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Mindanao schools Ateneo de Davao, Malayan, UIC etc go cashless with PayMaya

Advocacy, Campus, Davao City, Technology
I'm glad that PayMaya is empowering over 40 schools nationwide with cashless payment solutions online and in-school and that includes schools in Mindanao! Major learning institutions in Mindanao such as my alma mater Ateneo De Davao University, Malayan Colleges Mindanao and the University of Immaculate Conception are among the schools that have begun to adopt PayMaya’s end-to-end digital payment solutions such as the PayMaya’s Online payment gateway for their online channels and the One by PayMaya Point of Sale (POS) device for school cashiers. These steps definitely provide students a safer and more convenient way to pay for enrollment fees and other educational expenses. “As we prepare to open another school year, ensuring that health and safety measures are implemented ac...

Pay government dues online with PayMaya (here’s Php 100 to get you started)

Consumer, Government, Technology
I've been there. We need to settle bills and government dues but ever since this global health crisis, heading out and paying these bills became a challenge. Good thing we already have eWallets or electronic wallets just like PayMaya. During the quarantine period, eWallets like PayMaya has helped millions of Filipinos pay for their utility bills from the comfort of their homes. However, did you know that aside from paying for water, electricity, and postpaid plans, PayMaya is also a safe and convenient option to settle your government dues? 09055885378 You can pay your PAG-IBIG loan, your passport processing fee to the DFA, or pay your taxes to the BIR online. With just a few taps on your smartphone, and without the need of heading out of your home, you can easily transact with the ...
Investment scheme Forsage is illegal, says SEC

Investment scheme Forsage is illegal, says SEC

Advocacy, Announcements, Features, News, Technology
The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern warning against Forsage, an investment scheme headed by a certain Lado Okhotnikov. Forsage is NOT duly registered with the SEC and lacks the necessary license to solicit, accept or take investments from the public or issue investment contracts and other forms of securities. On June 30, 2020, the Commission said that Forsage is illegally engaging in investment activities in the guise of cryptocurrency trading. SEC Cagayan de Oro Director Atty. Renato Egypto said that many from Region X have engaged with Forsage already. “SEC Cagayan de Oro Extension Office has received numerous reports as well through email and direct messages inquiring about the legality of Forsage. This really concerns us and so we continuously remind...
How your Php 100 (US $2) can help buy PPEs for frontliners

How your Php 100 (US $2) can help buy PPEs for frontliners

Advocacy, Announcements, Blogging, Events, Features, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, Musings, News, Society, Technology
I know what you're thinking. That thing experts call "donor fatigue" has kicked in and not many people are interested to donate to COVID-19 related fundraising causes. I was afraid of that, too. However, we all know that this fight isn't over (and won't be for quite a while) and our brave and hardworking medical front liners need all the help so that they can work and treat efficiently. We need to UNITE. So here goes --- how about if we help procure Department of Health-approved medical grade PPEs for our front liners, who, for 3 months running, have been sacrificing for all of us? And guess what --- we can actually do this by donating as low as Php 100 (yes, that's US $2) Join #CreatorsUnitedPH campaign, an effort that seeks to raise funds to procure DOH-approved medical grade ...
Why cashless ecosystems are critical as Philippines speeds up digital push

Why cashless ecosystems are critical as Philippines speeds up digital push

Advocacy, Technology
Given this COVID-19 pandemic that we are all facing right now, providing a complete and inclusive way for Filipinos to transact with the government online through ‘cashless’ ecosystems is CRITICAL. This, as the government accelerates its digital push, an executive from digital financial services PayMaya said recently.  “Everything is going online, including government services, but we have to ensure that every Filipino is able to continue transacting with government and receive much-needed aid through cashless ecosystems that are pervasive and at the same time inclusive,” said Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya, during the BusinessWorld Insights Forum which discussed digital payments acceptance for LGUs held on Tuesday.  Vea said this means enabling the government to acc...
Cashless payment for your hirna taxi fare with PayMaya

Cashless payment for your hirna taxi fare with PayMaya

Butuan, Corporate, Davao City, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Are you among the hirna ride-hailing app users in Davao, Butuan, Iloilo and Bacolod? I have fantastic news for you! Digital financial services leader PayMaya is partnering with hirna and its partner-taxi drivers so that the latter can accept cashless payments in accordance with the government's directive to promote a safer and more convenient commute for the riding public. Soon, users of the hirna ride-hailing app can book rides and pay using PayMaya QR and do away with the need to pay their fares using cash, which is seen to aiding the spread of the virus causing the COVID-19 disease.  hirna and its partner-drivers are among the first transportation service providers that PayMaya is empowering with digital payments capabilities in support of ...
Get paid using your phone | Negosyo app lets you receive online, QR payments

Get paid using your phone | Negosyo app lets you receive online, QR payments

Blogging, Business, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Technology
As more and more businesses turn to digital means in order to cope with the current pandemic, the need for innovative mobile payment measures is also on the rise. Good thing our friends over at PayMaya know how to help entrepreneurs and they even make it extra easy! PayMaya recently unveiled its latest mobile payment innovation - the all-new PayMaya Negosyo app. This app allows merchants - from our kapitbahay who just started selling kakanin to small business owners and even to the veteran trade bigwigs - to easily and quickly accept online payments and payments via QR code within just 1 to 2 days. If you ask me, this is absolutely helpful because not only do customers prefer easy, convenient and online ways to pay for purchases, contactless payments are now highly encouraged, give...
LOOK: TanodCOVID, an SMS-based platform to trace suspected COVID-19 cases

LOOK: TanodCOVID, an SMS-based platform to trace suspected COVID-19 cases

Advocacy, Announcements, Internet, Technology
Here's an interesting platform that aims to help effective trace suspected COVID-19 cases. Through its innovative developer group Globe Labs, Globe Telecom 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. TanodCOVID is an SMS-based self-reporting platform and 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 B...
Qualified for the Small Business Wage Subsidy? Receive funds via Paymaya

Qualified for the Small Business Wage Subsidy? Receive funds via Paymaya

Business, Consumer, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Technology
We all know that many employees have had their livelihoods affected because of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measures. In Mindanao, I personally know of several business owners who have been forced to temporarily suspend their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, their employees and workers also had to look for other means to get by. The national government has introduced the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) program. Employees and workers affected can see if they qualify for the program through the Social Security System (SSS) or apply for other loans and have the funds disbursed safely and conveniently to their PayMaya account. The application period for this subsidy program has been extended until today, May 8, 2020. PayMaya has partnered with SSS...
Globe turns over P14M to PGH for medical supplies, PPE

Globe turns over P14M to PGH for medical supplies, PPE

Advocacy, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Technology
Globe successfully raised and turned over P14M to the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. (PGH-MFI). The amount was gathered through the joint efforts of loyal Globe customers who donated over P9M via their Rewards points, and the company’s initial pledge of P5M in cash donation. This is part of the telco’s comprehensive efforts in providing immediate aid to medical frontliners at PGH, which is now a designated exclusive COVID-19 hospital by the Department of Health (DOH). The funds were utilized by PGH-MFI to purchase much-needed test kits, alcohol, and complete sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as surgical masks, face shields, and surgical gowns. Globe also turned over 50 mobile phones preloaded with unlimited calls and texts to all networks valid for 30 days to serve th...
Spreading peace through social media (The day I spoke before Marawi kids)

Spreading peace through social media (The day I spoke before Marawi kids)

Advocacy, ARMM, Blogging, Education, Events, Marawi City, Mindanaoan Update, Social Media, Technology
The Philippines is among the world's top social media users. In this global social media research study, it says that the Philippines is the top country that uses Facebook. We're the fifth that uses YouTube and fifth that uses Twitter. And young Filipinos comprise the largest chunk of those social media users from the country. This is why it's really crucial for all of us to continue collaborating with the youth. Aside from the fact that they're the most avid users of social media, they're also avid content creators. They have vlogs, blogs, TikToks, IG stories etc. And what better content is there for them to help create but good, responsible ones that promote peace and dialogue? Last February 12, 2020, I had the lovely chance to meet roughly 70 Meranao students and teachers from Ma...
Speaking at Camera Club of Davao’s 37th anniversary

Speaking at Camera Club of Davao’s 37th anniversary

Advocacy, Blogging, Davao City, Events, Features, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, Social Media, Technology
One of my deepest advocacies is to help share the good news about the power of social media and blogging. I try to do this by volunteering, being generous with my time and sharing my first-hand experience as much as I can. Even when I was still in New York, I had the privilege to share my insights and tips via #GoSocial. Speaking about social media for social good is one of my natural highs. I will always be grateful for each and every opportunity. So you could just imagine how thrilled I was to receive an invitation to be the keynote speaker during the 37th charter anniversary of the Camera Club of Davao, the oldest and most respected photography club in Davao City. It was truly an honor not only because they're THE CCD but also because it meant heading back home to the city I was...
I’m a Founding Director of the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines

I’m a Founding Director of the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines

Advocacy, Announcements, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Social Media, Technology
I've been blogging for a good 15 years and I've seen, heard and experienced the good, the bad, the ugly, the controversial. Content creators, bloggers, vloggers and influencers behaving badly. Brands not understanding the value of good content and what influencers can do for their businesses. Marketing agencies underpaying creators. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Isn't it about time that we do something to help protect all stakeholders? Presenting - CICP or the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines, an organization that aims to establish the Philippines' influencer marketing ecosystem to empower creators, influencers, brands and marketing professionals and creative, media and digital agencies in meeting their marketing and business objectives. Grounded in its vi...
Twelve new lenses you won’t be able to live without

Twelve new lenses you won’t be able to live without

Business, Technology
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Buy With Me: Very affordable, high-value insurance

Buy With Me: Very affordable, high-value insurance

Announcements, Features, Musings, Society, Technology, Videos
Did you have the chance to watch my vlog about this low-cost, high-value insurance? If you haven't, please do click the subscribe link below and don't forget to hit the notification bell so you can be updated with new, exclusive content from me! Please subscribe to my Mindanaoan Vlog (it only takes 2 seconds, trust me!) Thank you so much for your support! So let me ask you this --- do you already have an insurance policy? I know, I know. Buying insurance is a sensitive issue especially for folks who live paycheck to paycheck, don't have enough savings or consider insurance as "luxury." Truth be told, insurance is something that we need but, more often than not, can be tedious, confusing, time-consuming and EXPENSIVE to buy. I DO HAVE GOOD NEWS, THOUGH! In my vlog below, I...
How to pay your BIR taxes via Paymaya

How to pay your BIR taxes via Paymaya

Announcements, Business, Consumer, Government, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Technology
It is now extra convenient to pay for your taxes through an app. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the government’s lead tax collection agency, is now working with PayMaya to offer digital payment touchpoints that will be made available to all Filipinos nationwide. PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, offers integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. PayMaya provides e-wallets that allow Filipinos to conduct cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. As a start, PayMaya account holders will soon be able to remit their tax payments to BIR through the Pay Bills feature of the PayMaya app. PayMaya is also working with BIR to extend digital tax payments to ...
Apple launches new smart watch for tech savy

Apple launches new smart watch for tech savy

LifeStyle, Technology
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PAG-IBIG Fund now accepts digital payments via PayMaya

PAG-IBIG Fund now accepts digital payments via PayMaya

Announcements, Corporate, Technology
Talk about convenience! Members of the Pag-IBIG Fund can now send their loan payments and savings digitally with the help of PayMaya. This means that Pag-IBIG Fund members can now securely and cashlessly remit loan amortization payments and savings using any Visa, Mastercard and JCB credit, debit and prepaid card. They can now also pay online via Pag-IBIG's online portal using their e-wallet linked to their mobile number. This is truly good news especially for business owners and individuals who want to save time and be more in control of their finances. This is also helpful news for Overseas Filipino Workers since they can easily monitor their transactions online as well. By equipping government agencies with digital payment options, PayMaya, a digital financial service provi...
How to name your own tree in the Philippines

How to name your own tree in the Philippines

Advocacy, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Society, Technology
You can now name a tree in the Philippines and it will hardly cost you anything! Actually, this will be extra easy if you're a Globe Prepaid, Postpaid, and TM customer. Why? Because if you are, then you have a chance to not only name your own tree but you can also help restore the Philippines’ primary rainforest cover when you donate your Globe Rewards points to Hineleban Foundation by March 31, 2019. Hineleban (He-ne-leu-ban) is a Sacred Binukid term literally meaning “Mother Tree of the rainforest that sustains the cycle of all life." Hineleban Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organisation based in Bukidnon, Mindanao. Their vision is to ensure the nation’s water, food and human security by reforesting the mountain ranges of Mindanao, home to the country’s last watersheds.  These...
The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Technology
I haven't written about it yet (although if you do follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you'd have an idea) but, yes, I went home to the Philippines for about 3 weeks. It was a long-awaited, much-needed trip not only because I had to have my new US work visa stamped on my passport (let me know in the comments section if you want me to write about this, by the way!) but also because I have deeply missed my family, relatives, friends, clients (YASSS) and fellow bloggers! My trip was apparently very timely. Globe Telecom wanted to hold their media and bloggers appreciation party pretty early this year (they usually send out invitations either end of November or December) and the date fell on one of my "relax/chill" days. The theme of the party was "circus" and there was supposed to...
Starting a new blog – see you there!

Starting a new blog – see you there!

America, Blogging, Technology, United States of America
Hi, friends! I'll make this short and sweet. This is all still a work in progress but I do hope that you accept my invitation to please check out my new blog - Lifestyle + Travels. And before someone asks - NO, I won't abandon Mindanaoan.com. Most definitely not! The Lifestyle + Travels blog is a new passion project that will be more about my international escapades, (mis)adventures especially here in New York, USA (my new home!), product reviews, celebrity encounters and interviews (woohoo!), event coverages around the world and more for a global audience as opposed to Mindanaoan that oftentimes still focuses on Philippine-centric issues. I have a lot of really great plans for my new blog (including more vlogs!) so please do check it out. I would also be super grateful if you can su...