UREKA Mega Manila Forum at the SM Megamall

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Is it time for blogs to be ‘business ready for the future?’

This may spark a lot of arguments and debates whether blogs should be business-ready and be registered as business entity.

This million-dollar question occur to us during our attendance at the UREKA Mega Manila Forum which was held last February 25 in Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall.

UREKA Mega Manila is UnionBank of the Phllippines and its partners e-commerce forum to encourage MSMEs to transform their brick-and-mortar business into brick-and-click models into the digital space.

As we go around the exhibit we stumbled into the booths of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Taxumo and we got quite curious that we questioned ourselves ‘what-ifs’ our blog should apply for a DTI Business Certificate, BIR Registration, and avail of Taxumo’s online tax services.


With DTI’s satellite offices, anybody with an intention to register under a Sole Proprietorship may apply and secure a Business Name online and the payment now is very convenient. An applicant who has an ATM under the Bancnet group or a GCash account can easily pay the required fees by the DTI. The Business Certificate is valid up to five years.


Taxumo is a mobile app that can help easily track a business’ income and express online. It serves as the business owner’s own “accountant” for the purpose of quickly autofill the tax paperwork and to pay the tax dues anytime, anywhere.

Taxumo is perfect for freelancers, self-employed professionals, and small businesses’ best end-to-end, do-it-yourself online tax assistance platform.

These two, DTI and Taxumo are just among the things that freelancers and business owners should consider when starting their businesses and when to start making money online, in accordance with government and business law.

We mentioned them here so that any ‘brick-and-mortar’ and ‘brick-and-click’ business models may take the advantage on growing their businesses whether online or a physical store. This is just a step for micrp, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be welcome into the digital space and be ‘Business Ready for the Future.”

Hosted by RJ Ledesma and Christine Jacob-Sandejas, UREKA Mega Manila is a whole day event with topics dealing on how to build and start e-commerce and how to prepare one’s e-commerce ecosystem. Speakers like John Cary Ong (SVP, Head of Transaction Bankign Center, UnionBank); Arturo Boncato, Jr. (Assec, DTI); Albert Mitch Locsin ( VP and Head of SME Business, PLDT SME Nation); Sheila Lina (President and CEO Shopinas); Yasmin Vasquez (Division Head of Retail Sales and Business Development, Air21); Robertson “Dick” Chang (COO/CTO, DragonPay); Rajan Uttamchandani (COO, Esquire Financing Inc.); Brad Geiser (Creative Director & Chief Innovation Officer, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications, Inc.); Eugene Arboleda (CEO, Taxumo); and many more reached out to the audience inside the Megatrade Hall through UREKA Forum, in line with UnionBank’s digital transformation mandate as ite nables MSMEs to do E-Commerce and help them achieve financial inclusion. The project is aligned with DTI’s 2020 E-commerce Roadmap.

MSMEs represent 95 percent of the country’s registered businesses and employ 62 percent of the labor force. However, only one percent of all MSMEs in the Philippines have a working website. This is why UnionBank and its consortium partners decided to conduct the UREKA Forum.

“Majority of the customers can be found online, and the percentage of the MSMEs having a website clearly shows the disconnect with the current market. We aim to bridge this disconnect and enable MSMEs to utilize E-commerce to reach more customers,” said UnionBank Executive Vice President, Genaro Lopez.

During the forum, entrepreneurs were provided with a working E-commerce business portal at the end of the day. Their businesses were online in just a few hours by providing information about their products for the website.

To date, the UREKA Movement has already enabled almost a thousand MSMEs from Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao to put up their businesses online. With the recently concluded UREKA Mega Manila Forum, an addition of another thousand MSMEs are expected to revamp their business models by strategically harnessing technology and E-commerce.

UnionBank and its consortium partners namely PLDT SME Nation, Air21, SHOPINAS, DragonPay, AMTI, GeiserMaclang Marketing and Communications Inc., PanahonTV, and Esquire Financing, Inc. continue to collaborate with various leaders from the business and technology industries to spread knowledge and share unparalleled expertise as well as to promote a sustainable and innovative business model among Filipino entrepreneurs based on E-commerce.

As for our blogs, getting ‘business-ready’ might be a great topic to discuss among ourselves. Just pouring in our two-cents.



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