Tag: Philippine Franchise Association

SEAOIL partners with new online delivery platform, Mr. Speedy

Published online by the Business World, 
January 6, 2020

SEAOIL PHILIPPINES, Inc. (SEAOIL), the country’s leading independent fuel player, has signed an exclusive partnership with online delivery platform Mr. Speedy, with the exclusive SEAOIL Boosted VIP card to be given to its drivers.

“As part of its plans to continue giving more perks and benefits to its consumers, we are happy to announce SEAOIL’s new partnership with Mr. Speedy. We want to give Mr. Speedy’s couriers more incentives to enjoy while using SEAOIL fuels,” said Jayvee Dela Fuente, SEAOIL Philippines VP for Corporate and Consumer Marketing.

Mr. Speedy is an online delivery platform that caters to small and medium businesses. Users can schedule deliveries through the Mr. Speedy website or its mobile app.

The Boosted VIP cards issued to Mr. Speedy users will have the highest level in the VIP card tier or Auto-Gold status. The cards will have an exclusive point conversion wherein P100 is equivalent to three points for gasoline, or a P3.00 rebate. The exclusive point conversion is available at participating SEAOIL outlets. Earned points can be used to purchase fuel and lubricants from SEAOIL and may be redeemed as cash.

This article was originally posted by Business World which can be accessed at https://www.bworldonline.com/seaoil-partners-with-new-online-delivery-platform-mr-speedy/

PCCI forecasts sustained growth – 7% annual GDP expansion

Published online by the Manila Bulletin, 

The business community yesterday painted a brighter domestic economy that will sustain a 7.0 percent growth over the next decade.

Ms. Alegria Bing Limjoco, newly-elected chairperson of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said at the Pandesal Forum in Kamuning that a higher GDP growth this year would be made possible with the on-time release of the ₱4.1 trillion 2020 national budget.

“The ₱4.1 trillion national budget will be signed on Monday and plus the ₱400 billion left from the 2019 budget. That means more blessings in 2020,” said Limjoco, the first lady president elected as PCCI chairperson.

Limjoco explained that with the early passage of the national Budget, there will be no more delays in the implementation of government projects. It could be recalled that the enactment of the 2019 budget was delayed due squabbles in both the Senate and Lower House on the issue of pork barrel insertions.

Government expenditure accounts for the biggest boost in the local economy.
Foreign remittances from overseas Filipino workers also contribute big portion that helped fuel domestic consumption.

Limjoco said that if the 2019 GDP will settle at 6.3 percent, growth rate this year could hit close to 7 percent or a more optimistic 7.5 percent.

Aside from the economic boost from the huge budget to be spent for the “Build Build Build” projects, Limjoco cited the booming tourism sector.

“The Philippines is the rising star in Asia and this is a decade of growth in Asia,” said Limjoco noting that otther developed economies like EU are not growing.

“We are growing 7 percent this year and the next decade. We are in the center of growth,” she said.

Last year as president of PCCI, Limjoco said she received more than 50 courtesy calls from various foreign business groups exploring opportunities in the country.

“Sometimes, I received three courtesy calls a day. These groups want to invest here particularly in agriculture,” she said.

Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., said the economy is well poised to hit 7-7.5 GDP this year.

Aside from the budgetary boost, he cited the influx of Chinese tourists. Last year, there were more than 2 million Chinese tourists or a fourth of the record-high 8 million tourist arrivals in the country in 2019.

In addition, FFCCCII Vice-President Cecilo K. Pedro cited the continued economic growth.

He, however, pushed for the passage of the CITIRA bill to remove the cloud of doubt in the minds of investors.

Limjoco also echoed for the passage of the bill to ensure investors will choose the Philippines over other Asean countries.

This article was originally posted by Manila Bulletin which can be accessed at https://business.mb.com.ph/2020/01/03/pcci-forecasts-sustained-growth/

Binalot’s DAHON program expands

Published online by the Business Inquirer, 
December 29, 2019

The fruitful relationship between Binalot and Barangay Buhanginan in Nagcarlan, Laguna, started after the devastation of Luzon by Typhoon “Milenyo” in 2006. Harsh winds and heavy rains damaged most of the banana leaves which were being supplied to the fast-food chain.

“Banana leaves are very fragile and most of the trees and leaves were ripped by the strong typhoon. We were then forced to import our leaves from Iloilo but the costs were not sustainable. That was the time we decided to go straight to the source,” recounts Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Food, Inc.

And so the search for the source started, leading Juan to the quaint town of Nagcarlan nestled at the foothills of the mystic Mount Banahaw in Laguna.

“Vendors in the market told me to go to Nagcarlan. I found myself visiting the markets and talipapa in that town, asking where the leaves come from. Locals pointed me to the dahunan in Barangay Buhanginan,” Juan says.

There, he met resident Rodney Oriel who then agreed to supply banana leaves for Binalot. What started as an initial order of 3,000 cut pieces of banana leaves evolved into a community livelihood program participated in by 30 families under Binalot’s CSR program dubbed Dahon (Dangal at Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon)—an ode to Binalot’s iconic banana-leaf packaging.

Banana is one of the most important fruit crops of the Philippines, with the country producing 9.36 million metric tons of bananas on 448,000 hectares of land. However, except for the export Cavendish variety, banana is grown largely in small farming communities in backyards such as in Nagcarlan, traded in markets by local entrepreneurs, and consumed locally.

Running for 13 years now, the Dahon program has provided impoverished banana farmers with an added opportunity to profit from the banana trees growing in their backyards while ensuring Binalot a steady and reliable source of banana leaves for all its stores across Metro Manila. ‍

Binalot, after all, is famous for its classic Filipino meals wrapped in a banana leaf—stamping the traditional Filipino brand in a modern fast-food setting. ‍‍‍

‍Dahon has received several citations including the Centennial Prize in the 2007 UPS Out-of-the-Box Small Business Contest and the Intel-AIM Corporate Social Responsibility Award (IACRA) at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in 2010.

Running for 13 years now, the Dahon programhas provided impoverished banana farmers with an added opportunity to profit from the banana trees growing in their backyards while ensuring Binalot a steady and reliable source of banana leaves for all its stores across Metro Manila.

Oriel acknowledges DAHON for changing the lives of many families in the community. “Income was very difficult before as the supply of bananas from the wild trees was not steady year-round and work on the farm was not a regular arrangement.

Back then, we were lucky if we were able to eat twice a day. Today, we have more than enough to eat full meals and even merienda. I have been able to send my kids to school, two of them are in college now while the youngest is still in high school. We’re fortunate Binalot came knocking on our doors,” says Oriel.

But Binalot did not stop at the leaves. ‍

Recently, it has partnered with a program called “Embrace” to introduce salted egg production to Barangay Buhanginan and expand the economic benefits of the program to the farmers.

“We’ve thought of harvesting other vegetables and crops but we always hit a roadblock when it comes to finding a market for these products,” shares Irene Lucas, Binalot’s COO.

“Assessing our needs, we figured ‘Why not salted eggs?’ Looking at the volume of our consumption as each Binalot meal comes with one salted egg, we felt we found the perfect match for our banana leaves.”

‍In line with Embrace’s efforts to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Dahon acquired 10 salted egg starter kits and consulted the Department of Science and Technology on the production process for the Eggciting Harvest Project. The starter kits, which were recently awarded to the matriarchs in Barangay Buhanginan, would enable the community to supply Binalot with 1,000 trays of fresh and high-quality salted eggs for its stores every month while receiving additional income from the livelihood program in the comfort of their community.

“The success of Binalot’s CSR program lies in its sustainability, and the way it’s sustainable is because we are the community’s direct market. Banana leaves are our primary packaging and we have salted egg with every Binalot meal. As long as there’s Binalot, it’ll be a continuous partnership and that’s our commitment to the community of Barangay Buhanginan,” says Juan.

This article was originally posted by Business Inquirer which can be accessed at https://business.inquirer.net/286275/binalots-dahon-program-expands

Stalder leads PHL firms to Bangkok Halal fair

Published online by the Manila Bulletin, 
December 24, 2019

Stalder Laboratories Inc. headed the country’s corporate delegation to the Thailand Halal Assembly from December 20-22 to promote halal-certified Philippine products in the huge Thai market. Stalder Group of Companies president and CEO Dina Dela Paz-Stalder and DS by Dermaline Inc. AVP- Operations Diana Stalder exhibited the company’s wide range of beauty and personal care products at the three-day Thailand Halal Assembly held at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand. The public-private Philippine delegation was led by Commercial Attachè Enrico Mariano from the Philippine Trade and Investments Center – Bangkok and Raison Arobinto of the Export Marketing Bureau, both from the Department of Trade and Industry. Photo shows (from left) Maria Kristina Stalder, Dina Dela Paz- Stalder, Trade and Industry development analyst Arselyn Palad, Enrico Mariano, Raison Arobinto, Diana Stalder and Paul Theodore Stalder. PTIC-Bangkok is part of the Philippine Foreign Trade Service Corps of the DTI Office of the Secretary with areas of coverage including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The Stalder Group of Companies includes the Diana Stalder by Dermaline, BCP Dermatological Corporation, and Stalder Laboratories Inc.

This article was originally posted by Manila Bulletin which can be accessed at https://technology.mb.com.ph/2019/12/24/stalder-leads-phl-firms-to-bangkok-halal-fair/

McDonald’s Scales Hiring For SCs And PWDs Across NCR

Published online by the Page One PH, 
By Featuresdesk (ICG) on December 2, 2019

Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) reinforces its commitment in being a responsible employer through a memorandum of agreement signing between the City of Pasay through Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano and McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang.

McDonald’s will open its doors to 50 more senior citizen and PWD employees in 14 participating stores in the city. The partnership will provide them the opportunity to earn and develop new skills as they experience the same world class training as an order presenter, drink drawer, table manager or overall guest relations.

The quick service restaurant has hired close to 100 SCs and PWDs since September and has rolled out in the cities of Manila and Pasig.


This article was originally posted by Page One PH  which can be accessed at http://pageone.ph/mcdonalds-scales-hiring-for-scs-and-pwds-across-ncr/

PLDT starts 5G rollout in early 2020, plans to spend ‘substantial amount’ for use cases

Published online by the Business Mirror, 
by Lorenz S. Marasigan – December 2, 2019

DIGITAL services provider PLDT Inc. will start rolling out its commercial 5G services in the earlier part of 2020, its chairman said on Saturday, and is planning to spend “a substantial amount” to develop it for different use cases.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, the company’s chairman, said his group has so far developed 5G products for use cases that require heavy data usage for both the consumer and enterprise segments.

“It will be commercially launched early next year,” he said. “For consumer, individual use cases include video and e-games, and for enterprise, particularly the office, we have to supply the customer premises equipment for businesses.”

Pangilinan explained that 5G take a substantial amount for PLDT’s capital expenditures (capex) for 2020. The company’s board is expected to approve the budget for next year on Tuesday.

“It won’t be a big, big part of the capex for next year. It will be a substantial amount, but not very substantial,” he said, adding that investments in 4G will still be higher than 5G. Saturday saw the telco titan forging a partnership with the Araneta Group to launch 5G technology in Araneta City, which will be transformed into the country’s first Smart 5G Lifestyle Hub.

PLDT has been developing its 5G products for the past two years, partnering with different vendors to test out the best fit for its network and the demands of its Filipino consumers. So far, it has tied up with different groups to create the Smart 5G Alliance.

5G is seen to enable machine-to-machine communication via mobile. Its use cases worldwide span in different industries, such as retail, transport, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing sectors, as well as intelligent solutions for customer support and smart homes, among others.

Pangilinan did not categorically disclose what type of 5G product his group will offer, be it wireless or fixed line. But wireless 5G seems to be beyond the immediate horizon, given that its build-out requires towers to be contiguous with a distance not father than 200 meters apart.

“We have gradually started our build-out for the 5G infrastructure,” Pangilinan said.


This article is originally published and written by the Malaya Business Insight which can be accessed online at https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/12/02/pldt-starts-5g-rollout-in-early-2020-plans-to-spend-substantial-amount-for-use-cases/

FamilyMart opens flagship store

Published online by the Malaya Business Insight, 
by Antonio Delos Reyes | November 27, 2019

THE convenience store industry has become a vibrant sector with more players coming into the market. The dominance of 7-11 in the past has been challenged by companies, both local and international, with other brands offering something different to attract more customers.

Japanese convenience store brand FamilyMart might be a relatively young company in the Philippines but internationally, it is the 2nd largest convenience store retail chain in the world since it was established in 1973. The company recently opened its flagship store in BGC which offers a new level in comfort and convenience to its customers.

The flagship store eschews the usual operations of a convenience store where customers stay only for a short while, buying only what they wanted to get. Instead, the FamilyMart Udenna Tower store beckons customers to slow down and spend some time inside the store.

FamilyMart branch offers a co-working space that’s conducive to studying, reading, and productivity – all while enjoying any of the goodies in the store. For a minimum purchase of only P250, customers enjoy free Wi-Fi and a cozy corner in the exclusive co-working area, which looks out to the zen garden.

Thoughtfully located next to the co-working space, the zen garden provides busy bees a calming view for when taking a break from their screens. The landscape, reminiscent of scenes from a Japanese manga, is just what anyone needs for a breather.

Further setting itself apart from other FamilyMart stores, this one has two function rooms called Osaka and Tokyo, accommodating 8 and 12 persons, respectively. Each is equipped with audio-video facilities, making such spaces ideal for meetings and brainstorming sessions. Of course, guests can fuel their brains and stomachs courtesy of the food and coffee offerings the store has to offer.

As a nod to its Japanese heritage, the FamilyMart flagship also offers fresh ramen made in-store. Guests can enjoy a bowl of Tonkotsu, Tantanmen, and Miso varieties for only P165which even comes with a complementing drink.

The store also offers onigiri, the Japanese snack staple of rice triangles. Complete with the signature three-step unwrapping process, Salmon, Tuna Mayo, Tori Mix, Spam, or Tinapa is wrapped in a hefty layer of Japanese rice and blanketed with fresh nori for a delectable, filling snack or complete meal. Meanwhile, unlike other FamilyMart stores where donburi meals come in Filipino food-inspired variations, this one offers the Japanese rice bowl with more faithfulness to its origins. Pork Yakiniku, Gyudon, and Katsudon are laid on top of a hefty serving of Japanese rice. Meanwhile, the chiller holds other Japanese favorites, including Maki, and an array of bento meals featuring Pork Tonkatsu, Yakiniku, and Tempura.

Liquor drinkers are in for a treat with this store’s walk-in chiller stocked with a variety of local and imported beers and other liquors. What’s even better is, these drinks can be enjoyed from 7pm onwards in the dining area or in one of the function rooms. A six-pack, consumed with some of the signature food items would be the perfect way to end any work day.


This article is originally published and written by the Malaya Business Insight which can be accessed online at https://malaya.com.ph/index/index.php/news_living/familymart-opens-flagship-store/

McDonalds joins DOH drive, now also a Patak Polio Corner

Published online by the  Business Mirror, November 25, 2019

LEAVING no stone unturned in ensuring maximum immunization against a resurgent polio, the Department of Health (DOH) has turned to the private sector for help as it mounts yet another round of vaccinations.

The DOH announced its collaboration with McDonald’s Philippines for the succeeding rounds of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination in Metro Manila and Mindanao, reminiscent of the tack used by the late DOH chief Juan M. Flavier when he mounted the country’s first multi-vaccine National Immunization Days in the nineties.

As part of the new deal, selected McDonalds stores in Metro Manila and in Mindanao will set up Patak Polio Corners for the scheduled synchronized polio vaccination in NCR and Mindanao on Nov. 25 to Dec. 7 this year, and in Mindanao from Jan. 6 to 18 next year.

Polio immunization will also be conducted in McDonald’s Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers where children are taught basic skills in preparation for formal schooling.

“With the recent news on health outbreaks in the country, McDonald’s Philippines recognizes the role it could play in making a long lasting difference in the lives of Filipinos,” said McDonalds Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang.

“Our partnership with the Department of Health will allow us to take part in their preventive efforts against Polio in the country. With children most prone to the exposure to the disease, and with children’s welfare a priority of the company, we are further driven to support this program of the government,” he added.

The initial round of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination reported 96-percent coverage among children 0-59 months old from the 17 cities/municipality in NCR. Davao del Sur recorded 92-percent coverage from its 10 city/municipalities while Lanao del Sur reported 85-percent coverage from 40 city/municipalities.

The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign aims to vaccinate all children below 5 years old regardless of Polio vaccination status.

“We are pleased to work with McDonald’s Philippines as we will have more vaccination sites for mothers and caregivers to go to. We are relentless in making this health service accessible and available to all, consistent with our goal of Universal Health Care,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.


This article is originally published and written by the Business Mirror which can be accessed online at https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/25/mcdonalds-joins-doh-drive-now-also-a-patak-polio-corner/

Microlending firm gains ground in franchising

Business Mirror
Posted at November 13, 2019

When LT&G Credit Line, a microlending company based in Bicol saw that their company was becoming instrumental to more small-scale businesses for sustenance and growth, its Chief Executive Officer Marco Antonio Soliman immediately thought that they needed to expand not only outside Bicol but across the nation.

With the help of Francorp, the worldwide leader in franchise development and consulting, LT&G Credit Line is currently making waves in the franchise industry because of its unique business concept—a credit line company offering just the right amount of interest for the company and the borrower to earn profit at the same time.

Established in 2013, the lending company has been the go-to of sari-sari stores, eateries (locally called carinderias) and similar small businesses when funding or capital falls short and getting a loan from commercial banks is a hassle. Six year later, it became so successful that many potential investors are applying for its franchise.

The road to a micro-lending company
Profit from daily operations is what is keeping micro, small and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, running. Soliman knows this not only because he finished a business management course in college. He ran a motorcycle spare parts shop in his hometown for two years which, he believes, serves as his “master’s degree.”

Using the money he earned from working for a telecommunications company and from a loan from his mother, he opened the shop which only ran for two years. “I couldn’t compete with big players in our area, so I had to close the shop eventually,” Soliman shared.

Soliman then went to study law and sought a career opportunity in two insurance companies. It was there that he was able to save up more money and build business connections at the same time. He was introduced to the sport of practical shooting which encouraged him to put up a gun store which he named Legazpi Trends and Gears, or LT&G.

“The insurance company to which I am still connected with, offered me a loan which I used to put up my own building,” Soliman said. “I grabbed the opportunity and this is where I transferred the gun store along with a small café, a security agency and a trucking business [established with several business partners] and the first LT&G microlending firm.”

A business formed to help MSMEs
Seeing that his microlending business is doing good, Soliman consulted friends who are into the banking industry about another business to operate. A friend who is connected with Francorp brought up the idea of franchising for his gun store or café. But instead, he thought of applying the franchise suggestion to the microlending company which is a unique business concept that can also be franchised.

“At the back of my mind, I was thinking who would be interested to franchise when a lot of big banks and informal lenders have already saturated the market. My friends are discouraging me to pursue my idea of having it franchised, but I believe, given the right opportunity for the people to understand the benefits from the business and the science about it, many existing and would-be business owners will be interested,” Soliman said.

Helping MSMEs grow
Aside from the microlending firm earning the right amount of profit and its franchise model being able to provide jobs, Soliman said he is glad that the business is growing alongside its MSME clients. “We actually consider them partners, we want them to succeed in their business. Our interest rate is very friendly. We know that if we charge more, they will not earn from their business,” Soliman shared.

The majority of LT&G microlending clients are sari-sari stores and eateries followed by similar small businesses like repair shops, vulcanizing shops, secondhand stores (ukay-ukay), water stations, among others.

“Our advantage is that we are offering a lower interest rate and we are a legal business compared to informal lenders,” Soliman added.
“With our business system, many of our borrowers are renewing their credit line several times over. Plus we see them grow their respective businesses which is the most rewarding part of our business,” he said.

His case in point was a pili nut vendor in Legazpi City who sold his products in a heat-sealed plastic pouched and displayed under a makeshift stand by the roadside. After several loan renewals from LT&G, the seller now abides with DTI’s standards—the products are now neatly labeled and displayed inside a glass cabinet. Other businesses were mini-groceries now that were once sari-sari stores.

An evolving franchise
Soliman said the company is continuously evolving to be proactive on the risks involving such kind of business model. Each branch gets evaluated regularly to check on the risk-management measures. “We always try to find ways to minimize the risk vis a vis the acceptable budget,” he assured.

“Lending can be the best or the worse business,” he cautioned. “For us, we were able to study the science behind it. Qualifying the right borrowers is also a key factor,” he concluded.

With LT&G’s partnership with Francorp, the company is expecting for more franchise outlets opening across the country. From five branches, the company will be ending this year with 50 branches, 45 new branches are all franchise-owned.

Francorp Philippines is part of the worldwide network of Francorp International, a globally leading franchise development and consulting firm that has helped develop over 3,000 franchise businesses and assisted more than 10,000 companies worldwide in their franchise expansion.


This article is originally published and written by the Business Mirror which can be accessed online at https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/13/microlending-firm-gains-ground-in-franchising/

Mang Inasal marks a milestone anew with opening of 600th store

Posted at November 18, 2019

Mang Inasal (MI), one of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC)’s fastest-growing brands, celebrated another milestone as it formally opened its 600th store last November 8.

The newest home of the 2-in-1 sa Laki at Nuot-sa-Sarap Chicken Inasal opened at J.P Laurel National Highway Purok 1 Barangay Tambo Lipa City, Batangas.

Lipa City Vice Mayor Mark Aries Luancing (center) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Mang Inasal’s (MI) 600th store in Tambo, Lipa, Batangas. He is accompanied by JFC Country Business Group Head for the Philippines Joseph Tanbuntiong (third from right), MI Business Unit Head Jojo Subido (third from left), and (from left) Franchisee Eric Reyes, MI South Luzon RBU Head Lelette Minerales, Restaurant Manager Evangeline Ebora, and Managing Director Eugene Reyes.

JFC Country Business Group Head for the Philippines Joseph Tanbuntiong and MI’s Business Unit Head Jojo P. Subido led the store blessing on November 7. They were joined by Lipa City Vice-Mayor Mark Luancing and the representative of Mayor Eric Africa, Atty. Willy Rivera, MI Regional Business Unit Head for South Luzon Lelette A. Minerales, MI South Luzon Operations Director Lucy Salazar, MI Tambo Lipa Franchisee Eric Reyes, MI Tambo Lipa Managing Director Eugene Reyes, and MI Tambo Lipa Restaurant Manager Evangeline Ebora.

To further create excitement over the new store, Mang Inasal worked jointly with Filipino visual artist Paulina Luz Sotto for the commemorative design of the 600th store marker and Pinoy jeepney art installation. Sotto is the grandchild of National Artist Arturo Luz, whose family hails from Lipa. The artwork was an abstract representation of Mang Inasal’s journey towards becoming a national icon in the quick-service restaurant industry.

Mang Inasal customers followed the jeepney art installation that marked the Road to 600th countdown. It started from the 591st store that opened in Quezon Boulevard, Manila. Then it moved through: Maranding, Lanao del Norte; Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte; Tacloban, Leyte; Olongapo, Zambales; Dagupan, Pangasinan; Tabuk, Kalinga; Rosario, Cavite; and Fairview, Quezon City.

Subido says, “We are honored to share this feat with our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and committed franchise business partners whose patronage and support saw us through the past 15 years.

“Our journey as an enterprise was made more memorable with all of you helping us make true Mang Inasal’s commitment to provide best-tasting, high quality, value-for-money food and a dining experience where our customers relish the uninhibited joy of eating,” Subido adds.

This article is originally published and written by the INQUIRER.net which can be accessed online at https://business.inquirer.net/283643/mang-inasal-marks-a-milestone-anew-with-opening-of-600th-store-2