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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. TRIPKO, which works in conjunction with the TICKETKO automated ticketing system, is geographically the most widely-accepted transport card in the country today. Using the TRIPKO transport card minimizes three main contact points. This allows transport companies to better protect the commuting public and their own employees.

“With TICKETKO and the TRIPKO card, there is no need for manual tickets, no need to hold money, and no need for manual logging in each and every trip manifest. The reloadable payment card is not new to the world, but the Philippines has been lagging behind our neighboring countries. Journeytech would like to contribute to nation-building with the TRIPKO card. Contactless payment is here to stay as our technology is able to address the general need for safety, hygiene, and ultimately convenience for the commuting public,” Journeytech Marketing Director Louise Yu told Digital Life Asia.

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Suspected online fraud from PH doubles — TransUnion

The number of suspected online fraud originating from the Philippines has more than doubled during this global crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted businesses and forced people to stay home. Not only that, but also the number of suspected online fraud originating from the Philippines has more than doubled during this global crisis. This is according to TransUnion, which recently released its analysis of digital fraud trends in the Philippines.

Based on its assessment, the percentage of suspected online fraud originating from the Philippines more than doubled when comparing the periods Jan. 1-March 10 and March 11-April 28, increasing 119%. This makes the Philippines the country with the 76th highest percentage of digital suspected fraud originating from it from March 11 to April 28, 2020. In comparison, TransUnion found the rate of suspected fraudulent online transactions rose 5% globally during the pandemic.

With social distancing changing shopping patterns, fraudsters have adapted accordingly. They have targeted the more digital forward industries while following the money globally. These industries include telecommunications, e-commerce, and financial services.

“Given the billions of people globally that have been forced to stay at home, industries have been disrupted in a way not seen on this massive of a scale for generations. Now that many transactions have shifted online, fraudsters have tried to take advantage and companies must adapt. Businesses that come out on top will be those leveraging fraud prevention tools that provide great detection rates and friction-right experiences for consumers,” TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano said in a press statement.

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Content creation seen to drive influencer marketing

Blogapalooza CEO Ace Gapuz says content creation is what will make brands and influencers relevant in these uncertain times.
Blogapalooza CEO Ace Gapuz says content creation is what will make brands and influencers relevant in these uncertain times.

Brands have shelved marketing plans and slashed their budgets. Influencers are staying home. No events and product seedings. Minimal social media campaigns. So is influencer marketing still relevant in the age of COVID-19? The answer is yes, if brands and influencers shift their focus to content creation.

These days, brands and agencies are no longer relying on the marketing plans they had in place. Instead, they need to do agile marketing and create relevant content on a day-to-day basis. With most people staying home and spending even more time online, this is actually the time for brands to increase their social media presence. But they should concentrate on solving consumer pain points when they create their content and messaging.

“If you want to be a content creator, this is the best time to start,” said Ace Gapuz, CEO of influencer marketing company Blogapalooza Inc. “This is the best time for influencers and aspiring content creators to focus on what they’re good at. I think this time is an inflection point to determine the longevity of content creators.”

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Online grocery delivery wishes granted by GrocerGenie

GrocerGenie PH founder Abigail Joyce Victorino Mendoza says the startup aims to become the number one online grocery aggregator marketplace for Filipino shoppers.
GrocerGenie PH founder Abigail Joyce Victorino Mendoza says the startup aims to become the number one online grocery aggregator marketplace for Filipino shoppers.

Do you wish everyone in the Philippines could enjoy the benefits of online grocery shopping? Your wish is GrocerGenie PH‘s command.

GrocerGenie PH was born in April in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This Philippine startup aggregates different online sources of food supplies and other necessities. Physical supermarkets only allow a limited number of shoppers at a time to observe social distancing. These days, getting groceries means lining up for hours. Because of this, shoppers have been looking for online alternatives. The challenge, however, is that these online stores and suppliers are scattered across different platforms.

“Although we started very ad hoc, we did not build GrocerGenie PH as a grocery errand service, but more of an aggregator of essential products typically found in the supermarket. We only accept cashless payments, and offer scheduled deliveries, cart reorders, and a loyalty points program for customers,” GrocerGenie PH founder Abigail Joyce Victorino Mendoza told Digital Life Asia.

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Online fitness center helps you stay in shape at home

Michelle Lowe, co-founder of online fitness center Freedom Fitness Online, says it is important to keep exercising during the quarantine not just to stay physically fit, but also mentally strong.
Michelle Lowe, co-founder of online fitness center Freedom Fitness Online, says it is important to keep exercising during the quarantine not just to stay physically fit, but also mentally strong.

Sure, you could watch YouTube videos while doing Zumba. But an online fitness center now provides a more fun and interactive way to stay fit at home.

“YouTube videos are pre-recorded, and there is no interacting with the class. Because our classes are live and interactive, the energy of the class is felt, and also the connection among our members. It’s not as lonely as exercising alone,” Freedom Fitness Online Co-founder Michelle Lowe told Digital Life Asia.

Touted as the Philippines’ first online fitness center, Freedom Fitness Online’s classes offer direct interaction with professional, highly-skilled instructors. Just as in a real exercise class, participants can interact with each other. To express its gratitude to frontliners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Freedom Fitness Online is giving all frontliners a three-month membership for free.

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Digital activism via Global Citizen lets you earn rewards

Digital activism via Global Citizen

(Editor’s note: A different version of this article on digital activism was originally published on TessDrive.com. Reposted with permission.)

Were you able to watch the historic One World: Together at Home global broadcasting and digital event on April 18? Lady Gaga curated this virtual concert in collaboration with Global Citizen, a global movement that encourages digital activism in the fight against poverty, and the World Health Organization.

This broadcast and online special featured A-listers such as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John. The goal was to encourage people to stay home, show support for health care workers as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and raise awareness for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

Global Citizen has announced that One World: Together at Home has already raised a total of US$127.9 million in commitments. This will provide US$55.1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and US$72.8 million to local and regional responders.

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Coronavirus denial and the new normal

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Many of us are still in denial about the coronavirus pandemic. And this coronavirus denial is the deadlier disease.

The world has changed. This is the new normal. This isn’t something that will blow over in a few weeks or months. This is actually the World War III that nations never planned for, because we were so complacent despite previous outbreaks.

Yes, we should remain hopeful, live one day at a time, and encourage and help each other so that we can overcome this crisis. But we can only fix a problem if we stop denying that it exists. It’s better to face the bitter truth than to tell ourselves comforting lies.

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Social distancing in the time of coronavirus

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Social distancing is one of our best weapons these days as the world battles the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing, cancellation of events, working from home. These can help stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19, which is now a global pandemic. The World Health Organization has advised us to maintain social distancing. We are supposed to keep a one-meter (three feet) distance between ourselves and someone who is coughing or sneezing.

Today, March 12, we are celebrating the 31st birthday of the World Wide Web. We certainly should be thankful to Sir Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the World Wide Web. Imagine how much worse the situation would be if we weren’t able to keep working or communicating online.