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    Manila Water sent rescue boats for residents in flooded areas.

    Ayala group expands relief ops in typhoon-stricken areas

    The Ayala Group of Companies has expanded its relief operations to cover more affected communities.

    Immediately after the aftermath of Typoon Ulysses , Manila Water deployed water tankers to evacuation centers in various communities to ensure availability of clean water supply for the evacuees.

    Rescue boats were also dispatched to help those whose houses were submerged in water in flooded areas

    Manila Water is currently working with LGUs to reach other evacuation areas in the East zone. Currently, the group is working with local government units to bring much-needed food packs to the most affected families in Greater Manila Area, including Baseco in Manila’s Port Area, Marikina, and Rizal.

    In other areas and in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, Ayala Coop is set to send vitamin-fortified rice packs to Albay (1,500 packs) and Catanduanes (1,500 packs), which have been most affected by the recent typhoons. This shipment will also come with bedsheets from Ayala Land’s Seda Hotels and medicines from AC Health’s Generika.

    Globe is offering the following free services to affected customers in Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quirino, central and southern portions of Nueva Vizcaya, southern portion of Benguet, southern portion of La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Batangas, Marinduque, northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao Islands.


    Stakeholders laud Aboitiz Construction for keeping strict health protocols

    Local government units and private firms commended Aboitiz Construction Inc. for its strict compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, open communication, and close coordination as it continues its business operations while ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for its team members (construction workers and regular employees) and stakeholders under a “new normal.”

    Part of Aboitiz Construction’s guidelines to combat the spread of the virus is actively following government-mandated health protocols and the company’s close coordination on COVID-19 updates with the local community’s government officials where the company’s projects are present.

    Barangay Pinamucan Ibaba in Batangas City also recognized Aboitiz Construction’s leadership, sharing that the confidence and collaboration exemplified by construction site leaders have translated into an outstanding response to the needs of construction workers while focusing on their safety and health.

    Aboitiz Construction is working closely with its clients and  stakeholders on-site to properly roll out existing and new safety protocols to team members. These include regular disinfection of project areas, setting up isolation facilities, assigning of COVID-19 marshals to control and monitor physical distancing, and use of face masks and face shields, among others.

    Aboitiz Construction has also arranged designated isolation facilities to prevent any possible exposures, break any on-site COVID-19 transmission chains, and most importantly, to quarantine any possible team members displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

    Its project site in Batangas City has booked 20 hotel rooms with the necessary amenities to keep Aboitiz Construction team members safe and comfortable during possible isolation. A project nurse and doctors are also available to monitor the team members’ health.

    Daily health monitoring, as well as free food, cleaning materials, disinfectants, and deodorizers are provided to team members during their stay at these facilities.


    MVP Group bolsters relief efforts

    Various businesses comprising the MVP Group of Companies as stepped up relief efforts to those hit by  Typhoon Ulysses.

    The PLDT-Smart Foundation  donated rescue boats and personal floatation devices to the Philippine Air Force to aid in emergency and rescue operations in areas around Metro Manila .

    Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. (AKFI), the corporate social responsibility (CSR)  unit of TV5, PLDT’s multimedia arm, sent immediate relief packages to families in Marikina City.

    AKFI, together with Smart Communications, distributed snack packs and drinks to about 1,000 residents of Barangay Tañong, one of the suburbs in Marikina adjacent o the Marikina River.

    Smart Community Partnerships and PLDT Community Relations, CSR divisions of Smart and PLDT, also partnered with AKFI to distribute ready-to-eat food packs to residents of Barangay Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal.

    The One Meralco Foundation team handed out immediate relief, such as food packs and others, to over 100 families from Barangay Tumana who were seeking shelter at Marikina High School, even while flood waters were still high.

    Alagang Kapatid has launched a donation drive for residents severely affected by Typhoon Ulysses.


    J&T Express Certified Lokalista campaign kicks off

    Courier service J&T Express Philippines showcased its Certified Lokalista campaign in a webinar on November 11.

    The campaign, which started on October 16 and will run up to Jan. 14, 2021, encourages people to ‘buy local’, patronize, and support small-to-medium-sized entrepreneurs, and thus promote regional products to a larger national audience.

    J&T’s Certified Lokalista campaign has been attracting entrepreneurs from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, many of whom are promoting and distributing their wares in other islands and regions outside their own for the very first time.

    Zoe Chi, vice president of J&T Express Philippines, said the Certified Lokalista campaign celebrates the hard work, creativity, and nationalism of the online sellers.

    The campaign kickstarted in 2020 by awarding Filipino entrepreneurs with a Certified Lokalista badge that will recognize them as J&T trusted sellers. They are set to be awarded P20,000 worth of free shipping by J&T Express.

    Four Certified Lokalistas were featured at the event — Maria Todi, founder of the School of Living Tradition, based in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato;  Katherine Jordan, marketing head of the Leyte-based online food store Mary’s Abuyog Special Toskolyet Moron, atbp.; Rica Dakudao-Buenaflor,  founder of Que Rica and; Bulacan-based culinary whiz Rheeza Santiago-Hernandez,


    SM City Butuan opens

    Great shopping, leisure, and entertainment hit northeastern Mindanao when SM City Butuan opened its door to the public on Friday, November 13. It is SM Prime Holdings’ 75th supermall, the sixth in Mindanao, and the first in the CARAGA region.

    Butuan is the commercial, industrial, and administrative center of the CARAGA region, and a strategic trading hub in Northern Mindanao, with major roads connecting it other key cities in the island including Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, and Surigao.

    Located along JC Aquino Avenue, SM City Butuan will serve shoppers in Agusan del Norte, as well as those in the nearby provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.

    The mall’s Cinema has a retro-industrial style with components that  include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures, and concrete.

    The SM Store and SM Supermarket are SM City Butuan’s major anchors, along with SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Surplus, Our Home, and Sports Central, Uniqlo, The Body Shop, Crocs and Miniso. It will also have fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, bookstores; as well as a Cyberzone and service and wellness outlets.

    Dining out options include well-loved local and international food chains, as well as specialty restaurants like Shakey’s, Sunnies Café, Hukad, Bigby’s, Samgyeopsal House, Wildwings, Ribshack, Choobi Choobi, and coffee and milk tea outlets like Bo’s Coffee, Chatime, Macao Imperial Tea, and Gongcha.

    Butuan-based tenants like Verity, Fulcrum Café, Custodio Medical Clinic, Bella Mecanica Nail and Waxing Salon, and Alot Barbero Lokal have also found their home in the mall.

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    Biggest Nike Store opening soon at Paseo Outlets in Greenfield City

    Despite the current conditions that see stores closing left and right, the Paseo Outlets in Greenfield City is one of the few retail destinations that are able to provide a safe and comfortable shopping experience to its customers. Vast, open areas ensure a constant supply of fresh air, while its spacious walkways can accommodate even the most stringent physical distancing measures. With the appropriate safety protocols in place, the complex has been able to adapt well to the new normal. Its horizons even continue to broaden, beginning with the expansion of one of its most premier establishments, the Nike Factory Store.

    Doors remain open to its avid customers, even as work has quietly commenced for the Nike Factory Store’s renovation and expansion, set to be 35% larger than its current structure, with 246 sqm. Added to its already vast size of 571 sqm. Once complete, this will be Nike’s biggest outlet store in the country.

    This expansion enables the store to accommodate more customers while observing the proper physical distancing measures necessary to create and keep a shopping environment that is safe for all. The extra floor space will also allow the shop to display a wider selection of items that will be available exclusively at this branch.

    The expansion upgrade of the new Nike Factory Store is set to be complete by the end of this year and ready to receive new and loyal customers alike by January 2021.

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