Jul 26, 2018

NTC Memorandum Circular on Interconnection Charges for Short Messages Services and Voice Service

On the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to make goods and services affordable and accessible to consumers, particularly the marginalized, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has immediately put forward the proposal to reduce the telco interconnection rates to the New Major Player Oversight Committee. 

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) then issued Department Order No. 002 directing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to study and formulate the guidelines that will bring down the cost of interconnection . 

In the draft Memorandum Circular (MC) drafted by the NTC following a study, interconnection charges were reduced to P 0.50 per minute from P 2.50 per minute for voice service and P 0.05 per text from P 0.15 per text for SMS. 

A public hearing was conducted to enable telecommunication companies to comment and submit their position papers pertaining to the MC. 

On July 19, 2018, the final MC was issued by the NTC. 

The reduced interconnection rates are expected to benefit consumers across socio-economic classes, making voice call and SMS services between networks more affordable. This will also allow telcos to attract more subscribers and offer a wide variety of unlimited plans and services. 

Significantly, the MC will benefit landline subscribers and users of basic 2G mobile phones nationwide, majority of whom belong to the marginalized sectors of society.

Jul 17, 2018

Piolo Pascual: Keeping His Promises

Relationships are built on promises: the promise to love, to care, to secure, to protect, and to provide. This is something that Piolo Pascual knows all too well, committed as he is to the promises he has made to his family as a son, a sibling, and a father. 

But when financial troubles arise, bringing such promises to life becomes a challenge. 

“Like any other person, I want to give my family the best life possible. I am a man of my word, that’s why I work hard and seize every opportunity that comes my way,” But more than just earning money, it’s how you manage your finances that makes a difference. Fortunately, I have the guidance and help of one very special lady: my very own sister, Chiqui Pascual-Gonzales, who also happens to be my Sun Life Advisor.” 

According to Piolo, Chiqui has been instrumental in ensuring that his dreams for his family will all come true. “It’s a partnership through and through. With her help, I’ve been able to make it all happen while still pursuing my own passions and advocacies,” he said. 

Piolo and Chiqui’s story is but one of many in Sun Life Financial, where lifetime partnerships are developed and nurtured through the years. In fact, this has inspired Sun Life’s latest campaign, at the forefront of which is a new TV commercial highlighting Sun Life’s presence in a client’s life throughout the different stages of her life. It represents the many promises that Sun Life has helped bring into fruition for the past 123 years of its existence. 

Sun Life hopes that the campaign, as well as Piolo’s own story, will inspire more people to take the same path in their financial journey. “As the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines, we have witnessed many promises being fulfilled throughout the years and have served generations of clients. It is an honor for us to serve all our clients and help them secure their future and those of their loved ones” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said. 

“The promises we make to our loved ones are sacred, and Sun Life knows this. That’s why it’s committed to helping its clients achieve their goals, no matter what happens,” Piolo said. “You can’t ask for a better lifetime partner than that!”

Jul 12, 2018

S&R Cagayan de Oro Welcomes Non-Members to its Open House

S&R Membership Shopping will once again open its store to Non-Members on July 12-15, 2018 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. If you haven't been to this biggest warehouse concept store this is your chance to discover great finds for your homes.

The S&R CDO Open House gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of imported products and get a chance to taste their freshly baked goodies (with imported products) and their famous New York Style pizza. What's more exciting is that you can receive a P200 peso Gift Card if you plan to sign up/renew for membership. 

S&R Cagayan de Oro is located at Zone 5, Kauswagan Highway (across the RTMI garage, right before you take that right going towards Bulua Bus Terminal). 

Mark your calendars and enjoy a world class shopping experience!

Take a peek of what is in store!

Jun 2, 2018

SanMig Food Ave. Opens in El Salvador City

SanMig Food Ave. one of the country’s leading retail store opens its first branch in Mindanao last May 18, 2018. The store is located at PSB, El Salvador City, just along the highway near Divine Mercy Shrine. 

SanMig Food Ave. El Salvador is your one-stop-shop for everything you need. You can find almost all kinds of food products from ready-to-eat foods, snacks, chips, biscuits, ice cream, beverages and bread. It is also the only retail store that has its own bakery, therefore breads are really served fresh from the oven. 

A giant Nutella Bun baked for the grand launching.

For Non-food products, you can also find toiletries, batteries,magazines, newspapers, lighters, household stuff and many more. 

Also, SanMig Food Ave. El Salvador has Automated Teller Machine which you can conveniently use if in case you need cash. It also has ECPay Service to help you with your bills payment and cash-in needs. 
A PNB ATM is available inside the store. Chinabank will add one soon. 
If you happen to visit El Salvador City, check out SanMig Food Ave. and share to us your store experience by leaving a comment. Just a tip, don’t ever miss to try their breads.

May 4, 2018

C Resort: A Relaxing Resort in Libertad

C Resort is one the newest resort in Misamis Oriental, located at Barangay Gimaylan, Libertad. The resort is very peaceful, a perfect place for relaxation.

The resort is covered with coconut trees which make it a more suitable place to relax and enjoy. 

Entrance to the resort cost Php 295 per person. Senior citizens are given discounts. Children around 2 years old are also discounted. 
Cabana Cottage at Php 2,000 good for 10-15 persons
Spacious cottages are available at the resort. Cabana Cottages cost Php 2,000 and the Trellis cost Php 1,500. Cabana Cottages are located near the pool. You can bring your own food. Lechon corkage is Pho 600. You can also order food from the resort. 
Cottages can only be used from 8am to 8pm. For people who go to the resort as a couple or just a group of 4, you may opt not to rent a cottage. The resort has a dining area which they offer as of this moment for free because they are still on their soft opening. Smaller cottages are still under construction. 
Shower Room

Proper swimming attire is strictly observed inside the resort. There are 2 staff who are manning the pool area and if you don't follow any of their required swimming attire you will have to be warned. So better prepare one before heading to the resort. Also, wearing of slippers near the pool area is strictly prohibited. 

The resort also boost about its very nice landscape. The landscape makes the resort a great place for photo shoots and a venue for your special events.

Aside from enjoying the pool, you can also opt to enjoy swimming at the beach. However, be extra careful with the corals and rocks.
The spacious resort is also a perfect place for team building activities. While we were there, a group of marketing staff from a prestigious  mall were having their company team building. 

The resort is a great place for an overnight bonding. Guest rooms are available which are good for a large group of people. Gray Room can accommodate 6 persons and costs Php 4,500, Blue room and Orange room which is also good for 6 persons costs Php 4,995, Green room can accomodate 10 persons costs Php 7,995 and the Peach room is Php 14,000 good for 20 persons. Check in time is 2:00 PM and check out time = 12:00 PM

There's no shortage of fun family activities in store once you decide to explore C Resort in Libertad. 

For more information you may call or text 09778192799 and look for Angel or Hanna.