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    RWM spreads holiday thrill

    At the end of 2020, Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) League of Volunteer Employees (LOVE Plus) worked like Santa’s little helpers to spread holiday thrills and cheers to the community as part of the recently concluded Grand Fiesta Manila celebrations in 2020.

    Through partnerships between the culinary team and RWM hotel brands, over a thousand meal boxes were produced in the spirit of noche buena. With the aid of RWM’s inhouse delivery service, Delishvery, eleven community partners received their special packages in time for their end of year holiday celebrations.

    Partners from Belmont Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Manila sent care packages of assorted breads and pastries to medical frontliners at Pasay General Hospital. Hilton Manila, led by general manager Simon McGrath, delighted children under the care of Pasay Social Development Center with fried chicken, spaghetti, and holiday ham and cheese sandwiches.

    Save the Children Philippines families enjoyed holiday food packs of roast chicken and pancit canton from Marriott Hotel Manila and Sheraton Manila Hotel. Yet to open Hotel Okura Manila joined the festivities by sponsoring meals for Virlanie Foundation.

    Residents from Elsie Gaches VIllage, Pasay City’s Brgy. 183, Asilo de San Vicente de Paul, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly, Right Start Community Development, and medical frontliners from Philippine General Hospital shared feasted meals prepared by Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City and RWM’s culinary team.

    Aboitiz Group pledges anew for additional vaccine donations

    The Aboitiz Group has pledged additional doses of vaccine donations to the government as part of Wave 2 of ‘A Dose of Hope’, a tripartite initiative among the private sector, the government, and British drugmaker AstraZeneca, in support of the National Immunization Program.

    The company joined more than 300 private companies and nearly 40 local government units (LGUs) in a virtual signing ceremony last January 14.

    The program’s Wave 2 would bring more than three million additional doses on top of the 2.6 million doses signed for ‘Wave 1’ last November 2020. The tripartite initiative aims to help realize the collective goal of inoculating nearly 50 to 70 million Filipinos this year.

    Aboitiz was among the first 30 private companies to sign the deal with the national government and AstraZeneca during Wave 1.

    “The Aboitiz Group stands behind this national collaborative effort to protect Filipinos from Covid-19 while ensuring that we keep our economy running. We will continue to respond where our help is needed as our country moves forward to a better normal,” said Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin Aboitiz.

    Alorica to provide free vaccines to employees

    Alorica Inc. announced its action plan to provide COVID-19 vaccines to thousands of employees who choose to be vaccinated, free of charge. Alorica has partnered with the government to source vaccines for its workforce, making the company one of the first groups of large businesses to make the vaccine accessible for its employees.

    Alorica has ordered 80,000 doses of vaccine to support both employees and citizens of the Philippines. To employees who choose to participate, the vaccine will be administered by licensed healthcare providers with costs covered by Alorica.

    Through a landmark agreement that includes the government and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc., 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be ordered on behalf of the country. As a sponsor of this initiative, Alorica will not only provide thousands of employees with the vaccine, but also donate thousands of doses to priority groups in conjunction with the government.

    IPRA PH opens year with Communitalks

    IPRA Philippines, the local chapter of the International Public Relations Association, kicks off the new year with a first-in-a-series webinar titled Communitalks 1: Communication Trends in 2021 and Beyond. IPRA is the leading global network for Public Relations professionals.

    The webinar will be held on January 28, 4 to 6 p.m. and is now open for registration.

    This year’s webinar will be led by IPRA president Philippe Borremans.

    Communitalks will  bring together five communication and PR professionals to share how their experience in the past year has equipped them to face 2021 with optimism and confidence.

    The panel of speakers include DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute director Richard Pomar Burgos; APR-IABC fellow Ritzi Villarico-Ronquill; president and CEO of Buensalido PR and Communications,Joy Buensalido; and assistant vice president and head of Advocacy and Marketing for Maynilad, Abigail Ho-Torres.

    Maynilad treatment facility recognized in Global Water Awards

    The Putatan Water Treatment Plant 2 (PWTP 2) of West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. was recently conferred an award of distinction under the “Water Project of the Year” category of the Global Water Awards 2020.

    The Global Water Awards recognize the most important achievements in the international water industry. Nominations are shortlisted by a panel of industry experts, and the winners are voted for by the international water community.

    Maynilad’s PWTP 2 is the lone awardee from the Philippines.

    PWTP 2, Maynilad’s second facility to tap Laguna Lake as raw water source, gained recognition for its crucial role in addressing water security in Metro Manila. The facility was built to help moderate over-dependence on Angat Dam, as well as expand water service to Maynilad customers in the southern part of its West Concession area. With a production capacity of 150 million liters per day, PWTP 2 is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that enable it to produce potable water despite the variability of the lake water’s quality.

    “This recognition confirms that our projects stand side-by-side with the best water initiatives in the world. We are truly honored for this acknowledgement from the global water community,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.

    Organized by the Global Water Intelligence, the Global Water Awards reward initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption, and sustainable financial models.

    Maria Health, BillEase make insurance more affordable

    Maria Health, the country’s first and only health insurance marketplace, and FDFC, the fintech company which powers the Buy Now Pay Later app BillEase,  launched  their payment partnership to make healthcare and insurance products more accessible and affordable through an installment payment solution.

    Through the collaboration, BillEase, which provides a low cost credit line for online consumers with no debit or credit card using a proprietary algorithm, is now embedded as a payment method at Maria Health checkout, allowing customers to avail cardless installment.

    With the partnership, anyone who wants to avail insurance can select BillEase at Maria Health checkout to choose three payment options and customize their payment schedule based on their preference. Pay Later lets customers pay their insurance on their next pay day with no interest. Pay in Installments enables customers to spread the cost of the insurance product over time at a low interest rate, giving them flexibility and increased purchasing power. Pay with Down Payment allows customers to avail health coverage beyond their credit limit with a partial upfront payment.

    GBP celebrates graduation of pioneer batch of college scholars

    Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) celebrated the graduation of  its pioneer batch of college scholars  amid the challenging educational environment posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The three GBP scholars – Kaye Nicole Bacalso, Kent John Caburnay and James Edoloverio – graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Cebu Technological University.

    The scholars are selected from deserving students from indigent families from GBP’s adopted communities near their plant sites in Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan, and Mindoro.

    As of 2020, there are 805 scholars under the GBP Scholarship program with 239 from Cebu, 334 from Iloilo, 172 from Aklan, and 60 from Mindoro. Of this number, 305 are in elementary, 389 in high school, and 12 in college, including the three recent graduates.

    Likha Residences model unit launched

    Inspired by traditions, modern architecture and the needs of Filipino families, PHINMA Properties has opened the doors to Likha Residences, its latest project at the heart of Muntinlupa, last December 12. This newest work is a milestone for the company as it returns to the luxury market. Likha offers 3 to 4-storey townhomes that provide more than just a place for a family to live in, where every room is a new place for unforgettable memories.

    PHINMA Properties offers Filipino families modern contemporary homes designed to suit the lifestyles of different market segments. “We wanted to imbibe the Filipino culture and because of that, we made a conscious decision for all our projects across market segments – to have, to reflect the Filipino culture,” says Raphael Felix, PHINMA Properties president and CEO.

    Aside from its architectural inspiration, Likha is structured to be a secure home in a double-gated and “… (V)ery close to central business districts like the Makati and Alabang areas,” said Rogelio Garcia, PHINMA Properties vice president for sales and marketing.

    Likha Residences’ turnover model units are now open for viewing. In compliance with the safety measures, visitors who are interested can call 02-85356800 or +639175356800 to schedule a safe home tour at Likha Residences located at Km 19 West Service Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa City.

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