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/.

KathNiel star in PayMaya’s “BalikBayad” campaign

project that sees them sharing the many perks and rewards of going cashless through PayMaya’s “BalikBayad” campaign.

Serving as a follow-up to PayMaya’s widely successful “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” campaign last year, which featured a catchy video and jingle set to the tune of the hit ‘90’s Eraserheads song “Ligaya,” the “BalikBayad” campaign sees Kathryn and Daniel beating villains in a typical ’90s Pinoy action film setting.

Complete with guns, goons, and even the penultimate “Pinoy Kontrabida” Rez Cortez, the campaign video features the two young celebrities using the powers of PayMaya to tackle everyday transactions that are typically paid with cash, such as grocery shopping, paying bills, buying load, and online shopping, among many others.

“We’re very excited to have KathNiel representing the ‘BalikBayad’ campaign, because just as these two big celebrity icons have made a comeback for PayMaya this year, our users can  also expect something to come back–in the form of cashback–every time they use PayMaya instead of cash,” said Mark Jason Dee, Head of Growth and Marketing of PayMaya.

“PayMaya is a young and fun brand and we’re definitely lucky to have collaborated with Kathryn and Daniel in this campaign, because they represent the exciting and energetic lifestyles of most of our users,” Dee added.

Filipinos can get in on the most rewarding mobile wallet experience by downloading the PayMaya app on their iOS or Android devices and using the code PAYMAYAKATHNIEL upon signing up to get an instant reward, apart from the many other cashback and discount perks they can get by being a PayMaya user.

In February alone, PayMaya users can get as much as P6,000 in cashback when they participate in the mobile wallet’s various promos for bills payment, buying load, paying for goods and services via QR, online shopping, and sending money, among many others.

PayMaya has also expanded the list of merchants and establishments under its PayMaya Preferred program, which gives additional cashback to users who scan to pay with PayMaya QR on top of the regular cashback that they usually receive. Some of these new partners include Landers Superstore, Mercury Drug, KFC, Robinson’s Department Store, Total Alabang and Valenzuela, and Toys ‘R Us, among many others.

Bringing back time and convenience

But aside from getting monetary rewards in the form of cashback every time they pay, users are also able to make more time and experience greater convenience when they use PayMaya.

With PayMaya’s virtual card, for example, users can instantly gain access to a payment card which they can easily use for online shopping and other digital payments for a faster, more efficient payment experience.

PayMaya also recently introduced the ability to transfer money from users’ PayMaya account to other bank accounts, eliminating the need to wait in line at bank branches in order to make a bank deposit.

“PayMaya users can definitely look forward to even more features and services that will give them more convenient ways to pay as well as awesome rewards in the months to come,” Dee added.

To know more about the BalikBayad campaign and how you can get all of these exciting perks from PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com/balikbayad or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

5 Smart tips to handle your money better this 2020

Every time we enter a new year, we all come up with a fresh set of resolutions including how we plan to handle our finances for the rest of the year. For many of us who are not experts in finance and money management, we all look for a certain level of inspiration so we can craft up new rules for our finances.

To help us out, Home Credit has offered these five tips to help us manage our money better this 2020:

1. Be realistic

Targeting to pay off all your debts is good and all, but you need to be realistic to make it successful. When assessing the amount that you want to pay off for the year, make sure that you leave enough budget to support your regular lifestyle. You have a higher chance of making financial mistakes like overspending if you limit yourself too much, so try to find the perfect middle between achieving your financial goals and supporting your needs.

2. Have a purpose

Wanting to start or grow your savings ‘just because’ is good, but you can feel more inspired if you connect it to an actual purpose. Do you want to travel to your dream destination? Buy your very first property? Get a life insurance? Having an end goal in mind will give you a clearer vision (and better motivation!) when trying to achieve your goals.

3. Keep your money in separate accounts

Having multiple accounts can be difficult to handle, but it can also be helpful if you want to make it easier to manage your finances. Have a separate account for your savings where you can automatically move or deposit your money—and forget about it. If you want to have a clearer view of your finances, you can even create a separate account for the different things you’re trying to save for (property, travel, etc.). Want to be extra sure that you don’t easily spend your savings? You can opt for a checkbook or even simply leave your ATM card at home so you won’t get easily seduced to withdraw your funds.

4. Have a splurge budget

This sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s actually helpful in the long run. Limiting your spending too much can backfire and make you more prone to sudden overspending so make sure to give yourself room to breathe and enjoy. The secret is to set the right amount that you can actually spend on recreation. To do this, take out the cost you need to cover your basic expenses and the amount you want to save. You can use what’s left on yourself.

5. Be smart in managing your cash flow

Sometimes, emergency situations will require you to touch your savings. Did an important household appliance breakdown? Do you suddenly need to shell out a big amount for something? In cases like this, what you can do is to consider other options that can help you afford things without draining your savings. Cash loans and installment plans are a good option for this because you can pay the cost gradually. Reputable providers like Home Credit—which now offers other financial products like cash loans and credit cards on top of their in-store product installment plans—is a prime example of an option you can consider. It’s so easy to apply for their products, too! You just need to provide two (2) valid IDs and even apply to their partner stores or online. Processing of your applications won’t even take long—you just need less than a minute to know your results. So the next time you find yourself in need of some financial help for something important, consider to do it the easy way and #iHomeCreditMoNa!

For more information on their products, you can visit their website or reach out to them via Facebook. Want a more convenient way to access Home Credit’s offers? Just Tap the App! Download their MyHomeCredit App in Google PlayStore, and get access to their products and offers wherever you are, whenever you want.

Pilipinas ESETGO introduces new motorcycle ride-hailing service

The motorcycle ride-hailing service industry in the Philippines may still be in its infancy stage, but it’s showing a lot of promise as more and more commuters are demanding for it. As new players are entering the scene, one company hopes to join the mix with a promise of quality service and more benefits for both riders and passengers.

Pilipinas ESETGO Corporation recently introduced to the media its integrative strategy to make the Philippines a gold standard in motorcycle ride-hailing services and contribute to economic growth, as well as promote nation-building. The company’s CEO John Alexis C. Revilla, CPM, is one of the country’s certified top marketing professionals who championed excellence in the field, which made him one of the consistent brand lawyers/category heads of the Philippine Marketing Association’s Agora Awards.

The Pilipinas ESETGO mobile app will not only be a portal where passengers can book their rides, also known as their PASAKAY service. It will also feature other services such as PADALA, an instant package courier service; PABILI, a purchase and delivery assistance; PABAYAD, an over-the-counter bills payment service; PAASIKASO, a corporate assistance service that allows the rider to transact on your behalf via an authorization letter; PAALALAY, made specifically for senior citizens and PWDs to assist them with their needs; and PASADA service, which utilizes tricycles for passengers’ errands.

Although they have yet to be included in the ongoing pilot run for motorcycle taxis of the LTFRB, Pilipinas ESETGOis already ensuring passenger safety and satisfaction in all aspects of its future operations. “We will make sure to partner with the most respected institutions for every aspect of our business–from riders’ training to payment outlets. Our main concern is always the safety and convenience of our future passengers, and at the same time, we also aim to give our fellow Filipinos–especially those who are struggling to earn a living–to have a decent source of income that would be empowering for them in the long run,” says Revilla.

LG Philippines launches latest air-conditioning products

Air-conditioning is integral to everyday life in the Philippines given our tropical climate. However, not everyone can afford to install one in their home or business establishment as the costs involved, particularly electricity, can be very high. Recognizing this issue, LG, by applying innovative technology, has achieved a high-efficiency and cost-effective solution in the brand-new line up for single commercial air-conditioners (CAC).

LG’s brand-new line up for single CAC are perfect for restaurants, small and medium-sized stores, and small and medium-sized offices. The line includes Floor Standing, Ceiling Mounted Cassette, 4-Way Ceiling Cassette, Ceiling Suspended, and Ceiling Concealed Duct models. To attain high-efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the products are rigged with LG’s revolutionary R1 Compressor and Smart Inverter.

The LG-exclusive R1 Compressor features a shaft-through bottom compression structure. With its innovative technology, the R1 Compressor has resolved the endemic problem of a relatively low efficiency in the widely used rotary compressor and improves the tiling motion of scroll. By virtue of the compressor, it lowers the noise to 4dB and reduces its weight by 20%.

In comparison to other companies’ line up for single CAC, which is operated with a non-inverter compressor, all of LG’s CACs are operated with the Smart Inverters. With the LG Smart Inverter, the annual price of electricity is expected to decline by 25% compared to an on/off model. Likewise, users can receive quick return on investment within 20 months by virtue of energy savings.

Moreover, it enables air flow to cool in a long distance. Since the Floor Standing unit can reach up to 20 meters, it makes it possible to cool a room even though it is far from the unit. Furthermore, a five-step air cleaning feature reduces maintenance costs and makes upkeep simple and fuss-free. In terms of performance, it has a wide operation range as low as 45°C and as high as 48°C outdoor temperature.

After announcing the brand-new line up for single CAC, LG also introduced the Dual Vane Cassette, an upgraded version of the 4 Way Ceiling Cassette, and the Round Cassette which raised expectations and set the bar high. These products will be launched in the second quarter of 2020 after launching single CAC.

The conventional 4-Way Ceiling Cassette is equipped with four vanes, so it used to offer air how in Four wave However, LG also introduced the Dual Vane Cassette which is equipped with innovative dual vane technology. Since the Dual Vane Cassette has eight vanes, it manages air How more precisely and provides optimized air flow for users. Also, the Dual Vane Cassette allows users to choose six different modes, including three patented ones. Thus, it offers the best air flow over various spaces.

With a premium round design, the Round Cassette provides perfect circular air flow without any blind spot by minimizing junctions whereas a conventional round cassette has three outlets to provide three-way air flow with blind spots. In addition to that, unlike other brands’ round cassettes which controls wind direction in three steps, LG’s Round Cassette is equipped with crystal vanes, enabling the user to control the direction in six steps. Moreover, the 3D fan increases air flow rate by 5% while lowering noise. With a larger air flow rate, cooling rate becomes 30% faster.

“Last year, sales of LG Electronics in the Philippines have grown significantly and HVAC business was an important part of it,” said Inkwun Heo, Managing Director of LG Electronics in the Philippines. “LG’s HVAC Division will continue to develop the world’s best HVAC for contributing to conserve the environment as well as creating better living conditions for everyone.”

Photos courtesy of dotdailydose.net

Mompreneurs find a new business partner in MrSpeedy

MrSpeedy

MrSpeedy Philippines, the fastest growing same-day delivery service in the country, is lowering down its rates to become the most affordable delivery partner for Metro Manila on-line sellers. True to its motto of empowering the Filipino entrepreneur, MrSpeedy aims to support small on-line sellers with a reliable and affordable service to help them be competitive in the current trend of instant delivery.

“We see that the trend right now for online selling is instant delivery, but it is hard for small online businesses to afford this service. By slashing down our prices, our goal is to arm our local businesses to be more competitive, especially against the dominating giants out there,” said MrSpeedy’s Country Manager Jason Gaguan.

MrSpeedy

“We believe that this is the age of the Filipino Entrepreneur and we want to be part of that economic revolution. In everything we do, we always ask ourselves: Paano ‘to makakatulong mag-palaki ng negosyo sa isang Instagram, Facebook o Carousell seller?”

MrSpeedy focuses on three things that they found out is most important for small online businesses: Delivery Price, Customer Support, and seamless Cash on Delivery.

MrSpeedy’s pricing of P6 per kilometer is currently the most affordable same-day delivery service as it is 40% cheaper than its competitors in Metro Manila. Alongside its affordable pricing, MrSpeedy has invested heavily in its customer support both in technology and headcount to ensure that their clients are heard and assisted in every step of their delivery—even going as far as creating personal chat groups with their clients.

Aside from this, the MrSpeedy Mobile App is very easy to use. Users just have to input the pick-up and delivery drop-off pin locations and input contact details for the said addresses, and they will be able to see the total delivery price—with no hidden charges. The simplicity of booking a delivery is what makes MrSpeedy’s service friendly to clients. To add to its online seller-centric approach is a Cash on Delivery service that boasts of a 12-24 hour remittance window. Since offering cash-on-delivery to their online stores, clients are pleased to note their businesses have gained an increase of up to 300%.

Asked about why online businesses should choose MrSpeedy versus other platforms, Gaguan answers, “Technology wise, we are very similar to our competitors, pero lumalamang kami in understanding what our customers need, nakikinig kasi kami. Very simple lang naman ang gusto namin, to give the cheapest price, mapadala ng mabilis ang package at sumagot kagad pag may concern ang customer at i-resolve instantly. We want things to be simple, we just want to be the best partner of small businesses in Manila.”

Davao City gears up for future medical partnerships from 2019 Taiwan Healthcare Seminar

2019 Taiwan Healthcare Seminar Davao

From computer technology to design innovation, the 2019 Taiwan Expo has opened new doors of opportunities for different industries in Davao City. Held last November 8 to 9, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier Davao, the expo featured well-curated product exhibits from various Taiwan brands and companies, as well as highly informative seminars conducted by product experts and innovators from Taiwan.

The most anticipated Taiwan Healthcare Seminar, with a theme “Smart Medical Innovation Brightens Your Life,” brought together top biotech innovators from the best and most advanced hospitals in Taiwan. Coming from reputable institutions Chang Chung Memorial Hospital, Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Lite-Med Inc., Biomaterials & Surface Engineering Industry-Academia Consortium, Taipei Tech University, Bionime Corporation, and Chung Hua Institute for Economic Research, the speakers shared their latest innovations to healthcare practitioners and professionals from all over Davao and Mindanao.

Dr. Chun-Te Wu, MD, PhD, of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital discussed their many achievements in the fields of Liver Transplantation, Proton Therapy, Comprehensive Cancer Patient Care and Management, Cord Blood Transplantation, Craniofacial Reconstruction, and Orthognathic Surgery. Through its premiere medical facilities and equipment, including a dedicated Proton Therapy Center and Hybrid Operating Rooms equipped with Multi-Axis System for Interventional Radiology and Da Vinci Surgical Systems, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has successfully served over 27,000 international patients in 2018 alone.

Dr. Ming-Nan Lin, MD, PhD, of the Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital shared their institution’s humble roots from being a charity medical foundation to being the first hospital in Taiwan to be certified with the Symbol of National Quality (SNQ). Its Integrated Rheumatic Disease Care headlined by the Knee Health Promotion Option, a comprehensive treatment plan for knee osteoarthritis, has earned the hospital the recognition alongside its other top-quality services such as Arthroscopic Cartilage Regeneration Facilitating Procedure and surgical treatments for spinal diseases.

Meanwhile, Lite-Med Inc. (Lighten Taiwan Excellent Medical), a professional medical device developer and manufacturer established in 1991, is leading the Shock Wave Technology industry in Taiwan. Lite-Med’s machines such as the ESWT(Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy) series is used for a variety of treatments, including blasting kidney and ureter stones and rehabilitating bone fractures, and even includes a real-time ultrasound tracking and locking system that makes diagnosis and treatment much easier.

Also sharing their latest innovation at the Taiwan Healthcare Seminar is Bionime Corporation, which developed Telehealth, a system that helps patients and doctors manage diabetes. Using an ergonomic strip to check blood samples, it provides accurate readings that are stored via cloud for easier access whether the patient is being treated at home or in a hospital.

Finally, Chia Ling Li from the Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) ran down the details of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP). In essence, the mandate opens the country’s doors for patients and doctors from neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia region to gain access to Taiwan’s medical technology advancements. By implementing the 1C1C or One Center for One Country initiative, each country from the Southeast Asia Region will have one dedicated coordinating center to facilitate any needs: from sending patients over to Taiwan for treatments or to conduct business-to-business deals.

For the Philippines, the assigned coordinating center is the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, which is known for its expertise in organ transplantation, advanced cell therapy, and the implementation of Universal Healthcare policies. The National Kidney Transplant Institute, Chinese General Hospital Colleges, and The Medical City have already forged a memorandum of understanding with Hualien Tzu Chi and more hospitals in the Philippines are expected to follow suit.

Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang of the Davao Center for Health Development, Ms. April Marie Dayap of the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center, and Atty. Francis Layog, chief-of-staff of Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste”Duterte, in their respective speeches prior to the seminar, expressed their gratitude to TAITRA for introducing Taiwan’s innovations to the medical community of Davao City. They also look forward to seal partnerships between healthcare institutions in Davao and Taiwan to make modern healthcare technology more accessible to Mindanaoan patients.

To learn more about the latest medical technologies from Taiwan and how they can help benefit medical patients in Davao and the rest of the Philippines, contact the Taiwan Trade Center Manila hotline at (02) 551-7281/551-7349/551-7339 or visit the TAITRA Manila website at https://manila.taiwantrade.com/.

Like and follow the TAITRA Manila Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/taiwantradecentermanila/) for more updates.