At the “Power Up the Future live-streamed event.

    Castrol inks deal with North Trend Marketing for product distribution


    Castrol, a global industrial and automotive lubricants brand, has inked a deal with local lubricants company, North Trend Marketing Corporation (NTM), appointing NTM as the authorized distributor of their commercial and industrial lubes in the Philippines.

    The partnership was made official during a live-streamed event titled “Power Up the Future.” NTM will offer the brand’s lineup of top-tier products and service solutions for industries and businesses. This includes lubricants used in the transportation of passengers and goods, the operation of earthmovers, equipment and machinery used in forestry and agriculture, mining, manufacturing, processing plants, ships, and power plants.

    “NTM has the infrastructure, experience, knowledge, and financial capability to manage the B2B lubricant portfolio of Castrol in the Philippines. We are confident that NTM will be able to help us continue to fulfill our mission of pioneering and delivering innovative solutions that anticipate and meet customers’ needs,” said Castrol Philippines General Manager Ria Tanada.

    Castrol, a leading brand in high-performance oils, fluids, lubricants, and greases offering pioneering lubricating solutions for every industry as a result of its liquid engineering technology, is also known for its sustainable solutions for energy efficiency.

    “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with a global brand and offer their range of quality and superb products to our customer base. This is an assurance that we can stay focused on delivering solutions to our valued customers as we expand our product portfolio,” North Trend Marketing Corporation COO Ronald Ang shared.

    “Castrol’s in-depth understanding of the demands of industry and manufacturing has enabled it to develop a comprehensive range of world-class lubricants and product support services that are all designed to meet the maintenance demands across industrial sectors and help customers make smart decisions that can lead to competitive advantages,” Ang concluded.

    To know more about NTM product offerings, visit its official North Trend Marketing or its website

    Ayala group provides relief for Taal  families

    Food and non-food items were distributed to 406 families staying in evacuation sites in three barangays in Talisay, Batangas.

    The Ayala group of companies immediately mobilized resources to assist families affected by Taal Volcano’s seismic activity.

    Through Ayala Foundation, the Ayala group provided food and non-food items for families staying in three evacuation centers in Talisay, Batangas on February 17 and 18.

    Among the items distributed were canned good and instant noodles, toys and clothing, and 5,000 protective face masks. Five hundred washable Magiting Face Masks, produced by Ayala Foundation as part of its Maging Magiting advocacy for nationalism, were also distributed. Manila Water Foundation brought 500 units of 5-gallon water bottles, while Globe set up “Dyip Sagip” stations, providing “libreng tawag,” phone charging, and WiFi connectivity in evacuation areas.

    Avon recognized as top employer in PH

    The Top Employer Institute has certified Avon Philippines as a Top Employer in the country, following the company’s continued review of its HR programs and a strict audit of best practices in employee work policies.

    The Top Employer Institute is the global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices.

    The certification follows in the momentum set by the direct seller’s win at HRD Awards Asia, where Avon received regional recognition for its Best Workplace Flexibility programs.

    As a certified Top Employer, Avon is recognized for its dedication to cultivating a better world of work through excellent HR policies and people practices. Only a select group of organizations are certified based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more.

    PLDT promotes food security for Marikina Watershed communities

    PLDT, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), has launched a project that adopts the Food Always In The Home (FAITH) principle for Marikina Watershed communities.

    The pilot partner for the project is the Nagkakaisang Samahang Magsasaka sa Barangay Calawis  based in Sitio Binayoyo, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City.

    The project aims to provide a continuous source of healthy food for the community to help ensure food security especially in these difficult times. By adopting a 500-square meter parcel of land for gardening, the project will help ensure an abundant supply of vegetables for members of the community. Additionally, the project includes the installation of a five-bin vermicompost facility to support the communal garden.

    The project also shouldered the start-up capital by providing the community with the necessary gardening tools and farm inputs, including vegetable seeds/seedlings and fertilizers. Alternative livelihood options will also be introduced as part of the project.

    Ninja Van cuts delivery rates

     Ninja Van Philippines announced on February 19 a price cut on delivery rates.

    Parcels delivered within Metro Manila will be pegged a P50 flat rate applicable for deliveries within Metro Manila lodged through the Grab app until March 31.

    The promo is exclusive to its participating Metro Manila retail stores and shippers with Ninja Pro accounts, excluding Ninja Packs.

    Ninja Van is also looking at lowering the cost of deliveries from Metro Manila to various locations across the country. Ninja Pack, the fit-all-you can poly mailer product of Ninja Van, will charge a flat delivery and packaging rate of P150 to areas outside Metro Manila starting February 22.

    Chevron among Asia’s best employers

    Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI) recently hauled two employer of choice awards from prestigious international award-giving bodies.

    CHI was named one of the ‘Best Companies to Work For in Asia 2020’ by HR Asia, Asia’s most authoritative publication for human resource (HR) professionals. The publication lauded the company for raising the bar for employee engagement and workplace excellence in the region.

    Out of the 150 companies shortlisted for the award, only 21 emerged as winners. The awardees were selected based on the strict judging criteria by a panel of judges and on a survey conducted among employees across Asia using the publication’s proprietary Total Engagement Assessment Model.

    CHI also copped the highly coveted Global Best Employer Brand Award .

    The award is given by the Employer Branding Institute to companies that have utilized HR strategies in managing their employees and advancing their professional growth. The winners were assessed and judged based on the ability to translate vision into action for HR strategy, cultivation of competencies to build a future-ready organization, fostering an inclusive company culture, and ensuring effective employee engagement.

    Hyundai turns over modern PUVs

    Hyundai Trucks and Buses (HTB) Alabang recently turned over 15 units of HD50S Modern PUV Class 3 to the Magnificat Transport Cooperative.

    This activity is Hyundai’s second show of support for Cavite’s  mass mobility program.  Hyundai is set to deliver the remaining first batch of HD50S Modern PUV Class 3 units to the said transport group within the year.

    The City of Bacoor, Cavite sees the presence of the Hyundai HD50S Modern PUV Class 3 as an opportunity and sign of confidence in steering people’s mobility towards a better normal.

    Converge rolls out mobile business centers

    Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is deploying more mobile business centers in Valenzuela City.

    These mobile business centers are smaller versions of Converge’s actual business offices and can handle all customer requirements, including sales, account or service modification, payments, and technical concerns.

    Converge is also in the process of establishing a permanent business center in Valenzuela.

    The company now has six mobile business centers that can be deployed anywhere at a moment’s notice with 12 more units under production. The company intends to deploy two to three mobile business centers for every service area.

    Grab launches second cloud kitchen in Sampaloc, Manila

    Grab recently announced the launch of its second cloud kitchen branch located in Sampaloc, Manila, bringing eight brands to provide more food choices to consumers. It also aims to provide food entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their brands in new locations with a lower set up cost and to reach a wider base of customers through GrabFood.

    “GrabKitchen is a reflection of our desire to delight consumers and to support food and beverage entrepreneurs to grow their business in the digital economy. It has also provided  food lovers the option to  enjoy different cuisines they love in a single order, and pay one delivery fee, “ said Grab Philippines Head of Deliveries EJ Dela Vega.

    Dela Vega added: “The opening of the Sampaloc branch comes nearly a year after Grab unveiled its first GrabKitchen branch in Glorietta 2, in Makati City,” Dela Vega said.

    The Sampaloc GrabKitchen features eight merchant-partners: Conti’s, Sinangag Express, CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice, Omakase, Mister Kabab, Army Navy, Pizza Telefono, and Happilee.

    Dela Vega said these merchants will add variety in terms of food choices in Manila. Omakase and Happilee are opening their kitchens in Manila for the first time, while the others hope to gain more customers through GrabKitchen.

    To celebrate the launch of the newest GrabKitchen branch, Grab is offering free delivery to customers from February 9 to Feb 28. Just use the code GRABKITCHEN and enjoy free food delivery for a minimum order of P550.


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