Isuzu PH, IADI ink contract

    In a simple ceremony on January 29, Isuzu Philippines Corp.(IPC) and the Isuzu Automotive Dealership Inc. (IADI) signed the contract for the soon-to-open Isuzu Bacoor dealership.

    The signing was held at the IPC headquarters at Biñan, Laguna. IPC was represented by its president Hajime Koso, and IPC executive vice president Shojiro Sakoda, while IADI executives chief operating officer  Alex Paguio and Isuzu Bacoor branch head Valance Mauricio were also present.

    Isuzu Bacoor is scheduled to formally open and commence operations in March this year. It would become AC Motors’ 11th dealership in Isuzu Philippines’ dealer network in the entire country.

    The new Isuzu Bacoor also extends AC Motors’ reign as the number one dealership in Isuzu Philippines’ dealer network—a recognition it earned in 2020.

    Isuzu Bacoor located at Lot 4652-B along Molino Boulevard, Brgy. Bayanan, Bacoor City, Cavite will showcase Isuzu’s latest IOS showroom design, highlighted by a spacious showroom that can display two light commercial vehicles, two commercial vehicles and a service shop that can cater to small vehicles and big tractor head trucks. 

    CDO Foodsphere info campaign to prepare employees for vaccine rollout

    To help employees prepare for the national vaccine rollout, CDO Foodsphere Inc. has launched a vaccine information campaign. According to Foodspere President and CEO Jerome D. Ong, the company understands the concerns of people for the safety of the coming vaccines, so the company organized a learning session called “Handa Ka Na Ba Sa Bakuna?” for company executives.

    The panel of medical experts and researchers for the sessions included Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center; Dr. Nina Gloriani, Chair of the DOST Expert Vaccine Panel on COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials and Member of the WHO Scientific Steering Committee for COVID-19 Solidarity Vaccines Trial; and Dr. Reynaldo Mariano, President and CEO of the Center for Health Services Inc. nd an infectious disease specialist.

    Foodsphere, maker of brands San Marino, CDO Karne Norte and Danes Cheese, was one of the first companies to secure the initial 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca through the tripartite agreement with private donors led by Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, AstraZeneca and the Philippine government.

    7 SM companies among top-performing in Asean

    SM Investments Corp.  (SMIC) and its subsidiaries clinched 10 awards for scoring high in the recently concluded 2019 Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) assessments.


    For the 2019 ACGS Assessment, three award categories were recognized: Top 20 Asean Publicly Listed Companies, Asean Asset Class Award and Top 3 Publicly Listed Companies per Country.

    “We are grateful for the honor. We strive to ensure a responsible business for the benefit of our various stakeholders,” SMIC chairman Jose  Sio said.

    Under the Asean Asset Class Award, cited were SMIC, SM Prime Holdings Inc., 2GO Group Inc., BDO Unibank Inc., Belle Corp., China Banking Corp.  and Premium Leisure Corp.

    China Bank and SM Prime were named under Top 20 Asean Publicly Listed Companies. China Bank was recognized among the Top 3 Publicly Listed Companies per Country.

    The Asean Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank have jointly developed the ACGS, an assessment based on publicly-available information and benchmarked against international best practices on corporate governance.

    ePLDT, PLDT Inc. receive major awards

    PLDT Enterprise, through its ICT arm ePLDT, received major awards during the recently concluded Cisco Philippines Partner Appreciation Awards after being recognized as the global tech giant’s Software Partner of 2020 and Small Business Partner of 2020.


    Cisco also hailed PLDT Inc. as its Tier 2 Partner of the year during its annual Partner Summit Conference.

    The Small Business Partner 2020 award recognizes the group’s ICT arm ePLDT Inc. for the revenue brought and its effort at creating unique solutions that differentiate ePLDT’s value by helping businesses thrive amid the pandemic. Cisco conferred the Small Business Partner 2020 award to ePLDT recognizing the group’s launch of new solutions amid the health crisis such as BEYOND FIBER, one of the results of the group’s partnership with Cisco Meraki.

    The Software Partner of 2020 award, meanwhile, recognizes ePLDT for enabling its customers to turn data generated by the hardware into actionable insights and new revenue streams. PLDT Enterprise through ePLDT stood out among Cisco’s partners with significant recurring software bookings for majority of the customers in the commercial segment, via SD-WAN and Meraki software offers in the frontline of their productized solutions.

    PLDT Inc. was also hailed as Cisco’s Tier 2 Partner of the Year for bringing significant revenue growth in the Philippines.

    Teko rolls out after-sales system to appliance brands

    Teko Solutions Asia Inc. recently announced the successful nationwide integration of its appliance after-sales service system, Complete Order Management System (COMS) with all the leading brands of Concepcion Industrial Corp. (CIC)  Carrier, Condura, Midea, Toshiba and Kelvinator.

    With COMS, CIC’s after-sales organizations gain greater efficiency, access to real-time service data, and synchronized collaborations with all partners at a significantly lower technology cost than legacy SAP/C4C systems.

    Teko COMS is an end-to-end white label solution that digitizes the entire after-sales service process. COMS empowers the after-sales teams of appliance and electronics manufacturers by seamlessly connecting them with customers, service providers, and business partners in a single, powerful platform in the cloud.

    Shopee grooms Filipino talents

    Shopee offers three initiatives that aim to shape and improve Filipinos’ tech skills in various fields of e-commerce. These include the Shopee Apprentice Program, Global Leaders Program, and the Shopee Code League.

    Launched in 2018, the Global Leaders Program, is a two-year graduate program consisting of four six-month local and overseas rotations. Participants will help drive Shopee’s campaigns and new initiatives by working with local and overseas teams.

    The Shopee Apprentice Program is  specially designed to build high-performing talents through high-impact projects, specialized learning and development training, and mentorships by Shopee leaders. The program provides interns with tools and programs to launch integral initiatives.

    The Shopee Code League initiative is an online coding competition that offers training workshops to students and professionals across the region. Shopee’s tech teams specially designed the challenges, ranging from data analytics to data science.

    SMC rolls out seafood processing program

     San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has rolled out a new community-based training program for former residents of Barangay Taliptip in Bulacan province aiming to boost the local seafood industry, and provide additional livelihood opportunities for relocatees from the future site of the Manila International Airport project.

    Part of the master plan for the airport project is to transform Bulacan into a seafood capital of the country providing it with a means to flourish.

    The recent livelihood and skills training program teaches relocastees seafood processing techniques to allow them to maximize their income potential and help further develop the local industry.

    The courses include bangus deboning, tinapa-making, boneless tilapia and lumpiang shanghai-making, as well as bangus and shrimp fry production.


    Some 44 participants have benefited from the first two batches of seafood courses. Another 40 to 50 relocatees are already earning from the ongoing bangus and shrimp fry production training under a local fishpond operator, in cooperation with SMC.

    Many of the participants have also previously graduated from vocational courses funded by SMC under the technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

    Apart from the seafood courses, other community-based courses are baking and beads and accessories- making.

    Maynilad offers desludging services this month 

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is offering septic tank cleaning services to its residential and semi-business customers this February in select parts of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City, Valenzuela, and in Cavite Province at no extra cost.

    The company has adopted new and more stringent protocols in the conduct of desludging services to ensure the safety of its customers who will avail of the septic tank cleaning. Maynilad requires all of its desludging personnel and vacuum truck unit operators to wear personal protective equipment, practice physical distancing, and undertake extra disinfection procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

    Customers residing in Barangay 152, 154, 162 and 177 in Caloocan; Brgy. Almanza Uno and Dos, BF International, Daniel Fajardo and Elias Aldana in Las Piñas; Brgy. Bangkal, Palanan and San Isidro in Makati; Brgy. Potrero in Malabon; barangays under Paco, Pandacan and Sta. Ana in Manila; Brgy. Alabang in Muntinlupa; Brgy. Baclaran in Parañaque; barangays under Pildera 1, Don Carlos and Malibay in Pasay City; Brgy. Baesa, Greater Fairview, Payatas and Santol in Quezon City; Brgy. Canumay West, Dalandanan and Maysan in Valenzuela City may avail of Maynilad’s desludging service.

    Some Maynilad customers in Cavite Province, particularly in Brgy. Aniban I, Banalo and Bayanan in Bacoor City; Brgy. Malagasang I-A and I-B in Imus City; and in Poblacion and Santa Rosa I in Noveleta, Cavite may avail of the company’s septic tank cleaning services at no extra cost. Septic tank cleaning service normally costs around P5,000 per truck.


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