947 rice-producing towns to get P5-million aid Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Some 947 rice-producing towns in the country will receive P5 million worth of farm equipment and machinery annually to assist farmers under the law creating the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday. Villar, chairperson of the committee on agriculture and food, said there is a P5-billion RCEF for the procurement of farm equipment through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), which will be divided among rice-producing municipalities. She said Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law mandates programs designed to protect farmers and improve their competitiveness, and the distribution of farm equipment such as tillers, tractors, seeders, threshers, rice planters, harvesters and irrigation pumps to … [Read more...] about 947 rice-producing towns to get P5-million aid
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How many of us have encountered these frustrating situations? Scenario 1: You are exhibiting at a travel fair and your customers have spent hours there to decide on destinations and travel packages. But before your customers can confirm their booking, they have to join a snaking queue to pay a deposit because there are a limited number of payment counters on site, and the transaction process is slow. Scenario 2: You have a line of customers queuing at your counter to make payment for their lunch order. The bill for the customer that is currently first in line is $6.70, and you can only accept cash at your food stall. You can’t help but notice that your customer is self-conscious as he fumbles for notes and coins in his wallet to pay you the exact amount, while the hungry diners behind him look on in frustration. Scenario 3: Your staff is at a customer appointment for an aircon maintenance service and the serviceman is waiting outside the customer’s door as the customer has … [Read more...] about How does DBS MAX help businesses address customer service woes?
Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
Owners of Japan's ubiquitous convenience stores are facing a business model-threatening crisis as they grapple with the nation's demographic and labor challenges. "I love working under the 7-Eleven logo, and there is no doubt Japanese society needs convenience stores. But, honestly, headquarters has not kept pace with changes in society," said Atsushi Nara, who for 37 years has owned Seven-Eleven stores in Ibaraki Prefecture, east of Tokyo. As the 58-year-old Nara says, convenience stores, all 58,000 of them nationwide, have increasingly become a part of the Japanese social fabric since the first 7-Eleven Japan Co. store opened in 1974, the services and readily accessible products they provide now integral to people's lives. But Japan's severe worker shortages and rising labor costs have laid bare the shortcomings of 7-Eleven's upper management, demonstrating how the sole pursuit of revenue in businesses that operate around the clock is a fatal flaw, analysts point out. It is not just … [Read more...] about 7-Eleven struggling in face of Japan’s labor, population woes
MANILA, Philippines — On the fourth floor of an offshore gaming firm somewhere in Paranaque City, a sprawling cafeteria serves a variety of Chinese food. At mealtime, hundreds of workers form long queues beside rows of chafing dishes filled with everything Chinese – fresh, leafy Chinese broccoli, beef stew, Chinese fried rice, crunchy, yellow noodles and a variety of dimsum and dumplings. A Chinese chef, aided by a team of Filipino cooks, is in charge of preparing the daily menu. The cafe serves all 7,000 Chinese employees of the online company who work on two 12-hour shifts to ensure the gaming entity’s 24/7 operations. Not far from the mess hall is a small booth selling milk tea, a popular beverage in Taiwan that has become a craze among Filipinos and Chinese alike. On the same floor is a convenience store catering exclusively to employees of the gaming company. Within the offices are bright red Chinese lanterns, corners with tables for tea and wall hangings bearing … [Read more...] about Special Report : Inside a Philippine offshore gaming company