GLOBE empowers women, MVP  backs Ateneo, ISUZU D-MAX turnover, MAYNILAD is ‘Utility of the Future’, MALAYAN Bank motorcycle loan, MEKENI tocino variant, UNION BANK fund transfers, GRAB’s Salamat sa Ani, NOVARTIS Healthcare as top employer, HABI urges  support for weavers


     Globe empowers women to see through pandemic

    Marites Yanzon, a sari-sari store owner, opened her business six years ago using borrowed money she borrowed to augment her family’s income and finance their day-to-day needs. However, health emergencied diminished her savings from the store.

    Fast forward to 2020, Marites is playing a crucial role in reviving the economy amid the quarantine restrictions due to COVID-19.

    Her sari-sari store business has flourished, thanks to her loading business patronized by people cooped up in their homes but need to stay connected with the rest of the world through voice and data services.

    Marites is now earning as much as double from her loading business compared to over half a decade ago. “Malaking tulong po ang loading business,” she said.

    As the country celebrates the National Women’s Month, Globe continues to empower Marites and other women micro entrepreneurs who play a crucial role in reviving the economy through their small businesses.

    Globe’s loading business also helped retailers who were affected by past typhoons. In January alone, Globe, through its Community Development Program, provided at least 280 retailers in provinces devastated by Super Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses with livelihood opportunities via a retailer package which includes an LTE phone, SIM starter kit, and initial load worth P1,000.00. About 80 percent of the recipients were women.   

    MVP backs Ateneo computer science program

    Through the Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Manuel V. Pangilinan has committed to donate another professorial chair to the College of Engineering of the Ateneo de Manila University through two more professorial chairs to the UP College of Science.

    The Professorial Chair donation is part of PLDT’s commitment to the advancement of communication and technology in the country, including support for colleges and institutions devoted to the study of Computer Science and Information Technology.

    Recognizing the Ateneo’s pursuits of academic excellence in the fields of Computer Science and Management Information Systems, the Professorial Chair grant was given to assist the University in carrying out its objectives and maintaining various activities and projects. The PLDT Professorial Chair in Computer Science was established on June 11, 1999 by the then-PLDT Foundation Inc.

    Isuzu D-MAX turnover

    Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) recently turned over eight units of the Isuzu D-MAX RZ4E to North Trend Marketing Corp. (NTM), the authorized distributor of the commercial and industrial lubes for Castrol in the Philippines. The turnover ceremony was led by IPC vice president for sales Yasuhiko Oyama.

    An Isuzu client since 2008, NTM had ordered multiple Isuzu D-MAX over the years which the company utilizes as service and delivery vehicles for its operations nationwide.

    The new acquisition will be allocated to NTM offices in Cebu and Cagayan De Oro.

    Maynilad is ‘Utility of the Future’

    Maynilad Water Services Inc. has received a citation from the World Bank in recognition of Maynilad’s commitment to become a “Utility of the Future” (UoF)—“a future-focused utility which provides reliable, safe, inclusive, transparent, and responsive water supply and sanitation services through best-fit practices that allow it to operate in an efficient, resilient, and sustainable manner”.

    The World Bank created the UoF diagnostic tool and action-planning methodology to help utilities assess their service, including the development of an immediate 100-day action plan to help them overcome challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Maynilad has been participating in the program since August 2020, joined by nine other water and wastewater companies from eight countries. Based on the UoF assessment, Maynilad ranked as “Utility of the Future” in one program criterion; as “World-Class” in seven criteria, and as “Well-Performing” in two other criteria.

    Performance and maturity were measured in organization and strategy, human resources and financial management, and technical and commercial operations. Service was also assessed in areas of reliability, safety, inclusiveness, transparency and responsibility.

    Malayan Bank offers motorcycle loan

    Malayan Bank is offering motorcycle loans as one of its many products and services.

    Customers may choose from the bank’s wide range of brand new and pre-loved units by doing a quick and simple search, select, and submit process online.

    The bank carries brands like Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha among others, at competitive rates and flexible 12, 18, 24, or 36-month payment schemes.

    Mekeni tocino variant

    Mekeni Food Corp. now offers two taste blends for its tocino line:   Classic Sweet and Tamis-Alat.

    Certified to have no MSG, salitre, and antibiotic residue, guaranteeing that the raw materials used are of the highest quality and  safe across all ages, these Mekeni family specialties are available in 220g and 450g from Mekeni Home2Home delivery service, local wet market and supermarket, and e-commerce platforms such Lazada, Shopee, GrabMart, and more.

    Fund transfers made easy by Union Bank

    Union Bank of the Philippines is one of the first in the country to initiate fund transfers via email or mobile through Instapay via its UnionBank Online App.

    With the new and improved InstaPay,  customers can now opt to send and receive up to P50,000 per day using email addresses and mobile numbers without the need to give their account numbers or enter the recipients’ bank account numbers starting Feb. 1.

    Since its launch, close to 57,000 customers have registered for this new feature.

    This feature is initially available to UnionBank and Chinabank customers.

    Grab launches Salamat sa Ani

    Grab Philippines, together with Zagana – the Philippines’ leading agri-social enterprise launched its Salamat Sa Ani initiative to encourage more Filipinos to show care and gratitude to their loved ones and frontliners.

    The initiative will also provide support to the farming communities  as contents of the Salamat Sa Ani gift sets  are sourced directly from Zagana farmers in Benguet, Pangasinan, and Cavite. Each Salamat Sa Ani gift set – which includes fresh corn, bananas and lime, is exclusively available on GrabMart for only P299.

    Salamat Sa Ani is one of the latest GrabForGood initiatives led by Grab Philippines where Grab’s technology and platform are leveraged to support the needs of the Filipino communities and help improve their lives and livelihoods. During the height of the pandemic, the GrabBayanihan program leveraged Grab’s technology and platform to provide much-needed support to driver-partners, frontliners, displaced individuals, farming communities, and local governments.

    Novartis Healthcare recognized as top employer

    Novartis Healthcare Philippines Inc. has been  recognized as a Top Employer 2021 in the Philippines by the Top Employers Institute, the global authority in recognizing excellence in people practices.

    One of Novartis’ innovative programs is the remote working arrangement called Choice with Responsibility (CwR), which aims to increase productivity and impact through enhanced flexibility. CwR offers office-based associates the choice to decide how, where and when to be most impactful in their roles, while taking personal responsibility to inform managers and align with teammates for effective collaboration based on the nature of their work.

     The company also provides internal training courses on Coursera and LinkedIn to build personal resilience and promote mental health. Its “Energized for Life” program provides guidance on mental health.

    In 2019 alone, the company’s business operations created a total of 9,517 local jobs, including the employment of 488 Filipino associates. I

    HABI calls for  support to Filipino weavers

    The Philippine Textile Council’s HABI Connects, a campaign to encourage more entrepreneurs, and small and big businesses both local and foreign, calls for support to the Philippine weaving industry and its many skilled weavers

    Since 2009, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council has been at the forefront of promoting, preserving, and sustaining the local textile industry. Over the years, HABI has connected Filipino weavers with more consumers through the annual Likhang HABI Market Fair. Through #HABIConnects, HABI aims to link more local and global brands and businesses with Filipino weavers from different parts of the country.

    The HABI Connects campaign has started with a collaboration with Bayo, a like-minded homegrown Filipino fashion brand.

    The HABI and Bayo collaboration rolls out a collection that uses natural fiber textiles in cotton, abaca and piña from La Herminia in Aklan, Ambension weavers in Bulacan, and Argao weavers in Cebu. It also features weaves of polyester worked with cotton threads to upcycle industry scraps or production offcuts and avert them from ending up in landfills. .


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