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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Power Mac Center offers free shipping on your Fri-YAY Finds

 If you have long been wanting to cop your favorite accessories from Power Mac Center’s online shopping platforms, this is the sign to finally pursue it.

The premier Apple partner just launched Fri-YAY Finds, initially offering free shipping nationwide for a limited time only. It applies on checkouts of a minimum of three items from the list of participating premium accessories available in its Web Store, and official Lazada and Shopee accounts. Unlike the usual vouchers on offer, there is no cap on the shipping discount as long as the three-piece order requirement is met.

“Power Mac Center makes Fridays more fun by giving customers a chance to discover new products and be able to buy them without the burden of shipping fees. With ‘Fri-YAY Finds,’ we plan to extend different exciting offers outside of the usual sale dates that Filipinos have come to enjoy with online shopping. Together with our premium partner brands, we have strengthened our e-commerce presence to offer Filipino Apple fans a variety of global quality products that fit their style and personality,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director for Marketing and Product Management.

For the initial offering, participating products include MacBook cases and sleeves, iPhone and iPad cases, watch straps for Apple Watch, charging cables, power adapters, and multiport adapters from these brands: Cygnett, Moft Z, Speck, Belkin, Pipetto, UAG, UNIQ, LAUT, RIVACASE, PanzerGlass, Innostyle, Ventev, SwitchEasy, QDOS, and Anker.

The promotion is available from April 19 and extends until April 21, 2024 only at the Power Mac Center Web Store, and official Lazada and Shopee stores.  Free shipping promos are a big factor for online shoppers always on the lookout for the best deals from the endless list of shops on the internet.

In addition, by purchasing from PMC’s official online channels only, customers are assured they are getting 100% original products. Stay tuned for more Fri-YAY Finds offers in the coming months.

Over the past 30 years, Power Mac Center has built the country’s biggest network of Apple-authorized retail stores, service centers, and training centers nationwide and online. It remains committed to bringing in and making global quality products affordable and accessible to Filipinos.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

PHL's community bank champions women’s empowerment through financial inclusion

The International Monetary Fund reports that raising female participation in the workforce through employment or entrepreneurship can help boost the growth of emerging markets by around 8%. Closing the gender gap makes great economic sense because it allows countries to drive economic growth by maximizing women’s untapped skills and talents.

n Photo: BDONB Senior Vice President Karen L. Cua (rightmost in photo) and BDONB MSME Team Head John Mark Hinong (leftmost in photo) pose with Jervelyn J. Wuthrich, owner of Coco & Wenz Egg Store in Iloilo City and BDONB Negosyante Loan client.

When BDO Unibank Inc (BDO) adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of its sustainability framework in 2010, it made driving holistic and sustainable economic growth in the country among its key priorities. This translates to programs that promote social and economic inclusion, which includes making financial products and services more accessible to unbanked segments, especially women, in order to encourage active participation in the financial system.

Leveling the playing field in business

BDO notes an increase in the number of women entrepreneurs who avail of its products to grow their business, particularly for BDO’s community bank, BDO Network Bank (BDONB). In 2022, BDO reported that 66% of its Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) clients for BDONB are women-owned. 

Karen Cua, Senior Vice President for BDONB who started and built the MSME business for BDO Unibank’s community banking arm, acknowledges that women still face numerous challenges that hinder them from benefiting fully from their hard work and from being recognized for their contributions to their families and communities. “The challenge for many women entrepreneurs is balancing the demands of work and home. While hustling as entrepreneurs, women typically also need to be home managers, their children’s educators, and financial managers for their households. These roles require different mindsets, energy, and skills. Supporting women in doing these roles can help them achieve more without being unnecessarily and overly burdened.”

Apart from her personal experience, Cua’s interaction with BDONB’s women clients allows her to incorporate a gender perspective in designing and implementing initiatives that allow women to manage their personal finances and their entrepreneurial ventures more effectively. “Promoting financial inclusion in the lens of gender equality is more than just distinguishing women’s financial behavior over men’s and making the necessary products or services that match each. We need to actively remove barriers for women that limit their participation in the financial system. Understanding and countering gender disparities make us more effective in making banking more inclusive and empowering.”

Supporting women in achieving financial independence

BDO strives to comprehend the unique challenges and concerns that women encounter, and tailors its support accordingly. Recognizing the vital roles played not just by women entrepreneurs, but also by overseas Filipina workers (OFWs) and women government employees, BDONB actively assists them in effectively managing their finances. 

For OFWs, the Bank offers specialized services aimed at facilitating seamless money transfers, providing investment opportunities, and delivering comprehensive financial planning to optimize their hard-earned income. 

Moreover, BDONB extends support to women government employees by providing accessible loan options to cover essential expenses such as medical needs, education, home repairs, as well as for starting or expanding businesses. Notably, as of February 2024, about 77% of BDONB’s loan clients are women.

BDONB’s initiatives underscore its commitment to a holistic approach to banking, with the aim of empowering women from various sectors and socioeconomic backgrounds to attain financial independence and thrive.

Recognizing women’s capacity to lead

BDO’s commitment to women empowerment extends beyond its banking services. The Bank actively promotes diversity and inclusion within the organization by fostering an environment where women can excel. Within BDO, women account for 75% of the total workforce, while 58% comprise senior leadership.  

Cua appreciates BDO’s efforts to create a conducive environment for women employees to excel professionally and serve their communities. “BDO gives women like me plenty of opportunities to shine. Building and expanding a new business to support the growth of MSMEs in the Philippines has provided me and many female officers of the Bank a platform to make an impact.  I appreciate the responsibilities entrusted and bountiful opportunities provided for BDONB employees, regardless of gender.”

UN Women and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs both note in the Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2023 study the need to intensify efforts to promote women empowerment in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals targets. By 2030, it is projected that 340 million women and girls will suffer from extreme poverty due to lack of social protections, support systems, and access to livelihood opportunities.

In support of the United Nations Global Compact principles, BDO continues to implement programs that uphold women’s fundamental rights and recognize their role in reducing poverty and achieving economic growth.

“Apart from continuously expanding our network to make the Bank’s financial products and services accessible to all genders, we promote women leaders and celebrate milestones of women.  We continue to find ways to create an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of gender, can realize their potential and contribute meaningfully to society.” Despite the hurdles, Cua remains motivated to uplift her fellow women through her work in the Bank. 

“I hope to inspire women in the workplace as well as women entrepreneurs to believe in themselves. Our achievements show our fellow women what they can do too. I want to show my daughter and other young women that gender does not limit what they can reach.”