Bukidnon Online partners with free business listing platform Project Lokal
The longest-running blog about Bukidnon, Bukidnon Online, recently announced its partnership with Project Lokal, a website that provides FREE business listing services and a zero-commission online ordering system.
The partnership is purely anchored on the idea of community service mixed with volunteerism. Project Lokal, an advocacy-based website, helps local businesses in the Province of Bukidnon by providing them with FREE online visibility and a commission-free online ordering system. This results in businesses being able to maximize their profits and helping local delivery partners instead of paying hefty commissions to third-party food delivery apps or platforms.
Bukidnon Online, on the other hand, will be the exclusive source of news and features for the website and will also help regularly promote the listed businesses for FREE not only on the blog, which has thousands of readers every day, but also on all the online platforms it owns and/or manages. In addition, Bukidnon Online has thousands of email newsletter and push notification subscribers.
“Project Lokal is completely focused on serving restaurants, hotels, home-based business owners, bakeries, groceries and other local businesses in Bukidnon. We do not take any portion of the sales. We just really want to help,” said founder Cliff Rozal.
Listing a business is totally FREE. Project Lokal has a friendly, easy-to-understand UI (user interface). Businesses are grouped by category and also have dedicated pages where customers can check out the menu, corresponding prices and order online. An automated call also goes to the customer to confirm the order. Businesses, on the other hand, are also given free access to a highly specialized online ordering system that allows them to manage orders efficiently.
Rozal also said that when customers order via the website, they help local businesses especially at this fragile time.
“We aim to provide a seamless ordering experience for the customers. The very minimal delivery charges, which start at Php 30, also help local delivery partners continue with their source of income.”
Several Malaybalay City establishments are already listed on the platform including Cafe Esquinita (known for their Sugbanig, boodle and catering service), Food Loko (known for their burgers and tacos), Infinitea Malaybalay branch, Ahavah Milk Tea House, Dunkin Donuts Malaybalay, Master Batchoy and Barbecue House, Secretary Kimchi (which serves Korean food), ChennyDaily (known for their sushi bake), Mad Batter (known for their cheesecakes), Frozz Creamery (which sells homemade ice cream), Unli Siomai Sa Balay Malaybalay branch and Diablo Grill House (which serves burgers). More establishments are set to sign up including those in Valencia City and other areas in Bukidnon.
Bukidnon Online, a privately owned blog, has been live since 2007. It is currently awarded as one of the Top 25 Philippine Travel Blogs by Feedspot. Nominated as Best Travel Blog in the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards (PBA) and declared as both Best Travel Destination Blog for Mindanao finalist and Bloggers Choice Award finalist, both in the 2010 PBA.
The prime mover of the Bukidnon Bloggers group, Bukidnon Online also organized the first-ever Blogging 101 and How To Make Money Online workshop in the province. Bukidnon Online also spearheaded the historical Google Mapping Party where volunteers created Bukidnon routes on Google Maps. It is also the first Bukidnon website to have its own official Android app.