AC HEALTH, Qualimed ceremonial vaccination; TNT, TV5 to promote Pinoy pride; SHOPEE for women entrepreneurs; GLOBE ramps up spending to provide care for customers; PLDT, Meralco, PLDT-Smart Foundation support indigent communities through EAMC; J&T celebrates girl bosses; HARI expands dealership; PBEd, Australian DFAT tie up; TATA Consultancy among top employers

    (From left) Margaret Bengzon of Qualimed, Dr. Noel Pasion of DOH; Paolo Borromeo of AC Health;  Secretary Vince Dizon;  Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corp.; Dr. Edwin Mercado of Mercado General Hospital Inc., Sta. Rosa Mayor Arlene Arcillas; Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Jimmy Ysmael and Dr. Gina Nazareth of QualiMed.

    AC Health, Qualimed host ceremonial vaccination

    Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. (AC Health) launched a vaccination drive for its doctors and healthcare workers at QualiMed Hospital Sta. Rosa, the first hospital outside of Metro Manila to receive doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

    A total of 600 AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines were provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Health, in collaboration with the local government of Laguna. All 600 doses have been allocated to volunteer recipients.

    Through COVIDShield, AC Health has combined the extensive resources of QualiMed, Healthway, and HealthNow to offer an end-to-end COVID-19 vaccination program, which complements public sector efforts to vaccinate majority of Filipinos by the end of the year.

    Vaccination of healthcare teams and other front liners under the Ayala Group and the AC Health network will continue in the following months, pending the delivery of procured vaccines from manufacturers and the allocation of vaccines by the national government.

    TNT teams up with TV5 to promote Pinoy pride

    Mobile services brand TNT has teamed up with TV5 in promoting Pinoy pride with Popinoy, a nationwide reality talent show in search for the country’s biggest Pop Boyband.

    Popinoy is the first nationwide reality talent show that will follow the journey of aspiring Filipino boy band members as they vie for a spot to be the next Pinoy Pop Idols.

    Big local celebrities are set to join as judges and hosts for the all-new reality show, which has been created by top-notch producers and content creators in the industry— including Archangel Media’s President and CEO, director Mike Tuviera.

    Up for grabs are a P1.25 million cash prize, a talent and imaging contract with APT Entertainment, and a TNT endorsement contract.

    Online and nationwide auditions are open to all 18-24 years old, singing and dancing groups composed of 3 to 5 male members with the skills, the talents, and the charms to take the world stage on.  For more information on how to join, go to

    Shopee recognizes women entrepreneurs

    Shopee celebrates International Women’s Day by recognizing three female entrepreneurs who continue to challenge boundaries, pursue their dreams, and carve their paths to success.

    The three are Analyn Sagales of Jas Healthy Mixed Products, Shiela Reyes-Lao of 130 Cacao Culture Farms and Gina Aloush of Habbe Tailoring Shop.

    This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) #ChooseToChallenge mirrors Shopee’s belief that women sellers can carve their paths to success in e-commerce.

    Shopee supports sellers through initiatives such as E-TAAS ang Pilipinong MSMEs Integrated Digital Marketing Training Program in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    On March 8, users had the opportunity to enjoy up to 90 percent off on skincare items, makeup, women’s apparel, and maternity products. Shoppers could also shop with vouchers and amazing deals from brands such as Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Sanofi Aventis, and fashion brands like Zanzea and Vonda.

    Globe ramps up spending to provide care for customers

    Globe has ramped up its spending not only to deliver better service through network improvements but also on how the company delivers care for its customers, through GInsure.

    GInsure offers products that provide insurance coverage against emergencies at very affordable packages and rates that cover health, sickness, income loss and more, without the hassle of long forms and application processes.

    Those who have availed of GInsure via GCash will receive double the insurance coverage.

    Mobile and broadband subscribers likewise continue to receive #ExtraCareAtHome, as they are covered with microinsurance as well as telemedical consultations via KonsultaMD, ensuring contact-free and secure consultations with actual doctors wherever patients may be. All current subscribers of Globe At Home can enjoy this extra care benefit. They only need to go to the Globe At Home app to get the free voucher and register to KonsultaMD.

    Customers can also take advantage of HealthNow’s vouchers for medicine delivery or video consultations. They can also redeem health insurance from GoHealth and GCash’s GInsure. GoHealth provides COVID-19 and dengue insurance coverage.

    PLDT, Meralco, PLDT-Smart Foundation
    support indigent communities through EAMC

    To help the community of medical frontliners and patients of the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), PLDT and Meralco, through PSF and One Meralco Foundation, recently turned over a molecular laboratory. This is on top of the group’s initial P30-million hospital equipment donation to the EAMC.

    According to EAMC Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease, the establishment of a molecular laboratory for detection of the SARS-CoV-2 is essential during the clinical operations, especially for EAMC as it is a COVID-19 designated referral hospital.

    EAMC no longer needs to rely on other institutions to process their specimens.

    The molecular laboratory also benefits the hospital’s front line healthcare workers as they are now being tested on a regular basis with results received in less than 24 hours.

    J&T celebrates girl bosses

    Founders and owners of thriving businesses —  DJ Hanna of Davao-based beauty line Skinderella by DJ Hanna; Jenalyn Balisbisana of Mandaluyong-based ready-to-wear (RTW) apparel biz Zeisel Ann Olshop (Pilipinas Premium) and Natasia Louise Mira of Davao-based organic products  Organics by N — have been on top of their online-selling game as they exceed their quotas, reach more consumers, and take care of these clients through their partnership with J&T Express.

    These Filipina entrepreneurs successfully built their own brands amid being alone in a big city, experiencing pregnancy struggles, and even while learning the ropes of motherhood.

    Skinderella by DJ Hanna is an all-natural beauty product line that has branched out to two more brands, namely Hanna Banana Skin Essentials and Skinderella Wellness.

    Zeisel Ann Olshop (Pilipinas Premium)  used to sell toys that pivoted to a larger market selling RTW clothes as well as home appliances.  Organics by N offers organic, chemical free products that are friendly to pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and teenagers who are experiencing skin-related anxieties.

    The three have tapped  J&T Express  for quality service,  hassle-free transactions, affordability and convenience, and warm customer service.

    HARI expands dealership

    Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) celebrates its 20th year in the business by stepping up its dealership expansion, starting with the soon-to-open Hyundai Silang, which is poised to advance the brand’s already thriving presence in South Luzon.

    HARI president and chief executive officer Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo said the company will also   be adding Hyundai i-spaces in strategic locations in Isabela, Nueva Ecija, and Mindoro, where foot traffic is heavy.

    Hyundai i-spaces offer customers an alternative channel to view their preferred models at their leisure in a relaxed and permanent life space located in top malls and other high foot traffic areas in the country.

    Through the  Hyundai Guidelines for Protection and Safety (GPS) and  by going fully digital in our sales and after-sales services via Hyundai H.O.M.E. Page and ARMOR, respectively, HARI offers customers efficient, safe, and welcoming venues in both the physical and the virtual spaces. We are more than ready to make ‘power forward’ moves into 2021.

    PBEd, Australian DFAT tie up

    Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) together with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on recently entered into agreements with three industry groups to establish sectoral councils in support of workforce development in the Philippines.

    In an online ceremony, PBEd and DFAT launched the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) with the Analytics Association of the Philippines; the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc.; and with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Development Foundation.

    A Future that Works is a two-year initiative funded by DFAT and implemented by PBEd. This initiative is part of PBEd’s broader workforce development agenda, with the goal of making education and training more responsive to the needs of the Philippine economy. The project also forms part of Australia’s support to the Philippines’s COVID-19 economic response.

    The AFW initiative focuses attention and investment on reducing the mismatch of jobs and skills, to ensure the competitiveness of industry through the establishment of skills councils.

    Tata Consultancy among top employers

    Tata Consultancy Services (Philippines) Inc. was recently certified as one of the Top Employers by the Top Employers Institute and named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia by HR Asia.

    This is the fifth year that TCS Philippines has been certified as a Top Employer. The Top Employer certification, done through independent research by the Top Employers Institute, is based on a comprehensive analysis of TCS Philippines’ human resources environment, assessing HR practices and policies in the following areas: people strategy, digital HR, work environment, talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, employee engagement and well-being, rewards and recognition, diversity and inclusion, values, and integrity.

    Aside from Top Employer, TCS Philippines was named by HR Asia as one of Best Companies to Work for in Asia, for the second consecutive year. TCS Philippines is one of the 21 companies chosen among 150 shortlisted companies in Asia that have stepped up to care and provide for employees during the worst of the pandemic.


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