Eurotel Hotel volunteers reach out to community

    Eurotel Hotel volunteers reached out to the typhoon-stricken community of Sitio Kayrupa, Barangay San Rafael, Rizal last November 29. A total of 300 relief goods such as clothing, food packs, toys, and vitamins were given to the affected residents. “As part of the EuroReach’s initiatives, Eurotel’s corporate social responsibility program, we would like to extend our help to more indigent communities in the country. Also, I would like to thank our media partners and the LGUs who helped us; this donation drive wouldn’t be successful without you,” said Board Director Edmundo Las. 

    Hope floats at the SM Mall of Asia

    The SM Mall of Asia has welcomed the New Year with hope for better times as gigantic balloons featuring Cathie the Caterpillar, MOA Airlines, and MOA Express Train float above the Central Park of SM By the Bay delight shoppers of all ages.

    VeMoBro launches services

    VeMoBro, a Pinoy-bred e-commerce platform, has rolled out its services in the market.

    “What many e-commerce companies lack today is compassion, and VeMoBro is here to bring that to our sellers and customers. We know we’re up against e-commerce giants, but what we can offer is unique because we’re 100 percent Filipino-made,” said Vergil Bargola, founder and chief executive officer of VeMoBro.

    VeMoBro, launched online in December, aims to be the preferred marketplace for buyers and sellers in the Philippines. Sellers will benefit from VeMoBro’s seamless onboarding system, enhanced delivery services for local and foreign markets, and efficient customer service systems.

    Buyers can proceed to VeMoBro’s online marketplace for exclusive discounts and deals on a variety of products, including food, essential items, gadgets and accessories, automotive products, and more. Also available are preferred payment options like cash-on-delivery, online banking, e-wallet payment through GCash, GrabPay, Coins and Dragonpay.

    The company also has fail-safe features to ensure that there are no fake products or scams in the VeMoBro marketplace.

    IBM empowers youth to build web solutions

    IBM  has partnered with the Asia Pacific College (APC) to host the SkillsBuild Innovation Camp that aims to accelerate a students’ journey to becoming front end web developers and address the current skills gap in the Philippines.

    154 APC students of Multimedia Arts, Game Development, Information Technology and Computer Science will learn from experienced professionals about coding, front end web development and design thinking.

    The SkillsBuild Innovation Camp for Web Developers will culminate on March 10 with a competition where the participants will present to facilitators, stakeholders and potential employers or investors their innovative human-centered web solutions for disaster resiliency.

    IBM launched SkillsBuild in 2019 as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives for education and skills, to help job seekers upskill, reskill and reach their professional goals. IBM and its global ecosystem of learning partners provide users with purposefully curated relevant technology and professional content, skills badges, coaching, and project-based learning.

    During the 12-weeks at the camp, students will be exposed to front-end web development and programming skills including HTML, GIT, Javascript, CSS-Pre-processors and CSS, as well as gain globally recognized IBM SkillsBuild badges.

    Pinoy traders bag awards at ATFX

    ATFX recently held the first online trading competition in Southeast Asia (SEA) participated in by more than 100 traders from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

    At the end of the over 10-hour trading contest period, two Filipinos emerged among the top three traders to earn the highest percentage in returns. Grand champion Danilo Rosal from Quezon City bested everyone with a 34.75 percent profit; while Raelan Mario Andam Andres from La Union finished second runner-up after posting a 14.27 percent profit.

    Rosal who has  22 years of trading experience. mainly traded major currencies for many years of his trading career. It was only recently that he has entered gold commodities, energy, and oil markets.

    AllDay goes online with AllDay Market, personal shopping service

    AllDay Supermarket, through its 26 locations across the country, takes pride in elevating the essential task of grocery shopping. AllDay Supermarket is a curated experience combining convenience, comprehensive offerings and ambiance inspired by the best supermarkets in the world.

    To provide a safer and more convenient experience to its customers nationwide in the “new normal,” AllDay Supermarket made a quick pivot to e-commerce. Now, shoppers who wish to buy their day-to-day essentials at home can do so using the AllDay Market website ( AllDay Market is the AllValue group’s official e-commerce website. AllDay’s affiliate brands include AllHome, AllDay Rx, AllToys and AllSports.

    AllDay Supermarket also launched the AllDay Personal Shopper Service which affords the shopper to send in their grocery list via Viber. Personal shoppers will do the groceries for them. Orders are served the very next day.

    Since 2017, AllDay Supermarket has now opened 26 stores, including locations in Molino, Kawit, Las Pinas, Libis, Taguig, Sta. Rosa, Pampanga, Global South, Naga, Iloilo, General Trias and Tanza, Evia, Starmall Alabang, Malolos, Dasmarinas, North Molino, Imus, Salawag, Dona Manuela, Cabanatuan, Sta. Maria and a new location, Santiago, in the pipeline. AllDay also has 77 convenience store locations all across the country.

    Montinola heads MAP

    Former Bank of the Philippine Islands President Aureli “Gigi” Montinola III is the 2021 president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), the 72nd to hold the post since MAP was organized in 1950.

    Montinola currently sits as chairman of Far Eastern University (FEU), and is also the chairman of Amon Trading, East Asia Computer Center, Far Eastern College Silang, Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation, FEU High School, FEU Alabang and Roosevelt College. He is a director of the BPI and an independent director of the Roxas and Company Inc. He previously served as president of the Bankers Association of the Philippines .

    He also sits as chairman of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, the WWF Philippines National Advisory Council, and the National Golf Association of the Philippines. He is vice chairman of the Philippine Business for Education.

    Montinola was awarded the 2005 and 2010 Asian Banker Leadership Award for the Philippines, and the 2012 “MAP Management Man of the Year”.

    He graduated with a BS Management Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1973 and received his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1977.

    SAS wins HR Asia’s Best Companies To Work For

    SAS in Singapore has won HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020 (Singapore Edition) Award. This is the third consecutive year that SAS has won this prestigious award. The company has also received HR Asia’s Most Caring Companies Award for 2020. SAS in Singapore and Philippines has also been certified by Great Place to Work as a great workplace for 2020.

    HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards recognizes companies that have shown world-class employee engagement and workplace excellence, while displaying demonstrable empathy and care for their employees. Asia’s largest, the awards cover over 300,000 employees across 11 markets. Employees rate their employers using the proprietary Total Engagement Assessment Model (TEAM) survey, which covers collective consciousness, workplace sentiment, and team dynamics.

    In its recognition by Great Place to Work, SAS in Singapore and Philippines has been certified as a great workplace for 2020, with respectively 79% and 76% of employees rating it as a great place to work. Great Place to Work results are based on their rigorous Trust Index Survey and Culture Management platform.

    Remco den Heijer, vice president for Asean at SAS said: “Winning both the awards and certifications are a testament to our efforts at SAS to create a culture of innovation, creativity and inclusivity. Our holistic approach towards employees is supported by our comprehensive talent management strategy and our Total Rewards programme that aims to create a work environment that inspires and energises our employees.”

    Experts tackle digitalization in healthcare

    Enrique Tayag, director at the Department of Health,  together with Cisco Asean Industry Advisor for Healthcare Kenan Yorucu and prominent healthcare experts shared insights into the state of the country’s healthcare system during Cisco’s Executive Live Series titled Navigating the Shift held recently.

    The first line of defense that the DOH set up to cope with the pandemic is telemedicine via teleconferencing solutions, providing patients the option to seek medical help at home. For private hospitals, this strategy proved to be effective as well.

    According to Yorucu, Philippine hospitals are at par with other markets in terms of technology adoption, citing the increased adoption of telehealth and telemedicine services across the Asean region as patients take advantage of mobile network and mobile devices as platform for services.

    Cited as the biggest innovation in the healthcare industry is the closer attention to patient experience, supported by automation and internet of things, enabling doctors and practitioners to provide efficient healthcare without compromising their own health. Progressive hospitals with enterprise-grade connectivity and technology have been able to continue a high level of service despite pandemic disruptions.

    Yorucu highlighted more creative ways that hospitals could take advantage of innovative technology, adding that Cisco is working with other hospitals to install video end points and connectivity for the increased use of robotics.