Call center post ‘hardest to fill’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

CALL center agents are the hardest vacancies to fill in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (Bles).

CEB adds more flights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

GOKONGWEI-led Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is adding domestic flight frequencies to top tourist destinations to accommodate passenger demand this summer.

The budget carrier said it will add two weekly frequencies from both Manila and Cebu to Boracay (Caticlan). From April 27 to May 4, CEB will operate 64 weekly flights from Manila to Caticlan.

Tigerair offers Piso fare promo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:09 p.m.

TIGERAIR Philippines is offering a Piso fare promo for travelers who book between April 20 to 22 2014 for their travel break on Jan 1 to March 31, 2015.

Plan your dream vacation ahead and take advantage of this promo that can take you to experience New Year, Valentine’s Day or your early Summer break in one of the Philippine’s famous sandy beaches, or crystal-clear waters, vibrant reefs, museums, and shopping in Bacolod, Kalibo, Iloilo, Clark, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban.

CD-R King to open biggest branch in Cebu in E-mall

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:08 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY and media provider CD-R King will open by the end of this month its biggest branch in Visayas and Mindanao in Elizabeth Mall in Cebu City.

The new space in E-mall will have an area of 327 square meters.

Training center brings Apple courses to Cebu

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

WITH the increased demand from regional markets, An Apple-certified training center based in Manila will be bringing to Cebu its Apple Certification Courses within the quarter.

Power Mac Center Training Center, an Apple-authorized retail shop and service provider, will be offering Apple courses like Apple Certified Associate, Apple Certified Pro, Support Professional and Technical Coordinator.

Collateral ranks low in evaluating MSME applications for bank loans

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

ALTHOUGH most micro and small entrepreneurs think their biggest hurdle in acquiring financing is the lack of collateral, a banking official assured that this is not the case.

Elsie Fe Tagupa of the Land Bank of the Philippines said collateral is one of the last things they consider in evaluating loan applications.

Nominations now open for tourism brand awards

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

THE Asian Institute of Management – Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism and Entrepreneur Magazine have launched the first Emerging Tourism Brand Awards to honor Philippine brands in the tourism industry that have exhibited both business excellence and social awareness.

Companies must be active for at least three years to qualify. Nominations for the following categories are now being accepted: Accommodations, Culinary Experience, Gifts and Merchandise, Hospitality Education and Services.

Tsuneishi ‘to be hub in expansion’

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:27 p.m.

SHIPBUILDER Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THICI) in Balamban, Cebu is being considered to become the “mother shipyard” of THI in Southeast Asia.

That’s according to THICI president Hitoshi Kono in an interview with reporters yesterday. He said THI will be expanding this year in Indonesia. The company has facilities in Japan, Philippines, and China.

Travel fair organizers to highlight new destinations to boost tourism

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

ORGANIZERS of the International Travel Fair (ITF) in Cebu hope to highlight new travel destinations to boost tourism traffic.

Project co-director Stephanie Villahermosa, president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (Naitas) Cebu Chapte, said the Philippines, with more than 7,000 islands still has more tourism products to offer to local and foreign tourists.

Understand culture of foreign clients, BPOs told

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:25 p.m.

AN international consulting firm advised business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Cebu specializing in voice services to study and understand the culture of foreign clients to better meet their business needs.

Sunil K. Jha, managing director of Australian firm Akiko Business Consultants, told Sun.Star Cebu in an interview that call center agents must not only be good English speakers but also be knowledgeable about their clients’ culture.

Tax notes: Revised rules on accreditation of importers

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

AS a pre-requisite for issuance of Bureau of Customs (BOC) accreditation, all importers must first secure a Bureau of Internal Revenue Importer Clearance Certificate (BIR-ICC) as part of the revised rules on the accreditation of importers pursuant to Department of Finance Order No. 012-2014.

The BIR, upon filing of an application, will issue the necessary BIR-ICC in favor of an importer, subject to the documentary requirements and verification procedures under the rules and regulations to be promulgated by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (CIR) (Revenue Memorandum Order No. 10-2014).

Startup Weekend Cebu set in June

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

ALTHOUGH the Philippines does not yet have a highly-developed startup ecosystem yet, organizers of the fourth Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) said the local community has showed signs of growth since 2012.

Organizers also reported growing interest from government and the business community.

Filinvest net income increases 12% to P6.5B

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

FILINVEST Development Corp. (FDC) reported a 12 percent year-on-year increase in its consolidated net income in 2013 to P6.5 billion from P5.8 billion in 2012.

Consolidated revenues increased by 17 percent to P34.8 billion from P29.8 billion last year.

Firm to build tallest building in Mandaue

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

A DEVELOPER is set to build Mandaue City’s tallest building by 2017. Pacific Land Ventures and Property Development Inc. announced last week that it will develop a 28-storey residential tower on A.S. Fortuna St.

Last week, the developer launched Midpoint Residences, a P781-million two-tower condominium project.

SM Prime gets awards for 2 malls in China

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

PROPERTY conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. got two major awards recognizing two of the company’s malls in China.

SM City Xiamen in Fuijian province was awarded the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Excellent Upgrade. SM City Zibo, which will be opened this year in Shandong province, also received the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Potential Project. The awarding ceremony was held on April 7, 2014 at the Marriott Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel.

CEB cleared to fly in EU

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

LOW-COST carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) expects a substantial boost in travel and tourism within Southeast Asia once the region’s full market integration takes place by 2015.

Atty. Jorenz Tañada, CEB’s vice-president for corporate affairs, is optimistic CEB will be able to compete credibly with its Southeast Asian peers, saying they have already implemented measures that would make the airline more competitive and advanced compared to other LCCs in the region.

Almirante: Separation pay

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

SOMETIME in May 1993, petitioner Reynaldo Hayan Moya was hired by respondent First Solid Rubber Industries, Inc., which manufactured tires and rubber. The last position he held was head of the Tire Curing Department.

On Oct. 15, 2004, he reported an incident about an undercuring of tires in his department, which led to the damage of five tires. He stated that the damage was caused by machine failure. Respondent, however, found out about his willful intention to cancel the truth or cover up the mistake of a subordinate, Melandro Autor, a

Vehicle maintenance sector expects rise in auto sales to drive growth

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

BOSCH Car Services expects huge opportunities for growth on the back of the growing automotive industry in the Philippines, officials said.

According to Peewee Ligot, senior officer for business development at Workshop Concept of Bosch Philippines, it is not only car manufacturers that are enjoying the boom in the automotive industry, but also the car service and maintenance segment.

New SIM deal for canonization signals Globe’s expansion tack

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

ASIDE from concentrating on the domestic market, Globe Telecom is also looking to serve Filipinos overseas beyond traditional international direct dialing calls.

Batuhan: Fast-track management

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

DURING the last few weeks, a number of seemingly “miraculous” sporting exploits have hit the headlines.

Almirante: Separation pay

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

SOMETIME in May 1993, petitioner Reynaldo Hayan Moya was hired by respondent First Solid Rubber Industries, Inc., which manufactured tires and rubber. The last position he held was head of the Tire Curing Department.

PH gets US aviation upgrade

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

PHILIPPINE air carriers will now be able to add flights and services to the United States after the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the upgrade of the Philippines to a Category 1 rating.

Developer commits to economic condos

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

WITH the increasing demand for economic housing in urban areas, a homegrown real estate developer has committed itself to develop economic condominiums in Cebu City.

Landtraders World Properties Corp. chief executive officer Michelle Yu said during the topping off ceremony of its first condominium project San Marino Residences in the North Reclamation Area that the company had poured roughly P350 million for its two economic condominium projects.

Megaworld posts P9B profit in 2013

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

MEGAWORLD Corp. posted a net income of P9.03-billion, inclusive of P760-M on non-recurring gain, in 2013, a 22 percent increase from 2012.

The increase is attributed to strong residential sales from its various townships, particularly in Newport City, Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill and Eastwood City and higher leasing income from its office and retail portfolio. In 2012, the company posted P7.41-billion net income that was also attributed to strong sales from its residential segment.

I.Protect: Barbie

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

Clint Fabiosa & Ana Liza Villamor

Mr. Uy filed a trademark application for registration of the trademark “BARBIE” for use on confectionary products, such as milk, chocolate, candies, milk bars and chocolate candies in Class 30 of the International Classification of Goods. Mattel, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, United States of America, filed a Notice of Opposition against Mr. Uy’s “Barbie” trademark arguing that the latter was confusingly similar to its trademark on dolls, doll clothes and doll accessories, toys and other similar commercial products.

Micro enterprise to go mainstream

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

A LOCAL apparel and accessory brand whose products are made from native materials by Filipino women micro-entrepreneurs has announced that it is gearing up to enter the mainstream market.

Mga Likha Ni Inay, which is one of the programs of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development-Business Development Service Foundation Inc. (Card BDSFI) aimed at providing livelihood to poor women, will take off as a new venture this quarter.

Ng: Business continuity in the face of disasters

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

I WAS a speaker at a tech conference organized recently by PLDT and I spoke about business continuity.

Business continuity is important in light of recent disasters like the Bohol earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda. It has highlighted the importance of making sure that your business processes and data information systems will continue to be working and running, in the face of disasters.

New project launches in Talisay

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

A NEW player in the real estate industry said it is building quality and affordable townhouses in Talisay City to help meet the province’s housing requirement.

Marilou Padilla, president and chief executive officer of Sterlingland Residences and Development Inc., said yesterday the move to diversify the family’s business from financing to real estate was spurred by the growing housing demand, specifically in the middle to low market segments.

Contempo tops off Bamboo Bay tower

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

PROPERTY developer Contempo Property Holdings Inc. topped off Tuesday its Bamboo Bay project on Hernan Cortes St. in Mandaue City.

The company said it has no immediate plans to expand in Cebu, noting the proliferation of condo projects.

Genvi starts sustainability program

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

HOMEGROWN property developer Genvi Development Corp. launched over the weekend its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project My Sustainable Cebu, which is aimed at helping communities of their housing project’s four neighboring barangays.

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