PhilHealth sustains ISO 9001:2015 certification
State agency Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has been recertified ISO 9001:2015 after a stringent audit of its quality management system (QMS) conducted late last year.
PhilHealth received the certification after going through the remote surveillance audit conducted by third party auditor SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc. last December 16-18, 2020 amid challenges in mobility because of pandemic.
Having earned its 9001 certification in 2015, PhilHealth has continued to be at par with the Government’s best, observing the highest quality standards in its services for customer satisfaction.
The ISO 9001 certification is an international quality control management system granted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is widely recognized as a benchmark for organizations in demonstrating continuous improvement and consistent provision of products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
The certification covers “Public Administration” consisting of the Agency’s processes, member coverage management, benefit delivery, provider management, and management and support processes.
“Despite the ongoing pandemic and the adversities that the Corporation has been confronted (with) for the past years, I’m happy that we (retained) the coveted ISO certification,” PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Dante A. Gierran said during a simple unveiling rites on February 15 where officers and employees from all its 17 regional offices nationwide gathered in a synchronized flag ceremony.
He also recognized the efforts and hard work of the PhilHealth community who have always been the strength and backbone of the state agency, enjoining them to “sustain the efforts that have been made”, adding that “Obtaining the ISO certification needs renewal of commitment. We will continuously raise the bar. We will ceaselessly seek to improve our brand of quality service to the public — consistent with the requirements of the ISO 9001 QMS Standards.”
Aboitiz Foundation donates bikes to Cebu medical frontliners
Bikes for modern-day heroes. Aboitiz Foundation donated bicycle units to medical frontliners in Cebu. Aboitiz supported the Yellow Care Medical Frontliners Bike project of the Gothong Southern Foundation, an initiative that aims to increase the mobility of medical frontliners in Cebu amidst the health crisis. Through the Aboitiz foundation’s support, around 50 medical frontliners from 15 medical institutions in Cebu received the bike donations.
8 SM companies receive Golden Arrow awards
Eight SM companies received Golden Arrow Awards from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) for performing well in the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS), an assessment benchmarked against international best practices on corporate governance standards across the region.
The SM companies which received the awards are: SM Investments Corp., SM Prime Holdings Inc., China Banking Corp., Belle Corp., BDO Unibank Inc., Premium Leisure Corp., 2GO Group Inc. and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp.
The recognition is given to companies with outstanding scores in the 2019 ACGS assessment, symbolizing continuing efforts of Philippine companies to raise the level of compliance with the Asean corporate governance principles.
“The environment brought about by the pandemic has heightened the challenges to business. But our values and commitment remain the same—to deliver financial sustainability while upholding fairness, accountability, transparency and to continue to make a positive impact on the environment and communities that we serve,” said SMIC chairman of the board Jose Sio said during a virtual awarding ceremony held last Feb. 19.
He added: “These are unfamiliar times, and now more than ever, we believe that companies that behave responsibly will emerge resilient and be able to serve our society better.”
LCC, Globe give LGUs means to prepare for their own anti-COVID -19 vaccination programs
The Liveable Cities Labs, presented by the Liveable Cities Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines, in partnership with Globe Telecom, will kickstart its 2021 series with a timely discussion on how local government units can prepare their own vaccination program once the anti-COVID-19 vaccines become accessible and available in the country.
The coming of anti-COVID vaccines, while providing so much hope, also poses a big challenge for local government units. The largest mass immunization in the country’s history will be a daunting logistical undertaking and a public education challenge for all considering the many misinformation and other negative perceptions about the vaccines themselves.
To prepare cities, the discussion for the first Lab on Getting Cities Ready for Vaccines will revolve around how cities plan to build public acceptance of the vaccine, how to allocate it equitably across various populations, who will be prioritized, administer it efficiently together with different partners, and other concerns will be put into light with local leaders who are in the thick of the fight in addressing their people’s concerns, needs and fears.
The discussion on how to implement a viable anti-COVID vaccination program will jumpstart the second season of the LCC which provides cities with knowledge and insights for designing better solutions for their communities.
Joining the panel are Mayor Abby Binay of Makati City, Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City, Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, and Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. Margaret Bengzon, Senior Healthcare Consultant of AC Health and Elaine Ocampo, Head of Solution Engineering Division of Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. will also share their valuable inputs in the discussion.
The Lab on Getting Cities Ready for Vaccines will be on 24 February 2021 (Wednesday), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sign up now at http://bit.ly/LCCVACCINES
Concentrix expands staff transport
Concentrix Corp. expands its existing transport assistance program via dedicated, branded buses providing free transport to and from Concentrix offices in the National Capital Region and Laguna.
Concentrix provincial sites throughout the country also get other forms of transportation support.
Since the pandemic started, Concentrix has always put a priority on staff security, health and well-being, providing various forms of employee benefits and assistance, including its most recent announcement on offering free COVID vaccination for all staff who opt to avail. Aside from deploying a significant portion of its workforce to work at home, Concentrix also reconfigured its offices and added micro-sites to help staff remain safely productive for operations that remained on-site. This included transport assistance to ensure that employees can reach their workplaces safely. After 12 months, the company has expanded the transport program even further, to ensure staff continue to be cared for.
Covering the areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite and Bulacan, as well as Laguna, the expanded transport is now in the form of 50 serviced Concentrix fully-branded and dedicated buses. Fully equipped with airconditioning and wifi internet, the company-provided buses are also compliant to all safety guidelines including sanitation per trip. Staff will be able to conveniently locate the routes, bus location, distance and available seats using an app for this program. The buses operate daily in support of night shift staff, and traverses 15 routes to reach 27 Concentrix offices.
Xendit launches cardless installment option
Xendit, the Indonesia-based financial technology company that provides payment solutions, and FDFC, the fintech company behind the Buy Now Pay Later app BillEase, announce recently the launch of their joint PayLater solution to help merchants offer convenient, cardfree installments in the Philippines, where majority of shoppers remain uncarded or unbanked.
Xendit, which allows merchants to accept payments online, can now make it easier for merchants to provide an affordable and transparent installment option at checkout through a single integration.
This means Xendit’s merchants can now add BillEase as a payment option with a few clicks. By offering BillEase at checkout, merchants can give their customers the option to split the cost of their purchases into installments either monthly or bi-weekly with no hidden fees.
Xendit merchants that offer BillEase can allow customers to pay for their purchases online on monthly installments and pay the app over a period of three, six, nine, or 12 months with monthly interest rates between 0 to 3.49 percent — the cheapest rate in the country. Merchants can also choose to offer 0 percent annual percentage rate.
JLL named one of most ethical companies
JLL has been recognized by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
For the 14th consecutive year, JLL has been honored for its commitment to improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces, and foster a corporate culture focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.
JLL is one of only four honorees in the real estate industry. In 2021, 135 honorees were recognized spanning 22 countries and 47 industries.
According to Ethisphere’s Ethics Index, the publicly listed 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees outperformed a comparable index of large cap companies by 7.1 percentage points from January 2016 to January 2021.