Wednesday, July 11, 2018

RCBC Savings Bank awards winners of Save Up and Fly promo

In photo: L-R:  Francis Vincent R. Berdan (RSB Retail Banking Group Head), Arcelie Watiwat and Arlyn Watiwat (Trip to HongKong Winners), Mela Cojuangco (Representative of Trip to Europe Winners), Maria Lourdes Rivera (Trip to Singapore Winner), Rommel S. Latinazo (RSB President and CEO), Jerry Arconado (Representative of Trip to Europe Winners), Maria Vilma U. Garganera (Representative of Trip to Malaysia winners) and Guilberto K. Benedicto (RSB Product Sales and Support Division Head).

Lucky winners of RCBC Savings Bank’s (RSB) Save Up and Fly promo will soon fly to their dream travel destinations this 2018. By simply saving up, winners get to enjoy an all-expense paid trip for two to Europe, Hongkong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Aside from travel packages, pre-loaded RSB MyWallet Visa Prepaid cards were also given out. 
Fifteen depositors were drawn from the raffle last April 23, 2018. RCBC Savings Bank President and CEO, Rommel Latinazo awarded the winners, together with the head of Retail Banking Group, Mr. Francis Vincent Berdan, and head of Product Sales and Support Division, Mr. Guilberto Benedicto during the awarding ceremony last June 7.

The Save Up and Fly Promo was launched in 2017. An RSB Depositor earns a raffle entry for at least P5,000-worth of new or additional deposit, depending on the RSB savings and checking account that was opened. Aside from getting a raffle entry, clients can instantly win a brand new Samsung Phone by opening a new Dragon Savings and Dragon All-in-One Checking account and maintain at least Php 250,000 deposit for 10 months.

The winners of the trip for two to Europe are Maria B. Elefante and Tomas Elefante.  HongKong Trip for two winners is Arjay Watiwat and Antonio Watiwat. Andrea Michaela Lanuza and Gerardo Domenico Antonio Lanuza won the trip for two to Malaysia. Maria Lourdes Rivera, Maria Paula Carolyn Rivera, and Marie Franze Stefanie Rivera won the trip for two to Singapore. MyWallet Cash cards loaded with P3,000 winners are Stephen Edgar Durnien and Jelita Durnien; Lilia Tiu, Alicia Velacion and Oliver Velacion, Ranilo Jose Sioson; April Frances Lapuz, Alejandro Udiong and Angelita Udiong, Rosemarie Lirazan; Rosalina Ngo and Anson Ngo; Cesar Pangilinan; Cyric Tan and Maria Cecilia Tan. 

RCBC Savings Bank (RSB) is the consumer banking arm of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and a member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). It is one of the top thrift banks in the country, with over 150 business and lending centers nationwide. Retail financial services include deposit and investment products, as well as auto and housing loans. For more information on RCBC Savings Bank, visit

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get bonus points for free flights with Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit cards

From hassle-free shopping to convenient bills payment and limitless access to exciting promos, credit card users certainly enjoy the best of what life has to offer. Now, GetGo members can indulge in a lifestyle of luxury and free travel when they apply for their own CEB GetGo Credit Card.

As the most rewarding lifestyle program, GetGo is again making everyday purchases more satisfying by giving away 8,000 bonus points to newly-approved CEB GetGo Credit Cardholders who apply from January 31 to August 31, 2018.

Interested individuals can sign up via or through other UnionBank channels. Once approved, all they have to do is to use their credit cards for a single or accumulated retail spend worth P20,000, register online at and sign up for the new UnionBank Online mobile app via the Apple Store or Google Play. 

With your new CEB GetGo Credit Card, you can embrace a lifestyle of unlimited travels to experience the world the way you want to.

With 8,000 bonus GetGo points, you can book thrilling getaways and make priceless memories at any of the country’s most beautiful provinces. You can fly to Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, and Tagbilaran to discover unique local culture and architectures. You can even spend a weekend at the beach by scoring the best one-way flight deals to Davao, Surigao, and Dumaguete with your GetGo points. Or if you’re up to fly out of the country, you can use your additional 8,000 points to explore Cebu Pacific’s international destinations.

Apply for your own CEB GetGo Credit Card and enjoy exciting benefits - from earning 8,000 bonus points to flying to your dream destination for free!

But wait, there’s more! New CEB GetGo Platinum Credit Cardholders will also receive a unique promo code worth 8,000 GetGo points when they spend another P20,000 worth of single or accumulated purchases using their new credit cards within 65 days from card approval date. They can use this code to get 8,000 points off when booking their flights with GetGo. That’s just P40,000 total spend using CEB GetGo Platinum Credit Card for a total of 16,000 GetGo points!

So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy your next trip with your own CEB GetGo Credit Card. Promo runs until August 31, 2018.

For more information on memberships and partners, visit Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SBMA sees rosy prospects for Subic investments, employment

SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma makes a pitch for Subic Freeport expansion in San Antonio, Zambales. The proposal earned the approval of local officials headed by Mayor Estela Antipolo and Vice Mayor Lugil Ragadio.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) expects to continue attracting foreign direct investments and to generate more jobs this year, as it plans to expand into surrounding communities to accommodate major development projects.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said in a presentation at the recent Subic Labor Congress here that the agency is looking into some 21,000 hectares of land in nearby communities that could be developed for more business ventures.

“We continue to fulfill our mission of attracting investments and generating jobs, even as we are now practically running out of space in the Subic Bay Freeport,” Eisma said.

“We are now in consultation with officials of local government units nearby so that we can develop more areas for trade and business operations,” she added.

Eisma said that foreign direct investments (FDIs) continue to pour into Subic because of the SBMA’s investment promotion program. The latest in the pipeline, she said, include at least four FDI projects worth $10 million from Taiwan, which are separate from the P866-million committed investments approved by the SBMA in the first quarter of this year.

“These companies, which are into manufacturing and recycling, will initially employ at least 260 workers, and these workers would come from our neighbor communities,” Eisma pointed out.

She added that more employment opportunities will be opened with the big-ticket investments that were approved this year. These are the redevelopment of the Binictican Golf Course by a Japanese firm for at least $30 million; redevelopment of the Triboa Clubhouse and facilities by a Taiwanese company for P2 billion; construction of a 400-room five-star hotel and resort for $20 million; and development of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) into a world-class business aviation center for $8 million.

Eisma explained that there are now 1,587 business locators with more than 134,000 workers in the Subic Bay Freeport, and with development largely suitable only within the fenced-in portion of the former Subic Naval Base, the SBMA has to expand into nearby areas to sustain local economic growth.

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“It’s a good thing that the neighboring towns have pledged about 21,000 hectares for these future projects,” Eisma revealed.   

She said these include 9,000 hectares in San Antonio, Zambales, which are ideal for resort development and leisure businesses; 10,000 hectares in San Marcelino, Zambales, for agriculture, mining and quarrying; 500-600 hectares in Subic, Zambales for factories, agriculture, and energy; and 500 hectares in Castillejos, Zambales for light to medium industry, and warehousing.

Meanwhile, the city of Olongapo pledged 900 hectares for housing, light industry, and tourism, while Hermosa, Bataan allotted 505 hectares for light to heavy industry, renewable energy, metal industry, and vehicle assembly/auction.

SBMA records indicate that the Subic Bay Freeport Zone recorded a 14% increase in employment last year when its active workforce reached a total of 128,200, compared to 112,600 in 2016.

Most of the workers in the Subic Freeport come from the neighboring areas of Olongapo City, which accounts for 36%; Zambales, 27%; and Bataan, 12%.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

State-of-the-art CCTV system up in Subic Freeport

 SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma, along with other SBMA officials, views images fed live through a CCTV system at the SBMA Law Enforcement Department’s control room on Sunday.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has installed a state-of-the-art monitoring system that provides a live feed of images from remote surveillance areas all around the Subic Freeport to boost security operations and public safety here.

The system consisted of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in various areas of the Freeport that are viewed from a bank of monitors and a LED (light-emitting diode) wall at the SBMA Law Enforcement Department (LED) command center.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma inspected the new monitoring system on Sunday, along with SBMA Deputy Administrator Rani Cruz, LED Manager Vicente Tolentino, and LED Operations Chief Gerardo Johnson, and observed how the system is operated remotely.

Aside from watching the live streaming of videos taken from some of the busiest areas in the Freeport, Eisma also tried the public address system hook-up installed in areas like the Boardwalk Activity Center and the Malawaan Park and reminded visitors to pick up their trash before leaving the area.

The system allows the simultaneous viewing of live images from 96 different camera angles.

“It’s quite impressive,” SBMA chief described the system. “And I hope that this will be something really effective not only in crime prevention but also in promoting public safety and environmental protection in the Freeport,” she added.

Eisma also pointed out that the SBMA’s modern monitoring system was made possible with funding from Common Use Service Area (CUSA) fees collected by the Subic agency from business locators, residents, as well as tourists entering the Freeport.

“Now that we have this state-of-the-art monitoring system, violators can easily be detected and apprehended. Subic is known for its strict enforcement of traffic rules, as well as for its high level of security, and this system brings us to a higher level of police work,” she added.

According to SBMA police chief Vicente Tolentino, most of the tourist sites in the Freeport are now covered by the CCTV system that was recently installed by Wireless Link Technologies, Inc., a leading wireless technology provider based in Manila.

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Aside from these, PLDT Subictel has also installed CCTVs at the sentry posts of three housing areas in Subic: Binictican, Kalayaan, and Cubi.

The SBMA will be paying for the system installation contracted out to Wireless Link Technologies, but the cameras provided by PLDT Subictel were for free, Eisma said.

All these CCTVs are monitored 24/7 by LED officers inside the command center, Tolentino said, adding that the system will allow police officers to closely monitor areas for any illegal activity and give them faster reaction time to apprehend suspects.

“We want people to know that the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is one of the safest places in the country, where they could relax without fear of being accosted by criminal elements. At the same time, we want criminal elements to know that we are ready for them and that we can monitor their every move here,” Tolentino said.

The SBMA police head added that the more security monitoring systems will be put in place in other areas of the Freeport under the second phase of the agency’s CCTV program.

RCBC Savings Bank awards winners of Save Up and Fly promo

I n photo: L-R:  Francis Vincent R. Berdan (RSB Retail Banking Group Head), Arcelie Watiwat and Arlyn Watiwat (Trip to HongKong Winne...