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Fleek paves the way for the convergence of Lifestyle and Technology products by introducing the 1st Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses

September 8, 2021

Manila, Philippines. September 7, 2021 - Fleek makes its way to the technology world with its first product: the Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses, with its goal of providing easier audio access from your phone. The Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses will serve as Fleek’s first offering as it makes its debut as the Philippines’ brand new, high-end lifestyle technology company, aiming for a more convenient and suitable digital experience for Filipinos. This product, which combines state-of-the-art technology with high-end fashion, allows users to call and listen to music with just a Bluetooth connection and a button press away. With the Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses, Fleek aims to solidify itself as the fastest-growing technology company in the country while aiming for digital convenience among Filipinos. Sleek product details and specifications Upon first look, Fleek’s Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses catches attention with their acetate frames that are light and do not press onto the nose. It has an integrated nose pad that feels comfortable and fitting to the form of the nose, alleviating the red indentation usual sunglasses leaves upon being worn for a long time. The glasses’ temple length measures 167 mm, while the left and right eye size measure 55 mm and 53.4 mm, respectively. The bridge, on the other hand, measures 167.8 mm. Fashion frontier precision technology The Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses wows with a precise design with built-in touch control, containing many functions on the glasses’ temples. The functions include two power buttons on the left and right upper temples, a nylon lens with high hardness, strong scraping resistance that has a black glare or UVA/UVB irradiation. Also, when you charge it, you can insert the charger into its magnetic charging contact on the left and right temple, which easily connects and charges the glasses’ battery. Speaking of, a large battery is built-in the glasses, giving the product an ultra-long battery life and an experience upgrade. Lastly, dual loudspeakers are placed inside the glasses, giving great oriented sound emission while maintaining privacy. This part accurately transmits the sounds to the ears. Enjoy quality sound and connection with Bluetooth 5.0 Fleek’s Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses comes with the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard (Bluetooth 5.0). Take a listen or a call with crystal clear audio and stable connections to your phone, providing you with zero interruptions and 100% perceptible sounds. Take calls and listen to music with just a click Upon connecting the Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses through your phone via Bluetooth, you can conveniently answer an incoming call with just one click. The glasses have power buttons on both the left and right temple which you can either click once to answer your call. For music, on the other hand, once you play your favorite song on your phone, you can efficiently pause it with one click and play the next song with three. Be sensible of your surroundings with open ear audio The Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses allows you to be aware of your surroundings, despite taking calls or listening to music, with its open ear audio. The glasses do not block your ear, giving you sound from the dual loudspeakers implanted inside its temples, which makes you conscious of outside noise. At the same time, you can focus on your calls or blast your favorite song. Do workouts and water activities worry-free with its water and sweat-resistance quality With a waterproof rating of IP67, you can exercise and do water activities while wearing FleekPH’s Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses as it is resistant to professional level water and sweat. Enjoy days of audio with its longer battery life With a built-in large-capacity dual battery in tow (220mAh), Fleek’s Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Driving Sunglasses can endure a total of 7 days on standby after being fully charged for only 2 hours. Overall, you can do 6 hours of continuous phone calls and have 4 hours of continuous music per day once it has been charged in full. Guaranteed eye protection Not only does the Intelligent Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses provide a convenient audio experience, but it also gives maximum eye protection, as well. Armed with a glare resistance of UV380 UV400 and a coating lens that blocks glare and strong light, the glasses effectively protect the eyes and represent colors effectively, especially when you are outdoors. About Fleek As the newest technology brand, Fleek will work to further enhance your experience through customized Lifestyle Technology products, striving to make your life simple and personalized, and bringing family and friends together through the power of technology for decades and beyond. The Internet of Things and wearables are about to integrate technology deeper into our lives and the core of every industry, impacting our lifestyle and aspirations. New working conditions and a nomadic way of life will change drastically our day-to-day lives and consumption habits. Launched in 2021, Fleek founder Richie De Quina has been using his visionary talent to augment new products the same way the smartphone intuitively revolutionized our lives forever. Imagine any and everything from your personalized wearables, to health and wellness products, to mobile transport, to state-of-the-art home entertainment, making these technology lifestyle products accessible to people and changing how we live forever. Likewise, Fleek is available for retail and corporate partnership thru our capabilities in OEM and ODM. Fleek is backed by more than 50 years of technology and manufacturing experience through our factory and partners from Shenzen, China. A partnership forged thru mutual trust and respect of each companies’ experience in the field of Research and Development, Marketing and Business Development, Distribution, and Logistics of Lifestyle Technology Products. Fleek Lifestyle is available at LAZADA, SHOPEE, ZALORA and Fleek Lifestly Store w addresses at 419 One Oasis Hub B, Ortigas Extension Brgy Sta Lucia Pasig City Philiipines. For inquiries, email us at FleekPhilippines@gmail.com , info@fleek.ph or call us at (0977) 841­6456 or (0999) 227-7141.

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Carlo Paalam : Leading by Example

September 2, 2021

August 27, 2021 - Carlo Paalam returned to where it all started as he went back to his hometown of Cagayan de Oro following his success in the Tokyo Olympics.      The 23-year-old boxer visited his hometown for the first time after capturing the silver medal in the men’s flyweight division of the Summer Games, and went to Italpinas Development Corporation's Primavera Sales Office where he received his newest condominium unit from the company.      "IDC is proud of Carlo's achievement, we are grateful to him for bringing honor to Cagayan de Oro. The company has also been a believer in the city's sports program, especially for the youth," said Arch. Romolo V. Nati, IDC Chairman & CEO.      "His success comes at a particularly significant point in Philippine's history when we are facing a pandemic, his fellow Filipinos struggling to find hope; his win at the Olympics inspires the country to believe and cope with today's difficulties," he added.      Since 2018 Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) has been an immense supporter of Mayor Moreno's Amateur Boxing Program where Carlo Paalam molded his boxing skills.      "Everything that is happening to me now is beyond my comprehension, I am beyond grateful to the Almighty for all the blessings that I am receiving. And to IDC, thank you for recognizing my hardships, and for supporting the boxing program of the local government where it all started for me. Without your support from the previous years, my dream wouldn't be a reality. Again, thank you IDC. " said Olympic Silver Medalist Carlo Paalam.      Cagayan de Oro is the second home of the Talakag, Bukidnon-born Paalam, where he was discovered and where he received his first training in boxing as a 10-year-old boy.      Paalam is one of four Philippine medalists in the Tokyo Games, along with gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz and teammates Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, who bagged silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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Asian Business Cabletow Cooperative Academy (ABCCA) Builds Knowledge Society | ABCCA Trailblazes Transformative Education

September 2, 2021

The statement that globalization creates a knowledge society because of so-called technological advancement is nothing but a myth. The glaring truism is that we are not living in a knowledge society if we don’t have the very basic choices that allow us to lead a human life, a life of dignity: allow us to know root causes of poverty and the ingredients, the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty in a land that is oozing with ecological resources. Indeed, for those who have dreamt, struggled, sacrificed and even died for it, social change has been so elusive all these years despite 14 years of Martial Law and two-people powered revolutions. The systems and structures perpetuating poverty, corruption, gross social inequity and social injustice are still as formidable as ever.      Studies have shown that poverty in the Philippines is rooted not in the lack of resources but in the powerlessness of the people. Based on this truism, Dr. Soc Anthony del Rosario, PhD founded the Asian Business Cabletow Cooperative Academy two decades ago to trailblaze an empowering path through education, capacitating especially those in the margins to draw them into the mainstream of development process.       That empowering path to educate the sons and daughters of the Indigenous Peoples, the peasantry and the workers has now scaled the heights, graduating thousands of senior high school students, then going to college as scholars who are now professionals and who are now helping their respective rural communities to be liberated from the quagmire of poverty. Such is the essence of transformative education, the countervailing force against hunger, poverty and social injustice. That education to empower the poor and the vulnerable has become imperative. Based on the Study of the World Bank as reported by the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “in the Philippines, only .02 percent is the growth of the agriculture in the Gross Domestic Product in the last decade.” Poverty is indeed worse in the rural areas which is even aggravated by Climate Crisis as the ecological people are the victims of ecological degradation. According to the same Study, the rural people are the most affected by protracted war and violent extremism.  As farming has become non-viable anymore, 3 out of 4 young farmers are leaving farming, going to the urban centers to work as janitors, drivers, waiters and what have you.      ABCCA is that countervailing force against this bitter reality because of its efforts in effecting paradigm shift that is debunking conventional agriculture to advance sustainable agriculture. What is amazing is the efforts of ABCCA to empower the Indigenous Peoples who are now becoming the poorest of the poor.  In fact, the ABCCA has included in its advocacy the liberation of the Indigenous Peoples from poverty and oppression.  Those living in extreme poverty and whose lands have been illegally land grabbed are now being assisted by ABCCA to be restored back to their ancestral domain.      What is so amazing is how ABCCA adopted to the so-called “New Normal” in advancing transformative education to the senior high school students especially during this time when the whole world is not safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now some 3,200 students who have availed of television sets and allowances to go into daily virtual way of education.  Even those living in the hinterlands particularly the sons and daughters of the Indigenous People have become scholars of ABCCA’s virtual education – a great inspiration to the IP communities whose young generations are now facing a brighter future!      In building a knowledge society thru ABCCA, what comes to one’s mind are the poetic lines of Rabindranath Tagore when he said, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free, where the world is not broken down by narrow domestic walls, in that heaven of freedom my Father, let my people awake.” These poetic lines by India’s great poet is now reverberating as ABCCA takes the empowering path.  That Indian struggle against the British Empire where the “sun does not set,” ABCCA’s stand whatever be the odds, be it against empire or conditions that degrade human dignity such as poverty or even against the coronavirus pandemic, the people at the end will always prevail through conscientization or through transformative education. Indeed, if India has Satyagraha (Love-force) that put down an empire to its knees, the Philippines has ABCCA to effect transformative education for people, planet, prosperity and peace!

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BMAP Launches Unified #FightFraudTogether Campaign

September 2, 2021

The Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines (BMAP), as the leading marketing and communication association in the banking industry, is launching the #FightFraudTogether information campaign to increase consumer awareness and vigilance against cybercrime and fraud.       The global pandemic spurred increased online usage and spending which also gave rise to cybercrimes and fraud cases involving various ways of scamming such as phishing, smishing, SMS scam, ransomware among others as consumers shift to digital transactions.  Cyber criminals have evolved and reinvented scams in online shopping, payments and transactions that are becoming more complex and harder to detect. A social media savvy population makes the country vulnerable to cyber-attacks and fraud incidents.       The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) received around 20,000 consumer concerns in 2020, of which 13% are reports of unauthorized and fraudulent transactions related to deposits, credit cards, e-money services and remittances. The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) also reported that from March to August last year, fraud cases and unauthorized transactions made up almost 50% of suspicious transaction reports by covered institutions.      BMAP calls for the public to always be vigilant, practice due diligence and to not be complacent when it comes to cybersecurity. Fighting fraud is a shared responsibility among financial institutions, customers, regulators and industry associations.       "By working together, Banks can create greater awareness so more Filipinos can learn how to protect themselves. Everyone has a role to play in Fighting Fraud.  By showing a united front, the Banks are sending the message that cybercrime and fraud is a serious issue.” says BMAP President Mike Villa-Real.      BMAP recognizes that a major attack could shake the banking industry’s stability. Perpetrators can be more sophisticated, well-funded and organized. To stay cybersafe, BMAP shares some tips to help protect the banking public against scamming attempts from fraudsters.      1. Always check the legitimacy of the message or email you receive. Look at the email address, not just the sender. Double check the contact details, official website, and social media accounts of the sender. Ignore and report suspicious links that require private information.      2. Protect sensitive information. Always be vigilant when dealing with your information online. Fraudsters trick their target victims into giving personal information. Do not share your One-Time Pin (OTP), account and credit card numbers, card CVV/CVC and expiry date, online banking log-in details for your bank accounts. Banks will never ask for these details. Do not overshare personal information on social media to avoid compromising personal identity.       3. Do not panic. Fraudsters use scare tactics to pressure target victims. When you receive an email or SMS that threatens or asks you to do something with urgency, stay calm and do not feel obligated to act on the request. Report the incident to your bank immediately.      4. Be cautious. Stay alert when making online payments to a bank, biller or merchant. Make sure the website is secured. Look for security-enabled web addresses that start with “https://.” A closed lock or padlock also indicates that the website is secure.       5. Create and use a strong password for all your accounts, and preferably set a different password for each account. Should a fraudster obtain any of your passwords, at least only one account will be compromised. Activate account notification if available. Some banks have notification alert tools where they send text messages or email notifications after each transaction.      6. If your bank account or credit card gets compromised. Report the incident immediately to your bank, request for account or card deactivation or blocking, and file an investigation of unauthorized transactions.      7. When in doubt, report. To report any fraud attempt or incident, call the Customer Service Hotline or Fraud Department Hotline of your bank, the NBI Cybercrime Division or Anti-Fraud Division at 0961-734-9450 and (632) 85238231-38, or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Consumer Protection Department at (632) 8708 7087.       BMAP assures the public that consumer safety and security are paramount and utmost priority of its member banks. Financial institutions are investing heavily in measures to increase security of their online infrastructure and to ensure that their cybersecurity defense remain robust. Banks also regularly review and update policies and procedures to prevent and block cybersecurity threats and fraud attempts in the online and digital economy.       The #FightFraudTogether campaign of BMAP with its member banks will start with a two- month campaign sharing information about the common and most recent modus operandi of bank-related crimes across all banking channels. Through this campaign, BMAP recognizes that fighting fraud is a shared responsibility among institutions, customers, regulators and associations.

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Senate to probe power supply outlook on polls

September 2, 2021

AS uncertainties in the power supply situation in the country persist, the Department of Energy (DOE) will be dragged into another Senate investigation where it is expected to present a definitive supply-demand scenario and lay down contingency measures in case the 2022 national elections will be marred with rotational blackouts.      Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has been giving pronouncements that “there will be no brownouts” in next year’s polling period, but Senate Committee on Energy Chairman Sherwin T. Gatchalian is less convinced.      Given apprehensions over the sufficiency of power supply next year, especially during the summer months that will coincide with the election period, the Senate energy committee deemed it prudent to call the DOE to come up with pre-emptive measures to avoid power interruptions on those critical periods.      “It is crucial that programs are already in place, taking into account all eventualities to guarantee continuous supply of electricity during the 2022 automated elections,” Gatchalian said.      Several groups have cast doubts on the authenticity of the power supply-demand outlook put into view by the DOE since there are still factors not integrated in its short-term energy planning – including the forced outages and de-rating of power plants; specific schedule of preventive maintenance of generating facilities; as well as the extent of gas restriction that will be experienced from the Malampaya field next year.      With such weak planning by the energy department, some stakeholders expressed fear of possible cheating during the election period. Such apprehension has been bolstered by the fact that the DOE Secretary serves as president of the ruling party PDP-Laban.      Cusi has also been criticized by various energy stakeholders for devoting more of his time on political affairs, instead of fixing the power supply mess that the DOE is supposed to prioritize because that is the agency’s core mandate.      As noted by Gatchalian, “We must ensure the credibility and transparency in the conduct of the elections as well as the delivery of fast and accurate results reflective of the genuine will of the people.”      The lawmaker reiterated that the current power supply-demand vista in the DOE forecasting — which is trying to paint a “no yellow or red alerts” happening in the system — is still sketchy, because “the outlook does not take into consideration the forced and unplanned outages of power plants and the declining supply from the Malampaya gas field.”      Gatchalian is reminding DOE that the rotational blackouts that happened last summer and even those in 2019, also an election year, had been mainly “attributed to the unplanned outages and de-rating of power plants.”      He further stressed that “power interruptions last summer happened despite earlier statements from the DOE that it was optimistic that the country will not encounter major challenges or any alerts that may result in insufficiency of supply.”

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Pag-IBIG posts P16.11B net income in H1 2021; up 14%

August 30, 2021

Pag-IBIG Fund posted earnings of P16.11 billion in the first half of 2021 amid the challenges posed by the continuing health crisis, a 14% increase compared to the same period last year, its top officials reported on (Wednesday, 25 August).      From January to June, Pag-IBIG Fund’s gross income reached P27.14 billion while its net income amounted to P16.11 billion. Compared to the same period last year, gross income grew 13% and net income increased 14%, driven mainly by earnings from its housing and short-term loans (cash loans), and trading gains.      “We are happy to report that Pag-IBIG Fund remains strong amid the pandemic. The double-digit increase in our income figures proves that we remain as one of the best performing government corporations in the country today. This places us in a strong position to continue providing social services to more Filipino workers, in line with President Duterte’s directives as we continue to recover from the challenges caused by the pandemic,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, Chairman of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.      He added that as of July, Pag-IBIG Fund has so far released P52.22 billion to finance the acquisition of 51,206 homes for its members. During the same period, the agency released P25.42 billion in cash loans, helping over 1.18 million members answer their immediate financial needs as the health crisis continues. Savings from its members also reached P37.46 billion as of July, strongly driven by the agency’s popular MP2 Savings where members have collectively saved P15.83 billion.      Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, meanwhile, emphasized that the agency’s gains shall redound to the benefit of its members.      He noted that under its charter, Pag-IBIG Fund is mandated to return at least 70% of its annual net income to its members in the form of dividends which are credited to their savings.      “The true owners of Pag-IBIG Fund are the Filipino workers. That is why it is our responsibility, as the administrators of the Fund, to manage their contributions prudently and excellently. Last 2020, we gave back 92.15% of our net income to members in the form of dividends, even though our Charter mandates only a 70% minimum. With our strong fiscal standing, our members can rest assured that our programs shall remain available to help them recover from the pandemic and that each hard-earned peso they save with us remains secure and continues to grow,” Moti said.      Earlier this month, the agency received its 9th consecutive unmodified opinion from the Commission on Audit (COA) for its financial statements for year 2020. This is the highest rating that state auditors give to a government agency or corporation, to mean that the financial statements of an agency are presented, in all material respects, in accordance with applicable financial reporting frameworks.

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