Zobel  (5th from left), Zodiac Health Ventures CEO Jenara “Nona” Ong (5th from right),  Duque III (3rd from right), and AC Health president and CEO Paolo Borromeo (rightmost), together with other AC Health and DOH representatives 

    AC Health showcases cancer site

    Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. (AC Health) is developing the country’s first comprehensive cancer specialty hospital.

    On December 9, the AC Health Group, led by Fernando Zobel de Ayala, welcomed DOH Secretary Francisco  Duque III, to the cancer center site in FTI Complex, Taguig for a brief tour and a discussion of AC Health’s initiatives to support the implementation of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA).

    “Being one of the first private institutions to respond to COVID-19, the Ayala group continuously works with the IATF and the government in providing testing and treatment modalities for patients all over the country,” Duque said.

    “The Ayala Group will continue to be a partner of the Department of Health (DOH) in addressing healthcare gaps in the country. AC Health’s network offers a unique opportunity to redefine healthcare in the Philippines and the Ayala Group is committed to continue investing in various innovative healthcare solutions,” added  Zobel, chairman of the Board of AC Health.

    In November, AC Health announced its partnership with the Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI), a Varian company and a leading oncology services provider that has supported the delivery of safe, quality, and affordable cancer care worldwide for nearly two decades. The 100-bed cancer facility will be located in the FTI Complex in Taguig City, Metro Manila, adjacent to Ayala Land’s Arca South development

    MORE Power’s 1st major investment in Iloilo City comes to life

    Striving towards improving the efficiency of Iloilo City’s power sector, MORE Power has embarked on its first major investment critical to the modernization of its distribution system.

    This was stressed by Enrique K. Razon, Jr., chairman and president of Prime Strategic Holdings, Inc., major shareholder of MORE Power, following the energization of the 10MVA mobile substation at Iloilo Business Park at Megaworld in Mandurriao District here. The substation is expected to perform at a safe 70% capacity.

    “The mobile substation will increase the capacity of the Megaworld area–one of Iloilo’s fastest-growing areas–by 6-8 megawatts… (and) will decongest the Mandurriao substation,” Razon said, adding that the powering on of the mobile substation is the utility’s first major step towards doubling Iloilo City’s power capacity within the next five years.

    Razon disclosed that MORE Power will allocate around P2 Billion as emergency capital budget to further upgrade the distribution system here. Within the next five years, this capacity expansion will include a 30MVA mobile substation, another 50 MVA substation in Iloilo Business Park, and the substations in the city proper and in Jaro.

    Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, during the inauguration recently stressed that the mobile substation is a significant addition in the rehabilitation and upgrading of Iloilo City’s distribution system.

    Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, meanwhile, said the 10MVA substation will not only provide the Megaworld with a larger capacity to service its power needs, but also ‘breathing space’ for two substations: the Mandurriao substation and to some extent, the Molo substation.

    For his part, Roland Tiongson, first vice president of Megaworld Premier Offices, hailed MORE Power’s installation of the mobile station at the Megaworld area.

    Globe Rewards: Converting points into purpose

    At least P1.5M Globe Rewards points were converted into cash donations for the victims of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses through ABS-CBN Foundation and Ayala Foundation, Inc.

    Globe customers are able to use their rewards points to extend help to others. As of end – November 2020, the customers have collectively raised P17 million by donating their Globe Rewards points to benefit organizations and advocacies under Globe’s roster of partners that customers have chosen to support. These advocacies champion the company’s vision towards national development and advancement: environmental sustainability, disaster relief, reforestation, child protection, hunger mitigation, education, animal welfare, marine biodiversity, mental wellness and medical support.

    Overall, Globe Rewards has provided 14,710 meal packs to underserved families within Metro Manila and those affected by the recent calamities; enabled the planting of 9,115 indigenous trees in Mindanao, helped provide medical care to 3,594 rescued animals, provided medical support to 631 cancer patients, provided 350 educational materials on marine biodiversity to youth leaders, provided connectivity to 239 public school teachers, helped with scholarships of 7 former drug dependents, facilitated the training of mental health frontline responders, supported child welfare programs and supported the LGBTQ+ community during Pride celebration.

    The Globe Rewards app may be downloaded on mobile devices here.

    Globe remains committed to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click here to know more about Globe’s sustainability initiatives.

    BPI, clients give back to fisherfolk

    The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI), together with its social development arm BPI Foundation, is foregoing its traditional Christmas gifts for clients to extend help to local fisherfolks affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    BPI Foundation recently created the Sulong Pinoy program in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) that aims to elevate the lives of marginalized and underserved Filipinos. For the pilot run, beneficiaries will be select fisherfolk communities from Bicol and Occidental Mindoro who rely on catching tuna for income and food but have been negatively impacted by quarantine protocols and the recent typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

    The “Sulong Pinoy” program aims to provide technological and logistical equipment, and establish foodsheds, which are expected to benefit at least 7,800 low-income tuna fishermen from Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait. Additionally, there will be capacity-building sessions on foodshed management and financial literacy sessions to help beneficiaries cope with their difficulties.

    BPI will donate P2.5 million while BPI Foundation will give P3 million to the “Sulong Pinoy” program through Christmas e-cards, under the names of select clients. The total amount of P5.5 million will be turned over to WWF-Philippines within December and the program will be implemented in January 2021.

    Hyundai promo

    Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. ongoing  MerrygaLOW Promo makes it easier to own a  Hyundai Starex with up to P290,000 savings.

    The Hyundai STAREX is perfect for family trips since its distinctive double sliding doors allows you to hop in and out with ease, while the long wheelbase assures ample legroom and make for a stable and noise-free ride even while moving at top speed.

    And even if it is famously spacious, there is always a place for everything. Up front, the two-tiered glove box and overhead console accommodate driver stash while passengers can load road trip essentials, like water bottles, snacks, or reading material into the multiple door compartments. Indeed, the STAREX is designed with family comfort and bonding in mind.

    Big cash savings on other favorite Hyundai vehicles are also offered: Hyundai KONA (P205,000.00 in savings), Hyundai ACCENT (up to P160,000.00 in savings), and Hyundai REINA (P110,000.00 in savings).

    Hyundai’s MerrygaLOW promo runs from December 1 to 31.

    Smart boosts post-typhoon aid

    Smart is helping Marikina residents who were heavily impacted by Typhoon Ulysses get back on their feet.

    Together with PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), PayMaya and the local government of Marikina, the wireless unit of PLDT launched a cash-for-work program in the city that allowed families immediate livelihood opportunities after the wrath of the typhoon.

    Around 100 beneficiaries in Barangay Industrial Valley Complex received daily wages, as well as cleaning materials and hygiene kits for their efforts. Smart also handed out relief packs and face masks.

    Smart also launched the same program in Barangay San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal that supported 115 families. Residents have been cleaning mud and debris that swamped the community after Typhoon Ulysses dumped heavy rains a few weeks ago.

    Including Marikina and Rizal, the cash-for-work aid will benefit some 925 families in typhoon-hit areas in Tuguegarao City; Garchitorena and Pili, Camarines Sur; and Ilagan, Isabela.

    Around 115 families were supported by the cash-for-work program in Rizal

    Delta launches industry’s contact tracing for travelers

    Delta is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep international customers informed of potential COVID-19 exposure through contact tracing.

    Beginning Dec. 15, Delta will become the first US airline to ask customers traveling to the US from an international location to voluntarily provide five pieces of data to aid contact tracing and public health follow-up efforts, including: full name, email address, address in the US, primary phone and a secondary phone.

    Customers and those in their itinerary can voluntarily participate in the contact-tracing program if they are flying on any Delta-operated flight or  if they are a foreign national and/or a US passport holder traveling to the US as final destination.

    Currently, in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case travelling while infectious, the CDC requests a passenger manifest from Delta to identify all customers seated two seats around the confirmed case. This information is then transmitted to the appropriate local health departments for follow-up, with each department taking responsibility for passengers in their own jurisdiction.

    Delta will resume service between Manila and the US on Jan. 2, 2021.


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