Yahoo Philippines' top 5 most-read business stories in 2021

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Yahoo Philippines takes stock of five of its most-read finance stories of the year.

3 Filipino companies ranked among world's best employers

FILE PHOTO: Ernesto Tanmantiong, the president and CEO of Philippine national champion Jollibee Foods Corp., poses for a picture beside a Jollibee mascot outside a Jollibee branch in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
FILE PHOTO: Ernesto Tanmantiong, the president and CEO of Philippine national champion Jollibee Foods Corp., poses for a picture beside a Jollibee mascot outside a Jollibee branch in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Three companies from the Philippines have been ranked on the World's Best Employers list by Forbes.

Of the world's 750 best employers, two of the three Filipino firms made the cut to the 500 best employers in the world.

Fast food behemoth Jollibee Foods Corp. has been ranked 256th on this global list. Jollibee was acclaimed for its healthy work environment, great coworkers, and flexible work schedule. The pay is said to be better than most other places in the fast food category.

The two other companies in the list, Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, ranked 487th and 665th respectively.

Filipina among Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen

Maria Grace Y. UY, Co-founder, President, Chief Resources Officer and Executive Director Converge ICT Solutions (PHOTO: Official website of Converge ICT Solutions)
Maria Grace Y. UY, Co-founder, President, Chief Resources Officer and Executive Director Converge ICT Solutions (PHOTO: Official website of Converge ICT Solutions)

Forbes ranked the best female executives in business in a list that is dominated by businesswomen from Japan, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.

But one notable name from Philippines stands tall on the Forbes 2021 Asia’s Power Businesswomen list. With only 20 spots on this esteemed list, it is noteworthy that the lone woman from the Philippines, Converge ICT Solution co-founder Maria Grace Y. Uy, has been named among Asia's most powerful.

Uy, who co-founded the company with her husband Dennis Anthony in 2007, currently serves as President, Chief Resources Officer and Executive Director of the company.

Philippines ranks dead last in list of world’s safest countries

CALOOCAN, PHILIPPINES - JULY 18: A child walks past a graffiti on a wall with the words
FILE PHOTO: A child walks past a graffiti on a wall with the words "Patayan St." ("Killing St."), placed by residents, outside the funeral wake of 23-year-old Jaybee Castor on July 18, 2019 in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

The Philippines ranked dead last once again on an international publication's list of the safest countries in the world.

The Global Finance’s World Safest Countries 2021, ranked 134 countries, taking into account factors such as war and peace, personal security, and natural disaster risk including the “unique risk factors stemming from COVID-19.”

Global Finance described the Philippines as having "serious civil conflict that have high risks from natural disaster." The publication noted that the country “performed poorly in terms of safety overall.”

Vico Sotto among Biden admin's anticorruption champions

FILE PHOTO: Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto. (Source: Coconuts Manila)
FILE PHOTO: Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto. (Source: Coconuts Manila)

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has been named by US President Joe Biden's administration as one of its 12 global anticorruption champions.

Sotto is described as "a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office."

Sotto defeated long-time mayor Bobby Eusebio in the 2019 mayoralty race. Eusebio's family has ruled Pasig City for nearly 30 years.

Fil-Aussie CEO and co-founder of Canva plans to donate wealth away

LISBON , PORTUGAL - 5 November 2019; Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO, Canva, on Centre Stage during the opening day of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO, Canva, on Centre Stage during the opening day of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. (Source: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images)

Melanie Perkins, who is part Filipino through her paternal grandmother, founded the multibillion-dollar graphic design platform Canva from her Perth living room with her husband Cliff Olbrecht over a decade ago, and now the couple plan to donate their wealth away.

The Australian software behemoth, valued at AU$54 ($40) billion, is now worth more than Aussie telco giant Telstra.

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