Insurance ‘has room to grow’

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

THE Philippines may have a low insurance penetration rate, but the way Sun Life Financial Philippines president and CEO Riza Mantaring sees it, it can only mean more room for the industry to grow.

2014 residential projects in CV hit P17B

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

THE project cost of all residential developments in Central Visayas for subdivision and condominium projects has reached close to P17 billion in 2014.

The data came last week from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board 7, based on the 80 projects that were granted License to Sell (LS) by HLURB in the same year. The projects listed include subdivisions, condominiums, and memorial gardens.

5 regional design centers put up

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

FIVE regional design centers have been established by the government to institutionalize and promote design and culture across the country.

According to the Philexport’s news portal, the design centers will be in Davao, Cebu, Bacolod, Legazpi and Pampanga.

Smart digital unit, Cash Credit link up on microfinance service

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

VOYAGER Innovations, Inc. (Voyager), a digital financial and commerce unit of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has announced its strategic partnership with Cash Credit, a Sofia-based financial technology company.

The companies will jointly roll out a mobile-based microfinance program within the first half of 2015, applying big data analytics to offer financial services to Smart’s combined subscriber base of over 75 million.

Ng: How not to lose business

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

I recently read an article that says that in an average lifetime, we lose a total of almost three years waiting in line. That much? It is certainly possible. We line up to get taxis and buses, pay bills, buy groceries and gas, board a plane, withdraw money, board an elevator, order food, get passports and visas, enroll in school, eat in restaurants, buy tickets, take rides in amusement parks, see doctors and dentists, buy medicine, and many more.

Japanese bank set to open in PH

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:56 p.m.

JAPAN’S second largest bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and at least six other banks in Asia are poised to enter the Philippines, a result of a new law that recently liberalized foreign ownership restrictions in the banking industry.

In a report, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr, said two foreign applications have been filed with BSP. He added that he is expecting more to file “soon.”

CBM to highlight global-local play

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:54 p.m.

RECONCILING the global mindset with the local culture is what this year’s Cebu Business Month will be focused on, overall organizing chairman Francis Dy said.

Dy made a presentation to members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry during their general membership meeting last week of activities that they will be holding for June. They are set to launch the CBM later this month.

App built by students will soon allow people to order rice, veggies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:53 p.m.

PEOPLE today can order almost anything online: food, clothes, shoes, bags, books, music, movies and other novelty items.

Port congestion ‘now affecting business’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:51 p.m.

THE Economic Development Committee (EDC) has endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council the discussion on the congestion and over-capacity at Cebu International Port (CIP) that has affected the business community.

EDC Chairman Robert Go said CIP is congested because the goods are slow to withdraw and container yards are overcrowded.

Globe ‘enables schools for 21st century learning’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:50 p.m.

PUBLIC high schools in the provinces, specifically in Batangas and Negros Occidental, now have access to 21st century learning with the continued expansion of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program, a long-term educational initiative of Globe Prepaid.

Select educational institutions for GFS are Sico 1.0 National High School in San Juan, Batangas and Bata National High School in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Nissan Philippines to open 10 dealerships this year

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:18 p.m.

AS PART of its aggressive move in the domestic auto industry, Nissan Philippines Inc. will open 10 new dealerships in the country this year, with six of them to open this month.

Fashion accessory company opens new Ayala store

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

AS it moved into a more accessible and spacious area inside Ayala Center Cebu, a homegrown fashion accessory firm, Gems and Designs by Premium Concepts, will be introducing an interactive customer experience, through the use of technology.

Aside from a more vibrant and refreshing feel, Melanie Ng, owner of Gems and Designs, said the new store is equipped with a computer where customers can do online research on designs of bracelets, necklaces and earrings they wish to be assembled by the staff of the store.

Taiheiyo doubles delivery capacity

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) doubled its capacity to deliver Grand Cement products to markets off Cebu as Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) inaugurated recently its expanded port facilities in South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.

Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale attended the inauguration with San Fernando Vice Mayor Miguel Antonio Canoy as she inspected the limestone mining quarry of SEDC and the cement manufacturing facility of TCPI in the same barangay as the pier.

Centurion marks half-century

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

BEFORE he passed the bar exam and became a lawyer, Jacinto V. Mendez supported himself by working as a security guard for three years. On March 5, 1965, he returned to his roots in security by establishing Centurion Security Agency Inc.

Entry of luxury brands ‘to boost shopping tourism’ in Philippines

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

THE continued entry of more luxury brands to the Philippine market is seen to boost the country’s shopping tourism, an industry stakeholder said.

More than a reflection of investor confidence on the country’s economic fundamentals, Consul Robert Joseph believes the expansion of high-end products in the country is an opportunity to entice more tourists to travel.

P4B project to rise in Lapu-Lapu City

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

THE Filinvest Group continues to expand its presence in Cebu as its subsidiary, Filinvest Alabang Inc (FAI), recently marked its first regional expansion in Cebu with the launching of the P4-billion Serulyan Seascapes in Lapu-Lapu City.

The development, which will have six towers, will nestle in a two-hectare property near Crimson Resort and Spa, which is also a Filinvest project. FAI Serulyan Seascapes project head Don-Don Mari S. Ubaldo said the development is part of the Filinvest Premiere home brand category and will offer to the market 581 high-end condominium units.

Radisson Blu sees great year ahead

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

THIS year will be a “double banner year” for Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu after it posted high growth in occupancy and profits in 2014, a top hotel executive said.

Nishan Silva, the general manager of the 400-room hotel, said 2014 was a banner year with an occupancy of 75 percent and a total revenue higher than its target.

High time to lower taxes on individuals

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:34 p.m.

OUR 1987 Constitution provides for a uniform, equitable and progressive system of taxation, wherein taxes are based on one’s ability to pay. The poor and the middle class should not be taxed at the same level as the upper class. This is not the case, however, looking at our current tax rates. The Philippines has one of the highest personal income tax rate at 32 percent. This rate has not been adjusted for decades, distorting the lines between the poor, the middle class and the wealthy.

When should you adopt a family constitution?

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." – Chinese proverb

The family business owner should view the tree as an investment for the future. That investment is the family constitution. If you missed investing on a family constitution 20 years ago, the second best time to start investing in one is now.

Fuel ‘just small part’ in power generation

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

DESPITE the low price of oil in the world market, power rates in most of Metro Cebu have remained the same. An official of the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) explained that the reason for this is the low fuel component in their energy mix.

Sun Savings assets rise to P550M

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:14 p.m.

SUN Savings Bank’s high growth trajectory propelled it to new heights in 2014. By yearend, its total assets reached a record level of P550 million, increasing by 46 percent over the 2013 level of P377 million.

The higher-yielding assets, in particular the loans and receivables portfolio, grew to P315 million, which was 63 percent higher than the year-ago level of P194 million.

‘PH needs auto industry road map’

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:13 p.m.

THE Philippines needs an auto industry road map if it wants to stay competitive with neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, an auto company official said.

Personality development opens facility in Banilad

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

A COMPANY that offers personality development training recently opened its new facility in Banilad, Cebu.

Self-Esteem Learning Formation Institute (Selfi) Studios says it aims to enhance personality development through month-long workshops on hosting, dancing, acting, modeling and cosmetics starting this summer.

Resignation calls ‘crazy’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:32 p.m.

IF SOME sectors are calling for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, leaders of Cebu’s business sector are against the idea.

“That call is crazy,” said Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Ma. Teresa Chan at the sidelines of the CCCI’s general membership meeting.

Bohol, in midst of recovery, offers ‘surprise’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:30 p.m.

Nonet Madriñan-Bolo Contributor

“IN Manga is Manga. In Maribojoc is Maribojoc.” Such was the serious reply of a gentle woman who acts as a local guide for the SAVIMA Mangrove Adventure, a mangrove community in the town of Maribojoc, Bohol.

Batuhan: A long and bleak winter

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

IT WAS not too long ago that the world was proclaiming the advent of what it called the Arab Spring. Back then, countries like Egypt and Libya were overthrowing their despotic leaders, and installing – or at least trying to install in their place – more democratic forms of government. Syria was also looking to be headed in this direction, with the struggle to oust its long-standing Assad family rulers, who have run the country for decades.

Almirante: Seafarer's disability benefits

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

Dominador Almirante Labor Case Digest

PETITIONERS United Philippine Lines, Inc. and Holland America Line hired respondent Generoso E. Sibug as a waste handler on board the vessel M/S Volendam.Last Aug. 5, 2005, Sibug fell from a ladder while cleaning the silo sensor in a garbage room of the vessel and injured his knee. He was repatriated and had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery in the Manila Doctors’ Hospital. Last Jan. 19, 2006, he was declared fit to return to work from an orthopedic point of view.

Population in Megaworld townships to hit 1M

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

MANILA–As it aggressively expands its township developments across the country, real estate giant Megaworld announced that the population in its various urban townships is expected to reach at least one million by 2020.

Speaking during the 18th Outstanding Filipino Retailers & Shopping Centers of the Year Award by the Philippine Retailers Association, Megaworld chairman and CEO Dr. Andrew L. Tan said its 20 townships across the country will be home to around 600,000 condominium and village residents and 400,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) and office workers.

Science, engineering courses to include entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

RECOGNIZING the potential contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the country’s economic progress, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) signed an agreement with the Philippine Science and Technology Development Foundation-Manila Inc. (PhilDev) to infuse entrepreneurship in science and engineering courses.

Ng: Scientific breakthroughs

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

THIS week, I would like to cover some exciting technology developments that would potentially impact us. Science and technology have progressed fast. Last week, Time showed that a baby may live up to 142 years, while Businessweek was more audacious. It showed a woman who may live to be 173.

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