable capital but do not have the time and resources to run the operations. Under this program, iFRANCHISE will handle the construction from ground up and take care of the day-to-day management of the station. 

iFRANCHISE started with 10 all-original Food Caravan concepts – BBQ Break, Coffee Spot, Dessert Zone, Shawarma Stop, Potato Humps, Juice Station, Pinoy Station, One Way Balls, Sisig Cargo, and Noodle Junction. Today, reputable companies here and abroad such as Faces and Curves, i-Medical Spa clinic, Salon Experts, Eye Browdery and AvoBravo+SuperMango, began to tap iFRANCHISE as their marketing arm.

More branches of iFUEL are expected to pop up all over the Philippines soon. In Luzon, stations will be built in Antipolo; Alfonso, Cavite; Alaminos, Pangasinan; and San Fernando, Pampanga. Soon to rise branches in Visayas are in all in Cebu, specifically in Bacayan, Cordova and Mandaue. In Mindanao, iFUEL will be in Zamboaga Del Norte.

For iFRANCHISE President and CEO Krizzia Ann Loyang Tanabe, the groundbreaking of iFUEL Tanza, Cavite branch is a testament to the company’s mission in providing avenues for Filipinos to do business in order for them to have better lives. She said, “This year, you will see tremendous growth of the brand and the company as we intensify our iFUEL co-ownership campaign. We have always been proud that iFRANCHISE is a Filipino company, and we will remain to be your partner in fueling a better future for everyone!” 

Teach your kids financial literacy through ‘Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home’

Teaching kids (even adults, TBH, LOL) about finances is not as easy as ABC, but with the help of the right tools, any parent can make their children financially literate.

Pru Life UK has launched “Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home” online resources to help and encourage Filipino parents to teach key money management concepts to their children at home. This initiative was developed by Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia and Africa.

Designed for children aged 7 to 12, “Cha-Ching Kid$ At Home” materials can help parents teach kids about key money management concepts such as Earn, Save, Spend, and Donate. Each guide directs parents to relevant music videos, topics for discussion, and activities to help their children put learning into practice. The parent guides are downloadable for free on the Cha-Ching website and can be viewed online or printed out.

In addition to the parents’ guide, Prudence Foundation is also rolling out Cha-Ching daily challenges, which include activities or discussion pointers, posted on the website every weekday of June. Each challenge takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, aiming to encourage parents to incorporate discussions around money with their children as part of their daily life. The guides are in English and will soon be translated into Filipino versions.

Check out the Cha-Ching website at https://chaching.cartoonnetworkasia.com/en/

The Cha-Ching website also contains a resource center where teachers can easily access the digitized version of the Cha-Ching curriculum teaching materials for self-study or review. Educators can simply log onto the Teacher section of the Cha-Ching website to download the Cha-Ching curriculum’s master list of teaching aids, session implementation video guides, music videos, and comic books on their personal electronic devices.

Cha-Ching teachers can also freely equip themselves with materials of the in-class and take-home activities that they can repurpose for their students. This initiative will help expand the reach of Cha-Ching across the Philippines and promote money-smart knowledge among students.

To start teaching, learning, and having fun with your kids, visit chaching.cartoonnetworkasia.com.

Up to 6 months Installment Payment now available for Globe postpaid customers

As Filipinos continue to face the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe is offering its postpaid customers a flexible way to settle their outstanding balances through an installment payment program.

All Globe Mobile Postpaid and Globe At Home customers, including business and enterprise customers, are eligible to avail of this program starting May 15, 2020. 

Under this program, customers can stay connected as they can settle their Globe bills in installment terms of up to 6 months. Customers may enroll online between May 15 to June 15. Business customers may also get in touch with Globe account managers for enrollment and other details. 

“We understand that many of our customers are worried about their finances due to the community quarantine. We are offering our installment payment options in the hope that it will help ease their expenses and allow them to expand their budget for essentials,” said Ernest Cu, President and CEO at Globe. 

Customers may also view and opt to settle their bills inside the safety and security of their homes through Globe’s customer service apps — GlobeOne and Globe At Home. GCash is also another available alternative for settling bills anytime and anywhere. For business customers, they may also use bank online payment and wire transfer services.

To register and learn more about the Installment Payment Program and other important bill and payment information, customers can access the Globe website https://www.globe.com.ph/installment.

Globe continues assistance for COVID-19 responders via self-reporting platform

Globe is also continuing to do its part in keeping families connected during these challenging times, while assisting organizations and government agencies in flattening the curve.

Through its innovative developer group Globe Labs, the telco giant is once again taking new steps by partnering with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for the implementation of a new online platform called TanodCOVID

An SMS-based self-reporting platform, TanodCOVID aims to improve the country’s capacity to trace suspected COVID-19 cases. A program funded by DOST-PCHRD, TanodCOVID was developed by Ateneo Center for Computing Competency and Research (ACCCRe) of Ateneo de Manila University, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila – National Telehealth Center (UP-NTHC) and the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau.

It is linked to the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) – a web-based disease modeling and surveillance platform for COVID19, which aims to gather and present data on the country’s battle against COVID-19.

Local residents experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, breathing difficulties, and/or diarrhea, are encouraged to inform health officials of their condition by texting their LGU’s verified number. Reports sent through the platform are handled immediately with locals receiving calls from health officials to verify the report, request for additional information, and provide guidelines on the next steps to receive treatment. Verified reports from TanodCOVID may be used to detect clustering of suspected cases that can be indicative of possible outbreak in an area.

Globe will be providing LGU partners and their constituents access and use of TanodCOVID free of any mobile charges to enable them to maximize the use of the platform, and assure the effective and real-time reporting across participating communities.

The service is currently available in select areas such as Malabon City and Mandaluyong City in Luzon, the municipality of Maigo in Lanao del Norte, municipalities of Puerto Galera and Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro, municipality of San Jose in Romblon, municipality of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, and Valencia City in Bukidnon.  

“Through TanodCOVID, we aim to add more value to our services by enabling our customers and their communities safeguard their health and safety especially during present circumstances, where access to immediate testing and healthcare prove to be more difficult,” said Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Commercial Officer at Globe.

Apart from enabling locals to report cases, TanodCOVID also provides LGUs access to data on reported symptoms to better serve their communities – as well as to isolate cases and prevent further spread.

To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 developments, Globe mobile and broadband customers are also given free access to the official websites of the Department of Health (DOH) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). 

Globe stands with the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to assist frontliners, organizations, and communities through its products and services.  Learn more how you can join the fight via https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.   

No need to go out to buy printer supplies for your home– HP delivers!

Now that Metro Manila is officially placed under Modified Enhanced Quarantine (MECQ) status, many people had been spotted visiting malls and other establishments that had reopened on May 15, 2020.

While we can understand the need to purchase other goods that are not considered as essential under the community quarantine guidelines, it’s still not worth risking your health for a moment of shopping.

For those who will continue to work from home beginning Monday, rest assured that HP Philippines is here to help you get the most out of your printer with free HP supplies delivery

HP helps you and your printer stay productive even while working from home, as it makes ordering print supplies fast and convenient, and deliveries, free of charge!

From May 9 to July 31, 2020, every purchase of selected original HP supplies at the HP Lazada Flagship Store entitles buyers to free deliveries within Metro Manila and other selected areas.

The participating original HP supplies include HP 63 Black and Tri-color Original Ink Cartridge, HP 63XL High Yield Black and Tri-color Original Ink Cartridge, HP 678 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 678 Tri-color Ink Cartridge, HP 680 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 680 Tri-color Ink Cartridge, HP 703 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 703 Tri-color Ink Cartridge, HP 704 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 704 Tri-color Ink Cartridge, HP 17A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge, HP 79A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge, and HP 85A Black Original LaserJet Toner Cartridge.

To buy your HP printer supplies, you may visit the following online stores:

Order your original HP supplies and avail the free delivery to get the most out of your printer while working from home! See posters and print ads for more details. Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-06103 Series of 2020.

LRT-1 implements new safety guidelines for passengers

Even though Metro Manila is still placed under Modified ECQ until May 31, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) is already in full swing of preparations as it anticipates the resumption of the LRT-1 operations. This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released new safety guidelines for mass public transportation once the quarantine is lifted.

To ensure the welfare and protection of both passengers and employees, LRT-1 private operator LRMC will implement the following health and safety measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it re-opens its trains to the public.

Passenger guidelines

Here are some things to remember if you plan to ride the LRT-1 going to and from work:

  • No mask no entry.
  • Thermal screening done upon entry of LRT-1 station. Those with temperature greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter the station.
  • Physical distancing will be strictly enforced at the stations and trains, with floor markings as guidance.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use Stored Value Cards for contactless payment.
  • Placement of foot bath or disinfecting mats in all LRT-1 station entrances.
  • Passengers will still be requested to open their bags for verification, but LRT-1 security will be using a hand-held metal detector, and no frisking will be conducted.

Increased sanitation and safety promotion

  • Alcohol sanitizer dispensers will be available at all ticket booths, while liquid soap dispensers will be available in restrooms.
  • Trains are to be disinfected upon reaching the ends of the line at Roosevelt and Baclaran stations, and deep-cleaned at the end of each day. The driver’s cab is to be cleaned before each handover.
  • Commonly touched areas such as ticket booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, elevators, escalators, platform benches, and comfort rooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Safety video reminders from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization will be played on the LCD screens, while posters and signage will be displayed prominently at each station and in each train. Staff and train drivers shall remind passengers to follow physical distancing at all times.

Download companion app ikotMNL

As the company leverages on the use of technology, passengers are encouraged to go digital and use the ikotMNL mobile app to easily get updates and announcements, plan their trips, check the LRT-1’s schedule and crowd status at the stations ahead of time. You can also relay COVID-19 related concerns or inquiries through this mobile app.

LRMC uses an automated system in the deployment of its trains, which provides better flexibility to match passenger volume for the day and avoid crowd build-up. Also, LRMC is working with partners to develop innovative sanitation technologies and methods to be more efficient and effective in keeping the railway safe for passengers. In addition, the company is looking out for its employees by providing them with face masks, hygiene supplies, regular health checks, and modified work arrangements.

“We look forward to serving once again our passengers who rely on the LRT-1 for their daily commute. We are committed to keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind as you ride our trains and return to your routine. Now more than ever, we appeal for your cooperation as we all face this new normal,” said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.

LRT-1 operations have been suspended since March 17 as a result of the government’s extension of the enhanced community quarantine. Preventive and maintenance work for the line have been undertaken during this period in accordance with the IATF’s work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, or on Twitter at @officialLRT1.

Makati City used GCash to disburse P2.7B financial aid during COVID-19 crisis

At a time when social distancing is a must, technology is definitely one of our best allies.

Mobile wallet app GCash has once again proved its worth by empowering Makati City with contactless solutions to efficiently disburse roughly P2.7 billion in economic aid to the 500,000 residents of the city.

Under this strengthened partnership, GCash is providing a digital disbursement facility for the expanded Makatizen Economic Relief Program, which aims to provide relief to city residents who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of manually disbursing the financial aid through city hall employees or through physical disbursement facilities, Makati City will be leveraging the GCash platform to efficiently and safely provide aid to its constituents. This reduces the risk of transmission of the disease, as it limits physical contact among people.

“Makati City has always been one of the most forward-looking local governments in the Philippines, and GCash is ready to help it achieve its goal. We are happy to see our platform being used by government units to fight Covid-19 and ultimately flatten the curve. GCash provides a quick, safe and secure data-driven disbursement platform for the city,” GCash Vice President for Enterprise Luigi Reyes said.

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay announced the expansion of the Makatizen Economic Relief Program, now called the MAKA-tulong 5K for 500K+ Makatizens, to help its citizens cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To qualify as a beneficiary of MAKA-tulong program, one must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Makati or of any of the relocation sites managed by the city government of Makati in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan and Calauan, Laguna. One must also be registered either as a Makatizen Card holder, or as a Yellow Card holder under the Makati Health Program, or as a voter in Makati City.

The financial assistance is on an individual basis, which means that a household with five qualified individuals will get P25,000 in aid.

“The MAKA-tulong 5K for 500K+ Makatizens program, which will cost P2.7 billion, is intended to provide much-needed financial assistance to residents on an individual basis, not per household, as we begin to emerge from the prolonged community quarantine,” Binay said.

Previous beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), including senior citizens, persons with disability, informal workers, and solo parents, are still qualified to receive the P5,000-financial assistance.

Residents seeking to avail of the program must fill out an application form through the Makatizen app (available in iOS and Android) or through the Makatizen website (www.proudmakatizen.com). They may also submit their application forms in their respective barangays or through Makati Action Center (MAC) personnel. Each application form must be supplemented with a valid government-issued ID.

Once an application has been approved, the financial assistance will be sent to the GCash account of the beneficiary. Those without GCash accounts will be assisted by the local government to set up one.

The economic relief may be withdrawn from GCash Cash In/Cash Out agents or through ATMs using their Makatizen Cards. Beneficiaries may also use the financial assistance that they received through GCash for online and offline transactions, bills payment, and fund transfers, among others.

“We have been an active partner of Makati City for years now, and most recently, we helped in the disbursement of the financial aid to its student scholars and transport stakeholders. We at GCash vow to continue to support the government to prevent the further increase of Covid-19 patients by empowering Filipinos with digital solutions to help them stay at home,” Reyes said.

Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.

GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/.