CEBU PACIFIC flies 2nd batch of vaccines; SYNERGIA’s 14th education summit; Globe unit ASTICOM; ALLIANZ free health insurance; HONDA promo; PRC, MAPFRE tie up; THERMA MARINE to deploy Wärtsilä floating energy storage system; VERTUX gaming peripherals; PHIDEX 2021 dives into digital; GoWiFi zones in Puerto Galera


    Cebu Pacific flies 2nd batch of vaccines

     Cebu Pacific once again transported COVID vaccines to Zamboanga and Tuguegarao on March 10 and 12, respectively. These vaccines are part of the second batch received by both destinations.

    CEB also carried the first batch of 21,000 doses on March 5, 2021. This second batch comprises of around 32,000 doses (about 20,000 for Zamboanga and about 12,000 for Tuguegarao). The vaccines were stored in a refrigerated storage container and were handled with utmost precision to ensure its conditions are preserved up until its release at the local destinations.

    To date, CEB has already flown around 53,000 doses to both cities.

    Defying gravity: Synergeia’s 14th education summit

    Synergeia Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development will be holding the 14th Washington SyCip National Education Summit this month, with focus on improving the proficiency of Filipino students amid the learning challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    With the theme “Learning from our Best to Defy Gravity”, the virtual summit on March 25-26 will show how the national and local governments can work more efficiently to help students across the country who have fallen behind their international counterparts based on recent global learning competency assessments.

    The two-day event will be streamed live on Synergeia’s Facebook page.

    Among the speakers will be Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on basic education and Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela.

    Vice President Leni Robredo will lead the awarding of the Seal of Good Education Governance to local governments that have excelled in implementing education-focused initiatives during the pandemic.

    The summit will end with a conversation with respected singer and songwriter Jose Mari Chan. He will also be singing two of his songs – “Be Gentle” and “No Rewind, No Replay.”

    Synergeia, supported by USAID and UNICEF and in partnership with PLDT Smart and Seaoil Foundation, will be awarding the Seal of Good Education Governance for a fourth year.

    Globe unit Asticom Technology among Asia-Pacific’s ‘best professional employer organizations’ in 2021

    Asticom Technology, a subsidiary of Globe, was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) in the Asia Pacific Region for 2021 by the prestigious Manage HR Network.

    Asticom earned recognition for consistently delivering in-demand services in the Philippines and in the whole region as well through its various solutions such as human resources, administrative, customer experience, financial services with extensive IT support, sales and retail services, and engineering and logistics services.

    The Manage HR Network recognizes the world’s best Human Resource (HR) professionals and organizations across various countries who drive and make places or companies the best organizations for professionals to work with.

    With the pandemic impacting almost all economies in the world, Asticom was able to adjust to the new normal to successfully deliver a broad range of capable talents across multiple specializations to meet any requirements in a working environment.

    Re-established five years ago with just a handful of employees, Asticom Technology has grown to at least more than 3,000 professional workforces that bring about at least Php 1.6 billion in annual earnings.

    Allianz grants free health insurance

    Allianz PNB Life will be granting free personal and health insurance to 240 city hall employees and frontliners of Manila. These include personnel under the Office of the Mayor who are directly on the frontlines taking care of the districts.

    They will receive accidental death, dismemberment, and disability benefits and a coverage of up to P 75,000.

    The insurance package is part of the recent partnership agreement Allianz PNB Life signed with the City Government of Manila for the former’s Ride Safe campaign.

    Allianz PNB Life is one of the leading life and health insurance providers in the Philippines.

    Last chance to avail Honda promos

    Honda Cars PhilippinesInc. reminds customers of their last chance to avail the “Honda PM Service New Year Deals” promo, which features different discounts and deals offered until March 31, 2021 at select Honda Cars dealerships and service centers nationwide.

    Customers may enjoy a 25 percent discount on select Periodic Maintenance parts and lubricants such as PM 2.5 cabin filter, fuel filter, spark plug, mineral oil (SN 10W30), super long life coolant, windshield washer fluid, and engine cleaner genuine additives.

    A buy one, take one  promo is available on select City (2013-2020) and BR-V (2017-2021) tires, inclusive of seven – year manufacturer warranty from date of production.

    Different Honda services such as the Free 30-Point Check-up, BLITZ 1-Hour Preventive Maintenance Service, and Mineral Oil (10W30)-Based Change Oil Package.

    PRC, MAPFRE tie up

    The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and MAPFRE Insurance have recently launched a strategic partnership, promising to provide Filipinos with world-class care and insurance.

    The partnership introduces the PRC Prestige Membership Card, a new form of donation. This is the only card that gives its members both life and non-life insurance coverage; with the life insurance also covering death due to COVID.

    PRC Prestige Membership also offers benefits including priority assistance on blood requests; priority access to ambulance services; 10-percent discount on safety training; accidental death and disablement cover worth P200,000 among others.

    Therma Marine to deploy Wärtsilä’s floating barge-mounted
    energy storage system

    Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading companies involved in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services, has ordered a barge-mounted 54 MW / 32 MWh energy storage system to be delivered by Wärtsilä on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. The Wärtsilä barge will be placed next to TMI’s existing thermal power barge of a total of 100 MW in the municipality of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro. The order was placed in September 2020. The project will be handled on a fast-track basis, with delivery scheduled to be completed in Q4 2021.

    This will be the first ever deployment of a floating energy storage solution in the South East Asia region.

    “Wärtsilä will meet our urgent needs with this innovative and unique floating energy storage barge. Their ability to deliver this first-of-a-kind solution in less than 12 months is, to say the least, impressive,” said Emmanuel V. Rubio, Aboitiz Power president and chief executive officer.

    Vertux gaming peripherals now in PH

    Gaming peripheral brand designed in Dubai, Vertux, is now available in the Philippines in selected retail stores nationwide and in their official stores at Shopee, Lazada, Zalora, and Grab.

    “We are bringing Vertux in the Philippines with the intent of elevating the experience of every Filipino gamer with accessories that last, without having to break the bank,” Vertux Philippines Country Manager Dimple Condes said.

    Faster reaction is notable with Vertux’s line up of mice with high-definition noise-isolating headsets taking one further in the game. Its high-grade professional microphones let users stream seamlessly.

    Vertux also has an impressive pool of wireless speakers such as the Vertux Rumba, a water-resistant housing that creates an impenetrable seal keeping the music alive even when outdoors.

    PHIDEX 2021 dives into digital

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) is presenting this year’s Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) online via virtual conferencing from March 19 to 21, 2021.

    PHIDEX is the Philippines’ largest platform for the diving community since 2019.

    This year’s PHIDEX, themed “Our Sea, Our Story,” aims to raise awareness and discuss solutions into accelerating the industry’s recovery from the ill-effects of the pandemic.

    “The latest recognition we received… from the 2020 World Travel Awards… (is) the World’s Leading Dive Destination. This year’s PHIDEX is a step in the right direction to sustain our gains toward recovery,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat who will formally open the event.

    Some notable names confirmed for the event are California Academy of Sciences Curator Dr. Terry Gosliner, French-British underwater photographer Henley Spiers, Emmy Award-winning husband-and-wife documentary team Howard and Michele Hall, PADI Ambassador and PCSSD Commissioner Bo Mancao, University of the Philippines marine economist and community scientist Tara Abrina, and German underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich, to name a few.

    Expo participants will be able to view all these lectures and panel discussions on the event website, which will host three stages: the main stage, the expo stage, and the panel stage. The website will also have a virtual marketplace section called the Dive Travel Exchange, or TRAVEX.

    Divers and enthusiasts can now register for PHIDEX 2021 for free at until March 21.

    Puerto Galera now has GoWiFi zones

    GoWiFi continues to expand its base across the country, particularly in high-traffic areas, in line with its efforts to empower more Filipinos by helping them stay connected. In Luzon, Puerto Galera has been recently added to its growing list of hotspots nationwide.

    GoWiFi’s free and paid offerings are now available in the following areas in Puerto Galera: Puerto Galera Municipal Building;  Puerto Galera Municipal Gymnasium and  Muelle Bay Cultural Heritage Park Terminal Building


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