MakatiMed bags awards for COVID-19 best practices

    Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) received the Excellence Award for Patient Safety from the 2020 Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA), and has been selected for a special recognition for the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Beyond the Call of Duty for COVID-19 program.

    The hospital won the AHMA Excellence Award for its MMC: Beyond Malasakit – the Hospital with a Stronger Heart for best practices in its COVID-19 response. According to Rose Onilongo, AHMA 2020 conference manager, “This year, we received 200 entries from 89 hospitals in 16 countries. Winning the Gold or Excellence awards is recognition that the entry was the most outstanding for this category in the region.”

    IHF commended MakatiMed for its demonstration of outstanding efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital joins the select roster of awardees from 27 different countries around the world.

    The Asian Hospital Management Awards is a prestigious ceremony that recognizes and honors hospitals in the Asia Pacific.

    The IHF is an international not for profit, non-governmental membership organization headquartered in Geneva Switzerland, and counts worldwide hospitals and healthcare among its members.

    MakatiMed found itself in a central role with the first surge of COVID-19 patients back in March and April. With the timely and effective implementation of protocols, and collaboration among doctors across demographic and expertise, the hospital, led by Medical Director Dr. Saturnino Javier, was able to respond quickly to manage the influx of cases and ensure the safety and welfare of patients and frontliners.

    MakatiMed consistently posted a high rate of recovery for the COVID-19 patients it has under its care. As of October 16, the numbers stand as such for the hospital: 5,321 cases, 140 deaths (2.6 percent), and 5,072 recoveries (95 percent).

    P&A Grant Thornton named Outstanding Accountancy
    Professional of the Year

     P&A Grant Thornton chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO) Marivic Españo was conferred the 2020 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Accountancy by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

    The prestigious award was given by the Commission as recommended by a distinguished panel of judges to Españo for fulfilling the criteria of exemplifying professional competence and integrity of the highest degree, for her contributions to the advancement of the Accountancy profession and her contribution and participation in socio-related activities.

    As a recognized expert in fields such as strategy, management, business process improvement, professional accounting services and taxation, Españo has exhibited impeccable leadership and excellence throughout her professional career.

    She steered P&A Grant Thornton (Punongbayan & Araullo) to remarkable levels of growth, being its CEO since 2011.

    The Final Pitch set

     Non-profit organizations, startups, and innovators with new solutions to address COVID-19 related challenges are invited to submit their pitches for business investors, donations, and grants to qualify for the sixth season of The Final Pitch.

    Themed the Heroes Edition, the sixth season of the Philippines’ first and only business reality TV show will feature Li Hao Zhuang, president and chief executive officer of FWD Insurance, and Vince Yamat, managing partner of 917Ventures, as investors looking for multisectoral business solutions and high impact advocacies.

    In an effort to address the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming season adjusts its format to accommodate pitches from non-profits for donations and grants, and entrepreneurs for new normal investment proposals.

    Pitches for donations and grants must come from reputable organizations that have a specific task for beneficiary communities such as medical frontliners, farmers, indigent communities, and displaced workers.

    Pitches for investments on the other hand, should come from entrepreneurs, inventors and startups and provide solutions and technologies to the country’s transition to the new normal.

    Globe myBusiness joins PSIA’s 2020

    Globe myBusiness is strengthening its information and communications technology (ICT) services by joining the Philippine Software Industry Association’s (PSIA) 2020: Codetagion, the country’s biggest virtual conference for promoting and celebrating the world-class products and services of the local information technology industry.

    The event discussed key trends in the marketplace, analyzed opportunities and challenges, and focused on the vision of technology as it drives today’s businesses. This year’s theme, “codetagion,” served as a venue to spread actionable ideas and practical solutions.

    Globe myBusiness hosted the breakout session “How to Integrate Security Into DevOps with Confidence,” an exciting panel led by Jayden Aung, the Regional Cloud Security Architect of Check Point Software Technologies.

    As an industry leader for 13 years, Aung has held multiple roles covering cloud security, security services, application security, and privileged identity management. He has led numerous technical enablement sessions and has joined tech talks about cloud native security in the region. In addition, Aung has developed DevOps-related work around integrating security into CICD pipelines, which have been published on the host GitHub. He has also written articles on DevSecOps.

    At the conference, attendees learned from software and design experts from around the world. Guests also have access to exhibitor booths showcasing their latest products and services. They can also meet, chat, and network with industry peers and speakers.

    The event was co-organized by the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

    For more information about the event, visit