SMC’s Better World Tondo facility

    SMC food aid program in Tondo continues, donations reach 55,000 kilos

    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) reported that its food assistance program for families in the poorest districts of Tondo has reached 55,000 kilos of staple goods, distributed weekly to families since the health crisis struck in March last year.

    The program is just one of several initiatives undertaken by SMC’s Better World Tondo feeding and community learning center.

    SMC president Ramon S. Ang said for the past 10 months, some 465 families have been receiving grocery products every week from SMC’s Better World Tondo community center. The grocery packs consist of meat and other frozen products and various canned goods from SMC’s food unit, San Miguel Foods, as well as fish and vegetables.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, the center shifted its operations from providing daily meals to handing out weekly groceries for children attending its after-school program and their families.

    “Through our SMC Better World Tondo, we’ve been able to have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of our families there. Even if the children are not able to attend daily classes and have their meals at the center, every week, we provide grocery products for their entire families, to make sure they stay healthy, and also help keep more of them at home,” said  Ang.

    “We assure the families that our San Miguel Foundation and San Miguel Foods will continue this program. We recognize that our poorest families also continue to be the most vulnerable to the impacts of this pandemic, and we will continue to find ways to help them out,” Ang added.

    PhilHealth unveils new Member Portal

    The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently reintroduced a new online facility in its website to provide registered members with safe, easy and hassle-free access to their own membership and contribution records.

    Dubbed “PhilHealth Member Portal,” this new facility can be accessed using smart phones, laptops, tablets or personal computers that have internet connection from the comfort of homes or offices, saving members from time-consuming lines, transportation costs and more importantly from that hazards of contracting COVID-19.

    This new facility allows registered members to view and verify the accuracy of the information reflected in their membership profiles such as name, date of birth,address, employer, names of dependents, and other pertinent details. It also allows downloading and printing of Member Data Record (MDR) as well as for those who opt to keep a hard copy on file.

    Members needing to update their membership profile may fill-out the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) which can also be downloaded from the website ( or may use their printed MDR indicating therein the correction/s and together with supporting documents must be submitted either via email(clear scanned copy) to the email address to be provided by their respective regional offices or in person at the nearest Local Health Insurance Office (LHIO) for updating.

    It also enables members to view their contribution history to see if they are updated with their premiums. Should there be discrepancies or adjustments to be made, members can quickly act in coordination with their concerned employers or with the nearest LHIO.

    To access their membership and contribution records, existing members must first register in the Portal using their PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN) to create their own user account and password. They should then confirm the account activation sent to their email address. Once their confirmation is received by PhilHealth, they can start using these services in the Portal.

    Self-paying individuals may soon avail themselves of an online payment facility using this Portal to pay contributions, anytime, anywhere while ensuring that their payments are credited automatically to their individual accounts.

    GMA Network expands DTT

    GMA Network Inc. yesterday said it has expanded its digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in Mindanao.

    In a statement, the network said Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin were added to its digital broadcast coverage areas, allowing more customers to be able to use GMA Affordabox.

    GMA digital broadcast is available in selected towns/cities within Metro Manila, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte.

    GMAís budget for DTT expansion was included in the over P20-billion for capital expenditure in the next three years.

    Meanwhile, the broadcast network has hit another milestone, selling one million units of its digital TV receiver†GMA Affordabox in just seven months after its launch.

    GMA Affordabox is priced at only P888 with no monthly fees.

    This 2021, the broadcast firm is also set to launch its digital TV mobile receiver, GMA Now, which will allow users to watch TV on the go for free.

    Security Bank inks deal with LinkedIn

    Security Bank Corp. has partnered with LinkedIn to provide the bank’s employees access to LinkedIn Learning (LiL), the networking site’s e-learning platform.

    Security Bank becomes the first Philippine bank to engage with the US-based professional networking company for their enterprise wide e-learning services.

    Under the terms of the collaboration, Security Bank employees will have access to an extensive library of online courses to help them develop professionally, amidst the sudden shift to other working modalities as a result of the pandemic.

    The bank’s internal training arm, SB Academy, rolled out an initial run participated by over 500 employees in April 2020. During the pilot run, the tool allowed the participants to choose from thousands of business, creative, and tech courses curated by industry experts and learn in-demand skills at their own pace and time.

    Following the success of the pilot run, SB Academy pursued a deal with LiL.

    LG brings home record CES Awards

    2021 is off to an auspicious start for LG Electronics as the South Korean technology company bagged a record number of awards at the recently concluded CES.

    The all-digital event, a first for CES, represented a pivotal moment in history for the technology industry. LG took home the most awards for the night, receiving more than 190 honors across its home appliance, home entertainment, IT and mobile categories.

    The biggest award for the night was Engadget’s Best of CES Award (the official award program of CES) in the TV category, which went to LG OLED for a seventh consecutive year. Also receiving Engadget’s Best of CES Award was the LG Rollable smartphone, grabbing the win for Best Phone/Mobile Device after it was previewed during LG’s CES 2021 press announcement.

    LG’s renowned OLED TVs took home the industry’s top awards and honors, continuing its CES dominance.

    LG’s new InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerators also won big in the home appliance space, garnering accolades from the likes of Tom’s Guide, WIRED, Newsweek, and PCMag. LG WashTower™ .

    From the CTA’s official award program alone, LG won 24 CES Innovation Awards including two Best of Innovation Awards given to LG’s C1 OLED TV and LG’s InstaView ThinQ refrigerator with voice recognition. LG accolades were received this year from tech experts at major media such as USA Today/Reviewed, CNET, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Women’s Health, Business Insider, and much more.

    Speaking about the big win over at CES, Sungjae Kim, LG Philippines’ Managing Director said “This win only cements and proves our commitment to our customers. At LG, we’re always looking for ways to innovate and improve technology for the end user. Our end goal is to make life better for everyone. Consistently getting recognized for our achievements is just the proverbial icing on the cake.”


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