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Technology

Power Mac Center offers UpTrade to Uplift program

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

According to official figures, there are 21.7 million students who enrolled for the upcoming school year and only a little over 500,000 electronic devices available to lend to teachers and public school students. While the opening of classes has been delayed to October, online learning during the pandemic may still be difficult to attain because of the lack of devices among students and schools.

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Power Mac Center, Gretchen Ho launch ‘Pay It Forward’

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the "Pay it Forward" campaign.

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the “Pay It Forward” campaign.

This campaign will help provide bicycles to those who commute even in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Part of Power Mac Center’s 26th anniversary celebration, “Pay It Forward” will acquire bikes and other protective equipment using the proceeds from purchases of participating products.

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Technology

Manulife PH ready for new normal from Day 1, says CEO

Manulife Philippines President and CEO Richard Bates said the company's digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.
Manulife Philippines President and CEO Richard Bates said the company’s digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to businesses. Manulife Philippines, however, has found it easier to adjust to the new business environment. This is thanks to its digital transformation journey for the past two years.

“The changes the COVID-19 pandemic have forced upon us have both put our digital transformation strategy to the test, and validated that we, as an organization, have taken many steps in the right direction,” Manulife Philippines President and CEO Richard Bates told Digital Life Asia.

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Technology

TRIPKO transport card helps Filipinos commute safely

By using TRIPKO, the passenger just needs to tap the cash card on the TICKETKO  automated ticketing system without any contact with the conductor or driver.
By using TRIPKO, the passenger just needs to tap the cash card on the TICKETKO automated ticketing system without any contact with the conductor or driver.

With thousands going back to the workplace in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the commuting public has to adapt to the new normal for their protection. The Department of Transportation has released community guidelines to address this, one of which is the mandatory use of cashless payments in public transportation. This has made contactless payment technology such as the TRIPKO transport card more important than ever.

Apart from the normal challenges of using public transportation, commuters must now also practice social distancing. They also worry about interacting with other people and touching shared items such as cash. This is why more Filipinos have embraced digital amid the pandemic.

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Science

Telepsychiatry: Online consultations via Talk to Dr. Lee

Psychiatrist Ruby Jade Lee-Cheng says telepsychiatry allows her and her father Paul V. Lee to help patients cope with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychiatrist Ruby Jade Lee-Cheng says telepsychiatry allows her and her father Paul V. Lee to help patients cope with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take care of both our physical and mental health. Through telepsychiatry, a father and daughter have been addressing the needs of their patients in the age of social distancing and lockdowns.

As all of us can attest to, dealing with the pandemic and the sweeping changes in the way we work and play has been very stressful.

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Technology

UNAWA offers digital solutions to help businesses reopen

Philippine regtech startup UNAWA has launched SafePass and SafeForm.

Regtech startup UNAWA has unveiled two digital solutions that will enable businesses to reopen and operate safely. These will not only ensure the safety of their physical locations, but also their digital data.

SafePass is an all-digital, contact-free authorizing, scheduling, and contact tracing platform. This will help companies manage their offices, stores, and other physical locations once they reopen. Meanwhile, SafeForm enables business owners to create digital forms or convert their printed or analog forms to digital platforms.

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Virtual tidying sessions offered by KonMari consultant

KonMari consultant and Yorokobi owner Renelyn Tan-Castillejos offers virtual tidying sessions so she can help clients despite the enhanced community quarantine.
KonMari consultant and Yorokobi owner Renelyn Tan-Castillejos offers virtual tidying sessions so she can help clients despite the enhanced community quarantine.

Now that you’re working from home, are you happy with your home office? Do you have a designated space where you can work undisturbed? Or, like many of us, is every day a struggle to find a good spot amid all the clutter? Then maybe decluttering via a virtual tidying session is what you need to spark joy.

You’re probably familiar with Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. Maybe you’ve read her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“. Or watched “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix. But did you know we have a certified KonMari consultant in the Philippines, who runs her own decluttering business called Yorokobi (which means “joy” in Japanese)?

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Entertainment, Technology

Gretchen Ho: Use digital platforms to inform and inspire

Kapamilya TV host and former volleyball player Gretchen Ho says that instead of spreading negativity, we can use our digital platforms to share the good news.
Kapamilya TV host and former volleyball player Gretchen Ho says that instead of spreading negativity, we can use our digital platforms to share the good news.

Social media should bring us together, not tear us apart. It’s time for us to take action and use our digital platforms as a powerful force for good.

“I’ve seen so much good ever since the quarantine started. The only problem is, good news doesn’t get as magnified as the bad. I’ve made it my mission to use my social media pages for spreading all of these good stories. It’s good that we all have a chance to be heard using our own platforms,” Kapamilya TV host and former volleyball player Gretchen Ho told Digital Life Asia.

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Science, Technology

Teletherapy for kids encourages family involvement

Speech-language pathologist Krizia Anna Castro, shown here with her son Mac, says teletherapy can be as effective as face-to-face sessions.
Speech-language pathologist Krizia Anna Castro, shown here with her son Mac, says teletherapy can be as effective as face-to-face sessions.

Thanks to technology, speech-language pathologist Krizia Anna Castro is still able to help children with special needs. Castro is offering teletherapy services since face-to-face sessions are not possible due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Teletherapy refers to remote therapy, using technology so that the therapist and client can communicate. Castro said this usually involves video platforms such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger, or FaceTime. Apart from convenience, teletherapy offers other advantages.

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Technology

Business survival: Accept new normal for at least a year

Business survival tips from Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca: adapt to the situation, stay relevant, and weather the storm.
Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca’s business survival tips? Adapt to the situation, stay relevant, and weather the storm.

One day, the enhanced community quarantine will end. It is wrong, however, to think consumer confidence will return immediately. In fact, business survival means asking yourself if your company can adapt to the present conditions for at least a year.

“A lot of people don’t realize that it’s really not a matter of whether the President lifts the lockdown,” said George Royeca, Chief Transport Advocate of Angkas. “It’s a matter of when we find a cure. The only way to beat this virus is when you find a vaccine or a cure. In the meantime, what do we do to co-exist with COVID?”

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Technology

Telehealth seen to decongest PH healthcare system

MEDIFI CEO and Co-founder Jay Fajardo says telehealth will democratize access to doctors.
MEDIFI CEO and Co-founder Jay Fajardo says telehealth will democratize access to doctors.

With people forced to stay home, many Filipinos are now relying on online consultations with doctors. Because of this, the COVID-19 pandemic might prove to be the tipping point for the Philippines to embrace telehealth.

“For non-urgent medical needs, telehealth offers a real way to decongest the country’s healthcare system and provides huge convenience to the patient. It has also become a welcome economic benefit for our doctors who have found a new venue to continue their practice,” MEDIFI CEO and Co-founder Jay Fajardo told Digital Life Asia.

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Technology

Work from home seen as new normal by employees

Even before the pandemic forced employees to work from home, a shift in work arrangements was already taking place, says Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan.
Even before the pandemic forced employees to work from home, a shift in the workplace was already happening, says Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan.

Employees expect to have the option to work from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. This is according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Lenovo.

Eighty-seven percent said they feel at least somewhat ready to make the shift to working from home (WFH) if required. Moreover, 77 percent expect companies to be more accepting of WFH policies after the pandemic passes.

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