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    The women of Samahang Tubig Maynilad-Riverview community. 

    Maynilad’s livelihood program for urban poor

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has been sustaining its livelihood programs for urban poor communities during the pandemic, enabling some 300 indigent beneficiaries to continue earning income despite current constraints.

    The water company taps its Samahang Tubig Maynilad (STM) communities in Tondo, Manila, and Riverview, Quezon City, to produce “pandemic essentials” such as soaps, disinfectants and face masks. Maynilad arranged the livelihood seminars and skills development trainings for these STM communities, which now produce the items that Maynilad purchases for its COVID-19 relief initiatives and other donation drives.

    Through the sale of their products to Maynilad and other buyers, the STM communities were able to augment their income and stave off the impact of the economic crunch brought on by the pandemic.

    STM is a pro-poor water service delivery program wherein informal settlers are organized into cooperative-based water associations that are trained to effectively manage the small-scale water systems in their respective areas. Aside from generating savings for its beneficiaries and improving their sanitation conditions, STM has also been instrumental in empowering informal settlers through the values formation, skills training, and livelihood components of the program.

    Smart devices for Vista Residences condo

     Vista Residences, the condominium arm of the country’s largest homebuilder, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. and AllHome, a one-stop shop for all home needs have recently collaborated with Cherry Mobile’s IoT product line Cherry Home to make it easier for its residents to automate their condo units through the use of smart devices available at AllHome.

    Some favorites and condo-friendly smart home products from Cherry Home for keeping up with the trend of transforming a Vista Residences condo unit into a smart home, perfect for modern-day condo living are: Cherry Home Smart Security Sensor enables security notification and logs every time the sensor detects an open door or window; Cherry Home IR Transceiver t is  a Wi-Fi-based IR blaster that can remotely control any IR-based home appliance like the TV, air conditioner, and other appliances; Cherry Home Smart Multi-Color Bulb offers an affordable yet cool mood-lighting consisting of RGB and different colors as well as a timer for setting brightness, color, and even schedule for when these settings can be applied on this 9-watt LED bulb; Cherry Home GX3 Smart Swivel Camera allows remote viewing with a controllable camera view and full HD result video and has 2-way audio feature with use of a smartphone camera; Cherry Home 3-USB & 4-USB Smart Extension Cord allows for setting devices on preferred schedule and action; Cherry Home Smart Video Doorbell with a tiny camera with night vision that can capture real-time videos through its 1080p HD camera, and a two-way audio system for communicating with the person at the door.

    Vista Residences has ready for occupancy and pre-selling units in Manila and Quezon City for those wanting to invest. Visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph, and for Cherry Home and other home essentials, check out www.allhome.com.ph.

    Nestlé Cares Kasambuhay sa Pagbangon

    Employees of Nestlé Philippines recently held a voluntary fundraising initiative for the benefit of fishing communities across Albay, Catanduanes, and Camarines Sur, who have lost homes and livelihoods in the aftermath of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

    They raised almost P600,000 which was matched by the company, with the proceeds totaling P1,181,600 turned over to WWF-Philippines for Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc.

    The initiative, called Kasambuhay sa Pagbangon, was held under the auspices of Nestlé Cares, a global employee volunteer program which enables participants to make a difference by engaging with and assisting individuals and communities.

    As another component of the initiative, Nestlé Philippines contributed products in two waves consisting of Milo, Bear Brand Fortified and Nescafe to communities hit by the typhoons, including those in the Cagayan Valley region, Bulacan, Marikina City, Rizal and the Bicol region.

    Dynabook unveils Portégé X30L-J, Portégé X40-J laptops

    Dynabook Singapore Pte. Ltd. has recently unveiled two new business devices in its premium Portégé range – the Portégé X30L-J and the Portégé X40-J. Both devices feature 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and bring together superb performance, graphics, responsiveness, and battery life, in lightweight and ultra-mobile yet robust form factors. When inspiration strikes, both laptops are the perfect companion to capture a thought with their instant-on capabilities, minimizing the time from boot up to action. 

    “We live in an ‘always on’ and ‘always there’ world, and the evolving demands of both work and life mean users need a device which can not only keep pace with this lifestyle but enhance it,” said Wong Wai Meng, General Manager, Dynabook Singapore. “This pair of new devices brings Dynabook’s vision for continues innovation to life, providing users with everything they need for uninterrupted productivity, creativity and collaboration, wherever they need to be.”

    The Portégé X30L-J and Portégé X40-J are available in the Philippines starting December 2020. For more information about the dynabook range please visit: http://asia.dynabook.com

    PetroSolar enters PEZA Awards’ Hall of Fame

    PetroSolar Corp. (PSC) was elevated to the Hall of Fame of PEZA Awards for winning the Outstanding Community Project Award for three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019 at an awarding ceremony on December 10 in Pasay City.

    PEZA cited the efforts of PSC in strengthening its relationship with partner communities, a total of 11 barangays in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac City.

    PGEC environmental and community relations manager Yrel  Ventura,  said PSC’s efforts focused on systematic approach to health, education, and livelihood programs, with the goal of building progressive and peaceful communities.

    PSC’s community projects were designed based on a socio demographic survey conducted in 2016 within the said barangays to assess the needs, resources, and opportunities in the area. PSC’s flagship livelihood project for chili farmers was recognized by the Department of Agriculture to be a learning hub in the province.

    PSC’s community projects and other corporate social responsibility initiatives are implemented under We Power HELP (Health Education and Livelihood Program) banner of its parent company, PetroEnery Resource Corp.

    We Power HELP projects are implemented in Batangas, Aklan, Tarlac, Palawan, and Mindanao, and include medical missions and nutrition campaign, Adopt-a-School, trainings for teachers, scholarships, livelihood projects for women and farmers, and crisis and disaster response.

    Jollibee sends especial ready-to-cook food to calamity-affected communities

    The Jollibee Group recently developed and donated two new ready-to-cook food that were distributed to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and by the recent typhoons. It has leveraged on its expertise in meal preparation and product development to come up with these food products that allow more people to be fed nutritious meals at a lower cost, without compromising taste.

    The residents of Pangarap Village in Caloocan City were among the recipients of the Jollibee Group’s Chicken Guisado,  one of two specially designed ingredients that allow more people to be fed nutritious meals at a lower cost, without compromising taste.

    This is part of the Jollibee Group’s FoodAID Program that helps feed frontliners and families that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To date, the Jollibee Group through its partners has distributed 18,405 packs of its Chicken Guisado and Beef Meatball Products, benefitting 115,995 individuals affected by the pandemic and the recent typhoons.

    RWM weathering storms with L.O.V.E.

    Resorts World Manila (RWM) responded with L.O.V.E. when  super typhoons Rolly and Ulysses swept through the nation in the beginning of November.

    The League Of Volunteer Employees (L.O.V.E.), RWM’s umbrella program for corporate social responsibility (CSR), in the midst of limited business operations banded together to provide relief to those severely affected.

    The CSR team deployed donation boxes to internal departments to collect relief supplies. Employees pooled resources together and filled up over 220 boxes of relief supplies and other essentials, along with light construction materials.

    Through the company’s safety and security department, the CSR team coordinated with the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council  for immediate deployment of donations to most vulnerable areas in Tuguegarao City.

    PR Congress set Feb.

    The   27th National PR Congress will hold its virtual conference on  February 17 to 19.

    On day one, discussions will center on the impact of the pandemic on the industry while topics on the second day will focus on  the role of new technologies and online tools in enabling the country’s PR industry to adapt to the new normal, taking off from

    The Congress, spearheaded and organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the nation’s premier organization for public relations professionals, will look into the use of big data, AI and analytics, how brands can optimize technology and innovations to continue evolving without departing from their vision, and how messaging is changing in a post-digital era.

    “New technologies continue to emerge and PR professionals must learn how to adapt and use these tools to develop better communication strategies that serve brands while contributing to the society,” said PRSP president Norman Agatep, APR.

    Ana Pista, Congress chair, said:“Technology makes up much of our daily living, and the PR industry must ride the tide. Communication professionals should see technology as a tool that increases the effectiveness of our relationship-building efforts with our audiences.”