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    (Clockwise from top left) Toyota’s connected device with SIM card;  real-time data transfer for your vehicles; access the G-Fleet system on your computer and mobile device

    Toyota PH’s fleet connected service launched

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has introduced an innovative solution in fleet management.

    Toyota’s Fleet Connected Service is the first automotive GPS system designed specifically for Toyota vehicles that aims to assist business owners and operators in managing vehicle assets and optimizing manpower productivity. With a connected device that tracks real-time data of fleet vehicles, companies are able to maximize efficiency and ultimately aid in improving business profitability.

    This service provides the most recent vehicle information such as current location, trip monitoring, vehicle mileage, and even recognizes unusual driver behavior. It also records each time when a vehicle enters and exits a virtual boundary through the geofencing function; and reports device disconnection and tampering through its unplug detection feature. All these data are instantly transmitted from the device to Toyota’s G-Fleet System, allowing businesses to have a full view of their fleet, anytime, anywhere.

    This new offering is made compatible with Toyota’s best-selling fleet vehicles, such as the Vios, Innova, Hiace, Hilux, Fortuner, Avanza, Corolla Altis, Rush, and Wigo models 2016 to present.

    International SOS launches COVID-19 vaccine indicator for business

    International SOS has created a “traffic light” indicator to help businesses track when, where and how they can roll-out corporate COVID-19 vaccination programs for their employees.

    As global organizations seek advice on corporate COVID-19 vaccine policies, the indicator brings together International SOS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker containing detailed vaccine information for all countries, with regularly updated country-level distribution and program monitoring. This is complemented with bespoke strategic and industry relevant advice from International SOS’ consulting practices.

     Dr.Carrianne Ewe, medical director at International SOS Philippines, said the company can   assist clients in planning their vaccination strategies and protocols for their employees prior to the availability of the vaccine in the country.

    International SOS is supporting many of its Fortune Global 500 clients with strategic health advice from its global consulting practice, including its worldwide COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. The internationally recognized red, amber, green traffic light system, enables clients to quickly recognize where a site or office has the potential to roll out a vaccine program. The information is updated daily. 

    First responders during disasters to get congressional recognition

    A resolution introduced by Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar seeking to give due recognition to heroic first responders has been unanimously approved by the House of Representatives.

    In a plenary session on Wednesday, February 3, House members voted to adopt House Resolution No. 1521.

    “Typhoons are among the most destructive natural phenomena which exacerbate the already vulnerable situation of our kababayans. Our first responders – the frontliners in times of disasters – are always there to support affected Filipinos and get them to safety in time,” Villar said in a statement.

    “Career and volunteer professionals deserve to be honored for their commitment to safety and humanity even at the risk of putting their own lives on the line and even amid the pandemic,” Villar said, adding that a congressional recognition is “a small way to demonstrate our gratitude.”

    Villar filed the measure in the aftermath of the destructive tropical cyclones that left several parts of the Philippines devastated last year.

    “Despite limitations in water and air assets and sophisticated equipment side-by-side with the magnitude of damage and hundreds of thousands of people affected, our men in uniform showed heroic deeds amid the challenges and obvious high risk to their lives in rescuing families at the height of the onslaught of the past typhoons,” Villar said in the resolution.

    “The active participation, assistance and support of the Philippine Red Cross, nongovernment organizations, international humanitarian missions, and private individuals are invaluable and must be recognized accordingly as they selflessly put themselves in harm’s way,” she added.

    Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District) co-authored the resolution. Villar’s resolution was filed last November 17, 2020

    PLDT among Asean Asset Class PLCs awarded for corporate governance

    PLDT Inc. was awarded as one of the top companies in the region in the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) for 2019.

     PLDT was recognized as one of the Asean Asset Class Publicly Listed Companies (PLCs) together with 17 other Philippine PLCs. These refer to Asean PLCs that obtained a score of 97.5 and above in the international benchmark.

    The ACGS is an assessment tool based on publicly-available information and benchmarked against international best practices on corporate governance. This is supported by a rigorous methodology developed by corporate governance experts across the region to assess the corporate governance standing and performance of publicly listed companies in the six participating Asean member-countries namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Prior to the ACGS citation, PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) reinforced their commitment to good governance and ethical business practices at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2020.

    SM Prime holds virtual listing ceremony for fixed rate bond

    SM Prime Holdings, Inc. marks another milestone as it holds the virtual listing ceremony of its latest Fixed Rate Bond Series M and N offering P10 billion.

    SM Prime chief finance officer John Nai Peng Ong and Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) president and chief executive officer Antonio Nakpil led the first bond listing for the Year 2021 through a virtual ceremonial event. The joint issue managers, BDO Capital & Investment Corp. and China Bank Capital Corp., who are also acting as joint lead underwriters along with BPI Capital, First Metro Investment Corp. and SB Capital Investment Corp., were also present virtually.

    SM Prime’s Peso-denominated Series M is set at 2.4565 per cent due on 2023, and Series N at 3.8547 per cent due on 2026. This issuance is the second drawdown from the company’s P100 billion debt securities program under shelf registration registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission .

    SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

    INAEC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification

    Last month, INAEC Aviation Corp. (INAEC) successfully achieved its Stage 2 Certification for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) following a rigorous audit of its aviation operations by OmniSafe International, an Australian company that specializes in safety risk management, auditing and other services for the international aviation community. INAEC remains the sole Philippine commercial aviation operator to have garnered this distinction.

    IS-BAO is a code of best aviation practices developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) aimed at establishing systems and procedures to ensure professionalism, safety, and excellence among business aircraft operators. In January 2019, INAEC earned the IS-BAO Stage 1 Certification after demonstrating that its Safety Management System (SMS) has been documented, approved, resourced, and implemented at the time of audit.

    An IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification requires meeting recognized standards to prove that safety management activities are appropriately targeted and that safety risks are effectively managed. A Stage 2 Certification requires a thorough review of an operator’s SMS, organization, training, flight operations, maintenance, and emergency response processes, among others.

    Aboitiz opens application for college scholars

    The Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, are aiming to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals No. 1 (No Poverty) and No. 4 (Quality Education) by giving opportunities to bright and promising yet financially-challenged students.

    The Foundation recently announced that applications for the Aboitiz College Scholarship Program (ACSP) are already open for school year 2021-2022, particularly for students who are pursuing degrees in data science, digital transformation, engineering, information technology, sales,  e-commerce, agriculture and nutrition.

    The scholarship started in 2000 provides a comprehensive benefit package which includes full tuition fee coverage, monthly allowance, and board review fees for degrees that require board exam after graduation.

    To qualify for the program, applicants must be a full-time incoming freshman of an eligible college or university, must be pursuing a degree identified by the Foundation, has a general weighted average of at least 88 percent with no failing grade and incomplete grade, and  does not have a record of any form of disciplinary action.

     Interested applicants can apply online through the Aboitiz Foundation website at aboitizfoundation.org<http://aboitizfoundation.org>. Application period is  until March 15, 2021.

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