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Troo, the life insurance joint venture between EastWest and the 200-year-old global insurance expert Ageas Group, expands its reach by launching an Agency Sales distribution channel.
To capitalize further on the strengths and credentials of its financial parents, Troo has rebranded itself to ‘EastWest Ageas Insurance,’ aiming to be the top-of-mind insurance provider for Filipinos.
Celebrating the milestone, EastWest Ageas Insurance recently opened its first Agency House at PBCom Tower in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District, the first of many planned for Metro Manila and major cities nationwide.
EastWest Ageas also unveiled three upcoming products under the new Agency channel: Future Assure, Future Assure Max, and Life Essentials, all designed to provide clients with financial protection for their savings, education and retirement plans, and coverage for hospitalization and critical illness. These products will be available soon, exclusively through the channel’s Financial Consultants.
 The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) celebrated its 49th anniversary on September 18 with a series of simple ceremonies and activities with the theme, “Tulong-tulong sa Pagsulong.  Pantay-pantay sa Pag-agapay.”
According to LWUA Officer-In-Charge Eileen Dela Vega, this year’s theme focuses on LWUA and all water districts working together as the country transitions from the severe pandemic-related health restrictions to a new phase of recovery.
To mark the event, LWUA has lined up a three-day program from September 21 to 23 including sports activities, an outreach project, and a simple program to present service awards to employees with decades of tenure at the agency.
LWUA, the agency tasked to promote and oversee water supply development outside Metro Manila, has so far helped establish 532 operational water districts spread across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  This covers 648 cities and municipalities, translating to 5.3 million households or 22 million Filipinos as of last December.
COMCO Southeast Asia has recently announced the promotion and appointment of its homegrown managers and award-winning talents to key deputy positions in the company.
They are AC Recio, Harvey Llamosa, Queenie Resmundo and Patricia Raña.
The three  have been with COMCO SEA from the beginning and graduated from the Camp COMCO Mentorship Program, the multi-awarded, intensive, and comprehensive talent incubation, industry linkage, and apprenticeship program of the Agency.
The Department of Health (DOH) answered the most raised questions about COVID-19 vaccination among the health care workers and A2 senior citizens during the PinasLakas na Healthcare Workers and Senior Citizens webinar.
The webinar featured discussions about the updated policies and guidelines for vaccination rollout, vaccine shelf life and extension, the importance of COVID vaccination for healthcare workers and senior citizens, and encouraging senior citizens to get vaccinated.
Shopee recently partnered with the Luzon Clean Water Development Corp., Indoplas and Metro Bangued Water District to provide aid to those affected by the magnitude 5.2 earthquake which impacted key areas of Abra last 28 August.
Through its logistics arm, Shopee Xpress, Shopee delivered drinking water and donated 10,000 face masks for over 300 families in Barangay Lusuac in  Peñarrubia and Barangay Patucannay in  Tayum. This initiative is part of Shopee Bayanihan which
furthers its objective of serving the underserved through technology, by helping communities benefit from the power of digital transformation wherever they are in the Philippines.
Conti’s has opened stores in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; SM Sta. Mesa; Lipa, Batangas; Marilao; Batangas, Tarlac; San Fernando, Pampanga; Grand Central; Trece; and Udenna Tower in Taguig  for the year.
To date, Conti’s has close to 70 stores.
This year, more branches are expected to launch.
Wendy’s Philippines continues to expand and serve more Filipinos with their honest freshly-prepared food, opening new branches in Caltex EDSA Caloocan, Fisher Mall Malabon, Sierra Valley Cainta, FTI Taguig, Phoenix Tandang Sora and Pioneer Shaw.
With over 55 franchises and corporate stores across the nation, Wendy’s reaches out to more households with selected 24/7 stores.
The fast-food chain has continuously brought new food on the table, creating a unique experience for customers with recent additions such as the Bacon Jalapeño Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Bacon Melt, Beef Bulgogi Salad, Red Velvet Frosty Overload and Peach Iced Tea.
7000 Islands Wine Co. offers a distinct range of small batch Australian wines and craft spirits from the Philippines.
Its award-winning Ube Cream Liqueur is  crafted by Destileria Barako in their distillery in Malay, Aklan with sugar cane vodka from Negros blended with real cream ube. This world-first alcoholic beverage is now recognised globally as World’s Best.
7000 Islands is also bringing to Australia Proclamation Gin, a socially conscious gin which is made with hand-picked sampaguita flowers.
To cap off the Negosyantrends: MSME Summit 2022, Canva Philippines held a get-together at its Makati headquarters featuring successful entrepreneurs Marvin Agustin, owner and president of Secret Kitchen; Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, president and founding partner of Rags2Riches; Nian Ellao, CEO and founder of Vyous Digital; and Andrea Sumida, CEO and founder of Kohi Social.
Canva’s design experts also treated the participants to a free brand consultation to help them with their branding needs.
Prior to the onsite gathering, Canva Philippines also held a series of online talks on designing for e-commerce, social media advertising, leveling up your online sales strategy, and creating and scaling your business through video content with speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry, TikTok Shop, Lazada, and
Participated by over 5,000 business owners, the Negosyantrends: MSME Summit 2022 is Canva Philippines’ first-ever business summit of this scale and is part of the company’s 8th anniversary celebration in the country.
Union Bank of the Philippines  announced the eight winners of its GlobalLinker Linker.Store Contest, which was launched in February 2022.
This was a project under the bank’s ‘Tech-Up Pilipinas’ advocacy to encourage Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to digitize their business.
Leading the victors’ list is Jacob’s Gourmet Foods, winning Store of the Year-Platinum Prize. Dream Wide Awake won Store of the Year-Gold Prize. Tagolwanen won Store of the Year-Silver Prize.
Completing the  8 winners are: Oscar Mejia III, Anures Travel & Tours, Nene Prime Foods, Alexis Artworks, and The Boholana Essentials, which  were awarded the Store of the Year-Bronze.
“All winners have exemplified their innovative and zealous spirit, just like most Filipino entrepreneurs are. They have proven how creative and driven they were to achieve our set goals. We are very proud of them,” said UnionBank SME and Micropreneurs Segment head Jaypee Soliman.
Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) has partnered with UBX Philippines to digitally transform its 13 post offices in key areas across the country, modifying the offices into modern hubs that offer financial and data services to their locality.
The tie-up identified 13 key pilot areas: Tuguegarao City; Sorsogon Province; Iloilo City; Zamboanga City; City of Manila; Taguig City; Makati City; Quezon City; San Francisco, Cebu; Davao City; Ilocos Norte; Tacloban, Leyte; and Marawi City.
The Post Office has introduced the “Kasama Lahat” project that aims to digitally transform post offices into financial hubs to promote financial and social inclusion.
Under the partnership, UBX will provide the  technologies in digital finance and open finance
In the long run, PHLPost Offices and postmen will be established as Open Finance Hubs, which can process data transactions as well, such as validation of customer information for loan applications, asset validation, and even collection or debt restructuring services.
City Savings Bank won another international recognition as the Philippines’ Fastest Growing Savings Bank at the 2022 International Business Magazine Awards.
The Dubai, UAE-based publication recognized CitySavings for its excellent performance and drive for growth amidst the business challenges.
The Bank’s latest financial report gave the publication a clear picture of this year’s winner among all the nominated banks.
CitySavings has been rapidly expanding its loan portfolio beyond its traditional client base for teachers’ salary loans.
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.  (RCBC) won the highly coveted Stevie awards in the 2022 International Business Awards.
RCBC is the first and only local bank in the roster of contenders that bagged Gold for its No More Mañana campaign in the Marketing Campaign of the Year – Financial Products & Services category.
RCBC created the insight and character-driven campaign called No More Mañana based on its understanding of Filipinos’ mañana habit.
The campaign involved 140 customized ads across digital platforms from social media to messaging apps.
The campaign’s satirical treatment proved effective, as the original target projection for 12 months was hit in only three and a half months.
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