Therma South host barangay builds isolation unit

    Barangay Inawayan pioneered the first-of-its-kind barangay isolation unit in the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur through its share of Energy Regulations No. 1-94 (ER 1-94) funds from AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI).

    The ER 1-94 program is a policy under the Department of Energy (DOE) Act of 1992 and Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) which stipulates that host communities will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) of the total electricity sales of power generation companies operating in its areas.

    SMC opens community resellers program for former residents of Bulacan airport site


    San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has launched its community resellers program for former residents of Barangay Talitip in Bulacan, future site of the P740-billion Manila International Airport, as part of SMC’s continuing livelihood creation and training programs for the families.

    SMC and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that apart from the free skill and livelihood training from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) that the company is already providing them, SMC is also organizing former residents into groups or cooperatives to start their own community reselling business carrying Magnolia chicken and Purefoods-branded frozen products.

    On top of this, SMC will also provide additional community-based business skills training, which will allow former residents to enhance their income from the fishing trade.

    The programs are just the most recent assistance provided by SMC to former Taliptip folk, which started last year with cash assistance granted them for the construction or acquisition of new concrete homes on safer ground.

    “We are fully committed to helping our Taliptip families become more capable fo building a better future for themselves, by providing all the support and training they need to get good jobs– preferably at our projects– or to pursue various business opportunities,” Ang said.

    Cebu Pacific introduces new baggage policy

    Cebu Pacific introduces a new policy for handling oversized baggage in line with its goal to improve processes for a more efficient and seamless customer journey for every Juan.

    Beginning Feb. 1, CEB will be implementing a new policy setting a size limit for check-in baggage at 39 inches. Luggage with this dimension will be easier to fit in the conveyor belt, and will in turn, result in smoother operations, making the journey faster and more convenient for all passengers.

    Guests checking in baggage that exceed the 39” limit on any one side will be classified as an oversized bag, and will be charged P800 for domestic flights, and P 1,300 for international flights. This additional fee is brought about by the manual process required to transport the bag to the baggage loading area. Some examples of oversized baggage are musical equipment, motorcycles, and televisions.

    Renewed partnership

    De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has renewed its partnership with Globe Telecom for  the use of Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS).

    Branded by Benilde as BigSky Benilde, the platform has helped in the development and implementation of online classes. In addition, BigSky Benilde has empowered teachers in creating engaging lessons supported by a variety of tools. It has also aided in tracking students’ progress for timely and appropriate feedback on accomplished work.

    Brightspace is a world-class product being used by over a thousand institutions worldwide. Globe, in partnership with D2L, has brought Brightspace to numerous institutions located in several cities in the Philippines, Benilde being one of these institutions.

    Yanson Bus bullish

    Bacolod-based transport firm Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) remains bullish about the business prospects this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s top official said.

    In a statement, YGBC chairman and president Leo Rey Yanson said despite the challenges faced in 2020, the business remains strong and resilient. It continues to be steadfast in its goal to serve the Filipino people.”

    “The group remains committed to providing the riding public with the most reliable means of public transportation.” Yanson said.

    “We are excited to provide quality transportation to every Filipino despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

    YGBC is considered the largest public transport company in the country operating some 4,800 buses nationwide manned by 18,000 employees.

    Before the lockdown the group used to transport over 700,000 passengers daily under the operations of various subsidiaries.

    PBEd, Citi Foundation unveil new learning platform

    Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and Citi Foundation’s First Future Project recently unveiled a new learning platform that hopes to reach as many as 4,000 Filipino youth and to train them in the cultivation of leadership skills and the adoption of a growth mindset.

    The project is a continuation of its efforts to support senior high school graduates and youth without college degrees to enter and progress in the workplace.

    First Future 2.0  continues to support young people without college degrees, but now focuses on mainstreaming skilling, reskilling and  courses that will allow them to quickly enter and/or progress in the workplace.

    The industry-vetted learning courses developed for First Future 2.0 are focused on building the capacities and competencies of the youth, making them  more employable and qualified for different industries.

    PBEd has engaged an initial  25 stakeholders, 19 of which are private companies from the contact center industry, for First Future 2.0. These partners helped develop the training programs, establish the network in various industries, and mainstream the courses online given the shift to online learning due to the pandemic.

    Biofach, Gulfood to feature PH food companies

    Five companies will join Biofach, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, while 13 Philippine companies will participate in Gulfood Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood) to be held next month.

    The Philippine participation in Biofach and Gulfood are organized in coordination with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Berlin and PTIC Dubai, respectively.

     Biofach will be fully digital while Gulfood will be staged in a hybrid format comprising a physical exhibition and digital components to the show.

    For the Philippines’ 16th participation in Gulfood, a physical exhibit will be complemented by QR codes for featured products, which will lead interested buyers straight to the inbox of the Philippine delegation’s exhibitors.

    Holcim sustains HELPS campaign

    Holcim Philippines assisted more than 160,000 people in 2020, diverting more resources to community health and sanitation projects in response to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The company continued its corporate citizenship campaign Holcim HELPS, which benefitted 164,913 individuals in 2020.

    Community health and sanitation projects accounted for 35 percent of total Holcim HELPS expenditures as the company focused more on this area to help strengthen host communities against the disease.

    Infrastructure projects, which previously cornered the biggest allocation of the Holcim HELPS budget, slid to second in 2020 with 26 percent share followed by community donations (21 percent), and community water projects (11 percent).

    The centerpiece of this year’s Holcim HELPS campaign is on water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for schools and communities in partnership with the League of Corporate Foundations  and the Manila Water Foundation.

    Another Holcim HELPS highlight was its donations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that benefited 45,901 community members and government and medical frontliners.


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