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Returning to the office? Never get ‘hangry’ by having these snacks and drinks on hand

It always pays to be prepared when hunger pangs hit you at work! When working from home, you can quickly get snacks from the kitchen or from the nearest sari-sari store, or order them via food delivery apps — but not so much when you’re back in the office. It’s best to stuff your bag — or locker — with ready-to-eat snacks and ready-to-drink beverages so you always have something delicious on hand.

No one wants to be that “hangry” (hungry and angry) one whose energy and productivity get affected because there’s no food or drink to perk them up. Here are some snacks and drinks you can cop from the supermarket so you’ll never go “hangry” at work: Jack ‘n Jill Presto Creams Feel like you’re losing your focus at work because you’re hangry? If lunch can’t come any quicker, you can grab Presto Creams from your bag.

Not only is this treat filling, but it can also help give you the mental focus you need at work because it’s rich in B Vitamins! This delicious cookie sandwich has a yummy peanut butter filling so you’ll surely enjoy every bite. Chicharron ni Mang Juan Espesyal Suka’t Sili For your mid-afternoon slump, Chicharron ni Mang Juan Espesyal Suka’t Sili is the way to go!

This crunchy, tasty snack captures asim-anghang sarap in every bite and will surely push you to keep going! It’s also good for sharing, too, so might as well get the party pack! Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 During particular busy hours, one snack that can help you pull through is Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9. This can be your go-to snack during those hangry moments or those times when you simply want to treat yourself for a job well done at the office.

Your workdays are bound to get sweeter with this delicious treat! Great Taste Choco Calling all coffee lovers! You’ll want Great Taste Choco as part of your workday caffeine selection. It’s an indulgent choco-flavored coffee that can help give you that boost of happy energy as you work. It’s affordable, easy to prepare, and totally satisfying with its delicious, rich chocolate coffee taste. C2 Milk Tea No doubt milk tea is one of those drinks you’ll crave when you need a pick-me-up. Happy feels? C2 Milk Tea is all you need!

Enjoy it in your favorite flavors: Wintermelon, Chocolate, and Caramel. Each one is brewed from natural green tea leaves and real milk so you know it’s legit! Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has been delighting Filipinos with its wide range of delicious and high-quality snacks and drinks. Remember to stock up on your URC faves so you won’t get “hangry” during long days at work!

Shop for URC products in grocery stores and supermarkets nationwide, as well as online via URC’s stores at Lazada, Shopee, and Zalora. Get your stash of these yummy treats so you always have something delicious on hand.

Your Pre-Holiday Shopping Starts Now! Tips on how to score up to 44% on Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day and Lazada 9.9 Mega Brands Sale

XTREME Appliances, the country’s leading local one-stop shop appliance brand – kicks off “ber” months with great deals of up to 44% off from September 9 to 11, 2022 on Lazada and Shopee.

September marks the start of the longest holiday season in the country. It is the time of the year when you start to plan and shop gifts for your loved ones and yourself. Early pre-holiday promos, discounts, bundles, and all other offerings start showing everywhere – a sign to start ticking off items on your list to avoid the holiday rush.

This 9.9 sale, XTREME Appliances will give you tips on how you can spot great deals or cop up to 44% on their products:

1. Shop for the first 2 hours on September 9 (12:00 AM-2:00 AM)

Visit XTREME Appliances on Shopee anytime between 12:00AM-2:00AM  to get the special promo price on these items:

Shopee Midnight Sale

MODEL NAMESRPSALE PRICEMIDNIGHT SALE
XTREME X-SERIES 600ML Personal Blender with FREE Tumbler (Black)₱995₱735₱720
XTREME X-SERIES 2-Burner Tempered Glass Gas Stove₱2,595₱1,802₱1,767
50cm XTREME X-SERIES Gas Range PRO₱10,990₱8,706₱8,535
XTREME COOL Front Load Combo Washer & Dryer₱48,195₱30,198₱29,606
20L XTREME HOME Digital Microwave Oven₱4,045₱2,872₱2,816
1.8 CU FT XTREME COOL Single Door Refrigerator₱6,245₱4,593₱4,503
0.5HP XTREME COOL Window Type Aircon Manual₱9,895₱6,850₱6,716

Lazada Brand Mega Offers

MODEL NAMESRPSALE PRICEBMO
32-inch XTREME LED TV₱10,995₱7,196₱6,795
43-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱17,995₱12,746₱11,985
50-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱26,995₱20,796₱19,450
55-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱29,995₱23,196₱21,050
32-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱13,995₱11,196₱9,995
43-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱20,495₱16,396₱14,999
50-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱27,795₱22,236₱20,450
55-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱30,995₱24,796₱22,099

2. Catch time-limited deals

Missed the first two hours? No fret! Grab the deal on limited-time promos on these slots:

Lazada Crazy Brand Mega Offers

September 9, 2022 (9AM-1PM) (5PM-7PM) ( 9PM-1:AM)

September 10, 2022 (9AM-1PM) (4PM-6PM) ( 8PM-1AM)

MODEL NAMESRPSALE PRICEBMO
32-inch XTREME LED TV₱10,995₱7,196₱6,795
43-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱17,995₱12,746₱11,985
50-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱26,995₱20,796₱19,450
55-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱29,995₱23,196₱21,050
32-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱13,995₱11,196₱9,995
43-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱20,495₱16,396₱14,999
50-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱27,795₱22,236₱20,450
55-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱30,995₱24,796₱22,09

September 11, 2022 (9AM-1PM) (4PM-6PM) ( 8PM-12AM)

Shopee Flash Sale

September 9, 2022 (7AM-9AM) (1PM-3PM) (8PM-9PM) (11PM-12AM)

MODEL NAMESRPSALE PRICE FLASH SALE
XTREME 600ML X-SERIES PERSONAL BLENDER (BLACK)₱995₱720₱663

September 9, 2022 (6PM-7PM) (10PM-11PM)

MODEL NAMESRPSALE PRICEFLASH SALE
XTREME 600ML X-SERIES PERSONAL BLENDER (WHITE)₱995₱720₱663

3. Take advantage of flexible payment terms

Not enough cash? Pay light monthly installments up to 12 months at 0 to a minimum interest

LazadaLoan

No credit card? No problem! Lazada Loan allows shoppers to buy now and pay later with easy installment plans minus the credit card requirement. You can apply for a loan directly through the Lazada website or app and have your application approved within the same day. Lazada offers flexible installment options to choose from Home credit, JuanHand, TendoPay, billease, Digodo, FlexiFinance, InvestEd, lendpinoy, pletina, UnaPay, and Cashalo. 

Shopee SPayLater

SPayLater is a feature wherein qualified buyers have the option to buy now and pay later or apply for an installment loan of up to 12 months for their Shopee purchases.

Aside from the exciting deal and vouchers, you can purchase a 32-inch XTREME LED TV on 9.9 – 9.11 starting 12 midnight at 0% percent interest for up to 3 months.

4. Watch out for the XTREME Appliances live for exclusive perks

Don’t forget to watch XTREME Appliances’ Shopee and Lazada live on September 8, 2022 at 8:00pm-9:00pm, where you can get a chance to win our newest arrival 1.7L XTREME HOME Electric Kettle (Blue/White). 

So hurry and make sure to save the date and time on your clock and calendar. Grab the perfect opportunity to check out incredible products from XTREME Appliances and take advantage of exciting treats during the Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day and Lazada 9.9 Mega Brand Sale!

To know more about XTREME Appliances, visit us on Facebook, Lazada, Shopee, and XTREME Website.

Cetaphil partners with Watsons for the National Healthy Skin Mission

To celebrate 75 years of being the leaders in the sensitive skin space, Cetaphil has partnered with Watsons for this year’s National Healthy Skin Mission.

A brand whose success is built on creating dermatologist-recommended skincare products for every skin story, this year’s National Healthy Skin Mission is an experimental booth located at SM Makati that will serve as a one-stop shop for all skincare needs and will allow customers to learn from trusted dermatologist experts.

The entire roster of Cetaphil products will be sold at the booth. The master brand Cetaphil is comprised of the iconic Gentle Skin Cleanser, the Gentle Moisturising Lotion, and the Gentle Moisturising Cream. All three products have recently been reformulated with glycerin (to help prevent dryness), niacinamide (to strengthen the skin barrier), and panthenol (to soothe and restore dry skin). 

The Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance line is also present at the booth that focuses on brightening skin the healthy way, with products that are effective yet gentle on the skin. With the Bright Healthy Radiance products, you can be sure to target issues like hyperpigmentation, melanogenesis, even skin tone, and dark spot reduction.

Finally, for baby’s skin, the brand offers the Cetaphil Baby range. It features gentle and tear-free formulations, making bath time with your newborn an enjoyable process. Mommies can also avail of the Cetaphil Baby calendula line, allowing their baby’s to have a healthy start in life. While for those with Atopic Dermatitis, the Cetaphil Pro products are also found at Cetaphil’s National Healthy Skin Mission booth.

Buy any of these products for your sensitive skins (or your baby’s!) and get a chance to spin the wheel to take home more free Cetaphil products. In addition, consumers get a limited Cetaphil tote bag if they buy products worth PHP 1500. You can also bring any empty skincare products, and get free Cetaphil products. Lastly, the brand also offers free Dermatologist consultations.

Cetaphil and Watsons have a lot more in store for you throughout the National Healthy Skin Mission event. On September 5, Mariel Padilla will help moms, especially first-time moms to navigate the world of parenting, while on September 14, Michelle Dywill host a masterclass on how to achieve healthy radiant skin.

Learn more about this year’s National Healthy Skin Mission by tuning in to Cetaphil and Watsons’ Facebook page.

Welcome to DigiCon Valley: Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit

The Internet & Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP)’s DigiCon, the flagship event for the Philippine marketing, advertising, and digital industries is back this year with its new theme: DigiCon Valley, which will take place from October 10 to 14, 2022.

Celebrating innovation, problem-solving, and the entrepreneurial spirit, DigiCon Valley looks ahead to what will be a tipping point in the country’s start-up scene: an increase in investments for Philippine firms in the next three years, much higher compared to what industries received over the past five years combined. 

Four program tracks will set the digital agenda for brands, and, in turn, open doors for those in the digital space to connect with Philippine businesses.

1. Launchpad that will discuss the tools and techniques for digital excellence

2. Hypergrowth that will level-up digital skills and showcase stories of growth from the most successful start-ups

3. Breakthrough that will teach digital strategy and how to think like an innovator

4. Enterprise that will chart what it means to be a digital-first organization.

To give a preview of the upcoming conference, the IMMAP DigiCon Committee was present at a press launch held at The Astbury in Poblacion, on August 31. IMMAP DigiCon Co-Chair, Denise Haak, officially unveiled the theme and program tracks to media guests and sponsors.

IMMAP DigiCon Co-Chair, Trish Elamparo-Esteban, also covered the Program Tracks and introduced this year’s Keynote Speakers, which include Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington; Rappler Founder and the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Maria Ressa; internationally acclaimed marketing expert and academic, Mark Ritson; Design Sprint inventor, Jake Knapp; and Award-winning Global CMO of Dole Sunshine Company, Rupen Desai.

Ritz Tan, who is heading one of IMMAP DigiCon’s programs, also discussed a new addition to this year’s event, After Hours. While the conference itself will be virtual, After-Hours will be night-set face-to-face networking sessions that will allow attendees to meet each other and make business connections. 



For more information about IMMAP DigiCon Valley 2022, please visit our official website at www.digicon.com.ph, and follow their social pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

IMMAP DigiCon Valley 2022 is co-presented by Angkas, and would like to thank the following:

Platinum Sponsors: Manulife Philippines, Share Treats, and TikTok;

Gold Sponsors: Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, Grab Ads, Kroma Entertainment, McDonald’s Philippines and Meta Philippines; and

Silver Sponsors: Digital Turbine, Hepmil Philippines, and Metrobank.

IMMAP DigiCon would also like to thank its media partners:

Platinum Media Partners: Manila Broadcasting Company and Rappler;

Gold Media Partners: CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, AGC Power Holdings, Podcast Network Asia, The New Channel, and The Asian Parent;

Silver Media Partners: Business World, Inquirer.Net, Kroma Entertainment, and The Philippine STAR; and

Event Partners: Creators and Influencers of the Philippines (CICP), Endeavor, and Kickstart Ventures.

Food export show IFEX Philippines returns on site this September

Discover your love affair with Filipino flavors at IFEX Philippines

IFEX Philippines, the country’s long-running and biggest export-oriented food show, is back on the trade show floor at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City from September 22 to 24, 2022.

With the theme “Discover your love affair with Filipino Flavors,” the event is set to offer international food importers, buyers, and aficionados a multi-sensory food experience which has been missed by many at the height of the pandemic. IFEX Philippines is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“This is the first time that IFEX Philippines is going to be back on site since the pandemic in 2020. We look forward to welcoming our participants, especially buyers and guests, and for them to see and taste first hand what the Philippines has to offer in terms of food exports,” said CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran.

It’s a Love Affair

Built on the Filipino concept of a “love affair,” IFEX Philippines 2022 seeks to “pursue and enthrall” participants and guests by capitalizing on the practice of “panliligaw” or local courtship traditions. “Love affair is the heart of Filipino food. We’re tapping into local culture to evoke a sense of discovery and romance in creating a unique Filipino food experience. Through IFEX Philippines, we want to highlight the reasons why Filipino flavors stand out in the world and why the Philippines is a premier destination for food products and ingredients,” said Mediran.

Expected to join the expo are more than 300 companies and enterprises all over the Philippines from the following sectors: beverages; fine food and specialties; fruits and vegetables; biscuits and confectioneries; snacks and crispy savory food products; meat and poultry; dairy products; cereals, grains, and starch; seafood and marine products; organic and natural; raw materials and food ingredients; and allied services.

A Showcase of Familiar and New Flavors

IFEX Philippines 2022 will have multiple trade components including exhibitions, business matching activities, seminars and talks, and special events. The event will also feature a thematic showcase of distinct Philippine food and ingredients, dynamic cooking demonstrations, and product presentations. These on-site activities will be complemented by digital components such as virtual business-to-business (B2B) meetings and online streaming for special events.

This year’s trade show will also introduce a special section named Flavor Finds as its main highlight. It will feature new and innovative products from NXTFOOD PH, the banner for products developed under CITEM’s food innovation program, as well as currently in-demand local products like ube, plant-based food, and handcraft beer among others;​ and new products from select exhibitors.

The event will also pilot CoconutPhilippines, the country branding of the most versatile food produce of the Philippines, through a showcase of coconut products from food SME exporters. CoconutPhilippines is presented through the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP) of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) which aims to increase the productivity of and modernize the country’s coconut industry.

IFEX Philippines 2022 will be held in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Offices in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and CARAGA, as well as the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau, DTI-Foreign Trade Services Corps, Philippine Exporters Foundation Inc. (PHILEXPORT), Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PHILFOODEX), Integrated Food Manufacturers’ Assn. of the Phils. for Productivity (INFOMAPP), and Coconut Farmers & Industry Development Plan (CFIDP).

To learn more about the event, visit IFEXConnect.com or email ifexphilippines@citem.com.ph.

Put AMZProfessional to Work for You

Make Your Life Easier & Put Money in Your Pocket

AMZPro: Developed by 8-Figure Sellers Who Live & Breathe Amazon Every Day

After Andy Slamans began experiencing success selling on Amazon almost a decade ago, he encouraged his nephew, Nate, to give it a try. Eventually, they combined their diverse talents and without outside loans or investors, built an incredibly lucrative, 8-figure Amazon business that’s still growing in leaps and bounds. When Andy, a gregarious, risk-taking, people-pleaser and Nate, a forward-thinking, formally educated financial planner, partnered – the Dream Team was born!

Family means everything to Nate & Andy, and as a result, they don’t just stop at their own success. They’re an Amazon think-tank, sharing their knowledge, providing coaching, and offering services to other entrepreneurs.

Through trial and tribulation, Andy & Nate realized early on that FBA sellers could be losing as much as 3% of their total monthly revenue from a variety of issues including unpaid Amazon reimbursements and negative customer reviews. In fact, early on in their careers, Nate combed through Andy’s account and uncovered thousands of dollars in reimbursements that Andy was owed. As a result, their brain-child, AMZPro, was born. Andy was Nate’s first client and the rest is history, so if you want to boost your profits while avoiding the common pitfalls like Andy did, then it’s time to talk to THE Amazon experts.

AMZPro, is a professional FBA account management service, for FBA sellers just like you. With a client-centered approach, AMZPro will help you sell with confidence and free up your time so you can focus on your business without worrying about back-end reimbursement management. Nate & Andy invite you to be a part of their team and let your personal AMZPro representative optimize your account health & get you the money you deserve.

“Leave the minutia of account management to us, while you focus on building your business. We’ll take a deep dive into your account and deliver the results you deserve.

Our team of experts will comprehensively monitor & manage your account for:

•Reimbursements from Amazon that you are owed

•Negative feedback that needs to be removed

•Prevention of Suspended Listings

•Shipment Reconciliation

•Account Health

•Unfulfilled Inventory

•Vital Operation Reviews

You’ll receive a detailed weekly report with all the important data, so you’ll know exactly what we achieved on your behalf with full transparency.”

AMZPro will make your life easier and put money in your pocket – all for a commission-free, low monthly fee. Not only do they manage your current account; AMZPRO automatically goes back 18 months and thoroughly reviews your data for maximum recovery & profitability. You’ll get what you deserve while ensuring your Amazon essentials are in excellent condition.

From their early days of packing and shipping in their own homes to multi-million-dollar sellers, Nate and Andy know what it’s like to build success from the ground up. They understand that no one has all the skills, knowledge, and time to do everything on their own. Seeking the right help from the right people can be extremely valuable to minimizing problems, maximizing processes and increasing profits.

You can also learn more by visiting Amazing Freedom, the mother company of AMZPro and become an Insider today!

Rotary Club of Greenfield District brings top education leaders in a virtual discussion on school reopening in the new normal

Our panelists from L-R: Rossana Llenado, President, Rotary of Greenfield District Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, President of University of Asia and Pacific Br. Bernard S. Oca, FSC, President of De La Salle University Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DRPH, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of University of Santo Tomas Elena E. Pernia, PhD, Vice-President of Public Affairs, University of the Philippines

The country’s schools have been closed since the start of the pandemic. As schools prepare to reopen soon, the country’s education system is facing a major challenge on how to manage the transition and reopen safely amid risk brought about by the continuing pandemic.

The Rotary Club of Greenfield District on its kick-off activity brings top education leaders in a virtual discussion to share their experiences and learnings of managing their schools at the height of the pandemic and their plans on how to navigate from the online education back to a “new normal” now that the schools are reopening this August.

The Rotary Club of Greenfield District adapted AHEAD Education’s Leadership Strategies for School Managers (LESSM) as one of its core services hosted the virtual discussion entitled “Educators in Action: Adapting to the new culture of education.”

The virtual discussion was led by Br. Bernard S. Oca, FSC, President of De La Salle University, Dr. Elena E. Pernia, PhD, Vice-President of Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines, Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DRPH, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Santo Tomas, Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, President of University of Asia and the Pacific, and Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Rossana Llenado, President and Founder of AHEAD Education, and the Rotary Club of Greenfield District’s President.

“The entire education sector faced an unprecedented major crisis. With COVID-19 making it downright dangerous for students to go to school at the height of the pandemic now transitioning from online education back to face-to-face classes is both imminent and imperative,” said Rossana Llenado.

For more information about The Rotary Club of Greenfield District and other upcoming initiatives, visit www.facebook.com/RotaryGreenfieldDistrict.

Bikers retrace the road to freedom for National Heroes Day

Bikers from Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac and nearby provinces pedaled along the route traversed by the country’s heroes in a fun ride for a cause dubbed, “Ride for Valor.”

The “Ride for Valor” a non-competitive 160 kilometers long bike ride raised funds to save our heroes’ historical markers so that we may remember their sacrifice. The funds will be turned over to the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME) a non-government organization that maintains the kilometer markers of the Bataan Death March from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.

In the past, Bataan Death March markers had been destroyed, uprooted, and neglected due to drainage and other road projects. Ten (10) Death March historical markers in Mariveles, and four (4) in Limay, Bataan have to be relocated soon due to road widening and other repairs.

The Death March markers serve as a reminder of the route taken by Filipino soldiers who defended the country against Japanese forces during World War II some 80 years ago. About 10,000 brave soldiers died along the route; many of the bodies were never identified or recovered.

The ride is part of the 30th anniversary of the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB). PVB is a commercial bank owned by World War II veterans and their families. As part of its charter, PVB allocates 20% of its annual net income for the benefit of its shareholders.

Around 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers and prisoners of war were forced by the Japanese military to march 69 miles from Bataan to Tarlac during World War II. Only some 54,000 persons reached the camp, and around 20,000 died due to starvation, dehydration, diseases, and the brutality of Japanese captors.

For more information, visit www.veteransbank.com.ph.

CEBU HOSTS FIRST REAL ESTATE CONFAB

Over 700 participants mostly composed PRC-registered salespersons nationwide will convene in Cebu City for the first ever Real Estate Salespersons Congress on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. The congress, initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)- registered Accredited Real Estate Salespersons in the Philippines (ACRES Philippines), will gather industry practitioners in the field of real estate selling to formally introduce ACRES Philippines and its Vision and Mission; recognize its interim officers nationwide; charter members and raise awareness and tackle current concerns in real estate selling. ACRES is the country’s first and largest organization of accredited real estate salespersons. Founded in 2021, it supports the endeavors of salespersons in furthering their learnings, ethical standards, protection of their rights to free and fair practice, upliftment of their well-being, and due representation and inclusion on matters of their trade and prosperity.

At present the association has already set up nationwide chapters with interim officers in Metro Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Bicol, Sorsogon, Legaspi, Pampanga, Palawan, Tacloban, Ormoc, Bohol, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Kabankalan, Iloilo, Roxas, Aklan, Calbayog, Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Northern Cebu, Southern Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue, Catbalogan, Davao, General Santos, Caraga, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Surigao, Ozamis, Dipolog, Pagadian, Digos, Iligan and Gingoog. These interim officers will take oath during the congress. Cebu was picked as the host for this year’s Congress to showcase the city’s progressive real estate industry whose vibrance could only be kept and achieved by proactive industry practitioners, including real estate salespersons. According to Anthony Gerard Leuterio, president of A Better Real Estate Philippines (ABREP), the advisory group of ACRES, the formation of ACRES came timely as the real estate sector experiences a rebound from the economic stresses brought about by Covid-19 pandemic. He said unifying all the salespersons involved in real estate will further advance the country’s real estate sector and make it one of the strongest economic pillars amid the headwinds. “Since real estate is a selling business, we also need to get the salespersons onboard and actively involved them in advancing the sector alongside the brokers,” he said.

Leuterio stressed that since real estate salespersons are significant contributors in the continued expansion of the sector, they must be well represented. “These practitioners need to have a voice too, especially when policies and laws are crafted. We need to include them so we could really a ‘Better Real Estate’,” he said. Real estate salespersons comprise the biggest number of professionals in the real estate service. Moreover, ACRES seeks to work harmoniously and collaboratively with the professionals in the real estate service, regulatory agencies, real estate organizations, property companies, policy makers and advocacy groups. Leuterio said the association is keen to work with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) so it can participate on campaigns against illegal salespersons and illegal developers. The group also wants to work with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to promote accreditation to all salespersons involved in real estate selling activities.