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Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) celebrates New Year 2020 with a ticket sale that goes as low as P20 for domestic and $20 for international tickets. One-way economy domestic tickets on selected flights can be availed for low prices starting at P20, while round-trip economy international tickets (base fare) go as low as $20. The promo fares are applicable for those traveling in twos.

Those flying solo also get a discount.

Tickets may be purchased from 20 to 24 January 2020. Travel period is 1 July 2020 to 10 December 2020. Special travel dates will be applicable on PAL’s new routes: Manila-Perth, Davao-Manado, Zamboanga-Kota Kinabalu, Davao-Iloilo, Cebu-Zamboanga, Cebu-Dipolog, Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi and more.

For more details, visit philippineairlines.com, any PAL ticket office or accredited travel agents.

E-cigs less harmful than cigarettes

The World Health Organization (WHO) finally admitted that e-cigarettes are less harmful relative to cigarettes. The acknowledgment came from WHO representative Dr. Ranti Fayokun, scientist in the National Capacity-Tobacco Control Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases during the hearing on vaping regulation conducted by the Philippine House of Representatives last month.

Dr. Fayokun’s admission was made amid the organization’s cautious stand on e-cigarettes despite the mounting scientific evidence that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Public Health England has always maintained that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and has encouraged smokers who can’t quit smoking to switch to the less harmful alternative.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2018 released a report stating that completely switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes will reduce exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens found in cigarettes.

Int’l payments made easy

UniTeller, the cross-border payments provider has announced the addition of its latest service by signing an agreement with PayKii Inc. The agreement will enable UniTeller and its digital uLink customers to directly pay electricity, phone, Internet, cable, water and gas bills back home in Mexico and in the Philippines.

“We are committed to placing our customers at the center of what we do, addressing their needs through our service and product offerings. With this new international bill pay service, it will be easier for our customers to pay for the expenses of their loved ones back home,” Alberto Guerra, CEO of UniTeller stated.

Nelson Irizarry, co-founder and COO of PayKii stated: “We are enthusiastic about partnering with UniTeller, a digital innovative leader in the industry introducing this service for the first time to individuals living in the US PayKii’s simple and secure cross border bill pay platform will enable Uniteller and uLink users to pay utility and other government billers in Mexico, the Philippines and other countries in a reliably and timely way, ensuring peace of mind for their families back home.”

With PayKii, UniTeller’s uLink users will now be empowered to verify real-time balance inquiries, have more visibility and control on how their funds are being spent.

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