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    Better World Diliman provides income for 4,500 farmers

    SMC’s Better World Diliman, which opened July last year, is a ready-market for excess produce for farmers across Luzon. 

    San Miguel Corp.’s (SMC) Better World Diliman community center sold over half a million kilos of excess farm produce in just six months of operation, benefiting 4,500 farmers all over Luzon, company president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang, reported.

    Better World Diliman, the third center under SMC’s flagship “Better World” communities program, serves as a ready-market for excess produce bought from farmers at better-than-farmgate prices, and sold to consumers and resellers for low prices. It utilizes unused SMC properties and leverages on partnerships with non-profit organizations to help address various societal issues.

    Ang also lauded the company’s partner, social enterprise Rural Rising Philippines, which runs the day-to-day operations of Better World Diliman, for its dedication to helping farmers.

    Apart from selling fresh produce, Better World Diliman is also exploring other ready-made products it can sell.  

    Converge ICT tops Netflix ISP Speed Index

    The December 2020 Netflix ISP Speed Index shows Converge tops the board at 3.4 Mbps. 

    Converge has been leading the Philippine ISP leaderboard for the last six months as can be seen from the ISP Leaderboard website.

    As the leader in providing pure end-to-end fiber internet, Converge ensures this commitment also extends to its subscribers who enjoy consuming their fair share of entertainment, which includes Netflix.

    With the introduction of free speed upgrades of up to 300 Mbps for its consumer plans last December, subscribers can continue to expect the best streaming experience and make more memories with the online platform with Converge.

    Netflix’s ISP Speed Index is designed to measure which ISPs provide the best prime time Netflix streaming experience.

    Bohol to unveil massive tourism discounts

    Bohol tourism stakeholders are launching the first-ever and biggest selling campaign Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale, which will run from February 21 to March 14.

    To lure tourists back, massive price drops (as much as 70 percent) in rooms, food, tours and related services will be offered by resorts, hotels, and tour operators during the Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale, organized by the private sector and fully supported by the DOT, TPB, and the Provincial Government of Bohol.

    Participating brands are Amarela Resort, Amorita Resort, Be Grand Hotel, Bohol Bee Farm, The Bellevue Resort, Best Western Plus The Ivywall Panglao Resort, Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort, Bohol Beach Club, Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, The Acacia Glamping, Donatela Resort and Sanctuary, Loboc River Resort, Mithi Resort and Spa, South Palms Resorts Panglao, Angels’ Wings Tours and Travel, Baclayon Travel & Tours, Bohol Holidays Travel & Tours Inc., Coordinates Tours and Travel, and Travel Village while the platform is powered by Atlantis and is co-sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air.

    Bohol remains a safe destination to visit with health and safety protocols in place, even before reopening its doors to leisure travelers on Dec. 15, 2020.

    Travellers can now start planning a visit to the island known for breathtaking beaches, scenic hills, majestic rivers and spectacular dive sites as well as healthy food in an organic farm.  

    Bohol is the ultimate destination with its blend of nature and culture, luxury and serenity, history and modernity.

    The readiness to handle tourists in the new norm was tried and tested after successfully hosting the country’s biggest government-organized travel trade event and first hybrid Philippine Travel Exchange in September 2020. Three months later, the Philippine Tourism Destination Inventory and MICE+E Bohol Familiarization Trip was also held in Bohol.

    AboitizPower units help Luzon jeepney drivers

    AboitizPower subsidiaries Therma Mobile Inc. (TMO) and AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) distributed food packs to close to 400 out-of-work jeepney drivers in Luzon to help them cope with challenges brought about by the pandemic.

    In partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation and through donations raised on the Aboitiz-led crowdfunding platform KINDer, the two companies were able to assist 200 drivers in Navotas, Metro Manila as well as 165 drivers across Bay and Calamba in Laguna and Sto. Tomas in Batangas.

    Navotas City hosts TMO’s power barges while the Laguna-Batangas area is home to APRI’s geothermal power plant.

    The Aboitiz Foundation launched the Mamang Tsuper campaign on KINDER and managed to pool close to P400,000 to help displaced drivers and their families get back on their feet.

    Shopee sees e-commerce growth

    Shopee predicts increased adoption of digital payments, growth in the logistics industry, and the continued adoption of innovative retail strategies by brands and sellers.

    “With advancements in technology, increasing internet penetration, and a fast-growing population of young, tech-savvy youths and middle-income families, we expect e-commerce to play an integral role in the way we live, connect, and do business,”  said Martin Yu, director at Shopee Philippines.

    Shopee said digital payments are the preferred mode of transaction for e-commerce. As more people become accustomed to e-commerce, it will also drive the cashless movement offline. 

    Shopee added logistics will become even more important as consumers continue to rely on e-commerce platforms and develop greater expectations for efficient deliveries. 

    As online selling becomes a bigger revenue channel for brands and sellers, e-commerce platforms need to implement innovative retail strategies. 

    GBP donates computers

    Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) recently donated computers and laptops to its adopted schools and scholars in Cebu and Iloilo, to help facilitate distance learning. 

    Through subsidiaries, Cebu Energy Development Corp., Toledo Power Co., Panay Energy Development Corp. and Panay Power Corp., a total of 34 computer sets and laptops were provided by the power generation company for the benefit of senior high school and college scholars, and adopted schools while one desktop unit was given to the local law enforcement unit in Nabas, Aklan. 

    Each computer set came with a monitor, CPU, keyboard, and mouse. Likewise, laptops provided were refurbished for optimal use.

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