New Feature: China Bank Payroll Summary and ACA File.

The China Bank Payroll Summary PDF and the China Bank Automatic Credit Arrangement (ACA) files are now available for download from the Forms Page.

You can access them from your Payroll > Reports > Forms page.

China Bank Payroll Summary PDF screenshot:
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China Bank Automatic Credit Arrangement file screenshot:

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To learn more about PayrollHero, contact us for a free consultation.

 

New Feature: BDO Payroll File Version 2

The new BDO Enrollable Report v2 Form is now available for you to download on PayrollHero!

For customers that need to use the BDO Payroll File v2 you can select the new form on your accounts Payroll > Reports > Forms page.

The new form is called “Philippines: Payroll BDO Payroll Version 2

58810eae-7fa7-4043-b55b-13e3bec7ef29See what other bank files can be generated for the Philippines.

Hotels in Fort Bonifacio, BGC, Taguig

We get asked all of the time what hotels should you consider when coming to the Philippines (ie. Manila, not to one of the islands, that is a different blog post). I recently made a list for an EO event that we are hosting in the coming weeks and thought I would share it here as well.

In Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
There are only a handful of hotels in the Fort (or BGC as some call it) but there are a few opening. Here are the ones currently open;

F1 Best Western – www.f1hotelmanila.com
Not a bad hotel, pricing is usually around $110 – $140 a night an includes breakfast. But check with them for their latest deals.

Seda Hotel – www.sedahotels.com
A boutique hotel right off of High Street. It is usually priced similar to the F1 but has a great roof top bar that can be fun to check out.

Ascott – www.the-ascott.com
The Ascott just opened in the Fort a few days ago.

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Not open yet and behind schedule, but when it opens it should be awesome. It is at the other end of High Street from the Seda and looks to be the tallest tower in the Fort.

Grand Hyatt
Also not open, but will be an fantastic addition to the Fort when it does.

How Much Alcohol Can You Bring into Singapore?

Singapore can be expensive, especially when it comes to alcohol. It is highly taxed. A question came up the other day as some of our team was coming into visit the Singapore office – how much alcohol can I bring into Singapore?

Here is a handy image from Singapore customs that lets you know just how much you can bring with you?

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110056To give you an idea of costs from our three offices. A 750ML bottle of Absolute Vodka costs $19.99 in the Manila, C$24.75 in Whistler and S$49.50 in Singapore.

Convert that all to USD and you are looking at
$19.99 in the Manila
$20.64 in Whistler
$37.30 in Singapore (via Redmart)

So if you are making a trip to Singapore and adult beverages are something you might partake in, might be worth thinking ahead and packing some with you.

December 30th celebrates Rizal Day in the Philippines

Rizal Day

Rizal Day is a national holiday that celebrates the life of Philippine hero José Rizal. December 30th commemorates the day of his death 1896 after being executed by Spanish military personnel. After the US took control of the Philippines, José Rizal was named a Philippine National Hero a year later making December 30th the holiday to be remembered.

Ensure any employee that have to work on this national holiday are compensated accordingly based on DOLE standards. Feel free to talk to us at PayrollHero.ph and we would be happy to help.

What Restaurants are open Christmas Day in Fort Bonifacio?

This was going to be a blog post about restaurants that are open for business on Christmas Day, but after quite a bit of digging, it is hard to tell who is open and who is closed.

When I Google “What Restaurants are open Christmas Day in Fort Bonifacio?” the only post that comes up is from Black Sheep confirming that they are open on Christmas Day. But nothing else that talks about restaurants that are open. If you own a restaurant, why not advertise that you are open? Black Sheep made a simple Facebook post and it comes up #1 when I asked Google;
Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 8.21.43 AMBut where are the rest of them. I’m sure there are many that are open and many people looking for a place to be on Christmas night. Why not make it known that you are open.

We have covered this topic before. From my point of view, many restaurants in the Philippines don’t make the effort to market their businesses online. They leave that to 3rd party companies like MunchPunch, LooLoo and the like. For example, here is a Google search looking for “Todd English, Fort Bonifacio”. You would think their website would come up #1, but it is all 3rd party services. Here is what shows up;
Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 8.28.28 AMPayrollHero has a couple resources to help restaurant marketing departments up their game. Download these for your team. Let us know if you have questions. 

Here are 10 things your Philippine restaurant needs to have on their website;

Here are 9 ways to promote your restaurant in the Philippines;

Christmas Visit to White Cross Children’s Home (photos)

We visited the White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan, Philippines a couple months ago and I posted a blog post with some photos from the trip. Back in Vancouver, my Mom attended her friends Christmas luncheon where every year they raise some money for a different charity. This year, they decided the funds raised would be for the White Cross Children’s Home they saw in the blog post. They raised $610.00 (approx. P23,000) and sent it over the the Philippines and we turned into the following based on a list of items the orphanage said they were in need of:

20 KG Infant formula
12 KG laundry detergent
16 laundry bars
316 diapers
8kg quaker oatmeal
5kg Milo (chocolate milk with vitamins)
6 L of Canola oil
25KG Rice
10.8 KG luncheon meat
6.24 kg corned beef
2 Gallon Vinegar
2 Gallon Soy sause
4 boxes of infant Tempra (Tylenol equivalent)

This is what that looks like: 10644741_921510211195382_3660607916383302853_nSome of the PayrollHero team went to deliver the items as well as spend some time with the babies. The following are photos from the day. The day actually started the night before with a trip to the SM Supermarket to purchase the goods. Luckily, some of Santa’s elves were there to help us pack it all up: 10358742_921509987862071_2861782381369270838_n 10407152_921510067862063_7048931164953625245_nA nice service from SM, they will bring your groceries home for you. 10846401_921510104528726_2953275988588152085_n 10850078_921510134528723_7762630649173660666_nBy home, I mean, right to the front door. 10881477_921510141195389_3673801381264995875_nAt White Cross, we were greeted by the smiling staff who graciously accepted the donations and gave us a quick tour of the facility. They have exactly 100 children in their care. 10301186_921510257862044_1818016987574503545_nAnd the age breakdowns are as follows 10425156_921510881195315_7295058396343869393_nIn the nursery were 19 children, 13 boys and 6 girls. 6 of which were available for adoption. The rest in temporary care while their mothers get back on their feet. 1975200_921510957861974_4327711313010112562_nSome of the PayrollHero team (and Paul from Kalibrr) came along to cuddle with the babies. 10881673_921510784528658_8626768627526209353_n 10847910_921510697862000_5409228537063828005_n 10690147_921510341195369_1470297935264366096_n 10689558_921510244528712_8855626456702011711_n 10525806_921510441195359_254805638133853599_n 10487253_921510521195351_5138144495137728962_n 10305601_921510371195366_3591869947959442060_n 1505467_921510544528682_3771907504388170926_nIf you need something to do one day, or want to do help White Cross, they desperately need donations, but more importantly, the babies need to be held. It is that simple. So, check them out online, you need to let them know you want to come in advance but they are welcoming to people that want to play with the kids, hold the babies, drop off donations, etc.

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