Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Lenovo and PHINMA collaborate to implement EdVision; aims to enhance the learning experience nationwide

MANILA, March 5, 2024 – Lenovo, a pioneer in innovative technology solutions, advances its commitment to ‘Smarter Technology for All’ through the extension of its EdVision program. This initiative now includes the PHINMA Education Network in its network of partner institutions, signaling a significant stride in leveraging technology to enhance learning experiences across the country. A signing ceremony to mark this effort to broaden the EdVision program took place at St. Jude College Manila.

“The future of our learners remains at the top of our priorities at Lenovo. It has always been our aim to not only make learning smarter but also more accessible, which is why we are honored to have our first partnership with PHINMA,” says Raymond Remoquillo, Enterprise Segment Lead of Lenovo Philippines. “This signifies our shared vision of empowering educators and students with the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital age. Together, we are shaping the future of education in the Philippines,” he added.

Through the EdVision program, Lenovo will provide technical training, Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification, and other essential resources to support educators and students in leveraging technology for enhanced learning experiences. Notably, PHINMA has purchased close to 1,000 units from Lenovo, further demonstrating its commitment to embracing cutting-edge technology solutions.

“As educators, it is our job to continue to offer our students the education they deserve, at prices they can afford. Providing a way, not just to reach them, but to incorporate these technological advancements into our systems,” says Ana S. Chua, COO of PHINMA Education NCR Network. “We believe that by providing good education and technology, we are future-proofing our students, giving them more opportunities to grow in a more technologically reliant tomorrow,” he added.

Educators are constantly challenged to evolve alongside technology, ensuring they can meet the ever-changing demands of the educational landscape. Rooted in its commitment to making technology smarter and more accessible for all, Lenovo stands as a force of innovation in education, empowering universities like PHINMA to thrive in this digital age.

For more information, visit https://edvision.lenovo.com/ph/.

Product In Focus: 5000mAh all-day battery of Vivo Y02t, now at Php 3,999

Smartphones are a reliable ally for individuals of the present generation in managing work, doing school tasks, or staying connected with loved ones online.

Thankfully, Vivo is making its products more accessible to every Filipino with its Vivo Y02t now available for only Php 3,999.

The price drop makes the Vivo Y02t one of the most affordable smartphone options available with impressive battery life.

Impressive 5000 mAh battery + 10W fast charge

Vivo Y02t features a robust 5000mAh battery with 10W fast charging capability. It stands out as a stellar choice for smartphone users who are on a budget.

The battery capacity effectively alleviates battery anxiety, ensuring uninterrupted usage throughout the day. Users can engage in various entertainment activities for up to 18 hours. 

Whether users enjoy video streaming or scrolling through different social media platforms, Vivo Y02t delivers great performance to keep users immersed in the digital world without interruptions.

Here are other factors to consider when buying Vivo Y02t:

Extended RAM and Expandable Storage. Y02t offers versatility with its 4GB RAM with up to 4GB extended RAM. Meanwhile, the 64GB storage capacity can also be expanded up to 1TB through an SD card.

Anti-Fingerprint Back Cover.
Y02t has a matte finish, which is resistant to scratches and fingerprints. It is available in two stunning colors - Cosmic Grey and Sunset Gold.

6.51" HD with Eye Protection Screen.
Boasting a large screen with 1600 x 720 resolution, the Y02t provides a wide immersive view and sharp images. Eyestrain won't be a problem either, because the phone automatically adjusts its screen brightness and filters blue light.

MediaTek Octa-Core Processor. Y02t guarantees optimal performance, ensuring seamless navigation and swift multitasking capabilities.

Considering smartphone purchases on a limited budget can be quite challenging. However, the exceptional value of Vivo Y02t shines through, reflecting Vivo's unwavering dedication to delivering innovative features at an affordable price point.

This is your last chance to get Vivo Y02t for only Php 3,999 at any Vivo concept store or kiosks nationwide and through leading e-commerce platforms like Shopee, TikTok, and Lazada.

Cebuana Lhuillier, Packworks boost MSME growth with sari-sari store inventory financing ‘Sari Fund’

March 2024 Manila, Philippines - There are around 1.3 million sari-sari stores, or neighborhood mom-and-pop shops, in the Philippines, serving as the primary source of daily essentials for about 94% of Filipino consumers. Yet, services for their business growth are limited, leaving them unbanked and operating cash-in-hand.

Recognizing this challenge in the grassroots retail sector, Packworks, a Filipino startup offering a business-to-business (B2B) fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) marketplace for sari-sari stores, and Cebuana Lhuillier’s Kanegosyo Center has teamed up to launch Sari Fund, an inventory financing service aimed at providing support to sari-sari stores nationwide.

Sari Fund empowers sari-sari store owners with the financial freedom to stock up on their inventory to boost the growth of their business. Through Packworks' Sari.PH app, Kanegosyo Center will provide eligible users with an exclusive credit line that they can use to purchase inventory from partner megastores. To make the service affordable, eligible sari-sari store owners only pay a minimal transaction fee so they can focus on growing their business.

The unique inventory financing program comes as a crucial tool for small enterprises like sari-sari stores, which often face significant financial challenges, primarily due to limited access to traditional banking services and credit facilities. With Sari Fund, micro-retail stores can stock inventory without the immediate burden of upfront costs, allowing them to maintain a robust array of items catering to the needs of their communities while also enabling them to grow and stabilize their businesses.

Leveraging technology to provide easy, simple, and affordable credit lines, the strategic partnership between Packworks and Cebuana Lhuiller's Kanegosyo Center aims to overcome the traditional barriers in empowering the unbanked and underbanked sectors through the innovative inventory financing program.

“We at Packworks are thrilled to embark on this journey with Cebuana Lhuillier, uniting our strengths to bring a transformative change in the grassroots retail sector. Sari Fund is more than just a financial solution but a beacon of hope for the heart and soul of our communities – the sari-sari stores. We believe that by unlocking their potential, we're contributing to a more vibrant and resilient MSME sector in the Philippines. Through this partnership, we are not only providing essential financial support but also fostering financial inclusion. This is a significant step towards a future where every sari-sari store owner has the opportunity to grow and succeed,” Packworks Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Bing Tan said.

Sari Fund comes timely as the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will need a much-needed boost for 2024 when high inflation is still expected, posing a challenge for small businesses. Analysts expect elevated inflation to affect the country’s economic performance this year with the onset of El NiƱo. According to a 2023 study conducted by Packworks, the country's inflation can be felt worse in sari-sari stores, with food prices as high as 15% in these stores last year.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that nearly all businesses in the Philippines are categorized as MSMEs, making up 99.58% of the total. 

"The dynamic alliance between Cebuana Lhuillier's Kanegosyo Center and Packworks exemplifies a harmonious strategy in advancing financial inclusion for MSMEs. Through the fusion of technology, they dismantle conventional barriers, presenting groundbreaking and accessible micro-financing solutions to empower the unbanked and under-banked segments," Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier said.

Packworks and Cebuana Lhuillier share a common vision of empowering the MSME sector in the country through financial inclusion. Packworks, founded by Tan and co-founders Ibba Bernardo and Hubert Yap, started in 2018 with a drive to improve goods accessibility for remote sari-sari stores in far-flung places. Since then, the company has been empowering its network of over 270,000 sari-sari stores through its integrated mobile app ecosystem that allows them to access pricing tools, inventory management, sales and revenue tracking, and working capital loans. In addition, Packworks is also committed to promoting financial inclusion and empowering sari-sari stores. Through the SariSkwela program in partnership with social development organization Bayan Academy, sari-sari stores can access learning modules on microentrepreneurship, further equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their businesses.

On the other hand, Cebuana Lhuillier is the Philippines’ leading microfinance institution, offering accessible and convenient micro-savings products that transform the way Filipinos save money. The Kanegosyo Center, launched in 2023, serves as an all-in-one platform that provides aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with practical resources, expert coaching, and financial solutions. True to its advocacy of providing growth in the support and development of MSMEs, Kanegosyo Center offers comprehensive curated offerings in resources and assistive interventions for aspiring entrepreneurs, including micro-investment and sales systems, document assistance, and business coaching.

For the latest updates on the Sari Fund and to discover more about how it's transforming sari-sari stores, interested parties may visit Packworks' website and Cebuana Lhuillier Kanegosyo Center's website. Stay connected and keep up with real-time updates and exciting developments by following the Packworks and Kanegosyo Center Facebook pages.

MWC 2024: Globe conquers world’s biggest mobile industry congress Tackles transformative connectivity, sustainability at global stage

Leading telco and digital solutions platform Globe raised the Philippine flag at the biggest stage of the global mobile industry over the past week, sharing its innovative, market-first initiatives that enable inclusive and sustainable connectivity to uplift Filipinos.

The Globe delegation to the Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona had a hectic week with industry partners from around the globe, sought after for talks and discussions on the latest mobile industry trends and an outlook on what’s to come.

Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO, led the Globe contingent of senior leaders to the annual event, the flagship mobile industry and tech gathering of GMSA, the global association of mobile operators. This year’s GMSA put a spotlight on 5G, Artificial Intelligence, sustainability, cybersecurity, and the digital future for mobile, among others.

“The Mobile World Congress is an opportunity to not just learn about the latest technologies and trends shaping the mobile industry. More so, it’s a chance for Globe to share with the world our industry-leading efforts to take telco to another level and embed sustainability at the very core of our operations. We are proud to have our top-level delegates engage in various events, waving our flag on the global stage,” said Cu.

Cu was invited to speak about the future of 5G at the GTI Summit on February 27, where he talked about Globe’s strategic approach to 5G. Globe was the first telco to launch 5G commercially in the Philippines in 2019 and continues to expand coverage across the country.


Even as 5G adoption in the Philippines is still in its nascency, Cu said Globe is exploring applications of the technology in the areas of healthcare, education, finance, and entertainment, aligned with its pursuit of digital enablement.

“While we believe that 5G adoption and use will take some time to emerge and fully scale, we are actively resolving key challenges of this technology by making 5G more accessible through affordable connectivity offers and devices, and exploration of new applications. In 2023, we delivered the Philippines’ first 5G standalone network slicing function for high-bandwidth activities, and the country’s first Private 5G standalone network,” said Cu.

Meanwhile, Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer at Globe put a spotlight on Globe’s sustainability efforts, including green network strategies, sustainable supply chain, and digital inclusion.

In a session on harnessing ESG for sustainable growth, Crisanto talked about how Globe’s innovation and sustainability strategies roll up to its overall corporate strategy, contributing to the company’s overall brand value, including its ESG scores.


“Globe is at the forefront of integrating sustainability in the way we do business. In line with our Net Zero roadmap, we have placed sustainability at the core of our operations, implementing green network strategies and sustainable supply chain engagements to support global decarbonization targets,” Crisanto said.

Rebecca Eclipse, Globe’s Chief Transformation and Chief Experience Officer, meanwhile, joined a panel discussion at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit at MWC, where she talked about AI adoption and how it can benefit the telco business.


“AI, when used strategically and responsibly, can revolutionize the telco business in a multitude of ways, from data analytics to customer experience. We in Globe are exploring this technology to improve the way we do business so that, ultimately, we can better serve our customers,” said Eclipse.


Other Globe leaders took part in various events during MWC week.

Darius Delgado, Vice President and Head of Globe’s Consumer Mobile Business, was a guest at Amdocs’ “The Great Indoors Podcast.”

Dennis Abella, Globe Vice President for Operations Systems Support Program Delivery, talked about the impact of Zero Touch Operations and Service Assurance Automation in a fireside chat with MYCOM OSI, a leader in Network Assurance and Service Experience Assurance for communications service providers.


In the same session, Eric Guiao, Globe Senior Director for the Technical Assistance Center at Globe, gave a sneak peek into Globe's journey in the automation of the Globe network and its service operation centers, and how the company has been enhancing customer experience through Service Assurance.


Garret Silao, Vice President for Security Operations in Globe, meanwhile, joined the GSMA CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) Roundtable and spoke about how Globe has been boosting its cybersecurity efforts in the face of evolving threats.


Globe’s engagements in MWC 2024 affirm its position as a Filipino brand well-regarded in the global community and a leader in innovation, new tech adoption, and sustainability.


To learn more about Globe, visit globe.com.ph.

See the night in new Aura Light 3.0 with most awaited Vivo V30

Capturing flawless night shots can be a challenge. However, what if there was a device that could make night photography easier and more accessible? That’s what the Vivo V30 promises to do with its innovative nightography algorithm.
The most awaited Vivo V30 is a smartphone that will revolutionize night photography with its advanced features and technology. It will enhance the quality, clarity, and color of your night shots, making them look stunning and professional.

Perfecting portraits with Aura Light 3.0

The Vivo V30 comes with a new and improved version of Aura Light, a powerful light-filling tool that provides soft and natural lighting for taking portraits.

It will have a larger and more even illumination area, thanks to its advanced technology. It will also have a smart distance detection feature that adjusts the brightness and color temperature of the light according to the distance of the subject. This ensures that your portraits are always well-lit and flattering, whether you are taking them up close or from afar.

Main camera? Ultimate night vision!

The Vivo V30 will also have a 50MP main camera with a Vivo Camera-Bionic Spectrum (VCS) technology that can capture stunning photos with high resolution, high purity, and high color accuracy.

VCS technology is inspired by human eye bionics, which means that it can process the data it receives in a way that is similar to how eyes perceive the world. This results in photos that are more realistic and vivid, especially in low-light conditions.

With these features, the Vivo V30 can deliver amazing night photos that rival those taken by professional cameras. Prepare to capture the beauty of the city lights, the romance of the moonlight, or the mystery of the shadows, because the upcoming Vivo V30 will be your perfect companion.

The Vivo V30 will be launching soon, so stay tuned for more updates by following the Vivo website, Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and get ready to experience the magic of nightography.