Int’l fintech firm Payoneer supports Geeks on a Beach for the second year



International financial technology firm Payoneer is supporting the global startup conference Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) for the second straight year as one of this year’s most awaited event’s silver sponsors.


Miguel Warren, Payoneer Philippines Country Manager, said the company is delighted to once more take part in this year’s GOAB which will be held at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines on August 24-25, 2017.


“We are in Geeks on a Beach to talk about the huge potential of e-commerce, freelancing, and outsourcing in the Philippines; and how Payoneer can help these fields with their online and cross-border payments.” said Warren.


This year’s GOAB, which has been done annually since its first staging in Boracay Island in 2013, again promises to bring together some of the biggest names of the tech, design, and startup world from across the world.


“We really like to see the kind of folks gathered together in Palawan for the Geeks on a Beach – startups, techies, and corporates – to see how we can help them facilitate payments on an easy, convenient, and cost-efficient way,” said Warren.


Warren is part of the panel on “Corporate Digital Transformation: Becoming Victorious in a Collision between Businesses and Today’s Challenging Digital Forces” during the second day of the GOAB conference.


His fellow panelists include Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay Corporation, Arup Maity of BlastAsia & Xamun Inc., Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Ramon Escueta of Philippine Chamber of Commerce, and Annabelle Ong of the Puerto Princesa Chamber of Commerce.


This panel is especially envisioned for corporates and businesses wishing to jumpstart their digital innovation by incorporating automated processes and tools, using software to reach out to new customers and expand profits, harnessing the power of social media and digital marketing techniques to increase revenue and boost their branding, and partnering with experienced and trusted digital experts.


PLDT, Smart, Voyager, PayMaya, ePLDT, Smart DevNet, PLDT Enterprise, and PLDT Innolab, Ideaspace and QBO are supporting GOAB as co-presenters while ASPACE Philippines is co-producer. GOAB is held in partnership with the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Palaweño ICT Association, and DOST-PCIEERD.


GOAB is organized by, powered by, branding by Happy Garaje, and pr by PRWorks.   For registration or partnership information or further details, visit, follow on Twitter/Facebook Geeks On A Beach, or contact

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines partner to help sari-sari store owners.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines partner to help sari-sari store owners. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines recently launched the ‘Angat Kita’ program, a micro-entrepreneur development program that aims to assist sari-sari storeowners by equipping them with necessary entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that will help them generate more income. The ‘Angat Kita’ program is in line with the Department’s thrust to assist micro entrepreneurs around the country. In her speech, DTI-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya noted the increase of Filipinos engaged in sari-sari store business to provide their families steady income. Maglaya added that DTI and Procter & Gamble will provide additional assistance to help sari-sari store owners grow their business into grocery stores. “That is actually what DTI wants to happen to our micro entrepreneurs—our sari-sari store owners. We do not want you to stay that way. If you increase your income, your sari-sari store or grocery will eventually become supermarkets. That’s really what the DTI wants to happen,” Maglaya said. In photo are (L-R) City Mandaluyong City Business Permits and Licensing Department Chief Catherine De Leon Arce, Procter & Gamble Philippines (P&G) General Manager Shankar Viswanathan and DTI-ROG Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya.

First Bohol Coastal-wide Dive Forum


The Province of Bohol through the Bohol Tourism Office conducted of Bohol’s first ever “Coastal-wide Dive Forum” on August 11, 2017 at Bohol Plaza Resort, Dayo Hill, Dauis, Bohol.

The forum was in partnership with the Bohol Provincial Tourism Council (PTC), Inc. and the Panglao Association of Dive Operators (PADO) has taken new steps in its efforts for sustainable tourism development.

LGU environment and tourism officers, representatives of Municipal and Provincial Tourism Councils, headed by Atty. Lucas M. Nunag, scientists, national agency representatives from the Department of Tourism, Department of  Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Coast Guard, PNP Tourist Police and employees of the provincial government attended the forum.

Also present and facilitated the workshop, were private sector stakeholders many of whom are dive operators all over the province, hotel and resort owners, business groups and individuals advocates for Bohol’s sustainable environment and inclusivity of business practices.

Jo Cabarrus, Head of the Bohol Tourism Office welcomed the participants and gave the forum’s statement of purpose. Atty. Mitchell John Boiser, Acting Provincial Administrator and the Provincial Legal Officer in behalf of the Governor speaks of the forum as timely, considering that the diving industry in our province is flourishing with the influx of tourists who come to Bohol to experience one of the best dive sites in the country. Aside from Balicasag being famous as a world-class dive spot, there are other sites like Cabilao, Anda, Jagna and many more that offer the same exhilarating experience.  He emphasized that the diving industry and the community need to be conscientious in creating balance between tourism development and ecological preservation and that government needs to lay down the rules and implement them and for stakeholders and implementers to follow such enactments.

The forum aimed to instill the importance of marine resource conservation for environmental sustainability and formulate appropriate legislations thereto; raised issues and concerns besieging the diving industry. In the workshop conducted, strategies were generated for the development of a uniform marine life protection policies and standards by all MLGUs and ensure that players in the industry comply with such diving industry operations.

“Protecting the resources in the coastal vicinity of Bohol is a shared responsibility between and among LGUs, local communities, NGOs and private sector. If the marine resources are properly managed, sustainable economies will last not only in this generation but also unto the future.”, according to Neil Antoque, a Marine Biologist and Coastal Extension Officer of DENR Bohol, who gave an input on the Science of Coral Reef Ecosystem, its Relationship to the Diving Industry and The Relevant Enabling Policies, Rules and Regulations in Marine Conservation for Livelihood Development.

As best practice model in diving operation, Mr. Holger Horn, President of PADO, shared the Status/Profile of the Diving Industry in Panglao and their Efforts to Save Panglao Dive Sites for Sustainability.  On the part of government, Panglao, Coastal Resource Management Officer (CRMO), Darwin Menorias, presented the CRM Initiatives in Marine Conservation vis-à-vis Diving Industry Operations.

The following next steps were noted down:  (1) Creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) for a future Bohol Dive Expo; (2) a unified ordinance/legislation (relative to marine conservation, diving regulations and incorporation of diving policies in the Bohol Tourism Code), (3) a Position Paper to DOT so strengthen PCSSD/to establish Regional Offices to facilitate accreditation applications and (4) the establishment of a community-based monitoring task force.

Ms. Liza Quirog, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Governor and Head of the SEEM Cluster, a dive enthusiast and a conservationist at heart, in her closing statements, remarked, that “in order to make our aspirations happen, we can only depend and raise our expectations on the things that we can control. Let us not expect or put to task people who or agencies which are not under our control. For we can only make sure that things are done because WE CAN DO it ourselves or that the agencies or personalities that are mandated to do them are under our systems; either of the Philippine government or under our community’s influence”.


The workshop closed with the signing of the Commitment- ‘to act collectively to conserve and sustainably use our seas, coasts and marine resources for sustainable development’, by all the participants.

Finalists of the Asian Hospital Management Awards 2017 announced


418 entries from 102 hospitals in 17 countries

Manila, Philippines, 9 August 2017 – Hospital Management Asia (HMA) announced the finalists of the 16thAsian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA). Hosted by leading health technology company, Philips, the awards received 418 entries from 102 hospitals in 17 countries in Asia Pacific and the winners will be awarded on Thursday, 24th August 2017 at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Philippines.

For sixteen years now, AHMA has been recognizing hospitals in Asia that have implemented outstanding programs and best practices that served patients, hospital employees, and the community. Thirteen awards categories were vied for.

The AHMA 2017 finalists will be displaying posters of their respective programs during the two-day Hospital Management Asia conference on August 23 and 24 at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Philippines. The poster display will offer a venue for the finalists to share the benefits of their winning programs with the HMA community.

The awarding ceremony of AHMA 2017 is hosted by Philips and will take place during the Awards Gala Dinner at Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila, Philippines on the evening of August 24, Thursday.

For the list of AHMA 207 finalists, please visit:

Learn more about AHMA award categories and criteria at:

About HMA

HMA was awarded the MARK OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE BEST OPERATIONS TEAM in the Global Conference Awards 2015 and BEST MANAGED EVENT in the Asian Conference Awards 2013, organized by the London-based Global Conference Network. This year, HMA is a finalist in BEST AWARDS EVENT CATEGORY in the Global Conference Awards 2017. HMA, now in its 16th year, is the largest educational event for healthcare managers in Asia, organized by Clarion Events. HMA 2017 is co-hosted by the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines and supported by Siemens Healthineers, Joint Commission International, Philips, GE Healthcare, Microsoft, Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, VK Architects & Engineers, Orion Health, Elsevier, Workplace by Facebook, the Institute of Healthcare Leadership and Management, Superior A.R.T, Tektone, United Technologies, Practo and a number of national associations and organizations across Asia. For more information on Hospital Management Asia, please visit




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Asian Hospital Management Awards 2017

List of Finalists

(Alphabetically ordered)


List also available here: AHMA 2017 Finalists

CATEGORY: Bio Medical / Facilities Maintenance Project

  • Hoan My Medical Corporation (Vietnam)
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals (India)
  • Medcare Hospital Dubai (United Arab Emirates)


CATEGORY: Clinical Service Project

  • Apollo Hospitals, Chennai (India)
  • Medcare Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital (India)
  • Sterling Addlife India Pvt Ltd (India)


CATEGORY: Community Involvement Project

  • Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (Hong Kong)
  • Medanta, The Medicity Hospital (India)
  • Princess Margaret Hospital (Hong Kong)


CATEGORY: Cost Reduction Project

  • Hoan My Medical Corporation (Vietnam)
  • Max Healthcare Institute Limited (India
  • National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (Singapore)
  • National University Hospital (Singapore
  • RK. Charitas Hospital Palembang (Indonesia)


CATEGORY: Customer Service Project

  • Apollo Speciality Hospitals (India)
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals (India)
  • Makati Medical Center (Philippines)


CATEGORY: Innovations in Healthcare Technology Project

  • Aster DM Healthcare (United Arab Emirates)
  • Dr. Ramesh cardiac & Multispeciality Hospital Pvt. Ltd (India)
  • KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital (Malaysia)


CATEGORY: Innovations in Hospital Management Project

  • Aga Khan University Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Apollo Hospitals (India)
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore)


CATEGORY: Mobile and Online Services Project

  • Caritas Medical Centre, Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)
  • Integrated Health Information Systems (Singapore)
  • West China Hospital of Sichuan University (China)


CATEGORY: Nursing Excellence Project

  • Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals (India)
  • Fortis Hospitals Ltd (India)
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore)
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore)


CATEGORY: Innovations in Healthcare IT

  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals (India)
  • North District Hospital (Hong Kong)
  • Philippine Heart Center (Philippines)
  • Rajagiri Hospital (India)
  • West China Hospital of Sichuan University (China)


CATEGORY: Patient Safety Project

  • Johns Hopkins Singapore (Singapore)
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore)
  • National University Hospital (Singapore)
  • Prince of Wales Hospital, Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City (Philippines)


CATEGORY: Physician Leadership Project

  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore)
  • Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital (India)
  • The Medical City (Philippines)


CATEGORY: Talent Development Project

  • Apollo Speciality Hospital OMR (India)
  • Farrer Park Hospital (Singapore)
  • Fortis Hospital Mulund (India)
  • Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)
  • Lorma Medical Center (Philippines)

AirAsia is Geeks on a Beach official airline partner

AirAsia Philippines is the official airline partner of this year’s Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech and startup confab.


This year’s edition of GOAB, renowned for its unconventional work and play by the beach format, will be held in Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on August 24-25.


AirAsia, which has been supporting GOAB since 2015, is servicing several flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan from Manila and has recently introduced flights from Davao and Cebu to Palawan last April.


“For the third straight year, AirAsia is supporting GOAB as part of our efforts to support promising startups and grow the tech scene in the Philippines,” said Captain Dexter Comendador CEO of AirAsia Philippines.


The airline, known as Asia’s leading and largest low-cost carrier, is also renowned for transforming air travel into a more convenient experience with tech innovations like web, mobile app, e-boarding pass and kiosk services.


“By giving startups, creatives, and tech entrepreneurs a global stage for new learnings and opportunities for meeting potential partners, GOAB has more than made a difference and we are thrilled to partner with AirAsia, a truly Asean airline and a global brand,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks Founder and GOAB Lead Organizer.


Some of the brightest minds in the industry from the USA, Singapore and other countries will be present at this year’s GOAB. Invited to speak are Yobie Benjamin of and, Chris McCann of Greylock Partners, Kay-Mok Ku of Gobi Ventures, Manny Ayala of Endeavor, Aldo Carrascoso of GylcoProX Biosciences, Prasad Vanga of Anthill Ventures, Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay Corporation Miguel Perez of Ayannah, Jason Torres of, and Chris Tran of North Ridge Partners. 


PLDT, Smart, Voyager, PayMaya, ePLDT, Smart DevNet, PLDT Enterprise, and PLDT Innolab, and Ideaspace are supporting GOAB as co-presenters while ASPACE Philippines is co-producer. GOAB is held in partnership with the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Palaweño ICT Association, and DOST-PCIEERD. 


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