(From left) Reynaldo Concordia, PAGCOR director;  Giovanne Lim, San Andres mayor; Alfredo Lim, PAGCOR president and chief operating officer; and Laurena.

    Bloomberry foundation sponsors new hospital

    Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. (BCFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Solaire Resort and Casino, is sponsoring the construction of the first hospital in San Andres, Quezon.

    To rise in Sitio Yuyuan, Barangay Camflora, the 25-bed-capacity hospital will have isolation rooms, semi-private rooms, six-bed wards and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  It will also have four emergency rooms, two operating/delivery rooms and provisions for consultation rooms and out-patient consultation rooms. Construction is expected to be completed in a year.

    At the groundbreaking ceremony held last January 15, Filipina Laurena, BCFI executive director, said:  “In partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), we seek to help the local government of San Andres to address the need for an affordable, accessible and adequate medical health facility for its seven barangays and for nearby contiguous towns as well.”  San Andres has an estimated population of more than 36,000.

    The full-service hospital nearest to San Andres is in Lucena, about 184 kilometers away or a land drive of four hours.

    The project is one of the public-private-partnership projects of BCFI and PAGCOR, which have been jointly undertaking projects in recent years covering three development pillars — environment and health, education and cultural heritage.

    Waltermart’s Handog Pamasko for frontliners 

    True to its commitment to be the friendly community hero, WalterMart brings ultimate shopping convenience to customers every day in the new normal, as well as cheers to frontliners in its Handog Pamasko gift giving held recently in all WalterMart Malls.

    A joint project with WalterMart Supermarket and WalterMart delivery, the Handog Pamasko program distributed 23,532 gift packs to chosen frontliners recipients in the community – medical frontliners, teachers, farmers and police – as its way of thanking them.

    Check out the Handog Pamasko Thank you video link: more updates, visit our facebook page @WalterMartMallOfficial, @WalterMartSupermarket or check our website at

    IPRA Philippines opens year with Communitalks webinar


    IPRA Philippines, the local chapter of the International Public Relations Association, the leading global network for Public Relations professionals, kicks off the new year with a first-in-a-series webinar entitled, “Communitalks 1: Communication Trends in 2021 and Beyond” on January 28, 4-6PM.

    Elena “Jingjing” Villanueva-Romero, president of IPRA Philippines Chapter said Communitalks aims to give participants valuable insights into the growing influence of public relations in various fields. “The objective of the webinar is to inform PR professionals, policy-makers, decision-makers in business and industry, in government and in the academe, on how to future-proof their organizations and move forward given the onslaught of uncertainties.”

    This year’s webinar will be led by IPRA president Philippe Borremans, an independent Public Relations consultant specializing in Emergency Risk and Crisis Communication. His works include strategic communications projects for epidemic and pandemic preparedness for international organizations like the World Health Organization.

    The speakers include DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) Director Richard Pomar Burgos; APR-IABC fellow Ritzi Villarico-Ronquill;  Buensalido PR and Communications President and CEO Joy Lumawig-Buensalido; and Maynilad Assistant Vice President and Head of Advocacy and Marketing Abigail Ho-Torres.

    Burgos will discuss lessons in public relations from a government agency’s point of view. Villarico-Ronquillo’s topic will be about emerging technologies and tools to capture niche opportunity across multiple channels. Lumawig-Buensalido will talk about how her agency adapted to the pandemic and how adaptability has become an important skill in the industry. Ho-Torres will share her perspective on the importance and impact of sustainable business practices and CSR in the current social environment.

    Interested parties may visit the IPRA Philippines Facebook page for inquiries.

    KFC cuts carbon footprint further in e-bikes for delivery program

    Quick-Service Restaurant KFC has moved to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint with the rollout of its pioneering e-bike (electric bike) fleet for food delivery in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

    Several units of the eco-friendly e-bikes have been deployed last year, with 72 more set to be dispatched to service KFC stores in Metro Manila and its peripheries.

    “This is a trailblazing initiative for KFC and reflects our continuing pursuit for more ways to contribute to the global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change,” KFC Philippines chief operations officer Jojo Marcelo said.

    “The e-bike fleet is part of KFC’s response to the clamor for the private sector to escalate the green movement, which gives primary consideration to the environment in all aspects of the business, from production to consumption. It is also our way of addressing the growing need for sustainable food delivery service in this New Normal when mobility is restricted and people are staying indoors even while working or studying,” Marcelo added.

    KFC now prides itself as the first quick-service restaurant in the country to utilize e-bikes for eco-friendly delivery.

    Shell’s Bitumen FreshAir can cover infra projects in entire Luzon, Viz-Min

    (From left) Drew Arellano, host; Rhowell Tiu, Cebu 7th TechnoChem Industries, Inc. quality assurance manager; Engr. Reynaldo Faustino, DPWH Bureau of Research asst. director; Allan Canedo Shell Bitumen PH country business manager and Jeyan Vasudevan Shell Specialties Business regional technology manager for Asia
    (From left) Drew Arellano, host; Rhowell Tiu, Cebu 7th TechnoChem Industries, Inc. quality assurance manager; Engr. Reynaldo Faustino, DPWH Bureau of Research asst. director; Allan Canedo Shell Bitumen PH country business manager and Jeyan Vasudevan Shell Specialties Business regional technology manager for Asia

    Pilipinas Shell has officially launched Bitumen FreshAir, the environment-friendly asphalt product developed to reduce air quality impact in the construction of bridges, highways, racetracks, roads, bridges, and runways.  A total of 17 million kilograms of Shell’s Bitumen can cover various local infrastructure projects all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, enhancing the air quality for motorists and passengers as they travel.

    The product has earned the nod of the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) Assistant Director, Bureau of Research and Standards Engr. Reynaldo Faustino, as the earth-friendly bitumen product complies with DPWH’s standard regulations.

    “We’re looking to lock in deals with ecotourism destinations just like Bohol where stringent policies in protecting the environment are in place. We are confident that we can cover infrastructure projects in the whole Visayas, Mindanao, and even Luzon with the 17-million kilograms of Bitumen FreshAir that our plants based in Batangas and Mindanao are currently sheltering,” Canedo said.

    The use of Bitumen FreshAir has a similar impact on the reduction of nitrogen equivalent to removing an average of 40 cars per kilometer of asphalt laid per year says Shell Bitumen Philippines Technical Manager Janet Marcellana.

    Dir. Faustino added that the DPWH encourages stakeholders in the construction industry to “consider the use of environment-friendly construction materials to create a more sustainable tomorrow.”

    “Shell is a responsible company that is always looking forward to making solutions that will benefit mankind and the environment. In the years to come, we can assure you that we will remain committed in providing solutions to the ever-changing needs of the world,” said Jeyan Vasudevan, Regional Technology Manager for Asia, Shell Specialties Business.


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