MVP Group turns over chopper to AFP for rescue, relief ops

    The MVP Group of Companies donated various logistics support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to aid in the country’s rescue and relief operations amid the destructive calamities that visit the country this year.

    During a turnover event at Camp Aguinaldo, chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan participated in the ceremonial turnover of a helicopter from Pacific Global One (PG1), the aviation group of the MVP Group, after careful selection and assessment by the AFP’s trained pilots.

    Other items that were turned over were rescue boats and trucks from Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), One Meralco Foundation (OMF), and MetroPac Movers Inc.

    As a consistent partner in the government’s endeavors, the MVP group supplied the agencies with the necessary vehicles to further augment the country’s available resources. “We have always been supportive of government endeavors, particularly in times of need,” said Pangilinan. “The nationwide presence of our businesses enables us to mobilize resources throughout the country and provides us with the means to augment the Government’s facilities to respond effectively to disasters and calamities.”

    The donation of the helicopter will prepare the Army pilots in the Philippine Army’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts, Air Ambulance, reconnaissance operation, and further trainings in aviation.

    Pangilinan, who is also chairman of Makati Medical Center, also signed a memorandum of agreement with the AFP, represented by Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff Geb. Gilbert  Gapay, to reinforce the public-private partnership for the organizational strengthening of their military treatment facilities.

     Globe myBusiness joins 2020

    Globe myBusiness is strengthening its information and communications technology (ICT) services by joining 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).

    CitySavings provides recovery assistance to schools

    In response to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) call for help, City Savings Bank Inc. has mobilized calamity related assistance through various relief distributions and education recovery support initiatives to the typhoon-affected areas in Regions 2, 3, NCR, 4A, 4B and 5.

    Over 1,800 relief goods (rice, canned goods, water, vitamins, coffee) and hygiene kits (bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrush) were distributed as immediate aid.

    The Bank also donated printers, inks, and bond papers to assist in the replacement and reproduction of self-learning modules (SLMs) to 75 schools and divisions in Luzon.

    “The corporate social responsibility projects of City Savings Bank have always been felt by the SDO of Camarines Sur, from the printing of SLMs to the relief operations due to typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. Thank you very much for being our active partner,” said Loida  Nidea , schools division superintendent – Division of Camarines Sur.

    CitySavings Reputation and Brand Management Head Paula Ruelan emphasized “As we usher in the new year, we are committed to supporting our education sector by providing resources the best way we can.  We advocate equal access to quality education despite the adversities brought by these natural calamities during this time of global health crisis.

    PayMaya fuels Unioil  with contactless payments solutions

    PayMaya has added Unioil recently to its roster of name partners. More than 70 Unioil gasoline stations across Luzon are being equipped with the widest range of contactless options for card and eWallet payments powered by PayMaya.

    Through the partnership, Unioil can now utilize the PayMaya One terminal to accept credit, debit, and prepaid card payment options for VISA, Mastercard, and JCB cardholders, as well as emerging payment options such as PayMaya QR, WeChat Pay, and GrabPay.

    PayMaya is currently the leading payment company in the Philippines with the widest deployment of Android-based POS terminals in the Philippines, with its PayMaya One device being adopted by major supermarkets, restaurants, service providers, and government agencies across the country.

    “Unioil made a strategic move in implementing the PayMaya One device across their branches as it caters to any form of cashless payments from motorists and at the same time, provides cashless convenience to its frontliners. More and more motorists are expected to use contactless payments as the government pushes for safer payment methods especially in the public transportation sector,” PayMaya president Shailesh Baidwan said.

    As Unioil and PayMaya team up to promote cashless payments, both frontline staff and customers can also practice safety and health measures by avoiding cash transactions while experiencing payment convenience. The PayMaya One terminal is wireless and ATEX-certified, providing motorists a safe and seamless way to settle their payments as they don’t have to leave their vehicles to enter their PIN for their payment. T

    Teleperformance helps disrupted enterprises navigate new digital landscape

    As the pandemic forces more people into a digital-only way of life, businesses must meet customers where they are today, according to Teleperformance Customer Experience Lab (CX Lab) in a recently published white paper entitled Redefining the Customer Experience for a Post-COVID-19 World. “Companies are operating in a dynamic environment where they have to be agile and responsive to client requirements, so they need solutions driven by technology, analytics, and process excellence teams to deliver change and results that would delight their customers,” said Mike Lytle, Teleperformance Philippines chief operations officer.

    The Technology, Analytics, and Process Excellence or TAP is Teleperformance’s business transformation framework – a methodology established to quickly identify transformation opportunities to adapt to the new environment. TAP does this through a systematic process of remote assessment agility with constant tracking, organization, and communication between the different stakeholders — from the initial collection of project data and KPIs, to complete and collaborative presentations.

    Moving clients from traditional delivery to smart operations, Teleperformance Philippines offerings for business-led and market-driven Digital Transformation solutions potentially improves business outcomes, with as much as 65.3 percent in savings.

    TAP initiatives, for instance, have resulted in 13.4 percent voice traffic deflected to digital and self-service options through Digital Experience Optimization for a pay TV client. A TAP project also resulted in processing time reduction from 90 Hours to just 15 minutes through Robotics Process Automation for a US commercial airline company.

    UPS continues to deliver hope

    As a longtime patron of SOS Children’s Villages, UPS Philippines traditionally engages the non-governmental organization with visits to its villages in Manila and Cebu by volunteers. The sessions help in the social and emotional development of the abandoned, neglected, and orphaned children who SOS Children’s Villages support, and is a regular affair that both sides look forward to.

    Volunteers at UPS Philippines took up the challenge of taking their activities virtual, and organized games and storytelling to provide much-needed interaction to the children during lockdown.

    In support of Typhoon Ulysses efforts, UPS Philippines also raised cash donations, sacks of rice and nearly 250 food baskets containing canned goods, noodles, coffee, milk, and biscuits.

    Operation Blessing Foundation, a non-profit organization, in turn distributed the donations to affected families in the Cagayan, Calabarzon, and Bicol regions. The donations helped address the dire need for food and other essentials in affected communities.

    This engagement with Operation Blessing Foundation is the latest initiative by UPS Philippines’ Community Involvement Committee.

    Metro Retail Stores helping communities thrive

    Cebu-based retailer Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) has strengthened its existing corporate social responsibility partnership with adlai producer Kiboa Ridge Farms, and moringa producer GreenEarth Heritage Foundation.

    Through this partnership, MRSGI provides these microentrepreneurs access to a wider market by making their products available in select Metro branches.

    The retail company recently rolled out the products of Kiboa and GreenEarth at Metro Market! Market!, Metro Alabang, Metro Feliz, and Metro Ayala Center Cebu; another initiative towards Metro’s mission of providing means for consumers to make choices that benefit communities in need.

    Kiboa Ridge Farms and GreenEarth Heritage Foundation are also some of the CSR partners and beneficiaries of MRSGI’s Virtual Metro Retail Community Bazaar, which is ongoing until the end of December.