Smart reminds subscribers to stay vigilant vs criminals

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Amid reports that unscrupulous individuals have been trying to commit crimes by posing as telco repairmen, mobile leader Smart Communications has given tips on how to protect yourselves from being victimized:

·         Do not entertain contractors/repairmen when you do not have a pending request for repair or troubleshooting. Relay the same advice to the rest of the household, including helpers.

·         If you have indeed requested such services from your fixed line or mobile service provider, please get the exact day and time their personnel would arrive.

·         Once the repairmen arrive, check their IDs and scrutinize the details of their Service Order before letting them into your house. Take a picture of their vehicle’s plate number.

Remember that scammers can still victimize you even without personal contact. Here are tips on how to outsmart them:

Be wary of people asking you to send an SMS to 808 or 2292. 808 is Smart’s official Pasaload number, while 2292 is Sun’s Give-A-Load number. If someone tells you to send a text message to this number in exchange for prizes, refunds, discounts, or free prepaid load, do not be fooled. You would only be sending your precious mobile credits to that scammer.

To protect subscribers, Smart and Sun now require them to confirm Pasaload and Give-A-Load requests to make sure they are aware that they are making the transactions.

Be extra careful when dealing with callers or texters using unknown numbers, especially when they tell you that you’ve won a raffle or promo that you did not even join in the first place. Please note that Smart always notifies its promo winners via registered mail and a call from phone number 7777. When in doubt, you may verify Smart promos by calling *888 using your Smart mobile or tweeting @SmartCares.
Verify the identity of people claiming to be your relatives. Don’t just believe anyone who claims to be your relative from abroad who has a new roaming number. Get in touch with your loved ones through their old numbers to verify.

Verify emergency claims. If someone calls to tell you your loved one has been involved in an emergency and needs money immediately, do not panic. Call the said loved one to confirm that you’re not being scammed.

Be careful with personal details. Do not post the details and photos of your identification cards such as passport, driver's license, TIN, etc. on social media.

Do background checks on online sellers and people offering loans and investments over the Internet. Consult experts before making transactions and parting with your hard-earned money.

To report text scams, please get in touch with the National Telecommunications Commission's One Stop Public Assistance Center (NTC OSPAC) via landline number (02) 921 3251 or (02) 926 7722 or email address ospac@ntc.gov.ph[END]
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KonsultaMD Hotline: Bringing Medical Information Closer to the People

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Self medication is a common practice in the Philippines where a large percentage of the population relies on folk medicines, unfounded advice from family and friends, traditional cures, or even the internet instead of going to a doctor or medical practitioner.
The behavior is a result of lack of experienced healthcare professionals in the country addition to under-resourced public hospitals, poor health infrastructure, limited accessibility and the cost of medical consultation. Currently, the Philippines only has about three doctors to every 100,000 patients in rural areas and seven doctors for every 100,000 patients in urban areas.

Thus KonsultaMD was create to bring positive change to the Philippine healthcare industry with its 24/7 health hotline designed to make medical information more accessible, efficient and affordable to majority Filipinos.KonsultaMD is being operated by Global Telehealth, Inc., an affiliate of leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom and Salud Interactiva, a leader in the health hotline space in Mexico.
KonsultaMD addresses two of nine areas in the healthcare spectrum identified by a global consultancy and research firm as having the biggest potential for disruption and transformation – “care anytime, anywhere” and “cost of care/operation innovations.” 

With KonsultaMD, Filipinos from all walks of life especially those at the base of the pyramid, will have access to a reliable source of medical information anytime they want and wherever they are in the country without spending a lot of time and money.

“We are addressing the pain points in Philippine health care by pulling together a team of skilled and licensed Filipino doctors who are readily available to provide medical assessment, basic healthcare and permissible medication over the phone. Not only do we feel that the local market is ready for this kind of service, we feel there is a great need for it considering the low doctor to patients ratio in the country,” said Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc.

KonsultaMD provides straightforward help with health and medical-related questions. This includes medical information to common but important questions on pregnancy, infant and/or toddler care, fever and other general ailments, signs and symptoms, diet, and other concerns.

However, KonsultaMD does not replace face-to-face interaction between doctors and patients but only serves as a means of interim care so that the public can have immediate and affordable medical attention. 

KonsultaMD is available to Globe and TM customers at affordable subscription plans. Globe Postpaid customers only need to pay a subscription fee of Php150 per month which can be used by up to four additional household members. Globe Prepaid and TM customers may subscribe for Php15 a week, Php60 a month, Php120 every 2 months or Php180 a quarter. Subscription fee is waived for Platinum Elite members. Calls using Globe or TM are charged Php1 per minute while calls within Metro Manila via landline are currently free. Non-Globe users have to pay the standard NDD rate for calls outside Metro Manila or regular mobile to landline rate, whichever is applicable.

All Globe consumer postpaid, prepaid and TM customers may subscribe by signing up at www.konsulta.md, by calling (02) 79880 or by visiting a Globe Store. Platinum Elite members may subscribe via their Platinum Relationship Manager. Non-Globe users may visit a Globe Store.


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BPI kicks-off Lifestyle Madness in Cagayan De Oro

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES–The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) once again aimsto make the best ‘life goals’ happen for Filipinos as it unveils another edition of its BPI Lifestyle Madness events in Cagayan De Oro City on March 4-6, 2016.

BPI Lifestyle Madness is where the country’s top automotive, real estate, franchising and electronic brands join forces with BPI to give Filipinos the convenience of a one-stop-shop, whether it be for a new car or house, new business, investment opportunities, or simply a lifestyle upgrade.

Now on its third year, BPI is making it more exciting as Lifestyle Talks and consultations are scheduled throughout the event. The bank’s financial advisers are also on hand to explain how its products and services can help improve their lives and achieve their financial aspirations.

Apart from BPI’s deposit and investment products, the bank’s Auto Loan, Housing Loan,Ka-Negosyo Loan, Personal Loan, and BPI-Philam Life Insurance offerings are available during these events.

BPI Credit Card holders can also avail of items at 0% interest rate, pay up to 12 months in installments, and even get double the credit limit of their credit card, ideal for big-ticket purchases.Those who don’t have a BPI Credit Card yet may avail of the BPI Free-for-Life Credit Card* at the event. They may simply drop by the BPI Credit Card booth and fill-out an application form. With the BPI Free-for-Life Credit Card, they will never have to worry about paying annual fees—for life!

The‘Madness’ caravan serieswill run from March 4 to 6 at the Centrio Mall in Cagayan De Oro; April 1 to 4 at the CSI City Mall in Dagupan, Pangasinan and Veranza Mall in General Santos City.

ABOUT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Bank of the Philippine Islands, the first bank in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, is a commercial bank with an expanded banking license. BPI provides diverse financial services that include deposit taking and cash management, asset management, securities brokerage, foreign exchange and capital markets investments, bancassurance, corporate lending, leasing, and investment banking. BPI has significant financial strength, with strong Tier 1 capital adequacy ratios and profitability, underpinned by a strong risk management regime. BPI is rated investment-grade by international credit ratings agencies.